Capture Tab

The Capture tab allows you to connect a stage, a camera and set control features in Pix2Net to allow automated image runs.

capturebar

The following tools are available in the Capture tab:

Stage

stage

stagemenu

The stage menu gives the following options:

Type: Select the type of stage you are connecting to.

Port: Select the COM port connected to the stage.

Sense: Set the direction of the stage movement (X, Y and Rotation).

  • Normal
  • Invert with a check mark.

Camera

The camera menu lets you link a camera with Pix2Net software.

camera

If a SEM is being connected a Pix2Net server must be created and set up properly.

If a Spot Camera is connecting no server needs to be created.

Control Microscope

controlmicroscope

Control Microscope brings up a user interface similar to a remote desktop that allows control via remote access. Using control microscope features help verify that the commands specified in Setup Server are correct.

controlmicroscopewindow

The Control Microscope window can remotely do the following actions:

  • Turn on the SEM beam.
  • Turn off the SEM beam.
  • Put the SEM in live capture mode.
  • Pause the SEM capture.
  • Capture one full scan on the SEM.
  • Take an instantaneous screen shot of the SEM window.

Control Microscope can also adjust the dwell time, zoom, focus, X and Y stigmation, brightness and contrast using the left and right buttons.

This window also displays the current magnification, brightness and contrast.

Setup Server

setupserver

Opens a window to setup a Pix2Net server that will control the SEM remotely. See the tutorial: Capturing an Image

Capture Config

captureconfig

Capture Configuration lets you specify the parameters that will be used for an image capture run.

captureconfigwindow

The Capture Parameters column records information that Pix2Net will use for the image run. These parameters include the layer name, the width and length of the area of interest, X and Y starting positions, the amount of overlap for the images, the pixel width and the time for the stage to stabilize before the image is captured.

The images can be backed up to a secondary location if desired by checking the Backup Images box and selecting the backup location.

The Layer Properties column records information for future reference. This information is saved in the Capture History for that particular layer

The Schedule Focus Adjustment column is used for making automatic adjustments to the focus of the sample to compensate for any leveling issues. If Enable Adjustment is checked automatic adjustments will be made at the specified horizontal and vertical intervals.

Start

start

When the start button the pressed a new image run will start using the Capture Parameters specified.

Resume

resume

Opens a menu that allows you to select the layer you wish to resume capturing.

resumecapture

Stop

stop

Stops the current capture. Capture can be continued using the Resume button.

Manual Move

manualmove

Opens a panel that allows you to move the stage manually, and snap single images with the camera.

manualmovewindow

The X, Y, rotation, and stage velocity values can be entered manually and take affect when the green button is pressed. The home button will return the Stage X and Stage Y values to zero, but will have no affect on the Rotate or Velocity values.

A movement value can be entered in the Delta box and the six directional buttons will change the location or rotation by the delta value.

The last two icons give the status of the camera and stage. Once a camera is connected single images can be captured by pressing the camera icon.

Rotation Alignment

rotationalignment

Opens the Rotation Alignment window. This feature acts as a wizard to help adjust the alignment of the sample. Follow the on screen prompts to assist the tool in automatic alignment of the sample.

rotationalignmentwizard