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Washington State University The Dynamic Compression Sector


Visit Proposal Submission for information on participating in General User Program experiments at DCS.

Current Run Schedule

Due to COVID 19 APS has revised the beamline/run schedule.  APS schedule

As the facility returns to more normal operational hours, future DCS Run Schedules will be made available.

Upcoming Run Schedule

The DCS proposal deadline is one Run ahead of the normal APS schedule.

For example, APS submission deadline for Run 1 of any calendar year
shall be the DCS submission deadline for Run 2 of that same calendar year.

Run CycleDCS Proposal DeadlineRun Cycle Begins
2021-2October 30, 2020~June 2021
2021-3March 5, 2021~October 2021

Schedule Archives


Hours of Operation

Experiments conducted at DCS are complex and require trained DCS staff to be present (in most cases) to operate the equipment and instrumentation. DCS dynamic compression drivers, and X-ray and optical instrumentation require considerable expertise and training. The current work schedule is designed to balance safety, user needs, and staff productivity that DCS personnel follow. Please plan accordingly as APS Floor Coordinators are on-site after 8am to post an ESAF. The posted ESAF is required prior to starting both lab and experimental station work.

(no beam)
Tuesday 7a-8pWednesday 7a-8pThursday 7a-8pFriday 7a-8pSaturday 7a-8pSunday 7a-4p
1. 7am - 4pmOff🗸🗸🗸🗸🗸🗸
2. 8am - 5pm🗸🗸🗸🗸🗸OffOff
3. 11am - 8pmOff🗸🗸🗸🗸🗸Off

Each shift shall consist of at least three DCS staff members with balanced skills. Support from the DCS Manager and Administrative Staff will be available from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. These hours will be followed primarily while plate impact experiments are being conducted in the D and E stations and laser shock experiments in the C station. The above hours of operation allow DCS to be available to users seven days per week with extended work hours on five of those days.