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controlling Keithley 35617ebs


I am looking to control the power supply and perform real time measurements with a Keithley 35617EBS electrometer. The Keithley will control the biasing on and collect a integrated charge (in nanocoulombs) from a parallel plate ionization chamber. I am using a NI GPIBUSB-HS as an interface.


Is there example that I can expand on?

Message Edited by RussellAnderson on 02-26-2009 08:39 AM
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Hey Russell,


You can use NI-VISA commands to try and communicate with this device. I wasn't able to find the user's manual for the Keithley instrument, but there should be a listing of the commands you can send to your instrument in that manual. A good example to look at and build on is in the LabVIEW Example Finder. You will need the NI-488.2 and NI-VISA drivers to run this example, and to communicate with your instrument. These drivers can be found here : (NI-488.2) and here : (NI-VISA) . The latest versions of these drivers are NI-488.2 version 2.5, and NI-VISA version 4.4.1.


You can find the example by opening the LabVIEW Example Finder from Help->Find Examples... in LabVIEW. In the Example Finder, verify that you have the Browse tab selected, and navigate to Hardware Input and Output -> GPIB ->

Justin E
National Instruments R&D
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Don't worry Russ, I'll figure it out.

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