The sample environment development lab (Lab 38) is primarily for developing and commissioning novel sample environments for the SAXS beamlines at Diamond, as well as working with existing sample environments for offline experiments and integrating User Sample environments with Diamond's data acquisition and control software (EPICS & GDA).
User institutions have developed a wide range of sample environments aimed for their specific research interests. These have generally been run independently of EPICS & GDA, leading to separate data streams and limited feedback between sample environments and beamline control. The development lab offers access to a complete beamline setup, from servers and acquisition hardware up to GDA outside of beamtime to allow users to integrate sample environments with our data acquisition stack with the aim of improving data synchronisation and opening up possibilities for active two-way feedback between the systems.
We primarily support three pathways for sample environment development, as laid out in the flow chart below, these are:
Resources are limited and so projects will be assigned based on how difficult the integration is, the size of the potential user community and the anticipated scientific impact; to maximise the latter, multi-institution collaborations are encouraged. It is anticipated for projects that follow the full project pathway that these environments will be made available to the user community, both for use on I22 and DL-SAXS beamline and in offline institutional laboratories, naturally, expectations will taper off depending on Diamond's involvement in the project.
Further details on hardware triggering specifications, EPICS interfacing, software APIs and GDA integration are available, however, as documentation for these are currently under development, at present your local contact will either provide details or connect you with an appropriate contact.
The sample environment development laboratory, through the I22 beamline, has access to laboratory and staffing resources to put towards sample environment development of use to the general SAXS user community.
The setup available in the lab includes:
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