RoperScientific / Princeton

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This plugin control a RoperScientific/Princeton camera under windows and linux, using the PVCAM (Photometrics Virtual Camera Access Method) libraries.

It is in production at SOLEIL under windows and it has been tested at Desy under linux . Model used at SOLEIL: PI-MTE:2048B


The RoperScientific is connected to a specific computer with a PCI board the Lima/RoperScientific client has to Run on this PC

Initialisation and Capabilities

In order to help people to understand how the camera plugin has been implemented in LImA this section provide some important information about the developer’s choices.

Camera initialisation

The camera will be initialized within the RoperScientificCamera object. One should pass to the RoperScientificCamera constructor, the Camera number as an int. for exemple : 0

Std capabilites

This plugin has been implemented in respect of the mandatory capabilites but with some limitations according to some programmer’s choices. We only provide here extra information for a better understanding of the capabilities for the RoperScientific camera.

  • HwDetInfo
  • Max image size is : 2048 * 2048
  • 16 bit unsigned type is supported
  • HwSync

    trigger type supported are:
    • IntTrig
    • ExtTrigSingle
    • ExtTrigMult
    • ExtGate

Optional capabilites

  • HwBin
    • all values are accepted
  • HwRoi

Specific control parameters

Some specific paramaters are available within the camera hardware interface. Those parameters should be used carefully and one should refer to the camera SDK (or user’s guide) documentation for a better understanding.

  • getTemperature()
  • set/getTemperatureSetPoint()
  • set/getGain()
  • set/getInternalAcqMode()
  • “FOCUS”
  • set/getSpeedTableIndex()


No Specific hardware configuration are needed

How to use

here is the list of accessible fonctions to configure and use the RoperScientific detector:

void setGain(long);
long getGain();

void setFullFrame(rgn_type* roi);
void setBinRoiParameters(rgn_type* roi);

void setSpeedTableIndex(unsigned);
unsigned getSpeedTableIndex(void);
const std::string& getADCRate(void);

double  getTemperature();
double  getTemperatureSetPoint();
void    setTemperatureSetPoint(double temperature);

Code example in python:

from Lima import RoperScientific
from lima import Core

cam = RoperScientific.Camera(0)

hwint = RoperScientific.Interface(cam)
ct = Core.CtControl(hwint)

acq = ct.acquisition()

# set some configuration
cam.setAdcRate(0) # 0-1MHz, 1-100KHz

# setting new file parameters and autosaving mode


# now ask for 2 sec. exposure and 10 frames


# wait for last image (#9) ready
lastimg = ct.getStatus().ImageCounters.LastImageReady
while lastimg !=9:
  lastimg = ct.getStatus().ImageCounters.LastImageReady

# read the first image
im0 = ct.ReadImage(0)