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  • E-mail: slacarc[@]slac.stanford.edu
  • Phone: (650)926-3091
  • Post: SLAC Archives and History Office, M/S 97, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Office Location: Bldg.50, Rm.370

Short Features in SLAC History

40th
SLAC celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2002 with a series of events and a photo book.
50th
SLAC celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2012 with a series of events and a special anniversary website: Celebrating 50 Years of Discovery.
APS
Burton Richter, Sid Drell , Martin Perl , and Herman Winick made presentations at the American Physical Society (APS) Centennial Celebration and Meeting ( March 20-26 1999).
Angiogram
The first synchrotron radiation coronary angiogram recorded on a human subject occurred in May 1986 at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL).
BaBar
BaBar was dedicated on August 13, 1999.
Beam Trees
Beam trees are not actually beams or trees.
Blue Book
The Blue Book is a SLAC classic written to document for posterity the design and building of SLAC's two-mile accelerator. Available in full-text from the SLAC Library.
Camp Fremont
A World War I training camp was located in Menlo Park and included the SLAC site. (Annette Cords, The Interaction Point, January 1992.)
Church
The first church built in San Mateo County was on the SLAC site. (Annette Cords, The Interaction Point, November 1991.)
Cost
SLAC's original cost (1962) was $18,000,000 in preconstruction research and development, and $114,000,000 for design and construction.
Fabrication of the Accelerator Structure
The film, Fabrication of the Accelerator Structure, documents the construction of SLAC as well as the technical details in making the accelerator in the early 1960s.
First Beam
May 21, 1966, after five long years of massive and painstaking engineering and construction, the brand new SLAC two-mile linear accelerator was about to (it was hoped) deliver its first beam.
First Particle Physics Experiment
The first particle physics experiment at SLAC used Beamline 1 in the B Target Room, where Martin Perl searched for new particles in 1966 and 1967. Over the following 15 years, a variety of experiments took advantage of the target room's three beamlines and numerous targets that produced secondary beams.
Golden Bolt
On February 10, 1966, a ceremony was held at SLAC to place the last bolt -- the "golden bolt" -- in the two-mile-long accelerator, making the underground device one physical unit for the first time.
Klystron Gallery - Length
The SLAC Metrology Department confirms that the Klystron Gallery building at SLAC is 3073.72 meters in length. (Read how it was measured in SLAC-Pub-12761)
Logbooks
Symmetry, an online magazine about particle physics jointly published by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, regularly features key pages from milestone logbooks including several from SLAC experiments.
M is for Monster - Project Monster
At the very beginning, SLAC was dubbed Project M by the practical dreamers at Stanford University.
Mark
There is a whole family tree of Mark equipment at Stanford.
Memorials and Tributes
Throughout its history, the staff and faculty of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have chosen to honor co-workers and retiring and departed staff members with a variety of tributes and memorials. In some instances, former staff or their families have presented lasting tributes to SLAC.
November Revolution
The November Revolution in Physics occurred in 1974.
Ohlone
SLAC's ancient neighbors were the Ohlone. (Annette Cords, The Interaction Point, October 1991.)
Paleoparadoxia
"An astonishingly well-preserved fossil skeleton" of a rare herbivorous marine mammal was discovered at SLAC.
People's Republic of China
On January 31, 1979, the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) signed a formal agreement to cooperate in the field of high-energy physics.   On March 1, 1993, SLAC brought the Internet to China
Pief
W. K. H. Panofsky was SLAC's first Director.
R Meter
Ornate rate meter used at SPEAR.
Ruddigore
SLAC luminaries trod the boards with the Stanford Savoyards in Ruddigore.
Run T-shirts
The annual SLAC Run started in 1972. The first race shirt was offered in 1982.
SLED
The SLAC Energy Doubler / Energy Development program was started in the 1970's to find a way, if possible, to improve the energy of the SLAC two-mile accelerator.
SSRP/SSRL
What is now SSRL started as SSRP in 1974. And in 1990, SPEAR retired from the particle-smashing business and became a dedicated synchrotron radiation facility with an independent injector.
Summer Studies
The summer studies brought together physicists from other institutions to study a topic related to the proposed two-mile linear accelerator.
Touch-Screen Technology
SLAC scientists created the first working touchscreen and obtained the 2nd US touchscreen patent.
 
 

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