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Home > News & Events > Color Measurements, Miniature Raman Spectrometer at Photonics West 2017

Color Measurements, Miniature Raman Spectrometer at Photonics West 2017

Ocean Optics Poster, Presentation and More Featured at Photonics Industry’s Largest Event

Ocean Optics is pleased to announce its participation in several BiOS/Photonics West 2017 technical events. Here’s a chronological summary:


28-29 January 2017
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (PST)
San Francisco, Calif.
Booth 8809


Photonics West
31 January-2 February 2017
10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (last day)
San Francisco, Calif.
Booth 1017


Notable Events

Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award Ceremony
Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications XII
30 January 2017
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Location: Moscone Convention Center, Room 3005 (West Level 3)
The Ocean Optics Young Investigator Awards are given for the best contributed papers presented by a leading author who is either a graduate student or has graduated within fewer than five years of the paper submission date. Cash prizes are awarded to the Young Investigator winner and runner-up, with equipment grants to the laboratories where the work was performed. Ocean Optics has sponsored the Young Investigator Award since 2005 and has long supported young scientists and researchers from around the world through sponsorships, grant programs and partnership.


2015 Osinski-Heuer-Jungemann

2015 winner Amelie Heuer-Jungemann (University of Southampton, UK) with conference co-chair Marek Osinski (University of New Mexico).

2016 Mattoussi-Parak-Wang

At far right, 2016 winner Wentao Wang (Florida State University) with colleague Hedi Mattoussi (Florida State University) and conference co-chair Wolfgang Parak (Philipps-Universität Marburg).


Poster Presentation
Title: A spectroscopic method of using CIE 1931 color space to determine color of petroleum products using LEDs

Author(s): John Rodriguez, Matt Comstock, Bryan Auz, Ty Olmstead

1 February 2017 • 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Part of SPIE OPTO

Paper 10110-60



Traditionally, color characterization of petroleum products has been performed with a method dependent upon a colorimeter to determine values in the industry standard ASTM Saybolt Color scale (D156) and ASTM Color scale (D1500). A spectroscopic approach to this characterization using CIELab color analysis techniques enables a high degree of accuracy, repeatability, and reliability in petroleum color characterizations. LED illumination ranging from 380 nm to 780 nm is used to exclusively target the color analysis range while eliminating extraneous wavelengths for this measurement.


Learn more about color measurements.


Title:  Miniature Raman spectroscopy utilizing stabilized diode lasers and 2D CMOS detector arrays 

Author(s): Bryan Auz, Ty Olmstead, Matthew Comstock, John Rodriguez

2 February 2017 • 4:40 – 5:00 PM | Part of SPIE OPTO

Paper 10110-44


Miniaturization of Raman spectrophotometers is of interest to many industries around the world. Traditionally, Raman spectroscopic analytical techniques were relegated to the laboratory with large benchtop systems. This paper focuses on the component selection, system setup, and test results of a miniature Raman spectrophotometer with excitation wavelengths at 638 nm and 785 nm. Temperature and wavelength stabilized diode lasers are used in conjunction with a 2D CMOS detector array and other optical components to create a mini Raman spectrophotometer. This miniaturization allows this prominent technique the ability to be taken to the sample in the field rather than bringing the sample into the laboratory for analysis.


Learn more about Raman spectroscopy.