Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SSRL is currently planning for the remainder of our 2020 run in the COVID-19 era. Contact the User Office if you have questions about how this impacts your experiments or to request an extension for impacted proposals.

In coordination with other DOE lightsources, our summer 2020 maintenance shutdown has been revised to begin the week of July 13th (rather than August 10th) -- we anticipate resuming operations in September (rather than mid October as originally planned).

In the COVID-19 era, we are planning a virutal users' conference rather than an on-site meeting -- Sept. 28-Oct. 9, 2020.

In support of COVID-19 related research

SSRL has since March 23 resumed operation, under minimum operations mode, for remote-access to support critical COVID-19 related work. We are currently supporting remote access experiments at SSRL Structural Molecular Biology macromolecular crystallography and small-angle x-ray scattering (BioSAXS) beam lines 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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