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For the Materials Science Beamline we accept two types of proposals:
  1. Single technique: for the users that do not want to combine several different laboratories.
  2. Multi-technique: for the users that want to combine the measurements at the Materials Science Beamline with experiments in at least one other laboratory (complete list is here).
The link in VUO is "Submit a new CERIC proposal".

The usual deadlines for the submission are:
  • beginning of March and beginning of September: for the users that want to have their proposal technically pre-evaluated and checked, with the possibility to correct and/or improve it;
  • end of March and end of September: definitive deadline for submission.
After the submission, the proposal will be technically evaluated by the Materials Science Beamline staff and scientifically evaluated by the international reviewing committee.

Apart from the specific suggestions from the Proposal Review Panel, we list the typical problems of the proposals at the Materials Science Beamline pointed out by the reviewers:
  • The use of synchrotron radiation is not necessary. Some results can be obtained also using high-resolution photoemission with laboratory X-ray source (monochromatized or not) so you have to explain your motivation for applying for experimental time at synchrotron. The reasons can be e.g. the tunability necessary for resonant photoemission or NEXAFS, cross sections, surface sensitivity...
  • Technical requests were not compatible with the available experimental equipment (e.g. photon energy, sample annealing/cooling temperatures, UHV compatibility and electrical conductivity of the samples): please, check the instrument parameters and/or discuss the possibilities with the beamline staff.
  • The requested number of shifts was too high/too low. Bear in mind that for the correct evaluation you have to state clearly in the proposal the total number of samples and the experimental procedure for every sample (e.g. sample prepared ex situ/in situ, cleaning procedure, annealing, exposures, evaporation).
For the above stated reasons, we invite you not to forget to carefully fill safety forms for every compound used and also the following sections during the submission procedure:
  • Sample Treatment: describe what do you need to do with your samples apart from their measurements, e.g. ion sputtering, annealing/cooling, overlayer deposition by evaporation, gas exposure...
  • Available Equipment: list all the experimental equipment you intend to use of those permanently available at the laboratory (e.g. manipulators, evaporators, gases, power supplies);
  • Additional Equipment: list all the additional equipment you need to bring from your home institute (e.g. evaporators, gas exposure systems);
  • Offline Facilities: e.g. chemical lab, spot welder, dessicator.
If you have questions do not hesitate to contact the beamline staff well before the submission deadline. Please be aware that suitable samples in general are UHV compatible and electrically conductive flat plates. Other forms of materials (e.g. thin films or powders) must be discussed in any case.


When your experiment is scheduled contact the beamline staff in order to discuss the necessary details, for example:
  • the amount of the necessary technical support during your experiment
  • sample size and mounting on the manipulator cartridge
  • your scientific equipment needed to be mounted in the experimental chamber
Important remark: in the case your device is to be mounted into the analysis chamber it might be necessary to provide it well before the beginning of the corresponding Elettra Run (which can be up to two months before the experiment) and we cannot return it to you before the end of the Run. The reason is that during the whole Run there is no time to perform the bake out.

Well before your arrival all participants should not forget to submit the Access Request and discuss with the Travel Office the details about transport and accomodation support.

If you decide to modify your experimental plan with respect to what was written in the proposal, please discuss the changes with the beamline staff and do not forget to update the Safety Forms in VUO. After the experiment you must dispose of all the used substances as specified in the Sample Disposal section of the Safety Form.

Users can use the rechargeable card for the Area canteen/coffee bar (Mon-Fri 8-18) and key for the Elettra snackpoint (24/7) available at the beamline.

The nearest printer/copy machine/scanner is ESP3-P1-COPY.

Data processing and Publication

The beamline staff may help you not only before but also after your experiment, e.g. with the processing and interpretation of the acquired data, experimental report or follow-up proposals. Do not hesitate to stay in contact with us.

Publication co-authorship: The dedicated and experienced beamline scientists working at Elettra invest much of their time in operating, maintaining and improving the instrumentation at the beamlines. As well as this, they support users in performing their experiments, and where appropriate, help with data analysis after the experiment. When a scientist dedicates a significant amount of her or his time to supporting a user experiment, it is only fair that the contribution is recognised, normally by co-authorship of resulting publications. Of course it is not expected that those making a minor contribution are similarly recognised. For instance, those who have a minor role may be thanked in the acknowledgements of a paper. Please discuss with staff the expected level of support and roles of those involved before an experiment.

If you received travel support from CERIC do not forget to acknowledge it in every publication resulting from your experiment. Moreover, information about all publications must be inserted into the Elettra database. A successful publication output of your previous experiment(s) can give you advantage in evaluation of your future proposals.
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2020 14:29