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Recharge Rates

The MRL x-ray facility is operated on a recharge basis. Current recharge rates (effective 07/01/2020) are as follows:

Instruments/Resources On-Campus Rate ($/hr) Off-Campus Rate (Academic/Non-profit) ($/hr) Off-Campus Rate (Private/For Profit) ($/hr)

Commercial Diffractometers
(MRD & MPD Thin Film & Powder, Rigaku Smartlab, XRF)

39.60 61.58 118.80

Specialty Diffractometers
(Intermediate and Ultra SAXS, WAXS)


45.56 87.90

Nikon Microscope


42.19 81.39


R&D Engineer 68.66 106.77 106.77
Research Physicist 168.51 262.03 262.03
XRD Specialist 63.99 99.50 99.50

Structural Databases

free to users


For UCSB users, a campus charge account number is required prior to setting up a valid user name. For off-campus users, a blanket P.O. number and a bill to address should be provided before any work in the facility. Accounts will be billed on a monthly basis. It is the responsibility of the users to update account information by contacting staff members. Expired charge accounts will result in suspension of user previleges.