Getting access

The access to the STM infrastructure is granted primarily in conjunction with beamtime at MAX IV Laboratory. It is important that the users select STM as an additional beamline in DUO (see below) when submitting their proposals. The next proposal call opens 2022-09-05, will close on 2022-09-26 and covers beamtimes for the period Februari – August 2023 (See:

It is occasionally possible to perform short, unscheduled feasibility checks on unknown samples in order to support a future proposal.

Writing proposals

Most of the beamlines at MAX IV Laboratory are oversubscribed, so proposals should be compelling and carefully written in order to be chosen by the advisory committee. If access to the STM lab is desired, the users must include a brief description of a planned STM experiment. Users are always welcome to send the “STM-part” of the proposal to the STM staff if feedback is wanted.

We stick to a standard beamtime allocation at 1.5 GeV ring, where beamtime begins 0900 Wednesday and ends 0900 the following Monday. When writing proposals, request and plan the following 4 hours/shift, 6 shifts/day, 5 days.

Including STM in your proposal

Choose the SPM-lab in DUO when submitting your proposal as an additional beamline:


Fast access and self-booking

There is a fast access proposal option available for getting a combined beamtime/STM measurements. We are working on adding sole STM measurement to fast access track, but as of today this option is not available yet.

We work on simplifying the access to the STM instrument for those users who do not need to prepare their samples in STM (e.g. transferred in a vacuum suitcase from a beamline, or ex-situ samples) and require most often fast sample characterization. A self-service booking system for STM lab will be available soon (requires a valid DUO account for logging in).

Regardless of the proposal situation, we encourage anyone with ideas for experiments to get in touch with Nikolay Vinogradov (lab manager for STM).

Remote access and operator’s help

As of today there is no remote access to the STM instrument that can be granted to general users.

The users with experience in STM may be granted the permission to run the instrument themselves after an introduction. Users who would require operator’s help in order to run their STM experiments must get in touch with lab manager well in advance to discuss and agree upon the workflow.

Page manager: Nikolay Vinogradov July 23, 2022