Ocean Optics Launches New Website

oceanoptics.com offers unique interactive tools and educational resources
Dunedin, Florida, USA (August 26, 2014) – Ocean Optics has launched a redesigned website at oceanoptics.com. The all new site design helps users more easily navigate through spectroscopy product and educational information with an interactive product selector, spectrometer range and resolution calculator, applications section, measurement techniques section, and a new search function that groups results by type.

 

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oceanoptics.com is all new with spectroscopy tools and educational resources.

 

The biggest change to the site is the addition of two spectroscopy selection tools unique to Ocean Optics. On the Interactive Product Search users enter wavelength, measurement technique, and features criteria for a list of specific modular spectrometers to fit their application. The tool then allows side by side comparison of up to four products on key parameters including optical resolution, dynamic range and price. The Range and Resolution Calculator determines anticipated spectrometer performance (spectral range and resolution) depending on selection of slit size and grating type. The resulting graph can be printed or captured in multiple image formats for reference and sharing.

The other key parts of the site focus on knowledge and education. As the scope for spectroscopy rapidly expands, new users are investigating how it can be applied. The Applications section provides a catalog of Application Notes, organized by fields of study, which includes sample setups, spectra, images and related product information. The Measurement Techniques section explains key spectroscopy methods such as absorbance and fluorescence. It also provides tips and tricks related to Ocean Optics spectrometers, example setups and answers to frequently asked questions. Finally, the OEM/Custom section offers comprehensive information on working with Ocean Optics’ dedicated OEM engineering team to incorporate spectroscopy into a range of instruments.

The site’s new search function groups results by type so that users can jump quickly to what they’re looking for-whether it’s product information, application notes, measurement techniques or FAQs. Other key features are a live chat function for immediate customer support and the ability to request quotes and submit orders.

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New Development Kit for Spectral Sensing Applications from Ocean Optics

STS spectrometer, Raspberry Pi microcomputer and flexible software for out-of-the-box use
Dunedin, Florida, USA (July 29, 2014) – Ocean Optics has introduced a new set of spectral sensing tools for developers and others who want to deploy spectroscopy in new applications. The STS Developers Kit brings together its powerful STS spectrometer, a Raspberry Pi microcomputer, customizable software, and wireless capabilities in single package for integrating spectral sensing quickly and easily. Right out of the box, the kit can be quickly configured for a variety of scientific, process monitoring and environmental applications. Uses include developing handheld devices for light metrology or color measurement, creating cloud connected measurement clusters, and even mounting on UAVs for remote monitoring.

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STS Development Kit combines spectrometer, Raspberry Pi microcomputer and flexible software for application flexibility and portability.

The STS Developer Kit takes advantage of the Raspberry Pi’s flexibility and adaptability to enable new uses for spectroscopy. Once connected to a WiFi network, the spectrometer can be controlled through phone, tablet, or computer web browser. The WiFi range is up to 150 m, and all data is securely stored to the onboard SD card. While it comes pre-loaded with this simple interface and is ready to use out of the box, the development platform makes it fast and easy to customize the kit to specific projects.

The web scripting API enables quick development of custom scripts and applications, allowing the STS and Raspberry Pi to perform even more complex tasks. Ocean Optics SeaBreeze drivers communicate directly to the spectrometer via USB interface. A Daemon Service software enables more autonomous functionality as well as coordination with other hardware such as switches or even controlling sampling accessories.

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Ocean Optics STS spectrometer collects plant data from an unmanned aerial vehicle.

The core of the kit is Ocean Optics’ STS microspectrometer. At less than 42 mm square and 24 mm high, the STS delivers maximum power in a small footprint. Its optical design and advanced CMOS detector elevate the STS to performance levels comparable to larger and more expensive spectrometers. Excellent linearity, high dynamic range, and wavelength accuracy ensure reproducible and repeatable results. In addition, high thermal stability performance and low baseline drift ensure that data stays accurate, even under changing environmental conditions. The STS Developer Kit offers the choice of three STS models: STS-UV (190-650 nm), STS-Vis (350-800 nm) and STS-NIR (650-1100 nm).

