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Using The Time Series Module in AvaSoft 8 – Basics

Posted on: February 26th, 2024

In our last guide, Using the Spectrum3D Module in AvaSoft 8, we discussed utilizing the Spectrum3D module as a means of measuring and analyzing multiple spectra over a period of time. This module is an excellent tool for displaying multiple spectra over a period of time and performing simple analysis of a whole spectrum at a point in time or a single wavelength over a period of time. However, more complex analysis is not available in this module and requires additional post-processing. For example, one may wish to track the integral of a wavelength range over a period of time, or track where the largest peak occurs along with its intensity within a wavelength range. These options, along with more advanced functions and outputs, are available in the TimeSeries module. This module lets the user define a function in terms of integral, peak, average, and many other parameters to track over time. These values can be displayed over the whole measurement period, or a number of the most recent measurements can be shown and updated in real time. For more experienced users, this module can read in user scripts and functions, save data into an output file, and send analog and digital outputs based on the measurement data. Below is a short guide covering some of the basic functions of the TimeSeries module in AvaSoft 8. Future guides will cover more advanced techniques within this module.

The TimeSeries module is accessed by clicking the TimeSeries button at the top of the window (circled in red below). This will open a new tab labeled “TimeSeries 1” with no data. To create a new function, simply click the “New” button (circled in green below). This will open a window prompt to name the function. For this guide, the function will be named “example_func”. This will auto-populate the window with a default data set and change the name of the TimeSeries tab to “F00 example_func”. A different previously defined function can be chosen by clicking the down arrow to the right of the function name (circled in blue below). While the Device text will likely show “No Device selected” initially, this will be updated in the parameters of the function. To the right of this, the function type can be chosen as Integral, Peak, Color, Plug-in, User Defined, Irradiance, Script, and Average. In this guide, the Integral, Peak, and Average types will be covered, while the other types will be covered in future guides. The parameters of the function can be set and adjusted by clicking the “Parameters” button to the right of the Function Type (circled in orange below). This window will automatically open if a different function type is selected.


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