Plastics recycling

Rapid Plastic ID with Extended Range Raman

Plastics recycling

Raman spectroscopy beyond the fingerprint region proves ideal for polymer identification in high throughput sorting of plastics, discriminating within families & signaling the presence of additives.

Saffron Quality: The price of authenticity

UV-VIS absorbance guarantees freshness, flavor Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, commanding $20 for a single gram of premium grade Kashmiri or Spanish saffron, and easily $5000/kg in bulk. These precious deep red threads lend dishes a subtle but luxurious fragrance, flavor, and bright golden color. The […]

Authentication of Pisco

From origin to alcohol content with Raman spectroscopy Validating authenticity, purity, alcohol content, and safety are common problems in the lucrative alcoholic beverage market, particularly when pricing is dependent on origin, variety, or alcohol content. The industry relies heavily on expert tasters and time-consuming analytical laboratory testing to combat substitution […]

VPH Gratings: Flexibility in Design

Wasatch Photonics VPH gratings offer optical and instrument designers a tremendous amount of flexibility to optimize performance for a specific application. In this tech note, we’ll discuss the benefits of the various standard and patented grating design technologies at our disposal, and the general grating parameters we can control to meet your specific needs.

Tech Note: Long-range imaging – 800 nm OCT goes ultra-deep

  OCT imaging has traditionally required the use of longer wavelengths to probe depths greater than a few millimeters in a single scan, bringing with it the higher cost associated with NIR detectors. Not to be deterred, we have developed a patent-pending optical spectrometer design that allows us to achieve […]

Authentication of Turmeric with UV-VIS

Spices such as turmeric are one of the most commonly adulterated foods. Their high value makes even a small dilution with fillers financially worthwhile, and when sold in ground form, easy to disguise. Spectroscopy offers the potential to provide testing of spices in the field at reasonable cost, reducing the […]

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Extending Raman’s Reach

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A step change in performance for portable Raman Raman has come into its own over the last decade, making the leap from lab to industry and the field with handheld and field-portable analysis systems. As with many technologies, however, the reduction in size has often meant a compromise in performance […]

1064 nm Raman measurements of coconut oil for WP-1064-C vs f/4 crossed Czerny-Turner spectrometer, same integration time

Tech Note: Why Wasatch for NIR

1064 nm Raman measurements of coconut oil for WP-1064-C vs f/4 crossed Czerny-Turner spectrometer, same integration time

The greatest challenge in compact NIR spectroscopy is collecting enough signal to achieve adequate SNR (signal to noise ratio). With many spectrometers on the market, it’s hard to know which has the performance needed. Here, we benchmark the superior sensitivity, data quality, and reliability of our NIR spectrometers.   InGaAs […]

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Optimizing OCT Spectrometer Performance

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Key design factors & buy vs. build performance Ask anyone in optics how a spectrometer works and they can tell you – it separates a beam of light into its constituent colors or wavelengths for qualitative or quantitative analysis of the incoming light’s spectral composition. Spectrometers are widely used for […]