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User Access for New Users

  1. Requesting Beamtime
    The first step is to submit a proposal for an experiment at the NSLS. You may do so by using the web-based proposal system called PASS with a temporary ID number you set up yourself.

  2. Site Access Registration
    All researchers coming to the NSLS to work on a beamline must have an active appointment with Brookhaven National Laboratory which involves an online registration process and approval. Appointments expire after two years but can be renewed. Once your proposal for beamtime has been reviewed and rated, you may submit your on-line site access registration form, including your proposal (PASS Form) number. A User Agreement must also be in place between the user's institution and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

  3. Training
    All new users must complete/update their training prior to access to the experimental floor. These training modules can be completed online prior to arrival at the NSLS. This is strongly recommended since it saves a considerable amount of time during the check-in process at the Guest, User, Visitor (GUV) Center.

    For users new to the technique of "X-Ray Absorption, Fine Structure (XAFS)," there is now an online orientation module available that you are strongly encouraged to review prior to submitting your proposal for beamtime. Modules for additional beamline techniques will be added here as they become available.

  4. Visit Date(s) Notification
    All users are required to complete the Guest Arrival Notification System (GANS) Form prior to arrival. You must have an approved appointment and Guest Identification number (which is provided to you upon approval of your Site Access Registration as described in Step 3).

  5. Collect and Bring Proper Identification
    All users must bring proper identification during their visits to BNL. Failure to possess current identification may result in your inability to be granted access to the BNL site.

  6. Check-In On Site
    Users must show a BNL photo identification badge if they have one, or other photo identification at the Main Gate, and if required, proceed to the Guest, User, Visitor (GUV) Center to complete check-in.

  7. Complete Beamline Training
    After checking in with the Guest, User, Visitor (GUV) Center, and upon arrival at the NSLS, Beamline Operation and Safety Awareness (BLOSA) training is required for all users. This training is beamline specific and will be executed by the Local Contact at the beamline upon arrival.

  8. Complete End of Run Survey
    As part of the annual DOE report, the NSLS (and other DOE facilities) are required to ask users to take part in a User Satisfaction survey to provide feedback to the Office of Basic Energy Science (BES) and to improve user services and the NSLS facility. Please fill in this form at the completion of your experiment.