MeV-UED Proposals

Latest Proposal Schedule

Run Cycle Proposal Type Proposal Deadline Cycle Begins Cycle Ends
1 MeV-UED Regular - Solid State (Materials) and Warm Dense Matter (Single Shot) Mar 12, 2019
4 pm PST
Jun 2019 Dec 2019

  LCLS and MeV-UED proposals are submitted through the User Portal.


Please see new requirements for Foreign Nationals (non-U.S. Citizens)
since 1 February, 2019

Important Announcement:
MeV-UED Virtual Town Hall Meeting, February 19, 2019


Submitting MeV-UED Proposals

The MeV-UED instrument, part of the Linac Coherent Light Source user facility at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory encourages scientists from diverse fields to propose experiments utilizing the MeV-UED's unique capabilities. Access to MeV-UED is open to the international community. There is no cost to submit proposals or conduct experiments at MeV-UED. However, users are responsible for their own travel expenses and (in rare cases) for any extraordinary consumables required by the experiment.

We recommend that scientists describe well-posed experiments that can be accomplished within 96 hours of beam time. Proposals must include brief discussions of the expected scientific or technological impact and anticipated feasibility and probability of success of experiments.

Each proposal is for one specific experiment. Proposals can be re-submitted at each call, but this will not happen automatically and a re-submission will not receive preference during the review process. There is no limit to the number of proposals that can be submitted by a scientist or team, but multiple similar proposals from the same team members may not be reviewed favorably by the Proposal Review Panel (PRP).

Proposals may be made in the context of a larger scope than can be covered in a single experiment. All proposals, even these broader proposals that address important problems, must be resubmitted each cycle in order to be peer reviewed and considered for beam time. However, in the absence of sufficient information to evaluate progress (data disseminated from previous beam time, publications, etc.), the PRP may recommend or MeV-UED may decide that some proposal(s) be postponed for consideration until a future review cycle.

Please refer to the MeV-UED homepage for information on the currently offered instruments, and the proposal review process prior to writing your proposal.

Register as a user and submit MeV-UED proposals through the User Portal

Required Content for Your Proposal

Provide a descriptive title of your proposed experiment that you would be willing to be made public if awarded beam time.

Provide an abstract that concisely (less than 1,950 characters) summarizes the proposed experiment, quantities to be measured, samples to be studied, expected scientific results and impact. The more detailed proposal text is limited to 4 pages in PDF format. Proposals should include the following information (include the spokesperson's name in the upper right-hand corner of each page):

Experimental Team: In a table, list the names, institution, email address of PIs and collaborators who would participate in the proposed experiment (e.g., sample prep, theory, data collection, data analysis). This section could also briefly mention directly-relevant previous work done by the team members.

Scientific Case: Briefly explain the background and significance of your experiment. In particular, why is MeV-UED required for this experiment? Itemize the specific aims and particular questions you want to answer. Focus on the specific experiment and avoid broad discussions in general terms.

Experimental Procedure: Provide specific information so that the feasibility of this experiment at the requested MeV-UED instrument can be evaluated. Tell us if you plan or have carried out supporting experiments at other facilities. Have simulations of the experiment been performed? What are the anticipated data rates? Provide a beam time plan, indicating what could be accomplished shift by shift. Describe any additional equipment you plan to bring to MeV-UED for the experiment.

We strongly recommend that you contact the MeV-UED instrument scientist(s) before proposal submission to discuss capabilities, to identify possible problems in integrating external equipment with the MeV-UED instrument and to determine possible solutions.

Technical Feasibility: Proposals must contain sufficient information for the MeV-UED instrument staff to review the proposal for technical feasibility. This information should include:

  • Equipment
    • Which elements of the proposed instrument do you require for the proposal?
    • What additional equipment is needed, including laser, detector, sample delivery/environment, temperature, pressure, etc?
    • How do you plan to provide/organize the additional equipment?
  • Parameters
    • Describe electron beam energy, pulse energy, beam size, repetition rate, and pulse duration
    • If an optical laser is required, describe laser wavelength, pulse energy, bandwidth, beam size, repetition rate, pulse duration, timing, geometry.
  • Experimental protocol
    • Describe the experimental geometry.
    • Calculate the expected signal rate/background.
    • Describe samples and concentrations, sample preparation and storage.
    • Describe local facilities that may be required.

      As part of the proposal process, we will contact the Spokesperson for proposals that have the potential of being awarded beamtime. The Spokesperson will be asked to provide specific experimental parameters to help inform the viability and schedule.

      Material samples must be provided to the facility at least one month in advance of the scheduled beamtime date for a pre-beamtime screening to verify the sample response to the requested experimental beam parameters.


Acknowledgement: Proposal teams must inform and acknowledge MeV-UED and the DOE Office of Science in presentations and publications using this template:
"MeV-UED is operated as part of the Linac Coherent Light Source at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515"