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Washington State University The Dynamic Compression Sector

Planning for Experiments

Applying for Experiments

If you are interested in participating in General User Program experiments at the DCS, please contact us directly at dcs.admin@wsu.edu 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
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.