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Applications - A wide range of application references

Applications - A wide range of application references

The Avantes line of spectrometers enable use in a very wide variety of sensing and sensor applications. A few of these include...

  • Agriculture - Measure oxygen content of soil, determination of chlorophyll by fluorescence measurements, determination of 
    Nitrate fertiliser concentration in crops
  • Astronomy - Measuring the spectrum of stars, planets and comets
  • Automobile Industry - Measure on-line low concentration of water contamination in oil, measure coating on car glass windows
  • Biology - To measure chlorophyll concentration and UV absorption, measuring colour change and sexual behaviour of fish 
    under the influence of sunlight, determine bird feather colour and ornamental appearance, investigating photonic crystal structures for UV protection mechanism of the high altitude flower Edelweiss, measure the mechanical properties of small bio-molecules, to develop an artificial bio-inspired multilayer system which reproduces the visual effects provided by the insects cuticle
  • Biotechnology - Measuring survival of microorganism's population after high UV pulsed light emission.
  • Chemistry - Determination of Phosphates in burning processes, endpoint detection in crystallization processes, measuring oxygen concentration of gases, determine the oxidation state of vanadium in catalyst reactions, measure high-density 
    multimode integrated polymer optics, determine effect of Organic Impurities on the Hydrocarbon Formation
  • Coating Industry - Measure layer thickness of optical transparent coatings, in-line measurement of the colour of glass windows
  • Colourimetry - Colour determination of plastics, textile, food, paints, birds, fish, lizards
  • Construction - Measuring gas content of isolated double glass windows by high-energy spark light emission
  • Cosmetics - Measuring colour of lipstick, nail polish and hair dye
  • Dairy industry - measuring colour of milk products and yogurts, measuring consistency of cheese during fabrication process
  • Dental - Measuring the colour of tooth and spectral analysis of residuals in gums. Carious identification in teeth with plasma spectroscopy
  • Dermatology - Measuring UV Absorption of the skin in correlation with UV protection of digested carotenoids. Determination of penetration of chemicals through the skin into the blood stream
  • Environmental - Water quality measurement (chlorine/nitrate) with deep UV absorption, measuring pH of seawater, detect forest fires with 15km distance, quantitative model of the performance of laser pointer style gas leak detectors, UV radiation monitoring
  • Film Industry - Controlling the colour of thermo graphic films and lightning
  • Food - Measure water content of tomatoes, potatoes, measure sweetness of carrots and tomatoes, measure origin of olive 
    oil. Determination of soluble solids in apples, kiwifruit and ripeness of peach, using NIR spectroscopy. Determination of odour and flavour of white wine. Detecting colour change in ripening process of bananas. Measuring colour change of meat during cooking process
  • Gas Chromatography - UV absorption and gas detection
  • Gemology - Value determination of diamonds (synthetic/natural) by measuring absorption peaks, measure colour of diamonds and other gemstones. Determination of authenticity of gemstones, using Raman spectroscopy
  • LCD industry - Measure transmission, retardance, twist angle, thickness and other optical properties of thin films
  • LIBS Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for analysis of solids and gases
  • Light Industry - Measure Laser diodes and LED's characteristics, measure irradiance values of light bulbs and UV-light sources, used for water purification
  • Meteorology - UV radiation monitoring
  • Medical - Measure hemoglobin, cytochromes and beta-carotene non-invasively, measure CO2 and HbO2 in the heart to monitor myocardial ischemia during bypass operations. Measure oxygen consumption of tumors. Fluorescence measurements for cancer and cardiovascular diseases diagnosis
  • Military - Identify colour of smoke screens, transmission and illumination measurement on night vision devices
  • Nanotechnology – detection of Plasmon line shapes, measure non-reciprocal refection of sub-wavelength hole-array
  • Narcotics - Identification of drugs with Raman spectroscopy
  • Nuclear Industry - To determine fluorescence in an active nuclear reactor
  • Optical Filters - Quality control to by determining absorption and transmission properties of interference filters
  • Painting Industry - On-line measurement of colour during colour mixing process
  • Paper Industry - Measure colour/whiteness of paper, humidity determination of pulp
  • Particle Size analysis of cancer cells
  • Pharmaceutical - Determination of bacteria concentration in fermentors, endpoint detection in crystallization processes
  • Plasma Etching - Layer thickness measurement
  • Printing Industry - Colour determination of ink, spectral measurement of high-power UV light sources for drying printing ink
  • Pyrometry - measuring temperature of turbine blades in electrical power plants
  • Radiometry - measuring energy spectrum of light sources and the sun
  • Raman Spectroscopy - Analyses of compounds in organic chemistry
  • Semiconductor Industry - Layer thickness measurement and mapping of wafers
  • Space Research – Measure UV radiation on Martian surface
  • Sun Glasses Industry - Measuring UVA, UVB, and UVC absorbance of sunglasses
  • Textile Industry - Measuring colours


For a number of the applications above, a typical setup and more detailed information are given in the following sections.

Colour Measurements
Colour Measurements
Generally, colour measurements...
UV/VIS Absorbance Measurements
UV/VIS Absorbance Measurements
Absorbance measurements in flu...
Irradiance Measurements
Irradiance Measurements
Spectral Irradiance measuremen...
LED Measurements
LED Measurements
As it's possible to manufactur...
Thin Film Measurements
Thin Film Measurements
The Thin Film measurement syst...
Montioring Coating Processes in Vacuum Chambers
Coating Processes in Vacuum Ch...
Important parameters that need...
Gemmology Measurements
Gemmology Measurements
Colour is one of the value det...
Fluorescence Measurements
Fluorescence Measurements
Fluorescence measurements are ...
Biomedical Applications
Biomedical Applications
Over the last decade, Avantes ...
Horticultural Measurements
Horticultural Measurements
The HortiSpec was developed to...