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Automated Beamline Messages Give SSRL Users a Break
Fourth LCLS Instrument Moves In
In the News: LCLS Shines Brightly
Improved Process for Ordering SLAC Vehicles

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Thursday - September 16, 2010

Automated Beamline Messages Give SSRL Users a Break

Sam Webb at the Beamline 2-3 user station, planning his next upgrades. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Some users of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource enjoyed a little extra peace of mind, as well as more regular meals and sleep, starting in early spring of 2010. That's when Sam Webb gave them a software tool that kept an eye on their experiments for them.

"Users would joke that it'd be nice if the beamline could call them," said Webb, an SSRL staff scientist and beamline support scientist. "I said, 'Well, technically that's not that hard to do.'"

Webb's tool tracks data collection, as well as the status of the SPEAR synchrotron accelerator, and notifies both users and Webb himself via text message or e-mail if something out of the ordinary occurs. Webb installed it on Beamline 2-3, the dedicated microfocus imaging beamline, as well as Beamline 10-2, which is run half-time in imaging mode. During this past run the messaging tool was offered as an option for users on Webb's beamlines.  Read more...

(Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Fourth LCLS Instrument Moves In

Last Saturday brought perfect chamber-moving weather, and a handful of SLAC riggers, vacuum assembly personnel and scientists took full advantage of the conditions by moving the central piece of the Coherent X-ray Imaging instrument into the Far Experimental Hall of the Linac Coherent Light Source. The 4,000-pound red girder and primary chamber assembly made their way to the FEH at one mile an hour, strapped to a flatbed trailer. There, the team guided the instrument down the tunnel incline and into the CXI hutch, the middle hutch of three hutches in the FEH. Assembly crews will spend the next few weeks mounting a further complement of instruments and chambers to the girder in preparation for beam this December.

The CXI instrument will be used to capture detailed diffraction images of matter on the molecular scale. Check out the Linac Coherent Light Source CXI instrument page for a detailed description of its experimental capabilities.

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In the News: LCLS Shines Brightly

The September issue of Nature Photonics features a "News & Views" piece exploring the Linac Coherent Light Source and the science it makes possible. Subscribers, and readers at subscribing institutions like SLAC, can access the full article online: "X-ray FEL Shines Brightly."

Improved Process for Ordering SLAC Vehicles

In an effort to provide efficient service for users of SLAC vehicles, all current and new vehicle requests will be processed through the Facilities Transportation group. This will have multiple benefits both to the lab as well as for individuals and groups requesting vehicles. The benefits include efficient ordering (which reduces cost), a standardized process and assurance of safety compliance for all vehicles.

Contact the Facilities Transportation group for a listing of vehicles that are approved for use on site, including cars, trucks, carts, Segways, forklifts, etc. For existing requests, Facilities will work with the Procurement Department to coordinate with requestors, and ensure customer satisfaction and compliance with the new requirements. For further information, please contact Transportation Manager Ken Rubino (x3218).


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