Carl Zeiss has added the
MCS FLEX modules to its line of spectral sensors. The Multi Channel Spectrometer
modules will be presented for the first time at the Photonics West trade show
in San Jose, California, from January 27 to 29, 2009. The successful MMS (Monolithic
Miniature Spectrometer) and PGS (Plane Grating Spectrometer) modules with photodiode
array detector will also be on display.
Spectrometer Modules MCS FLEX from Carl Zeiss.
The very name of the new modules indicates their flexible application and integration
possibilities. With their compact size and low weight, the modules are ideally
suited for mobile measuring systems. In addition, the design of the housing
provides considerably high flexibility for integration into the user’s
measuring systems. The significantly improved thermal stability and low stray
light ensure reliable measuring results.
The MCS FLEX spectrometer modules comprise an imaging grating, an optical input
and a receiver array (CCD or PDA). The core of the spectrometers is a blazed
flat-field grating for light dispersion and imaging. The overall configuration
results in a spectral pixel resolution of 0.8nm/pixel, enabling a spectral resolution
of better than 3nm in accordance with the Rayleigh criterion. The optical input
is an SMA connector with an integrated fiber cross section converter. All optical
components described here are mounted in a housing made of a special alloy which
provides the excellent thermal properties of MCS FLEX.
Depending on the detector used, the modules are offered as MCS FLEX CCD (190-980
nm) or MCS FLEX PDA (190-1015 nm). The main feature of the MCS CCDs is their
very high light sensitivity, making them ideal for use where low light signals
need to be detected. This is the case, for example, in fluorescence measurements
in microscopy and special thin films thickness measurements in the semiconductor