Mail-In Program


Industrial Powder Diffraction and PDF 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.  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.  Please contact Joel Reid at for pricing.  We are also happy to do more complex experiments or analyze the data for you. See the ISG website for more details.


Academic Powder Diffraction and PDF Mail-In Program:

Academic users can submit rapid access proposals through the user portal for fast turn-around mail-in. High resolution powder diffraction proposals are limited to 8 measurement. Data can be collected at any temperature between 80 and 500 K. The user must justify the need for synchrotron quality data. Projects that can be completed using laboratory quality data are not suitable for this program. For powder diffraction choose the BXDS-WLE beamline.  For pair distribution function there is a limit of 6 samples. Measurements will be done only at ambient conditions using 60 or 65 keV X-rays. For PDF choose the BXDS-WHE beamline. 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. Projects involving more samples than 8 for diffraction or 6 for PDF or projects requiring more complex setups should be submitted as general user proposals. Users should load capillaries into Kapton capillaries themselves prior to shipping, see the user information page of this website for instruction on how to purchase and preapre the capillaries. Inquiries regarding this program can be directed to Graham King or Beatriz Moreno.

Please do not wait until the very last minute to ship your samples.