Keithley 6517B Electrometer

class pymeasure.instruments.keithley.Keithley6517B(adapter, **kwargs)

Bases: pymeasure.instruments.instrument.Instrument, pymeasure.instruments.keithley.buffer.KeithleyBuffer

Represents the Keithely 6517B ElectroMeter and provides a high-level interface for interacting with the instrument.

keithley = Keithley6517B("GPIB::1")

keithley.apply_voltage()              # Sets up to source current
keithley.source_voltage_range = 200   # Sets the source voltage
                                      # range to 200 V
keithley.source_voltage = 20          # Sets the source voltage to 20 V
keithley.enable_source()              # Enables the source output

keithley.measure_resistance()         # Sets up to measure resistance

keithley.ramp_to_voltage(50)          # Ramps the voltage to 50 V
print(keithley.resistance)            # Prints the resistance in Ohms

keithley.shutdown()                   # Ramps the voltage to 0 V
                                      # and disables output
apply_voltage(voltage_range=None)

Configures the instrument to apply a source voltage, and uses an auto range unless a voltage range is specified.

Parameters:voltage_range – A voltage_range value or None (activates auto range)
auto_range_source()

Configures the source to use an automatic range.

buffer_data

Returns a numpy array of values from the buffer.

buffer_points

An integer property that controls the number of buffer points. This does not represent actual points in the buffer, but the configuration value instead.

check_errors()

Logs any system errors reported by the instrument.

config_buffer(points=64, delay=0)

Configures the measurement buffer for a number of points, to be taken with a specified delay.

Parameters:
  • points – The number of points in the buffer.
  • delay – The delay time in seconds.
current

Reads the current in Amps, if configured for this reading.

current_nplc

A floating point property that controls the number of power line cycles (NPLC) for the DC current measurements, which sets the integration period and measurement speed. Takes values from 0.01 to 10, where 0.1, 1, and 10 are Fast, Medium, and Slow respectively.

current_range

A floating point property that controls the measurement current range in Amps, which can take values between -20 and +20 mA. Auto-range is disabled when this property is set.

disable_buffer()

Disables the connection between measurements and the buffer, but does not abort the measurement process.

disable_source()

Disables the source of current or voltage depending on the configuration of the instrument.

enable_source()

Enables the source of current or voltage depending on the configuration of the instrument.

error

Returns a tuple of an error code and message from a single error.

id

Requests and returns the identification of the instrument.

is_buffer_full()

Returns True if the buffer is full of measurements.

measure_current(nplc=1, current=0.000105, auto_range=True)

Configures the measurement of current.

Parameters:
  • nplc – Number of power line cycles (NPLC) from 0.01 to 10
  • current – Upper limit of current in Amps, from -21 mA to 21 mA
  • auto_range – Enables auto_range if True, else uses the current_range attribut
measure_resistance(nplc=1, resistance=210000.0, auto_range=True)

Configures the measurement of resistance.

Parameters:
  • nplc – Number of power line cycles (NPLC) from 0.01 to 10
  • resistance – Upper limit of resistance in Ohms, from -210 POhms to 210 POhms
  • auto_range – Enables auto_range if True, else uses the resistance_range attribut
measure_voltage(nplc=1, voltage=21.0, auto_range=True)

Configures the measurement of voltage.

Parameters:
  • nplc – Number of power line cycles (NPLC) from 0.01 to 10
  • voltage – Upper limit of voltage in Volts, from -1000 V to 1000 V
  • auto_range – Enables auto_range if True, else uses the voltage_range attribut
ramp_to_voltage(target_voltage, steps=30, pause=0.02)

Ramps to a target voltage from the set voltage value over a certain number of linear steps, each separated by a pause duration.

Parameters:
  • target_voltage – A voltage in Volts
  • steps – An integer number of steps
  • pause – A pause duration in seconds to wait between steps
reset()

Resets the instrument and clears the queue.

reset_buffer()

Resets the buffer.

resistance

Reads the resistance in Ohms, if configured for this reading.

resistance_nplc

A floating point property that controls the number of power line cycles (NPLC) for the 2-wire resistance measurements, which sets the integration period and measurement speed. Takes values from 0.01 to 10, where 0.1, 1, and 10 are Fast, Medium, and Slow respectively.

resistance_range

A floating point property that controls the resistance range in Ohms, which can take values from 0 to 100e18 Ohms. Auto-range is disabled when this property is set.

shutdown()

Ensures that the current or voltage is turned to zero and disables the output.

source_current_resistance_limit

Boolean property which enables or disables resistance current limit

source_enabled

Reads a boolean value that is True if the source is enabled.

source_voltage

A floating point property that controls the source voltage in Volts.

source_voltage_range

A floating point property that controls the source voltage range in Volts, which can take values from -1000 to 1000 V. Auto-range is disabled when this property is set.

start_buffer()

Starts the buffer.

stop_buffer()

Aborts the buffering measurement, by stopping the measurement arming and triggering sequence. If possible, a Selected Device Clear (SDC) is used.

trigger()

Executes a bus trigger, which can be used when trigger_on_bus() is configured.

voltage

Reads the voltage in Volts, if configured for this reading.

voltage_nplc

A floating point property that controls the number of power line cycles (NPLC) for the DC voltage measurements, which sets the integration period and measurement speed. Takes values from 0.01 to 10, where 0.1, 1, and 10 are Fast, Medium, and Slow respectively.

voltage_range

A floating point property that controls the measurement voltage range in Volts, which can take values from -1000 to 1000 V. Auto-range is disabled when this property is set.

wait_for_buffer(should_stop=<function KeithleyBuffer.<lambda>>, timeout=60, interval=0.1)

Blocks the program, waiting for a full buffer. This function returns early if the should_stop function returns True or the timeout is reached before the buffer is full.

Parameters:
  • should_stop – A function that returns True when this function should return early
  • timeout – A time in seconds after which this function should return early
  • interval – A time in seconds for how often to check if the buffer is full