New Wave Research (NWR) and Ocean Optics Announce Partnership to Develop Next-generation Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Systems

Dunedin, Florida (July 28, 2006) - Ocean Optics, a premier manufacturer of miniature fiber optic spectrometers and New Wave Research, a leading manufacturer of laser-based systems for laser ablation, PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) and semiconductor manufacturing, have formed a partnership to develop and manufacture a family of advanced laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) products.

The partnership was forged after a successful collaboration on the LIBS-ELITE, a high-speed, turnkey LIBS system. The LIBS-ELITE incorporates Ocean Optics high-resolution miniature fiber optic spectrometers and New Wave Research's Universal Platform (UP) laser-ablation product family. The system provides real-time, high-resolution spectral analysis of elements in a variety of materials.

The partnership between Ocean Optics and New Wave Research will provide customers with the latest technological advances in the field of LIBS analysis. "Bringing together the leaders in both laser ablation and optical sensing will have a very positive impact on LIBS instrumentation and on the LIBS community of users, researchers and developers," said Mike Morris, president of Ocean Optics. "The LIBS-ELITE represents the most advanced LIBS platform in the world."

The partnership also plays on the synergies of each company's unique technological and manufacturing strengths. "New Wave Research is optimized for laser-based systems integration, manufacturing and support," said Pei Hsien Fang, CEO of New Wave Research. "Our systems-level capability is the perfect complement to Ocean Optics' fiber optic-based spectrometer expertise. Together we are ideally positioned to provide the industry's most advanced LIBS solutions."

New Wave Research's worldwide support network is also an ideal fit for LIBS products. "We have everything in place to sell, service and support our full range of laser-ablation, PIV and semiconductor-manufacturing systems," Fang explained. "Adding LIBS systems into the mix is the next logical step."

Ocean Optics ( is a leading supplier of solutions for optical sensing - fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. Since 1989, Ocean Optics has sold more than 70,000 spectrometers worldwide and has developed an extensive line of complementary technologies including chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, thin films and optics

Established in 1990, New Wave Research ( is a global leader in the development of high-quality laser and laser-based systems for the microelectronics and analytical instrumentation industries. The company manufactures lasers for wafer scribing, flat-panel display repair, semiconductor failure analysis, micromachining, particle image velocimetry, laser ablation/solid sampling for ICP/ICP MS, and general-purpose lasers for OEM and scientific applications.

For more information, contact Ocean Optics, Inc., 830 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698, 727.733.2447, FAX 727.733.3962, [email protected], or visit Or contact New Wave Research, Inc., 48660 Kato Road, Freemont, CA 94538, [email protected], 510.249.1550, or visit

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