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Bruker Buys Sigma ElectroOptics
Dec 2010
ETTLINGEN, Germany, Dec. 22, 2010 — Bruker announced Tuesday it has acquired Hamburg-based Sigma ElectroOptics GmbH to expand its infrared remote detection gas-analysis business. Sigma will be integrated into the Bruker Optics infrared and Raman spectroscopy division in Ettlingen; financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sigma ElectroOptics' SIGIS 2 system in use at the Berlin Olympic Stadium. SIGIS 2 secured high-profile events in Europe, such as the FIFA World Cup games in 2006 and political summit meetings. (Photo: Business Wire)

Sigma produces remote gas-sensing systems based on dispersive and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and is developing novel hyperspectral infrared imaging products. Bruker said the acquisition further expands its infrared (IR) remote gas-sensing business for industrial and homeland security applications, and complements Bruker’s existing RAPID™ line of mil-spec FTIR remote sensing systems for the defense market. Sigma's 2010 revenue is expected to be about €1 million (approximately $1.3 million).

Sigma’s product line focuses on remote detection of hazardous substances in industrial, environmental and homeland security applications. Its devices are used for localizing toxic industrial chemicals, such as pipeline leaks, and for visualizing clouds of released gases. The company has had a successful relationship with Bruker as an OEM.

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hyperspectral imaging
Methods for identifying and mapping materials through spectroscopic remote sensing. Also called imaging spectroscopy; ultraspectral imaging.
raman spectroscopy
That branch of spectroscopy concerned with Raman spectra and used to provide a means of studying pure rotational, pure vibrational and rotation-vibration energy changes in the ground level of molecules. Raman spectroscopy is dependent on the collision of incident light quanta with the molecule, inducing the molecule to undergo the change.
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