The Advanced Light Source (ALS) welcomes researchers from universities, government labs, and industry worldwide. An overview of user opportunities and procedures for becoming a user are outlined below.
What is an ALS User?
An ALS user is a researcher who has gone through the research proposal process and been granted “beam time” (access to use the facilities at a certain beamline). 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.
How do I identify the best beamline for my work?
Before submitting a proposal, we recommend that researchers determine the beamline and facilities most appropriate for their planned experiment. We provide a number of tools and contacts to guide prospective users:
- Review the ALS Beamline Directory to learn about the research capabilities of the ALS.
- Inquire about individual beamlines by contacting the beamline scientist listed in the ALS Beamline Directory.
- Contact the ALS User Services Group Leader or the User Office for information about beamlines available to users.
How much does it cost to use the ALS?
The ALS does not charge for beam time if the user’s research is nonproprietary, i.e., the results are published in the open literature. All users are responsible for the day-to-day costs of research (supplies, phone calls, technical support, etc.).
Users performing proprietary research pay a fee based on ALS usage cost. The user may then take title to any inventions made during the proprietary research program and treat as proprietary all technical data generated during the program. Proprietary research is not intended for the open literature. For additional information about proprietary research, contact the ALS User Services Group Leader.
Users from Industry
The ALS welcomes industrial users from large and small companies whose projects advance scientific knowledge, investigate the development of new products and manufacturing methods, and/or provide economic benefits and jobs to the economy. Industry users can find more information here.
The ALS User Policy provides an overview of types of access, practices, and procedures for current and prospective users.