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Ocean Optics Launches Maya LSL Spectrometer

New spectrometer delivers exceptional stray light performance with high sensitivity
Dunedin, Florida, USA (March 3, 2014) – Now available from Ocean Optics is the Maya LSL spectrometer, a combination of a back-thinned CCD array detector and low stray light optical design resulting in high-sensitivity, high-throughput performance for applications ranging from chemical catalysis to Raman analysis. With rapid response and excellent accuracy, the Maya LSL is ideal for demanding applications in the life sciences and process monitoring industries, especially for production applications where speed and precision can save time, improve efficiency and reduce costs.

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The Maya LSL spectrometer delivers exceptional stray light performance with high sensitivity.

In production applications such as color measurements for quality control, Maya LSL’s combination of speed, sensitivity and throughput help to reduce measurement errors and ensure accuracy. LED sorting, plasma monitoring and quality control all benefit from the superior color accuracy of the Maya LSL. Maya LSL’s capacity to make measurements in milliseconds is particularly useful for demanding production environments.

The Maya LSL takes advantage of two modular spectroscopy technologies. First, Maya LSL’s f/3 optical design includes a toroidal grating that corrects optical aberrations and dramatically improves stray light performance, extending the spectrometer’s measurement range up to 3.0 absorption units – a 30 percent advantage compared with competitive designs. With very low stray light performance of 0.015 percent at 400 nm, Maya LSL offers great value to users making quantitative measurements, particularly in QA/QC and routine laboratory environments.

Second, the Maya LSL has a back-thinned CCD detector that increases the sensitivity of the spectrometer and allows for faster, full-spectrum measurements. This is a significant advantage for monitoring rapid chemical reactions such as catalysis, combustion and protein folding.

The Maya LSL optimizes the unavoidable trade-offs among measurement time, dynamic range and signal-to-noise considerations, for process monitoring measurements. High thermal stability and an array of triggering and data communication options make the Maya LSL ideal for the process environment. Applications such as fluorescence and Raman that routinely monitor very low light levels will benefit from the sensitivity of the Maya LSL.

The Maya LSL interfaces to a computer via its USB port and couples to Ocean Optics accessories for convenient experiment setups. The spectrometer is available with a variety of slits, filters and other optical bench accessories for optimizing configurations.

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Ocean Optics Launches DH-mini Light Source

New light source delivers high intensity broadband light in a compact package
Dunedin, Florida, USA (March 3, 2014) – Now available from Ocean Optics is the DH-mini light source. This compact, high-intensity source for spectroscopy combines deuterium and tungsten halogen sources in a single optical path, producing stable output across the UV-VIS-NIR from 200-2500 nm. The versatility of the DH-mini is ideal for demanding applications in the quality control and life science industries, especially fiber probe-based measurements where light throughput is a challenge, and absorbance measurements of high optical density solutions.

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The DH-mini high-intensity source for spectroscopy combines deuterium and tungsten halogen sources in a single optical path.

As one of the pioneers of combination UV-VIS-NIR sources for spectroscopy, Ocean Optics has refined the new DH-mini, making it significantly more powerful, stable and compact than previous generations of comparable light sources. The DH-mini has nearly 3.5x greater output than earlier combination deuterium-tungsten halogen sources, expanding its usefulness to include absorbance measurements over a wide wavelength range and facilitating the measurement of multiple different samples with a single light source.

In addition to producing high-intensity output, the DH-mini operates with great stability (0.2% peak to peak) and minimal drift (0.1%/hour after stabilization). This mitigates the need to disturb experiments for frequent reference-taking and helps to ensure that results are reliable. Galvanically isolated electronics help to eliminate electronic cross-talk that can interfere with operation.

The DH-mini’s small footprint – 75 mm x 82 mm x 175 mm (3.0” x 3.25” x 6.875”) and 0.5 kg (1.1 lb.) — helps to free up laboratory bench space and makes it easily adaptable for OEM devices. The DH-mini has great operational flexibility, allowing users to optimize configurations without having to switch among multiple sources or change sampling accessories. For example, each source bulb can be operated independently, with variable voltage controls for adjusting deuterium and tungsten halogen intensity. The built-in shutter allows users to make reference and dark measurements without disturbing the stability and thermal equilibrium of the lamp, a problem when a source is turned off or on. This saves time and increases the accuracy and precision of the measurement.

