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Proposals Overview

Proposals submitted to FACET and Test Beam Facilities are peer reviewed. The highest rated proposals are most likely to be offered beam time approximately one year after submission depending on the scope of infrastructure changes required to support the experiment.

All our facilities (FACET, ESTB, NLCTA and ASTA) can be applied to through the same proposal process.​ You can apply to multiple facilities with the same proposal. If we feel that a proposal is more appropriate at a facility other than the one applied for (or multiple facilities) we will be in touch with you.

  • ​​Proposals are accepted any time of the year for any of the facilities (FACET, NLCTA, ESTB or ASTA). ​
  • To submit a proposals, please use our template​.
  • Email the proposal to our website.
  • To follow up or ask questions about the process, please email Christine Clarke.

We recommend that you check the beam parameters and infrastructure available at our facilities and contact one of our team to help develop the proposal.


Management Contacts

Division Director: Vitaly Yakimenko,  

Experimental Program: Mark Hogan,  

Facility Contact Information

Safety Officer
John Seabury
(650) 926-7458
Technical Support
Keith Jobe
(650) 926-2084
Stephen Weathersby
(650) 926-3890
Carsten Hast
(650) 926-8556
Christine Clarke
(650) 926-5746
Keith Jobe
(650) 926-2084

Facility Beam Parameters


Beam Type
e-, e+
Beam energy (MeV)
60, 80-120
Repetition Rate (Hz)
1 - 30
Bunch Intensity (E8)
2-25 or
single particle
Bunch Length (s , µm)
Beam Spot size (s , µm)

To submit a proposal to any of our facilities

Proposals should be approximately two-five pages long and use the provided template.

You can submit a proposal to multiple beam lines if appropriate - FACET, NLCTA, ESTB and ASTA.​

Review Process

New experiments receive scientific and preliminary technical feasibility/safety review prior to being accepted for scheduling.

The Scientific Program Director determines the scientific review process. At the conclusion of the scientific review, the Scientific Program Director sends his/her recommendation for approval and the approval conditions to the Facility Manager. (See below for more details)

The Technical Feasibility and Safety review also sends recommendations to the Facility Manager. (See below for more details)

The Facility Manager will then approve (or otherwise) the proposal and assign an experiment or test-beam number. Approval at this stage acknowledges that there is likely insufficient technical information to enable an unqualified approval to operate, but that there do not appear to be any significant issues that would prevent execution of the work at the Test Facility. Usually at this stage, a tentative schedule of onsite activities will be developed, contingent upon further evolution of the proposal. This evolution is enabled through working tightly with facility staff to develop the necessary hardware and procedures and complete the full safety review. (For this process, please see this page on Experiment Review & Safety).

Scientific Review

Peer review is an essential element in ensuring that experimental facilities are utilized for the highest quality science and that the allocation of this scarce resource is fair and transparent.

For the ESTB Scientific Committee, please see the ESTB page. For the SLAC Accelerator Research Experimental program Committee (SAREC), please see our SAREC page.

Once a complete proposal is received, it is assigned to an appropriate review committee consisting of scientists with expertise in various research fields, plus external advisors as needed. 

Technical Feasibility Review

The Facility Manager, Area Manager, Safety Coordinator and/or User Coordinator review the proposal to determine if the proposed experiment can be reasonably and safely accommodated in the facility.


Ratings Appeal

Appeals must be received within 30 days of the review/rating notification. Appeals should be addressed to the FACET Research Administration Manager. The only accepted grounds for appeal are in cases when the remarks supplied by the SAREC are not a sufficient explanation of the rating or when unanticipated experimental results or new instrumentation has been developed since the initial proposal was submitted which would significantly impact peer review. ​

Staying in touch

You can sign up for our mailing list to receive calls for proposals and announcements of meetings. To subscribe, send an email to LISTSERV@SLAC.STANFORD.EDU . The subject doesn't matter, but the text should say subscribe facet-interest.

The FACET Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Program

FACET was designed to meet the Department of Energy Mission Need Statement for an Advanced Plasma Acceleration Facility. A key component of the experimental program at FACET, and approximately half of the beam time, is second-generation research in plasma wakefield acceleration. Topics include high-gradient electron acceleration with narrow energy spread and preserved emittance, efficiency, high-gradient positron acceleration and radiation generation. This program of FACET research is directed at understanding and establishing plasma wakefield acceleration as a viable particle acceleration technique. Researchers interested in plasma wakefield acceleration are encouraged to propose a multi-year program addressing the critical issues for this technology. 

We specifically encourage the formation of a broad plasma wakefield collaboration to develop both individual research proposals and an overall strategic plan for demonstrating an understanding of this approach as a particle acceleration technique. Plasma experiments should still be proposed through the route outlined above with each experiment studying a distinct aspect. Though collaboration is naturally encouraged to share resources and expertise, we strongly welcome groups that have not yet been a part of the program at FACET. 

To propose new experiments for our plasma program and to join our efforts to generate a coordinated approach to developing this technique, please contact Mark Hogan, our Scientific Lead at FACET. 



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