XIA offers both host software and driver support for the Mercury:

  1. ProSpect is a full featured Windows application, available to all users (pictured below).
  2. The Handel driver libraries are available to users who wish to use their own software to acquire data. The goal is to provide an interface to the hardware in spectroscopic units (eV, microseconds, etc…) while still allowing for safe, direct-access to the DSP.

ProSpect – Windows Configuration and Data Acquisition Software

Get the latest Mercury Prospect release
Prospect releases are now accessible via the XIA Wiki Release page.

Get the latest Mercury Handel driver release
Handel releases are now accessible via the XIA Wiki Release page.

Configuration

  • Energy and trigger filter settings
  • Detector/preamplifier settings
  • Dynamic range/system gain control
  • MCA format (number of bins, bin granularity…etc.)

Data Acquisition

  • Preset-real-time run, preset-live-time run, preset counts or infinite run
  • Specify run time in various units
  • Live update of run statistics

Analysis and Statistics

  • Output statistics: ICR, OCR, realtime and livetime
  • Gaussian fits to MCA spectrum
  • Export spectra for additional analysis

Diagnostics

  • Digital oscilloscope
  • FFT analysis of input signals
  • Baseline histogram and history displays

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Driver Libraries: Handel

Handel is a high-level device driver that provides an interface to the hardware in spectroscopic units (eV, microseconds, etc…) while still allowing for safe, direct-access to the DSP. Additionally, Handel only requires a single configuration file in order to start the system. The trade-off for this ease of use is an increase in size. At a minimum, Handel requires 5 libraries to operate with a single product. For more information, please consult the Handel API or contact us at support@xia.com.

Get the latest Mercury Handel driver release
Handel releases are now accessible via the XIA Wiki Release page.

Handel Specification
Specification for the Handel hardware description layer for XIA digital pulse processorsHandel SCA application note
Describes for Handel users how SCAs are implemented.