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Tis' The Season For Holiday Treats!

December 21, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing! Perhaps you are involved in some traditional holiday baking of your own? And, perhaps your holiday baking recipe calls for flour?

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

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

Join us for our next free webinar - Analyzing and Groundtruthing Soil Characteristics

August 23, 2016

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

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

This September, our webinar focuses on the application of soil characteristics. 

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How (and why) water alters the spectral reflectance of soil
  • The importance of the location of water in the soil
  • Nutrient and organic matter analysis of soil
  • UAS sensor calibration using an ASD instrument
  • Groundtruthing a UAS sensor using an ASD instrument

Trade in your FieldSpec Pro/Classic for BIG SAVINGS!

October 13, 2015

Is there an old FieldSpec tucked away in the back of your lab? Are you relying on an obsoleted spectrometer that can no longer be serviced? Are you using an alternative brand that just isn’t measuring up?

Now is the time to capitalize the value of your obsoleted instrument, save thousands of dollars on a new purchase, and tap the innovation that makes ASD spectrometers the most trusted brand on the market today.

Do you have an instrument from another manufacturer? No problem! Most comparable brands are accepted.

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