Getting started
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Getting started

A few simple examples will show how SATAN works. It is assumed that SATAN is properly installed on your system.

Standard SATAN

Here's a "hello, world"-type example how to start and leave the system. Start it by typing on the shell command line:
When the command prompt (Enter Command:) appears you might enter your commands, e.g.:
help *
This little command sequence lists all available commands, then exits. You will be prompted for confirmation and whether you like a protocol of your session. A protocol comprises all commands issued in a session plus informational output like spectrum window contents etc. A protocol can be re-used as a command list for the next session.
Using the QUIT command will bypass protocol confirmation, i.e. no protocol will be generated.

Here's another example, showing how to retrieve and display basic data elements like analyzers (which essentially are spectra).

afetch gamma tutor / run(*) dump(*) lib($SATAN/TUTOR/rs66.tutorial)
display gamma tutor
dexpand 1400 1800
dwsum 1475 1500
dcopy p65gps
The commands do:
  1. fetch an analyzer (spectrum) from the tutorial data element library
  2. display the complete spectrum
  3. show a blow-up (expansion) between channels 1400 and 1800
  4. perform an integration of all counts between channels 1475 and 1500
  5. create a hardcopy on printer p65gps (please insert your own favorite printer here) of what you see on the screen.
  6. leave the system with protocol confirmation

Use the Tutorial

With every properly installed SATAN package some tutorial command lists are provided. You use the command TUTOR to invoke them by subject:
tut fit
tut fleg
tut fpos
The respective command lists will be called and executed.

Analysis programs

If you have to analyze experimental listmode data you will have to write your own analysis program.

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