Look@NanoSIMS (abbreviated as LANS) is a free software for the analysis of NanoSIMS image data produced by the Cameca NanoSIMS 50L instrument. It is distributed as a Matlab code, thus requires Matlab (proprietary software) installed on your system to run. For the users of the Utrecht NanoSIMS facility, Look@NanoSIMS is provided on a dedicated computer available in the NanoSIMS lab. In addition to our collaborators, we recommend it to everybody to analyse their NanoSIMS data.
We continuously work on improvements of the software, by fixing bugs and adding new features. At present the most recent version of the LANS is 2022-09-02.
Read on to learn more about the features of the program, how to install it, etc.
The original manual for LANS is available from this Dropbox folder. Although it is rather outdated (written in 2011), it is the best starting point for you to learn about LANS. Once you have learned about the basic approaches described there, you will more easily understand the description of new features given below.
Follow this page to learn about the features and functions implemented in LANS.
Follow this page to learn about some tips and tricks that might be useful when using LANS.
Download the latest stable version of LANS, including the program, manuals, and test-data, from this Dropbox folder. If you find a bug, contact us so that we can try to fix it as soon as possible. To do this please follow instructions described below.
7-Zip(freeware) is recommended for Windows.
unzipis available by default on Linux and MacOS systems
paths.mto check system-specific settings.
Please include the following citation if you used LANS in your work.
L. Polerecky, B. Adam, J. Milucka, N. Musat, T. Vagner, M. M. M. Kuypers (2012). Look@NanoSIMS – a tool for the analysis of nanoSIMS data in environmental microbiology. Environmental Microbiology 14 (4): 1009–1023 (doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02681.x)
Note that LANS is under continuous development, with bugs fixed and new features added every couple of months. This costs a lot of time, effort and energy. Thus, a little extra “thanks to LP” in the acknowledgement section of your paper will be highly appreciated and motivating.
E-mail us if you experience problems or if you would like to have new features added to the program.
Although the program has been tested extensively, addition of new features may introduce also new bugs. Please realize that a bug can only be fixed if the error can be reproduced. To aid this debugging, please include the following files when reporting a bug:
Note: When sending this information, please compress all the files into one zip file and send this zip file to LP using an on-line file transfer service such as www.wetransfer.com. Please do not send this information directly by e-mail, as the file will likely be too large to be acceptable by my inbox.