Ocean Optics Spectroscopy Systems

Ocean Optics offers a full range of spectrometers and systems for thousands of UV-Vis, NIR, Raman and other applications.

Ocean Optics spectrometers have traveled inside live volcanoes, have visited outer space, have aided in medical diagnostics and are used in educational curricula throughout the world.

Whether your work is in the laboratory or classroom, in the field or on the process line, Ocean Optics has a spectrometer or system that helps you find your answer.


Torus Concave

Torus Concave Grating Spectrometers

Low Stray Light, High Throughput

torus concaveTorus is a family of aberration-corrected holographic concave diffraction grating spectrometers that delivers low stray light, high throughput and excellent thermal stability for a wide range of research and OEM applications.

Our initial Torus model is a Visible range spectrometer (360-825 nm) whose spectral range and low stray light make it especially useful for measuring color. Its high throughput and great thermal stability make it ideal for demanding applications.

Like most Ocean Optics spectrometers, Torus interfaces with a computer via the USB port and couples to our line of SMA 905-terminated optical fibers, light sources and accessories. Spectrometer operation is as simple as installing SpectraSuite
spectroscopy software and then connecting the USB cable from the spectrometer to the computer. Wavelength calibration coefficients – unique to each spectrometer – are programmed into a memory chip right on the unit and the software reads these values from the spectrometer.

Key Features

  • Concave Grating-based Spectrometer – Toroidal diffraction grating ensures low stray light and high throughput
  • Robust Performance in a Small Footprint – Ideal for applications requiring color or radiometric accuracy, low stray light and absorbance measurements up to 3.0 OD
  • Low Stray Light with Excellent Throughput – Provides viable alternative to standard miniature spectrometers for applications such as color and high-concentration absorbance measurements and precision light metrology


Dimensions: 149.9 mm x 119.4 mm x 63.5 mm
Weight: 954 g (2.1 lb)
Type: Sony ILX511B
Range: 200-1100 nm
Pixels/size: 2048
Wavelength range: 360-825 nm
Optical resolution: <1.6 nm FWHM over the spectral
Signal-to-Noise ratio: 250:1 at full signal
A/D resolution: 16 bits
Dark noise: 50 RMS counts; 300 counts peak to peak
Dynamic range: 8.5×107 (system); 1300:1 (single
Integration time: 1 ms – 65 s
Stray light: 0.015% SRPR @ 400 nm
Wavelength thermal stability: <0.025 pixels oC
Corrected linearity: >99%
Certification: CE Mark, RoHS

Typical Application

Torus is the perfect solution for a wide range of applications where low stray light, high throughput and thermal stability are necessary:

  • Absorbance of optically dense solutions
  • Precision measurement of LEDs, lasers and other light sources
  • Trace gas amounts in the atmosphere
  • Medical dosimetry in tissue and biological media
  • Fluorescence from solid surfaces and backscattering/fluorescence in solutions and powders

Stray Light Performance of Torus Spectrometer:
torus stray line performanceSample Results with Torus Spectrometer:

torus emission line performance

Available Model


  • Concave Grating Spectrometer
  • Pre-configured with 25 µm Slit

  • Concave Grating Spectrometer
  • Pre-configured with 25 µm Slit and Order-Sorting Filter

  • Concave Grating Spectrometer
  • Pre-configured with 50 µm Slit

USB Series

USB Series Spectrometers

USB2000+smOcean Optics USB-Series spectrometers are versatile performers for a wide array of applications. Although our flagship USB2000+ and USB4000 spectrometers have comparable electronics and architecture, they do have one very important difference: their linear CCD array detectors. In addition, USB2000+ and USB4000 spectrometers are available in application-ready (preconfigured for specific application types) and build-your-own (user-configured for maximum flexibility) versions.

Comparing the USB2000+ and USB4000 Spectrometers
The USB2000+ has a 2048-element Sony ILX511B detector and the USB4000 has the 3648-element Toshiba TCD1304AP detector. Both are linear silicon CCD arrays with an effective range of 200-1100 nm and are available with the same optical bench accessory options (quartz window for UV performance, order-sorting filters and so on).

USB Series Spectrometer Models at a Glance

You can configure a USB2000+ or USB4000 with gratings and optical bench accessories for a variety of applications. Or, over the next several pages, investigate one of the many application-ready USB2000+/USB4000 systems described in the table below:

Best for USB2000+ Series USB4000 Series
General User USB2000+UV-VIS
General Use with Enhanced Sensitivity USB2000+UV-VIS-ES
Extended Range (200-1025 nm) USB2000+XR1 USB4000-XR1
Extended Range
(200-1025 nm) with Enhanced Sensitivity
USB2000+XR1-ES USB4000-XR1-ES
Fluorescence No preconfigured models USB4000-FL (several excitation wavelength options)
Irradiance USB2000+RAD No preconfigured models

HR Series

HR Series Spectrometers

High Resolution Miniature Spectrometers

hr2padOur HR Series Spectrometers combine optics and electronics that are ideal for applications demanding high resolution and fast measurements. Popular for laser characterization, gas absorbance and emission line analysis, our HR Series Spectrometers are especially useful where rapid reactions need to be monitored.

