Alignment and Calibration Procedures of the Necsa Neutron Strain Scanner
D. Marais, A.M. Venter, V. Luzindownload PDF
The alignment and calibration of neutron strain instruments directly affect the reliability and accuracy of neutron stress experiments. Procedures for the purpose of instrument optimization and characterization were established at Necsa’s angular dispersive neutron strain scanner but may also be applicable to other diffraction instruments. Attention is given to the following aspects: sample table center of rotation, horizontally focusable multi-wafer silicon single crystal monochromator, neutron area detector offset and the instrument gauge volume.
Neutron Diffraction Instrument, Strain Scanner, Alignment and Calibration
Published online 4/20/2018, 6 pages
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Citation: D. Marais, A.M. Venter, V. Luzin, ‘Alignment and Calibration Procedures of the Necsa Neutron Strain Scanner’, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 4, pp 143-148, 2018
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