SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory News

New Buckyball Research Will Aid Biological Studies

June 30, 2014

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Using SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser, researchers take a closer look at soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules called buckyballs. Scientists at SLAC have been blowing up “buckyballs” – soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules – with an X-ray laser to understand how they fly apart. The results, they say, will aid biological studies by improving the analysis of […]

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First Structural Observations of Liquid Water at Temperatures Down to Minus 51 Degrees Fahrenheit

June 19, 2014

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A newly published study details the first structural observations of liquid water at temperatures down to minus 51 degrees Fahrenheit. Menlo Park, California — Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made the first structural observations of liquid water at temperatures down to minus 51 degrees Fahrenheit, within an elusive “no […]

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Stronger 3D Material Behaves Like Graphene

June 3, 2014

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Scientists have discovered a stronger 3D material (cadmium arsenide) that has the same electronic properties as 2-D graphene. Scientists have discovered a material that has the same extraordinary electronic properties as 2-D graphene, but in a sturdy 3-D form that should be much easier to shape into electronic devices such as very fast transistors, sensors […]

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SLAC Scientists View Ultrafast Snapshots of Light-Driven Superconductivity

April 18, 2014

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Scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Linac Coherent Light Source used carefully timed pairs of laser pulses to capture ultrafast snapshots of light-driven superconductivity. A new study pins down a major factor behind the appearance of superconductivity – the ability to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency – in a promising copper-oxide material. Scientists used […]

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Scientists Use ‘Smart Window’ to Observe Lithium-Ion Battery Operation

April 3, 2014

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By using ultrathin sheets of smart-window material, nickel oxide, as the anode in a lithium-ion battery, researchers were able to see for first time exactly what happens when the battery’s lithium ions make contact with the nickel-oxide layer and how the resulting reaction spreads out from several different points. High-tech “smart windows,” which darken to […]

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Newly Discovered Catalyst Could Lead to the Clean Production of Methanol

March 4, 2014

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An international team of scientists has created a new nickel-gallium catalyst that could be used to convert hydrogen and carbon dioxide emissions into methanol. A research team has discovered a potentially clean, low-cost way to convert carbon dioxide into methanol, a key ingredient in the production of plastics, adhesives and solvents, and a promising fuel […]

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Astronomers Take a Closer Look at Black Widow and Redback Binary Systems

February 21, 2014

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Using gamma-ray observations, astronomers discover a record-breaking black widow binary. Black widow spiders and their Australian cousins, known as redbacks, are notorious for their tainted love, expressed as an unsettling tendency to kill and devour their male partners. Astronomers have noted similar behavior among two rare breeds of binary system that contain rapidly spinning neutron […]

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Silicon Nanoparticles Clustered Like Pomegranate Seeds Solve Problems for Lithium-Ion Batteries

February 17, 2014

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Using a microemulsion technique, researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a new lithium-ion battery design that uses silicon nanoparticles clustered like pomegranate seeds. Menlo Park, California — An electrode designed like a pomegranate – with silicon nanoparticles clustered like seeds in a tough carbon rind – overcomes several remaining obstacles to using […]

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SLAC Scientists Create Artificial Cosmic-Ray Air Showers

February 11, 2014

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Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are set to test an experiment that mimics what happens when incredibly energetic particles hit our atmosphere. In a SLAC test facility, scientists have set the stage for an experiment that mimics what happens when incredibly energetic particles hit our atmosphere. The players include the lab’s historic linear […]

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Astrophysicists Discover a Pulsar that Varies in the Amount of Gamma-Ray Radiation it Emits

January 15, 2014

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Using data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, researchers have discovered a pulsar that varies in the amount of gamma-ray radiation it emits. Astrophysicists studying the gamma-ray sky have gone back over five years of survey data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and discovered something new: a pulsar that varies in the amount of […]

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Researchers Create World’s Fastest Organic Transistor

January 14, 2014

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A team of researchers has created the world’s fastest thin-film organic transistor, operating at more than five times faster than previous examples. Two university research teams have worked together to produce the world’s fastest thin-film organic transistors, proving that this experimental technology has the potential to achieve the performance needed for high-resolution television screens and […]

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Scientists Create New Electronic Material with Potential for Flexible Light-Based Electronics

January 10, 2014

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By heating molybdenum and selenium in a vacuum chamber until they evaporated, a team of scientists was able to create an exotic thin film with potential for flexible light-based electronics. Scientists from SLAC, Stanford and Berkeley Lab grew sheets of an exotic material in a single atomic layer and measured its electronic structure for the […]

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