Minimizing Trade-Offs Between Spectral Smoothing And Resolution
Minimizing Trade-Offs Between Spectral Smoothing And Resolution Boxcar smoothing is a convenient way to smooth out noise in a spectrum, enabling peaks of interest to be more easily viewed, defined and characterized for properties like peak intensity, center wavelength, and FWHM (full width half maximum). It is a convenient complement to spectral averaging, particularly to minimize acquisition times, but must be used judiciously to avoid impacting the spectral resolution of the data acquired.  Continue Reading...
Noise In Spectrometers: Part 2
Noise In Spectrometers: Part 2 Noise is an undesirable signal that is completely lacking in information or structure, and potentially takes away from the desired signal’s quality and accuracy. Part one of this two-part series discussed the sources of noise from a spectrometer and its experimental methods. This second part of the series takes the information gleaned in part one and uses it to measure low concentrations of sports drinks in a pool, develop a calibration...  Continue Reading...
Noise In Spectrometers: Part 1
Noise In Spectrometers: Part 1 This application note is the first part in a series discussing the noise within spectroscopy systems used for ordinary applications, such as making sure the pool is clean after a large family gathering.  Continue Reading...
CCD Cameras And Imaging Spectrographs Facilitate Acquisition Of Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy Data Characterizing surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) biosensors, or fluorescent dye molecules for in vivo bioanalyte detection, can be difficult due to the overwhelming isoenergetic fluorescence signal that makes it challenging to measure resonance Raman cross-sections for molecules. As a solution, etalon-based femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) has been used to acquire a stimulated Raman signal without strong fluorescence or...  Continue Reading...
Medical Research With FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras
Medical Research With FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras Tissue autofluorescence spectroscopy, or the measurement of intrinsic light emissions from biological agents upon excitation, is utilized in a variety of biomedical research for differentiating between diseased and normal tissues. Researchers interested in the correlation between temperature and tissue autofluorescence spectroscopy during surgery are finding their answers with the help of thermal imaging. FLIR offers a scientific camera with the ...  Continue Reading...
NIR Spectroscopy Unbound
NIR Spectroscopy Unbound Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy covers the wavelength space between ultraviolet-visible and infrared absorbance. With enormous potential for a variety of applications, NIR spectroscopy is much more accessible due to the availability of compact, high-value NIR spectrometers. This application note provides a brief introduction to NIR spectroscopy, and introduces the breakthrough Flame-NIR spectrometer from Ocean Optics for handheld and portable...  Continue Reading...
NIR Spectroscopy Aids In The Diagnosis Of Neonatal Brain Injury An extensive set of spectroscopy-based methods have been developed over the past few years in order to facilitate more rapid and accurate detection and diagnosis of disease and injury. A British research group has recently designed and tested an NIRS system to assist in the diagnosis of neonatal brain injury. This new system measures the changes in tissue oxygenation and hemodynamics by estimating the changes in hemoglobin concentration. This...  Continue Reading...
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Transportable Mass Spectrometers Transportable Mass Spectrometers

BaySpec presents two new transportable mass spectrometers (MS) ideally suited for a variety of bulk or trace detection applications involving counter-terrorism, drug analysis, forensics, biomedical, environmental, industrial, and military, police, and homeland security. With a compact design and intuitive user software, the MS is small enough to be carried by one person and is compatible with in situ, ambient analysis techniques.

Hyperspectral Imaging Cameras: OCI™-F Series Hyperspectral Imaging Cameras: OCI™-F Series

The new OCI™-F Series from BaySpec is made up of miniature push-broom hyperspectral imaging cameras covering the VNIR (400 - 1000 nm) and SWIR (900 - 1700 nm) wavelength ranges. The ultra-compact designs, simple operation, and intuitive software make these cameras ideal for many spectroscopy applications, including remote sensing, biomedical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, and counterfeit detection.

Compact sCMOS Camera: pco.panda Compact sCMOS Camera: pco.panda

The new pco.panda is a state-of-the-art sCMOS sensor camera system designed to provide high quantum efficiency with the lowest dark noise for a number of applications, including live cell microscopy, single molecule detection, bio- and chemi-luminescence, GSDIM, PALM, STORM, SPIM, and more. It also is housed in a compact package – just 65 mm3.

X-Ray Camera Solutions X-Ray Camera Solutions

Raptor Photonics offers a series of camera platforms with either direct or indirect detection capabilities for use in X-Ray detection applications. The platforms can incorporate a variety of different sensors to enable photon detection ranging from VUV through hard X-Ray, which addresses both imaging and spectroscopy applications.

Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectral Sensor For Spectroscopy: NeoSpectra™ Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectral Sensor For Spectroscopy: NeoSpectra™

The NeoSpectra™ from Si-Ware Systems is a small, low-cost Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectral Sensor designed especially for use in quantifying, qualifying, or identifying materials in spectroscopy applications. This finely tuned sensor module is meant to create mobile devices that can instantly analyze a wide variety of materials including oil, gas, pharmaceuticals, food, and soil. By using this instrument, end-users have the ability to immediately quantify composition, determine any impurities, and define its quality within minutes and without the need for offsite lab verification.

Digital Linescan Camera: LineCAM12 Digital Linescan Camera: LineCAM12

The new LineCAM12 from Princeton Infrared Technologies is an InGaAs linescan camera designed to operate in the shortwave infrared (SWIR) and visible spectrum, from 0.4 to 1.7 µm. This camera utilizes a 1024 x 1 state of the art InGaAs linear array imager on 12.5μm pitch. It is currently available in a 250 mm tall pixel model for spectroscopy, and 12.5 mm square pixel model for machine vision applications.

PixelSensor™ Multispectral Sensor PixelSensor™ Multispectral Sensor

Multispectral photodiodes by PIXELTEQ benefit from a micro-patterned optical filter technology that shrinks spectral sensors into a 45.72 mm x 21.34 mm footprint. The new PixelSensor from PIXELTEQ is partnered with a new OEM electronics board, and offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional sensor technology. This device is designed for simple integration into customers’ analytical equipment, providing a faster time to market.

IR-Enhanced CCD Image Sensors for Raman Spectroscopy IR-Enhanced CCD Image Sensors for Raman Spectroscopy

Hamamatsu’s S11500-1007 and S11510 series are back-thinned CCDs with improved NIR sensitivity, and they are ideal as detectors in Raman Spectroscopy. Our unique technology in laser processing was used to form a MEMS structure on the back side of the CCD. This improved the CCD’s sensitivity in the NIR region, which is particularly beneficial for detecting long-wavelength Raman emissions.

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