July 1, 2005


Office of Science Director Orbach Outlines Bright Future For SLAC


By Francoise Chanut

Raymond L. Orbach, Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy, lavished praise on SLACís past accomplishments and promising future during a special address Thursday on the Labís Green.

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SLAC's E158 Makes First Observations of Key Traits in Weak Force

By Heather Rock Woods

The E158 experiment at SLAC has made vital new observations that illuminate the nature of the weak force.

Using extraordinary precision, E158 made the landmark observation that the strength of the weak force acting on two electrons lessens when the electrons are far apart. The results have been accepted for publication in the fieldís primary journal, Physical Review Letters.

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New Milestone for SPEAR3

By Francoise Chanut

SPEAR3, SSRLís recently upgraded synchrotron radiation source at SLAC, reached 500 milliamps (mA) for the first time on June 20, and again on June 21.

The milestone was achieved as part of a series of tests designed to bring SPEAR3 to its full design performance. SPEAR3 has been running at 100 mA for the past year and a half but will ultimately operate at 500 mA routinely, generating brighter X-ray beams that will make new experiments possible.

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Last update Friday July 01, 2005 by Topher White