Ocean Optics hires India Sales Manager

Investment in local resource will help Ocean Optics deliver sales and application support for customers spread across India

Optical measurement specialist Ocean Optics has appointed Raghu Charan R as India Sales Manager. Raghu’s appointment is a significant investment by Ocean Optics in the strategically-important Indian market, and will help the company to share its application knowledge with optical researchers and professionals across a range of industrial sectors.

Having studied mechanical engineering, Raghu brings over 13 years’ experience in mechanical and optical fields to his new role. With a strong background in promoting application technology in the optoelectronics industry, he specializes in tailoring solutions to meet unique customer needs.

While the Indian market offers many opportunities for Ocean Optics’ range of spectrometers, Raghu’s initial efforts will focus on raising awareness of Ocean Optics’ ability to create unique spectroscopy solutions. By offering a broad product line, including modular and Raman spectrometers and spectral sensors, Ocean Optics can help many industries to lower costs by providing a customized solution and bundled pricing for OEM applications.

Raghu Charan R can be contacted on M: +91 96 3232 6932, Tel: +91 80 6747 5336 or E-mail: Raghu.charan@oceanoptics.com.

About Ocean Optics:

Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics is a leading supplier of spectral solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has sold more than 260,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers and optics. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

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New Nanosponge Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Substrates from Ocean Optics

Gold-silver alloy on SERS substrates detects trace level explosives and pesticides

Ocean Optics has introduced a new substrate for Raman spectroscopy applications. The new RAM-SERS-SP Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy substrates use a proprietary gold-silver nanosponge alloy to produce highly sensitive, trace-level Raman spectroscopy measurements. The applications for SERS range from detection of explosives and narcotics, to food safety, anti-counterfeit tagging, and biological research.

SERS substrates amplify very weak Raman signals by many orders of magnitude. Fast, repeatable measurements of SERS-active analytes are possible even to parts per trillion levels. Silver-only SERS substrates work best with 532 nm Raman excitation, and gold substrates are better suited to 785 nm Raman systems. By combining the silver and gold on one substrate, the new SERS nanosponge substrates perform well with either wavelength. Also, when used with 638 nm Raman excitation, the nanosponge substrates are enhanced to an even higher level of sensitivity.

RAM-SERS-SP nanosponge substrates are more robust than other options and handle the deposition of sensitive samples more effectively. The higher sensitivity of these substrates opens up new opportunities for SERS applications–particularly in addressing the growing need for fast, effective detection of explosives and pesticides.

The new substrates work with the complete range of Ocean Optics Raman instruments. For users to take full advantage of the RAM-SERS-SP nanosponge substrates’ sensitivity, Ocean Optics now offers 638 nm modular Raman solutions and 638 nm versions of its mini handheld IDRaman spectrometers.

Ocean Optics’ proprietary plasma deposition permits affordable mass production with high repeatability and customization options. Standard substrates are microscope slide format with a 4 x 4 mm active area. Ocean Optics uses optical-grade borosilicate glass for compatibility with a wide range of solvents.

To learn more about SERS substrates, please contact an Ocean Optics Applications Scientist at info@oceanoptics.com, visit the website at www.OceanOptics.com.

About Ocean Optics:

Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics is a leading supplier of spectral solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has sold more than 260,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers and optics. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

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Ocean Optics introduces surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy substrates

Gold nanoparticle SERS substrates amplify Raman effects

Ocean Optics has introduced a new substrate for Raman spectroscopy applications. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrates are highly sensitive, stable and reliable, delivering precise trace-level Raman spectroscopy measurement in applications ranging from chemical and explosive agent detection, to authentication, contaminant screening and quality control in production environments and the laboratory.

Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

Using precisely controlled gold nanoparticles, Ocean Optics SERS substrates amplify very weak Raman signals by many orders of magnitude. The result is fast, repeatable SERS measurements for the identification and quantification of SERS-active analytes. Detection at the parts per billion and even parts per trillion, level are possible.

Ocean Optics’ unique SERS substrate manufacturing method results in affordable mass production with high repeatability and customization options. Standard substrates are microscope slide format with a 5 mm diameter active area. Ocean Optics uses optical-grade borosilicate glass and high-performance silicone-based adhesive for compatibility with a wide range of solvents. Customized designs are available on demand with a choice of form factor such as swabs and coatings, as well as the ability to impart specificity to particular analytes.

SERS substrates work reliably with the complete range of Ocean Optics Raman instruments, including the IDRaman mini handheld Raman spectrometer.

