Before and during beamtime

CLS guidelines for sample shipment

Sample shipment

  • International users must ship their samples following the instructions below.
  • The sample list within the package must also contain the following essential information: To/From Names, Beamline: BioXAS-Imaging; Beamline staff contact information; Proposal permit number; Sample list with clear naming; Storage specifications; Sample handling instructions.
  • Ship your approved sample prior to your scheduled beamtime.
  • Users are responsible for the cost of transportation and customs clearance for shipments; C.O.D packages are not accepted.
  • Packages must be addressed to the permanent staff of the BioXAS-Imaging beamline.
  • To expedite outgoing shipments, you can make round-trip shipping arrangements from your home institution. Please advise Shipping and Receiving if you have made these arrangements.
  • Shipment Address

  • Gosia Korbas (or Viorica (Ibi) Bondici)
  • BioXAS-Imaging
  • Canadian Light Source, Inc.
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • 44 Innovation Boulevard
  • Saskatoon, SK
  • Canada S7N 2V3
  • More details about Canada Customs, shipment label and packaging requirements can be found under Shipping.


Contact information of the shipping and receiving department

  • Open times: Monday to Friday 8 am- 4:30 pm (closed for breaks from 10-10:15 am, 12-12:30 pm, 3-3:15 pm)
  • Contact information : email , phone 306-657-3657
  • Location: go to the back of the CLS building where there are 2 large, overhead doors. Use the intercom next to the man-door to call Stores. The staff will answer and come down to meet them.

Onsite access

  • Users will receive the Beamline Specific Orientation (BSO) and training on how to mount their sample and operate the beamline.
  • Sign onto e-permit before the experiment.

Beamline Specific Orientation (BSO) 

  • All the users, who are collecting data at the BioXAS-Imaging beamline, are required to attend onsite training specific to the beamline
  • This training covers all the hazards at the beamline, provides instructions on how to act in case of an emergency and how to operate the beamline safely
  • Beamline staff will provide the training usually before the beamtime starts

NOTE: Physical modification to beamline components/setup should never be conducted without explicit approval or assistance from the beamline staff. 

User area

There are two computers available at the beamline, the linux operating system is used to operate the beamline and collect the data and the windows computer is utilized to communicate with various cameras for beamline diagnostic and monitoring. 

user area

Sample mounting

  • Samples are mounted onto holders/frames at designated area at the BioXAS Imaging beamline

Sample visualization  

  • There are two microscopes available to check and indentify area of interest in your samples at the BioXAS Imaging beamline


Leica DM6000 microscope

  • Upright optical/fluorescence microscope
  • Transmitted and reflected light path
  • Contrast modes: DIC, phase-contrast, brightfield, darkfield, polarized light
  • Two cameras (1) colour for optical images and (2) fast monochromatic for fluorescence images

Leica S8 APO microscope

  • Stereozoom microscope (apochromatic optics) with camera

Keyence camera

  • Allows visualization of the sample and positioning the sample in focus