Category Archives: Literature

The value of years: good stories and advice from M. H. J. Koch

One paper I managed to miss for my review paper on data corrections is a paper by M. H. J. Koch from Hamburg. The paper is written in a nice informal way, replete with good quotes, where he talks about his experiences in instrument development for SAXS and WAXS beamlines. In particular the paper details […]

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Green catalysts from pigs!

This news has also been covered by Birmingham University, Martin Hollamby and The Schnepp Group, and may appear in other news outlets soon. [update: like at azonano.com, nanowerk.com, the Mumbai mirror, FuelCellsWorks, supergen fuel cells, green car congress and phys.org. update2: Some more selected outlets: Ars Technica, the Conversation, World of Chemicals, Renewables Europe, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell letter (paywalled), […]

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A comparison of Quality in neutron scattering

By the way, my topical review paper on SAXS data collection and correction has been published and is available open access here! Ensuring that a measurement gets you the right values is quite important for any scientist. One way of finding out what the quality of your machine is, is to compare your results for a […]

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A review of data collection and correction procedures.

Following my previous work in progress detailing the data correction steps to obtain good data, I finally had the chance to write this down in a review article. This review article (open access) has been submitted on Monday. After it has been reviewed and (hopefully) published in the journal, I will ensure that that latest version is […]

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Monte-Carlo: now in 2D!

Small-angle scattering analysis has never been easy for those working with oriented nanostructures (e.g. fibres, processed polymers, rolled metal alloys), whose structure may lead to anisotropic small-angle scattering. Upon the collection of such 2D scattering patterns, one can integrate thin pie-slices of the data to obtain 1D curves and analyse them in the same way […]

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Papers! One of mine and one on detector data read-in

It has been a long time in the making, but now the day has finally come where the 1D Monte Carlo method has been published! To top it off, the publication is open access (courtesy of my current institute: NIMS), and has a wicked showcase document as supplementary material. Feel (very) free to check it […]

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Paper highlights: Prior art and detector trouble

Hello everyone, and welcome to the remaining 90% of 2013 (as of February 4), surely you’ve made good use of the first 10! I’ve been tasked with writing a review paper which made me come across several noteworthy papers. Two topics in particular surprised me: the history of instrumentation and the depth of detector corrections. […]

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Monte-Carlo fitting of isotropic scattering and observability on arXiv

We have now entered the final two weeks before the Scattering-Bonanza that is SAS2012… Are you feeling the pressure yet? With many good talks lined up for that conference, and many good people attending, I am honestly quite excited! I too will be giving my small contribution in the form of two talks, one at […]

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Nothing new here

So it seems science has beaten us to the punch once again. Remember last week’s optimistic story on how you can make better use of your (measurement) time? Turns out it has been done (at least once) before. The year was 1993, the authors were M. Steinhart and J. Pleštil, and they did the same […]

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capillary self-absorption paper highlight, and new video

Dear scatterers, Those of you who have been reading this weblog for a while now, may remember the calculation of the sample self-absorption correction for plate-like samples. The result of this was a straightforward equation which could be used to correct the scattering of strongly absorbing samples (>30%) with a plate-like geometry. It was mentioned […]

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