Ocean Optics Introduces Miniature Spectrometer for Process and OEM Applications

EMBED offers OEMs simplicity and robustness 
Dunedin, Fla. (April 10, 2013) – Ocean Optics has expanded its line of customized products for optical sensing with the EMBED miniature spectrometer. EMBED is a small-footprint optical bench with minimal electronics targeted at industrial process control and OEM optical measurement systems.

EMBED miniature spectromete

EMBED small-footprint miniature spectrometer for industrial process control and OEM optical measurement systems

Designed around a next-generation optical bench, EMBED provides excellent thermal stability and measurement reliability, yet is packaged with only essential electronics to reduce footprint and simplify integration. The onboard electronics provide fundamental spectral pre-processing and multi-channel capability, as well as native SPI communication support that establishes a direct, stable and fast interface with microcontrollers and industrial control systems. Like all Ocean Optics spectrometers, EMBED’s design allows for extensive optical component customization to support a wide variety of applications, while maintaining excellent quality in high volume production.

In its standard configuration, the EMBED includes a robust 2048-element CCD-array detector and selectable optical bench components – including entrance apertures, gratings, order sorting filters and more – that make it possible for the EMBED to support low-light and high-throughput measurements. Its design provides the EMBED exceptional thermal and environmental stability – attractive features for process and other applications where temperature and environmental factors can affect measurements. In addition, the EMBED design supports multichannel functionality, allowing users to make simultaneous or timed-gated measurements from multiple EMBED spectrometers within a single system. This is essential to applications such as reference monitoring, dissolution testing, multiple point sampling and process end-point detection.

The EMBED was designed specifically for seamless integration with simplicity and ease-of-incorporation as the primary design drivers. It is a true embedded spectrometer for OEM and industrial customers, communicating directly to a host processor and allowing direct access to the spectrometer’s electronics. These features help reduce overall instrument footprint and improve system stability without compromising the performance or capabilities of the spectrometer.

To complement the EMBED, Ocean Optics also offers light sources, spectrometers, sub-assemblies and complete systems, to help OEM customers bring products to market faster. A diverse offering of components allows industrial customers to build a complete system optimized around specific requirements. Ocean Optics’ dedicated team of integration support engineers provides complete system design capability, from choice of spectrometers and light sources to system integration and application support. Ocean Optics is ISO 9001:2008 certified and can support component, integrated system and sub-system high-volume manufacturing needs.

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New High-Throughput Spectrometers from Ocean Optics

Ventana’s optical design and components maximize throughput for superior sensitivity
Dunedin, Fla. (February 20, 2013) – Ocean Optics has expanded its Elite Series of high-performance modular spectrometers (www.elitespectrometers.com) with the introduction of the Ventana line of high throughput spectrometers. Ventana spectrometers combine an optical bench configuration with very high collection efficiency and a high-efficiency volume phase holographic (VPH) grating to provide unprecedented throughput and sensitivity for low light level applications. Three preconfigured Ventana spectrometers are available: 532 nm and 785 nm excitation wavelength Raman models, and a visible to near-IR model for general purpose fluorescence applications.

Ventana high-throughput spectrometer-part of the Elite Series from Ocean Optics

Ventana high-throughput spectrometer-part of the Elite Series from Ocean Optics

With its high sensitivity performance and compact size, Ventana is ideal for academic and corporate research, OEMs and system integrators seeking a cost-effective alternative to traditional integrated systems. It is well suited for applications in life sciences, pharmaceuticals, materials analysis and more.

The 785 nm Ventana system has a spectral range of 250-2000 cm-1 and resolution of 10 cm-1; the 532 nm version covers 35-4300 cm-1 with 20 cm-1 resolution. The VIS-NIR Ventana spectrometer is configured for fluorescence measurements from 430-1100 nm with a resolution of 4.0 nm (FWHM). Also, the 785 nm Raman Ventana spectrometer can be configured with an integrated laser with free space collection optics for the highest throughput possible. Additionally, complete Raman sampling systems including laser, probe and software are available.

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Small Footprint, Modular Raman Spectrometer from Ocean Optics

Apex 785 first in the company’s new Elite Series
Dunedin, Fla. (December 18, 2012) – Ocean Optics has introduced the Apex 785 Raman Spectrometer – the first in the Elite Series of high-performance spectrometers, light sources and accessories (www.elitespectrometers.com). Apex is a modular, small-footprint spectrometer that rivals bench-top instruments. Apex provides maximum resolution and exceptional sensitivity that combine to create superior performance.

