Ocean Optics http://oceanoptics.com Inventors of the World's First Miniature Spectrometer Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:18:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Announcing the Winners of the World Cup of Applications! http://oceanoptics.com/announcing-winners-world-cup-applications/ http://oceanoptics.com/announcing-winners-world-cup-applications/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 18:26:25 +0000 http://oceanoptics.com/?p=8458 Congratulations to Our Applications World Cup Winners! The competition was extremely close. Congratulations to our […]

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Congratulations to Our Applications World Cup Winners!

The competition was extremely close. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who submitted entries.The final decision was not easy, but we are proud to announce that the individuals who submitted the winning papers in our World Cup of Applications are Andreas Burkart and Bruce Robertson! Amongst a field of very well written and informative app notes, Andreas and Bruce rose to the top.

Access the winning application notes.

The Faint Red Glow of Photosynthesis By Andreas Burkart

200 years ago
When Joseph von Fraunhofer in the year 1814 pointed one of the first ancient spectrometers towards the sun, he discovered spectral lines, later known as Fraunhofer lines. In these narrow lines, the atmosphere absorbs all light and they appear dark. Fraunhofer could not have known that 200 years later his discoveries would enable outstanding insights into the machinery of plants photosynthesis itself. Using cutting edge devices, extremely accurate calibration and measurement methods, biologists drive Ocean Optics spectrometers to their very limits to catch the faint red glow of chlorophyll fluorescence inside the Fraunhofer lines.

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Polarized Light Pollution: A New Kind of Ecological Photopollution By Gábor Horváth, György Kriska, Péter Malik, and Bruce Robertson

The alteration of natural cycles of light and dark by artificial light sources has deleterious impacts on animals and ecosystems. Many animals can also exploit a unique characteristic of light – its direction of polarization – as a source of information. We introduce the term “polarized light pollution” (PLP) to focus attention on the ecological consequences of light that has been polarized through interaction with human-made objects. Unnatural polarized light sources can trigger maladaptive behaviors in polarization-sensitive taxa and alter ecological interactions. PLP is an increasingly common byproduct of human technology, and mitigating its effects through selective use of building materials is a realistic solution. Our understanding of how most species use polarization vision is limited, but the capacity of PLP to drastically increase mortality and reproductive failure in animal populations suggests that PLP should become a focus for conservation biologists and resource managers alike.

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Make the Most of Measurement Techniques http://oceanoptics.com/make-measurement-techniques/ http://oceanoptics.com/make-measurement-techniques/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:29:25 +0000 http://oceanoptics.com/?p=8270 Which light source is best for UV absorbance? What’s the difference between relative and absolute […]

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Which light source is best for UV absorbance? What’s the difference between relative and absolute irradiance? The answers to those questions – and many more related to absorbance, irradiance and other techniques possible with Ocean Optics spectrometers – are available in the Measurement Techniques section of our new website. Learn more about Measurement Techniques

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Updates and Improvements to OceanView Software http://oceanoptics.com/updates-and-improvements-to-oceanview-software/ http://oceanoptics.com/updates-and-improvements-to-oceanview-software/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:24:45 +0000 http://oceanoptics.com/?p=8266 Improved file-saving features, functions for taking measurements from multiple spectrometers synchronously, and support for our […]

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OceanViewImproved file-saving features, functions for taking measurements from multiple spectrometers synchronously, and support for our IDRaman family of Raman spectrometers are among the latest improvements to OceanView spectroscopy software. OceanView is our flagship spectroscopy application, with features including measurement wizards, schematic view and color processing. Access the OceanView Product Bulletin

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Spectroscopy Applications, Tips and More http://oceanoptics.com/spectroscopy-applications-tips/ http://oceanoptics.com/spectroscopy-applications-tips/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:19:12 +0000 http://oceanoptics.com/?p=8264 Ocean Optics spectrometers are used for applications ranging from blood and protein analysis to semiconductor […]

