I08-SXM, the Diamond scanning X-ray microscopy beamline is now accepting proposals via online application from allocation period AP17 on via standard or rapid access. For further information, please visit the Access Routes page of the Diamond User Office. Useful information on applying and preparing beamtime can be found here.
Sample preparation is critical in soft X-ray microscopy and it is frequently found that sample preparation is underestimated, or more than one attempt is needed to discover or optimise the protocols essential for a successful experiment.
In order to optimise the success of I08 experiments, the I08 beamline access is organised in a access routes as:
A non-proprietary route to provide regular access to individuals or groups. Two calls per year will be issued with deadlines of 1st April and 1st October each for a six months period, these are October-March and April-September respectively. Applications should be made online. Please visit the 'Apply for beamtime' pages of the Diamond User Office.
Standard access is considered as the principal route for experiments at I08-SXM in case you can provide evidence for the existence of a successful sample preparation protocol. Please contact the I08 team in all cases.
Please note that the Peer Review Panel will flag proposals where the BL scientists have not been contacted, or not sufficient evidence for a successful sample preparation protocol has been provided. This might lead to conversion of your proposal to a rapid-access 'pilot study' with 1-3 shifts max or rejection of your proposal.
Rapid access route is currently available to evaluate the feasibility of a future experiments proposals as 'pilot studies'.
This access mode has only very limited numbers of shifts available per allocation period (max 15) and a typical time slot allocated to one rapid access user group is 3 shifts or 24 hours.
The proposal template can be downloaded at the Rapid Access User Office web page, where additional information is provided. Allocation and schedule for Rapid Access are usually decided within four weeks from submission.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Projects and results are confidential and available only to the user group. There is a fee for beamtime used and services provided. Please refer enquiries to Elizabeth Shotton.
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