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Instrument Technology

The Instrument technology department develops new solutions for the automation of neutron scattering instruments and supports the instrument teams during construction and operation. It focuses the areas of automation and motion control. We develop a portfolio to move and control a wide range of components to provide tailored solutions for individual instruments in close collaboration with the mechanical construction engineers and the instrument scientists. Here we cover the entire construction process from concept, realization, testing and taking into operation.
Besides we survey novel technologies in the field on their potential for neutron scattering instruments.
Recently we have started to build up expertise in neutron scattering instrument simulation to support the scientist during conception and optimization of new instruments.
Zusätzlich bauen wir Kompetenzen im Bereich der Instrumentsimulation auf, um die Wissenschaftler bei der Konzeption und Auslegung neuer Instrumente zu unterstützen.

Automation and motion control

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Modern neutron scattering instruments feature a large number of parameters to control, which provide optimized configurations for a variety of experimental challenges. We develop the motion control technology for any component requested. The installed systems guarantee at the same time the safe operation for humans and apparatus.

Control systems

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For an easy and transparent access to individual instruments components, the partners at MLZ develop the Network Integrated Control System (NICOS). It is also used for the user control of x-ray equipment at the Jülich site. We use TANGO Controls for the object oriented device abstraction, complemented by TACO, EPICS or WinCC solutions if requested.

Robotics and Neutron Scattering

Robotik in der Neutronenstreuung

More powerful neutron sources and more efficient instrumentation requires a higher degree of automation not only for the instruments, but also for the individual experiment. Recently, robots are introduced e.g. to perform re-occurring tasks like sample change 24/7 to improve the duty cycle of the instruments. We develop solutions for the safe operation in complex and adapting environments to explore the full potential of robotics for neutron scattering.

Detektoren und Datenerfassung

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Die zentrale Komponente eines Streuinstruments ist der Neutronendetektor. Wir unterstützen den Bau Detektoren und Betrieb und entwickeln bei Bedarf maßgeschneiderte Elektroniklösungen für die schnelle Datenerfassung. Daneben arbeiten wir mit internationalen Partnern an neuen Detektorkonzepten für die nächsten Instrumentgeneration.

Instrument Simulation

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Instrument simulation plays a crucial role today to optimize novel instrument concepts. Increasing computing power leads to more realistic models of the instruments, which may be even used to investigate resolution effects in the data analysis. The development of the Monte Carlo Software package VITESS is now continued in the department.
To address radiation protection issues of instruments and also novel neutron sources transport codes such as MCNP, FLUKA or GEANT4 are employed. The department provides the expertise to support the instrument teams with tools for the layout of shielding to meet the requirements not only of radiation protection, but also for very low background conditions to enhance the sensitivity of the instrumentation.

Quality management

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