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Software mapping project with nanopositioning capabilities

DOI: 10.1080/08940886.2018.1506238 DOI Help

Authors: Mark Basham (Diamond Light Source) , Jacob Filik (Diamond Light Source) , Tom Cobb (Diamond Light Source) , James J. Mudd (Diamond Light Source) , J. Frederick W. Mosselmans (Diamond Light Source) , Pavel Dudin (Diamond Light Source) , Aaron Parsons (Diamond Light Source) , Paul D. Quinn (Diamond Light Source) , Andrew J. Dent (Diamond Light Source)
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Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Synchrotron Radiation News , VOL 31 , PAGES 21 - 26

State: Published (Approved)
Published: September 2018

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Abstract: Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron facility, entering user operation in 2007 with seven beamlines. With 33 operational beamlines, it has delivered user operations for over 10 years. During this time, Diamond has had to adapt its model of delivering software and hardware solutions to the rapidly expanding number of beamlines. Bespoke per-beamline solutions were possible with the initial seven beamlines, but as the number of beamlines grew, this has been harder to sustain. In 2014, Diamond decided to provide a unified software and hardware solution to several new and existing beamlines [1] R. Walton et al., Mapping developments at Diamond, Proceedings of ICA-LEPCS2015, Melbourne, Australia (2015). [Google Scholar] , in order to reduce the overall cost of ownership of these systems. By pooling the resources, a software and hardware stack which was highly capable was developed. These beamlines were primarily engaged in mapping X-ray probe experiments, but with differences in detectors, micro- or nanopositioning stage requirements and, ultimately, the science case. Mapping, or scanning-probe, beamlines conduct a usually rapid series of identical experiments, where the only variable is the spatial position of the X-ray micro- or nanoprobe relative to the sample. Typically at synchrotrons, this involves moving the sample and not the beam, and the pattern traversed by the sample is dependent on the experiment being conducted, but is often an alternating direction raster scan, or snake scan.

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