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Home > Spectroscopy on the Go

Spectroscopy on the Go

Taking the Measurement to the Sample isn’t Always Pretty

Once you liberate the spectrometer from the lab, your imagination and resourcefulness takes you to new places. With miniature, modular spectrometers from Ocean Optics, the idea of taking the measurement to the sample is familiar, convenient and inspiring.


With those thoughts in mind, here’s a mini-gallery of images showing the ingenuity of our customers as they take the spectrometer where the science leads them – no matter what the obstacles. We invite you to learn more about these and other spectroscopy applications from researchers and developers across various industries and disciplines.

spectroscopy on an ATV

All-terrain vehicles are great at navigating dry lakebeds, where an NIR spectrometer helps to analyze the long-term effects of drought. The spectrometer sits inside a Pelican case attached to the hood of the ATV.

spectroscopy from a car

Sometimes, the best vantage point for monitoring emission from active volcanoes is from a car ready to depart at a moment’s notice. In this case, the driver’s headrest doubles as a surface for mounting the spectrometer.

spectroscopy underwater

Spectral measurements of coral samples offer great insight into coral reef health. A customized, water-tight enclosure for the spectrometer is highly advisable.

spectroscopy on a volcano

If you skip the safety of your car to measure volcanic emissions, improvisational skills may be necessary. An old bicycle helmet, duct tape and trusty backpack seem to do the trick at Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua.