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DGF Pixie-16
Pixie-16 Software

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Note: The Pixie-16 Download page contains links to Datasheets, Manuals, Application Notes and Articles.

The Pixie-16 comes with a demo user interface based on VisualBasic. The user interface calls the user-accessible functions in the Pixie-16 driver library to carry out the communication between the Pixie-16 modules and the host computer. This graphical interface can be used to configure the Pixie-16 modules, to start, poll and stop a data acquisition run, or to display list-mode or MCA data read out from the Pixie-16 modules. It supports a multi-module Pixie-16 system with the capability of setting trigger distribution mode, coincidence pattern and other data acquisition options.

The Pixie-16 driver code comprises of a set of functions written in ANSI C. This driver was organized into a library through which Pixie users can call a few user accessible functions to implement the communication between the host and the Pixie modules. These functions translate physical quantities (number with SI units) into the bit patterns understood by the Pixie-16's on-board processors. This provides an easy-to-use interface for Pixie users to integrate the Pixie modules into their own data acquisition system. The demo interface can act as sample code showing how to initialize or configure the Pixie modules, how to start or stop a run, and how to read data out of the modules.

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16 integrated DGF channels on a single-width 6U PXI card

Pixie-16 Downloads

Datasheets, Manuals, Application Notes and Articles, as well as downloadable software and firmware.

PXI Support Products

PXI crates, interface modules, power supplies.

The Pixie-16 Viewer supports Pixie-16 configuration, diagnostics, data acquisition and analysis:


  • Energy and trigger filter settings
  • Coincidence pattern and window setup
  • Detector/preamplifier settings
  • MCA format (number of bins, bin granularity...etc.)

Data Acquisition

  • Set run control parameters
  • Request synchronization across Pixie-16 modules
  • Specify data output options

Analysis and Statistics

  • Output statistics: ICR, OCR, realtime, livetime
  • Gaussian fits to MCA spectrum
  • Export spectra for additional analysis
  • Histogram list mode event energies


  • Digital oscilloscope
  • Baseline histogram and history


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