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Washington State University The Dynamic Compression Sector

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 CycleDCS Proposal DeadlineRun Cycle Begins
2020-1July 5, 2019~February 2020
2020-2October 25, 2019~June 2020
2020-3February 28, 2020~October 2020
2021-1June 26, 2020~February 2021
2021-2October 30, 2020~June 2021
2021-3March 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 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.

Planning Timeline

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.

ActionOwnerDue Date
Provide Experimental Information Form and Shot Matrix to PI
-12 weeks

Special requests submitted to DCS POC
-10 weeks
Decision on special requests


-9 weeks

Return Experimental Information Form to DCS POC

-8 weeks
Return completed Shot Matrix to DCS POC


-8 weeks

Ensure all components are available for PI experiments
-4 weeks

Send user-supplied impactors to DCS POC

-4 weeks
Submit ESAF*

-2 weeks

Approve ESAF
-1 weeks

Complete required training

Before Arrival
All target hardware (including optical probes) and projectiles ready
-2 days
Provide site specific training and pre-job brief to all users
-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.