Call for Measurement Service

 Important  Due to beamline refurbishment, the BL46XU has no call until the third period of 2023A.


  1. Service Overview
  2. Beamlines and Research Period
  3. Sample Preparation
  4. Fees
  5. Application Procedures
  6. Review Criteria
  7. Post-Implementation Processes
  8. Contacts

1. Service Overview

The measurement service is provided by Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) to perform several basic measurements at SPring-8. Users can send their own samples to SPring-8 for the measurements.

This program is designed to provide a flexible accessibility to companies and research organizations that do not have sufficient resources within, and to meet the need for a timely access of the measurement techniques.

Application for the service is considered as a proprietary proposal and is subject to proprietary beamtime fee and user fee applicable to proprietary Time-Designated Proposals. (See 4. Fees)
Therefore, the contents of the application for the use will be kept confidential, and the obtained results and the patent rights based on those results may be used exclusively.

2. Research Period and Beamlines

2.1 Research Period

We accept applications on an as-needed basis. For inquiries about the dates available for the service or for information about the processes and procedures, please contact the JASRI staff (See 8. Contacts). The turnaround time depends on whether you come to SPring-8 or not, and the type and number of samples.

2.2 Beamlines

Beamline Measurement methods
BL19B2 X-ray Diffraction and Scattering IIPowder X-ray Diffraction
Small Angle X-ray Scattering
BL28B2 White Beam X-ray DiffractionHigh energy X-ray CT
BL46XU HAXPES IIHard X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy

3.Sample Preparation

3.1 Measurement Samples and Measurement Conditions

Measurement MethodsMeasurement SamplesMeasurement Conditions
XAFS Only samples prepared for XAFS measurement are available.Measurements are carried out in air at room temperature and in-situ measurements (e.g. under a gas atmosphere) cannot be performed.
Powder X-ray DiffractionOnly powder samples contained in glass capillary tubes are accepted.Measurements are carried out in air. The variable temperature measurements (user attendance in measurement sessions is required as a general rule) are available using the cryogenic device (between 100 and 450 K) and the high-temperature device (between room temperature and 1000 K).
Small Angle X-ray ScatteringAs a rule, only solid samples fixed on a 35 mm slide mount can be measured.The camera length is 3 m (for normal small-angle X-ray scattering, SAXS) or 42 m (for ultrasmall-angle X-ray scattering, USAXS). The X-ray energy is in the range of 18–30 keV and is determined upon prior consultation. The concurrent use of both SAXS and USAXS during one beamtime is permitted. The measurements are carried out at room temperature in air atmosphere.
High energy X-ray CT Only samples prepared for CT measurement are available.The samples have to be set in dedicated holder. Measurements are carried out in air at room temperature. Dedicated sample holders will be sent in advance according to the number and size of samples.
Hard X-ray Photoemission SpectroscopyYour solid sample (e.g. thin film) is properly prepared on a substrate and be made suitable for the sample holder of our existing equipment. Please note that we do not accept water- or gas-containing samples that have a possibility of affecting the vacuum of the equipment, or samples that are electrifiable (e.g. insulator). Your sample will be mounted in air, and measurements will be performed under vacuum at room temperature. Please note that sample transfer using a vacuum vessel, measurements using a flood gun, and in-situ measurements are not available. The excitation X-ray energy is fixed at 8 keV.

NOTE: Unacceptable Sample

The following samples are not accepted:
a) Biological samples (e.g. animals, plants, and microorganisms)
b) “Level 4” chemicals defined by JASRI (i.e. substances requiring the approval of the competent authority)
– Specific substances regulated by the “Law on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Regulation of Specific Chemicals”
– Narcotic and psychotropic drugs regulated by the “Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Law”
– Stimulant drugs and ingredients of stimulant drugs regulated by “Stimulant Drug Control Law”
– Hemp and hemp products regulated by the “Cannabis Control Law”
– Opium, poppy or poppy straw regulated by the “Opium Law”
– Scheduled drugs by the “Pharmaceutical Affairs Law”
– Specified poisonous substances regulated by the “Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Law”
– Substances for which manufacturing is prohibited under the “Industrial Safety and Health Law”

3.2 Preparation / Shipment

Please make sure that the samples are properly prepared and have been made suitable for each measurement before the shipping. If you have question about preparation of the samples, please contact the staff (See 8.1 Application/Inquiries about Service and Samples). Please make sure to send your sample to 8.3 Sample Shipping Address.

Important: To ship the samples from outside Japan, you need to be aware of regulations covering international shipping of chemicals. Please note that you need to go through all steps (e.g. paperwork, customs procedures, etc.) required for entry of the samples to Japan at User’s responsibility and expense.

4. Fees

The fee is calculated by multiplying the beam time by the sum of 4.1 and 4.2 below and will be invoiced after the measurements. Beam time is determined by discussion with the staff in accordance with the procedures described in the application procedure below. The basic unit is one hour, but for hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the minimum is four hours. Quotations are not issued. (Reference: “SPring-8 User Fees“)

4.1 Beamtime Fee

Type of feePer hour
Beamtime fee + 50% premium90,000 yen

4.2 User Fees

Type of feePer hour
User fee (fixed)1,340 yen
  • A variable fee will be calculated and added in accordance with the amount of liquid helium actually used.

