User FAQs

Find answers to common questions about applying for magnet time, preparing for experiments and other practical information for MagLab users.

Use the tabs below to find answers to general questions as well as questions specific to individual facilities. For additional information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • General Questions

  • Submitter

  • AMRIS

  • DC Field

  • EMR

  • High B/T

  • ICR

  • NMR

  • Pulsed Field

  • 1. What should I do BEFORE my visit to the MagLab?

    • Apply for funding to cover travel or dependent care costs. (Select users only)
    • Book your travel.
    • Book accommodations. Visit our Travel and Lodging section for lists of hotels near our three locations.
    • Complete safety training.
    • Order supplies if necessary.
    • Contact your user support scientist with any questions.
    • Review your experiment participants and update if needed.
    • DC Field Users only: Review the email sent by the DC Field Coordinator, sent approximately one week prior to your magnet time, for resistive schedule information and user badge/key pick-up instructions.
    • Contact the applicable facility coordinator if you are shipping anything to the MagLab, or arriving early for your scheduled magnet time.
  • 2. What should I do AFTER my visit to the MagLab?

    • Make sure you return all user badges and keys issued to you/your group.
    • Provide feedback. All users will receive an email after their visit requesting feedback on their experience at the lab.
    • Report results of your research at the end of the calendar year.
  • 3. Can we use a proposal approved by DC Field and add an EMR experiment in order to use EMR's magnet systems?

    Yes.

     
  • 4. How much does it cost to use the MagLab?

    The cost is paid by the National Science Foundation for all qualified users who agree and follow our terms and conditions, which include writing a research report that is disseminated publicly. Independently funded users have to pay for using magnets. For more details about the process and fees, please contact the applicable facility director.

     
  • 5. Is everyone required to submit a proposal?

    Independently-funded users do not have to submit a proposal. Every other user must to go through the proposal submission process and will find his/her new, submitted, reviewed and/or inactive proposals under the Proposal tab after login to the user system.

     
  • 6. Does being a Submitter on a proposal or experiment automatically make me a Collaborator on the proposal or experiment?

    No, each collaborator must be explicitly added to the proposal or experiment even if they are also the submitter.

     
  • 7. Is there an expiration date on a proposal?

    Yes, each proposal expires automatically three years after it is approved. After the expiration date, a new proposal will need to be submitted to the MagLab to continue the work.

     
  • 8. How much detail should I include in the proposal?

    It should have enough detail to describe the research but be broad enough to cover experiments for three years.

     
  • 9. What else do I need to include in my proposal?

    The proposal should include a title, PI name, and a CV.

     
  • 10. What is the proper format for the CV?

    It should be in NSF format, which can be found in column 2-f.

     
  • 11. Is a Bio-Sketch required for each collaborator?

    No. It is only required for the principal investigator (PI).

     
  • 12. Where should the Bio-Sketch be added?

    It should be included in the PDF that will be uploaded under 'Attach Proposal'.

     
  • 13. What procedures have to be followed for experiments involving animals?

    The MagLab abides by all rules, regulations and reviews of the pdfFlorida State University Animal Care and Use Committee.

     
  • 14. Is the login to the User & Faculty Reporting system connected with the User System?

    No. Everyone must register to establish a login for the User & Faculty Reporting system separately from the User System.

     
  • 16. How do I cite the MagLab in publications, presentations, or other activities or products resulting from use of MagLab facilities?

    Include this statement: “A portion of this work was performed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which is supported by National Science Foundation Cooperative Agreement No. DMR-1157490 and the State of Florida.”

     
  • 17. How do I update user contact information?

    1. Log in to the User System.
    2. On your user profile, click “Edit” and revise the information as needed.
    3. To save your changes, click “Update”.
     
  • 1. How does a submitter know an experiment has been successfully submitted?

    The status of the NEW experiment changes to ‘SUBMITTED’ and a confirmation email is sent to the principal investigator and submitter.

     
  • 2. How can a submitter delete an experiment?

    If the experiment is still in the NEW status, the submitter can delete the experiment himself/herself by clicking on ‘DELETE’ under ‘EXPERIMENT ACTIONS’. If the experiment is already in ‘SUBMITTED’ status, the submitter must provide the consent of the PI and contact the facility director to request the deletion.

     
  • 3. How can a submitter delete a proposal?

