Experiment Browser

In ACE, an experiment can be thought of as a set of choices which, when combined with a set of corresponding HLSL production rates, can be used to calculate the age of a sample. Actual values of HLSL production rates are experiment dependent, so that in ACE to make a complete experiment a calibration must be performed for any unique set of experiment choices.  In this way different experiments can be created and used to assess how calculated sample ages vary with different experiment assumptions.  The Experiment Browser details all experiments made using ACE, and also allows for new experiments to be created and calibrated. In the Quick Start Guide we show how to make and calibrate new experiments.

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The Experiment Browser lists all experiments in ACE (left panel) and when one is selected, the details of that experiment (right panel).  By control clicking on multiple experiments differences can easily be seen. Calibrated experiments also list HLSL production rates.  To operate on experiments there are three buttons:

Create Experiment: Where new experiments are created.  To see an example of this process, see the designing experiments section of the Quick Start Guide.

Calibrate Experiment: After experiments have been created, they can be saved without being calibrated.  An uncalibrated experiment cannot be used to date samples as it does not have HLSL production rates. However, as the calibration process can take some time, it occasionally useful to design multiple experiments together and then calibrate them afterwards.

Delete Experiment: When an experiment is not useful it can be deleted.  Note that any ages calculated by this experiment (such as sample ages) will also deleted.