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APS User Requirements


Your institution must have a User Agreement in place with the APS. Please check the Argonne User Facilities Agreement website to view a list user agreements that are currently in place. Please contact the user office for more information.

The APS User Office is located in Building 401, Room B-1154. The telephone extension 2-9090.

  • The APS User Office requires all users complete an APS User Registration Form.
    • If you are a new user, this will provide you with an APS badge number, which is required to participate in an experiment.
    • As of Spring 2016, all users must keep their registration current in order to participate in an experiment.
      • For U.S. citizens, registration will need to be completed every two years.
      • Non-U.S. citizens will need to complete this at varying intervals that are dependent upon immigration documents. Contact the User Office for more information.
      • Users who are non-U.S. citizens, and who are citizens of, or whose employers are located in, sensitive countries must have an indices check completed before they will be permitted to use Argonne resources. Please be aware that this step requires planning well in advance, as the indices check must be completed at least six weeks prior to entering Argonne (even via remote computer connections).
  • If your experiment will be on-site, you will also need to obtain a physical APS user badge for access to the ANL gate and the APS building. This can be obtained at the Visitor Center, just outside of the main gate.
  • All experiments must be accompanied by an APS Experimental Safety Approval Form (ESAF)
    • All experimenters participating in an experiment must be included on the ESAF.
    • An ESAF must be submitted at least one week prior to the experimental start date.
    • All samples included in an experiment must be described in the ESAF, and must be designated using full-length wording protein nomenclature (no acronyms).
  • On-site users must complete the following safety training:
  • Remote users need only to complete the following safety training:

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