This chapter gives brief introduction to each of the major areas that must be considered in a computer-based system. In this context, the on-line computer is defined and discussed briefly. Next, the computer interface, often a source of difficulties, is examined. The chapter then follows the different phases of an experiment: the calibration of the equipment, the acquisition of the data, and the controlling and monitoring of the setup. Finally, this chapter mentions specific examples: the computer-based multichannel analyzers, data reduction, and data analysis, with emphasis for the latter two on their use in spectrometry experiments.
KeywordsMemory Location Computer Interface Channel Number Multichannel Analyzer Direct Memory Access
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