SPring-8, the large synchrotron radiation facility

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User Facilities

Experimental Facilities Available to Users

Sample/Experiment Preparation Rooms

Sample preparation rooms and experiment preparation rooms are located between the experimental hall and its surrounding corridor in the Storage Ring building. The sample preparation rooms are accessible from the corridor, and experiment preparation rooms can be accessed from the experimental hall. Each beamline has its own sample preparation room and experiment preparation room and they are available to the users during experiment.

Biological Sample Preparation Room

The Biological Sample Preparation Room is located at D24 (right between the D2 and D3 doors) in the Storage Ring building and available around the clock (no need to sign up). Please read the instructions provided at the Biology Preparation Room website before using the room. For items requiring users to keep a log of equipment use, please provide the required information. Please also follow the rules regarding the disposal of effluent and the separation of experimental wastes. Please note that users are not allowed to check out the equipment in the room. If you wish to conduct experiments using organic solvents, use the preparation room in the Laboratory Building (Room No. 210) of the Medium-length Beamline Facility, where the draft chamber is available. For details, please visit the Biology Preparation Room website.

If you have any questions, please contact Shigeru YOKOTA (Ext.: 3912 / email: yokotaatspring8.or.jp)

Experimental Animal Facility

The Experimental Animal Facility is located to the south of the Storage Ring building, adjacent to the Medium-length Beamline Facility. The Facility includes laboratory spaces where experimental animals delivered by suppliers are temporarily kept until the end of experiments, the treatment room used for animal experiments, and the cell culture room, etc. To use the Facility, you need to have your animal experiment plan approved and be registered as an animal experiment researcher in advance. Please note that if you wish to use transgenic animals, you are required to follow the specified procedures. For detailed procedures to bring experimental animals into the SPring-8 and directions on how to use the facility, please click here.

If you need assistance or consultation regarding the use of the Facility, please contact the following supervisors:

· Animal Experiment Supervisor: Kentaro Uesugi (e-mail:ueken at spring8.or.jp)at=@
· Animal Experiment Deputy Supervisor: Hiroshi Sekiguchi(e-mail:sekiguchi at spring8.or.jp)at=@
· Experimental Animal Facility Manager: Kazuya Matsuo (e-mail:kmatsuo at spring8.or.jp)at=@

Chemical Sample Preparation Room

The Chemical Sample Preparation Room (dkyo1) is located on the south side of the D1 door of the Storage Ring building. The Room is available around the clock to users who have been given instructions on the usage and safety of the Room (As a general rule, the staff providing instructions is available only from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays). For details about the Room, please refer to the Chemistry Preparation Room website. Please also note that since the Room has card-controlled access, prior registration is required; if you wish to use the Room, please sign up from the website at least 4 days in advance.

[Available Equipment]

gas supply unit (compressed air, argon, nitrogen), fume food, scrubber, laboratory benches, sink, measurement table

[Other Available Instruments]

electronic scales, refrigerator, ice maker, distilled water/ion exchange water system, ultra pure water system, pH meter, ultrasonic cleaner, aspirator, digital constant temperature water bath, sealer, vacuum desiccator, safety cabinet (please offer in the Chemistry Preparation Room Application Form)


Stockrooms will be closed from 2018B. Please bring consumables necessary for your experiment by yourself.

Machine Shop


SPring-8 has two machine shops. One is the 1st Machine Shop (room D18, the storage ring building), the other is the 2nd Machine Shop (at the Accelerator and Beamline R&D Facility). To get permission to use these machine shops, users have to first attend the Machine Shop Safety Classes to learn how to use the equipments and devices.

If you have any questions, please contact Takuyo Oguchi (Ext.: 3826 / email: oguchiatspring8.or.jp)

1st Machine Shop

Requirement: 1st Machine Shop Safety Class
Place: room D18 of the storage ring building
Equipments: bench drilling machine, band sawing machine, shearing machine, lathe machine, bench milling machine, and hack sawing machine

Hours open: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm on weekdays


2nd Machine Shop

Requirement: 2nd Machine Shop Safety Class
Place: the Accelerator and Beamline R and D Facility
Equipments: universal milling machine, lathe machine, boring machine, upright drilling machine, bench drilling machine, band sawing machine, circular sawing machine, shearing machine, holding machine

Hours open: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm on weekdays


Wireless Internet access is available at the Guest House. Before use of the network service, it is obligatory for users to agree with the "Rules for Use of Information Network".

The following network/computer services are available for users.

1: Thin client terminals for web access in the lobby of the Guest House Reception building
2: Wireless Internet access in the guest rooms
3: BL-USER-LAN in the experimental hall for data transfer to the outside of SPring-8. Please read the "Guidelines of the SPring-8 network" in advance of use. (The English page is under construction)

Map around the Storage Ring

PDF File is herepdf

Experimantal equipments

Please follow the rules below to use the equipment managed and maintained by JASRI.

[Rules Applicable to Users]

1. Sign up through the beamline scientist. Consult with the beamline scientist before proposal submission and make sure to provide information about the desired equipment in the online proposal application form.
2. Instructions on how to use the equipment are given to users by the beamline scientist during the beamtime.
3. Keep a log of equipment use in the logbook for each item.
4. In case of any problem with the equipment, keep a log of how it happened in detail in the logbook and inform the beamline scientist immediately. Note that the beamline scientist is available only during office hours.

[Available Equipment]

1. Imaging Plate (IP) reader, BAS-2500
2. Beam Monitor + Cooling CCD Camera
3. X-ray Image Intensifier + High Speed CCD Camera
4. Flat Panel Detector
5. Cryojet

<Liquid Nitrogen>

There are five storage areas for liquid nitrogen dewars at even intervals along the wall inside the experimental hall of the Storage Ring building. In order to use liquid nitrogen, users must take a safety training course (viewing a five-minute safety video). To sign up, please contact the Users Office during office hours.

Last modified 2023-04-26 10:09