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An Office of Science User Facility

Laser Science and Technology (LST)


​Mission Statement

The Laser Science and Technology (LST) division of the LCLS provides operational support for laser systems used in the LCLS photoinjector and experimental end stations. LST provides technical support for laser operations in the Accelerator Directorate (AD), Photon Science Directorate (PSD), Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), and various research groups at Stanford and other national laboratories (LBL, ANL, LANL).

LST scientists conduct research programs aimed at increasing and improving laser capabilities for users and SLAC scientists in areas such as High Harmonic Generation (HHG), UV and shorter pulsewidth sources, THz source development, and x-ray optical cross correlation for improved pump/probe timing precision. They engage in collaborative research on laser-related programs, and guide the programs of PhD students focused on science involving lasers.

LST stewards laser safety at SLAC, working closely with the SLAC Laser Safety Officer to ensure consistent training and application of laser safety practices and policies throughout the facility.​

Laser group photo
Pictured from left to right: Sasha Gilevich, Sergio Carbajo, Sharon Vetter, Joe Robinson, Shaughnessy Brown, Alan Miahnahri, Alan Fry, Franz Tavella, Mike Kozina, Marc Welch, Wayne Polzin, Giacomo Coslovich, Daniel Ratner, Mike Glownia, Nick Hartmann, Ryan Coffee


The LST supports facilities across the SLAC and Stanford campuses. Current laser labs, facilities, and collaborations are shown in the map below.

Laser locations map
​S​ector 0​​ LCLS II Injector
​Sector 10 Facet II Injector

High-Energy Density Science Laboratory
​Sector20 LCLS Injector

Facet Injector
Building 40

PULSE Laboratories

OPCPA Development Laboratory

​Building 44 UED Laboratory

Building 130
High-Repetition Rate Development Laboratory
​Building 751 Research Laser Laboratory
Building 950 Near-Hall Hutches: AMO, SXR, XPP
​Building 999 Far-Hall Hutches: XCS, MFX, CXI, MEC​

SLAC SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA
Operated by Stanford University for the U.S. Dept. of Energy