Guide for New Users


The BCSB runs five beamlines at the Advanced Light Source: Beamlines 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.0.3, 8.2.1, and 8.2.2. You can read about the characteristics of the beamlines under the “Our Beamlines” link from the top menu. Beamlines 5.0.2, 8.2.1 and 8.2.2 are tunable beamlines, while 5.0.1 and 5.0.3 are fixed wavelength at the Se edge. All beamlines are remote accessible. The steps for obtaining beamtime and running the beamlines are linked below.

1. Obtaining beamtime

There are several mechanisms for obtaining beamtime at the BCSB beamlines, as described HERE.

2. Setting up your remote connection

Once you have been allocated beamtime, you should be given an account for logging in to the beamline machines.If you have not received an account login, contact the beamline scientist for your beamline. Click HERE for information on setting up your computer for remote data collection. This will allow you to log in to the data processing machines be done anytime), as well as the beamline control machine, which will be accessible to you only during your beamtime.

3. Using the automounters

If you are running remotely you will be using the sample automounters (robots). A manual describing the tools you need for sample handling and shipping samples can be found HERE.

4. Controlling the beamline

The beamline control software is called “BOS” and “b3”. An online manual can be found HERE, and several videos describing the advanced features of BOS can be found HERE.