Wyoming Patent of the Month – October 2022

Spectroscopy is the study of the absorption and emission of light and other radiation by matter. Conventionally, spectrometers use a basic design to create radiation beams and a series of prisms to disperse this radiation. These designs use gas lasers, solid-state lasers, and even diode lasers as excitation sources. Unfortunately,these sources are known to introduce background radiation or fluorescence which impedes the accuracy of the reading. 

MKS Technology, Inc. has designed a multi-dispersive spectrometer that uses an optical system to control the excitation signal. This design reduces the amount of background noise or interference, creating purer results. 

The multi-dispersive spectrometer uses the optical system to direct an excitation signal towards a sample. The spectroscopy signal is returned from the sample and directed to the detector. Since the optical system is movable, it can be adapted to move the spectroscopy signal based on data from the detector. The detector reads these discrete shifts in spectroscopy signals. These discrete shifts are used to derive a mathematically decomposed spectroscopy signal, devoid of background noise or interference. With this design, MKS Technology can effectively achieve reliable and accurate spectrometry readings.

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