Ocean Optics Apex 785 Modular Raman Spectrometer

Ocean Optics Apex 785 Modular Raman Spectrometer

Apex eliminates the compromise typically made to achieve either high sensitivity or maximum resolution. Using a unique optical design and high throughput virtual slit, licensed from Tornado Spectral Systems, the Apex spectrometer eliminates this tradeoff between sensitivity and resolution. The result is a powerful tool for low light applications such as Raman spectroscopy.

Apex’s higher resolution enables better resolved peaks and observation of spectral features not seen previously. Its high sensitivity affords shorter integration times for faster measurements and lower excitation power to minimize sample degradation.

“Since we launched our first miniature spectrometer over 20 years ago, Ocean Optics has been the world leader in modular spectroscopy solutions,” said Richard Pollard, President of Ocean Optics Inc. “The Apex spectrometer and the creation of our new Elite series demonstrate our commitment to innovation necessary to maintain leadership in the industry.”

The launch of the Apex spectrometer represents the perfect partnership of sophisticated, industry-leading technical innovation and the flexible, modular and applications-based approach, pioneered by Ocean Optics. Joining technology with application support enables Ocean Optics customers to better solve problems and find answers to challenging research questions.

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ecoVis Krypton Light Source for VIS-NIR Applications

Compact, economical source has response from 400-2500 nm
Dunedin, Fla. (November 15, 2012) – The ecoVis is a compact, low-voltage light source (400-2500 nm) from Ocean Optics with built-in cuvette holder that’s ideal for basic lab measurements in teaching labs and other research environments. The ecoVis has a rugged solid alloy housing that helps to dissipate heat and in-line fiber ports for absorbance and fluorescence measurements.

ecoVis Krypton Light Source for VIS-NIR Applications

ecoVis Krypton Light Source for VIS-NIR Applications

The ecoVis is small – it’s just 95 mm x 50 mm and weighs 265 g – making it attractive for labs where space is at a premium. The light source has an integrated cuvette holder with 1 cm pathlength and a versatile chromium-plated reflective insert that increases the output for fluorescence, holds the cuvette securely in place and can be adjusted through 90º to block the light path for dark measurements.

The ecoVis is designed for absorbance and fluorescence of cuvette-based samples. Its rugged housing and simple design make it useful for teaching labs and setups where basic absorbance and fluorescence measurements are performed routinely.

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OmniDriver Spectroscopy Platform Updated

New features on Ocean Optics’ device driver software for high-speed data acquisition, spectral processing and data analysis
Dunedin, Fla. (October 25, 2012) – Ocean Optics has released an update to its OmniDriver Spectroscopy Development Platform. The platform-neutral Java based OmniDriver Version 2.20 provides a simple interface for programming of USB spectrometers, accessories and devices in optical sensing systems, and is available with an optional set of spectral processing math algorithms. New features have improved the platform’s high-speed data acquisition, spectral processing, data analysis, data visualization and data transfer options.

The platform-neutral Java based OmniDriver Version 2.20 has new features for high-speed data acquisition, spectral processing and data analysis.

The platform-neutral Java based OmniDriver Version 2.20 has new features for high-speed data acquisition, spectral processing and data analysis.

With native libraries included for a variety of Linux, Macintosh and Windows operating systems, OmniDriver users can develop robust control applications without knowing Java; the wrapper libraries provide an interface for most languages to link against. The OmniDriver’s platform- and spectrometer- independent programming means the same code works with any Ocean Optics USB spectrometer. With Version 2.20’s new “SpeedTest” feature, users can determine the maximum performance possible for a spectrometer model on the Windows operating system.

Also, OmniDriver Version 2.20 has more robust algorithms for photometry and colorimetry. This is an especially useful feature when measuring samples with sharp peaks, such as in narrowband sources like those used in laser projection systems.

For OEMs, two new command line parameters have been added to the installer for customization of the company and driver name. Drivers for three additional Ocean Optics’ devices have now been certified by Windows Hardware Quality Labs, meaning drivers for most of the company’s devices will install automatically when connected to a Windows 7 PC.

The OmniDriver’s wrapper libraries include Dynamic Link Library (Windows), Shared Object (Linux) and a .NET object (Windows). The software is compatible with a variety of operating systems: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 64-bit versions of XP, Vista, and Windows 7; Mac OSX 10.3 or later; plus many Linux x86 distributions (Kernel 2.4.20 and libusb 0.1.10 or later are required).

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Portable Spectrometer from Ocean Optics Ideal for Field Applications

Compact Jaz system packages powerful spectral sensing in palm sized unit
Dunedin, FL (September 4, 2012) – The Jaz spectrometer from Ocean Optics is a handheld, field-portable analytical instrument that combines low-power optical sensing and onboard computing power for custom applications ranging from chlorophyll analysis in leaves and plants to solar irradiance measurements and ozone monitoring.

