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Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC)

The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory produces extremely bright x-rays used to study our world at the atomic and molecular level, leading to major advances in energy production, environmental remediation, nanotechnology, new materials and medicine.

With the knowledge gained by viewing materials at SSRL, researchers have improved the design of fuel cells, revealed the very nature of bacteria and viruses, exposed how genetic mutations may cause diabetes, and mapped the structures of proteins for use in biology and medicine.

SSRL is one of the pioneering sources for photon science research in the world, and is known for its outstanding support and training for tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. Scientists conducting research at SSRL represent a diverse community and have published nearly 12,700 scientific papers since the facility began operation in 1974. The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource is an Office of Science User Facility operated for the Department of Energy by Stanford University. Images courtesy of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.