SearchLightT Online Tool Unveiled for Fluorescence Users

ROCHESTER, N.Y., - Semrock, Inc., released SearchLight - its newest LightSuite online tool - which allows fluorescence microscope users and optical instrument designers to predetermine the optimal fluorophore, light source, detector, and optical filter combinations for their microscope or system. By removing the guesswork and hours of searching multiple sources for spectral data, SearchLight users will be able to eliminate trial-and-error headaches and work more efficiently. Users may select from an extensive collection of preloaded spectra or upload their own spectral data in this free and openly accessible tool.

SearchLight contains the most comprehensive selection of spectra for over 550 fluorophores, optical filters and filter sets, light sources, and detectors available in one place. It allows one to experiment with the functionality of a system by visually analyzing the overlap of spectra, and by performing instantaneous quantitative calculations of the desired fluorescence signals, noise levels, and signal-to-noise ratios for unlimited combinations of system components. Results may be saved in a secure personal storage area for future access. Or findings can be shared easily with others by exporting to a spreadsheet or printing to a PDF file for e-mailing or generating a hardcopy.

And the best part is it doesn't cost a dime to use. This tool was developed to be a shared resource among researchers and system designers in order to streamline the process of modifying an experimental setup and designing a new fluorescence optical system.

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Semrock, Inc., a Unit of IDEX Corporation, manufactures optical filters that set the standard in performance and reliability for the biotech and analytical instrumentation industries, as well as innovative optical filters for more general laser and optical systems applications. All Semrock optical filters are made with hard ion-beam-sputtered optical coatings. OEM filters are manufactured in volume. End-users benefit from a wide selection of standard catalog products that ship from stock. Semrock's patented and patent-pending products include its highly acclaimed BrightLine® fluorescence filters, state-of-the-art filters for Raman spectroscopy, and other unique filters for lasers and optical systems. Semrock's innovative products, made possible by combining modern ion-beam sputtering with Semrock's proprietary volume manufacturing technology, are covered under a five-year warranty.

Founded in September 2000, Semrock is based in Rochester, New York, a well-known center of optics, and has sales offices throughout the United States. In October 2008 Semrock became a Unit of IDEX Corporation. For additional information about Semrock, its products, and its team of international distributors, visit the company website at

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