College Park, Maryland      June 6 - 10 , 2004

W3-A4: Breakout Session: Portable software for neutron scattering

T. G. Worlton (Intense Pulsed Neutron Source, Argonne National Lab), D. J. Mikkelson (University of Wisconsin-Stout), P.F. Peterson (Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Development of portable software for neutron scattering will facilitate use of neutron facilities by visiting scientists. Adoption of a NeXus data format for storage and interchange of data can help make this possible, but work on file definitions for some neutron instruments is still incomplete. Tools such as ISAW and NXvalid can be used as a tools to examine, visualize, and analyze data from NeXus files and are currently being used at LANSCE and IPNS. Scientists from Argonne, Los Alamos, SNS, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout are collaborating on specifications for NeXus files which will contain all the information needed for visualization and analysis. In this session we will discuss information which should be stored in NeXus files and tools which can be used to read, visualize, reduce, and analyze the data.

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