The Jaz measures yellow patch reflectance of Southern Rockhopper Penguins on New Island, Falkland Islands.

The Jaz measures yellow patch reflectance of Southern Rockhopper Penguins on New Island, Falkland Islands.

Jaz is a family of stackable, modular and autonomous components that share common electronics and communications. This compact, monolithic system – a typical setup for field use is about 6 inches in height and weighs less than 2 lb. – comprises a miniature CCD-array spectrometer and a powerful microprocessor and onboard display with data logging capability, so that full spectra data can be acquired, processed and stored without the need for a PC. Ethernet and battery modules offer additional functionality for field use.

The Jaz Ethernet module has data storage capability via an SD card slot and allows users to connect to the Jaz unit via the Internet, making remote measurements possible and enabling the creation of networked sensing modules. For example, a community of Jaz users could map atmospheric ozone measurements around the world and share the data nearly instantaneously.

The Jaz Lithium-Ion battery module is rechargeable in the field via the solar cell or back in the lab using the Power over Ethernet connection (100 Mbps, IEEE 802.3-compliant 10/100 single-cable), the USB 2.0 port or an external power supply. The battery module also has a power-conserving sleep mode for long-term measurements and two additional SD card slots for storing data.

Also, the Jaz platform can be expanded to include light sources (VIS-NIR or LED) and additional spectrometer channels. Jaz can be connected to field-ready fiber optic accessories such as cosine corrected irradiance probes for solar irradiance measurements, optical fibers and probes for immersing in fluids or sampling of solid surfaces, and devices for adjusting the field of view of the sampling optic. Also available is the Jaz SpectroClip, a sampling device more measuring transmission and reflection of thin materials such as leaves and plants. A special holster makes the Jaz wearable, freeing your hands to manipulate sampling devices.

Because of its size and versatility, Jaz is a convenient analytical tool for applications across various industries and disciplines, including horticultural and ecological sciences; biotechnology; solar analysis and environmental monitoring; marine sciences and geological research; surface waters analysis and pollution monitoring such as site remediation and fenceline monitoring; and health and safety.

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Ocean Optics High Resolution Near-Infrared Spectrometer Covers 1100-1900 nm

NIRQuest512-1.9 extends wavelength range
Dunedin, Florida (July 18, 2012) – Ocean Optics has added another option to its small-footprint near-infrared spectrometer line with the NIRQuest512-1.9. A high-resolution device with response from 1100-1900 nm, NIRQuest512-1.9 is well suited for applications ranging from monitoring changes in food production and chemical processing to characterizing lasers for semiconductor assembly and medical treatment.

Ocean Optics’ NIRQuest512-1.9

Ocean Optics’ NIRQuest512-1.9

NIRQuest512-1.9 has a high-stability, 512-element Hamamatsu Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs)-array detector and is available with multiple grating and optical bench options for optimizing performance between 1100-1900 nm. The standard NIRQuest512-1.9 comes with a 150 lines/mm grating, 25 micron entrance slit and a non-fluorescing longpass filter that transmits >1000 nm. The filter helps to mitigate second-order effects.

NIRQuest512-1.9 has external hardware triggering functions that allow users to capture data when an external event occurs, or to trigger an event after data acquisition. Spectrometer operation is controlled using SpectraSuite software, a modular, Java-based spectroscopy platform.

The low dark noise characteristics of the NIRQuest make it possible to integrate the spectrometer (or expose the detector in the spectrometer to light) for longer durations, which is useful in low light level environments. Signal to noise ratio at full signal is >15000:1 at 100 millisecond integration time. High gain mode operation is available for applications where sensitivity is paramount.

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Precision Thin Films Analysis with Ocean Optics NanoCalc Systems

Multiple thin film reflectometry options from deep ultraviolet to near infrared
Dunedin, FL (July 13, 2012) – Ocean Optics’ NanoCalc systems utilize spectroscopic reflectometry to accurately determine optical thin film thicknesses for consumer, semiconductor, medical and industrial applications. Customer-designed and new application-ready preconfigured NanoCalc models make it easy to select the optimum system for deep UV to NIR wavelength measurement needs.

Ocean Optics’ NanoCalc offers thin film reflectometry options for deep ultraviolet to near infrared applications.

Ocean Optics’ NanoCalc offers thin film reflectometry options for deep ultraviolet to near infrared applications.

