base class, extends NXobject


Group of multiple application definitions for “multi-modal” (e.g. SAXS/WAXS) measurements.

NXsubentry is a base class virtually identical to NXentry and is used as the (overlay) location for application definitions. Use a separate NXsubentry for each application definition.

To use NXsubentry with a hypothetical application definition called NXmyappdef:

  • Create a group with attribute NX_class="NXsubentry"

  • Within that group, create a field called definition="NXmyappdef".

  • There are two optional attributes of definition: version and URL

The intended use is to define application definitions for a multi-modal (a.k.a. multi-technique) NXentry. Previously, an application definition replaced NXentry with its own definition. With the increasing popularity of instruments combining multiple techniques for data collection (such as SAXS/WAXS instruments), it was recognized the application definitions must be entered in the NeXus data file tree as children of NXentry.


No symbol table

Groups cited:

NXcollection, NXdata, NXinstrument, NXmonitor, NXnote, NXparameters, NXprocess, NXsample, NXuser


@default: (optional) NX_CHAR

Declares which NXdata group contains the data to be shown by default. It is used to resolve ambiguity when one NXdata group exists. The value names the default NXentry group. The value must be the name of a child of the current group. The child must be a NeXus group or a link to a NeXus group.

For more information about how NeXus identifies the default plottable data, see the Find Plottable Data, v3 section.

@IDF_Version: (optional) NX_CHAR

ISIS Muon IDF_Version

title: (optional) NX_CHAR

Extended title for entry

experiment_identifier: (optional) NX_CHAR

Unique identifier for the experiment, defined by the facility, possibly linked to the proposals

experiment_description: (optional) NX_CHAR

Brief summary of the experiment, including key objectives.

collection_identifier: (optional) NX_CHAR

User or Data Acquisition defined group of NeXus files or NXentry

collection_description: (optional) NX_CHAR

Brief summary of the collection, including grouping criteria.

entry_identifier: (optional) NX_CHAR

unique identifier for the measurement, defined by the facility.

definition: (optional) NX_CHAR

Official NeXus NXDL schema to which this subentry conforms

@version: (optional) NX_CHAR

NXDL version number

@URL: (optional) NX_CHAR

URL of NXDL file

definition_local: (optional) NX_CHAR

Local NXDL schema extended from the subentry specified in the definition field. This contains any locally-defined, additional fields in the subentry.

@version: (optional) NX_CHAR

NXDL version number

@URL: (optional) NX_CHAR

URL of NXDL file

start_time: (optional) NX_DATE_TIME

Starting time of measurement

end_time: (optional) NX_DATE_TIME

Ending time of measurement

duration: (optional) NX_INT {units=NX_TIME}

Duration of measurement

collection_time: (optional) NX_FLOAT {units=NX_TIME}

Time transpired actually collecting data i.e. taking out time when collection was suspended due to e.g. temperature out of range

run_cycle: (optional) NX_CHAR

Such as “2007-3”. Some user facilities organize their beam time into run cycles.

program_name: (optional) NX_CHAR

Name of program used to generate this file

@version: (optional) NX_CHAR

Program version number

@configuration: (optional) NX_CHAR

configuration of the program

revision: (optional) NX_CHAR

Revision id of the file due to re-calibration, reprocessing, new analysis, new instrument definition format, …

@comment: (optional) NX_CHAR

pre_sample_flightpath: (optional) NX_FLOAT {units=NX_LENGTH}

This is the flightpath before the sample position. This can be determined by a chopper, by the moderator or the source itself. In other words: it the distance to the component which gives the T0 signal to the detector electronics. If another component in the NXinstrument hierarchy provides this information, this should be a link.

experiment_documentation: (optional) NXnote

Description of the full experiment (document in pdf, latex, …)

notes: (optional) NXnote

Notes describing entry

thumbnail: (optional) NXnote

A small image that is representative of the entry. An example of this is a 640x480 jpeg image automatically produced by a low resolution plot of the NXdata.

@mime_type: (optional) NX_CHAR

The value should be an image/*

Obligatory value: image/*

USER: (optional) NXuser

SAMPLE: (optional) NXsample

INSTRUMENT: (optional) NXinstrument

COLLECTION: (optional) NXcollection

MONITOR: (optional) NXmonitor

DATA: (optional) NXdata

PARAMETERS: (optional) NXparameters

PROCESS: (optional) NXprocess

Hypertext Anchors

List of hypertext anchors for all groups, fields, attributes, and links defined in this class.

NXDL Source: