Future Courses

List of Courses planned by APS SAXS SIG

 

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Irena and Nika software course
Beyond Rg Materials
Beyond Rg Bio
BioSAS: Advanced Applications

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Planned -    SAXS Software Packages Irena and Nika

This course at the APS will be scheduled sometimes in the future.

To pre-register for course contact Connie

Hardware & software requirements

Successful small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS, SANS) experiment requires appropriate data reduction and analysis tools. Igor Pro based packages Nika (for SAXS data reduction) and Irena (for SAS = SAXS/SANS/USAXS/USANS data analysis) were developed during the last 10 years at the APS. They are already being used widely for material science SAS at the APS and at other facilities worldwide. These tools are commonly taught during "Beyond Rg" - SAXS short course organized semi-annually by APS SAXS SIG (see this page for next one). However, the main audience of this SAXS short course is new SAXS users, starting with their own SAXS program and therefore it focuses more heavily on experiments, theory etc. The time devoted in this course for software is insufficient for experienced experimenters interested in complex software applications.

Therefore, the APS SAXS Special Interest Group (SIG) is organizing this specialized, hands-on, course specifically on the SAS software Nika and Irena. The course will be taught by the software author, Jan Ilavsky, APS staff member. In order to provide high educational value, the number of participants will be limited to 20. Participants are expected to have a high level of SAS experience and bring their own computers (Windows or OSX). In addition, they are encouraged to bring their own SAS experimental results.

NOTE: This course is NOT for bioSAXS (protein structure and similar mono dispersed systems), the Irena software is mostly suitable for polydispersed and complex (hierarchical) systems. If you are not sure if your scientific application fits in the scope of this software, please ask.

 

SAS2018 conference organized by APS SAXS group:

XVII International Small Angle Scattering Conference 2018 (SAS2018) will be held at Traverse City, MI, October 2018.

Satellite courses organized by SAXS SIG to SAS2018:

Beyond Rg Materials SAS - October 6 - 7, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday before SAS2018 conference)

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Location : Saturday - Club Room, 17th floor, Grand Travers Resort (GTR) Tower
Sunday - Peninsula B, GTR Tower 1st floor. 

The objective of the Materials Small-Angle Scattering Short Course is to raise the capabilities of the materials small-angle scattering (SAS) and grazing-incidence SAXS (GISAXS) community by providing an intermediate-level course for those in need of a better understanding of SAS & GISAXS theory, and techniques utilized at the APS. This SAXS short course will offer an overview of small-angle scattering (SAS, including x-ray and neutron scattering) theory, SAS methods and capabilities for materials science, physics, chemistry, polymers etc. Course will include basics on data reduction and short introduction to data analysis tools to enable the community to submit highly effective beam-time proposals and to facilitate better utilization of the resources at the APS.

Participants are expected to have attained at least a doctoral-level education and are encouraged to have a defined experimental program needing small-angle scattering. Participants encouraged to bring their own notebook computers.

SYLLABUS

    Fundamentals of Small-Angle Scattering
    Theories and Applications of SAXS and GISAXS
    SAXS Sample Preparation
    Small Angle Scattering Instrumentation
    Specific topics of SAXS applications in Chemistry, Polymers, Materials science etc.
    Strategies to Write Successful Beam-Time Proposals

SPEAKERS

    Jan Ilavsky, XSD/ Argonne
    Soenke Seifert, XSD/Argonne
    Steven Weigand, DND-CAT/Northwestern
    Byeongdu Lee, XSD/Argonne
    and other APS XSD and APS CAT's staff members

Schedule:

Saturday

  8:30 –   8:45     Introduction, Jan Ilavsky

  8:45 – 10:00     Fundamentals of SAS theory, Jemian

10:00 – 10.20    break

10:20 – 12:00     Instrumentation, Ilavsky
                              Data reduction
                              Absolute intensity calibration
                              Analysis software tools

12:00 – 13:00     lunch

13:00 – 14:30     GISAXS, Byeongdu Lee

                              Theory & Geometry

                              Instrumentation

14:30 – 14:45      break

14:45 – 15:30      Applications in Chemistry, Winans

15:30 – 17:00      Applications in Polymers, Byeongdu Lee

 

Sunday

  8:30 – 10:00     Applications in Material Science, Ilavsky

10:00 – 10:20     break

10:20 – 12:00     GISAXS, analysis and examples, Byeongdu Lee

12:00 – 13:00     lunch

13:00 – 17:00     Analysis of SAS using Irena & sasView, Ilavsky

            With 14:30 – 14:45 break.