Users can operate the DH-mini bulbs and shutter manually via controls on the front panel or remotely via 15-pin TTL connection. Remote control via TTL connection simplifies integration and operation of the light source a when external triggering and other functions are required.

The DH-mini complements Ocean Optics’ range of modular spectroscopy solutions for a wide range of applications. By configuring the DH-mini with a wide-range spectrometer and appropriate accessories, users can create a multifunction spectroscopy system for UV, VIS or NIR measurements or for measurements where broad-range response is necessary.

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Ocean Optics Names Winner of 2014 Young Investigator Award

Cash prize and grant awarded during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2014 conference
Dunedin, Fla. (February 14, 2014) – Ocean Optics, the industry leader in modular spectroscopy applications and products, recently named Gabriel Orsinger of the University of Arizona as winner of the 2014 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award.

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Pictured (from left to right) at the February 4, 2014 presentation of the 2014 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award are David Creasey, vice president of sales and marketing for Ocean Optics; Gabriel Orsinger of the University of Arizona, recipient of the award; and co-chairs of the Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications conference Wolfgang Parak of Philipps-Universität Marburg (Marburg, German) and Marek Osinski of the University of New Mexico. Photo courtesy of SPIE.

The Young Investigator Award is presented to a researcher who is a graduate student or has completed their graduate work in the last five years and is the primary author of the best juried paper submitted as part of the “Colloidal Quantum Dots for Biomedical Applications IX” conference at the 2014 BiOS/Photonics West Symposium. The honor includes a $1,000 investigator reward and a company grant to the investigator’s advisor.

Orsinger was honored for his work with advisor Dr. Marek Romanowski, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, as presented in the paper “Intracellular light-induced release of signaling molecules from gold-coated liposomes.” Their work describes the use of gold-coated liposomes as a tool for studying cellular behavior as it relates to cancer and other diseases.

Ocean Optics has sponsored the Young Investigator Award since 2005 and has long supported young scientists from around the world through sponsorships, grant programs and partnership.

“We believe these passionate innovators can harness the power of spectroscopy to protect and improve the quality of life for people worldwide,” said David Creasey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ocean Optics. “Ocean Optics embraces a tradition of working closely with researchers across many disciplines, and is inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of the men and women just starting their careers.”

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Ocean Optics Launches QE Pro Spectrometer

Spectrometer delivers market-best sensitivity and performance
Dunedin, Florida, USA (February 3, 2014) – The QE Pro from Ocean Optics is a high-sensitivity, back-thinned CCD array spectrometer with outstanding quantum efficiency, wide dynamic range and extremely low noise operation for applications with low light levels and where wide concentration ranges are measured.

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The QE Pro from Ocean Optics is a high-sensitivity, back-thinned CCD array spectrometer.

The QE Pro‘s optical design maximizes performance for a range of application needs. With its 18-bit A/D, QE Pro has dynamic range performance that makes it the highest sensitivity miniature spectrometer available today. This is significant for users monitoring emission spectroscopy, especially fluorescence and Raman, where signals may be weak and minimum detectable sample limits are often challenging. In addition, for both absorption and reflectance in quality control applications, QE Pro provides lower limits of detection and enables measurements over a wider concentration range.

For kinetics researchers and scientists requiring fast, full spectrum acquisitions, the QE Pro provides onboard buffering capability. The 15,000 spectra onboard buffer maintains data integrity by buffering time-stamped spectra for USB communications. Buffering enables full-spectrum kinetics measurements, such as those used in chemical and enzyme kinetics or protein folding to be performed every 8 milliseconds — or 125 measurements per second.

Thermoelectric control of the detector improves the stability of the detector for lengthy measurements, where thermal noise convolutes the signal. TEC cooling dramatically reduces thermal noise and holds QE Pro’s stability to 4 dark counts over a 60 °C ambient temperature range. This stability allows the spectrometer to be used for demanding online and at-line quality control measurements and environments susceptible to temperature changes.

