OpenPolScope Installer

The OpenPolScope Installer will install OpenPolScope software which is built as a Micro-Manager and ImageJ plugin. The Pol-Acquisition plugin is a Micro-Manager plugin required for acquiring data. The Pol-Analyzer plugin is used to open, view and re-process the OpenPolScope datasets (few examples included).

Requirements: Micro-Manager, Fiji or ImageJ needs to be installed. Recommended version Micro-Manager 1.4.23 (Nightly Dec 01, 2020)
Current Version: 3.20b (05-26-2021) ChangeLog

To learn about the users interested in OpenPolScope and their research areas, we ask you to register before downloading the installer.

Register   >>     Download Windows    ||    Download Mac   >>     Installation wizard    >>     Pol-Acquisition     ||     Pol-Analyzer

Note: If you experience an update error with ImageJ please download ij.jar from this location and replace your existing ij.jar located in the installation folder.

Conditions of use
  • You are free to use this software for research purposes, but you should not redistribute it without our consent.
  • In addition, we expect you to include adequate citations and acknowledgments whenever you present or publish results that are based on it.

Installation wizard

The OpenPolScope software works with Micro-Manager, Fiji and ImageJ. However, for acquiring a dataset via Pol-Acquisition (Micro-Manager plugin) Micro-Manager is essential. The Pol-Analyzer (imageJ plugin) requires the basic Micro-Manager libraries in order to view and re-process datasets.

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For this example we use Micro-Manager as our target. The default location is pre-populated if Micro-Manager is installed. If multiple copies of Micro-Manager are installed the last one is used. When installing in non Micro-Manager installations (Fiji or ImageJ) only demo device adapters are installed.

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Setup will not proceed unless a valid Micro-Manager or ImageJ installation is specified.

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Select the type of Install (default is Birefringence mode only). When installing in Fiji or other ImageJ installations a scaled down version of Micro-Manager is installed.

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A User manual introducing Polarization is included which is a good start to familiarize with terms.

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The OpenPolScope software is installed in the plugins folder. The Fiji and ImageJ variant also installs a copy of Micro-Manager.

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OpenPolScope Pol-Acquisition

Start by initializing ImageJ. If this is a Micro-Manager installation Micro-Manager will start automatically otherwise go to ImageJ > Plugins > Micro-Manager

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Start by defining a hardware configuration. Under 'Tools' in the Micro-Manager menu select Hardware Configuration Wizard

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Add your Camera from the device list

For Abrio Systems: The camera used is a Lumenera Infinity series. Download and install Lumenera drivers INFINITY Camera Software v6.3.0 (23 MB)

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If using a Universal Compensator as your Pol-Device select either VariLC or MeadowlarkLC from the device list. If using an Abrio system select VariLC as well and set baud rate to 115200 instead of the default 9600.

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When using a MeadowlarkLC from the device list additional configuration will be required as follows.

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If using a Filter Wheel as your Pol-Device select it from the device list and rename the device label 'PolWheel'.

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Add your device delay (approximate time required for the device to change its state) settings. 100ms recommended for Liquid Crystal device.

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Finish the wizard by saving the file

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Start Pol-Acquisition located under the Plugins menu of Micro-Manager

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A prompt will alert if OpenPolScope is installed for the first time

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Select a root level directory with write permissions. A central location for all users is recommended though not a requirement.

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If user specific root level directory is defined, then at startup Data Location will be need to be re-validated.

Important: Create a new User and then a new Session before using the software.

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Once the above steps are completed Pol-Acquisition will start with the view below based on the last User and Session.
Note: In ver. 3.xx, the software will start with NoDevice tab and an appropriate mode needs to be selected via the Processing tab.

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Additional Help documentation for Pol-Acquisition is available under the Help menu of Pol-Acquisition.

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OpenPolScope Pol-Analyzer

Starting Pol-Analyzer

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For Fiji/ImageJ: Pol-Analyzer will initialize Micro-Manager first since it is required for viewing and re-processing.

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For Fiji/ImageJ: None should be selected when Micro-Manager initializes.

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For Fiji/ImageJ: Since Pol-Analyzer requires data acquired using the Pol-Acquisition plugin select Cancel to use a Temporary directory.

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Pol-Analyzer interface should now initialize with default values or from Pol-Acquisition settings.

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For detailed description please refer to the Pol-Analyzer manual.

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To get started you can either create or load an existing dataset.

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Load an existing dataset.

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Create a dataset.

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Loaded view of a dataset.

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Synthetic dataset.

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