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Revision as of 10:14, 15 December 2007 by Nico (Talk | contribs)


Summary:Interfaces with Andor cameras
Author:Nenad Amodaj, with contributions from Jizhen Zhao and Daigang
Platforms:Windows only (No Mac driver available, it might be possible to build this on Linux)
Devices:Ixon (camera), and Ixon shutter
Example Config File:Media:MMConfig_andor.cfg

This adapter defines two devices: the actual camera (Ixon) and the shutter in front of the camera (IxonShutter). For any normal work you likely will want to open the shutter on startup and possibly close it again on program shutdown, this is most easily accomplished by setting this property in the 'System'-'Startup' and 'System'-'Shutdown' configuration groups.

The adapter needs to know the location of the Andor driver. Regretfully, the Hardware/Config wizard does not deal with the path very well, making it impossible to set up an Andor camera configuration using the wizard. Rather, you will need to edit the config file manually. It is best to first configure all the other hardware in your system and then manually add the Andor camera (for instance using the example config file provided above).

The offset in the Ixon camera only rises higher than 0 when the temperature is lower than -50C (I am not sure if this is the case for all cameras), so make sure that the temperature of the camera (a read-only property that can be seen in the device/property browser) is below -50C (or preferably at -70C or lower).

Other software packages take care to bring up the temperature of the camera gradually after shutting down the software. We have been told by Andor that this is not necessary and do not have provisions for gradual warmup back to RT.

This camera has two gains, EM and 'normal' gain. Currently, the gain in the front panel is strangely wired to both of these gains. This issue will need to be resolved.

The Andor cameras can use both an EM and a non-EM readout register. The current adapter only supports the EM read-out register.

--Nico 22:50, 17 August 2007 (PDT)

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