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User Info

Apply for beamtime 

How to request 'On-site' access for your experiment in 2022-1

The site access request is triggered by choosing “On-site” as the User Type on the ESAF.

  • After the ESAF is submitted, APS checks if all users have current, unexpired user badges and that all online training courses are current. Max of 2 experimenters on site per ESAF
  • APS will send users reminders to take care of these items
  • If all users have current badges and training, APS will send the Spokesperson a link to complete the request to come on site. This requires a short justification, something that explains why the work you need to do requires an experimenter to be on site
  • HPCAT management is then asked by APS to approve, and once that approval is given, APS generally approves the request
  • Be aware that Users who arrive at Argonne after hours without notifying the APS User Office in advance of arrival WILL BE DENIED ACCESS.

See APS Site Access Requirements - updated 11/22/2021 to include vaccination status requirements

Everyone is required to wear masks and maintain six-foot social distancing while on site – see Argonne's Health Pact or complete COVID100 training for detailed information.

As of January 17, 2022, anyone working or visiting on-site will need to wear a proximity device. You will be issued one to use while you're here. For more information about the Instant-Trace program, see the Getting Started Guide HERE.

The APS App in the ANL App

The Argonne phone app provides an easy-to-use interface that features emergency and safety alerts, non-emergency contacts, maps and way-finding information, updates on the Lab’s response to COVID-19, social media links, and many other resources. 
 
The APS has developed a customized section in the Argonne app for its users that links to the APS User Info web page as well as several key resources such as request assistance from the floor coordinator, a platform to report end of beam time when experiments are completed, and My APS Portal – a personalized gateway to the APS.
 
Users are encouraged to download the Argonne app on their phone. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Search for “Argonne” to locate and install the app. 
 
Once the application is downloaded, users can click on the Resources and For Facility Users buttons to reach the APS platform.

Update from HPCAT's Director, Nenad Velisavljevic and Group Leader, Maddury Somayazulu (9/3/2020)

Video of HPCAT Status - User Meeting September 3, 2020
Nenad's presentation slides
Announcement from APS about Limited Operations  (Updated July 17, 2020)
APS Operations and General User Programs During the COVID Pandemic  (Updated October 1, 2020)

HPCAT Remote Access – Some Key Facts

  • At present, most techniques are available on all beamlines at HPCAT via remote access
  • In line with APS safety concerns, we are not accepting hazardous samples but Be gasketed samples are acceptable
  • ESAF has to submitted well in advance to enable shipping and receiving of your samples
  • For optimal remote access experience, you need to have multiple displays and good internet connection
  • No cryostat or resistive heating experiments can be performed remotely.  You must have 2 users on site for these techniques
  • On-site support is available 8 am to 5 pm (CT) and off-site support can be expected until 8 pm (CT)

HPCAT Shipping procedures (DACs)
PEC Experiment Shipping procedures
Globus Online - Getting Started
Remote Operations on 16-IDB Laser Heating 2020-3
Remote Operation Guide for 16-BMD


With a multidisciplinary approach and multi-institution collaborations, the high-pressure program at HPCAT has been enabling myriad scientific breakthroughs in high-pressure physics, chemistry, materials, and Earth and planetary sciences.

Shipping experimental supplies in advance of your beamtime:

Address for NON-hazardous materials:

Local contact or Curtis Kenney-Benson AND experimenter or PI name
HPCAT, Bldg 434E, Sector 16
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Lemont, IL  60439

Shipping instructions for hazardous materials: https://www.aps.anl.gov/Safety-and-Training/Safety/Using-Material-Samples/Transporting-Hazardous-Materials

Please provide a Fed Ex return label if you'd like HPCAT to ship your samples back to you.

Helpful links:

ESAF System
Floor Coordinator Request
ESAF Beamtime Reporting
APS Safety & Training  
APS Ring Status
Storage Parameters
Steering Request
User IT Support

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