User Program - Before your Beamtime

Administrative Information
Shipping Information
International Shipping
License and user agreements
GM/CA @ APS Location
Backup Disks Information
Automounter Templates
Next: During your Beamtime (video tutorials, beamline manuals, latest software/hardware changes)

> Administrative Information

Questions regarding GM/CA beamlines should be addressed to your host or [email protected]

> Shipping Information

Shipping address for our beamlines is:

Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave.
GM/CA @ APS, Bldg 436D
Lemont, IL 60439

> International Shipping

Use an import broker for shipments arriving from outside the United States.

Users shipping materials to Argonne National Laboratory from outside the United States are responsible for their own shipments, including all aspects of the U.S. Customs clearing process. Users should hire a customs broker who will file the necessary customs papers and expedite packages through customs.

Argonne will not act as importer, exporter, consignee or broker for a User's international shipments. Users are responsible for any licenses, import duties, taxes, bonds, fees or other charges associated with importation or exportation.

> Accommodation

The only on-site accommodation is at Argonne Guest House,

> Training

As soon as your application is approved for the beamtime, please take some time to visit the APS “USER INFO” page at It is a good source and most of your questions will be answered there.

Before you can access any beamline at APS, you will need to complete mandated training requirements. Please visit APS web site for general training information at,   or contact APS User Office at 1-630-252-9090,   or email to [email protected]

Sector specific training, administered by GM/CA @ APS, will be completed as soon as you complete the APS general training and will arrive at Sector 23. Untrained personnel is not allowed to be at the beamline alone and will not have access to the station. Sector specific training will be given only once, so please make sure entire group is present.

> Safety

At least a week before you arrive at APS, submit your Experimental Safety Assessment form to APS. Visit for detailed information and instructions.

GM/CA Environmental, Safety & Health Plan.

The APS Floor Coordinator (ES&H Support) for Sector 23 and LOM-436 is Shane Flood.

> License and user agreements - User agreement

Before you are able to conduct experiments at APS, you must have User Agreement. Visit for details.

GM/CA @ APS will provide crystallographic and other software. It is your responsibility to make sure that Your home institution has appropriate licenses for using the software.

At the end of your visit, your host will conduct informal “end of experiment” interview. Please plan about 30 minutes for it. In your publications, please acknowledge the beamline by a following sentence: GM/CA @ APS has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Cancer Institute (Y1-CO-1020) and the National Institute of General Medical Science (Y1-GM-1104). Use of the Advanced Photon Source was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, under contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38.

> GM/CA @ APS Location

GM/CA beamlines are located in Sector 23 of APS (LOM 436D). For more information, please follow links below

> Data Backup Information

Do not forget to bring with you portable disks for backing up your data. You need to plan disks space in the amount of 2TB or more. Supported media and disk formats are described here. Network backups via Globus are available too. Your data will be saved at the GM/CA storage arrays for two weeks only solely to make sure that data is securely delivered to home institutions, complete and undamaged.

> Automounter Templates

If you are planning to use automounter, you would need to bring with you and upload into the JBluIce data acquisition program a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet file describing your samples. The spreadsheet templates and the instructions on their filling are avalible through the Facilities -> Automounter requirements page.



GM/CA @ APS Sponsors: National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  GM/CA @ APS is an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by Argonne National Laboratory

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