step_current_generator – Provide a piecewise constant DC input current¶
step_current_generator provides a piecewise constant DC input to the
connected node(s). The amplitude of the current is changed at the
specified times. The unit of the current is pA.
allow_offgrid_spikes is set false, times will be rounded to the
nearest step if they are less than tic/2 from the step, otherwise NEST
reports an error. If true, times are rounded to the nearest step if
within tic/2 from the step, otherwise they are rounded up to the end
of the step.
Times of amplitude changes must be strictly increasing after conversion
to simulation time steps. The option
allow_offgrid_times may be
useful, for example, if you are using randomized times for current changes
which typically would not fall onto simulation time steps.
All stimulation devices share the parameters
which control the stimulation period. The property
origin is a
global offset that shifts the stimulation period. All three values are
set as times in ms.
For spike-emitting devices, only spikes with times t that fulfill start < t <= stop are emitted. Spikes that have timestamp of t = start are not emitted.
For current-emitting devices, the current is activated and deactivated such that the current first affects the target dynamics during the update step (start, start+h], i.e., an effect can be recorded at the earliest at time start+h. The last interval during which the current affects the target’s dynamics is (stop-h, stop].
stimulus_source defaults to an empty string. It can
be set to the name of a stimulation backend, in which case it will
take its parameters from the configured backend instead of from the
internally stored values. More details on available backends and their
properties can be found in the guide to stimulating the network.
A string (default: “”) specifying an arbitrary textual label for the device. Stimulation backends might use the label to generate device specific identifiers like filenames and such.
A positive floating point number (default : 0.0) used as the reference time in ms for start and stop.
A positive floating point number (default: 0.0) specifying the activation time in ms, relative to origin.
A string (default: “”) specifying the name of the stimulation backend from which to get the data for updating the stimulus parameters of the device. By default the device uses its internally stored parameters for updating the stimulus.
A floating point number (default: infinity) specifying the deactivation time in ms, relative to origin. The value of stop must be greater than or equal to start.
Times at which current changes (list of times in ms)
Amplitudes of step current current (list of currents in pA)
Boolean indicating if offgrid times should be used (default: False)
Set parameters from a stimulation backend¶
The parameters in this stimulation device can be updated with input coming from a stimulation backend. The data structure used for the update holds pairs of values in the form
[ (amplitude_times, amplitude_values), (amplitude_times, amplitude_values), … ].
Thus, the size of the data for the step_rate_generator needs to be even.