Andor Presents Cutting-edge Applications in the Field of Biomedical Diagnosis, Novel Nanostructures Development and Microfluidics

Announcing the launch of the new NIR SWIR Spectroscopy applications brochure


Belfast, Northern Ireland, Andor Technology, an Oxford Instruments company and a world leader in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, today announced the launch of a new brochure bringing together a selection of Andor’s spectroscopy users’ cutting-edge applications in the Near Infrared (NIR) and Short Wave Infrared (SWIR).


Spectral diagnosis in the NIR or SWIR is of increasing importance in scenarios involving, for example, non-invasive probing into biological samples (e.g. cancer screening), development of novel medical diagnosis methodologies and systems, characterisation of novel NIR biomarkers (e.g quantum dots), or studies of graphene and carbon nanotubes. This brochure features ‘real-life’ scenarios where Andor’s high sensitivity CCDs, InGaAs detectors and high throughput, high resolution spectrographs helped researchers to overcome the photon collection challenges associated with their typically low light applications.


It also presents Andor’s latest iDus 416 Thermo-Electrically (TE) cooled CCD with Low Dark Current Deep-Depletion (LDC-DD) technology, which offers unmatched detection in the NIR without the inconvenient use of liquid nitrogen (LN2) cooling.


Antoine Varagnat, Andor’s Spectroscopy Product Specialist said “Andor’s history with physical science – and in particular optical spectroscopy - started in 1989 at Queen’s University Belfast. Andor has since established a strong reputation in the field of high sensitivity spectroscopy instrumentation, and we are extremely proud to see our cutting edge detection systems being used for cutting edge research.”


“We are also very excited to see the increasing use of Spectroscopy in the NIR in medical environments, and in particular for the development of the next generation of non-invasive diagnosis instrumentation for routine clinical use, which is of interest to the wider public”.


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For further information please contact Antoine Varagnat on +44 (0)28 9023 7126, email, or visit


About Andor


Andor is a global leader in the pioneering and manufacturing of high performance scientific imaging cameras, spectroscopy solutions and microscopy systems for research and OEM markets. Andor has been innovating the photonics industry for over 20 years and continues to set the standard for high performance light measuring solutions, enabling its customers to break new ground by performing light measurements previously considered impossible. Andor’s digital cameras, are allowing scientists around the world to measure light down to a single photon and capture events occurring within 1 billionth of a second


Andor now has over 400 staff across 16 offices worldwide, distributing products to over 10,000 customers in 55 countries. Andor’s products are used in a wide range of applications including medical research to further the understanding of heart disease, cancer and neuronal diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Andor also has applications for forensic science and astronomy. Through continuous dialogue with customers and strong teamwork, Andor continues to innovate ground-breaking products that improve the world in which we live.


About Oxford Instruments plcOxford Instruments designs, supplies and supports high-technology tools and systems with a focus on research and industrial applications. Innovation has been the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success for over 50 years, and its strategy is to effect the successful commercialisation of these ideas by bringing them to market in a timely and customer-focused fashion.


The first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University, Oxford Instruments is now a global company with over 2300 staff worldwide and is listed on the FTSE250 index of the London Stock Exchange (OXIG).  Its objective is to be the leading provider of new generation tools and systems for the research and industrial sectors with a focus on nanotechnology. Its key market sectors include nano-fabrication and nano-materials. The company’s strategy is to expand the business into the life sciences arena, where nanotechnology and biotechnology intersect. This involves the combination of core technologies in areas such as low temperature, high magnetic field and ultra high vacuum environments; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance; x-ray, electron, laser and optical based metrology; atomic force microscopy; optical imaging; advanced growth, deposition and etching.


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