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LIBS-IM and LIBS-IM-C Imaging Modules
Aug 2005
Ocean Optics Inc.Request Info
DUNEDIN, Fla., Aug. 3 -- Ocean Optics, a supplier of optical sensing solutions, introduces two add-on imaging modules that directly attach to the company's LIBS-SC Sample Chamber. The LIBS-IM and LIBS-IM-C imaging modules enable users to magnify a sample image and to establish a laser ablation target on the sample. Both modules can be used in applications such as forensics, semiconductor analysis, botany, biomedical analysis, gemology and metallurgy.

The new imaging modules allow a user to see a magnified image of a sample via a CCD camera and PixeLINK, a Microsoft Windows-based image-capture software application. PixeLINK lets a user capture an image and archive it on the PC's hard drive with detailed annotations. Captured images are useful for comparison analysis and application record keeping. The CCD cameras used in the modules offer pixel resolution of 1280 x 1024. Each pixel is 6.0 x 6.0 µm square. The cameras provide frame rates of up to 12.7 frames per second at 1280 x 1024 resolution.

The LIBS-IM module produces black and white images with image resolution to 40 µm and is available for $7,500; the LIBS-IM-C provides color images at resolution to 60 µm and is available for $8,000. The modules do not require an external power source when connected to a PC via an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) cable and FireWire PCI or PCMCIA card that are available separately. A power cable is included in the purchase price of each module.

The Ocean Optics LIBS2000+ Spectrometer System is a laser-induced breakdown spectrometer that permits real-time qualitative measurements of elements in solids, solutions and gases. The broadband, high-resolution system provides spectral analysis from 200-980 nm with resolution of 0.1 nm (full width half maximum) and sensitivity to parts-per-billion and picogram levels.

The LIBS-SC Sample Chamber is a key component of the Ocean Optics LIBS system. The chamber is made of an eye-protective polymer that provides a clear view of a sample and reduces the system's laser light by six orders of magnitude. The chamber houses system components including an X-Y sample stage, optical probe holder and lenses.

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