Welcome to the SSRL User Research Site

Central Management & Scheduling to Ensure Optimal Utilization

User Portal


AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2014, only SLAC Security will issue SLAC ID badges for users on scheduled experiments.

NOTE:  ALERT US before traveling to SLAC. Inform your colleagues about this change and ensure all experimenters are listed on your proposals and beam time/support requests.

There are additional requirements for foreign nationals from certain countries as well as from Cuba, Iran, Sudan or Syria.

* To ensure access and avoid delays, please do the following BEFORE arriving at SLAC:

1. Prior to traveling to SLAC, register through the user portal to provide or update current contact information.
2. Review the updated check-in procedures AND contact User Check-In Coordinator Jackie Kerlegan.
3. Complete all training (including Traffic Safety Course 154) at least 48 hours before arriving and bring a hard copy of the training certificates.
4. Bring your identification to verify citizenship. Please ensure that you have an appropriate visa (Users with WT or B2 visas are prohibited from working at SLAC). There are additional requirements for foreign nationals from certain countries as well as from Cuba, Iran, Sudan or Syria.
5. Unless your training is valid and you have already been issued a new SLAC ID from SLAC Security after October 1, 2014, stop first at the Security Office Building 235 by the main gate to obtain a new ID badge.
6. Check in at the URA offices prior to entering the experimental area or starting any experiments. The URA office in Building 120, Room 211, is staffed Monday-Friday from 7 am - 12 noon and 1- 4 pm (except holidays).
7. If you arrive without having done your training or run into problems, contact URA (650-926-2079/4738/2087/8758/3191) and we will try to help.

* GUEST HOUSE:  The GUEST HOUSE  sets aside rooms for users during peak demand periods at Stanford. Identify yourself as a user and ask to be waitlisted for rooms that become avaiilable.

* FOOD OPTIONS The SLAC Cafe, auditorium and visitor center are closed until construction is completed on the new Science and User Support Building (SUSB) in 2015.  FOOD OPTIONS at SLAC include Starbucks or the EAT Club (pre-order lunch for delivery ~noon to SLAC/SSRL Bldg. 120). Doordash.com will also deliver food to SLAC from several local restaurants in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area from midday to late evening. Discounts are also offered at local restaurants: Eric's Gourmet, Portola Kitchen.

WORK SAFELY:  Be aware and exercise caution when visiting SLAC, particularly during construction. Contact Security if help is needed or to report any problems or suspicous activity: 650-926-2551. For EMERGENCIES, CALL 911 OR 5555.

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Onsite Logistics and Additional Resources

We take very seriously the challenges of safety and security here. Please review the access guidelines which are intended to call your attention to concerns which you may encounter at SLAC as well as to encourage you to be alert for and avoid potential problems. All users are required to sign and acknowledge these requirments annually. 

User Facility Access List
SSRL 'No-Bars' Hutch Training List
While You are Here
Food options



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