Hyperchromator: tunable light source UV-Vis-IR

The Hyperchromator is a tunable light source: a monochromator designed for ISTEQ’s laser-pumped plasma light source XWS-30. The Hyperchromator optimally uses the advantages of the pointed plasma light source by using a mirror with an aperture up to f/1.5 to collect the light and ensure maximum light throughput without a limiting entrance slit.

It is optimized for applications that require a fast and tunable point light source.

Specifications of the Hyperchromator:

Optical input

ISTEQ XWS-30 light source, directly coupled to the monochromator (others on request)

Optical output

Fused silica fiber, SMA or FC, 100-600µm 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 800µW (grating at 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

(*) depends on choice of grating and other requirements

Output power features for Hyperchromator (just two examples):

If you need a monochromator we can propose a unit for fiber coupled light sources: FiberChromator.

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Hyperchromator: tunable light source UV-Vis-IR

Hyperchromator: tunable light source UV-Vis-IR

The HyperChromator is a TUNABLE LIGHT SOURCE that consists of a monochromator plus an ultra broadband plasma light source with range between 185 - 2500 nm (depending on grating).

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