About the Science Directorate

LINAC
We innovate and operate premiere accelerator-based facilities.

SLAC’s Science Directorate includes the eight scientific divisions that represent the laboratory's key research priorities. From uncovering the basic physics of the universe to advancing society’s energy technology, the Science Directorate’s research addresses an enormous range of critical scientific challenges. SLAC’s distinguished history, world-class experimental facilities, close ties to Stanford University and connections to Silicon Valley provide the background for our work and success.

SLAC-Stanford Joint Institutes

KIPAC

KIPAC

KIPAC (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology) is an independent laboratory of Stanford to serve as a bridge between the disciplines of astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics. KIPAC's members work on Stanford campus and at SLAC.

PULSE Institute

PULSE Institute

The PULSE Institute is a Stanford independent laboratory as well as a research center within the Science Directorate of SLAC. The mission of PULSE is to advance the frontiers of ultrafast science.

SIMES

SIMES

SIMES (Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences) is a joint institute of Stanford and SLAC where scientists design new generations of materials aimed at creating clean, economical energy conversion and storage technologies.

SUNCAT Center

SUNCAT Center

The SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis is a partnership between Stanford School of Engineering and SLAC, where researchers combine theory and experiment to design catalysts for promoting chemical reactions that are important for gathering and storing solar energy.

SLAC + Stanford Collaboration

SLAC + Stanford Collaboration

Stanford University operates SLAC for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. We run four joint research centers with Stanford that focus on cosmology and astrophysics, materials and energy science, catalysis, and ultrafast science.