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Princeton Instruments has drawn upon its decades of application expertise and close interactions with researchers around the world to create LightField scientific imaging and spectroscopy software. Destined to become a benchmark software tool in academic and industrial R&D settings, LightField allows users to take full advantage of the unrivaled capabilities of award-winning Princeton Instruments cameras and spectrographs. 

The first major upgrade of this powerful software, LightField version 5.0, incorporates hundreds of enhancements and exclusive features. Among these user-friendly advancements are an all-new ‘math engine’ for analyzing 64-bit data in real-time, an improved ‘smart search’ that directs users to the controls they want as they are typing, an interactive ‘virtual optical bench’ for conveniently managing multiple experiment setups, and automatic export of data in a wide variety of popular formats. LightField 5.0 even allows seamless integration of hardware controls and direct data acquisition into National Instruments’ LabVIEW and MathWorks’ MATLAB. 

LightField supports all of the latest Princeton Instruments hardware, including IntelliCalspectral-calibration light sources. When paired with LightField’s fully automated point-by-point wavelength and intensity calibration, IntelliCal offers up to 10x improvement in wavelength accuracy as well as NIST-traceable, instrument-independent intensity data. For time-resolved imaging and spectroscopy applications, LightField provides users with an intuitive ‘oscilloscope-like’ timing interface to PI-MAX 4 ICCD cameras for easy synchronization and gating controls. 

“Whether your application is spectroscopy, Raman, fluorescence, photoluminescence, combustion, quantum imaging, astronomy, or x-ray imaging, LightField 5.0 software offers a modern, intelligent interface that places full control of your system and your data at your fingertips,” explains Ravi Guntupalli, vice president of sales and marketing for Princeton Instruments. “For example, LightField’s math engine allows you to apply simple math functions or perform complex operations such as Fast Fourier Transform [FFT] to either live or post-acquisition data. Measurements such as absorption, reflectance, and transmission can be performed right out of the box. You can also export data into popular formats such as TIFF, FITS, ASCII, AVI, IGOR [WaveMetrics, Inc.], and Origin [OriginLab Corporation]. We believe it has never been easier to control, acquire, and analyze data.” 

Princeton Instruments LightField 5.0 is compatible with Microsoft 64-bit Windows 7 and 8 operating systems.