Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SPEAR shutdown 3/22-5/10 for maintenance/upgrades. 

In support of COVID-19 related research

We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to work through and adjust as the conditions evolve. SSRL beam line staff will continue to contact users to discuss beam time requests, determine which experiments can be performed within current COVID-19 constraints and coordinate sample handling. Although X-ray experiments are primarily being performed either by remote access or by beam line staff through mail-in samples, we are optimistic that we will be able to gradually re-introduce users to the SSRL experimental floor later this year beginning with local (Northern California) users.

Several SSRL beam lines are available to support COVID-19 related work through Rapid Access proposals.

The Stanford-SLAC Cryo-EM research facilities are also operational for COVID-19 related research, see Stanford-SLAC Cryo-EM Center (S2C2) and National Center for Macromolecular Imaging (NCMI).

Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences light sources want to ensure they are doing everything possible to enable research into this virus and the search for an effective vaccine or other treatment. The DOE supports research into structural biology in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, and other partners. This portal collects relevant structural biology resources in a single location, listing their basic characteristics and a point of contact for each (link is external).

Supporting the User Community


Visiting scientists ("users") from universities, industries and laboratories around the world use SSRL experimental facilities to conduct experiments across a broad range of scientific, engineering, and environmental disciplines.


Our Experimental Facilities

Users conduct experiments at SSRL's approximately 30 experimental stations, which utilize extremely bright x-rays produced by the SPEAR3 storage ring. SSRL provides access to beam lines, instrumentation, ancillary equipment supported by dedicated staff scientists and technicians.


Science at SSRL

Ginter/SLAC photo of BL5-1

SSRL's extremely bright x-rays are used by scientists to view the nanoworld, leading to cutting-edge research in drug discovery, energy efficiency and supply, environmental remediation (toxic waste cleanup), electronics, telecommunications and manufacturing.

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