4.1 Scope Capture
Spectrometers are data collection instruments, and a raw “scope mode” is one of the most fundamental views on interpreting and understanding spectra.
The scope capture screen is where most users will spend a majority of their time, so it is worth learning what features and controls it offers:
Let’s walk through each of those in order:
1. Window Title: At the top of the ENLIGHTEN™ window is a standard Windows title bar, and that contains two fields of interest: the application version number (1.1.2 shown), and the model of spectrometer currently connected. Both of those points of information will be useful in helping you resolve any issues you experience with the application.
2. Technique: Current options in this pull-down menu include “Scope” (shown), “Raman”, “Reflectance/Transmission”, “Absorbance”, and a special non-spectroscopic screen called “Hardware” for device configuration. Each technique is described in a separate section within this manual.
3. Setup vs Capture: Most of the screens in ENLIGHTEN™ have both a “Setup” (configuration) side, and a “Capture” (data collection) side. The active tab is colored red (“Capture” in this example).
4. Play, Pause, Record: Using familiar video-player icons, this trio of buttons allow you to start viewing spectra (Play), freeze acquisition (Pause), and capture individual spectra (Acquire). Also note the “lock” icon to the left, allowing you to freeze/thaw the Y-axis on the graph.
5. Spectrum Chart: The scope capture screen is appropriately dominated by the spectral graph, discussed in more detail in the section on .
6. User Controls: The right-hand side of the screen features a scrollable palette of spectrometer and view controls, allowing you to command common spectrometer features and configure basic view options. Individual controls are discussed in detail in the section on.
7. System Status: Overall system health can be seen at a glance with the three status indicators at the bottom-right of the screen, which show a steady “green” when all is well, and change to yellow or red when problems occur.
8. Status Bar: Shows quick metrics about the current spectrum being displayed.
9. Saved Data: The left-hand side of the screen is used to track data you’ve captured or “downloaded” during acquisition. This column will fill with graphical thumbnails or text listings of each spectrum as you save them. See the section on Error: Reference source not found for more information.
10. Saved Data Controls: Use these controls to “Load” previously-captured spectra from disk, or to “Export” a series of saved collections as a single file for strip-chart creation and offline analysis.