From SLAC Today: “FACET Promises to Improve Power, Efficiency of Particle Accelerators”

July 16, 2012
Lori Ann White

The Department of Energy’s newest user facility – a cutting-edge particle accelerator available to scientists from all over the world – is a radical new chapter in the history of the world’s longest, most powerful linear accelerator.


For more than four decades, the two-mile-long linac at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory fueled Nobel-winning particle-physics research. Now it’s been repurposed – one might even say reimagined – in ways that keep it at the forefront of discovery, and not just in particle physics.

The final third of the linac now powers the Linac Coherent Light Source, the world’s first hard X-ray laser. Researchers from around the world use LCLS’s unique ability to take crisp pictures of atomic motion and changes in chemical bonds to drive applications in energy and environmental sciences, bioscience and materials engineering.

And the remaining two-thirds of the accelerator have been claimed by FACET, the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests, which is revving up the 50-year-old equipment and packing the final section with state-of-the-art instruments. The result is a test bed for technology that promises to improve the power and efficiency of today’s particle accelerators and expand their roles in medicine, materials and biological science, high-energy physics and more.”

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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.