We offer two HR Series models, HR2000+ and HR4000, in both application-ready (preconfigured for specific application types) and build-your-own (user-configured for maximum flexibility) versions.  Also, the HR2000+ and HR4000 have comparable electronics and architecture, but different linear CCD array detectors.

HR Optical Bench
Our HR Optical Bench is responsive from 200-1100 nm and can be configured to address your application needs through customization of gratings, mirror coatings, detector window and aperture size. Its onboard A/D converter allows you to capture and transfer up to one full spectrum into memory every millisecond when interfaced via USB to your computer.

The HR2000+ has a 2048-element Sony ILX511B detector and the HR4000 has the 3648-element Toshiba TCD1304AP detector. Both are linear silicon CCD arrays, with an effective range of 200-1100 nm, and are available with the same optical bench accessory options (quartz window for UV performance, order-sorting filters and so on). The HR2000+ has slightly better response in the UV and faster integration time; the HR4000 has an electronic shutter feature.

Onboard Microcontroller

The HR Series feature an onboard microcontroller that provides you considerable flexibility in controlling your spectrometer and accessories. Through its 30-pin connector, you can control the HR’s operating parameters and light sources, create processes and retrieve information on external objects. Ten user-programmable digital inputs/outputs allow you to interface with other equipment or a triggering device.

Plug and Play USB Operation

The HR Series Spectrometers interface easily to a PC, PLC or other embedded controller via USB 2.0 or RS-232 serial port. Data unique to your spectrometer is programmed into a memory chip inside that is read by our spectrometer operating software – enabling hot-swapping between computers.

Electronic Shutter

HR4000 Spectrometers come with an electronic shutter for control of integration time from 10 µs-3.8 ms – an especially useful option for measuring
transient events such as laser pulses.

HR Series Spectrometer Models at a Glance

You can configure an HR2000+ or HR4000 with gratings and optical bench accessories for a wide range of applications, or you can select from one of several application-ready HR2000+/HR4000s described in the table below:

Best for HR2000+ Series HR4000 Series
High resolution over extended range (200-1050 nm) HR2000+CG HR4000CG-UV-NIR
High resolution and enhanced sensitivity over extended range (200-1050 nm) HR2000+ES NA


QE65000 Spectrometer

Scientific-Grade Spectroscopy in a Small Footprint

qe6500The QE65000 Spectrometer is the most sensitive spectrometer we’ve developed. Its Hamamatsu FFT-CCD detector provides 90% quantum efficiency as well as superior signal-to-noise ratio and signal processing speed.

QE65000’s onboard programmable microcontroller puts you in command of the spectrometer and its accessories and provides 10 user-programmable digital inputs/outputs as well as a pulse generator for triggering other devices.
The QE65000’s great quantum efficiency is not its only distinguish-ing feature. Its 2D area detector lets us bin (or sum) a vertical row of pixels. That offers significant improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio (>1000:1) performance and signal processing speed of the detector compared with a linear CCD, where signals are digitally added by an external circuit.

Because the QE65000’s detector is back-thinned, it has outstanding native response in the UV. It’s an excellent option for low light-level applications such as fluorescence, Raman spectroscopy, DNA sequencing, astronomy and thin-film reflectivity. Its TE-cooled detector features low noise and low dark signal, enabling low light-level detection and long integration times from 8 ms to 15 minutes.


  • Onboard programming
  • Multiple interface and bench options
  • Quantum efficiency of 90%
  • Ideal for low light level applications

Maya2000 Pro

Maya2000 Pro Spectrometer

High Sensitivity and Deep UV Measurement

mayashot1Maya2000 Pro Spectrometers are a great choice for applications requiring high sensitivity, good UV-NIR response and wide dynamic range. Applications range from low light level fluorescence and Raman measurements to absorbance, transmission and emission analysis of solutions, solids and gases.

At the heart of each Maya2000 Pro is a back-thinned 2D FFT-CCD detector – we offer two such detector options – in a robust, configurable optical bench with low-noise electronics and low-jitter triggering capabilities. Accessory and bench options allow users to optimize systems for setups ranging from the vacuum VUV (as low 165 nm) to the VIS-NIR (especially in the region <780 nm).

Maya2000 Pro Options at a Glance

Maya2000 Pro Spectrometers are versatile. If your application demands great response at lower wavelengths – especially <300 nm – the Hamamatsu S10420 detector version is your best bet.

For better sensitivity at longer wavelengths (>780 nm), we recommend the Hamamatsu S11510 detector version. Mix and match from a variety of gratings, slits and other accessories to maximize performance.

