“Discover Applied Spectral Knowledge (ASK) – innovative spectroscopy equipment, software and on-demand data delivery backed by deep category expertise.” – Ocean Insight

Ocean Insight is advancing to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse range of applications and industries. They’re amplifying optical sensing product innovation and expanding technical services to create custom solutions that Unlock the Unknown.

Delivering Useful Insights

Let’s explore the Ocean Insight integrated approach to customer needs. Applied Spectral Knowledge (ASK) – a combination of innovative spectroscopy hardware, software and on-demand data delivery, backed by deep category expertise.

ASK ties Ocean Insight’s historic strength in product design and development with in-house, cross-functional, category-specific expertise. By drawing from disciplines including systems and software development; optical, mechanical and electrical engineering; and industrial design they’ve assembled the capacity to provide intensive customer collaboration on highly precise challenges across many industries.


Spectrometers can be configured for absorption, transmission, reflectance, emission, colour and other techniques. Flexibility in the selection of gratings, slits and other components allows users to customize solutions for specific measurement challenges.


Ocean Optics modular spectrometers and accessories can be configured for absorbance, transmission, reflectance, fluorescence, emission or scattering applications.


All Ocean Optics spectrometers support a fine degree of access and control via application software. Ocean provides software tools at multiple levels of power, complexity, and programmability to meet a “full spectrum” of spectroscopic analysis and automation needs.



From UV to NIR wavelengths, absorbance measurements provide information about the chemical composition of materials in all states of matter. Absorbance can be used to identify substances or measure the concentration of a molecule.


Raman spectroscopy uses scattering of laser light to probe molecular structure. Of every million photons scattered, a single photon will interact with the vibrational states of a sample molecule and emit light of a different wavelength.


Fluorescence is the absorption and emission of light of two different frequencies. Typically, a lower wavelength of incident light is absorbed from one direction, and a higher wavelength of light is emitted in all directions.


Multispectral imaging (MSI) involves capturing images of a scene or object over multiple discrete wavelength bands and extracting spectral content from that data.


Reflectance is light incident on the surface of a material that is reflected at an interface. Light not reflected from the sample is absorbed, scattered or transmitted.


Transmittance is light incident on a sample that transmits through it. If the sample has low scatter (clean, dilute solution), almost all the light not absorbed will be transmitted.


Irradiance is the amount of energy emitted at each wavelength from a radiant sample such as an LED, a laser or the sun. From that data, more specific intensity values can be calculated.

Oxygen Sensing

Optical oxygen sensors comprise an indicator fluorophore in a sol-gel host matrix that’s applied to an adhesive patch or fiber tip. The indicator changes optical properties in response to analytes in its environment and a fluorometer measures the response.

pH Sensing

Optical pH sensors comprise a pH indicator dye in a matrix applied to a patch or cuvette, which changes color in response to analytes in its environment. A spectrometer measures the colorimetric (absorbance) response.