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Cover Story - October 3, 2012

SLAC at 50: still very much a going concern

Atom smashing has given over to X-ray investigation, of everything

by Dave Boyce

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park is 50 years old this year. The facility began as a particle smasher — accelerating electrons to nearly the speed of light inside a two-mile-long underground tunnel and allowing the particles to collide in such a way as to produce meaningful information about the structure of matter.

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