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Ocean Optics spectrometers are used for applications ranging from blood and protein analysis to semiconductor processing and solar energy research. These and other applications are captured in the Applications section of our new website, complete with application notes, example setups, sample spectra and other supporting materials. Browse our Spectrometer Applications

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Interactive Product Search has Arrived http://oceanoptics.com/interactive-product-search-arrived/ http://oceanoptics.com/interactive-product-search-arrived/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:17:03 +0000 http://oceanoptics.com/?p=8262 Modular spectroscopy is powerful and effective, but sorting through the many configuration options can be […]

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Modular spectroscopy is powerful and effective, but sorting through the many configuration options can be a challenge. With its interactive spectrometer selector tool and sophisticated range-resolution calculator, the new Ocean Optics website helps users better determine the spectrometer setup that works best for their application. Explore our Interactive Tools for Yourself

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DetectiveWe’re anxious to have you browse our new website and experience some of the elements that will help you discover new possibilities for spectroscopy. In appreciation of your time, we’re offering you a chance at special prizes.

It’s simple. Click here, and correctly answer five questions to receive an Energy Boost battery phone and tablet charger. Participants will also be entered into a drawing for a Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet! Think of it as a scavenger hunt where knowledge is the treasure! Once you’ve answered all 5 questions, send your answers to scavengerhunt@oceanoptics.com It’s that easy.

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FREE Laptop and Software with NIRQuest, QE Pro or Ventana Spectrometer http://oceanoptics.com/free-laptop-software-nirquest-qe-pro-ventana-spectrometer/ http://oceanoptics.com/free-laptop-software-nirquest-qe-pro-ventana-spectrometer/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:27:16 +0000 http://oceanoptics.com/?p=6570   From now through September 19, 2014, purchase a NIRQuest, QE Pro or Ventana Spectrometer […]

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From now through September 19, 2014, purchase a NIRQuest, QE Pro or Ventana Spectrometer and you’ll receive a FREE Windows 7 laptop and OceanView Spectroscopy Software valued at nearly $700 (€ 500)!

Choose from Three Great Spectrometers

NIRQuest Near-Infrared Spectrometers QE Pro High Sensitivity Spectrometer Ventana Raman and Vis/NIR Spectrometers
NIRQuest  qe_pro  Ventana-785
Features:
  • High-performance optical bench
  • Low-noise electronics
  • High sensitivity
  • Large dynamic range
  • Exceptional throughput
  • High sensitivity
  • Small footprint
Applications: NIR applications:

  • moisture detection,
  • chemical composition analysis,
  • laser characterization,
  • optical fiber characterization
  • Absorption
  • Reflectance
  • Fluorescence
  • Raman
  • Raman
  • Fluorescence
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Terms & Conditions

· Purchase one of the spectrometers listed above between now and September 19, 2014
· Non-transferable
· No substitutions or cash exchange
· Offer not valid for OEM customers

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Back to School Pricing on STS Microspectrometer http://oceanoptics.com/back-school-pricing-sts-microspectrometer/ http://oceanoptics.com/back-school-pricing-sts-microspectrometer/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:20:24 +0000 http://oceanoptics.com/?p=6567 Don’t let the small size fool you! STS packs a powerful punch in a small […]

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Don’t let the small size fool you! STS packs a powerful punch in a small footprint. This year, we are offering three distinct STS systems for your UV, Vis and NIR measurement needs. These systems are ideal for teaching labs at any level.

Through Sept. 19, 2014 we are offering a remarkable value of the STS systems.

