The back story… who we are!

Mike Morris, CEO of Spectrecology was the founder and President of Ocean Optics. We still consult with Ocean Optics at the Director level, and we are intimately involved with the company on a daily basis as an active distributor. We provide our OEM clients with an extra capability that comes from our 26 years of experience in spectroscopy, optical sensing, new product development, applications, sales & marketing and the full entrepreneurial experience from the garage in 1989 to the sale of the company in 2004 to Halma.

miniature spectrometers
world’s first miniature spectrometer

Mike was personally responsible for conceiving and developing more than 1.3 new products per week during his 17 year tenure. He was successful in winning SBIR funding, raising equity capital through private placements, expanding the business by setting up international distribution, establishing offices in Europe and Asia, acquiring 3 companies, establishing a new thin film division, selling a division and selling Ocean Optics to Halma in 2004. Those efforts resulted in a 50:1 payout to our original friends and family investors.

We started Ocean Optics as an entrepreneur-run business with a novel design for a handheld spectrometer. Today, OOI is an international company with over 5,000 products and OEM customers that range from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups in a wide range of industries.

We understand what it takes to help you develop and grow a product from concept to reality: excellent products, deep applications knowledge, on-time delivery and personal, local support at every stage. We also understand how to help with the non-technical issues that are critical to the success of your new product.


  • System Integration:  Plug-and-play solutions from sub-assemblies to complete systems
  • Contract System Development:  Spectrometers, light sources, and accessories designed to your requirements
  • Mass customization:  Customer-specific product specifications to ensure quality, guarantee unit-to-unit consistency, allow for application specific test criteria, and lock firmware and design changes
  • Consultation:  Optical, mechanical, electrical, software, firmware, and system engineers to guide and support you from product integration to volume manufacture
  • Production ramp-up:  ISO-certified manufacturing facilities on 3 continents supporting up to 140,000 spectrometers & systems per year
  • R&D – New Product development – Optical sensing applications, new technology development, technology sourcing and technology due diligence
  • Business Consulting: All aspects of Sales, Marketing and Leadership functions.

Easy to Get Started!

We make it easy and fast to get started! Our modular product line was designed for the inventor, new product developer, innovator in mind. Our goal is to be able to ship off-the-shelf components that will let you determine feasibility of your ideas right away. You have 2 big questions to answer — will it work?  and will it sell?   Our products will let you bring functional attractive prototypes to your potential customers with minimal time and effort.

What’s more, we offer a special OEM Developer’s Agreement that paves the way for your product development with attractive prices and technical assistance and documentation.

Call us to discuss your project! We always honor confidentiality, and we use our best efforts to find the optimal solution to your problem.

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 OEM Spectrometers

All of our modular spectrometers are available for OEM customers. In addition, the EMBED and SPARK were designed specifically for the OEM market.

OEM Spectrometers can be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Optical path length and optics diameter, we have micro STS bench, miniature S bench, and our larger HR bench. Bigger benches allow for finer spectral resolution
  • Detectors – low cost CMOS (STS), low cost CCD arrays developed for bar code readers (Sony and Toshiba), high priced back-thinned CCD arrays (Hamamatsu) and InGaAs for NIR wavelengths (Hamamatsu)
  • Other features (stripped down versions for OEM and full featured versions for OEM and direct use by customers)
  • Performance – wavelength range, resolution and signal to noise considerations govern choices of gratings, slits, filters and lenses.

Here are some of the most popular models of spectrometers for OEM systems:

EMBED spectrometer
EMBED is a designed for embedded as a spectrometer module. — Spectrecology

EMBED is a small-footprint spectrometer for industrial process control and OEM optical measurement systems. EMBED provides excellent thermal stability and measurement reliability, and is packaged with a minimal set of essential electronics to reduce device footprint and simplify integration. With its robust onboard electronics, EMBED provides fundamental spectral preprocessing and multi-channel capability, as well as native SPI communication support to establish a fast, stable interface with microcontrollers and industrial control systems. EMBED requires a high level of electrical engineering customization and is recommended for OEM customers only. It is designed to accommodate a high degree of customization and volume production, in support of a wide variety of high-volume application needs.

  • Seamless integration – designed for use in OEM and process applications
  • High thermal stability – ideal for temperature changes and challenging environments
  • SPI or USB communication – versatile interface options
Engineering Specifications EMBED Spectrometer
Detector: Sony ILX511B
Detector range: 200-1100 nm
Focal length (input): 42 mm
Focal length (output): 68 mm (75 mm, 83 mm and 90 mm also available)
Gratings: Multiple options within 200-1100 nm
Entrance slit: 5 µm, 10 µm, 25 µm, 50 µm, 100 µm or 200 µm
Fiber connector: SMA 905
Integration time: 1 ms-60 seconds
Optical resolution: ~0.3-10.0 nm (FWHM) (grating and slit dependent)
Dynamic range (typical): 1300:1 (per pixel)
Signal to Noise: 250:1 (single acquisition)
Stray light: <0.05% @ 600 nm; <0.10% @ 435 nm
Power requirement: 100 mA @ 3.3 VDC
Supply voltage: 2.63-3.3 VDC
A/D converter: 16 bit, 3.3 MHz

Maya LSL  The Maya LSL spectrometer combines a back-thinned CCD array detector with low stray light optical design to produce high-sensitivity, high-throughput performance for applications ranging from chemical catalysis to Raman analysis. With rapid response and excellent accuracy, the Maya LSL is ideal for demanding applications in the life sciences and process monitoring industries, especially setups where speed and precision saves time, improves efficiency and reduces costs.