Also, we offer an application-ready Maya system that is a good option for Raman and low light level applications where long integration times are not necessary. The Maya2000 Pro-NIR, is preconfigured with the S11510 detector, is optimized to 780-1180 nm and includes a longpass filter, 50 µm slit and gold mirrors for enhanced NIR sensitivity.

Application Criteria

Recommended Detector

Sample Applications

VUV measurements (<~190 nm)*

Hamamatsu S01420

  • Analysis of VUV emission sources
  • Determination of plasmas used in semiconductor processing

UV-Vis measurements (~190-600 nm)

Hamamatsu S01420

  • UV absorbance of plasmas and gases
  • Low light level applications
    such as fluorescence

 * For VUV applications, you will need a MAYA-DEEP-UV window for the spectrometer. Learn more about purging and other VUV setup requirements here.

Application Criteria

Recommended Detector

Sample Applications

measurements (~800-1100 nm)

Hamamatsu S11510 in modular Maya2000 Pro

  • Raman Low light level VIS-NIR experiments
  • SW-IR feasibility studies of
    various samples

Maya2000 Pro Detector Response Only

Here is spectral response data that Hamamatsu reports for its S10420 and S11510 FFT-CCD image sensors. Detector response represents just one element of spectrometer system response. System response combines the effects of all the elements of the instrument, including the optical bench design and grating choice.

Spectral Respon

Maya2000 Pro System Response Spectra

This graph shows the spectral response of Maya2000 Pro spectrometers configured with both UV-VIS (S10420) and VIS-NIR (S11510) back-thinned CCD detectors. Also, the graph includes spectral response of our USB2000+XR1, which has a front-illuminated CCD detector.

In this setup, we measured the relative output of a miniature deuterium tungsten halogen source. A trifurcated optical fiber transmitted signal to the spectrometers, which were set to different integration times to keep within scale. Also, the Maya2000 Pro with S11510 detector required attenuation at the fiber to avoid saturation.

System Respon Spectra



Maya2000 Pro

Dimensions (mm):

182 x 110 x 47


1.18 kg (2.6 lb.)



Back-thinned, 2D


Hamamatsu S10420 (best option for UV-Vis applications)

Hamamatsu S11510 (best option for Vis-NIR applications)


75% peak @ 600 nm  (S10420)

85% peak @ 700 nm (S11510)


Spectral range (detector response):

~165-1100 nm (S10420)

~400-1180 nm (S11510)

Optical resolution (FWHM):

Depends on grating groove density and slit size (multiple options available)

Signal-to-noise ratio at full signal:


Dynamic range:

15000:1 (typical)

Integration time:

7.2 ms-5 seconds

Fiber optic connector:

SMA 905 to 0.22 numerical aperture single-strand optical fiber


Power requirement:

500 mA @ +5 VDC

Trigger modes:

4 modes

Strobe functions:



USB 2.0, RS-232

Environmental Conditions


0 °C to +50 °C (operation)


0-90% non-condensing


NIRQuest Spectrometers

Near-Infrared Spectrometer for virtually anything you can imagine

niroilsNIRQuest Near-Infrared Spectrometers deliver excellent performance, accuracy and reliability. These small-footprint spectrometers cover various ranges (depending on your configuration) from 800 – 2500 nm and are ideal for demanding applications ranging from moisture detection and chemical analysis to high-resolution laser and optical fiber characterization.

Thanks to their low-noise optoelectronics and a range of grating and bench options, NIRQuest spectrometers can be customized  for demanding applications in the lab and on the line. In addition, robust triggering functions provide accurate timing and synchronization between NIRQuest and other devices.


  • Multipledetector options covering various ranges from ~800 – 2500 nm
  • Low dark noise and wide dynamic range performance
  • Wide range of grating and optical bench options to optimize your setup
  • External hardware triggering function for capturing data when an external event occurs or to trigger an event after data acquisition

NIRQuest Specifications

Each NIRQuest spectrometer model is preset with optical bench and grating options appropriate for many NIR applications. However, we also offer a full range of slit, filter and grating options to optimize your setup for higher resolution needs or other similar performance requirements.

Under the Hood
NIRQuest512 NIRQuest512-2.2 NIRQuest256-2.1 NIRQuest256-2.5
Detector: Hamamatsu G9204-512 InGaAs linear array Hamamatsu G9204-512W InGaAs linear array

Hamamatsu G9206-256 InGaAs linear array

Hamamatsu G9208-256 InGaAs linear array

Detector Range: 850-1700 nm 900-2200 nm 900-2100 nm 900-2550 nm
Useable range: 900-1700 nm 900-2200 nm 900-2050 nm 900-2500 nm
Pixels: 512 512 256 256
Pixel size: 25 µm x 500 µm 25 µm x 250 µm 50 µm x 500 µm 50 µm x 500 µm
Entrance aperture:

25 µm wide slit (standard); also, custom options (10, 50, 100 or 200 µm wide slits) or fiber (no slit)

25 µm wide slit (standard); also,  custom options (10, 50, 100 or 200 µm wide slits) or fiber (no slit)

