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 (L to R): Tim Shea and Eric Van Every (Advance Design Consulting, Lansing NY), Eric Edwards, Zachary Brown, Austin Cao, Chris Whiting, Katie Moring, Paul Zschack (NSLS-II), Dana Richter, Alan Pauling, Tom Krawczyk and Chris Conolly pose inside an extremely large hutch being outfitted at NSLS-II.

Nine members of the CHESS technical staff recently visited NSLS-II at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island for a day packed full of tours, presentations, and discussions about what it takes to design, build, commission, and maintain a synchrotron user facility. CHESS is currently in the midst of designing and planning for CHESS-U, and since NSLS-II was recently built and commissioned (and the work is still ongoing), the folks at NSLS-II had fantastic advice and expertise to offer us.

We started off the day with Chris Conolly giving an overview of the CHESS-U project, followed by Paul Zschack giving an overview of NSLS-II and describing their upgrade process. Afterwards we toured the experimental facility for about two hours – for many of the CHESS staff, it was their first time visiting another synchrotron. To say we were impressed would be an understatement!

In the afternoon we broke into smaller groups and talked to experts on a variety of topics – cryogenic monochromators, hutch design and build, control systems, user labs, vibration controls, vacuum systems, detectors, and personnel protection systems. We each took pages of notes and together took nearly 1,000 photographs.

The visit certainly inspired the CHESS staff and gave us many ideas we hope to implement in CHESS-U. Thank you to all the people at NSLS-II who met with us and offered expertise during our visit.

 Ed Haas (Section Head, Mechanical Engineering, NSLS-II) inside of a newly constructed hutch, showing the labyrinth design for the safety system.

 CHESS Technical Staff Alan Pauling and Zachary Brown admiring the experimental set-up and a very long flight path inside a hutch at NSLS-II.


Submitted by: Katie Moring, CHESS, Cornell University