The Excitations group uses a wide range of software for data reduction, visualisation and analysis. The most commonly used programs are installed and available on the virtual machines of the IDAaaS system: https://isis.analysis.stfc.ac.uk/
If you wish to use the software on your own computer, all of these packages are freely available, either from their own dedicated website (which will include a user manual), or from your instrument scientist.
Software home pages
Mantid - a platform for visualization, reduction and transformation of neutron and muon data. Scripting in Python. Open source.
Within Mantid there are several specific tools that are regularly used on the group's instruments:
Other useful tools accessed from the main menu bar in Mantid are:
- Pychop - for flux and resolution calculatoins (accessed via "Interfaces" -> "Direct" menu)
- QECoverage - to calculate |Q| and energy region covered by detectors for a given Ei or Ef (accessed via "Interfaces" -> "Utility" menu)
- TofConverter - calculate units conversion between time-of-flight, d-spacing, energy transfer, Q, wavelength, etc. (accessed via "Interfaces" -> "Utility")
Horace - provides generation, visualisation, simulation and fitting of large 4-dimensional datasets obtained by making multiple measurements of a single crystal with varying sample orientation or incident energy. Matlab based.
Tobyfit - Tobyfit is a program for simulation and least squares fitting of single crystal neutron scattering data, incorporating instrument resolution. The latest version of this software runs in Matlab with a graphical user interface.
PACE - Proper Analysis of Coherent Excitations will be a software application that enables a step change in the rapidity and quality of analysis of neutron experiments on the ISIS spectrometers in the Excitations Group.
Non-ISIS software used by the group
MSlice - visualisation of single crystal data from a single run. Matlab based, although a standalone version also available.
DAVE - IDL implmentation of MSlice (as well as other modules for TAS, SANS, Spin-Echo, etc.), which is available as either an IDL module, or an exectutable.
Legacy code and manuals
Below is a collection of old software manuals used by the group