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Photon Systems

Photon Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets deep ultraviolet lasers and incoherent sources, instruments based on these sources, and optical and electro-optical accessories for a broad range of applications primarily within the area of analytical and biotechnology sciences instrumentation used in all types of industries. Examples include biotechnology applications such as drug development and other pharmaceutical research and product testing, protein conformation and other proteomics-related research, homeland security applications such as bioterrorism agent detection and identification and other microbial monitoring applications such as hospital surgery inspection, clinical diagnostics, environmental monitoring such as water, air and food quality; semiconductor development and processing related to synthetic diamond growth and direct wide bandgap semiconductor devices for high temperature but also including production testing of ball grid array surfaces in a production environment, solar blind detection, or UV semiconductor laser development, and a myriad of other applications where small spot sizes or photon-energy-specific excitation is needed or enabling.

Since beginning full time operation in June 1999, Photon Systems has focused on the development of two new unique classes of deep ultraviolet (DUV) laser sources as well as analytical and biotechnology sciences instruments enabled by these innovative new laser technologies. The new DUV laser technologies include both hollow cathode and semiconductor devices. The new instrument technologies enabled by these lasers include targeted ultraviolet chemical sensors (TUCS) which include an integrated combination of UV resonance fluorescence and/or resonance Raman sensors, photoluminescence (PL) spectrometers, and UV resonance Raman spectrometers (UVRRS). In addition, Photon Systems has developed methods for employing its DUV laser technologies for use in other instrumental methodologies such as laser induced resonance fluorescence detectors for capillary electrophoresis and liquid chromatography instruments, flow cytometers, and other instrumental methodologies. Photon Systems has focused its efforts on deep UV sources and systems because of the major technical advantages demonstrated for chemical sensors and instruments operating in this wavelength range and because of the paucity of sources and sensor technology in this area. High levels of chemical sensitivity and specificity can be achieved using UV probe wavelengths in a non-contact, non-invasive, non-destructive sensor that requires no sample handling or preparation.

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