VISION Mail-In Program


  • Proposals are accepted at any time, independent of the semi-annual general user program proposal call.
  • A number of days are reserved from the general user program each cycle.
  • It is expected that samples are ready before the mail-in proposal is submitted.
  • A maximum of 24 hours can be requested in each cycle.
  • A maximum of 8 samples can be measured.
  • Temperatures between 5K and 400K can be requested but the total time cannot exceed 24 hours. Temperature scans will reduce the number of samples that can be measured.
  • Once approved, vanadium sample cans are sent to the users to be filled and returned to the SNS.
  • Samples should be returned to SNS within two weeks of receiving the empty cans. All sample cans received must be shipped back to the SNS.

Submit a Proposal

Mail-In Proposal Process

  1. Make sure your samples are ready
  2. Prepare your proposal. The statement of research should contain approximately two paragraphs explaining the motivation, answers sought from the experiment, and experimental measurement conditions. Please contact the instrument staff if you have any questions.
  3. Submit your proposal through IPTS. Be sure to select Mail-In as the proposal type.
  4. If your proposal is accepted, you will receive an email with additional information, and empty sample cans will be sent to the address you specified in the proposal.
  5. Load your sample cans, according to the instructions linked below, and fill out the sample loading spreadsheet in IPTS (refer to the loading spreadsheet document below).
  6. Ship the samples and loading spreadsheet back to the address linked in the notification email.
  7. Your samples will be measured at the first available opportunity, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  8. You will receive an email when data collection is complete. Follow the directions and linked guides on the VISION User Guidance page to download and analyze your data
  9. All publications resulting from your data must include the SNS acknowledgement and should be submitted to the PuSH publication tracking system.
  10. After 30 days, your samples will either be wasted or shipped back to you, based on what you requested in the proposal.

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