    If the proposal is still in the NEW status, the submitter can delete the proposal himself/herself by clicking on 'DELETE' under 'ACTIONS'. If the proposal is already in ‘SUBMITTED’ status, the submitter will need to provide the consent of the PI and contact the facility director to request the deletion.

     
  • 4. How can I submit experiments at different facilities under one proposal?

    The system allows you to submit a second experiment at a different facility ONLY when the proposal is at least in 'Submitted' status. To add an experiment to a different facility, the submitter will have to duplicate a previously submitted experiment and change the facility under ‘Edit’ of that newly duplicated experiment.

     
  • 5. When submitting a proposal, an up to one page description of the previous relevant work must be included. Does this refer to relevant work done by PI or is this relevant work done by others in the field?

    It can be either or a combination of both. For instance, if a PI has data to 9 T and there is a publication on a compound that is related to the one the PI intends to study at the MagLab, the PI can use data from his/her work and the publication. For future magnet time requests (experiments) submitted under this proposal, the PI would include a 1 page prior results document that would focus on the results the PI had obtained during his/her previous visit to the MagLab.

     
  • 6. When submitting a proposal, where can the 'New PI' classification box be found?

    The facility manager will check the "New PI" classification box before the review process of the proposal starts.

     
  • 7. What is the difference between 'previous relevant work' and 'prior result report?

    The 1 page description of the previous relevant work relates to the proposal that is valid up to 3 years and should address work that has been done in that field — related results from papers on similar samples.

    The prior result report requirement is linked to the specific experiment, which should refer to specific work you and your colleagues have done — i.e. MagLab results of colleague on different samples.

     
  • 1. How do I reserve time on the AMRIS systems?

    After approval of your MagLab proposal, you will receive notice from the AMRIS Director. Our Administrative office is copied to coordinate the generation of an AMRIS Billing Code, which you may then select in the Reservation Request form.

     
  • 2. How do I transfer my data from the AMRIS facility after collection?

    The answer depends on which system the data was collected from.

    For the 500, 600, Cryo600 and the 750 instruments, the data should be transferred to the datastation after collection via the cross-mounted network. From the data station the data may be transferred via ftp using filezilla.

    For the horizontal 4.7T and the 11T systems, you may ftp directly from the system.

     
  • 3. What AMRIS systems are good for different types of studies?

    • Solution NMR – 500, 600s, 750
    • Solid state NMR – 500, 600 and 750
    • MR microscopy – 600 and 750
    • Animal imaging – 4.7T, 11.1T, 750, and 3T (large animals)
    • Human imaging – Philips 3T
  • 4. Is it possible for external users to do In vivo imaging at AMRIS?

    Yes. Please contact Huadong Zeng for specific requirements. The University of Florida Animal Care Services coordinates all imports/exports of animals.

     
  • 5. What should I bring for In vivo imaging studies?

    Please bring your own anesthetics and analgesics as specified in your IACUC protocol. Our users use isoflurane regularly as an anesthetic so AMRIS provides air/oxygen gas and an isoflurane evaporator.

     
  • 6. Where can I find documentation for my facility?

    Please refer to the pdfAMRIS Users System Guide

     
  • 1. How often does DC Field schedule magnet times?

    The DC Field User Facility schedules magnet time three times per year; please check Magnet Schedule - DC Field page and find DC/PFF Magnet Schedule and Deadlines on this page to find out when the next applications for magnet time are due.

     
  • 2. Where can I find documentation for my facility?

    Please refer to the pdfUsers System Guide

     
  • 1. Which instrument should I choose for my EMR experiment?

    Contact one of the scientists listed below and we'll help you choose the right instrument for your experiment/proposal.

    • 12.5 T – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • 17 T – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Mossbauer – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Bruker – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Hill Lab – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Keck 25 T (resistive magnet) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 2. Are there any deadlines for the EMR proposal submission process?

    There are no deadlines or time windows for EMR proposals.

     
  • 3. Where can I find documentation for my facility?

    Please refer to the pdfUsers System Guide

     
  • 1. How do I set up an experiment at the High B/T facility?

    The design of the experimental cell is crucial in order to be certain the sample can be cooled to ultra-low temperatures. As soon as a proposal is approved, the principal investigator should contact High B/T staff and work on the design of the experimental cell. Only on rare occasions will an existing cell be usable.

     
  • 2. When can I submit a proposal?

    At any time.

