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									                                      Volume 114, Number 6, November-December 2009
             Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology

                                    [J. Res. Natl. Inst. Stand. Technol. 114, 341-358 (2009)]




       DAVE: A Comprehensive Software Suite
     for the Reduction, Visualization, and Analysis
      of Low Energy Neutron Spectroscopic Data

Volume 114                                                Number 6                                        November-December 2009

Richard Tumanjong Azuah,                  Craig M. Brown, John R. D.                            National user facilities such as the NIST
                                                                                                Center for Neutron Research (NCNR)
Larry R. Kneller, and                     Copley, and
                                                                                                require a significant base of software to
Yiming Qiu                                Robert M. Dimeo                                       treat the data produced by their specialized
                                                                                                measurement instruments. There is no
Center for Neutron Research,              Center for Neutron Research,                          universally accepted and used data
National Institute of Standards           National Institute of Standards                       treatment package for the reduction,
and Technology,                           and Technology,                                       visualization, and analysis of inelastic
Gaithersburg, MD 20899                    Gaithersburg, MD 20899                                neutron scattering data. However, we
                                                                                                believe that the software development
and                                                                                             approach adopted at the NCNR has some
                                                                                                key characteristics that have resulted in a
Department of Materials Science           azuah@nist.gov                                        successful software package called DAVE
                                          larry.kneller@nist.gov                                (the Data Analysis and Visualization
and Engineering,                          yiming.qiu@nist.gov                                   Environment). It is developed using a high
University of Maryland,                   philip.tregenna@psi.ch                                level scientific programming language,
College Park, MD 20742                    craig.brown@nist.gov                                  and it has been widely adopted in the
                                          john.copley@nist.gov                                  United States and abroad. In this paper we
and                                       robert.dimeo@nist.gov                                 describe the development approach,
                                                                                                elements of the DAVE software suite, its
Philip L. W. Tregenna-Piggott                                                                   usage and impact, and future directions
                                                                                                and opportunities for development.
Laboratory for Neutron
Scattering,                                                                                     Key words: analysis; backscattering;
ETHZ and Paul-Scherrer Institut,                                                                inelastic; neutron; reduction; scattering;
CH-5232 Villigen PSI,                                                
								
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