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3 Reasons to Visit ASD at the AGU Fall Meeting 2016

December 02, 2016

 

This year’s annual AGU® Fall Meeting, to be held December 12-16 in San Francisco, California, has an expected attendance of 24,000! The event will host many of the world's most respected Earth and space scientists, and showcase the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field. ASD is excited to be a part of this year’s event, participating with both a booth (#219) and a demo suite (MR1); ASD will be in the Exhibit Hall demonstrating the use of our FieldSpec® 4 and TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier instruments.

2016 ASD Webinar Season Series Summary

November 30, 2016

This year, ASD began a webinar series initiative whereby we invited some of our well known ASD spectrometer instrument users and customers to share and discuss their various and diverse application uses.

ASD is proud to be a global organization with an instrument install base representing over 60 countries worldwide. Education, communication and the sharing of information amongst our global base of ASD users is something that we would like to see and encourage more of future forward; thus, ASD is quite pleased that the no-charge informative webinars that we have provided and created for in 2016 have been successful in both beginning conversations and in attracting a crowd of interested registrants eager to hear and learn more!

We are truly appreciative; ASD would like to extend a LARGE thank you to our webinar speakers, our channel partners and all of the individuals who participated as registrants!

ASD is excited to announce that we will be continuing this webinar series in 2017. Please email us at nir.info@panalytical.com and let us know what you would like to see, and/or if you have interest in sharing your ASD instrument application on a webinar!

"It's not easy being green": a spectroscopic study of green pigments used in illuminated manuscripts

November 09, 2016

ASD’s November webinar speakers use an ASD FieldSpec® 4 instrument to non-invasively characterize paint mixtures, recipes and glazes used in historic pieces of art work and manuscripts. Using near infrared (NIR) technology, large amounts of data with comprehensive results are able to be acquired in short amounts of time with no damage to the analyzed object.

Timeline summarizing green pigments and mixtures identified on analyzed French manuscripts

 

Want to learn more? Read Dr. Paola Ricciardi’s article, “‘It’s not easy being green’: a spectroscopic study of green pigments used in illuminated manuscripts,” available for download on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s website here.

 

What is an Illuminated Manuscript?

November 03, 2016

An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition of decoration or illustration, such as decorated initials, borders and miniatures. Illumination was costly and complex for surviving manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, and was therefore usually reserved for special books like an altar Bible, for example. Illuminated manuscripts are artistically significant and maintain historic ancient text documents by preserving their informative value.

Spectroscopy In Analyzing Works of Art

October 24, 2016

In their investigation into the origin of the Selden Map of China, Kogou, et al. used several analytical techniques to characterize the map. ASD's LabSpec® 4 near-infrared (NIR) analyzer was used to characterize the pigment and binding medium. Future work will include the use of near-infrared analysis for direct analysis of the map itself. The non-invasive nature of ASD's LabSpec 4, plus the easily positioned fiber optic probe, means that they will be able to analyze any location on the map rather than being restricted to just a few spots or detached fragments. You can read Kogou, et al.'s research article, here

Future of Zika and Dengue are threatened, with help from ASD's LabSpec Analyzer

October 05, 2016

ASD Inc., a PANalytical company, part of Spectris and developer of high-performance near-infrared (NIR) analytical instrumentation and material analysis solutions, has learned that their LabSpec NIR analyzer is being used in the fight against Zika. Brent Olsen, VP & GM of ASD comments, “a key part of the ASD and PANalytical mission and vision is to create a better world by helping people to analyze materials that matter to them and the environment; as such, our organization is pleased that our solutions have the ability to help make a difference in the fight against Zika and Dengue.”

UC Davis and ASD are Co-Hosting a Lunch and Learn

October 05, 2016

 

ASD's October Webinar Focuses on Interpreting Geochemical Conditions on Mars

October 04, 2016

Our 2016 webinar series focuses on one ASD spectroscopy application each month.

If you haven't watched our previous webinars, please visit our webinar recordings page to see what you have missed! Some of our past webinar topics include: NIR, Metamorphic Petrology, and Remote Sensing, On-orbit Sensor Absolute Radiometric Calibration for Earth Remote Sensing, and Adventures in Albedo.

This October, our spectroscopy webinar focuses on the specific application of terrestrial analog studies and geochemical conditions and features ASD's TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • Terrestrial analog rover simulations using a VNIR field-portable spectrometer in remote Utah as a useful tool in refining Mars rover operational strategies
  • On being a "human rover" - science team protocols, targets of interest and data collection
  • Using terrestrial analog sites to reconstruct the geologic history of Mars
  • Investigating diverse hydrothermal deposits with Mars analog instrumentation

Visit ASD at the MINExpo International® 2016 Show!

September 20, 2016

 

MINExpo® is a mining technology show held every four years, representing all major mining regions of the world.  

On September 26-28, ASD will be attending and exhibiting at the MINExpo 2016 show in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Please come engage with our experts on the show floor, and visit with us in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 26244!


ASD’s TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier will be on display at our booth and ASD Technical Representatives will be available to showcase and demonstrate how this full-range NIR spectrometer works. For exploration and mine geologists, the TerraSpec Halo mineral identifier is an all-in-one mineral analysis system that allows you to immediately identify alteration minerals with a simple pull of a trigger for faster delineation of alteration, speedier core logging and quick confirmation of ore mineralogy.

We hope to meet you there!

 

If you would like to schedule an appointment with an ASD representative at the MINExpo, click below!

Schedule A One-On-One

 

Another First for the Agricultural Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa!

September 06, 2016

Eric Economon, of the Agricultural Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa, is a man of firsts. Eric bought the first ASD instrument sold in South Africa over a decade ago.  And now, with his brand new FieldSpec® 4, Eric is the first South African customer to purchase an ASD instrument through our new partner, PANalytical-South Africa. Eric uses a variety of remote sensing and ground truthing techniques to monitor the biology of South Africa, sometimes in very remote areas. He uses the FieldSpec 4 to ground truth invasive biological species that can affect South Africa's agricultural market. Congrats on your new purchase, Eric!

Want to learn more about how spectrometers can be used to increase your agricultural output?  Join us for our free webinar to learn more about analyzing and groundtruthing soil characteristics!

Join our September Webinar

 

Pictured above (left to right): Chris Sherry, ASD Sr Manager; Eric Economon, Agricultural Research Council; Wynand Smit, Director- PANalytical - South Africa

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