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An add-on module for Ocean Optics’ Spectrasuite Spectrometer Operating Software enables customers to evaluate the effect of light on plant growth.

The module allows users of the company’s miniature spectrometers and Jaz optical sensing systems to calculate Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR).

Spectrasuite-PAR uses the absolute irradiance spectrum of the light incident on plants and other samples, and converts the irradiance values from uW/cm2 to umol/m2/s – the measurement unit more commonly used for PAR analysis.

In addition to calculating total PAR, Spectrasuite-PAR allows users to define up to five ‘wavelength bins’ – the range of wavelengths to be covered in each data bin – which can be correlated to different phases of plant growth.

For example, a bin can be configured over the 400-480nm range to capture the effects of the blue region of the spectrum, which is typically associated with early stages of plant growth.

Also, customers can calculate the percentage of light in each bin and the red/far red ratio – a parameter associated with plant development and structure.

Spectrasuite-PAR can be used as part of a field-portable Jaz sensing system configured for horticultural applications.

Jaz is a range of modular, stackable components that share common electronics and communications.

At its heart is a miniature CCD-array spectrometer, or light-measuring device, available with user-selected grating and slit options optimised for a variety of optical sensing application needs.

Also incorporated into the Jaz stack is a powerful microprocessor and onboard display with data logging capability, so that full spectra data can be acquired, processed and stored to an SD card without the need for a PC.

Jaz irradiance measurement software is also available and is said to complement the Spectrasuite-PAR functions.

Spectrasuite is the standard operating software for Ocean Optics spectrometers.

The modular, Java-based spectroscopy software platform operates on Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

The Spectrasuite interface is virtually identical on all operating systems, yet retains the familiar appearance of an application native to each OS.

Spectrasuite has a range of standard functions, from managing multiple USB spectrometers and identifying centre wavelength and other peak metrics to calculating colour parameters such as CIE illuminants and colour rendering index, and measuring photometric values such as luminous flux and photopic standard observer functions.

Ocean Optics – Inventor of Miniature Fibre Optic Spectrometers

Interpreting the interaction with light

Ocean Optics is a diversified electro-optics technology company and a global leader in solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter.

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With locations in the United States, Europe and Asia, the company serves a wide range of markets and enabled diverse applications in medical and biological research, environmental monitoring, life science, science education, and process and quality control.

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With the nearly 1,500 unique products in our portfolio, we are able to assist you with virtually any optical sensing need. Our line of products include spectrometers, optical sensors, metrology instrumentation, light sources, sampling accessories, fibres and probes.

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Recognized as the inventor of miniature fibre optic spectroscopy, we’ve sold more than 150,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1989. As a result of the dramatic reduction in size and cost, applications once deemed too costly or impractical using conventional spectrometers were not only feasible, but practical. Nowadays our spectrometers can be found anywhere: on treetops in jungles, on oil rigs at sea, on rocket ships in space and even inside the human body.

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