From SLAC News Center: “Firing Up LCLS for Fifth Run – With All Six Instruments”

This is a great example of the importance of SLAC and the D.O.E. Office of Science to basic scientific research world wide.

November 14, 2011
Janet Rae-Dupree

“After four hugely successful runs, operation of the Linac Coherent Light Source has been paused briefly to prepare for the Nov. 17 start of Run 5 – the first that will see all six experimental stations come online.

Run 4 concluded Oct. 24 with the final phases of commissioning for the X-ray Correlation Spectroscopy (XCS) instrument, which is used to study atomic-scale equilibrium dynamics in condensed matter systems. The upcoming run, scheduled to conclude May 29, will see the spring commissioning of the Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) instrument, designed for use in studying the properties of matter that exists far outside of equilibrium.

MEC Hutch

‘Everyone is extremely excited to see the start of this next run,’ said LCLS Deputy Director Uwe Bergmann. ‘We’ve got a full schedule for all six instruments, so we can expect to continue breaking new scientific ground.’

From its first research operations in October 2009, LCLS operators have continually pushed for shorter, more intense X-ray laser pulses. More than 1,400 scientists from 31 countries have filed 563 proposals – an average of 15 collaborators per proposed experiment. So far, LCLS Director Joachim Stöhr said, 35 experiments have been published, many in high-impact journals such as Science and Nature. At least 19 more papers have been submitted or accepted for publication in the near future, and numerous additional manuscripts are close to submission.”

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SLAC is a multi-program laboratory exploring frontier questions in photon science, astrophysics, particle physics and accelerator research. Located in Menlo Park, California, SLAC is operated by Stanford University for the DOE’s Office of Science.