25 µm wide slit (standard); also, custom options (50, 100 or 200 µm wide slits) or fiber (no slit) 25 µm wide slit (standard); also, custom options (50, 100 or 200 µm wide slits) or fiber (no slit)
Fiber optic connector: SMA 905 SMA 905 SMA 905 SMA 905
Grating options
Grating NIR3, 150 l/mm, 900-1700 nm Grating NIR2, 100 l/mm, 900-2050 nm Grating NIR2, 100 l/mm, 900-2050 nm Grating NIR1, 150 l/mm, 1075-2500 nm
Grating options (custom): Gratings NIR10, NIR11, NIR12, NIR13 and NIR14 Gratings NIR2, NIR3, NIR10, NIR11, NIR12 and NIR13 Gratings NIR2, NIR3, NIR10, NIR11, NIR12 and NIR13 Gratings NIR2, NIR3, NIR10, NIR11, NIR12 and NIR13
Order-sorting Filter NA NA Yes Yes
Longpass filter: OF1-RG830 longpass NIR filter (optional) OF1-RG830 longpass NIR filter (optional) OF1-RG830 longpass NIR filter (optional) OF1-RG830 longpass NIR filter (optional)
Wavelength range: 900-1700 nm w/Grating NIR3 900-2150 nm w/Grating NIR2 900-2050 nm w/Grating NIR2 900-2500 nm w/Grating NIR1
Optical resolution (FWHM): ~3.1 nm w/25 µm slit ~4.6 nm w/25 µm slit ~7.6 nm w/25 µm slit ~ 9.5 nm w/25 µm slit
Signal-to-noise ratio at full signal:

>15000:1 @ 100 ms integration

>13000:1 @ 1000 ms integration

>10000:1 @ 100 ms integration

10000:1 @ 100 ms integration 7500:1 @ 10 ms integration
A/D resolution: 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit
Dark noise:

6 RMS counts @ 100 ms

12 RMS counts @ 1000 ms

6 RMS counts @ 100 ms

12 RMS counts @ 250 ms

6 RMS counts @ 100 ms

12 RMS counts @ 250 ms

8 RMS counts @ 10 ms

2 counts RMS @ 30 ms

Dynamic range: 15 x 10^6 (system); 5000:1 for a single acquisition 15 x 10^6 (system); 1000:1 for a single acquisition 5 x 10^6 (system); 5000:1 for a single acquisition 3  x 10^5  (system); 5000:1 for a single acquisition
Integration time:
1 ms-120 seconds

1 ms-2000 ms

1 ms-2000 ms

1 ms-60 ms
Corrected linearity: >99.8% >99.8% >99.8% >99.8%
Computer interfaces:

USB 2.0 @ 480 Mbps; RS-232 (2-wire) @ 115.2 K baud


Jaz Spectrometer

The First and Most Powerful Smart Spectroscopy Suite

newjaspageJaz is like nothing you’ve ever seen before — a community of stackable, modular and autonomous components that combine to create a family of smart sensing instruments.

Jaz is unfettered by the limits of traditional optical sensing instrumentation. Its unique features and expandable platform makes it uniquely suited for field applications, remote sensing, process flow and quality assurance.

Jaz is also available with an LED module that allows you to switch out LED bulbs much more easily. Now, instead of having to replace the entire module, all that’s necessary is to replace the LED assembly – a small fixture with just three screws to manage. We offer modules and bulbs for white LEDs and for 450 nm, 590 nm and 640 nm wavelength LEDs. Consult an Applications Scientist for details.

Jaz Spectrometer Module

  • Replaceable slits take spectrometer design to a new level
  • Though the crossed Czerny-Turner optical bench design may be familiar, the rest of the bench is anything but conventional. For maximum flexibility, gratings and external slits are designed to be easily switched out by qualified users.

Jaz OLED Display Module

  • Powerful onboard microprocessors eliminate the need for a PC while the OLED display offers clear, vivid viewing.
  • The Jaz OLED module is the user interface. Its powerful microprocessor is the “director” harmonizing the interaction among the modules. The Jaz OLED module handles data processing and logging, distributed computing and user interface functions in the display.

Jaz EB Ethernet and Memory Module

  • Ethernet supplies system power, makes remote access possible and provides memory and other functions.
  • Our 100 Mb/S Ethernet connection is a “single-cable solution” that powers the system and enables remote access by any computer on the network. Communication can take place among modules that are plugged in anywhere on the World Wide Web. The module also includes an SD card slot for data storage.

Jaz MB Battery and External Memory Module

  • Rechargeable battery and data storage functions take the hassle of external power supplies and PC handling out of field work.
  • Lithium-Ion battery is rechargeable from the main board via Ethernet, USB or external power supply and allows autonomous data collection with power-conserving sleep mode for long-term measurements. This module also has two SD card slots for memory and other functions.