5. Application Procedures

5.1 Submission of Inquiry Form

Please enter proposal details and submit the following inquiry (Google Form), which is required for discussion with the staff about technical feasibility and schedule availability. If the Google Form is not available, please fill out Word file and send it to “8. Contacts” JASRI Users Office.

Measurement MethodsThe Inquiry Form
XAFSXAFS Measurement Service inquiry (Google Form) / Word file
Powder X-ray DiffractionPowder X-ray Diffraction Measurement Service inquiry (Google Form) / Word file
Small Angle X-ray ScatteringSmall Angle X-ray Scattering Measurement Service inquiry (Google Form) / Word file
High energy X-ray CTCT Measurement Service inquiry (Google Form) / Word file
Hard X-ray Photoemission SpectroscopyHard X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy Measurement Service inquiry (Google Form) / Word file

5.2 Preliminary Arrangements

Upon receipt of the inquiry form, JASRI Measurement Service staff will contact and discuss measurement details with users. After the discussions, the staff will send user the “Service Confirmation Form (Form MX-B)” for online submission (See 5.3 Online Proposal Submission).

5.3 Online Proposal Submission

Upon receipt of the “Service Confirmation Form (Form MX-B),” please submit your proposal application online from the User Information Website (UI site) at least 10 business days before the scheduled date of measurements. Before starting the application process, please read the “Call for SPring-8 Research Proposals -Overview-.”

♦ SPring-8 User Information Web Site http://user.spring8.or.jp/
Login > Create and Edit Proposal Application Form > New > “Measurement Service Proposal”

Upon successful online proposal submission, you will receive a confirmation email with the proposal application number attached to it. Please provide the application number and all other information on the “SPring-8 Measurement Service Agreement,” have the person responsible for the payment of fees date and sign the Agreement, and then submit it (PDF Form) at User Information Website (UI site).

To submit the document, visit the webpage below and click the “Agreement” button for the submitted proposal and upload the PDF file. If there is any problem with uploading a file, please send the PDF file by email to the Users Office (see 8.2. Inquiries about Online Procedures).
User Information Website (UI site) › My Page Login › Create and Edit Proposal Application › Submitted Proposals

5.4 Document Submission

After the safety of the samples is verified, the Users Office will request you to submit the following documents:

a. Application Form for SPring-8 Facilities
– If you wish to attend the measurement sessions
Contact and consult with the JASRI staff in advance and submit the “Application Form for SPring-8 Facilities online from the UI site (Documents > Online Submission) at least 10 days before visiting SPring-8. On the form, please provide the expected receive/return dates of user card and dosimeter and the expected Guest House check-in/check-out dates.
– If you are not going to attend the measurement sessions
Select “absence” for Visit Kind, and provide the scheduled date/time of measurements specified on Form MX-B for SPring-8 User Card and dosimeter of Measurement Service.

b. Radiation Worker registration Form (Form5-1)
If you wish to attend the measurement sessions, please submit this Form 5-1 at least 10 days prior to your visit. For further details, please contact the JASRI staff.

c. List of Samples,Reagents, etc.
After submitting the “Application Form for SPring-8 Facilities,” please also submit the “List of Samples, Reagents, etc.” online from the UI site. Note that the link to this form is not displayed until after the “Application Form for SPring-8 Facilities” has been submitted.

6. Review Criteria

Only safety of experiment is reviewed. Technical feasibility, sociality and ethicality of experiment are not reviewed (already recognized through the consultation process with JASRI staffs). Scientific and technological value and the degree of expectation to produce results are not reviewed.

<Important Notice>
If your samples are poisonous or hazardous materials regulated and not permitted to send by the law, it may be possible that you must carry your samples into/out the SPring-8 by yourself.

7. Post-Implementation Processes

The measurement data and the measurement report will be sent to you. The data will be delivered in electronic format. After checking the data and report, please submit the “Beamtime Report” online from the UI site. Please note that the analysis of the measurement data is not part of our service. For information about analysis software and/or analytical methods, please contact the JASRI staff (see 8.1 Application/Inquiries about Service and Samples).

Please submit Notification of Completion of Beamtime from My Page after you confirmed the measurement data and the measurement report.

Samples will be returned to users after the measurement sessions. For users who did not attend the sessions, the JASRI staff will send back the samples at users’ cost.

The results obtained through the service (measurement data) belong to your organization.

Following the measurement report, data and samples, the invoice will be sent to you. Please make sure that your organization makes payment of the fees (See 4. Fees)  within 60 days of the invoice date.


8.1 Application/Inquiries about Service and Samples

Measurement MethodsE-mail
Powder X-ray Diffraction・ Small Angle X-ray Scatteringdaikou19@spring8.or.jp
High energy X-ray CTdaikou28@spring8.or.jp
Hard X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopydaikou46-haxpes@spring8.or.jp

8.2 Inquiries about Online Procedures

ContactExt. No.E-mail address
SPring-8/SACLA Users Office/JASRI+81-791-58-0961sp8jasri@spring8.or.jp

8.3 Sample Shipping Address
  1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun Hyogo 679-5198 JAPAN
  Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI)
  **Measurement Service (proposal number), SPring-8 Users Office
    e.g. XAFS Measurement Service (2022B1234)
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