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Hi and welcome on PANDA! We hope that you will like our instrument.
PANDA team - Astrid, Igor, Alistair, Michal, Anton, Nikolaos, Chris and Sebastian
Panda publications represent results on magnetic exciations and phonons in
and on hybridization effects of phonons and magnetic exciationa.
See also PANDA at Google scholar!
Are you new to PANDA? You should read our short introduction guide, where you will learn:
Reaching low temperatures, high magnetic field and high pressures brings serious limitation for sample size and signal/noise ratio. If you consider application of special sample environment (everything below 3 K and/or with magnetic field), you should read about our limitations.
If you want to learn details about PANDA, the best is to use our prepared configuration files for neutron raytracing programs.
After the experiment, you usually obtain only a few kB of well formated ASCII data produced by our instrument control software NICOS.
Here you can find the former members of the team and where to find them now:
Before coming to the instrument:
Know your system's lattice parameters and angles, and it's symmetry. Decide about the sample orientation - you get only one plane
Create hkl-intensity-list (reflection list). –> info about forbidden reflections and the (relative) intensities of the allowed. - Have it available for starting the experiment.
Mark the crystal direction on the sample holder
Mount the sample properly. Think about covering the glue or holder and about either fixing the sample by Al wire or mounting an Al foil bag around.
Mark the crystal direction outside on the cryostat
For magnets, sample mounting needs to be better than within 1°. Depending on the instrument, care that one crystal direction is parallel to the goniometer axis.
Start experiment. Experiment name, sample name, give sample metadata to system
Align the sample