Preston, John; Lalor, Gerald C.; Vutchkov, Mitko K.
International Centre for Environment and Nuclear Sciences
A novel analytical facility at the Centre for Nuclear Sciences [Abstract]
Proceedings of the First Conference of the Faculty of Natural Sciences University of the West Indies, Mona
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University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica
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Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona.
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The Centre for Nuclear Sciences (CNS) operates nuclear analytical facilities which are available to University departments and other institutions. Currently, users share the experimental facilities at the Centre's laboratories where they must meet all safety and other regulations. The number of users is limited by the requirements for radiation safety, and the length of analytical training time, as well as by the limited number of computers available at the centre. A new Remote-User System (RUS) has been developed to allow expanded use of CNS analytical facilities. The RUS uses client-server technology to provide remote multi-user access to the facilities. The RUS makes the reactor facilities available to anyone making use of the user's analytical know-how- specimen and standard preparation, experimental scheme, data processing, and quality assurance. The standard experimental operations are performed by the Reactor Laboratory. The RUS is a complex combination of Data Acquisition and Control (DAC) hardware, Spectroscopy and Quantitative Analysis (SQA) software, sample and laboratory resources management (SLM), and networking and communication (N&C). The RUS architecture comprises the central Reactor Laboratory and a number of associated Remote Laboratories, running the same data reduction software. The Reactor Laboratory Manager controls the sample login, instrumentation and data transfer to the Remote Laboratories. Phase-I of the RUS operates only on the CNS premises and is under implementation. Phase-II brings University departments at Mona online, and Phase III is designed for off-campus facilities. The Remote Laboratory software comprises a number of analytical modules including INAA, EDXRF and others, implemented under request.....