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Implementation on a desktop computer of the real time feedback control loop of a scanning probe microscope

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5 Author(s)
Aloisi, G. ; Department of Chemistry, University of Florence, Via della Lastruccia 3, Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze I 50019, Italy ; Bacci, F. ; Carla, M. ; Dolci, D.
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A software package has been developed to implement the real time feedback control loop needed in scanning probe microscopy on a general purpose desktop computer of the current high-speed/multicore generation. The main features of the implementation of both the feedback loop and the control of the experiment on the same computer are discussed. The package can work with several general purpose data acquisition boards and can be extended in a modular way to further board models; timing performance has been tested with several hardware configurations and some applications common in scanning probe microscopy. The package is available under an Open Source license.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:79 ,  Issue: 11 )