In recent years Diamond has invested a lot of software engineering effort across the Data Acquisition, Data Analysis and Beamline Controls groups in an attempt to standardise and advance the frameworks that support the science carried out here. Under the auspices of the Mapping Project, this has delivered a platform, initially proven on a few beamlines, which can now start to be rolled out across the organisation as a whole to deliver enhanced capabilities in terms of the definition, orchestration and visualisation of experimental scans. Building on this, during the last year we have begun to see these benefits feeding into areas of usability and beamline development as well as facilitating the development of more advanced approaches such as ptychography. Going forward, this should allow us to better support the needs of Diamond’s scientists and users as these new tools are adopted across the organisation.
The Data Acquisition Group develops, supports and maintains the software that controls experiments carried out on the majority of beamlines at Diamond. All aspects of the experimental process are covered, but initial setup of the sample environment is always crucially important in obtaining accurate and meaningful results further down the line. It is here that software usability can be very significant in enabling quick, easy, repeatable initialisation of the experimental environment to guarantee consistency between groups of measurements.
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