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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Director: Persis Drell

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The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has two academic departments. The Particle and Particle Astrophysics Department includes several areas of research: theoretical and experimental elementary particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, accelerator and beam physics, and detector instrumentation. The Photon Science Department includes all areas of science done at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL), the Photon Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering Center (PULSE), and Linac Coherent Light Source, currently under construction to become a state-of-the-art X-ray laser research facility.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is located on 425 acres of Stanford property west of the main campus and is operated under a contract with the United States Department of Energy. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is operated by Stanford as a national facility allowing qualified scientists from Stanford and other universities and research centers worldwide to participate in the research programs. Graduate students at Stanford may carry out Ph.D. research with members of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory faculty; graduate students from other universities also participate in the research programs of visiting groups.

Research assistantships are available for qualified Stanford students by arrangement with individual faculty members. There are also opportunities for summer employment in the research groups at the center. Students interested in research in the areas of high energy physics, particle astrophysics, and accelerator physics should first contact Professor Rafe H. Schindler at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Graduate Studies Office. Students interested in research opportunities in photon science and SPEAR 3 should contact a member of the SSRL faculty, or other members of the Stanford faculty who use SSRL in their research programs; see