RARAF Experiment Scheduling


  • Users who have previously conducted experiments at RARAF should fill out an Experiment Scheduling Request Form. Click here to fill in and print this form (PDF).
  • Scientists who have not previously performed an experiment at RARAF should fill out an Experiment Request Form. We ask that prospective users (the principle investigator) look at the RARAF policy for external users and discuss the proposed experiment with the RARAF manager, Mr. Stephen Marino, at (914) 591-9244, before completing this form.

There are two ways in which outside users can use the RARAF facilities: through service-based experiments or through a collaborative interaction. As described in more detail in the RARAF policy for external users, service is generally characterized by a routine operation of our current technologies, in which we provide support but not necessarily significant intellectual input. By contrast, a collaborative interaction involves the development of new technologies for microbeam studies, and typically involves close collaboration with RARAF staff. We welcome both types of interactions.

Resources Currently Available for Service-Based Experiments

  • Charged particle microbeam
    • 70-120 keV/µm α particles; 8-25 keV/µm protons
    • 0.6 µm diameter focused beam spot
    • 10,000 cells/hour throughput
  • X-ray microbeam
    • 4.5 keV monochromatic X-rays
    • 2 µm diameter focused beam spot
  • Broad-beam irradiations
  • Advanced imaging capabilities
  • Sample preparation
    • Fully-equipped, user-friendly biology laboratories adjacent to irradiation areas
    • Single-cell samples: mono-layers plated on a thin substrate or in flasks
    • Bulk samples: facilities for handling tissues, nematodes and fish embryos
  • Dosimetry – available for all irradiation modes

Additional opportunities are available for collaborative research. For collaborative research, we emphasize that our microbeams and related imaging technologies are constantly being upgraded, and these developmental facilities are often appropriate for collaborative research. A few examples of our developmental facilities are our ultra high-LET charged-particle microbeam, our neutron microbeam development, and our EMCCD camera ultra-low light imaging development. In addition, we are always very receptive to suggestions for new microbeam technology / imaging developments for innovative biological experiments.

Much more detail is available in the RARAF policy for external users.


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