In process environments, Maya LSL’s combination of speed, sensitivity and throughput help to reduce measurement errors and ensure accuracy. LED sorting, plasma monitoring and quality control all benefit from the superior color accuracy of the Maya LSL. In addition, the spectrometer’s low stray light – 0.015% at 400 nm — extends its measurement range to 3.0 absorption units and provides great value to users making quantitative measurements.

  • High performance design – precision measurements over a wide range of sample concentrations
  • Fast, accurate color measurements – no trade-off between accuracy and speed
  • High sensitivity – high QE detector enables full-spectrum kinetics measurements
  • Replaceable slits – more freedom and ability to switch easily from one application to another
Engineering Specifications Maya LSL Spectrometer
Dimensions: 151 mm x 151 mm x 65 mm (5.94” x 5.94” x 2.56”)
Weight: 1.9 kg (4.21 lb.)
Detector: Hamamatsu S10420
Pixels (active): 2048 x 64
Pixel size: 14 µm x 14 µm
Quantum efficiency: 75% peak @ 600 nm
Wavelength range: 360-825 nm
Fiber connector: SMA 905 to single-strand optical fiber (0.22 NA)
Integration time: 7.2 ms-5 seconds
Optical resolution: <1.6 nm (FWHM)
Dynamic range (typical): 15000:1
Signal to Noise: 450:1
Stray light: <0.015% @ 400 nm
Linearity (corrected): >99.7%
Power requirement: 500 mA @ +5 VDC
Onboard pulse generator: 2 programmable strobe signals
Onboard GPIO: 8 user-programmable digital I/O
Interfaces: USB 2.0, 480 Mbps; 3-wire RS-232; SPI
USB2000+ USB4000 OEM
USB2000+ the world’s most popular fiber optic spectrometer – Spectrecology

The USB2000+ and USB4000 are by far our most popular spectrometers, based on the original crossed Czerny-Turner design that made Ocean Optics famous.  The small footprint, stray light performance and system responsiveness have made this optical bench a good starting point for many applications. The USB2000+ and USB4000 have the same optical bench and optical configuration options, but differ slightly in performance due to the detector used.

These products will be available for some length of time. However they have been replaced by the superior FLAME spectrometers shown below

Engineering Basics USB2000+ USB4000
Detector: SONY ILX511B Toshiba TCD1304AP
Number of pixels: 2048 3648
Configurable range: 200 – 1100 nm 200 – 1100 nm
Minimum integration time: 1 ms 3.8 ms
S:N at full signal: 250:1 300:1
Dark noise (RMS): 50 counts 50 counts
Default communication: USB USB
Spectrecology takes trade in units for the new Flame spectrometer
Flame fiber optic spectrometer with user interchangeable slits and enhanced thermal stability – Spectrecology

FLAME – Thanks to its robust optical bench and high precision alignment, the Flame spectrometer delivers high thermal stability and low unit to unit variation without compromising the remarkable configurability of Ocean Optics modular spectrometers. Its small footprint (89 x 64 x 34 mm) and low weight (265 g) make Flame ideal for OEM integration, and features such as interchangeable slits, indicator LEDs and simple device connectors provide more freedom for UV-Vis applications.

Engineering Basics: Flame-S Flame-T
Detector: Sony ILX511B linear silicon CCD array Toshiba TCD1304AP linear silicon CCD array
Detector pixels: 2048 3648
Configurable range: 200-1100 nm
Optical resolution: ~0.1-10.0 nm FWHM (configuration dependent)
S:N: 250:1 (full signal) 300:1 (full signal)
Stray light: <0.05% @ 600 nm; 0.10% @ 435 nm
Dynamic range: 1300:1 for a single acquisition, 8.5 x 107 (system)
Integration time: 1 ms-65 seconds 3.8 ms-10 seconds
Thermal stability: 0.02 nm/° C (650 nm range); 0.06 pixels/° C
Connectors: USB, high density 40 pin JAE DD4 connector
Dimensions: 88.9 mm x 63.5 mm x 31.9 mm (34.4 mm with feet)
Weight: 265 g
ELIS 1024 STS UV spectrometer
STS UV sub miniature spectrometer, 190-650nm, 4 x 4 x 2 cm, 1024 element detector– Spectrecology

STS spectrometers weigh less than 2 ounces, and measure a mere 40 x 42 x 24 mm. You get a remarkable amount of performance into this tiny footprint, with high signal to noise ratio, high dynamic range, and low stray light.  With resolution of ~1.5 nm (FWHM) in three spectral ranges, it is a compact, high-performance choice for a wide range of moderate to high-intensity applications.

Need compact micro-computing as well? Try our STS Developer’s Kit.

Engineering Basics: STS-UV STS-VIS STS-NIR
Detector: ELIS1024 ELIS1024 ELIS1024
Number of pixels: 1024 1024 1024
Spectrometer range: 190 – 650 nm 350 – 800 nm 650 – 1100 nm
Minimum integration time: 10 μs 10 μs 10 μs
S:N at full signal: 1500:1 1500:1 1500:1
Dark noise (RMS): < 3 counts < 3 counts < 3 counts
Default communication: USB USB USB