Spectroscopy-07-01-2011

Spectroscopy

SFW Capital Partners Purchase Spectro Inc.

July 28, 2011

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SFW Capital Partners, of Rye, New York, a private equity firm that invests in mid-sized companies providing analytical tools and related services, has purchased Spectro, Inc., of Littleton, Massachusetts, a provider of spectrometers and software for machine condition monitoring and preventative maintenance.

X-ray Analysis Goes to Mars

July 20, 2011

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This November, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will be launched on a mission to Mars that will deploy a new rover, called "Curiosity." Curiosity will include several analytical instruments, including "CheMin," which uses X-ray diffraction (XRD) and also has limited X-ray fluorescence (XRF) capabilities.

Synchrotron Radiation-Based XRF Reveals the Secrets of Famous Paintings

July 20, 2011

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Koen Janssens, professor of chemistry at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), uses synchrotron radiation-based X-ray fluorescence (XRF) to analyze historic works of art. In a recent study, he used various spectroscopic techniques, including several X-ray methods, to reveal the process by which the yellow paint in some of Vincent Van Gogh?s paintings darkened over time.

Laser World of Photonics Lures Leading Lights from Industry and Research

July 08, 2011

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Visitors from 80 countries gathered in Munich, Germany, on May 23-26 to attend the Laser World of Photonics conference. Because optical technologies are considered emerging technologies, the event focused on "Lasers and Laser Systems for Production Engineering," "Green Photonics," and "Biophotonics and Life Sciences."

Two New Chemical Elements Recognized

July 08, 2011

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Chemistry's periodic table has two new man-made elements. Atomic numbers 114 and 116, for now unnamed elements, have been recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), which credited a Russia-United States collaboration with their discovery.

Mass Spectrometry for First Responders

July 01, 2011

Mass Spectrometry Forum

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Mass spectrometry is now among the tools used by first responders to identify potential threats, but there are challenges involved, including interpreting results and ensuring data relevance.

Vol 26 No 7 Spectroscopy July 2011 Regular Issue PDF

July 01, 2011

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Click the title above to open the Spectroscopy July 2011 regular issue, Vol 26 No 7, in an interactive PDF format.