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The New 'Vernier Spectrometer, Powered by Ocean Optics' Melds Accuracy and Affordability for Classroom/Academic Labs

Beaverton, OR – February X, 2006 – Vernier Software & Technology now offers chemistry and physics teachers a spectrometer powered by the technological power and accuracy of renowned photonics technology firm Ocean Optics™. Portable, powerful and precise, the fully functioning visible light spectrometer connects directly to computers with a standard USB cable and gives precise measurements instantly over a range of 380–950 nm.

The Vernier Spectrometer, also called a spectrophotometer, is controlled by Vernier’s Logger Pro data-collection software with real-time graphing and powerful analytical functions. Users save time with a one-step calibration of the full spectrum, and the complete visible light spectrum, 380–950 nm, can be collected in a fraction of a second with a resolution of 2 nm. An open cuvette holder allows for access to the sample during testing.

“Chemistry teachers finally have an affordable, high quality spectrometer for tasks such as studying the amount of light absorbed by an aqueous sample, Beer’s law and other commonly taught labs,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and former physics teacher. “Physics teachers can attach an Optical Fiber assembly in order to study light and color emissions from a variety of light sources, such as florescent, colored or natural lights. In fact, we know of a chemistry teacher who used the Spectrometer to prove that a local grocery store was using special lights to make its bananas look more yellow.”

Other Vernier sensors can be used simultaneously with the spectrometer, expanding students’ opportunities to pursue a variety of research projects. In addition, the Vernier Spectrometer draws its power from the computer to which it is connected, eliminating the need for an additional power source.

Pricing and Availability
The Spectrometer sells for $1,199. The Fiber Optic assembly sells for $120.00. Vernier also carries more advanced Ocean Optics Spectrophotometers, including the Red Tide Spectrometer and the Ocean Optics UV-VIS Spectrometer. Visit for details.

About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 25 years. Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, probes and software, their products can be found in education from elementary school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. For more information visit

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