For more information on Ocean Optics SERS substrates visit http://oceanoptics.com/product/sers/

To learn more about SERS substrates, please contact an Ocean Optics Applications Scientist at info@oceanoptics.com. For enquiries contact Daniëlle Ravenshorst at Tel: +31 (0)26 319 05 00 or visit http://www.oceanoptics.com

About Ocean Optics:
Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics (a Halma company) is a leading supplier of solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has sold more than 200,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, metrology products and optics. Ocean Optics is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

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Pixelteq to showcase Spectrocam and Multispectral Sensors at Laser World of Photonics

Multispectral sensors & cameras are a key to next-generation optical devices

Leading manufacturers of spectral filters, sensors and cameras, Pixelteq is going to showcase the latest SpectroCam as well as their multi-spectral filters and sensors at the forthcoming “Laser World of Photonics” expo on optical products being held in Bengaluru, India.

The SpectroCam Multispectral Camera delivers live processed images of visible and near-infrared wavelengths to distinguish materials and highlight features invisible to the human eye. With a library of more than 150 interchangeable spectral filters, SpectroCam can be configured for a variety of applications or customized to fit yours. Visit Stall No.C-16 for a live demo of SpectroCam.

Also to be showcased is the PixelSensor™ Multispectral Sensors, wavelength-selective sensors that deliver 8-band spectroscopy in < 1 sq.cm footprint. Using the PixelSensor Developer Board, the compact device makes real-time precision measurements of discrete spectral bands.

PIXELTEQ’s exclusive micro-patterned filters help OEMs to shrink multi-wavelength devices into a single package, enable new optical features, and deliver application-specific sensors and cameras. PIXELTEQ provides custom optical filters and wafer-level coatings for scalable production.

“Clients are using our PIXELTEQ’s micro-patterned filters, sensors, and cameras to deliver more portable and cost-effective optical devices,” explained Bhushan Dhakras, India Business Development Manager at PIXELTEQ. “The multispectral sensing & imaging trend is innovating new optical devices across agricultural, biomedical, security, art conservation, forensic and scientific applications.”

Laser World of Photonics India into its’ 3rd edition is a trade fair that’s a gathering for think tanks of the Indian laser and photonics industry and its users. The expo revolves around innovative products and their industrial solutions and applications.

To learn more about the solutions visit our Stall No. C-16 at The Laser World of Photonics expo in Bengaluru from Sept 23-25 or for our custom OEM capabilities, call Bhushan Dhakras at +91 22 67080420, Mob : +91 9930021866, visit www.pixelteq.com, or email bhushan.dhakras@pixelteq.com.

About Pixelteq:
PIXELTEQ provides micro-patterned spectral filters, sensors, and cameras – helping users shrink multi-wavelength devices into a single package, enable new optical features, and deliver application-specific sensors and cameras. Leveraging comprehensive know-how in thin film coating, micro-patterning and electro-optical integration, PIXELTEQ’s specialists collaborate with client teams to provide expert design assistance and custom-engineered solutions from rapid prototyping through high-volume OEM production.

PIXELTEQ is a subsidiary of Halma plc., an international market leader in safety, health and environmental technology.

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Labsphere Expands Light Measurement Software Compatibility

Integral® supports equipment from a range of manufacturers, now including Instrument Systems’ CAS 140 spectrometer

Labsphere’s Integral® Light Measurement Software collects, analyzes and accesses data from Labsphere systems and hardware as well as components from other manufacturers used for solid state light testing. The next generation, Integral 1.2, now supports a wider range of instruments common in photometry laboratories, including Instrument Systems’ CAS 140 spectrometer.

Labsphere Integral Light Measurement Software

Labsphere Integral Light Measurement Software

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Integral increases efficiency in laboratory and production environments by enabling a single user to manage the workflow of multiple light measurement systems. The system controls and automates testing and reporting of results for electrical, thermal and optical performance of solid state lighting.
Integral now supports AC and DC power supplies and power meters from Keithley Instruments Inc., Agilent Technologies, Chroma Systems Solutions, Inc. (including QuadTech), Yokogawa Electric Corporation, and XiTRON Technologies. It also supports temperature monitoring and control devices from OMEGA Engineering inc., and Arroyo Instruments. For optical measurements, Integral supports all of Labsphere’s spectrometer products and now with the upcoming release of Integral 1.2 will support the Instrument Systems’ CAS 140 spectrometer.

Integral eliminates the need to install the software on computers or mobile devices. It runs seamlessly on the supplied Labsphere Cube (a small form-factor PC acting as a server) and can be accessed globally from multiple devices. Integral is included with Labsphere’s illumia®plus product line and supports functionalities such as LM-79 electrical and IESNA LM-82 testing.

