• Ocean Insight release new Calibration Sources

    Ocean Insight release new Calibration Sources

    Ocean Insight spectrometer wavelength calibration sources are now available in configurations that span the UV to the NIR, with more convenient battery options, remote on/off, and LED indicators for battery charge and lamp activation.

    The newer wavelength calibration source series (-2 models) includes mercury-argon (253-1700 nm), krypton (427-893 nm), neon (540-754 nm), argon (696-1704 nm) and xenon (986-1984 nm) gas-discharge emission sources.

    With more emission lines to utilize, maintaining optimum spectrometer performance – for example, correcting for spectrometer baseline drift and related phenomena inherent to all spectrometers — is simpler to achieve.

  • Ocean Insight: Analyzing Lavender Oil from Flower to Fluid

    Ocean Insight: Analyzing Lavender Oil from Flower to Fluid

    by Carly Burleson, Applications Engineer, and Joseph Bonvallet, Applications Engineer, Ocean Insight

    The focus of this application note is the detection of adulteration in lavender essential oil using an attenuated total reflection infrared spectrometer, the Ocean Insight Ocean MZ5. Lavender oil is one of the best-selling oils and most adulterated [2]. The Ocean MZ5 focuses on a portion (1818-909 cm-1) of the fingerprint region (~1500-500 cm-1), which gives a unique spectrum for each compound [3]. Combining this region with the use of chemometrics, a powerful tool utilizing multivariate statistical analyses and data transformations, provides even greater analysis capabilities. It was determined that the limit of detection (LOD) of lavender in sweet almond oil is 6.74% and the LOD of sweet almond oil in lavender is 7.66%.

  • Ocean Insight: Ever Wonder What Goes on Inside a Spectrometer?

    It’s a good question, and the complete answer can escape even the most seasoned researcher. The photons used in spectroscopy encounter many components and undergo a variety of processes before registering as a spectrum. What exactly happens to these photons once they enter the optical bench? Let’s look at their journey inside a spectrometer.

    Learn more about the spectrometer featured in this animation, the Ocean Insight QE Pro High Performance Spectrometer.

  • Ocean Insight: 50% Discount on PixelCam Multispectral Cameras

    Ocean Insight: 50% Discount on PixelCam Multispectral Cameras

    From now through March 31, 2018, purchasea 4-channel RGB-NIR PixelCam Multispectral Camera from Ocean Insight and receive a 50% discount on standard pricing! That’s incredible value for a multispectral camera with frame rate, size, weight and power consumption comparable to monochrome cameras.

  • Ocean Insight Develops Mid-IR Sensing Capabilities in Partnership with Pyreos

    Ocean Insight Develops Mid-IR Sensing Capabilities in Partnership with Pyreos

    Ocean Insight has expanded its spectroscopy capabilities by partnering with Pyreos Limited (Edinburgh, Scotland) to develop new mid-IR solutions. Unlike traditional FT-IR spectrometers, the unique combination of Pyreos’ detectors and Ocean Insight applied spectroscopy knowledge will enable businesses and researchers to create rapid, accurate and field-portable devices. MIR technology makes possible a wealth of potential applications in chemical and pharmaceutical quality, food and agriculture analysis, environmental testing, and scientific research.

    Ocean Insight has extensive applications and OEM development experience across the UV, Visible and NIR ranges, while Pyreos is the world’s only supplier of thin film PZT pyroelectric sensors. These are used for MIR sensing including in-line arrays. The partnership combines Ocean Insight spectrometer design and manufacturing expertise with the Pyreos line array technology. Ocean and Pyreos are working on an ultra-fast, compact Mid-IR ATR reflectance system for labs that will set a new benchmark for size and value in the research and science market. This is expected in the first half of 2018.

  • Ocean Insight: Save a Bundle on Spectroscopy Systems

    Ocean Insight: Save a Bundle on Spectroscopy Systems

    Ocean Insight have packaged their spectrometers, accessories and software in convenient bundles to meet your most frequent measurement needs. Choose from standard and discounted options for absorbance, fluorescence, diffuse reflectance and plasma measurements. Reap the benefits of these application-ready setups and the option to select higher-value systems available at a great discount!

  • Ocean Insight Wave Illumination is Accurate, Easy and Connected

    Wave Illumination by Ocean Insight provides solutions for measuring the complex lit environment. WaveGo is ideal for applications that require a simple, yet highly accurate result when characterizing light sources. The app calculates all the essential metrics for quantifying light, with more features on the way.

    This solution harnesses the technology used for scientific analysis, along with the power of your smartphone, to deliver an accurate and intuitive solution for light measurement on the go. Learn more at https://waveillumination.com/

  • Ocean Insight: Advantages of Optical Oxygen Sensors

    In this video, learn how optical oxygen sensing technology from Ocean Insight is faster, more versatile and easier to use than traditional oxygen sensing instrumentation.

  • Ocean Insight: Spectral Analysis of the Total Solar Eclipse

    Ocean Insight: Spectral Analysis of the Total Solar Eclipse

    Figure 1. The solar eclipse as viewed from Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo: Jeremy Sharp

    Monitoring Irradiance using an STS-UV-RAD Spectrometer

    A hundred years is a long time to wait for the chance to see a total solar eclipse. On August 21, 2017, with a rare eclipse tracing a path across the country from west to east, the U.S.A finally had their chance.

    For those who weren’t in the 60-70-mile “path of totality,” they could travel to the closest region of totality or experience partial eclipses from 75%-90% coverage (Figure 1). More than 300 million people in North America had a chance to view the eclipse according to NASA. The continent was gripped with eclipse mania in anticipation of such an epic, once-in-a-lifetime event.

  • Ocean Insight Ocean FX Fast Spectrometer captures up to 4,500 images per second

     

    In this video, we simulate a process environment to demonstrate the rapid scan rate of the Ocean FX spectrometer. With onboard processing and Ethernet communications, Ocean FX is ideal for at-line and in-line color measurements, high-speed plastics recycling and more

    The Ocean InsightOcean FX is a versatile spectrometer with acquisition speed up to 4,500 scans per second, onboard processing for improved SNR and reduced data transfer time, and robust communications via USB, SPI, Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Ocean FX is an excellent choice for high-speed process applications, measurement of fast events, and reaction monitoring. 

  • Recent Changes to Ocean Insight Light Sources

    Recent Changes to Ocean Insight Light Sources

    Updated Product Line Provides Great Value 

    Ocean Insight are pleased to announceupdates to their line of light sources and radiometrically calibrated lamps that will simplify product selection process, deliver more features at comparable pricing, and ensure greater accuracy in calibrations.

    Details on changes affecting the DH- and HL- series radiometrically calibrated light sources and on improvements to calibration processes are available here.

  • Ocean Insight Applications Note: Measuring Respiration of Deep Sea Snails

    Ocean Insight Applications Note: Measuring Respiration of Deep Sea Snails

    The Gastropods that Breathe Black Smoke

    Deep-sea hydrothermal vents are home to some of the most interesting species in the world, ones that are uniquely adapted to the dark, hot, mineral-rich waters. These self-contained ecosystems have given rise to many gastropods and bivalves of interest to evolutionary biologists like Dr. Julia Sigwart, who has made it her mission to understand how species respond and adapt to environmental perturbations in order that we may better understand and protect them. Dr. Sigwart uses Ocean Insight oxygen probes to measure the metabolic rates of mollusks as a cue to understanding their basic physiology.

  • New improvements to the Ocean Insight NIRQuest: A Small-footprint Spectrometer for Near-Infrared Measurements

    New improvements to the Ocean Insight NIRQuest: A Small-footprint Spectrometer for Near-Infrared Measurements

    The Ocean Insight NIRQuest is a versatile NIR spectrometer for applications ranging from moisture detection and chemical analysis to high-resolution laser and optical fiber characterization. NIRQuest spectrometers cover the wavelength range from 900-2500 nm. This year 2016 Coean Optics have refreshed the NIRQuest with a new replaceable slit design, and an optional internal shutter.

  • Ocean Insight and Land Rover Take on the “Trail by Fire”

    The “Trail by Fire” project, funded by the 2015 bursary from Land Rover and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is an ambitious scientific expedition which will attempt to quantify the total amount of volatiles released by volcanoes along the Nazca subduction zone. Land Rover have turned a Defender 110 into the world’s first 4×4 volcano observatory, able to reach and measure active volcanoes never studied before.

    Ocean Insightis proud to be a part of this expedition with Flame spectrometers measuring volcanic emissions on this journey of discovery.

  • Ocean Insight Compact Spark Spectral Sensor Measures Vis-NIR Absorbance of Hemoglobin and More

    Ocean Insight Compact Spark Spectral Sensor Measures Vis-NIR Absorbance of Hemoglobin and More

    Small-footprint Absorbance System for Characterizing Heme Proteins

    Heme proteins play many vital roles in mammal physiology, including the storage and transport of oxygen and the transport of electrons in the mitochondria, where the high-energy molecule ATP (adenosine trisphosphate) is synthesized. The presence of the heme prosthetic group in these proteins gives rise to UV-Vis absorbance spectra that vary with the state of the heme group. In this application note, we focus on the visible response of the heme group using the compact Ocean InsightSpark spectral sensor to measure absorbance spectra for the heme proteins hemoglobin, myoglobin and cytochrome c.

  • Measuring Beer Colour with Ocean Insight OceanView

    Measuring Beer Colour with Ocean Insight OceanView

    OceanView is the flagship software program for use with Ocean Insight spectrometers. 

    Beer is one of the most popular beverages in the world, with global consumption in the billions of gallons per year. This great thirst for beer is quenched by an endless array of varieties characterized by their color, alcohol content and bitterness. The most common measurements brewers use to specify beer color, which is determined by the malt used to brew the beer, are the Standard Reference Method (SRM) and European Brewery Convention (EBC).

  • Ocean Insight: QE Pro Internal Shutter Adds Convenience

    Ocean Insight: QE Pro Internal Shutter Adds Convenience

    The high-sensitivity Ocean Insight QE Prospectrometer is now available with an internal shutter for more effectively managing dark measurements in experiment setups. The shutter is useful for applications where light intensities change, requiring users to dynamically adjust integration times and renormalize the spectrometer.

    The QE Pro internal shutter removes the need for an external shutter, which improves signal throughput in the setup and allows for shorter integration times for an equivalent level of signal (see Case Study below).

  • Ocean Insight Maya2000 Pro Spectrometer extends to Deep UV

    Ocean Insight Maya2000 Pro Spectrometer extends to Deep UV

    Spectral measurements to 153 nm can be achieved easily and economically with the high-sensitivity Ocean Insight Maya2000 Pro with Extra-Deep-UV Option. Nitrogen purging of the spectrometer helps to mitigate water and oxygen absorption in the vacuum ultraviolet. A variety of materials have spectral signatures in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectral region, typically described as the region from 10 nm-200 nm1, 2. VUV spectroscopy is useful for applications ranging from biomedicine to semiconductor testing. Because the spectral response of standard silicon charge-coupled device (CCD) detectors drops off rapidly at wavelengths as long as 400 nm, and because oxygen and water absorb in the VUV spectral band, maintaining sufficient signal outside a vacuum is not possible. Designing vacuum-compatible spectrometers to address these issues can be difficult and expensive. As a result, most commercially available VUV spectrometers require custom configuration and are too expensive and unwieldy for many common applications.