What is Trakscan?
Trakscan is a program which was originally specifically tailored for the geological technique called "Fission Track Dating". Our new version for Windows incorporates many new labour-saving features. In particular, we now provide on-screen images of fission tracks for simplified marking and counting, and simultaneous views of the grain mount and the (inverted and rotated !) mica mount for easy comparison.
Trakscan was designed in close collaboration with teams at Melbourne University, LaTrobe University and Geotrack International in Melbourne, Australia, as well as several overseas teams such as that of Professor Guenther Wagner at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany and Dr. Ullrich Glasmacher at Heidelberg University, Germany. Trakscan eliminates the tedium of the External Detector method of Fission Track Dating, and also allows the measurement of track length. This part of the technique can now be carried out on-screen, using a mouse.
Trakscan will run under any version of MSWindows. The software has been designed to work with Autoscan microscope stage systems, which will fit onto any of the popular optical laboratory microscopes. The combination of software and hardware results in a powerful tool that can be used to automate laborious, time consuming, subjective and often error prone microscopy tasks.
The full power of Trakscan must be seen to be believed!
The latest version of Trakscan incorporates an automatic track counting module, which is the product of a major 3-year collaborative research project with the University of Melbourne's FTD team, which is directed by Professor A.J.W. Gleadow. Please contact us for further information about this exciting new product!
Please contact us at Autoscan Systems for a free demo CD, and further information about the Fission Track Dating application. Our demonstration version of Trakscan allows you to try out our software without the need to purchase an Autoscan stage! All you need is an IBM-compatible PC running MSWindows 98 SE or NT Version 4 or higher, and having a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 x 24-bit colour.