Now that you have setup your detector, you should see pulses coming in and the spectrum appearing.
I guess that you like me now are eager to click around like crazy in the interface. Please do.
When you have satisfied these urges, there are some features that I would like to highligt
1: Here you can select which (if you have more than one) detector you want to use for the acquisition. You can also choose the (set of) regios of interest (ROI) which is a neccesity to perform any kind of quantification into Bq of the detected isotopes. The default ROIs can be used as a guide to see how it works. You can clone these and use as a template for your own ROIs of choice.
Here you can also add a background spectrum which you have collected previously.
Otherwise this part is quite straightforward. A good hint is that if you perform calibration, you can then pause the acquisition and press the update button next to the detector dropdown list, and this will update the spectrum (consequently, you don't have to start a new spectrum)
2: Here you see the measurement results from you acquisition. If you have not chosen a ROI profile (see 1) you will not see anything here. For useful data here you need to define your ROIs based on you detectors resolution, and also calibrate against sources with known activity in a well-controlled geometry, so that a "Bq/cps" correction factor can be applied.
3: Here you can see the incoming pulses. This can be helpful to detect a saturated signal (the pulses "hit the roof"), which will also be visible as a sharp end of your spectrum. Lower your volume or the bias voltage and see if thing improve.
You can also modify the parameters of the "peak detection" function. You can also edit the nuclide definitions here, which are saved in the config\NuclideDefinition.xml file
This requires some playing around, as the resolution of your detector will influence the peak shape and thus how the peaks should be identified.
The tab "sample information" allows you to enter information about your samples. If you want to have the quantitive results in "Bq/kg" or "Bq/ml" you have to enter weight or volume here.
4: Here you can import other spectra for direct comparison within the same spectrum window.
5: This window displays information about the current location (or selection) of the mouse cursor. If you also loaded a background spectrum, you will get "net counts" and "net CPS"
6: You guessed it: The spectrum! The toolbar below allows you to change how the spectrum is displayed, turn on/off peak detection, and so on. You can also fine-tune the calibration here.
Now you should be well on your way to collect nice spectra also in BeqMoni!