base class, extends NXobject


A device that reduces the intensity of a beam by attenuation.

If uncertain whether to use NXfilter (band-pass filter) or NXattenuator (reduces beam intensity), then choose NXattenuator.


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Groups cited:

NXoff_geometry, NXtransformations


@default: (optional) NX_CHAR

Declares which child group contains a path leading to a NXdata group.

It is recommended (as of NIAC2014) to use this attribute to help define the path to the default dataset to be plotted. See https://www.nexusformat.org/2014_How_to_find_default_data.html for a summary of the discussion.

distance: (optional) NX_FLOAT {units=NX_LENGTH}

Distance from sample. Note, it is recommended to use NXtransformations instead.

type: (optional) NX_CHAR

Type or composition of attenuator, e.g. polythene

thickness: (optional) NX_FLOAT {units=NX_LENGTH}

Thickness of attenuator along beam direction

scattering_cross_section: (optional) NX_FLOAT {units=NX_CROSS_SECTION}

Scattering cross section (coherent+incoherent)

absorption_cross_section: (optional) NX_FLOAT {units=NX_CROSS_SECTION}

Absorption cross section

attenuator_transmission: (optional) NX_FLOAT {units=NX_DIMENSIONLESS}

The nominal amount of the beam that gets through (transmitted intensity)/(incident intensity)

status: (optional) NX_CHAR

In or out or moving of the beam

Any of these values: in | out | moving

@time: (optional) NX_DATE_TIME

time stamp for this observation

depends_on: (optional) NX_CHAR

NeXus positions components by applying a set of translations and rotations to apply to the component starting from 0, 0, 0. The order of these operations is critical and forms what NeXus calls a dependency chain. The depends_on field defines the path to the top most operation of the dependency chain or the string “.” if located in the origin. Usually these operations are stored in a NXtransformations group. But NeXus allows them to be stored anywhere.

The reference point of the attenuator is its center in the x and y axis. The reference point on the z axis is the surface of the attenuator pointing towards the source.

In complex (asymmetic) geometries an NXoff_geometry group can be used to provide an unambiguous reference.


TRANSFORMATIONS: (optional) NXtransformations

This is the group recommended for holding the chain of translation and rotation operations necessary to position the component within the instrument. The dependency chain may however traverse similar groups in other component groups.

shape: (optional) NXoff_geometry

Shape of this component. Particulary useful to define the origin for position and orientation in non-standard cases.

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