The MX beamlines at Diamond (I03. I04, I04-1 and I24) have been highly automated. Most experiments are feasible remotely with minor exceptions such as humidity control, some serial crystallography protocols, XChem laboratory work or those at biological containment level III.
To carry out remote access experiments to Diamond we recommend:
First time users are encouraged to contact their local contact to discuss any queries. They will be able to guide you through the software and requirements and if required set up a test experiment to a beamline on a non-experiment day before your session to ensure all systems are working and you are ready to use the beamline. More general remote access queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
We currently offer both on-site and remote visits for MX at Diamond.
Running experiments completely remotely is increasingly popular, removing the need to travel to Diamond, increasing user participation per session and for some shift modes it is compulsory. To help Diamond maintain a high level of service to support this and to avoid disappointment at peak periods the following applies to Full Remote Access sessions:
This is a very popular mode of access where there is a mixture of a group of users at the beamline and the home lab taking turns to collect data. Please note:
In both access modes (fully remote or mixed), we require the team leader of the visit to gather and collate ALL information related to the visit (number and codes of dry shippers; which pucks are in which shipper) and to ensure that it is up to date on ISPyB at least 2 days before the visit (for weekend visits: by Wednesday afternoon).
Any further instructions, such as pucks not to be loaded, should be emailed directly to your local contact.
Please note that in both modes of access above, time for changing pucks is part of your shift time just as if you were here. For short shifts, this time has already been pre-allocated and the scheduled time provided is when the beamline is expected to be ready for you to start experiments.
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