NanoCalc systems are available for a range of wavelength, sampling method and optical layer thickness requirements (from 1.0 nm to 250 µm). Users can select among four standard models between ~200-1700 nm and combine them with software, reflection probes, optical fibers and various accessories. For applications in the Visible (400-850 nm) or UV-Visible (250-1050 nm), users have the added convenience of selecting preconfigured systems comprising the NanoCalc, a reflection probe and sampling stage, a calibrated Si-SiO2 5-step reference wafer and software that analyzes up to 10 optical layers.

For more demanding applications, NanoCalc systems are available with an extensive range of add-on software, optical fibers and metrology accessories such as mapping stages and adapters for microscopes and micro-spot focusing objectives.

NanoCalc systems are especially useful for applications such as transmission and reflection measurements of anti-reflective and hardness coatings, amorphous silicon on solar panels, OLED displays, determination of photoresist layers for photomasks and testing the optical properties of optical coatings.

Custom NanoCalc systems are also available, offering additional user control for in situ, multipoint or vacuum measurements. Users have flexibility in their choice of fiber assemblies or reflection probes. Also, users can control NanoCalc functions from other software or operate mapping stages with software add-ons including remote, online, mapping and multi-layer options.

To learn more about the NanoCalc system options, visit www.oceanoptics.com/products/nanocalc.asp.

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Ocean Optics QE65 Pro Scientific Grade Spectrometer

High sensitivity ideal for fluorescence, Raman, DNA and low light levels
Dunedin, FL (June 6, 2012) – Ocean Optics’ (www.oceanoptics.com) latest scientific-grade modular spectrometer, the QE65 Pro, brings enhanced sensitivity and low stray light capabilities to deliver optimal performance in fluorescence, Raman and DNA sequencing spectroscopy.

The QE65 Pro can be customized for accuracy in fluorescence, Raman, DNA sequencing and low light level spectroscopy.

The QE65 Pro can be customized for accuracy in fluorescence, Raman, DNA sequencing and low light level spectroscopy.

The QE65 Pro’s new optical bench components more efficiently manipulate light for greater throughput and higher sensitivity. A thermally robust design promotes spectrometer wavelength stability over a wide temperature range. Its ultralow jitter triggering synchronizes timing accurately with other devices.

An extensive range of new gratings have been selected for the QE65 Pro to optimize wavelength range and stray light performance characteristics. To further tailor the instrument to application needs, replaceable slits can be reconfigured by the user in the field. By simply changing the slit, users can more precisely balance optical resolution and throughput needs to achieve highly accurate results with a single multipurpose instrument.

The Hamamatsu FFT-CCD back thinned detector that forms the core of the instrument is distinguished by high quantum efficiency (90% maximum) and low etalon characteristics. Its design significantly improves signal-to-noise ratio (>1000:1) and signal processing speed. The QE65 Pro is capable of low light level detection and long integration times–from 8 milliseconds to 15 minutes, with virtually no spectral distortion.

To learn more about the new QE65 Pro, visit www.qe65pro.com.

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Ocean Optics Jaz Expands Application Base with Adjustable Laser Pointer

Jaz ALP accessory enables precisely targeted spot irradiance measurements
Dunedin, FL (April 30, 2012) – Ocean Optics has added a new accessory option for its Jaz modular sensing system, enhancing performance in standoff light measurement applications. The Jaz Adjustable Laser Pointer is a convenient tool for making accurate spot measurements of large-area projection screens, flat panel displays, media walls and other samples where precise focus within large areas of light emission are necessary.

The Jaz Adjustable Laser Pointer enhances performance in standoff light measurement applications.

The Jaz Adjustable Laser Pointer enhances performance in standoff light measurement applications.

The Jaz ALP focuses the Jaz’s collection optics to a precise spot within the sample being measured. The addition of the ALP module to the Jaz stack, along with a separately available Gershun Tube Kit, controls the field of view of the spectrometer from 1° to 28°. A low-power laser pointer pinpoints the sampling area from a distance of 2-14 m as factory calibrated. Greater distances may be achieved with readjustment. Four Torx adjustment screws allow vertical and horizontal control of the laser beam direction. The Jaz-ALP is powered separately from three AAA batteries and includes a power switch with red LED ‘on’ indicator.

The Jaz modular sensing platform is a family of stackable components that share common electronics and communications. Its CCD-array miniature spectrometer can be optimized for a variety of measurements by choosing grating and slit options. A powerful onboard microprocessor with built in display eliminates the need for a PC. Its mix and match accessories, including additional spectrometer channels, battery packs, Ethernet connectivity, software packages, light sources and now the ALP, make the Jaz highly customizable to the unique challenges of virtually any measurement application.

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