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2014 Press Releases

June 6, 2014

Brimrose Brings Powerful AOTF Tunable Light Source to Market

Sparks, MD—Brimrose is introducing a powerful new tunable light source product line, the TLS 300 Series, which is based on Brimrose’s Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter (AOTF) technology.

"This is a first," says Brimrose Chief Technology Officer Dr. Jolanta Soos. "There are no ultra-high-speed tunable light sources now on the market."

There are a variety of applications for the AOTF tunable light source, including laboratory analysis and quality control in on-line applications. Specific industries seen benefiting from the AOTF tunable light source include the biomedical and medical communities, normal and fluorescent spectroscopy applications, quality and process control in the microelectronics industry, and microscopy R&D applications.

The state-of-the-art units are powered by a 150 W Quartz Halogen lamp and feature high switching speed, trigger input/output, no moving parts, compact size and fiber coupling.

This highly versatile tool incorporates many of the same functions as Brimrose spectrometers and in fact represents a major building block to that technology. The TLS unit provides illumination and can be integrated into a spectral imaging system.

Go to tunable light source's main page to view a TLS 300 video demo.

Brimrose, which pioneered AOTF technology some three decades ago, is offering three models of the product. One model operates in the wavelength range of 500-700 nm. A second model operates in the wavelength range of 650 nm to 1 micron. A third operates in the 900 nm to 1.6 micron range.

Brimrose already has begun taking orders for the product. Custom options are available on request.

For more information about the Brimrose family of AO components, go to the AO components' main page. For more information not provided on the website, send email to office@brimrose.com.

May 1, 2014

Brimrose Scores NASA STTR to Develop Spectropolarimeter

Sparks, MD—Brimrose Technology Corporation (BTC) has received a Phase I STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) award to develop a spectropolarimeter that will be capable of operating in the shortwave infrared. The amount of the award is $125,000.

The analysis of polarized light can help discriminate and classify materials and identify objects, which is important as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contemplates a series of landing missions to other planets, comets, asteroids and outer planet moons.

The measurement of the polarization state can also provide various characteristics such as surface properties, shape, shading and roughness, and can be used to identify unique features that will allow for more accurate discrimination between various materials than spectral data can by itself.

Brimrose will be working with UMBC (the University of Maryland at Baltimore County) as its university research partner on the award.

"Brimrose has a long history of helping NASA develop the tools and advanced materials necessary for NASA’s mission assignments," according to Dr. Sudhir Trivedi, Brimrose’s Director of Research. "The development of the proposed full-scope spectropolarimeter will offer a dramatically improved optical solution for material analysis by performing fast spectral profile acquisition."

The research suggests a rich potential for commercial applications both inside and outside of NASA.

For example, potential commercial NASA applications include material databasing, structural validation, use on missions for identification purposes, combustion spectroscopy, non-destructive testing of space-compliant parts, and qualification of time-sensitive materials in space.

Potential non-NASA commercial applications include anomaly detection, countermine research, camouflage concealment and detection, and identification and discrimination of friend vs foe using optical taggants in military applications. There are also applications for atmospheric monitoring and the potential for on-line processing and feedback control in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, pulp and paper, and biotechnology.

BTC is the research laboratory of the Brimrose Corporation of America, a high-tech company involved in advanced materials development, acousto-optic components, near IR spectrometers, and high-tech solutions for the U.S. military. For more information, contact office@brimrose.com.

March 7, 2014

Brimrose Brings to Market New Line of Frequency Shifters And Modulators at OFC 2014

a new line of fiber-coupled AO (acousto-optic) frequency shifters and modulators a new line of fiber-coupled AO (acousto-optic) frequency shifters and modulatorsSparks, MD—Brimrose Corporation is introducing a new line of fiber-coupled AO frequency shifters and modulators at OFC 2014 next week in San Francisco. The units are now available for purchase.

The AO components have lower insertion loss and are more compact than comparable units.

"The components have reduced insertion losses — on average 1dB — compared to the standard design," said Dr. Jolanta Soos, Brimrose chief technology officer and director of the Brimrose acousto-optic components division.

Brimrose AO components operate over a frequency range of 35-100 MHz and include customized fiber lengths of up to six inches.

The Brimrose Corporation of America offers a comprehensive line of acousto-optic components, including tunable filters, modulators, deflectors, frequency shifters, mode lockers, q-switches and cavity dumpers.

For more information about the Brimrose family of AO components, go to the AO components' main page. For more information not provided on the website, send email to office@brimrose.com.

February 19, 2014

Nuclear Detection Topic of Brimrose Technology STTR from DOE

Sparks, MD—Brimrose Technology Corporation (BTC) has received a $150,000 Phase I STTR award from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. The award relates to the use of next-generation, semiconductor-based radiation detectors using cadmium magnesium telluride (CdMgTe).

The focus of the award, which includes SRI International as the research institute partner, is to improve on existing materials used for radiation detection by developing the new CdMgTe materials. BTC has been developing advanced materials for over two decades and has extensive materials R&D tools at its Maryland facilities.

"This is another potentially significant step in the war on domestic and international terrorism," said Brimrose CEO Dr. Ron Rosemeier. "The rapid detection of nuclear presence is becoming a critical fact of life in today’s world."

The principal investigator is Dr. Sudhir Trivedi, Brimrose’s Director of Research. "We have identified several different advantages CdMgTe has over the existing material," according to Dr. Trivedi. "We believe there is the potential for better charge transport properties, improved structural properties, and a higher potential yield, among other improvements."

BTC is the research laboratory of the Brimrose Corporation of America, a high-tech company involved in advanced materials development, acousto-optic components, near IR spectrometers, and high-tech solutions for the U.S. military. For more information, contact office@brimrose.com.

January 24, 2014

New, Next-gen Spectrometer Exceeds Customer Demands

Luminar 4060 Miniature Laboratory NIR Analyzer Luminar 4060 Miniature Laboratory NIR AnalyzerWashington, DC — Brimrose Corporation is introducing a new spectrometer here at the IFPAC 2014 Annual Meeting today that is based on and meets many 21st century customer demands.

"We are very excited to introduce the Brimrose Luminar 4060," said Brimrose Founder and CEO Dr. Ron Rosemeier. "The 4060 is the result of our integration of a lot of what our customers want with a lot of new technology. Customers told us they want a spectrometer that is small, has low-power consumption, has no moving parts and has an economic price tag—all with our AOTF technology. That’s a tall order but we are delivering it with the 4060."

The unit is based on the same superior foundation as all Brimrose spectrometers, including acousto-optic tunable filter near infrared (AOTF-NIR) technology, which offers the amazing scanning speed of 16,000 wavelengths per second.

"The perennially dependable Brimrose spectrometer has been placed in a new, better designed unit," according to Emil Ciurczak, spectrometer industry expert and author, and founder of Doramaxx Consulting. "The emphasis on miniaturization is more user friendly, as is the new software design, which has changed to a Linux operating system. It is very versatile and uses range from benchtop to a stand-alone wireless unit."

Brimrose has been making spectrometers for 30 years and offers a complete family of spectrometers. For more information, contact office@brimrose.com.