APELDOORN, Netherlands, Sept. 29, 2016 — Avantes BV has announced the AvaSpec-HERO spectrometer based on a high-sensitivity compact optical bench. The device features USB3 and Ethernet with a high aperture, a cooled back-thinned CCD detector and low noise. The instrument is equipped with thermoelectric cooling, enabling long integration times in low-light applications. A selection of gratings and replaceable slits offer configuration for a wide range of applications in the 200- to 1160-nm range. Applications include fluorescence, Raman and absorption, among others.