Experimental data download

Data can be downloaded either using Globus, or via normal sftp. The following page contains details and instructions on how to proceed.


Data format

NanoMAX records data as compressed hdf5 files, a binary file type which stores data in a tree-like hierarchy. The structure of data collected at NanoMAX is rather simple, with one main file collected per scan performed. Using freely available viewing tools, these files can be viewed and explored. While heavy data (like 2D images and XRF spectra) are stored in separate detector files to allow more efficient data acquisition, the main file links to these data and provides a unified way of accessing the data, provided that the detector files can be found in the same folder. In this example, a scan across 100 positions on the motors sx and sy were recorded, providing 100 motor positions and 100 detector images. The main file also contains the scan command used, as well as a snapshot of the beamline at the start of the scan.

Basic experimental data visualization

NanoMAX provides a basic tool for quickly visualizing scanning data, such as XRF or diffraction mapping. The tool is not designed for quantitative fitting, but for generating fast overviews and evalutating ongoing experiments. The tool (called scanViewer) can be downloaded here. It is only developed and tested on Linux, but users have reported using it successfully with Mac and Windows. In the following example, a region of interest of a fluorsscence emission spectrum is selected, and the intensity in this region is mapped out across the sample.

Fluorescence image data analysis

We normally use the software PyMCA developed at ESRF for fluorescence imaging data analysis. XRF image analysis can be a bit tricky in the beginning and therefore some assistance can be found in this step-by-step guide describing how to load and fit NanoMAX X-ray fluorescence data with PyMCA.