X-ray Science

PHOTO: Interior view of SSRL storage ring

With their ability to penetrate matter and resolve individual atoms, X-rays are among scientists’ most useful tools for determining the structure and behavior of molecules and materials. This information is valuable for many applications, from developing effective drugs with fewer side effects to devising new materials for electronics and clean energy technologies.

SLAC’s unique X-ray facilities – the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) – attract thousands of researchers from universities, industries and laboratories around the world each year.