SLAC Public LecturesIf you have a head for physics, chemistry, biology, or medical research, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory holds free public science lectures on these topics and a host of others. These presentations are generally held every other month in the evening. Past lecture subjects have included particle physics, dark matter, and the nanotechnology of diamonds.
Operated by Stanford University, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a United States Department of Energy laboratory. Originally called Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), the facility was established in 1962 and sits on over 400 acres of property near the university. The linear accelerator allows scientists to accelerate electrons and positrons, and then measure the results. Passing under Interstate 280, it is the world’s longest accelerator at two miles. The facility also featured a collider at one time. It was similar to the more widely-known Large Electron-Positron Collider run by CERN in Geneva, Switzerland that operates today. Over they years, the lab has made several important discoveries involving sub-atomic physics, charge-parity symmetry, and gamma-rays.
The SLAC facility is three miles west of the Stanford campus on Sand Hill Road, about a mile east of I-280. The Visitor Center is open Monday though Friday, and tours are available.
For more details on the lecture series you can visit the facility’s event site: http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/com/public_events.htm