Introduction

See the Installation page for the example spectrum discussed in the January 2012 Microscopy Today article.

DTSA-II is a multiplatform software package for quantitative x-ray microanalysis. DTSA-II was inspired by the popular Desktop Spectrum Analyzer (DTSA) package developed by Chuck Fiori, Carol Swyt-Thomas, and Bob Myklebust at NIST and NIH in the '80's and early '90's.

DTSA-II has being designed with the goal of making standards-based microanalysis more accessible for the novice microanalyst. We want to encourage standards-based analysis by making it as easy as possible to get reliable results. Many operations which had previously required user intervention under DTSA now are performed entirely by the software. Furthermore, the software attempts to guide the user step-by-step through common processes while performing quality control sanity checks. While this might not provide the flexibility that some sophisticated users may desire, we feel that this philosophy is more consistent with the way laboratories are moving towards technicians responsible for multiple techniques and away from experts in single techiques. We encourage users who desire the additional power and flexibility available in the EPQ library to learn to script using Jython or to create their own alternative user interface. EPQ is much more capable than the fraction exposed via DTSA-II.

DTSA-II is based on an entirely new code base written by Nicholas W. M. Ritchie. The codebase has been carefully divided into a shared algorithm library which forms the basis for a handful of software products and a user interface shell. DTSA-II is the user interface shell and the EPQ library is the algorithm library.

DTSA-II remains under active development. Many features - some fairly basic - remain unimplemented. Other features have not been tested as much as the developer might like. The program made available to the public via this web site represents the current best available version in the judgement of the developer. DTSA-II remains experimental software and no representations are made regarding the suitability of the product for any particular application.

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Disclaimer

This software was developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology by employees of the Federal Government in the course of their official duties. Pursuant to title 17 Section 105 of the United States Code this software is not subject to copyright protection and is in the public domain. DTSA and the EPQ library are experimental systems. NIST assumes no responsibility whatsoever for its use by other parties, and makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, about its quality, reliability, or any other characteristic. We would appreciate acknowledgement if the software is used. This software can be redistributed and/or modified freely provided that any derivative works bear some notice that they are derived from it, and any modified versions bear some notice that they have been modified.

Any mention of commercial products is for information only; it does not imply recommendation or endorsement by NIST nor does it imply that the products mentioned are necessarily the best available for the purpose.