How to get Beamtime at the Rossendorf Beamline

There are two ways to obtain the beamtime at ROBL (you are invited to apply for both types of beamtime as explained below.):

1) Two-thirds of the beamtime is managed by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf ("HZDR beamtime").

2) The remaining one third is managed by the ESRF ("ESRF beamtime").

HZDR Beamtime

Experiments initiated and performed by the institutes of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and their collaborators have priority. If you are an external user, you are welcome to initiate a collaboration. For all experiments, a formal Application Procedure has to be followed at least 8 weeks before the planned date of the experiment. Instructions to submit such a CRG proposal to ROBL are given below.

For further details please visit the ESRF User Guide. The proposals are evaluated by the Rossendorf Beamline Review Panel.

To discuss the technical feasibility of your experiment, you should contact well in advance:

The Beamline Responsible: Kristina Kvashnina or beamline scientists:

For EXAFS experiments: Damien Prieur or Andre Rossberg

For XRD experiments: Christoph Hennig or Eleanor Lawrence Bright

For XES experiments: Lucia Amidani or Elena Bazarkina

After the experiment, an Experimental Report has to be submitted.

ESRF Beamtime

Users may also apply for the 1/3 of beamtime managed by the ESRF. The application is possible twice a year (deadlines are in March and in September). These proposals are reviewed by the scientific advisory committee of the ESRF. However, you should contact ROBL staff to discuss the technical feasibility of your experiment before submitting the proposal. If your proposal has been accepted, the ESRF will reimburse your travel and accommodation expenses.

Application Procedure

Please go to the ESRF SMIS login: ESRF User Portal.

Enter your surname and password, if you already have an account, otherwise request one.

Click on Proposals/Experiments and then Proposals and then New Proposal.

Select either Standard ESRF (for proposals going to the ESRF evaluation pannel) or CRG-Proposal, followed by BM20 (ROBL), and follow the tour.

Please refer to the ESRF page Preparing your Experiment in order to  submit the A-form once you got scheduled your beamtime by the beamline scientists. This A-form will initiate all necessary work to gain your access to the ESRF campus (like the ESRF badge), reserve your rooms at the guest house and provide you with a canteen card. It is through the entry port of the proposal submission that you can submit a sample sheet and finally, after your experiment has been performed, the experimental report (for ESRF  and CRG experiments).