Gwyddion: an open-source software for SPM data analysis

David Nečas and Petr Klapetek
  • 1 CEITEC — Central European Institute of Technology, Masaryk University Kamenice 753/5, 625 00, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2 Department of Physical Electronics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlářská 2, 61137, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 3 Department of Nanometrology, Czech Metrology Institute, Okružní 31, 638 00, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 4 CEITEC — Central European Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology, Technická 3058/10, 616 00, Brno, Czech Republic

Abstract

In this article, we review special features of Gwyddion—a modular, multiplatform, open-source software for scanning probe microscopy data processing, which is available at http://gwyddion.net/. We describe its architecture with emphasis on modularity and easy integration of the provided algorithms into other software. Special functionalities, such as data processing from non-rectangular areas, grain and particle analysis, and metrology support are discussed as well. It is shown that on the basis of open-source software development, a fully functional software package can be created that covers the needs of a large part of the scanning probe microscopy user community.

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