June 3, 2005


SLAC Reorganizes for Major Science Discovery

By Neil Calder

Director Jonathan Dorfan recently announced a complete reorganization of the structure and senior management of the Laboratory. The new organizational structure is built around four new Directorates—Photon Science, Particle and Particle Astrophysics, Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) Construction and Operations. Two of the new Directorates—Photon Science and Particle and Particle Astrophysics—encompass SLAC’s current major research directions.

“Our mission is to make discoveries in photon science and particle and particle astrophysics and to operate a safe laboratory that employs and trains the best and brightest,” said Dorfan. “The new management structure adapts SLAC’s outstanding resources to that mission and gives us renewed strength to complete it.”

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BABAR Probes Rare B Quark Coupling

By Heather Rock Woods

In the world of elementary particles, beauty couples preferentially to charm. B
ABAR studies these common ’charm’ decays, where B mesons containing a b quark (b for beauty, or bottom) decay to charm mesons containing a charm quark.

However, enterprising experimentalists have been intrigued by the less favored couplings between b quarks and non-charm quarks because they are less understood and not fully predictable. Physicists expect that exploring charmless decays will provide new insight into the world of quarks bound in states of matter.

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Inside In The Dark

By Nina Adelman Stolar

On Wednesday, May 18, about 8:00 a.m. people found themselves literally in the dark throughout the Lab. Most headed outside to see how wide spread the problem was and find out what had happened.

The SLAC community was very cooperative and responsive during this genuine emergency. Staff were dispatched to survey the site and began hooking up generators where there were critical needs to keep systems alive. According to Frank O’Neill (RD) “The CEF group really took a major role in securing the facility.”

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The Payroll Must Go On!

By Ron Barrett

What do you do when you have ~10,000 square feet of computers with no electrical power, lighting or cooling and the payroll is due in one day?

Add to that scenario the fact that the whole site is down with an estimated up time after the deadline has passed. Well, that is exactly the scenario we had at the Lab on Wednesday, May 18.

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Last update Monday June 13, 2005 by Topher White