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Synchrotron Access

LS-CAT beamlines at APS

Vanderbilt crystallographers have access to macromolecular beamlines through membership in the Life Sciences Collaborative Access Team (LS-CAT) at the Advanced Photon Source of Argonne National Laboratory.

LS-CAT provides a significant amount of beamtime throughout the year to Vanderbilt researchers for on-site and remote data collection. To request beamtime for any of the excellent lines at LS-CAT, first check availability of beamtime slots, and then contact the Facility Director.

Remember the ESAF

An Experimental Safety Assessment Form (ESAF) should be completed at least seven days before scheduled beamtime.

Submit only one ESAF for each beamtime slot. If more than one group is sharing a slot, then all of the groups must collaborate on submission of the ESAF. The beamline staff request this in order to facilitate the data collection. Click WHY? for a table explaining the advantages and disadvantages.

Conflicts & Technical Issues

The synchrotron staff requests that all communication with beamline concerning times and schedules include a PI to prevent conflicts.

If users are having technical difficulties and request staff help, users must not play with the controls until the staff member lets them know they have finished the repair – even if it seems nothing is happening. Please share this information.