Promotional System Options

Promo System Option: STS-UV DH-mini STS-Vis EcoVis STS-NIR EcoVis
Includes: STS-UV and DH-mini  STS-Vis EcoVis  STS-NIR EcoVis
Spectrometer STS-UV (200-600 nm) STS-VIS (350-800 nm) STS-NIR (650-1100 nm)
Light Source DH-mini EcoVis EcoVis
Sampling Accessories CUV-UV cuvette holder NA NA
CUV-Cover
Fibers P400-2-SR and P400-2-UV-VIS P400-2-VIS-NIR P400-VIS-NIR
Software OceanView OceanView OceanView
Retail Price: $4,819 $2,362 $2,362
You Pay: $3,354 $1,548 $1,548
Your Savings: $1,465 $814 $814

Terms & Conditions

· Purchase an STS promo package between now and September 19, 2014
· Non-transferable
· No substitutions or cash exchange
· Offer not valid for OEM customers

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Updates to the Awesome STS Microspectrometers http://oceanoptics.com/updates-awesome-sts-microspectrometers/ http://oceanoptics.com/updates-awesome-sts-microspectrometers/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:10:11 +0000 http://oceanoptics.com/?p=6484 The STS Microspectrometer is a remarkably small instrument that’s helping users tackle measurement challenges ranging […]

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The STS Microspectrometer is a remarkably small instrument that’s helping users tackle measurement challenges ranging from absorbance of DNA samples at different concentration levels to reflectance of grains being evaluated for chemical composition.

The STS has a very small footprint — just 40 mm x 24 mm — and is super-lightweight at 68 g. Its advanced optical design and CMOS detector elevate STS to performance levels comparable to larger spectrometers. Excellent linearity, absorbance repeatability and wavelength accuracy ensure unit-to-unit reproducibility, even in large production quantities. In addition, STS has high thermal stability performance and low baseline drift help to ensure instrument accuracy, even under changing environmental conditions.

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Application Variety

Our STS-UV (190-650 nm), STS-VIS (350-800 nm) and STS-NIR (650-1100 nm) models are helping customers solve a wide range of measurement challenges:

  • Flying aboard an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to collect high resolution, synchronized spectral measurements of barley and sugar beet crops in New Zealand grassland. The data collected provides insight into crop production optimization and its impact on the environment.
  • Measuring absorbance of dilute and concentrated DNA solutions at 260 nm, a task which takes advantage of its high dynamic range and SNR. From 0.004 to 1.7 AU, the results are surprisingly linear!
  • Collecting reflected light in the Shortwave NIR from different types of grains for analysis of moisture content during processing and preservation.

Connect, Code, Create Right Out of the Box

The STS Developers Kit is the easiest way to develop and integrate spectral sensing into your application. Leveraging the STS microspectrometer, a Linux-powered Raspberry Pi microcomputer, a Lithium Ion battery and an easily customizable software platform, the kit is built for out of the box WiFi and much more. Put it on a UAV, create a remote monitoring station, develop a handheld device – this is spectral sensing made quick, easy and flexible.

 

 

 

STS is a cost-effective, high performance and highly reproducible spectrometer for handheld, point-of-use and myriad other OEM applications.

 

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Free Space Optics http://oceanoptics.com/free-space-optics/ http://oceanoptics.com/free-space-optics/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:05:53 +0000 http://oceanoptics.com/?p=6478 In free space optics, light energy is collected from open beams and surfaces and sent […]

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In free space optics, light energy is collected from open beams and surfaces and sent on to the spectrometer. Ocean Optics offers free space coupling accessories including collimating lenses, cosine correctors and Gershun tubes.

Free space optics can be used in absorbance/transmission, fluorescence, reflection and Raman applications and are best deployed when the geometry between the light source and the spectrometer is defined and when these components are held in a rigid mechanical structure. Free space coupling offers higher light collection efficiency than optical fibers since free space does not suffer from insertion losses associated with fibers. Also, because free space optical coupling designs use fewer components (no fibers), they are well suited for low-cost, high-value OEM spectroscopic sub-assemblies.

Download Whitepaper: Free Space Coupling and Spectrometer Performance
Free Space Optics Options

Featured Product: Cosine Correctors

 

Direct-attach cosine corrector is ideal for solar irradiance

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