blaise-blog/instrumental-software


This post is a roundup of open source instrumental software projects that I know of. I've organized them alphabetically. I have some minimal notes on a few projects here, but mostly this is just a "roundup" page.

table of contents

EPICS

Exopy

website

source

Quote: Exopy is a versatile data acquisition software. It provides an extensible set of tools to describe an perform data acquisition. Each measurement is described by a hierarchical structure, allowing simple nested loops structure and more complex ones involving multiple non nested loops and conditions. The hierarchy is edited through a Graphical User Interface, allowing a smooth learning curve.

bluesky

bluesky

Bluesky is a project made up of several other projects

ophyd

bluesky-ui

Instrbuilder

integrates with ophyd / bluesky project.

Instrumental

website

Quote: Instrumental is a Python-based library for controlling lab hardware like cameras, DAQs, oscilloscopes, spectrometers, and more. It has high-level drivers for instruments from NI, Tektronix, Thorlabs, PCO, Photometrics, Burleigh, and others.

Lantz

website

Simple yet powerful instrumentation in Python

micro-manager

website

A really cool project. Check out the whitepaper and their CMMCore Class Reference.

PyCMDS

(personal project)

PyDM

project webpage

Python display manager. PyDM is a PyQt-based framework for building user interfaces for control systems. The goal is to provide a no-code, drag-and-drop system to make simple screens, as well as a straightforward python framework to build complex applications.

Py-Hardware-Support

website

Here’s a small collection of some python modules that can be used to add hardware support to your programs. I have written those to be easy to use but not necessarily covering all the functionality the library or device has to offer.

python-microscopy

website

Quote: python-microscopy is a large package including a farily mature microscope control GUI as well as a lot of functionality for analysis and postprocessing of microscopy data, especially for single molecule localization experiments.

Qcodes

website

source

Qcodes is a Python-based data acquisition framework developed by the Copenhagen / Delft / Sydney / Microsoft quantum computing consortium.

The goal is a common framework for physics experiments, so: - new students don’t need to spend a long time learning software in order to participate in experiments - one has to write their own code only for pieces that are very specific to their own experiment - code can and should be contributed back to the framework - the process of moving between teams or labs, and of setting up a new experiment is streamlined - physics experiments can take advantage of modern software and best practices

Qudi

website

ScopeFoundry

website

Quote: A Python platform for controlling custom laboratory experiments and visualizing scientific data.

SFGacquisition

source

Software for interfacing with WinSpec/Lightfield and WinTOPAS as well as Thorlabs motorized optic mounts to control SFG spectral acquisitions at multiple DFG positions.

storm-control

source

Quote: storm-control was originally designed for acquiring single molecule localization microscopy data in a manual or semi-automated fashion. At a later point the ability to collect MERFISH data was added.

yaq

(personal project)


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