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SLAC’s scientific users are critical to the Laboratory’s success, driving scientific discoveries and contributing to the lab’s technological advancements. Thousands of scientists from all over the world access SLAC each year to participate in user research. 

Users coming to SLAC will need to have proper identification documentation with them when they arrive at the laboratory. Please make sure that you bring the appropriate documents with you to avoid any delays during check-in. Your SLAC sponsor/point of contact (POC) will coordinate with you any pre-arrival actions that may be necessary for your visit. If you are coming to SLAC as a user to participate in a scheduled experiment, please follow the below instructions. 

  1. Please coordinate with your SLAC POC as soon as you know when you will visit, so that any required pre-arrival steps can be completed in time.
  2. Once your visit is confirmed, (and you have the appropriate visa), you can start making your necessary travel arrangements. Visitor travel guidance can be found at:
  3. Depending on your role and the purpose of your visit, you may be asked to provide advance copies of identifying documents and complete and sign certain forms.
  4. Please complete your SLAC Site Access form.

    Launch Scientific User form

  5. Once your SLAC Site Access form is complete and approved, you will receive an email confirmation of your visit with your SLAC SID number. Please check your email. 
  6. If you require a SLAC picture badge and computer account while working here, your SLAC POC will guide you through the process and certain trainings you will need to take.
  7. Ship any equipment you will need while here (if needed). Your SLAC POC will guide you through the process. (Note: Some items might be subject to export control, so please read through the information at:
  8. ID and tag any equipment you intend to bring with you (if needed). Your SLAC POC will guide you through the process.

  1. Please bring your valid government issued ID with you to check in at the SLAC Security Main gate 
  2. Certain foreign nationals may need to present original passport and visa documentation at the VUE Center (Badging Office) at Building 053.
  3. You will be required to complete some documents and get issued a SLAC picture badge. If your work at SLAC requires you to have a badge or dosimeter, your SLAC POC will guide you through the process.
  4. Please wear an attitude of safety awareness. You are expected to drive and work carefully while on site to ensure your own safety and that of our other guests and employees. You must obey all traffic safety regulations on site and all safety procedures, even if they differ from those at your home institution. Please conduct all work safely, following SLAC procedures.

  • Please return any SLAC-issued visitor badges and equipment to your SLAC POC.

If you are interested in performing research at SLAC, please click on one of the links below for detailed information.