Planning for Experiments
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 Cycle DCS Proposal Deadline Run Cycle Begins
2020-1 July 5, 2019 ~February 2020
2020-2 October 25, 2019 ~June 2020
2020-3 February 28, 2020 ~October 2020
2021-1 June 26, 2020 ~February 2021
2021-2 October 30, 2020 ~June 2021
2021-3 March 5, 2021 ~October 2021
Applying for Experiments
If you are interested in participating in General User Program experiments at the DCS, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-252-9854 before submitting a General User proposal (GUP) request. For more information about the APS General User Program, including proposal submission instructions and deadlines, please visit the APS General User Proposal site.
Scheduling User Experiments
The DCS utilizes the APS Beam Time Access System to receive all proposals for experimental time at the DCS (CAT and General User). Because of the unique challenges in creating a user schedule for the DCS, the schedule is created one Run ahead of the normal APS schedule. For example, the submission deadline for Run 1 of any calendar year for other APS sectors shall correspond to the deadline for Run 2 (of that same calendar year) submissions for DCS Users.
The timeline for DCS Point of Contact (POC)/Principal Investigator (PI) interactions may be found below. Please note, the due date is in respect to the start date of PI experimental time at the DCS.
|Provide Experimental Information Form and Shot Matrix to PI||DCS POC||-12 weeks
|Special requests submitted to DCS POC||PI||-10 weeks
|Decision on special requests||DCS Mgr||-9 weeks
|Return Experimental Information Form to DCS POC||PI||-8 weeks
|Return completed Shot Matrix to DCS POC||PI||-8 weeks
|Ensure all components are available for PI experiments||DCS POC||-4 weeks
|Send user-supplied impactors to DCS POC||PI||-4 weeks|
|Submit ESAF*||PI||-2 weeks
|Approve ESAF||DCS Mgr||-1 weeks
|Complete required training||PI||Before Arrival
|All target hardware (including optical probes) and projectiles ready||DCS POC||-2 days|
|Provide site specific training and pre-job brief to all users||DCS POC||-1 day
|* If the PI is performing impact experiments, then the ESAF shall |
indicate that Class 2 lasers will be in use and all users will be required
to complete ANL Low-Power Laser Safety Training
(ESH121) as Class 2 lasers are required for optical probe setup and target alignment.