Blue-Green Algae Cyanobacteria Detection With Hyperspectral Imaging Launched

A new imaging spectrometer has been launched by LightForm, offering cutting-edge detection of microplastics or toxic algae on pond water. The modular PARISS system is suitable for a variety of field or lab work.

A new hyperspectral imaging device has been launched by LightForm, a company specializing in cutting-edge spectrometer tools and software. Called PARISS, it’s a spatially resolved imaging spectrometer which can be used to detect and identify objects like micro plastics or toxic algae on pond water.

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Cyanobacteria is a type of algae that commonly forms on ponds and lakes. It can be directly toxic to fish and wildlife, and tools that detect its presence offer a powerful solution for water management professionals.

The newly launched imaging spectrometer allows point-to-point spectral imaging at higher levels of accuracy than other options on the market. This has led to PARISS being utilized in a range of fields, including medicine and solar energy research.

Alongside the launch of the imaging device itself, LightForm has announced the release of its own custom software. This allows customers to operate the spectrometer in the most efficient way. The software provides full control over the operating parameters of the spectral camera, and provides a range of other functions for field and laboratory use.

The PARISS imaging spectrophotometer records the spectra of objects imaged onto the entrance slit of the spectrometer. As these pass through the field of view, they are captured by a camera that is used as the spectral detector.

A “C” mount adapter can interface with the video port of a microscope or telescope, while a bench or a tripod can also be used to secure the device.

LightForm states: “The spectrometer acquires hundreds of spatially resolved spectra simultaneously, then custom software sorts the spectra into classes. The imaging spectrophotometer works with all classical analytical spectroscopy methods over the spectral range from 365 to 1,000-nm. There is no need for order sorting filters for a spectral range of greater than an octave, because a prism refracts rather than diffracts.”

The company explains that the imaging spectrometer is also available in a modular format. This can be customized as needed, and is suited to a wide variety of use cases. All systems are custom configured to meet the needs of an application.

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