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Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES)

Director: Z-X Shen

Campus Office: 476 Lomita, McCullough Bldg., Room 136

Campus Mail Code: 94305-4045

Campus Phone: 650-723-3458

SLAC Office: Building 137, Room 306, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, 2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 69, Menlo Park, CA 94025

SLAC Phone: 650-926-5913

Web Site:

SIMES, a research unit within the Photon Science Directorate at SLAC, addresses key challenges associated with the Department of Energy's mission in the areas of condensed matter physics and materials science, providing scientific leadership in using and developing photon science devices and detectors and other SLAC facilities. SIMES also provides theoretical leadership and support for photon/materials-based experiments at SLAC. The emphasis of this core group is in scattering, spectroscopy, and imaging using the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) and the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

The SLAC-based core capabilities include x-ray scattering, x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy, angle-resolved photoemission, time-resolved scattering and spectroscopy, and spectro-microscopy. The emphasis has been the unique photon source at SLAC and its related spectroscopy and scattering expertise; there are plans for a strong computational component of this core to support the interpretation of experimental data. The SLAC photon based experimental techniques have been applied to strongly correlated materials, magnetic materials, low-dimensional materials, molecular solids, materials made of nano-clusters, surfaces and interfaces, and catalysis. XLAM programs plan to extend this effort to include matters under extreme conditions, such as high magnetic field and high pressure.

SIMES serves as a link between SLAC and the intellectual resources in other Stanford schools such as the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM). XLAM serves to couple SLAC and the Stanford campus by engaging the larger Stanford community to participate in DOE's basic energy science research enterprise. SIMES programs co-located with GLAM in the McCullough Building include materials synthesis, local probe microscopy, condensed matter theory, and organic/inorganic interfaces.

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