Hyperchromator: monochromator + UVVisIR light source

The Hyperchromator is a high throughput monochromator originally designed for the Energetiq EQ-99X LDLS free-beam plasma source. With fast optics, up to f/1.5, it efficiently collects the light directly from the small plasma spot of the light source without an entrance slit.

This monochromator is optimized for monochromatic illumination applications where a tunable output from a point source is required. Additionally, white light output is available (zero order reflection).

The output port has been designed with a very flexible opto-mechanical interface. This allows for a multitude of illumination or light coupling options using standard catalog components, rendering the integration of the Hyperchromator into your setup hassle free and straight-forward. Possible configurations include fiber coupling, collimated or free-beam output.

The Hyperchromator is motorized and may be controlled via USB/RS232 and an intuitive GUI.
Options for external control include LabVIEW, Python and others.

Key features of the Hyperchromator:

- No input slit, as input slit is the plasma spot
- Up to F/1.5 for highest throughput
- Different configurations available (1 or 2 gratings, collimated or fiber coupled output,
adaptions to 30 mm cage system possible )
- Homogeneous output distribution due to a proprietary design
- Spectral power monitoring optional
- Built-in Shutter
- Easy to use Software, Windows GUI, LabView on request
- High brightness tunable light source from UV to NIR
- Flexible and ultra compact design
- Portable and rugged design
- Quick release of lamp housing for stand-alone usage
- Great Etendue match to LDLS
- Long lifetime for low cost-of-ownership

Design of the Hyperchromator:

Specifications of the Hyperchromator:

Optical input

Energetiq EQ-99X light source, directly coupled
(optionally many other light sources, optical fibers or manually adjustable entrance slit can be attached)

Optical output

Fused silica fiber, SMA or FC, 100-400µm core, or free beam output with adjustable slit or various collimator options.

Spectral power monitoring on request.

Wavelength range

200 – 2500nm *


f/1.5 or f/2, depending on required resolution and light output


1-10nm FWHM *

Output power

Up to 500µW @ grating blaze wavelengths, 6nm bandwidth and

400µm fiber


Typ. 0.1nm

Scanning speed

40-100nm/s *

Control interface

USB/RS-232, LabVIEW™-based GUI, various external control options

Dimensions and Weight

47 x 45 x 25cm (WxDxH); 16kg

Stability and life time of the LDLS (laser driven plasma light source integrated in the Hyperchromator):

Output power features for Hyperchromator (just two examples):

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Hyperchromator: monochromator + UVVisIR light source

Hyperchromator: monochromator + UVVisIR light source

The HyperChromator is a TUNABLE LIGHT SOURCE that consists of the Hyperchromator plus an ultra broadband, free-beam plasma source (Energetiq EQ-99X LDLS). With light emission from 170nm to near infrared (up to 2500 nm), bandwidth in the range 1-10nm (FWHM) and a scanning speed of 40 - 100 nm/s. From Mountain Photonics GmbH.

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