The stress and texture calculator Steca is an interactive, graphical data reduction program for neutron and x-ray materials diffractometers.
Version 2.2.1 has been released on Feb 9, 2020. See the change log.
The source package, and a Windows installer, are available at https://jugit.fz-juelich.de/mlz/steca/-/releases.
Bugs and feature requests are collected at https://jugit.fz-juelich.de/mlz/steca/-/issues.
To stay informed about new releases, and to participate in discussions between developers and users, please subscribe to the Steca mailing list.
Redistribution of the software is permitted under the terms of the General Public License version 3 or higher.
In scientific publications, the use of Steca must be acknowledged and documented in form of these two citations.
The current maintainer is Joachim Wuttke, email@example.com.
Steca processes histogram data collected by area detectors. The user defines gamma cuts for which diffractograms are computed. The user then selects Bragg peaks, which are usually analyzed by curve fitting. Peak positions, widths, and intensities can then be tabulated against input parameters, or converted into pole figures.
The main functions of Steca are:
Version 2 has been developed by Rebecca Brydon, Jan Burle, Antti Soininen, and Joachim Wuttke of the Scientific Computing Group of JCNS at MLZ Garching. It has a newly designed user interface. Core calculations were re-implemented for increased speed. The imported and computed data can be interactively manipulated and inspected. The code has been written to allow long-term maintenance, further development and extensions, and future support of new data formats.