The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a United States Department of Energy National Laboratory operated by Stanford University. Founded in 1962 as the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, its two-mile-long linear accelerator was the site of the discovery of the charm quark and the tau lepton, as well as key investigations into the structure of protons and neutrons. Today, the heart of the laboratory is the Linac Coherent Light Source, and SLAC also serves atomic and solid-state physics and chemistry, biology and medicine.

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