peak-o-mat documentation

The modules

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The modules

A module is a small functional unit which adds a feature to peak-o-mat. The available modules appear as notebook tabs in the lower part of the main window. The only built-in module is the Fit module. All other modules consist of a python source (.py) and a XRC (.xrc) file, the latter describing the GUI of the module. See the ‘customisation’ section below for an example of how to add custom modules to peak-o-mat.

Fit module

This is the core module of peak-o-mat. It is divided into four sub panels:


As described above, the model can be either a list of predefined tokens which may suffixed by an integer number or a valid python expression. Also, all functions defined in may be used in the model definition. See the ‘customisation’ section for details. All predefined tokens will show-up as button and you may click them to add the corresponding token to the model instead writing in the text field.


This panels holds the initial guess or fit results for all parameters. The starting value for every parameter may be entered by hand or by ‘drawing’ each of the model’s components on the graph with help of the mouse. Once all parameters are set, the ‘Fit (short link)’ button changes from greyed out to active and the fit process may be started by clicking on the button. The button’s label says ‘short link’ since the button is a duplicate of the ‘Fit’ button on the fit panel (see below).

Weights be written


Data operations module

As mentioned before, manipulations of the set data can be done on a higher level than editing the x- and y-data directly.

Operations on the sets can be either an operation between the y-values of different sets (inter-set) or a transformation of either the x- or y-values of one set (intra-set). In the former case, a new set is created, in the latter case the transformation is attached to the current set and can be removed later thus restoring the original data. The sets can be referenced by the identifier ‘sX’, where X is the set number of the active plot shown in the tree view on the right side. Inter-set operations are only possible between sets of the same plot. The intra-set operations are applied to all selected sets. The axis and set identifiers (‘x’,’y’,’sX’) appearing in the expression determine wether the expression is an inter- or an intra-set operation. The special operator & will join two sets if they do not overlap.

examples of valid expressions are:

x+10              intra-set, x-axis
1/y               intra-set, y-axis
log10(y)          intra-set, y-axis
(s0+s1)/2         inter-set
s0&s1             inter-set

Evaluate module

This module allows you to create sets by evaluating a custom function or by drawing a spline on the plot canvas.

Set info module

The set info module gives information about the number of total and masked points of a set and the list of transformations attached to it. The transformations can be deactivated temporarily by unchecking the corresponding checkbox, removed completely and the transformations and their comments can be edited when double-clicking on the corresponding field.

Calibration module

calibrate data using spectral lines of Ne,Ar,He,Me, etc.

Shell module

shell access to the internals of peak-o-mat (dangerous)

Ruby calibration module

pressure calibration using the R1 luminescence

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