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Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy in the Physical Sciences

Posted on: August 20th, 2019

LIBS in the Physical Sciences app note 190515 Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy employs a laser to ablate the surface of a sample which creates a small plume of plasma. Using a form of atomic emission spectroscopy, the light of this plasma is captured and analyzed for quantitative and qualitative atomic properties. As the popularity of this…

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Summer 2019 Recap

Posted on: August 20th, 2019

With summer ending, Avantes US wishes farewell to James Schultz, our 2019 summer intern. James will be a junior in the engineering department at CU Boulder this fall, but he spent the summer working with us on several exciting engineering projects. Dual-Channel Housing One of James’ projects was a dual-channel housing. This housing combines the…

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SciX Exhibition

Posted on: July 30th, 2019

The Great Scientific Exchange takes place October 13-18, 2019 in Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs California. Stay tuned for a show preview in the coming weeks.

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Spectroscopy in Thin Film Fabrication

Posted on: July 23rd, 2019

Used across many industries such as semiconductors, technology gadgets, and optical elements, thin films carry a very important roll in our world. Because of its wide range in applicability, the accuracy of thickness and repeatability are extremely important.  Therefore, a measurement technique is crucial to ensure surface thickness accuracy. Presently there are three common techniques…

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Supporting Local Education in Optics/Photonics

Posted on: July 23rd, 2019

At Avantes, our mission is to deliver innovative, state-of-the-art measuring equipment to improve the lives of mankind. In support of that mission, Avantes promotes education and training initiatives related to the field of Optics & Photonics. Recently, Avantes had the opportunity to support the Front Range Community College (FRCC) system with the grant of a…

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Spectra: Thin Film

Posted on: July 16th, 2019

Avantes engineers have been thinking “thin” this month, thin film that is. We are sharing thin film measurement data from a mulit-layer deposition collected through collaboration with Alan Streeter and Boulder Optical Design

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21 CFR Part 11 Compliance? We’ve got it!

Posted on: July 11th, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates a variety of industries. Title 21 CFR Part 11, the Electronic Records and Electronic Signatures ruling, is one of the more important regulations pertaining to spectroscopy in industries subject to USDA oversight. This important regulation provides for guidance on the types of software allowed for use in…

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Applications for Raman Spectroscopy

Posted on: June 27th, 2019

Raman spectroscopy exploits the inelastic scattering of photons off of covalently bonded molecules to identify functional groups, crystallinity, and stresses and strains.  It is a widely used spectroscopy technique for both quantitative and qualitative molecular analysis, with applications ranging from semiconductor manufacturing to airport security screening.  Because of the extensive range of applications for Raman…

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Exploring Colorimetry

Posted on: June 26th, 2019

The concept of color is one of the most fundamental building blocks of sense and perception which we use to interpret the world around us.  Color perception is so important that even very young children can differentiate objects by color.    Therefore, it may come as a shock that most people go their entire lives without…

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Spectra: Paint Color

Posted on: June 24th, 2019

Spectra of the Month for June investigated Color measurements using Behr paint samples obtained from a local hardware store. Behr publishes color values for their paints which were used to validate our results.

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