HEPL, founded in 1947 as Stanford's first Independent Laboratory, provides facilities and administrative structure enabling faculty to do research that spans across the boundaries of a single department or school—for example: physics & engineering or physics & biology/medicine. The Independent Laboratory concept, in many ways unique to Stanford, facilitates world-class research and teaching. The icons above represent 15 research programs currently administered by HEPL. Click on any icon for more information about that program. For more information about HEPL research, see the Research page.
For the past 60 years or so, HEPL has maintained a paper archive and catalog of reports, papers, memos and other documents related to various HEPL research projects.
Most of the archive, contained in filing cabinets, has been located in an off-campus storage facility. The catalog of all these documents was maintained as a set of index cards—a traditional "card catalog." For all intents and purposes, the combination of a physical card catalog and off-campu document storage rendered this archive virtually unusable.
However, this situation is now changing. First, the physical document archive has been moved back on campus. In addition, all of the cards in the catalog have been scanned into a PDF file, which was subsequently updated manually with electronic bookmarks for each record. Last, and most important, the index to the scanned card file has been converted into a web table with links from each document entry to its corresponding page in the PDF catalog.
This catalog index table is located at the bottom of the Research page here on the HEPL website. You are welcome to browse through the catalog index table and its associated "electronic card file." If you find a document that you wish to view, simply send an email request to Managing Lab Director, Nancy Christiansen.
Stanford physics Professor, Roger W. Romani, will share the 2013 Rossi Prize with Alice Harding of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The prize is being awarded to them by the American Astronomical Society for establishing a theoretical framework for understanding gamma-ray pulsars.
Gamma-ray pulsars are unusual cosmic objects: They are the remnants of massive stars that have exploded as supernovae and are now rapidly spinning neutron stars that emit gamma-ray photons and sometimes (but not always) radio photons. By elucidating the theoretical behavior of these irregular objects, Harding and Romani made possible many of the observations made with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.
Britain’s Royal Astronomical Society has named Stanford University Physics Professor Roger Blandford as the 2013 winner of the Society’s highest honor, the Gold Medal. Blandford directs the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, which is jointly run by Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and is a professor of particle physics and astrophysics at SLAC.
Up to two Gold Medals are presented annually, one for extraordinary lifetime achievement in astronomy and another for the same in geophysics. Blandford was selected to receive the 2013 astronomy medal on the basis of “his varied and inspirational contributions to theoretical astrophysics, as well as his service to the astrophysics research community at an international level.”