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The facility also has necessary ancillary equipment for specimen preparation, such as for final steps of macromolecule purification, tissue culture lab, grid preparation and vitrification robots. We offer these facilities to the scientific community for end-stage specimen preparation, high-throughput data collection, and real-time data evaluation, either in-person or on-line via remote submission of vitrified grids. It allows researchers to prepare samples, collect data at high speed and assess the quality of that data on the fly so they can make the best use of their experimental time. They can carry out experiments in person or remotely.
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at SLAC is one of the pioneering synchrotron facilities in the world, known for outstanding user support and important contributions to science and instumentation. SSRL produces extremely bright X-ray light for probing our world at the atomic and molecular level. More than 1,700 scientists from all over the world use it each year for research that benefits many sectors of the American economy. Their work spurs advances in medicine, energy production, environmental cleanup, nanotechnology and new materials. As one of five light sources funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, SSRL enables research that benefits every sector of the American economy.
At SSRL's experimental facilities, researchers use a range of X-ray techniques to study the structures and properties of matter. By scattering X-rays off of samples, researchers can measure how samples absorb and emit X-rays to determine their electronic properties. This produces images of small and large objects using X-rays as a light source – images that carry information about chemical composition and structural ordering.
Applications of the research performed at SSRL include:
- Building Better Batteries - Scientists around the world are racing to develop cheaper, sturdier, more efficient rechargeable batteries for electric cars, cell phones, laptops and other devices.
- Improving Solar Cells - By packing molecules closer together, scientists have developed a semiconductor material that is among the speediest yet.
- Revolutionizing Electronics - No longer content with materials found in nature or made through trial and error, scientists at SSRL are finding ways to design new materials, in atom by atom detail, that precisely fit society's needs.
By partnering with industry, SSRL has enabled technical advancements that would otherwise not have been possible. Companies use SSRL instruments to help bring discoveries and innovations from theory to reality.