Optional API capabilities allow customers to adapt the software to match their unique requirements. Labsphere plans to continue expanding the list of supported test and measurement equipment in future releases of Integral.
For more information, contact Technical Sales at +91 98209 32299, email sales@labsphere.com, or visit www.labsphere.com.

*The CAS 140 spectrometer is a product of Instrument Systems GmbH. No affiliation, endorsement or sponsorship is stated or implied.

For further information please contact:
Makarand Wadhavekar
Labsphere India Sales Manager
Halma India
B1-401 Boomerang, Chandivali
Andheri (East), Mumbai 400072.
Tel: +91 22 6708 0400, Fax: +91 22 67080405
E-mail:  mwadhavekar@labsphere.com
Website: www.labsphere.com

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Ocean Optics Handheld Spectrometer Finalist for Prism Award

Compact IDRaman mini delivers fast, accurate Raman analyses in the field and laboratory

Ocean Optics’ IDRaman mini handheld Raman spectrometer has been selected as a finalist for the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The Prism Awards honour the best new photonics products on the market and draw entries from around the world. The prestigious awards, which are co-sponsored by the trade organisation SPIE and the technology media company Photonics Media, will be awarded at the 2014 Photonics West trade show in February.

Ocean Optics IDRaman mini handheld Raman spectrometer

Ocean Optics IDRaman mini handheld Raman spectrometer

The IDRaman mini is a finalist in the Defense and Security category of the Prism Awards and is distinguished as a small-footprint, high accuracy instrument ideal for applications ranging from first responders identifying explosives to quality control specialists involved in sample authentication.

The IDRaman uses a novel sampling technique called Raster Orbital Scanning (ROS) where a tightly focused laser beam is moved or rastered across the sample in an orbital pattern. This allows an area about 10 times larger than the laser focus spot to be sampled, encountering more Raman active compounds. Because more Raman-active compounds are sampled, the resulting data incorporates a much higher sensitivity without sacrificing resolution. The increased accuracy in the Raman data further provides high confidence when identifying compounds through library matching.

Furthermore, the IDRaman mini is very small, just 9.1 x 7.1 x 3.8 cm (3.6 x 2.80 x 1.5 in.) and weighing about 11 oz. Its small size and operation from two AA batteries makes IDRaman very attractive for applications where a light, portable instrument is desired.

“The powerful performance of the IDRaman mini has captured the attention of both our customers and spectroscopy experts alike,” said Richard Pollard, President of Ocean Optics. “Combining the ROS technology into a truly handheld product makes accurate Raman measurements available for a variety of applications where fast, accurate material identification is important.”

The Prism Awards nomination follows industry recognition earlier in the year when the IDRaman mini claimed the Annual Readers’ Choice Award from Laboratory Equipment magazine.

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Ocean Optics Launches STS-UV Microspectrometer

Instrument provides full spectral UV analysis in a tiny footprint

Designed for integration into spectroscopy instrumentation, medical devices, process monitoring and other applications where a small footprint is desired, the STS-UV Microspectrometer from Ocean Optics is a compact yet high-performance spectrometer. Measuring just 40 mm x 42 mm and 24 mm high, this product is optimised for applications in the ultraviolet (190-650 nm) including absorbance measurements, point of care diagnostics, emission spectroscopy and laser characterization. The STS-UV provides powerful performance for full spectral analysis enabling applications where a range of the spectrum is necessary for proper measurements.

Ocean Optics Launches STS-UV Microspectrometer

Ocean Optics Launches STS-UV Microspectrometer

The high signal to noise and wide dynamic range make the STS-UV useful for demanding measurements such as determining the absorbance from dilute solutions. A selection of configurations allows users to optimise optical resolution to a specific application.

Previously released versions of the STS are also available for the visible (350-800 nm) and shortwave near-IR (650-1100 nm) regions of the spectrum. All versions feature the same form factor and comparable performance specifications.

The STS-UV is anchored by a 1024-element detector in a crossed Czerny Turner optical bench. Its optical design and advanced CMOS detector elevate STS to performance levels comparable to larger and more expensive spectrometers. For example, excellent linearity, absorbance repeatability and wavelength accuracy ensure reproducibility even in large production quantities. In addition, high thermal stability performance and low baseline drift ensure that data stays accurate, even under changing environmental conditions.

The STS-UV easily integrates into other devices or can be set up next to a process line for quality control measurements or as part of a lab station. Several software control options, from drivers for LabVIEW and MATLAB to DLLs for direct control of the spectrometer in Java, Linux or Windows, allow users to seamlessly integrate STS. For laboratory experiments, all STS spectrometers are compatible with Ocean Optics’ OceanView spectroscopy software.

