The Hornet series of spectrometers are based on LightMachinery's patented Fluid Jet Polishing technology.  Designed for characterizing laser spectra, the Hornet spectrometer from LightMachinery is a compact, low cost spectrometer capable of better than 30 picometer resolution.   The Hornet Spectrometer is of achieving the resolution of large gratings spectrometers at a fraction of their cost and size while covering a larger wavelength range.  Simple PC based software allows the user to review spectra in real time and save or export for more analysis.  Labview drivers enable the Hornet spectrometer to be integrated into automated experimental setups.

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  • Specifications

    • Resolution: sub 20pm at 532nm (resolving power > 25,000)
    • Accuracy: < 20pm following calibration
    • Dynamic Range: >10^8 for the system, 1000 in a single measurement
    • Wavelength range:  Visible to near IR (260nm to 16000nm), factory setup from 50nm to 300nm width based on customer's requirements
    • Simultaneous range / resolution: >10,000 at 532nm
    • Acquisition and processing speed: >2Hz typical, >10 Hz over narrow wavelength bands
    • Calibration: a narrow band (<10pm) external reference source is required

    Part Number Spectral Region Wavelength Range Resolution Price, US$
    HN-9332 Visible 425nm - 720nm 30pm $12,000
    HN-9333 Visible 400nm - 450nm 13pm $12,000
    HN-9334 Visible 450nm - 500nm 15pm $12,000
    HN-9335 Visible 500nm - 550nm 16pm $12,000
    HN-9336 Visible 550nm - 600nm 18pm $12,000
    HN-9337 Visible 600nm - 650nm 20pm $12,000
    HN-9338 Visible 650nm - 700nm 22pm $12,000
    HN-9353 NIR 700nm - 1050nm 60pm $14,800
    HN-9339 NIR 700nm - 800nm 27pm $14,000
    HN-9340 UV 260nm - 300nm 15pm $30,000
    HN-9350 IR 1025nm - 1075nm 19pm $13,500
    HN-9351 IR 1550nm - 1600nm 21pm $18,000
    HN-9352 Visible & IR YAG, (532 and 1064)+/-2nm 10pm $14,400
    • Prices listed are FCA LightMachinery.  Please contact your local distributor for prices in your region
  • Features

    • Simple to use
    • Sub 30pm picometer resolution
    • Fiber optic input
    • Quick data acquisition and export
    • Simple USB interface
    • LabView Drivers
    • No moving parts (single shot laser spectrum analysis)


    • Range - resolution ratio up to 10,000
    • Fast
    • Ultra-Compact
    • Low cost
    • Can measure spectra from cw and pulsed sources
    • Fast real time measuremnts
    • Ultra-reliable
    • LightMachinery's legendary customer support
  • Applications

    The Hornet spectrometer is ideal for;

    • Light source characterization
      • Lasers
      • Diode Lasers
      • Super luminescent diodes
    • Monitoring laser modes in real time
    • Passive components (Filters, Etalons, Fiber Braggg gratings) characterization to the 25pm level
    • Checking the spectral / mode purity of lasers
    • Solar spectroscopy
    • Earth's atmosphere monitoring
    • Classic undergraduate and graduate experiments
  • Drawing

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  • How Does it Work?

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    Light enters the Hornet through a fiber.  The beam is focused through a LightMachinery fluid jet polished etalon to produce very high dispersion in the vertical axis with sub 30pm resolution.  This is followed by a grating to cross disperse overlapping orders in the horizontal direction to produce a 2D spectrum of the input light , the resulting pattern is imaged onto the CCD detector, LightMachinery software unwraps the spectrum to produce an ultra high resolution spectrum of the input light.

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