Beamline Manuals

User's survival manual This mini-manual first gives a basic description of the SPEC commands allowing you to align the sample in the beam and to use the detectors available at DUBBLE.
It then explains how to start and to quit the data acquisition software (SAXSGUI) correctly, and proposes do-it-yourself solutions for the most common problems you may encounter while using this program.
The third section guides you in the use of the Pilatus 300K-W as wide angle (WAXS) detector together with the SAXS acquisition system,  either GDA (newer) or SAXSGUI (older).
Finally, the document explains in detail how to use the software tools we provide for data reduction.


Useful Information

  • For a presentation of the SAXS basic theory, techniques and applications, you can download the book Small Angle X-ray Scattering (O. Glatter and O. Kratky Eds., Academic Press, 1982) from (Scattering Methods at the Chemistry Department, University of Graz).
  • For a more biologically oriented introduction one can download Structure Analysis by Small-Angle X-Ray and Neutron Scattering (L. A. Feigin and D. I. Svergun, Plenum Press / Springer, 1987) from
  • More information about Scatter here, explanation and downloadable file.
  • Wikipedia: List of SAXS beamlines.



  • Sample Temperature Control

    A. J. Dent, M. Oversluizen, G. N. Greaves, M. A. Roberts, G. Sankar, C. R. A. Catlow and J. M. Thomas, A furnace design for use in combined X-ray absorption and diffraction up to a temperature of 1200 °C: Study of cordierite ceramic formation using fluorescence QEXAFS/XRD, Physica B-Condensed Matter 208 (1995), no. 1-4, 253-255.


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