Mail-In Program


There are two options for obtaining data without coming on-site.


Industrial Powder Diffraction Mail-In Program:

The Industrial Science Group (ISG) at the CLS offers an option for mail-in data collection with a fast turn around time and no need to have a proposal go through the peer review process.  Samples can be loaded either by the customer or by CLS staff.  As this is a paid service industrial clients have no obligation to publish the results.  Many academic users also find this service useful due to its fast turn around time and avoidance of a proposal.  A 50% discount is offered for academic clients who have an intent to publish.  Data is usually collected within a few days to a few weeks of receiving the samples, except during periods of extended maintenance.  Data is only collected in standard configurations at set energies for either high resolution powder diffraction or pair distribution function measurements.  The form for standard measurements can be downloaded here.  We are also happy to do more complex experiments or analyze the data for you.  If interested please contact the ISG to discuss pricing.  See the ISG website for more details.


Academic PDF Mail-In Program:

The Brockhouse beamlines run a mail-in pair distribution function program for academic users with intent to publish. Proposals are still peer reviewed but on a rolling basis. Proposals are limited to 4 samples for routine ambient condition PDF measurements using 60 or 65 keV. Users may not use this program more than once per run cycle and no more than two proposals from the same research group are accepted in a run cycle. We aim to collect data within a few weeks of receiving the proposal, excluding outage periods.  Those interested should contact the Brockhouse team at or Graham King directly at to obtain the proposal form.


Special Pandemic Accommodations:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing restrictions on travel and limitations on the number of people allowed on-site at CLS, we will be accommodating some more complex general user experiments as mail-in until external users are allowed on-site again.