SSRL COVID-19 Updates

In June 2021, SSRL began transitioning to greater on-site user presence. The roll-out of effective coronavirus vaccines has reduced infection rates across the United States. As a result, we are able to host an increasing number of US-based users at SSRL, subject to new COVID-19 operating procedures. Full vaccination of on-site users, evidenced by an official vaccine record, is strongly preferred. SSRL began the summer shutdown on August 2, and we will resume user operations in October. 

SSRL capabilities for hosting remote user experiments have expanded considerably in the past year. As always, our highest priority is enabling science advances of our users. We look forward to welcoming back international on-site users as travel restrictions are lifted and the world-wide pandemic abates in the coming months. 

Paul McIntyre, SSL Director, June 2021


SSRL Operations Update

Rapid Access to Support COVID-19 Related Research

COVID-19 Related News


SSRL Operations Update

The FY2022 SPEAR3 user run resumes in October when beam lines re-open to support user experiments.

  • Contact beam line staff to discuss SSRL capabilities and research plans.
  • Contact the user office for information on beam time and site access.
  • Review SSRL access procedures.
  • Ensure user agreement with your institution (many agreements have expired).
  • Complete revised ESH100R COVID training.
  • Complete Health Check daily before traveling to SLAC.
    • If you have a Stanford or SLAC computer account, log into the  Stanford Health Check with your SUNet or SLAC email address.
    • All other external users log into the user portal, click on the tab for the COVID-19 Health Check, and complete the questions.
      •  Do NOT travel to SLAC unless the Health Check indicates you are approved.
  • For vaccinated users authorized to be on-site, bring your vaccination record.
  • Attend SSRL Safety Talk (mandatory training in SSRL Building 120 Monday-Friday at 2 pm).
  • Masks required for indoor activities.

In addition to the SSRL beam lines, several cryo-electron microscopes are operational; see Stanford-SLAC Cryo-EM Center (S2C2) and National Center for Macromolecular Imaging (NCMI).


Support COVID-19 Related Research

We welcome Rapid Access proposals for COVID-19 related studies. Please contact us if you have COVID-19 related projects that require access to our techniques or beam lines.

Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences light sources want to ensure they are doing everything possible to enable research into this virus, vaccines 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.


COVID-19 Related News and Links

See SLAC Emergency page or SLAC COVID-19 guidelines and procedures.

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