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   Your location > Software > SpecsLab > SpecsLab Prodigy > Experiment Editor

Experiment Editor and Automation

Creating Automated Experiments

SpecsLab Prodigy puts a strong emphasis on experiment automation.

The Experiment Editor gives control over the experiment beyond the standard data acquisition towards an automation of the full experiment. This includes sample heating, sputter and annealing cycles, changing sample position and orientation, or controlling pressure and gas mixtures in near-ambient pressure experiments.

To control the experiment the user can select specific settings, modify parameters and create batch-measurements.

 
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Besides the selection of the energy regions where the experimental data should be taken, proper source parameters for excitation need to be set. For remote access many SPECS devices and components can be operated via the software saving the user time to handle the experimental set-up. This includes automated sample positioning by stepping motors and automated adjustment of flood gun parameters for optimum charge compensation. Data provided by these remote controlled devices can be recorded synchronized with the spectrum acquisition.

Entire experiments or parts thereof can be saved as templates to easily create new procedures out of these building blocks.

 
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In the basic version some simple automation features are included which are described below. More are available with the optional Automation Module.

Besides the repetition of a part of an experiment for a number of times ("Loop") other functions like "Pause" or "Sleep" are available. Those are necessary for notifications of breaks which have to be taken to perform modifications on the experiment, for example.

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SPECSLab Prodigy

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The "Wait For" command allows delaying the experiment execution at steps in the experiment for which the specified condition is essential to proceed. This condition works for any read-out parameter from a remote controlled device and can be tested with the standard mathematical comparison operations. This is useful, among other applications, to wait until the sample is heated above a certain threshold or cooled down after heating cycles. Or the experiment can wait for voltages/currents to reach certain values to synchronize with external devices.

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Devices which are not remotely controllable can be included in an experiment as generic "Dummy" devices. The user can choose to be prompted during plan execution for setting the configured parameters (e. g. source parameters or manipulator positions) before continuing with the experiment.

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SPECSLab Prodigy

To process the recorded data an auto-export feature is included which can write Igor, VAMAS, xy, SpecsLab2, PDF and docx files (the latter two only with the Reporting module). Those files can include the data of the complete experiment or each spectrum separately. The latter is updated while the acquisition is still running.

 
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