Additional information from the UV-visible section of the Pittcon Review article.
Manufacturer: EssentOptics Ltd
Product name: PHOTON RT
New this year: Expanded spectral range to 190-4000 nm, new feature: average polarization measurement, redesigned interface.
Features: designed specifically to run wide range of optical measurements of thin film coatings – transmittance, reflectance, polarizationdependent measurements in wide angular and spectral range. Average polarization (S+P)/2, optical density 0-4D, etc. All measurements are done automatically and without any additional external fixtures or accessories.
Used for: Lab, Process analysis
Measurement Mode: Transmittance, Reflectance, Angular dependent measurements, Polarization dependent measurements, Optical density, Integral values
Suggested applications: Optical measurement of parts with coatings – all types of optical filters, mirrors, AR coatings, cube polarizers etc in UV, VIS and NIR range (190-4000 nm)
Primary benefits: easy and convenient way to measure optics with coatings, focused specifically on optics.
Unique features: All measurement features are built-in, designed just for optics so it does not have any extra elements: neither in design nor software.
Manufacturer: Filmetrics, Inc.
Product name: aRTie
Reflectometer/Transmitometer, thin-film measurement
New this year: Brand New: Simplest Spectral Reflectance/Transmittance System Available,
Used for: Lab, Process, Hand-held/portable analyzer
Dimensions: 191 mm x 191 mm x 115 mm
Measurement Mode: reflectance/transmittance
Special Features: USB Powered , 40k-Hr Light Source, On-Board Wavelength Calibration, 380-1050nm Wavelength Range, 200-1700nm Versions Available, looks pretty cool.
Software: FILMeasure7. Available as separate product, May be used in other equipment, Compatible with other manufacturers' equipment
Suggested applications: Thin-film measurement.
Primary benefits: Simple, inexpensive, fast, accurate in both wavelength and reflectance/transmittance.
Manufacturer: HORIBA Scientific
Product name: Dual-FL
New this year: The new Dual-FL is the world's fastest spectrofluorometer, and simultaneously measure both absorbance spectra and fluorescence spectra.
Used for: Lab, Process analysis
Measurement Mode: Fluorescence, transmission/absorption
Special Features: Simultaneous fluorescence and absorbance channels,
Back-illuminated CCD detector, excitation-emission Matrices (EEMs) are acquired up to 100 times faster than with other instruments.
Software: Available as separate product, 21CFR11 compliant, cGMP compliant, May be used in other equipment, Compatible with other manufacturers' equipment.
Suggested applications: Rapid multiple compound analysis, Continuous real-time reaction monitoring, Rapid method development
Primary benefits: Built-in UV/VIS allows analysis of samples with orders of magnitude variation due to inner-filter effect correction, can use as a stand-alone UV/VIS
Unique features worthy of mention: Only CCD-based benchtop fluorometer, UV/VIS absorbance detection path, Double grating excitation monochromator, High power 150W Xe lamp, Complete NIST-traceable corrected fluorescence spectra. Methods and batch protocols for automating multiple samples measurement available.
Manufacturer: Laxco, Inc.
Product name: Alpha Series
New this year: Expanded product line in DSMs
Dimensions: DSM – 7.5 x 6.75 x 3.25 inches (L x W x H)
Accessories available: Complete line of sample accessories for the Alpha Series of spectrophotometer
Measurement Mode: transmission
Specialty accessory description: Single Cuvette holder
Special Features: DSM – Battery Powered
Software: Application Software, DSM
Suggested applications: Cell research, water quality, materials testing, basic research, chemical analysis, processing testing
Primary benefits: Durable, High Value, Reliable, Easy to Use, Multiple Language Support
Unique features: Chamber of Alpha Series supports most 3rd party accessories
Manufacturer: Tornado Spectral Systems
Product name: OCTANE
Optical Coherence Tomography Advanced Nanophotonic Engine
New this year: First nanophotonic spectrometer system for OCT. Equivalent free-space optical performance in a low-cost, scalable, ultra-stable package
Used for: Process analysis
Special Features: Equivalent free-space optical performance in a low-cost, scalable, ultra-stable package
Suggested applications: Ophthalmic OCT and NDT
Primary benefits: small size, low cost