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Save the dates: The 78th Annual Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference will take place on September 19-21, 2021 at SLAC. The program of the 2021 conference includes metals in biology, computational methods in structural science, cryoEM of biomolecules and cells, scientific opportunities for remote access to user facilities, neutron diffraction, and powder diffraction in materials science research. The conference is a satellite event of the 2021 SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting and Workshops. Student poster abstracts may be considered for an oral presentation and are eligible for the Chung Soo Yoo Award, which carries a $400 cash prize.This three day event features lectures and poster presentations covering a wide range of subject matter of interest to researchers in chemistry, physics and structural biology.

Run Schedule

The Spear3 operation schedule for the 2021-2022 run is available here. Spear access and Machine Physics days are marked PAMM and AP respectively.

New User Facilities

Automated data processing is now implemented on all beamlines. Data processing will start after the data collection run is completed. The results can be consulted in the Web-Ice Data Processing tab. The purpose is to provide quick feedback on the quality of the data and the results will be archived after a few days.

Since June 2017, the script autoxds has an option to wait for images. This makes it possible to process the data more or less simultaneously with data collection, in conjunction with the "last" keyword. For instance:

autoxds /data/bluser/BL9-2/Nov2016/COLLECT/A1-Native/A1_2_00001.cbf -wait -last 180
will process images 1 to 180, even if the images have not been collected yet. The default wait time is the exposure time (extracted from the image header) plus 10 seconds. The wait command can also be given an argument equal to the time in seconds. Note: XDS cannot run multiple jobs in this mode, so the option should only be used when processing is started while data are still being collected and together with the -last option, otherwise autoxds will just run slower. For more information consult the autoxds documentation.

BL14-1 is equipped with a single axis fast microdiffractometer since November 2016.

A 10 micron microcollimator is available on BL12-2 since November 2016.

It is now possible to stop and delay the beam optimization on BL12-2. This is only recommended if the users are not planning on using any of the microcollimators for data collection within the next few hours.