Author Archives : Corie Ralston

Shutdown work in progress

On July 18, 2018, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Shutdown work in progress

ALS is down for the month of July and the first week or so of August. We are taking the opportunity to do a bunch of preventative maintenance on our beamlines. Some of the items include: – cleaning the Be window on 502 (may help to decrease scatter in images)…

Anthony R. – dewar wrangler extraordinaire!

On June 26, 2018, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Anthony R. – dewar wrangler extraordinaire!

From July 2017 to May 2018, the BCSB received (and shipped back after beamtime) 758 dewars. Most of these were handled by Anthony. Wow!

Where have all the CCDs gone?

On January 11, 2018, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Where have all the CCDs gone?

During the January shutdown, we decided to test the two Q315R detectors that used to live in beamlines 5.0.1 and 5.0.2. Fortunately, they still work! Once Gemini is commissioned (at the end of this year, if all goes well) then we will have to take the Pilatus out of 5.0.1 and move it over to Gemini. Therefore, good to know that the Q315R is still good. Here it is being tested on the floor at 5.0.1.

Space Crystals

On October 2, 2017, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Space Crystals

Recently, Marc helped a user run some crystals which the user had arranged to have grown in zero-gravity. Here are pictures of the crystal capillaries mounted at the beamline, and the raster grid used to locate crystals within a capillary. Thank you for reading!

Another Day, Another Dewar

On September 28, 2017, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Another Day, Another Dewar

Another one of those Mondays at the beamline:

Winner: Matt Clifton of Nurix!

On May 30, 2017, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Winner: Matt Clifton of Nurix!

We held a jelly bean counting contest at our booth at the ACA. Matt Clifton of Nurix was the winner. Good job, Matt!

 

 

BCSB represented at the ACA in New Orleans

On May 30, 2017, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on BCSB represented at the ACA in New Orleans

Once again, the BCSB teamed up with several other groups at the ALS to host a booth at the ACA. It was great to hang out with our ALS colleagues and to see many of our users.         Thank you for reading!

Goodbye, Charlie!

On May 11, 2017, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Goodbye, Charlie!

Sadly, today was Charlie Eigenbrot’s last PRT meeting, since he is retiring from Genentech in June. We will miss him! (But we do hope we comes back to visit us periodically at the synchrotron)

Back up and running

On April 3, 2017, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Back up and running

We are back up from the long ALS shutdown, and the beamlines are in good shape. We completed a number of projects on the sector 5 beamlines, in particular, as well as performed maintenance on a number of systems: – Pilatus3 6M installed on 5.0.1. The install went well, and…

Pilatus 6M now installed in 501

On March 7, 2017, Posted by , In Operations, With Comments Off on Pilatus 6M now installed in 501

The next test is to run the 501 and 502 Pilatus detectors simultaneously off the same PPU.

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