In SAXSLAB’s Materials Science instruments, all translations and rotations are motorized, most alignments are automated, and the data is immediately centered, corrected, calibrated, reduced and displayed so that you can concentrate on your experiment and the data… and not spend time on aligning, fine-tuning and re-configuring.
Transmission – just a click away
As a simple example, the click on the “Measure transmission” button (or typing the command “transmission_measure” on the command line) will result in
- the controlled movement of at least 4 different units,
- at least 4 measurements with a high intensity detector, and
- the collection of 2 images on the imaging detector
This cascade of events will result in a very accurate measurement of the incident x-ray intensity and the x-ray transmission of the sample; a measurement that is crucial for the reduction of your data. And just one example of how automation makes SAXS simple.
“WAXS, please…eh…no SAXS please…eh..no..both please”
Another more complicated example, would be if you want to measure in another configuration, for example MAXS instead of Extreme SAXS, then just push the “Go” button in the GUI software and behind the scenes the detector moves, the slits are adjusted, the centering of the detector is checked and your measurement in the new configuration can begin.
The system is busy working…
And finally let’s say you’d rather be listening to an interesting lecture than controlling the SAXS system in real-time… well then you could build up your experiment plan (either in the GUI or in a text macro file) and with the press of the “play”-button, set your experiment series off and go see the lecture, or go to the beach or go to sleep or see your kids or your favorite TV-show or whatever…
While you are busy….doing something else
The point is: automation on our powerful materials science systems, gives you the freedom to spend your time, the way you want…while knowing that the exact measurements you needed, are being run back in the lab.