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Director’s Welcome. Jonathan Dorfan 32 nd Annual SSRL Users Meeting October 17, 2005. SLAC Mission. Photon Science Discoveries To make discoveries in photon science at the frontiers of the ultrasmall and ultrafast in a wide spectrum of physical and life sciences

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Director s welcome

Director’s Welcome

Jonathan Dorfan

32nd Annual SSRL Users Meeting

October 17, 2005

Slac mission
SLAC Mission

  • Photon Science Discoveries

    • To make discoveries in photon science at the frontiers of the ultrasmall and ultrafast in a wide spectrum of physical and life sciences

  • Particle and Astroparticle Physics Discoveries

    • To make discoveries in particle and astroparticle physics to redefine humanity’s understanding of what the universe is made of and the forces which control it

  • Operate Safely; Train the Best

    • To operate a safe laboratory that employs and trains the best and brightest, helping to ensure the future economic strength and security of the nation

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Slac future responding to the changing scientific landscape
SLAC Future – Responding to the Changing Scientific Landscape

The balance of the scientific elements of the Lab are changing:

The size of the photon science program will grow dramatically in the next three years By 2009, the on-site accelerators, SPEAR3 and LCLS, will both be doing Photon Science. By 2009, DOE’s Basic Energy Science office will be the dominant budget at SLAC

The B Factory will have it’s last year of data-taking in FY2008.

Post FY2008, Particle and Particle-astro physics will be focused on B Factory data analysis, the International Linear Collider (ILC), HEP theory and a suite of non-accelerator telescopes

SLAC will continue its strong tradition of accelerator science

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Our major stakeholders are investing in our future
Our Major Stakeholders are Investing in Our Future

  • Our primary stake-holders, DOE/Congress and Stanford University, are both making large investments at SLAC

    • DOE has entrusted SLAC with the long-term of one of the world’s most exciting accelerator-based scientific landscapes ― ultra-fast science. This complements the recent investment in SPEAR3

    • Stanford University is likewise investing in major ways in our long-term future

      • Ultra-Fast Science Center

      • Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

      • Guest House

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Total doe funding is increasing
Total DOE Funding is Increasing

SC – Science BER – Biological and Environmental Research

BES – Basic Energy SciencesHEP - High Energy Physics

Stanford university a crucial element in slac s success
Stanford University:A Crucial Element in SLAC’s Success

  • The key to SLAC’s success and style has been its intimate connection to a great research university.

  • SLAC is a School of Stanford University – there is a very close coupling to both the academic and administrative leadership of Stanford

    • The University is a pro-active contract administrator of SLAC – it provides very close, supportive and highly skilled oversight of the Laboratory

    • Facilitates recruitment to SLAC of exceptional intellectual capital both at the faculty and staff level

    • Crucial investments by the university have and will greatly leverage the Government’s investments

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Photon science outstanding leadership

Prof. Jo Stöhr.

Director SSRL

Photon Science: Outstanding Leadership

Prof. Keith Hodgson.

SLAC Deputy Director and

Director for Photon Science

Stanford Prof. Phil Bucksbaum.

Director of Ultrafast Science


Has clearly demonstrated its 500 mamp capability

SPEAR3 – Worldclass intermediate energy, 3rd gen. source

Has Clearly Demonstrated its 500 mamp capability

Linac coherent light source at slac the next revolution in x ray science
Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC:The Next Revolution in X-Ray Science

LCLS Will Be The World’s First X-ray Laser



Photon Science -- Linac Coherent Light Source Experimental Facility

Lcls construction
LCLS Construction

Budget - $379M through 2009.

Commissioning in FY2008. Operations start in April 2009

  • LCLS is a major endeavor. It will require and receive the talents of the full laboratory to build, commission and operate

  • Anticipate major upgrades to begin ~2012

  • LCLS is a very large and long-term commitment from the Federal Government to the SLAC site

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LCLS Opens Up A New Center for the

SLAC Campus -- The CLOC Building

Central Lab Office Complex (CLOC)

Capacity >260

72,000 GSF Total

150-Seat Conference Room

The Ultra-fast Science Center (UfC)

will be located in the CLOC building



Nothing is more important to slac s sustainability than strong es h performance
Nothing is More Important to SLAC’sSustainability than Strong ES&HPerformance

  • I am deeply committed to the very highest levels of ES&H performance – outstanding science is science performed safely. You will find the same dedication and commitment from the rest of the Directors and our staff

    • I need the same level of commitment and performance from the User Community and I thank you for your past strong cooperation and dedication in this regard

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