The Round Up

  • System power consumption is a modest ~2.5 W
  • Use Ethernet to transfer data to PC
  • Jaz is RoHS compliant
  • Jaz uses IP communications protocol; proprietary interface allows communications with stack and/or the backplane.
Under the Hood
Spectrometer Module
Detector: Sony ILX511B linear CCD array (200-1100 nm)
Grating options: 14 gratings, UV through Shortwave NIR
Slits: Choose from 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 or 200 µm widths
Optical resolution: ~0.3-10.0 nm (FWHM)
Signal to noise ratio: 250:1
Dynamic range: 1300:1
Integration time: 870 µs – 65 seconds
DPU Module
Display: 128 x 64 OLED
Keypad: Push-button functions easy to read from either orientation
Onboard computer: Embedded microprocessor with data processing capability
Ethernet Module
Ethernet: 100 Mbps, IEEE 802.3 compliant 10/100
Data storage: Single SD card slot
Battery Module
Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery life: ~8 hours before recharging (<8 hours w/UV-VIS or VIS-NIR sources in the stack)
Data storage: Two SD card slots
Light Source Modules
VIS-NIR: Tungsten Halogen
UV-VIS: Deuterium-Tungsten Halogen
LED: Multiple wavelength options

STS Series

STS Series Spectrometers

The STS series is a family of compact, high performance, cost-effective spectrometers ideal for embedding into OEM devices. The STS models are attractive option for applications such as LED characterization, absorbance and transmission measurements. Life sciences, materials identification, environmental monitoring, quality control and process monitoring are among some of the applications where the STS has played its role of a powerful performer in a small footprint. The STS delivers optical resolution, sensitivity and stability associated with larger, more expensive spectrometers.

Key Features

  • Optical resolution of ~1.5 nm (FWHM)
  • High thermal stability with low baseline drift
  • Great signal-to-noise ratio (>1500:1) and dynamic range (4600:1) performance
  • Available in UV (190-650 nm), Vis (350-800 nm) and NIR (650-1100 nm) models
  • STS Developers Kit for easy integration

STS Developers Kit

STS Developers Kit

STS Developers Kit

The STS Developers Kit combines the powerful STS spectrometer, a Raspberry Pi microcomputer, customizable software and wireless capabilities into a single package for integrating spectral sensing quickly and easily. With minimal development time, the kit can be configured for a variety of laboratory, process monitoring and environmental applications. Uses include developing handheld devices for light metrology or color measurement, creating cloud-connected measurement clusters, and even mounting instruments on UAVs for remote monitoring.

The STS Developers Kit offers the choice of three STS models STS-UV (190-650 nm), STS-Vis (350-800 nm) and STS-NIR (650-1100 nm).

The STS Developers Kit takes advantage of the Raspberry Pi’s flexibility and adaptability to enable new uses for spectroscopy. Once connected to a WiFi network, the ultra-compact STS spectrometer can be controlled through phone, tablet or computer web browser. The WiFi range is up to 150 m, and all data is securely stored to the onboard SD card. The kit is ready to use out of the box, but can be easily customized for specific projects.


Engineering Specifications STS Developers Kit
Dimensions (spectrometer): 40 mm x 42 mmx 24 mm
Weight (spectrometer): 68 g
Weight (complete kit and cables): 190 g
Wi-Fi range: Up to 150 m (2.4 gHz frequencies)
Wi-Fi dongle: USB plug-in
Power draw: ~1A with Wi-Fi
Battery: Lithium ion, 3000 mAh (~3.0 hours wireless endurance)
Raspberry Pi interface: Wi-Fi, USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth
SD card: 8 GB
Wavelength range: 190-650 nm (UV), 350-800 nm (Vis) and 650-1100 nm (NIR)
Optical resolution: 1.5 nm FWHM w/25 µm slit
Signal to Noise: >1500:1
Dynamic range: 5 x 109 (system, with 10 s maximum integration); 4600:1 single acquisition
Integration time: 10 µs to 10 s
Connector: SMA 905

Kit Components (add choice of STS spectrometer to complete your system)

Item Type
DEV-PI Raspberry Pi, 8 GB SD card, software
DEV-BAT-300 3000 mAh battery and USB charging cable
DEV-WIFI-150 USB WiFi dongle for Raspberry Pi

STS Spectrometer Options

Item Wavelength Range Entrance Slit Fiber Size/Connector
STS-UV-L-10-400-SMA 190-650 nm 10 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-UV-L-25-400-SMA 190-650 nm 25 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-UV-L-50-400-SMA 190-650 nm 50 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-UV-L-100-400-SMA 190-650 nm 100 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-UV-L-200-400-SMA 190-650 nm 200 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-VIS-L-10-400-SMA 350-800 nm 10 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-VIS-L-25-400-SMA 350-800 nm 25 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-VIS-L-50-400-SMA 350-800 nm 50 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-VIS-L-100-400-SMA 350-800 nm 100 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-VIS-L-200-400-SMA 350-800 nm 200 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-NIR-L-10-400-SMA 650-1100 nm 10 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-NIR-L-25-400-SMA 650-1100 nm 25 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-NIR-L-50-400-SMA 650-1100 nm 50 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-NIR-L-100-400-SMA 650-1100 nm 100 µm 400 µm/SMA 905
STS-NIR-L-200-400-SMA 650-1100 nm 200 µm 400 µm/SMA 905



The New RaySphere Solar Analysis System

raysphere1Meet the new optical measurement system for absolute irradiance measurements of solar simulators and other radiant sources. The new RaySphere from Ocean Optics measures absolute irradiance over spectral ranges from the UV to the NIR (350 to 1700 nm).

