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CI-710 Leaf Spectrometer

The CI-710 Miniature Leaf Spectrometer is designed to measure the transmission, absorption, and reflection of light by biological substances within a wide range of wavelengths that cover visible and Near Infra-Red (NIR) light. Transmission and absorption spectrum measurements are the most common applications of spectrometers. The spectrum can be used for the quantification of chemical concentrations, colour analysis, the study of photochemical reactions such as photosynthesis, and the quantification of physical or optical properties such as film thickness, index of refraction, and extinction coefficient.

CI-710 Miniature Leaf Spectrometer Features
Part of the power of the CI-710 Miniature Leaf Spectrometer is its ability to scan and record across a wide spectrum, from 400-950 nm. Many researchers wish to analyse multiple, discrete peaks or integrate across wavelength bands. These functions are readily accomplished with the SpectraSnap! software that ships with the CI-710. Other users of the CI-710 have expressed a need to rapidly estimate vegetation properties using published and accepted indices. These indices include: estimates of greenness like the widely-used Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI); plant stress, such as the Plant Senescence Reflectance Index (PRSI); pigment concentrations, including carotenoids and anthocyanins; and leaf water status estimated by the Water Band Index (WBI). Now, with SpectraSnap!, these indices and others can be easily and simultaneously measured. SpectraSnap! gives the CI-710 user the power of many single-measurement instruments in one package. Researchers can also add their favourite algorithms to the library.
Why SpectraSnap?
Since its introduction, CID’s compact and light-weight CI-710 hardware has simplified the process of collecting spectral signatures from plant tissue. Now SpectraSnap! simplifies data analysis by offering several real time computations in an intuitive and easy-to-operate system. Save Time – Insert the sample into the CI-710 hardware and the selected calculations are instantly displayed along with raw and averaged spectroscopic data. Press Stop to pause the live stream or Save to record the on-screen measurement. It’s that easy. Ready to use out of the box. Flexible when you need it. Choose the calculations to display from a convenient selection of popular vegetation indices (NDVI, PRI, CRI, ARI, etc) and/or define your own calculations to target specific areas of interest.
  • One-touch spectrometry in the field
  • Non-destructive measurement
  • Fast and sensitive
  • Wide range spectrum (400-950nm)
  • High resolution and real time high speed scanning
  • Very high sensitivity; ideal for fluorescence and other low light level applications
  • USB interface
  • Flexible fibre optic cables with connections to a variety of probes for different applications
  • Integrating time = 3.8 ms – 10 seconds
  • Lightweight and fully portable

Specifications

Dimensions: 89.1 mm x 63.3 mm x 34.4 mm
Weight: 290 grams
Detector: Toshiba TCD1304AP Linear CCD array
Detector range: 400-950 nm
Pixels: 3648 pixels
Pixel size: 8 µm x 200 µm
Pixel well depth: 100,000 electrons
Signal-to-noise ratio: 300:1 (at full signal)
A/D resolution: 16 bit
Dark noise: 50 RMS counts
Corrected linearity: less than 99.8%
Sensitivity: 130 photons/count at 400 nm; 60 photons/count at 600 nm
Wavelength range: Grating dependent
Optical resolution: ~0.3-10.0 nm FWHM (grating dependent)
Integration time: 3.8 ms – 10 seconds
Dynamic range: 2 x 108 (system), 1300:1 for a single acquisition
Stray light: <0.05% at 600 nm; 0.10% at 435 nm
Power Supply: USB Powered via PC
Power consumption: 250 mA @ 5 VDC
Data transfer speed: Full spectrum to memory every 4 ms with USB 2.0 port
Inputs/Outputs: Yes, 8 onboard digital user-programmable GPIOs
Analog channels: No
Auto nulling: Yes
Trigger modes: 4 modes
Strobe functions: Yes
Connector: 22-pin connector
Operating systems: Windows 7
Computer interfaces: USB 2.0 @ 480 Mbps (USB1.1 compatible)

Specifications are subject to change.

CI-710 is a USB (Universal Serial Bus) powered spectrometer with operating software, and a leaf probe attachment. A broadband light source is attached on the leaf probe and can be conveniently placed in two positions for transmissive or reflective measurements. The spectrometer module takes the light from the leaf probe attachment through a fibre optic cable, disperses the light by a diffraction grating, and projects the wavelength dispersed light onto a CCD array. Each pixel of the CCD array thus corresponds to a specific wavelength of light. The operating software, SpectraSuite, displays the light intensity of each pixel of the CCD array.

Five spectroscopic measurements can be performed by CI-710:

Intensity (I) shows the electrical response of each CCD pixel to a specific wavelength of light coming off the fibre optic cable. It is essential to collect the intensity of the light source at the full wavelength range, referred to as the reference spectrum in SpectraSuite as it is required in calculating transmittance, absorbance, reflectivity, and irradiance.

Transmittance (T) is the fraction of the incident light passing through a sample, such as a leaf. When the intensity of the incident light is Io, and the intensity of light passing through the sample is It, the transmittance, T, is then expressed as T = It / Io. The CI-710 software suite can automatically calculate and plot the transmission spectrum with the reference spectrum (the intensity profile of the light source) stored.
Absorbance (A) is related to the transmittance as A = – log T = -log(It / Io). Absorbance is commonly denoted in optical density (OD) as it is linearly proportional to the amount of light absorbing sample in the light path length (Beer-Lambert law). For example, in a standard 1-cm cuvette, a sample with an OD of 2 is twice as concentrated as a sample with an OD of 1. But note that the intensity of light transmitted from a sample with an OD of 2 is only 1/10 of that from a sample with an OD of 1. Transmission and absorption spectrum measurements are the most common applications of spectrometers. The spectrum can be used for the quantification of chemical concentrations, colour analysis, the study of photochemical reactions such as photosynthesis, and the quantification of physical or optical properties such as film thickness, index of refraction, and extinction coefficient.

Reflectivity (R) is the fraction of incident light that is reflected from a sample. Depending on the purposes of the study, reflectivity can be measured for reflection at a specific angle from the sample, or the entire reflected hemisphere. The leaf probe attachment of CI-710 is not designed to measure the directional reflectivity. Nonetheless, it can be used to measure the absorption spectrum of surface substance of reflective or opaque samples.

Irradiance (Ir) is the amount of energy at each wavelength from a radiant sample. The relative irradiance is related to the radiant energy per unit area (watt cm-2) illuminating the sample. Common applications include characterizing the light output of incandescent lamps, or sunlight.