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The canSAS-IV Workshop Web Page

May 12th-14th 2004

About the Workshop

CanSAS-IV took place at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), home of the ISIS Spallation Neutron Source and the Diamond Light Source. CanSAS-IV was jointly sponsored by ISIS, Diamond, the ILL and the DUBBLE beam line at the ESRF.

CanSAS-IV was aimed at anyone with a particular interest in the use and application of Small-Angle Scattering (SAS) techniques; e.g., Instrument/Beam line Scientists, Frequent SAS Users, SAS Beam line Software Developers, Facility/Third-party Software Developers (particularly those involved with data file formats, instrument/sample environment control).

CanSAS is a "self-help network" whose original stated aim was to promote and simplify the sharing of Small-Angle Scattering (SAS) data - be it light, X-ray or neutron - between Facilities and between Users, but its interests now also encompass the discussion and evaluation of emerging (principally software) technologies and the recommendation of "best practice" (where feasible) in pursuit of this aim.


CanSAS-V took place at the National Institute of Science & Technology, Gaithersbury, MD, USA, 29th - 31st October 2007.

Local Organisers

Stephen King, ISIS

Nicholas Terrill, Diamond

Programme Committee

Richard Heenan (ISIS)

Greg Diakun (SRS)

Ron Ghosh (ILL)

Theyencheri Narayanan (ESRF)

Adrian Rennie (NFL Studsvik)

Tom Irving (APS)

Elliot Gilbert (ANSTO)

Tetsuro Fujisawa (Spring-8)

Workshop Attendance List

Workshop Poster

Post-Workshop Report and Multimedia

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Click here for the report on the meeting (PDF).

Elements of this report also appear in Synchrotron Radiation News (2004, 17(5), 34-36) and Neutron News (2005, accepted).


A Microsoft WindowsTM-compatible installation archive of all the material that the authors have deposited with us is available on request. This will allow you to specify an installation directory, preserving the directory tree structure and relative links (so that you get a local copy that behaves exactly like these web pages). But beware, the installation archive download is 248 Mb and expands to 260 Mb!

NOTE: We are looking into providing that archive here. In the meantime individual talks as they are collected are available here:

CanSAS Discussion WiKis

During the CanSAS-IV and CanSAS-V discussion sessions it was decided that community participation in, and feedback on, the specifications for emerging data file formats of particular relevance to small-angle scattering would be most welcome. Accordingly, it was agreed to set up an online information and discussion web site called a Wiki.

The CanSAS-IV Wiki has been superceded by this wiki:

The URL of the CanSAS-V Wiki is
By participating you will be helping to foster greater integration of software between manufacturers and facilities, neutron and X-ray!