Since spectroscopy is used for numerous applications, we have defined our products in different lines, as seen below. We offer instruments with a small form factor to integrate into other devices in the CompactLine: high-sensitivity instruments for more demanding applications in the SensLine and spectrometers especially configured for the near-infrared range in our NIRLine. The StarLine spectrometers are our most versatile instruments for general spectroscopy applications.

What is spectroscopy?

Optical spectroscopy is a technique for measuring light intensity in the ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared, and infrared wavelength ranges. It studies the absorption and emission of light and other radiation by matter. It also examines interactions between particles such as electrons, protons, and ions. Spectroscopic measurements are used in many applications, such as color measurements, concentration determination of chemical components, or electromagnetic radiation analyses.

What is a spectrometer?

A spectrometer is an instrument used to measure a physical characteristic’s variation over a given range. There are different types of spectrometers. The most common are mass spectrometers, NMR spectrometers, and optical spectrometers. 

To find out what spectroscopy is all about, visit the theoretical background of spectrometers, where you can read everything about spectrometers and how spectroscopy works.

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What does a spectrometer measure? 

Spectrometers measure the frequency emitted by the substance being analyzed. To further understand this, it is good to know the spectroscopy method. This means that we can define spectrometry as quantifying the amount of energy absorbed by matter and the light it creates in the process. Each substance will either transmit or absorb light. The frequency by which the substance does this identifies what substance it is.

How does a spectrometer work?

There are many different types of spectrometers. The kind of spectrometer depends on the needed measurement technique for your application. Avantes specializes in high-end fiber-optic spectroscopy systems which facilitate measurements in the ultra-violet, visible, and near-infrared wavelengths. Want to know more about how a spectrometer works? Read more info about the theoretical background of spectrometers.

What is a spectrometer used for?

Spectroscopic techniques have been applied in virtually all science and technology technical fields. For example, spectroscopy is used in chemistry to measure a great variety of chemical reactions and to understand how these reactions take place. Spectrometers are well-used within the scientific community. For example, within the study of the interactions between particles such as electrons, protons, and ions, as well as their interaction with other particles as a function of their collision energy. Another field where spectroscopy is widely used is within the biomedical industry. A known medical technique is called magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to visualize the body’s internal soft tissue with unprecedented resolution. 

What is the function of a spectrometer?

Avantes operates in various industries; from (bio)medical and agriculture to semiconductor and consumer electronics. Our instruments are found in world-class research laboratories, are embedded in devices, or play a crucial part in quality control during production.

Explore our applications and learn more about the function of a spectrometer in different industries.

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