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An imaging microscope for spectrally analyzing a sample includes (i) a laser source that generates an interrogation beam; (ii) an attenuated total reflection assembly that includes an ATR crystal and a sample holder that holds the sample in intimate contact with the ATR crystal; (iii) an objective lens assembly that collects a reflected beam and focuses the reflected beam; and (iv) a two dimensional image sensor that receives the focused, reflected beam and captures two dimensional image information that is used to generate an image of the sample, the image sensor being operable in the mid-infrared range.


Spectrally analyzing an unknown sample (10A) includes (i) providing a spatially homogeneous region (10B) of the unknown sample (10A); (ii) directing a plurality of interrogation beams (16) at the spatially homogeneous region (10B) with a laser source (14), (iii) acquiring a separate output image (245) while the unknown sample (10A) is illuminated by each of the interrogation beams (16) with an image sensor (26A); and (iv) analyzing less than fifty output images (245) to analyze whether a characteristic is present in the unknown sample (10A) with a control system (28) that includes a processor. Each of the interrogation beams (16) is nominally monochromatic and has a different interrogation wavelength that is in the mid-infrared spectral range.


Patent
Daylight Solutions, Inc. | Date: 2015-12-14

A laser source (340) that generates an output beam (354) that is directed along a beam axis (354A) that is coaxial with a first axis and orthogonal to a second axis comprises a first frame (356), a laser (358), and a first mounting assembly (360). The laser (358) generates the output beam (354) that is directed along the beam axis (354A). The first mounting assembly (360) couples the laser (358) to the first frame (356). The first mounting assembly (360) allows the laser (358) to expand and contract relative to the first frame (356) along the first axis and along the second axis, while maintaining alignment of the output beam (354) so the beam axis (354A) is substantially coaxial with the first axis. The first mounting assembly (360) can include a first fastener assembly (366) that couples the laser (358) to the first frame (356), and a first alignment assembly (368) that maintains alignment of the laser (358) along a first alignment axis (370) that is substantially parallel to the first axis.


Patent
Daylight Solutions, Inc. | Date: 2015-05-19

An analysis assembly (12) for analyzing one or more physiological parameters of a person (10) comprises a sensor assembly (14) and an analyzer (16). The sensor assembly (14) includes a sampler (218) that collects a sample (220) from the person (10); and a signal generating apparatus (222) that directs a mid-infrared light beam (232) toward the sample (220) and performs spectroscopy on the sample (220) to generate a signal (215) that is based at least in part on the one or more physiological parameters of the person (10). The sampler (218) and the signal generating apparatus (222) can be positioned less than approximately one meter from the person (10) while the sample (220) is being collected and spectroscopically scanned to generate the signal (215). The analyzer (16) receives and analyzes the signal (215) to determine the presence of the one or more physiological parameters in the sample (220).


Spectrally analyzing an unknown sample (10A) includes (i) providing a spatially homogeneous region (10B) of the unknown sample (10A); (ii) directing a plurality of interrogation beams (16) at the spatially homogeneous region (10B) with a laser source (14), (iii) acquiring a separate output image (245) while the unknown sample (10A) is illuminated by each of the interrogation beams (16) with an image sensor (26A); and (iv) analyzing less than fifty output images (245) to analyze whether a characteristic is present in the unknown sample (10A) with a control system (28) that includes a processor. Each of the interrogation beams (16) is nominally monochromatic and has a different interrogation wavelength that is in the mid-infrared spectral range.


A spectral imaging device (12) includes an image sensor (28), a tunable light source (14), an optical assembly (17), and a control system (30). The optical assembly (17) includes a first refractive element (24A) and a second refractive element (24B) that are spaced apart from one another by a first separation distance. The refractive elements (24A) (24B) have an element optical thickness and a Fourier space component of the optical frequency dependent transmittance function. Further, the element optical thickness of each refractive element (24A) (24B) and the first separation distance are set such that the Fourier space components of the optical frequency dependent transmittance function of each refractive element (24A) (24B) fall outside a Fourier space measurement passband.


Patent
Daylight Solutions, Inc. | Date: 2016-07-13

An imaging microscope (12) for generating an image of a sample (10) comprises a beam source (14) that emits a temporally coherent illumination beam (20), the illumination beam (20) including a plurality of rays that are directed at the sample (10); an image sensor (18) that converts an optical image into an array of electronic signals; and an imaging lens assembly (16) that receives rays from the beam source (14) that are transmitted through the sample (10) and forms an image on the image sensor (18). The imaging lens assembly (16) can further receive rays from the beam source (14) that are reflected off of the sample (10) and form a second image on the image sensor (18). The imaging lens assembly (16) receives the rays from the sample (10) and forms the image on the image sensor (18) without splitting and recombining the rays.


Patent
Daylight Solutions, Inc. | Date: 2015-12-11

An assembly (12) for rapid thermal data acquisition of a sample (10) includes a laser source (14), a light sensing device (26), and a control system (28). The laser source (14) emits a laser beam (16) that is directed at the sample (10), the laser beam (16) including a plurality of pulses (233). The light sensing device (26) senses mid-infrared light from the sample (10), the light sensing device (26) including a pixel array (348). The control system (28) controls the light sensing device (26) to capture a plurality of sequential readouts (402) from the pixel array (348) with a substantially steady periodic readout acquisition rate 405. The control system (28) can generate a spectral cube (13) using information from the readouts (402).


Patent
Daylight Solutions, Inc. | Date: 2016-10-06

A laser assembly for generating an output beam includes a first module assembly, a second module assembly, and a module fastener assembly. The second module assembly is selectively movable relative to the first module assembly to selectively adjust a cavity length, and a pivot axis of a grating in the laser. Further, an arm assembly that retains the grating can be adjusted to adjust the cavity length, and to adjust the plane of the grating face. Moreover, the grating is movable relative to the arm assembly to align the grating.


Patent
Daylight Solutions, Inc. | Date: 2014-04-11

A mid-infrared objective lens assembly (10) includes a plurality of spaced apart, refractive lens elements (20) that operate in the mid-infrared spectral range, the plurality of lens elements (20) including an aplanatic first lens element (26) that is closest to an object (14) to be observed. The first lens element (26) has a forward surface (36) that faces the object (14) and a rearward surface (38) that faces away from the object (14). The forward surface (36) can have a radius of curvature that is negative.

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