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2010 Call for Beamline Development Proposals

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Critical Dates

Call for proposal issued
March 26, 2010

Informational session
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Agenda | Video (RealPlayer)

Letter of Intent due Monday,
April 26, 2010
(submitted LOIs)

Beamline development workshops
April-June 2010

Beamline proposal due  Monday,
June 21, 2010

SAC Review
Summer 2010


Related Materials

Proposal template

NSLS-II Beamline Development Policy

NSLS-II Source Properties

NSLS & NSLS-II User Access Policy (draft)

Conceptual Design Report for Six Project Beamlines

Background Beamline Information

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), currently under construction at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, NY, is pleased to announce the 2010 Call for Beamline Development Proposals for experimental facilities to be implemented at NSLS-II.

NSLS-II is a highly optimized, third-generation synchrotron facility that will provide excellent brightness and flux as well as exceptional beam stability over a broad range of photon energies from infrared to hard x-rays. NSLS-II will accommodate at least 58 beamlines using 27 straight sections for insertion-device sources and 31 bending-magnet or three-pole-wiggler sources, with additional beamlines possible through canted insertion devices and multiple branches.

The 2010 call for beamline proposals is open to all areas of science, independent of the funding source and the type of beamline. Several anticipated funding opportunities — from the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and other sources — are expected to provide support for the development of a significant number of beamlines in the coming years.

Beamlines developed in response to this call, together with the six NSLS-II project beamlines, are expected to provide a significant capacity at the beginning of NSLS-II operations to allow the exploration of the unique scientific opportunities offered by the new facility, as well as support the wide-ranging research programs of the existing NSLS user community.

Beamline development at NSLS-II is governed by the NSLS-II Beamline Development Policy. This policy, together with useful information about other related policies and about the NSLS-II synchrotron source properties, can be found here.

A team interested in proposing the development of a beamline at NSLS-II is requested to submit a one-page letter of intent by Monday, April 26, 2010, indicating its intention to submit a proposal. This should be followed by the submission of a 10-page beamline development proposal by Monday, June 21, 2010. The required contents of the letter of intent and beamline development proposal are described in the NSLS-II Beamline Development Policy. The letter of intent and the beamline development proposal should be submitted to . The Light Sources Directorate Science Advisory Committee (SAC) will review proposals over the summer.

An informational session will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, to provide additional information about this call for proposals, additional technical information about NSLS-II, and an opportunity for discussion.

For more information, please contact Qun Shen, Experimental Facilities Division Director, NSLS-II, at


Additional Information

April 14, 2010, Beamline Informational Session Presentations: (.ppt)

Updated and additional information:



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