     
  • 3. Do I have to pay for liquid helium use?

    No; it is supported by core National MagLab grant.

     
  • 5. Is accommodation available for users of the High B/T facility?

    We recommend the Reitz Union Hotel in the center of campus, which provides parking. There is a food court in the same building.

     
  • 6. Where can I find documentation for my facility?

    Please refer to the pdfUsers System Guide

     
  • 1. Who should I contact for questions related to ICR?

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (850) 644-4809.

     
  • 2. Where can I find a User Proposal template and Broader Impacts Statement?

  • 3. How do I report prior results?

    Use this docxPrior Results Template.

     
  • 4. What procedures must be followed for experiments involving lasers?

    The ICR Laser Policy begins with the initial assignment of online safety training that allows access to the ICR labspace.

    Anyone working in the ICR high bay must first answer the following question in the Safety Training Portal: "Are you working or will work in the ICR High bay?"

    ALL ICR Staff, graduate students, postdocs and ICR facility users/visitors (including REUs) are then automatically assigned the following online training courses:
    1. General Safety Training
    2. High Magnetic Field Training
    3. Laser Safety Training 4. Cryogens
    5. Compressed Gas

    A Laser Binder has been created and stored in the ICR High Bay that includes:
    - Laser Standard Operating Procedures
    - Laser OJT Training Forms
    - Laser Specifications
    - Online Safety training certificates for all Laser users.

     
  • 5. What is the ICR Lab Space Policy?

    • All ICR Lab Spaces (NM 117, NM 137, NM 113, B239, B240, C 330) require Safety Glasses AT ALL TIMES. Signage was purchased and posted.
    • No food or drink is permitted inside any ICR lab space. Designated drinking area was - approved by NHMFL Safety for NM 113 (ICR High Bay).
    • Card Reader access only to ICR personnel to ICR High Bay.
    • Restricted Card Reader access to 21 T High Bay
    • Occupied Labs : Doors Unlocked
    • Unoccupied Labs: Doors Locked
  • 6. Where can I find documentation for my facility?

    Please refer to the pdfUsers System Guide

     
  • 1. What is NMR?

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

     
  • 2. Who should I contact for questions related to NMR?

    First discuss your project with the appropriate NMR faculty or staff member:

    • Solid State NMR: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Solution NMR: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • MRI and In vivo NMR: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • The AMRIS NMR and MRI facility at the University of Florida: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or the AMRIS website.

    If you are not sure where to start, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • 3. Where can I find documentation for my facility?

    Please refer to the pdfUsers System Guide

     
  • 1. How often does the Pulsed Field Facility (PFF) in Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) schedule experiments?

    The PFF User Facility schedules magnet time three times per year; please check Magnet Schedule - Pulsed Field page and find DC/PFF Magnet Schedule and Deadlines on this page to find out when the next applications for magnet time are due.

     
  • 2. How do I get time on the 100 T magnet?

    Through the user portal like any other magnet request. 100 T magnet time is in high demand and the expectation is that sample screening and verification is done earlier on 65T pulsed magnets.

     
  • 3. Can I pulse the magnets myself?

    Yes, so long as you complete all of the required training and are authorized by the Safety Responsible Line Manager (Chuck Mielke).

     
  • 4. Does LANL accept my Florida State University or home institution training?

    No. Users and staff must complete the LANL training programs.

     
  • 5. Can I bring my own laptop?

    Yes, when you arrive we will give you access credentials to access the LANL visitor network.

     
  • 6. Can I bring my own camera and use it at the PFF (for taking pictures of samples and probes)?

    No, only LANL approved cameras and authorized individuals may take photographs at LANL and the LANL Security Responsible Line Manager (Chuck Mielke) must review and release the images to you.

     
  • 7. Can I bring my cell phone, which has a camera, onsite at LANL?

    Yes. However, the camera may not be used at any LANL site (including the NHMFL-PFF).

     
  • 8. What is the best place for green chile breakfast burritos in Los Alamos?

    Most people suggest the "Chile Works" on Trinity Drive, however the "Sunrise Bakery" on Diamond makes several great BBs. For a sit down BB you should try "Viola's" on Trinity. The Huevos Rancheros are also a must while you visit the other LA.

     
  • 9. Where can I find documentation for my facility?

    Please refer to the pdfUsers System Guide

     
Last modified on 7 July 2017