This portable system is ideal for solar simulator manufacturers and research and development labs as a tool to validate the output of installed solar flashlamps. The flash of a solar simulator is used within the photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing process for the binning of cells according to spectral response and for final PV module efficiency measurements.

The RaySphere system delivers the accuracy and resolution needed to measure and analyze the performance and stability of the flasher with ultralow jitter triggering electronics for timing the measurement to the flashes. Calibration has been validated by an accredited certification lab to ensure accurate detection, enabling evaluation and qualification of the spectral distribution of solar flashers and simulators according to the IEC60904-9 (2007) standard.

The system includes two thermoelectrically cooled detectors that perform repeatable and accurate spectral analysis of solar flashers from 350 to 1700 nm, and a second version contains a single cooled detector for measurement to 1100 nm.

RaySphere includes high-speed electronics and an intuitive powerful software interface. Brief measurement times enable detection of a complete spectrum during a flash or even during a portion of the flash. The measurement can be triggered by a fast response photodiode that reacts on the increasing intensity of the flashlight with sub-microsecond response times.

Trigger Mode

Trigger Mode


  • Graphical and table display of classification results by wavelength bin
  • Output of actual spectra in mW/cm^2/nm
  • Output of actual measurement and triggering timing with +/- 41 µs resolution
  • Printable classification report

Under The Hood

RaySphere RaySphere 1700
Spectral range: 350-1100 nm 300-1700 nm
Spectral resolution:

1.9 nm (FWHM) for 300 – 1100 nm
12.5 nm (FWHM) for 1100-1700 nm

Optical input:

50 mm integrating sphere

Detector types: TEC stabilized Hamamatsu CCD sensor TEC stabilized Hamamatsu InGaAs sensor
Dynamic range:

25000:1 (Back-thinned Si)
15000:1 (InGaAs)

Corrected linearity:


Minimum integration time:

8 ms


Calibrated for irradiance measurements using national traceable standards (NIST, PTB, CNIM)

Calibration Accuracy:

Validated by accredited certification institute, typical values better than 2% accuracy in 400-1100 nm range

Triggering options:

Built-in photo trigger, external trigger, manual trigger

Operating environment:

Ambient Temperatures 10-35 ºC


Custom Analysis Software for Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32 and 64 bit)


USB 2.0 high-speed

Photo-Trigger Specifications

Jitter (Realtime): <100 ns
Jitter (Software displayed): 164 µs
Minimum measurement time: ~9 ms
Programmable trigger delay: 1040 µs – 168 ms
Trigger delay increment: 2.56 µs
Time resolution of display: +/- 41 µs


Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Reliable, Repeatable Identification and Analysis

LIBS technology is a powerful tool for rapid, real-time elemental analysis. With LIBS, there is virtually no sample preparation, excellent portability, real-time results and sensitivity down to parts-permillion and picogram levels.
With recent advances in broadband spectral detectors, LIBS is capable of detection and
identification of a comprehensive range of metal and gemological materials, as well as biological and chemical agents, hazardous materials and more.
The application areas of LIBS are growing dramatically. From environmental monitoring to materials analysis and from forensics to pharmaceuticals, LIBS fits the bill when simple and straightforward techniques are required.

LIBS Benefits

  • No sample preparation
  • Very small samples required
  • Trace element detection possible
  • Modular and turnkey options available

LIBS Comparison To Other Technologies

Sample depth: ~50-100 µm ~5 µm ~100 µm ~80 µm <1 µm
Sensitivity: 10-50 ppm 1000 ppm 100 ppm <1 ppm 100 ppm
Precision: Fair-good Poor Fair-good Excellent Fair
Accuracy: Semi-quantitative Qualitative Semi-qualitative Quantitative Semi-quantitative
Analysis time: Fast Slow Very slow Slow Slow
Sample consumption: Almost non-destructive Non-destructive Non-destructive Almost non-destructive Non-destructive
Complexity: Easy to use Easy to use Complicated Complicated Complicated
Discrimination: Good Poor Good Excellent Fair

The Insight LIBS System

High-Sensitivity Microanalysis

insight LIBSThe InsightTM LIBS System is designed for the microanalysis of solid materials. The standard spectrometer within the Insight provides a broad spectral range (190-960 nm) and better than 0.1 nm resolution throughout the system.

