celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2002 with a
events and a
celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2012 with a
series of events and a special anniversary website:
Celebrating 50 Years of Discovery.
Sid Drell ,
Herman Winick made presentations at the American
Physical Society (APS) Centennial Celebration and
Meeting (March 20-26 1999).
- The first synchrotron radiation coronary angiogram recorded on a human subject
occurred in May 1986 at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL).
- 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
- 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.)
- The first church
built in San Mateo County was on the SLAC site.
(Annette Cords, The Interaction Point, November
- SLAC's original cost (1962) was
$18,000,000 in preconstruction research and
development, and $114,000,000 for design and
- 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. (See: Andy Freeberg,
Remastered 1964 films show origins of SLAC)
- 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
- First Particle Physics Experiment
The first particle physics experiment at SLAC used Beamline 1 in the
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
- First Web Site in North America
- On December 12, 1991, the first web stie in North America was set up at SLAC. For more information see:
SLAC and the WWW.
- 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.
- Gould/Wizard Cartoons
- Long-time SLAC civil engineer Bob Gould created cartoons to capture SLAC’s progress through its early years.
His humorous artwork featured the “Wizard.” A set of original drawings was presented
to SLAC’s founding director W.K.H. Panofsky upon his retirement, and remains on display in the hallway of the
Central Lab Building (B040).
- Homebrew Computer Club
- Founded in March of 1975, the Homebrew
Computer Club, began leasing the SLAC Auditorium for their meetings just a few
months later. An early and important computer hobbyist group interested in making computers more accessible to everyone,
they had quickly grown to too large to be accommodated in their original Menlo Park meeting spaces. Early members included
Steve Wozniak and other
influential local engineers, programmers and developers. The club disbanded in 1986, but in 1995 some members
reunited at SLAC for the taping of a PBS television documentary,
Triumph of the Nerds. A 2001 reunion of the group was held at SLAC in their original location, now renamed Panofsky
Auditorium in honor of SLAC's first Director Panofsky.
To date, papers of some club members have been deposited with the Computer History Museum,
the Menlo Park Historical Association , and the Palo Alto Historical
- Klystron Gallery - Length
- The SLAC Metrology Department confirms that the Klystron Gallery building
at SLAC is 3073.72 meters in length. From the time it was built until 1999, it was the longest modern building in the
world. (Read how it was measured in
- 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
- M is for Monster - Project Monster
- At the very beginning, SLAC was dubbed
Project M by the practical dreamers at Stanford University.
- There is a whole family tree
of Mark equipment at
- 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.
were the Ohlone.
(Annette Cords, The Interaction Point, October
- 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
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
- W. K. H. Panofsky was
SLAC's first Director.
- R Meter
- Ornate rate meter used at SPEAR.
- Rock, The
- "The Rock" in front of SLAC's A&E Building: what is it? where did it come from?
Ed Keyser tells the tale of
its discovery at the West end of the Klystron Gallery in 1980. (Perhaps a relic from
- 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
- SLAC Linear Collider (SLC) and SLAC Large Detector (SLD)
- Explore the history of the world's
first -- and so far only -- linear collider along with its massive, purpose-built detector.
- SLAC Summer Institute (SSI)
- SSI is an annual two-week long program that includes lectures and a topical conference on recent developments on the frontier of physics,
as well as afternoon discussion sessions that spark exchanges and collaboration among colleagues. Founded in 1973 by SLAC Deputy
Director Sidney Drell and SLAC Professor David Leith, SSI aims to contribute actively to the continuing education of research scientists,
particularly postdocs in both the theoretical and experimental specialities. Initially attended by physicists from 64 universities and
laboratories, including 10 foreign countries, SSI has grown to include over 1000 annual participants, as well as to incorporate student
poster and Zoom video sessions. SSI proceedings, as well as presentations, some video recordings, and other related materials from 2012 and
earlier, are available by request from the AHRO.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Worlds Within
- The film The Worlds Within
describes reasons for engaging in basic physics research, the origin of the electron linear accelerator and construction of the two-mile accelerator. (See: Andy Freeberg,
Remastered 1964 films show origins of SLAC)
- Touch-Screen Technology
- SLAC scientists created the
first working touchscreen and obtained the 2nd US touchscreen patent.
- Wiggler technology @ SSRL
- What is a
wiggler and why is SSRL's first wiggler significant?