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Posted: September 23, 2009
Ocean Optics' NIRQuest Packs NIR Sensing Power in Small Footprint
(Nanowerk News) A high-performance optical bench, low-noise electronics and various wavelength range options make the NIRQuest Spectrometer from Ocean Optics versatile enough for NIR applications ranging from moisture detection and chemical analysis to high-resolution laser and optical fiber characterization. This robust, plug-and-play spectrometer is available in versions for 900-1700 nm, 900-2050 nm and 900-2500 nm coverage.
NIRQuest uses a high-performance Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs)-array detector in a compact optical bench with thermoelectric cooler and low-noise electronics. A high gain mode option improves system sensitivity for low light-level and low-concentration measurements. In addition, integration times as rapid as 1 ms are possible.
NIRQuest’s modular design and new grating options deliver more customization for a wider variety of applications: moisture analysis in grains and cereals; chemical analysis of blood and tissue; bacterial detection in food and beverage production; nitrogen content monitoring of plants and soils; and chemical composition of pharmaceuticals. A special grating option and external triggering are useful tools for high-resolution (to 0.25 nm FWHM) laser characterization. NIRQuest Spectrometers are also available for integration into OEM devices.
The NIRQuest uses SpectraSuite Spectrometer Operating Software – a modular, Java-based spectroscopy platform that operates in Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems. Plus, NIRQuest can be bundled with the Remora Network Adapter from Ocean Optics to turn the system into a multi-user spectral data server over Ethernet or your existing Wi-Fi connection.
Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics is a leading supplier of solutions for optical sensing - fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in Asia and Europe, the company has sold more than 120,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies including chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, metrology products and optics. The company is part of the Halma group of safety and detection companies.