Beyond Rg BioSAXS - October 13 - 14, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday after SAS2018 conference):

Solution small-angle x-ray scattering has earned great popularity and success in biological studies owing to the advances in brilliant x-ray sources, large area detectors, and, more importantly, data analysis methods in the past two decades. The objective of the “Beyond Rg: BioSAXS Short Course" is to raise the awareness and capabilities of the small-angle scattering (SAS) techniques in the structural biology community by providing an intermediate-level course for those in need of a better understanding of bioSAS theory, and techniques and facilities provided at the APS.

This bioSAXS short course will offer an overview of small-angle scattering (SAS, including x-ray and neutron scattering) theory, SAS methods and capabilities for structural biology, and data reduction and analysis tools, to enable the community to submit highly effective beam-time proposals and to facilitate better utilization of the resources at the APS. Although many methods covered in this course were originally developed for biomolecules which are often mono-dispersed, this course may be also useful for those work with solution samples with high structural homogeneity. However, this course is NOT for soft materials that are polydispersed.

Participants are expected to have attained at least a graduate student-level education and are encouraged to have a defined experimental program. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own notebook computers.

SYLLABUS
    Fundamentals of Small-Angle Scattering
    Overview of Biological Small-angle Scattering
    Fundamentals and Theories BioSAS
    BioSAXS Sample Preparation
    Small Angle Scattering Instrumentation
    Overview of ATSAS software package
    Time-Resolved X-ray Scattering
    Combination of MD simulation and SAS
    BioSAS Software Practice

SPEAKERS
    Srinivas Chakravarthy, BioCAT/IIT
    Joesph Curtis, NIST
    Jesse Hopkins, BioCAT/IIT
    Alexey Kikhney, EMBL/DESY
    Jan Ilavsky, XSD/Argonne
    Soenke Seifert, XSD/Argonne
    Dmitri Svergun, EMBL/DESY
    Jill Trewhella, Sydney U
    Steven Weigand, DND-CAT/Northwestern
    Xiaobing Zuo, XSD/Argonne
    and other APS XSD and APS CAT's staff members

BioSAS: Advanced Applications - October 7, 2018 (Sunday before SAS2018 conference):

Solution small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering methods are having an increasing impact in structural biology largely due to advanced hardware, data analysis and modeling. The objective of this “BioSAS: Advanced Applications” course is to give users hands-on practical experience with a variety of software tools that provide powerful capabilities for processing, analyzing and modeling BioSAS experimental data. This course will introduce participants to advanced analysis techniques such as deconvolving SEC-SAS data sets and utilizing molecular dynamics in combination with SAS curve fitting. The software used will include the BioXTAS RAW, SASSIE-web and US-SOMO software suites. The instructors are  Emre Brookes (UTHSCSA), Joseph Curtis (NIST), Jesse Hopkins (BioCAT, APS), Richard Gillilan (MacCHESS), Susan Krueger (NIST), Mattia Rocco (HSanMartino, Italy) and other available staff. Participants should bring their own laptop computers to complete the hands-on exercises. This workshop is complementary to the Beyond Rg BioSAXS Data Analysis course, and will cover advanced techniques not in that course. It assumes participants are already familiar with basic SAS data analysis methods.

SPEAKERS: 

     Emre Brookes, UTHSCSA
     Joseph Curtis, NIST
     Jesse Hopkins, BioCAT, APS
     Richard Gillilan, MacCHESS
     Susan Krueger, NIST
     Mattia Rocco, HSanMartino, Italy