June 18, 2004




GLAST Test Bed Complete

By Davide Castelvecchi

Peeking through the glass doors of a room in Bldg. 84, the occasional passer-by puzzles at a giant, revolving electronics contraption skewered on what looks like a cow-sized spit. The imposing apparatus, completed last month, is the Large Area Telescope (LAT) Test Bed, a hardware simulator part of the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) development.

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Director’s Corner

By Jonathan Dorfan

Without exception, SLAC’s great accomplishments have been due to the collective efforts of the staff—everyone cooperating together as a ‘team’ to conquer mountains both big and small.

We now need the participation of the full SLAC team to reduce our accident rates and to help bring injured employees back to health and back to work. While we can be very proud of SLAC’s historical safety record, we had significantly more accidents last year than the year before.

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All are Invited to Kavli Ground Breaking

By Jennifer Formichelli

The ground breaking ceremony for The Fred Kavli Building at SLAC, the new home of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), will be held on Monday, June 28, at 4 p.m. on the Kavli Building site in front of the Research Office Research Building (ROB).

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Richard Helm, Early Beam Dynamicist, and a Bit of SLAC History

By Gregory Loew

When Richard Helm died in Palo Alto on May 2, SLAC lost the first member of its staff who made beam dynamics his full time occupation. Helm studied at Stanford University and earned his Ph.D. in 1956 as part of Robert Hofstadter’s team engaged
in the famous electron scattering experiments which measured the cross-sections of many nuclei.

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Luda Fieguth: EPA Champion of Green Government

By Wayne Heiser

Luda Fieguth (SEM) received an award for energy efficiency from Region 9 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 2. The Champion of Green Government award is given annually to federally funded facilities for efforts to prevent pollution and to exercise environmental stewardship.

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Old Equations Tell New Stories

By Davide Castelvecchi

Future experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at the Tevatron and at the Linear Collider will hunt for the elusive particles that could exist beyond the Standard Model. Finding new particles amidst the barrage of old ones produced by any collision may require calculating Standard Model predictions with unprecedented precision.

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The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center is managed by Stanford University for the US Department of Energy

Last update Friday June 18, 2004 by Emily Ball