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Interactive automated Bragg peak identification with 3D neutron scattering data

Publication Type
Conference Paper
Book Title
Proc. 14th International Particle Accelerator Conference
Publication Date
Page Numbers
5138 to 5141
Publisher Location
Geneva, Switzerland
Conference Name
14th International Particle Accelerator Conference
Conference Location
Venice, Italy
Conference Sponsor
European Physical Society ; International Union of Pure and Applied Physics
Conference Date

Neutron scattering experiments have undergone significant technological development through large area detectors with concurrent enhancements in neutron transport and electronic functionality. Data collected for neutron events include detector pixel location in 3D, time and associated metadata, such as, sample orientation, neutron wavelength, and environmental conditions. RadiaSoft and Oak Ridge National Laboratory personnel are considering single-crystal diffraction data from the TOPAZ instrument. We are leveraging a new method for rapid, interactive analysis of neutron data using NVIDIA’s IndeX 3D volumetric visualization framework. We have implemented machine learning techniques to automatically identify Bragg peaks and separate them from diffuse backgrounds and analyze the crystalline lattice parameters for further analysis. The implementation of automatic peak identification into IndeX allows scientists to visualize and analyze data in real-time. Our methods include a robust comparison with current analysis techniques which show improvement in a variety of aspects. These improvements will be incorporated into IndeX for visualization to allow scientists an interactive tool for crystal analysis.