|Users from Industry|
There are several modes of access; the ALS User and Scientific Support Groups are especially committed to helping new industrial users gain a foothold in our user community and welcome inquiries about how to make that happen.
An overview of user opportunities, and the procedures to become a user, are outlined below:
Users from Industry
The ALS is a third generation synchrotron light source, providing over 35 beamlines, where samples may be illuminated with x-ray, ultraviolet or infrared light to explore the structure and electronic properties of materials. The ALS operates as a national user facility, and is open to researchers worldwide to submit proposals for research.
An ALS user is a researcher who has been granted access to use the facilities provided. Many users travel to the synchrotron with their samples to carry out their experiments, but a growing number send their samples to ALS staff and then either operate a beamline remotely to collect their data, or arrange for staff to collect the data for them.
Research Facilities Available to Users
All users are responsible for the day-to-day costs of research (supplies, phone calls, technical support, etc.). The ALS does not charge for beam time if the user's research is nonproprietary (results are published in open literature).
The ALS User Policy provides an overview of current practices and procedures for current and potential users so that they can propose and perform experiments at the ALS with all the technical, experiment, and administrative support they require for successful and efficient use of beam time. The kinds of access for users, i.e., General Users, Approved Programs, and Participating Research Teams, are described.