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Labsphere Launches illumia®plus Line for Light Measurement

Labsphere has introduced the illumia®plus series of LED and light measurement systems, building on its illumia technology with enhanced design that allows for adjustability. Lighting manufacturers can pick the illumia®plus options they need now and add on modules as standards and business change.

Labsphere Launches illumia plus Line for Light Measurement

Labsphere Launches illumia plus Line for Light Measurement

The illumia®plus is equipped with Labsphere’s mobile Integral™ light measurement software that allows users to access their systems from any location in almost any language. Each base system includes a choice of integrating spheres in sizes up to 3 meters and a wide range of spectrometers to meet various applications. The redesigned spheres allow for tool-less switching between base-up and base-down measurement geometries and hot-swapping of stabilized lamps, saving customers significant time for each measurement.

illumia®plus integrating spheres are coated with Labsphere’s Spectraflect® high reflectance coating, providing a nearly perfect diffuse reflectance for greatest measurement accuracy.

For further information please contact:
Makarand Wadhavekar
Labsphere India Sales Manager
Halma India
B1-401 Boomerang, Chandivali
Andheri (East), Mumbai 400072
Tel: +91 22 67080400, Fax: +91 22 67080405
E-mail:  mwadhavekar@labsphere.com
Website: www.labsphere.com

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Replaceable Slit Spectrometers Offer Applications Versatility

Field-replaceable slits add flexibility to Ocean Optics spectrometers

Precision laser-cut slit and aperture assemblies from Ocean Optics add flexibility to the company’s Jaz, Torus and QE65 Pro miniature spectrometers. Replaceable slits give users more freedom in spectrometer design and the ability to switch easily from one application to another with the replacement of a few screws.

Replaceable Slit Spectrometers from Ocean Optics

Replaceable Slit Spectrometers from Ocean Optics

Modular spectroscopy makes possible thousands of applications by mixing and matching optical bench and other components in various configurations. The availability of field-replaceable slits in the Jaz, Torus and QE65 Pro spectrometers adds another layer of customer flexibility.

Spectroscopy is a technique in which the design criteria exist as a set of trade-offs. The optimal spectrometer depends upon the application. For some users, one of the most vexing trade-offs involves the choice of entrance aperture (slit). A larger slit increases throughput, but at the expense of optical resolution. A smaller slit yields higher optical resolution, but decreases throughput. Typically, changing the slit requires spectrometer rework that has to be performed at the manufacturer’s facility.

With replaceable slits, users can change the spectrometer’s performance directly in the field. Changing slits can be accomplished within minutes, without the need for realignment. For example, QE65 Pro users who need great sensitivity for low light applications such as fluorescence can change slits from a larger slit size to a small one, avoiding saturation in absorbance applications. Or a Torus configured to resolve closely aligned emission peaks for one application can be adjusted make low light level measurements for another application.

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Ocean Optics Spectrometers Enable Field Application

STS spectrometers measure vegetation from the ground and the air

A pair of super-lightweight miniature spectrometers from Ocean Optics is helping researchers investigate plant parameters in a verdant patch of New Zealand grassland. The compact STS model spectrometers, one deployed as a ground unit and the other aboard an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), are making synchronised hyperspectral measurements of barley and sugar beet crops to assess plant characteristics for more effective crop management.

Ocean Optics Spectrometers Enable Field Application

Ocean Optics Spectrometers Enable Field Application

A multinational team of researchers from Germany, Italy, Spain and New Zealand developed the UAV-based system and conducted the initial experiments, gathering high-resolution reflectance spectra from the UAV at altitudes of up to 200 meters and irradiance spectra from the ground-based spectrometer. According to team leader Andreas Burkart of the Research Center Jülich IBG-2 Plant Sciences, Germany, collection of hyperspectral data by field spectroscopy is a time-consuming task and often is restricted to easily accessible areas.

The small size and weight of the STS spectrometer is ideal for use on the UAV, which allows a series of fast and reproducible measurements over any terrain, even forest or marsh. By measuring various segments across a section of the New Zealand pastureland, the system was able to assess information such as specific plots that contained live vegetation.

The STS is a remarkably small CMOS detector-based spectrometer that is less than 2 inches square (40 mm x 42 mm) and weighs a little over 2 ounces (68 g). It performs comparably to larger systems, providing full spectral analysis with low stray light, high signal to noise (>1500:1) and excellent optical resolution. For the application described here, the researchers were able to match the performance of the STS to that of a larger, more expensive commercially available field portable spectrometer, with optical resolution of ~2.5 nm (FWHM).

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