The AMOR Client

The AMOR Client is the dedicated SICS client program for the reflectometer AMOR. It is a Java application which runs on all computers for which a Java runtime better then jdk 1.1.6 is available.

Starting the AMOR Client

There are various ways to start the AMOR client. On the unix systems, simply type amor & at the command prompt. For PC's and proper Macintosh systems (proper means MacOS > 10) it is recommended to install Java WebStart and start the application from: The AMOR client can be exited through the File/Exit menu option.

Connecting to a SICS Server

Before anything useful can be done with the AMOR client, it has to be connected to a SICS server. This can be done through the Connect menu in the application. Normally choose AMOR in this menu and everything will be fine. The option Custom Connect is used if the SICS server had to be relocated to another computer (because of a hardware problem) and the connection parameters: computer and port number have to be given explicitly.

Using the AMOR Client

After starting the AMOR client you see a menu, a row of buttons beneath the menu and a central display area, showing AMOR's fantastic logo. Now, the AMOR client has six different views of the instrument. These views can be selected through the button row below the menubar. The views are:

AMOR logo
The fantastic AMOR logo. IMHO, AMOR got the nicest logo.
AMOR Schema
A drawing of AMORS components annotated with motor names.
The main interaction window for typing commands to the instrument. I/O with the server is displayed in the large central text area. Commands can be typed into the text field at the bottom. Then there is a yellow line displaying the progress of the current counting operation. To the left of the command entry field is a little red button labelled Interrupt. This button aborts any current operation. There is a menu point corresponding to this window. This allows to select the following functions:
User Rights
A dialog for gaining privileges in SICS. You need to specify a username and a password.
Open Logfile
Open a log file on the local machine running the client.
Close Logfile
Close a local logfile.
This window displays a histogram of the current data available. What can be seen here depends on AMOR's mode of operation: In single detector mode, the current scan data is displayed. In TOF mode, the counts summed over a rectangular region of the detector (defined in the Area Detector view) is displayed against time-of-flight. Yoy may zoom in on selected regions of the histogram by dragging a rectangle from top to bottom. You can zoom out through the opposite movement. Further histogram commands hide under the Histogram menu entry. Here you can:
Reset the plot boundaries to show everything.
print the current plot into a postscript file.
Toggle the logarithmic flag which, when set, causes the counts to be displayed on a logarithmic basis.
Area Detector
This display only makes sence in TOF-mode, with a PSD. It shows the data in the histogram memory projected along the time axis. In the text area below the picture, the current x, y position and the current value at the cursor position are displayed. Double clicking on the display opens a dialog which allows to set things like: scale, colour mapping, logarithmic mapping and the mapping range. Dragging a rectangle in this display will pop up a dialog asking you for a name. The rectangle selected then becomes a named region which will then be summed and plotted in the Histogram display. Named regions can be removed through the Update Control/Clear TOF Regions menu entry.
Shows selected instrument parameters in textual form.

Updating the Display

In single detector mode scan data will be automatically updated. In TOF mode, updates to either the histogram display or the area detector display have to obtained either: