Proposal Review Panel Descriptions

To ensure competent scientific review, a proposal may be assigned to a different panel (at the discretion of the Review Panel Chair), or the panel may seek additional ad hoc reviews from other experts.

High-Pressure

This panel reviews scattering and diffraction proposals that focus on materials at high pressure. Techniques such as (but not limited to) diffraction, nuclear resonant scattering, and inelastic x-ray scattering for materials at high pressure are appropriate for this panel to consider.

Instrumentation

This panel reviews proposals related to the development of beamline instrumentation, sample environments, x-ray optical components, and/or detectors that are relevant to synchrotron radiation research. This panel will also review novel techniques or proof-of-principle experiments designed to extent the current capabilities and/or usage of synchrotron radiation.

Imaging/Microbeam

Proposals to this panel encompass tomography, topography, fluorescence mapping, and other imaging techniques. In addition, this panel reviews experiments and measurements that depend upon sub-micron x-ray beams as a critical characteristic for success of the proposed work - for example micro-XAFS or microbeam diffraction.

Macromolecular Crystallography

Proposals submitted by General users for research in macromolecular crystallography are sent for electronic review to individuals who have been recommended by the MC community. This panel will review proposals that arrive at the last minute, as well as those with fewer than two reviews at the time of the PRP meeting. If necessary, the PRP will also normalize scores from different reviewers.

Scattering--Applied Materials

This panel reviews scattering and diffraction proposals that focus on applied materials issues. Techniques such as (but not limited to) powder diffraction, residual stress measurements, and thin film preferred orientation measurements are appropriate for this panel. Other topical studies that utilize diffraction or scattering techniques to study applied materials are also appropriate.

Scattering--Condensed Matter

This panel reviews scattering and diffraction proposals that focus on solid-state or materials physics issues. Techniques such as (but not limited to) magnetic x-ray scattering, nuclear resonant scattering, inelastic x-ray scattering, and diffraction are appropriate for this panel to consider. Other topical studies that utilize diffraction or scattering techniques to study condensed matter physics are also appropriate. This panel will also review instrumentation/optics proposals.

Scattering--Chemistry/Biology/Environmental

This panel will review proposals for scattering and diffraction from systems of interest to the chemistry, biology, or environmental sciences communities. Techniques such as (but not limited to) crystallography, powder diffraction, or reflectivity may be appropriate. This panel does not review macromolecular crystallography experiments.

 Small Angle X-ray Scattering

This panel will review all proposals for small angle x-ray scattering. This includes proposals to study various materials (ceramics, metal precipitates, polymers, liquid suspensions, bio-materials) utilizing all small angle x-ray techniques and camera lengths. Small angle x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy proposals will be reviewed here.

Spectroscopy

This panel will review all proposals to use absorption spectroscopy techniques, including extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS). In addition, this panel will review proposals for diffraction anomalous fine structure (DAFS) experiments.

Structural Science

This panel reviews proposals spanning chemistry, physics, materials science, geoscience that involves powder diffraction, pair distribution function, and diffuse scattering.  Techniques such as crystallography, powder diffraction, and PDF will be considered by this panel.  They will review proposals requesting 11-BM, 11-ID-B, 11-ID-C and 17-BM.