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Summer of Spectroscopy

Bringing the Instrument to the Sample


Researcher taking measurements of rain forest canopy

If you go to the jungle to measure the forest canopy, you bring your own scaffold. Fortunately, the spectrometer and accessories to make your measurements are a little easier to manage.

For some of us, summertime signifies a break from school, a trip to the beach, or a cool drink sipped at poolside.

If you’re a researcher with a curious mind and backpack full of modular spectrometers and accessories, summertime inspiration might point you in a different direction. So, whether you’re analyzing the UV blocking efficiency of sunscreens or identifying the origin and quality of peaches, modular spectroscopy puts you where the action is.


Summertime Spectroscopy in the Field


Researcher measuring mangrove leaves

Miniature modular spectrometers take the measurement to the sample in a way that earlier sensing technologies could not. Click on the image to watch a video!

In 2009, a group of NASA scientists spent their summer vacation climbing Mt. Everest (because that’s the type of thing our customers do in their spare time) to measure UV intensity levels using an Ocean Optics miniature spectrometer. Why choose an Ocean Optics spectrometer for an Everest expedition and other challenging field applications? Here are just a few reasons:



Underwater irradiance

Some customers have adapted Ocean Optics spectrometers for marine use by adding water-tight housings comparable to what is used for underwater cameras equipment.

  • Small-footprint setups – spectrometers like the Flame, STS and STS Developers Kit are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand or to be mounted to all-terrain vehicles or UAVs
  • Fiber optic components – spectrometers and accessories can be connected via optical fibers and probes to create application-ready systems
  • Low power requirements – with most setups, spectrometers can be powered by the laptops to which they are attached via USB cable
  • Rugged spectrometers and accessories – with no moving parts, our spectrometers are sturdy and durable; field applications have ranged from solar irradiance measurements onboard a weather balloon to underwater analysis of coral reefs
Volcanologists monitoring emissions

Volcanologists monitoring emissions appreciate the adaptability of Ocean Optics spectrometers – as well as words of encouragement from the locals.


Summertime Spectroscopy Video