Chapter 1. Introduction

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The purpose of the peakfinder program is to automatically find and fit peaks in histogram-like data (such as gamma-ray spectrum). Additionally, the spectrum can be calibrated if reference data from know sources are available.


peakfinder is written in C and should be compatible with any recent POSIX-compatible system. It requires the following two libraries:

Additionally, peakfinder can take advantage of the readline interface if it is available. The GNU ReadLine Library is available from

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