Major and minor elements can be resolved and the 30,000+ points in a typical spectrum can be expanded to reveal lines separated by less than 0.2 nm in the UV range. The band of Ocean Optics spectrometers used in the Insight has excellent sensitivity to low-light levels enabling the spectral detection of trace elements.

High-end LIBS platform with150 mJ laser, video, computer controlled XYZ,
Chromium operating software and add LIBS quantitative software packages
High-end LIBS platform with 50 mJ laser, video, computer controlled XYZ,
Chromium operating software and add LIBS quantitative software packages

insight LIBS-2Build to High-Fidelity Measurements

  • Rugged Nd:YAG laser, sensitive spectrometer
  • Built‐in timing control circuit synchronizes laser and spectrometer
  • Confocal video and laser planes ensure measurement repeatability
  • Overall timing jitter with respect to external synch signal <= 10 ns
  • Purged sample chamber
  • Rotometer‐regulated flexible “assist” gas nozzle for N2, He or Ar
  • Class 1 safety enclosure


  • Adjustable, coaxial lighting of sample
  • Variable laser energy
  • Variable spectrometer delay
  • Software selectable spot size from sub‐5 μm to 2 mm

Powerful, Easy to Use

  • Sample interrogation and analysis software tools
  • Laser energy measurement and display
  • User selectable repetition rate
  • User selectable spot size of the laser beam via software control
  • Single‐shot, burst and continuous firing modes
  • Color video microscope displays live sample images
  • Computer connection: USB 2.0, OS: Windows XP or Windows 7
  • Computer‐controlled x/y stage for sample holding

The LIBS2500plus LIBS Systems

Qualitative Measurements in Real-Time


The LIBS2500plus Laser-induced Breakdown Spectrometer Measurement Systems are detection systems that permit real-time qualitative measurements of elements in solids, solutions and gases. These broadband, high-resolution systems provide spectral analysis across a wide 200-980 nm range (depending on the system) at a resolution of ~0.1 nm (FWHM).

The LIBS2500plus is a much-improved system from our previous LIBS offerings. Advantages include the following:

  • Smaller footprint
  • Increased system sensitivity due to the elimination of internal fiber
  • Completely enclosed system — no access from the outside
  • Smaller SMA BNC-type connectors
  • Uses the HR2000+ optical bench and electronics
  • More functionality for use with external triggering options, such as delay generators


  • Broadband, high-resolution spectral analysis (200-980 nm at 0.1 nm resolution)
  • All channels operate from a single clock (~ 20 ns jitter)
  • Real-time qualitative measurements
  • Sensitivity to parts-per-billion and picogram levels is possible
  • Applications include materials analysis, environmental monitoring, forensic and biomedical studies, art restoration and more

How the LIBS2500plus Systems Work
A high-intensity, pulsed laser beam is focused on the sample area, positioned a few centimeters to a meter from the sample. A single 10 nanosecond-wide laser pulse is all that is needed to excite the sample. When the laser is fired, the high-temperature of the laser creates plasma. As the plasma decays or cools (~1.0 µsec after the laser pulse), excited atoms in the plasma emit light of characteristic wavelengths distinct to the element. All elements emit in the 200-980 nm region. The detection systems use up to seven of our HR2000+ High-resolution Miniature Fiber Optic Spectrometers, each with a 2048-element linear CCD array. All spectrometers are triggered to acquire and read out data simultaneously. The detectors in the broadband (200-980 nm) LIBS2500plus collect the signal; software included with the system displays the data.

Advantages of Broadband LIBS Techniques
Most traditional LIBS detection systems have a small spectral range. The LIBS2500plus Systems provide broadband spectral analysis. Because the systems are noninvasive, users can perform real-time measurements in situ, within hostile industrial, chemical and biochemical environments with little or no sample preparation. Since the LIBS2500plus utilizes Ocean Optics’ HR2000+ High-resolution Miniature Fiber Optic Spectrometers, the detection systems are portable and can be interfaced to a notebook PC via a USB port.

The LIBS technique is useful for a variety of applications:

  • Environmental monitoring (soil contamination, particulates)
  • Materials analysis (metals, plastics)
  • Forensics and biomedical studies (teeth, bones)
  • Military and safety needs (explosive particles, chemical and biological warfare agents
  • Art restoration/conservation (pigments, precious/ancient metals)


Raman Spectroscopy

Reliable, Non-Destructive Measurement

ramanOcean Optics offers a complete range of fully integrated Raman systems for handheld, laboratory and educational applications.

Most of our Raman systems include a high-sensitivity spectrometer, a 532 nm or 785 nm laser, operating software and sampling accessories for probe or cuvette-based analysis.

Raman analysis is nondestructive, requires very limited sample preparation, and allows for sample volumes in the microliter range. In fact, Raman techniques can be used to acquire data through vial walls, pill pack windows and bags – packaging forms that are frequently used in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries.

