HElpat the ``PLT>'' prompt will provide you with help concerning the PLT commands. The PLT interactive help is used in exactly the same way as the XSPEC help. If you wish to read the interactive help on PLT without running the PLT routine, you should use the (system level) XHELP PLT command.
The most common command used in PLT is
Rescale X followed by two numbers, will set the minimum
and maximum of the plotted x-range to the numbers specified.
If you type
Rescale X (with no arguments), the minimum
and maximum values will be reset to their default values.
Rescale Y can be used to set the y-range.
Most PLT commands do not cause the screen to be updated the way
Rescale command does, thus allowing you to make several changes to the the graph
without having to wait for the screen to be updated after every change.
If, at any time, you wish to see what the current graph looks
like, enter the
Plot command, which will cause the
display to be redrawn.
LAbel command can be used to add labels to various locations
on the graph.
For example, typing
LAbel Top EXOSAT was great will
cause the message `EXOSAT was great' to appear at the top
of the graph the next time the display is redrawn.
LAbel Top followed by a return will remove
Hardcopy command is used create a file that can later
Hardcopy does not reproduce what currently is visible on
the graphics display, but rather what you would see if you re-issued
Hardcopy ? can be used to see what the
default hardcopy device is.
If you do not like the default, you can override it.
For example, assume that your version of PGPLOT supports the
To generate a file suitable for printing on a QMS printer you
Hardcopy /QMS and a
will be generated in your current directory.
Many sites have created a system-wide indirect file that will both
create the hardcopy file, and then immediately print it.
If you are at one of these sites, then
@HARD will directly
produce a plot on the printer.
In PLT it is possible to fit models to the displayed data. However, it is important to remember that PLT does not fold the model through the detector response, and therefore, PLT models should not be used to fit X-ray spectra.
To exit PLT and return to the XSPEC level, enter the PLT
When you return to XSPEC, any changes that you made to the plot
will be forgotten.