Laser Sciences (LAS)


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

FACET laser

LAS 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.

LAS 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.


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

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 62 End Station B: NLCTA Lasers
Building 130 High-Repetition Rate Development Laboratory
​Building 751 Research Laser Laboratory
Building 913 xLeap Laser Laboratory
Building 950 Near-Hall Hutches: AMO, SXR, XPP
HOLE (Hutch Optical Laser Emulator) Laboratory
​Building 999 Far-Hall Hutches: XCS, MFX, CXI, MEC​