Our Raman spectrometers are especially useful for identifying spectral features, or fingerprints, that are often distinct and clearly separated.

We offer off-the-shelf and modular approaches, sampling accessories for a variety of environments, cuvettes for solution measurements and a full range of probes for measuring solids and liquids.

PeakSeeker 785
PeakSeeker Pro 785E
PeakSeeker Pro 785
PeakSeeker Pro 532
QE65000 for Raman
Laser Wavelength 785 nm 785 nm 785 nm 532 nm 785 nm 532 or 785 nm
System Diode Laser,Spectrometer, Probe, Laptop PC, Software Diode Laser,Spectrometer, Probe, Laptop PC, Software Diode Laser,Spectrometer, Probe, Laptop PC, Software Diode Laser,Spectrometer, Probe, Laptop, PC, Software Diode Laser, Spectrometer, Probe, Software, Embedded, Computer, with LCD Display Choose from,Laser, Probes, Sample Holders, Configure QE65000
Applications Teaching labs,general purpose, moderate resolution Raman applications Lab, industrial (pharmaceuticals), forensics Lab, industrial (pharmaceuticals), forensics Lab, industrial,security Handheld, field-portablefor on-site QC, forensics and security/inspection General-purpose labsetups (aqueous solutions, powders, gels, tablets and surface media)
Item Code: RAM-PKR-785 RAM-PRO-785E RAM-PRO-785 RAM-PRO-532 RAM-PINPTR-785 QE65000, QE65000-RAMAN


Flame Spectrometer

High Thermal Stability, Interchangeable Slits

The Next Generation of Miniature Spectrometers

Flame SpectrometerThe Flame spectrometer is built using industry-leading manufacturing techniques that help deliver high thermal stability and low unit to unit variation — without compromising the flexibility and configurability that are the hallmark of Ocean Optics miniature spectrometers. New features such as interchangeable slits, indicator LEDs and simple device connectors deliver more freedom and less frustration.

Whether you are an educator looking for an instrument to teach students the basic principles of spectroscopy, a research lab looking to make a breakthrough, or an engineer working to integrate a spectrometer into an OEM system, the Flame will provide you with the performance and features you need to make your UV-Vis spectroscopy application successful.

  • Modular — configurable to your application and needs within the wavelength range 190-1100 nm
  • Compatible — works with Ocean Optics light sources, accessories and software
  • Easy to use — plug and play via the micro USB connection
  • User interchangeable slit — allows you to vary the resolution and throughput of the spectrometer on demand
  • Indicator LEDs — indicator of power and data transfer status at all times
  • Compact and lightweight  89.1 mm x 63.3 mm x 34.4 mm and just 265 g
Key Feature Best For Example Applications
User Interchangeable Slits Users who wish to vary resolution and throughput during measurements, or switch from absorbance to fluorescence in minutes Life science and other labs using a variety of biological samples
Indicator LEDs Convenient visual reference for spectrometer operation and status Teaching and general lab use
Thermal Stability Applications that require repeatable results in industrial and other environments with varying temperatures and conditions LED binning and light metrology, process monitoring
Reduced Unit to Unit Variation OEM applications such as uncalibrated sensitivity and other measurement needs where users benefit from low variance OEM manufacturers of analytical instrumentation
Configurability Optimizing your spectrometer for application-specific requirements; adjusting range, throughput and resolution and adding features such as filters as required Laser characterization, low signal fluorescence and optimizing for specific absorbance bands
Plug & Play Operation Users that want the convenience of simple, fast operation via the microUSB connection; enables users to take the measurement to the sample Remote sensing measurements in the field, including air and water quality monitoring and solar irradiance
Ease of Integration OEMs and developers who need to integrate a spectrometer as part of a system via microUSB or RS-232 Engineering labs, developers, OEM manufacturers; works with LabVIEW and other design platforms
 Specifications FLAME-S FLAME-T
Optical resolution: ~0.1-10.0 nm FWHM (configuration dependent)
Signal-to-noise ratio: 250:1 (full signal) 300:1 (at full signal)
Dark noise: 50 RMS counts
Dynamic range: 1300:1 for a single acquisition, 8.5 x 10^7 (system)
Integration time: 1 ms – 65 seconds  3.8 ms – 10 seconds
Stray light: <0.05% at 600 nm; <0.10% at 435 nm
Corrected linearity: >99%
A/D resolution: 16 bit
Power consumption: 250 mA @ 5 VDC
Inputs/Outputs: 8 x  user programmable GPIOs
Trigger modes: 4 modes
Strobe functions: Yes
Gated delay feature: Yes
Connectors: USB, high density 40 pin JAE DD4 connector
Detector: Sony ILX511B linear silicon CCD array Toshiba TCD1304AP linear silicon CCD array
Detector range: 190-1100 nm 190-1100 nm
Pixels: 2048 3648
Dimensions: 88.9 mm x 63.5 mm x 31.9 mm (34.4 mm with feet)
Weight: 265 g