Diamond is free for researchers who are prepared to publish in the public domain. Proprietary research is available through the Industrial Liaison Office.

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           - Rapid Access for access to selected beamlines and electron microscope Immediate Access Open

Requests for immediate access to a beamline can be made through a Rapid Access application.

  1. News and Deadlines
  2. Apply for Beamtime
  3. Prepare for Beamtime
News and Deadlines -
  • Important changes in access for users coming for beamtime: All users can now gain immediate access to site when coming to Diamond on awarded time.  This will enable users to start their experiment straight away. 

    Summary of the process.

    Effects on people or sample information on a session.
  • Rapid Access applications for beamlines and Electron Microscope can be submitted at any time.  Click here for further information. 
  • Rapid Access applications are now being accepted for feasibility studies on Beamline I08.  Please contact Burkhard Kaulich for further information.
Apply for Beamtime - +

The application procedures described here are for proposals going through peer review. To find out about how to access via the proprietary route, please visit the industrial users page. 

Diamond will offer a range of different modes of beamtime allocation to ensure the various needs of Users can be met.

Please consult the guidelines prior to submitting a proposal.

  • Standard - To provide regular access to individuals or groups.
  • Programme - To provide access for a period of up to two years.
  • Rapid - To provide quick access to the beamlines.
  • Commissioning - To provide access to new beamlines.

Multifacility Access to the Harwell Campus is also available to provide access to Diamond and ISIS.

Applications for Standard Access and Programme Access must be submitted online via the User Administration System (UAS).

Applications for Rapid and Commissioning are made using templates available here.

More information

Prepare for Beamtime - +

In order to ensure that your beamtime goes as smoothly as possible, the list below shows what actions must be completed to ensure that your beamtime runs smoothly:



Request accommodation

Submit ERA and lab request

Watch safety video and take safety test

Fast Track arrival

Contact the User Office

The User Office provides administrative support for users.

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Room G61, Diamond House
Telephone: +44 (0) 1235 778571
Fax: +44 (0) 1235 778719
E-mail: useroffice@diamond.ac.uk

Contact for industrial users:
Elizabeth Shotton