​General FAQ

What is HDIP and who is it for?

HDIP is a stand-alone software package for data analysis of laser-ablation inductively-coupled-plasma mas spectrometry imaging data. HDIP is compatible with Chromium 2.3+ , which is the lasing software used by lasers build by Teledyne Photon Machines (formerly Photon Machines).

Where can I look to learn more about HDIP?

This website provides support information to users of HDIP, and provides information to those looking to purchase HDIP. This website contains tutorials and help information on the use of HDIP. Users can be provided with hands-on support, as well as email support. Get in touch if you want to know more.

​What are the requirements to run HDIP?

HDIP is a stand-alone piece and does not require any other software packages to be installed or purchased. Laser log data can only be read from the Chromium software package, so you’ll need access to a Teledyne Photon Machines laser to import the laser log data.

Minimum system requirements

  • Windows 10
  • Intel i5 10th gen CPU or AMD Ryzen 3500
  • Integrated graphics / APU
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Full HD display (1080p)

Recommended system requirements

  • Windows 10
  • Intel i7 10th gen CPU or AMD Ryzen 3700
  • NVIDIA 2060 or AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 Series
  • Full HD display (1080p)

My workstation is not connected to the internet, can I still install and update HDIP?

Yes, HDIP uses an activation system that works for both online and offline workstations. HDIP installations on workstations connected to the internet receive updates and notifications on the updates over the network. Updates can also be requested for offline workstations on the Teledyne CETAC Technologies website (http://www.teledynecetac.com/support/software).​

I have a Teledyne Photon Machines laser system, where do I buy HDIP?

HDIP can be purchased directly from Teledyne Photon Machines / CETAC technologies. Please contact a sales agent at PMI_LaserServiceSales@teledyne.com.

​How cost-competitive is HDIP?

Teledyne Photon Machines offers competitive and affordable pricing for HDIP licenses, as we are dedicated to help scientists to get the most out of our their Teledyne Photon Machines laser ablation systems. For a quote, please contact a sales agent at PMI_LaserServiceSales@teledyne.com.

​User FAQ

Why do I need HDIP?

HDIP offers a comprehensive solution to many of the issues encountered in the LA-ICP-MS field:

  • ​For many mass analyzers, LA-ICP-MS data is typically recorded in a time-resolved fashion, meaning the detector monitors the signal at specific mass-to-charge ratios as a function of time. HDIP is able to synchronize the laser ablation log information with this time-resolved recording, which enables HDIP to extract parts from this recording selectively, and connect these parts with the corresponding ablation patterns. HDIP is able to work with a single recording for the entire experimental session, which means that triggering the ICP-MS for each ablation pattern is no longer needed. For TOF systems, which do not require this type of synchronization, HDIP is able to convert the native format of the TOF output towards an accessible HDIP project, enabling further data processing.
  • HDIP offers the most prevalent data processing procedures used in the LA-ICP-MS field. This includes calibration, internal standardization, drift correction, background correction, isotope ratio calculation, and imaging.
  • Teledyne Photon Machines offers professional support for HDIP. Other, open-source and in-house developed LA-ICP-MS software is often limited in their capabilities and without support and updates. Hence, a professional software solution is preferred by academic and enterprise customers.

Can I generate LA-ICP-MS images with my system?

If you have a laser system build by Teledyne Photon Machines (formerly Photon Machines), and have access to Chromium 2.0 or higher, you can take advantage of HDIP to create images faster and better than relying on in-house solutions. HDIP supports a variety of ICP-MS systems with different mass analyzers, including quadrupole, triple-quad, sector-field and time-of-flight.

​I want to do bulk elemental analysis of my sample buttons. Can HDIP provide a solution?

Yes, HDIP provides a workflow for bulk elemental analysis. Accurate ultra-trace, trace, minor and major element concentration can be calculated using (matrix-matched) reference standards.

​I want to do an imaging project. Can HDIP generate the images?

Yes, HDIP provides advanced image reconstruction algorithms which are able to produce images from any combination of laser ablation patterns.

​Software License FAQ

I'm having troubles with requesting the license. How​​ do I get help?

There is a walkthrough guide to set up a license in the Support center.