Spectrum™ 100 Optica Offers Accurate Measurements in Optical Filter Characterization WALTHAM, Mass. – PerkinElmer Life and Analytical Sciences, a global leader in application-focused measurement and analysis solutions, today introduced the Spectrum™ 100 Optica, the only commercially available Fournier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer developed specifically for the optical filters and coatings industry. The robust instrument provides improved ordinate accuracy for the measurement of optical filters and high refractive index materials. Manufacturers of optical filters and specialty coatings can use the Spectrum 100 Optica to validate the performance specifications of these materials to block or transmit IR radiation. This validation is critical in both quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) and research and development of filters and coatings. The components are then used in various industries, including defense and aviation, in such products as remote control units, security systems, sensors, scanners and IR cameras. The Spectrum 100 Optica can also be used by academic researchers to study the transmission properties of high refractive index materials. “We used our extensive experience in the optical industry to design an instrument that maintains the high level of accuracy our customers obtain from traditional dispersive IR technology,” said Jerry Sellors, IR Technology Manager, Molecular Spectroscopy, PerkinElmer Life and Analytical Sciences. “The Spectrum 100 Optica is custom-built for the optical industry with components that overcome the challenges inherent with the use of standard IR for these measurements.” The Spectrum 100 Optica features optical modification, advanced signal processing and special detector considerations all designed to address the major instrument problems associated with FT-IR measurement of optical materials. PerkinElmer has verified the Spectrum 100 Optica against the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards and employs additional accuracy checks in the manufacturing facility before the instrument is delivered to the customer. For more information, visit

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