Stanford, Department of Energy sign new lease for SLAC

At a time when the results of the first user experiments at the Linac Coherent Light Source are being published and the next phases of SLAC science are taking shape, renewing the partnership between Stanford and the Department of Energy will ensure another generation of cutting-edge science at the laboratory, officials say.

Representatives from Stanford University and the Department of Energy (DOE) signed an agreement Wednesday that will allow SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to continue to operate on university-owned land for the next 33 years.

The new lease is an extension of the original contract, first signed in 1962.

"This lease extends and strengthens a partnership between Stanford and the Department of Energy that has led to trailblazing research and discovery," said Leslie Hume, chair of Stanford's Board of Trustees.

At a time when the results of the first user experiments at the Linac Coherent Light Source are being published and the next phases of SLAC science, such as the Facilities for Accelerator Science and Experimental Test Beams, are taking shape, renewing the partnership will ensure another generation of cutting-edge science at the laboratory, officials say.

"SLAC is a tremendous resource for Stanford, and over the next 33 years I anticipate that the research facilitated by SLAC will have a transformative impact on our society," said Hume, who signed the lease along with Paul Golan, the DOE site office manager at SLAC.

SLAC Director Persis Drell added that she is "thrilled to have reached an agreement that pleases both the DOE and Stanford.  My thanks to the many people who worked to make this happen."

Lauren Rugani is a science-writing intern at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.