How do I get Beamtime at NE-CAT?

  1. All beam time at NE-CAT is distributed through the APS Unverisal Proposal system (UPS).  If you do not have an active proposal, then you will need to submit an MX General User Proposal (GUP) and then submit an Experimental Time Request (ETR) on the proposal.  To collect data at NE-CAT, you must specifically request 24-ID-C and/or 24-ID-E as your 1st and 2nd choice beamlines.  You cannot share ETRs between different sectors (NE-CAT is sector 24). A GUP is good for 2 years, but it is necessary for you to submit an ETR for each APS run that you desire beam time. Please see How to Apply for APS Beamtime for more information and to check proposal deadlines. 
  2. Once you have submitted an ETR, NE-CAT will claim the ETR and you will be contacted by Cyndi Salbego to schedule time or you may proactively contact her. Both NE-CAT beamlines have 2 shifts per day: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (day), 7:00 PM - 9:00 AM (night).  Other scheduling options are available on a case-by-case basis.
  3. You will need to obtain site access in order to collect data on-site or remotely.
  4. You will need to file an Experimental Safety Form (ESAF) listing all your actual samples and all the members of your group that are participating in the beam time.

PDFs with instructions on how to submit a new MX GUP see below.

If you want to copy information from an OLD proposal, you can access the old system (READ ONLY) to download the information. Please access here: Old GUP system. If you can't access it, please contact Cyndi and she can download it for you!

Cyndi Salbego (