Spectroscopy News

  1. NASA Readies World's First Spaceborne Sodium LIDAR System

    Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are developing the world's first space-based sodium LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) instrument to study the nature and dynamics of the mesosphere, the poorly understood middle layer of the Earth's atmosphere, which lies 40-100 miles above Earth’s surface and separates the planet from the vacuum of space.

  2. fNIRS-Based Wearable Allows “Locked-In” ALS Pateints To Communicate “Yes” And “No”

    Functional near infrared spectroscopic (fNIRS) imaging (pronounced f-nears) has led to a breakthrough in communication with ALS patients who are "Locked-In," meaning they are in advanced stages of the disease where the brain is conscious and functioning, but they are unable to move any muscles, including the eyes.

  3. Fiber Optics May Provide Minimally Invasive Alternative To Traditional Muscle Biopsy

    New technology may provide a minimally invasive alternative to traditional muscle biopsies, which are commonly used to diagnose patients showing symptoms of muscular disorders, diseases, or infections. 

  4. Excelitas Technologies Introduces NIR-Optimized Single Photon Counting Module

    Excelitas Technologies® recently introduced the SPCM-NIR, a Single Photon Counting Module specifically selected and performance-optimized for the near-infrared (NIR) wavelength spectrum. This NIR-spectrum enhanced device is designed to support long-range LIDAR, quantum communication and microscopy applications, as well as many others.

  5. MIT's Low-Cost Microscope Images Micron-Sized Particles

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have built a portable yet powerful microscope capable of chemically identifying individual micron-sized particles.

  6. Airborne Mapping Spectroscopy At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    NASA's Airborne Visible / Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) work comes at a time when remote imaging technologies, more and more, are helping scientists understand the global distribution and major sources of air pollution. 

  7. KATRIN Spectrometer Experiment Attempts To Measure Precise Mass Of Neutrinos

    Physicists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have switched on a 220-ton, 60 million euro ($66 million) apparatus that will attempt in the next five years to pin down the absolute mass of neutrinos – the so-called ghost particles of cosmology believed to hold vital clues to the origin and fate of the universe.

  8. Tornado Spectral Systems’ Raman Spectroscopy System Gains CE Mark

    Tornado Spectral Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of dispersive optical Raman spectrometers is pleased to announce that it has met all the legal requirements for the CE mark to its new HyperFlux PRO Plus Raman spectroscopy system, making it now available to customers in the European Economic Area.

  9. “Smart” Contact Lens Uses Optical Biosensing To Detect Glucose

    Scientists at the University of Houston (UH) have developed a new approach to glucose-sensing contact lenses by integrating an optical sensor. Though the correlation between glucose levels in tear samples and traditional blood samples is not yet established, the researchers said that their “smart” contact lens prototype demonstrates the versatility of their biosensing technology and a possible non-invasive alternative to existing glucose monitors.

  10. Ultra-Compact Pulsed 1064 Nm Laser For Hand-Held LIBS

    Cobolt AB, Swedish manufacturer of high performance DPSS lasers, is proud to introduce the Cobolt Tor™ XS, a high performance Q-switched laser at 1064nm. The Cobolt Tor™ XS is designed for OEM integration into hand-held or portable instruments targeting LIBS applications.