QE Pro spectrometers are also available with replaceable, precision laser-cut slit and aperture assemblies for SMA 905 and FC connectors. Replaceable slits give users more freedom in spectrometer design and the ability to switch among applications such as fluorescence and absorbance as easily as replacing a few screws. The slits are available with SMA 905 or FC connectors and are available separately or as part of a kit comprising one each of 5 µm, 10 µm, 25 µm, 50 µm, 100 µm and 200 µm width slits and one SMA bulkhead with no slit installed.

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Raster Orbital Scanning Technology from Ocean Optics Recognised at TASIA* Awards

The Raster Orbital Scanning (ROS) feature of the IDRaman family of products from Ocean Optics has been recognised as one of 2013’s 15 best innovation technologies by The Analytical Scientist magazine, an industry publication. ROS is a novel Raman spectroscopy sampling technique that helps to derive more accurate and comprehensive measurement results. The IDRaman mini handheld Raman spectrometer and the IDRaman reader integrated Raman spectrometer both feature ROS.

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ROS increases the sensitivity of Raman measurements up to 10 fold by rastering a tightly focused laser beam over a larger area, encountering more Raman-active compounds. The reduction of the background by ROS provides a more accurate result and is especially ideal for applications like surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Rastering a tightly focused beam allows the resolution of measurement to be mainlined, ensuring accuracy for applications that rely on library matching.

ROS offers the advantage of allowing higher laser powers to be used for measurement without damage to the sample. This supports the development of low-cost Raman detection in mainstream applications such as anti-counterfeit and medical diagnostics. By scanning a larger area with a the laser beam, The Analytical Scientist points out that conventional paper could be used as a SERS substrate for a point-of-care diagnostic tests, as opposed to pristine surfaces.

“This unique sampling technique helps make Raman measurements more accurate and reliable, enabling our customers to do more,” said Richard Pollard, President of Ocean Optics. “We are excited to hear that Raster Orbital Scanning has received this award.”

*The Analytical Scientist Innovation Awards

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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
Dunedin, Florida, USA (December 17, 2013) – Ocean Optics’ IDRaman mini handheld Raman spectrometer has been selected as a finalist for the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The Prism Awards honor 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 organization SPIE and the technology media company Photonics Media, will be awarded at the 2014 Photonics West trade show in February.

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IDRaman mini from Ocean Optics for sample authentication and counterfeit detection, identification and verification.

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
Dunedin, Florida, USA (November 22, 2013) – 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 optimized 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.

STS-UV Microspectrometer

Ocean Optics 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 optimize 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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Ocean Optics Introduces Integrated Raman Spectrometer

IDRaman reader uses optical focusing method to overcome Raman sampling challenges
Dunedin, Fla. (October 16, 2013) – The IDRaman reader from Ocean Optics is a fully integrated Raman system with Raster Orbital Scanning (ROS) technology, an innovative sampling technique that enables more efficient Raman signal collection with lower background effects.

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Ocean Optics IDRaman reader.

ROS overcomes sampling hurdles associated with dispersive-design Raman devices by maintaining high resolution and minimizing the power buildup of a tightly focused laser typical in Raman applications. As a result, users can exploit a larger sample interrogation area for more precise identification of delicate samples such as surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrates, and use lower laser power to avoid issues associated with delicate or unstable samples such as explosives.

The new instrument debuted September 29, 2013 at SciX 2013, an industry event that covers analytical chemistry, with an emphasis on emerging technologies. SciX, which was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attracts a mix of scientific and engineering experts from around the world.

The IDRaman reader is available with 638 nm, 785 nm or 808 nm laser excitation and comes in two resolution options. A high-resolution 4 wavenumber version covers the Raman spectrum from 200-2000 wavenumbers and is a good option for extracting detailed spectral information near the laser line. For broader spectrum coverage, an 8 wavenumber version covers 200-3200 wavenumbers and is especially useful for wide-range samples such as ethylene, acetylene and other aliphatic hydrocarbons (non-aromatic compounds).

The IDRaman reader has a convenient sampling setup for measuring surfaces below the instrument, for measuring solutions in cuvettes, and for measuring other samples from the top, sides or bottom of vials.

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