Getting beamtime at BioMAX

The first step to gain access to BioMAX is to submit a proposal for beamtime during the calls for proposals period. Please see the proposal guide for more information about the proposal submission and beamtime application procedures.

Preparing for beamtime

  • When the user office has notified you about approval of your proposal, please use the DUO interface to apply for an access card and perform the safety quiz. These are compulsory requirements to perform onsite experiments at BioMAX. BioMAX staff will also contact you about suitable times to schedule your beamtime. You also need to sign an Agreement for Access to MAX IV Laboratory. Please read more about these requirements here.
  • Once you get beamtime, you will also use DUO to define an experiment session and declare the shifts it will comprise, the number of participants in the experiments and the samples used. Currently, all the new samples need to be declared two weeks in advance.
  • Prepare the samples. The sample exchanger at MAX IV supports SPINE mounts of standard length (cap + pin + loop = 22 mm) mounted in Universal Pucks (UniPucks) only. There are UniPucks available at the beamline in case you do not have any. Please contact staff if you need to borrow the UniPucks. The sample transfer can be done onsite
  • After a session has been defined, use ISPyB to arrange sample shipment. This step is compulsory for automated sample mounting with the sample exchanger, even if you are planning to transport the dewar yourself. If you will use the robot, upload a sample information list to ISPyB as described in the documentation.

Carrying out the experiment

Note: The starting time for morning experiments is 09:00 (CET) and, for afternoon experiments, 17:30. This differs from the scheduled time in DUO to allow for beamline setup.

Some features of BioMAX are still under commissioning. Currently we do not support automated changes of energy, although staff can change the energy between 6 and 19.5 keV in a few minutes. Absorption edge scans, automated sample characterization, and automated sample centering -whether loop centering or mesh/grid scans- are not available yet. We have temporarily restricted the minimum sample to detector distance to prevent collisions between the detector and the robot; for the time being, the resolution at the edge of the detector is 1.55 Å at a wavelength of 0.9 Å.

MXCuBE3 is the standard software to collect data at BioMAX. As soon as the data are collected, the software launches several different pipelines to process the data. The results can be accessed any time via ISPyB. We also provide computing facilities for manual reprocessing of the data. Please remember to acknowledge in your publications any tools used at BioMAX to collect and process the data.

All academic users can use all the software installed on MAX IV computers to process data. However, we may not have appropriate licences for industrial users. If in doubt, please consult with staff.

Data transfer

Currently, users belonging to an institution with a valid licence can use Globus for data transfer. We also provide an sftp server for remote data transfer. We do not support the use of external disks as there is often not enough time to copy all the data during the beamtime.

After the experiment

Please use the DUO interface to provide feedback about your experiment and report any publications arising from it. Submission of an experimental report is very important for renewal of proposals. Read more…