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VUV Analytics - LUMA

VUV SPECTROSCOPY: SCIENCE IN A NEW LIGHT: VUV Analytics’ vision is to enable new science and better processes by harnessing the unique capabilities of VUV technology.  VUV Analytics manufactures universal vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopic detectors that provide a new dimension of chemical analysis accuracy. VUV light creates unique spectral signatures in the gas phase that result in unambiguous compound identification and quantitative analysis across a wide spectrum of complex applications.  Unlike legacy GC detectors, VUV detection delivers scalable data analysis automation with reduced analytical error and higher analytical throughput.

WHAT MAKES VUV DETECTION DIFFERENT: Virtually everything absorbs in the vacuum ultraviolet spectrum (120 – 240 nm) measured by VUV detectors.  The high energy, short wavelength VUV light induces electronic transitions in most chemical bonds in the gas phase including ground state to excited state σ→ σ* and π→ π*.  VUV spectra are specific to chemical structure and reflect the inherent absorbance cross section of individual compounds.  VUV detectors provide unmatched selectivity of isomers and co-eluting analytes without the need for chromatographic baseline resolution.  VUV detectors are designed for gas chromatography and streaming gas applications.


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“LUMA represents the next logical step in our long-term product strategy,” said Clark Jernigan, CEO of VUV Analytics. “Since the introduction of our VGA line of vacuum ultraviolet spectrometers, our customers and prospects have told us there was a need for a general-use gas chromatography detector that was extremely sensitive to single-digit part-per-billion levels that was also universal so it could be used for a wide range of applications. They told us that having some level of selectivity to aid in compound identification was critical. Finally, they told us that any new detector had to be easy to use and deploy with minimal training requirements. We took this input to heart, and the end result is LUMA.”

The compact VUV LUMA multi-channel detector was developed with laboratory productivity in mind and is powerful enough for R&D while being easy enough for routine analysis. Key capabilities of LUMA include:

  • Sensitivity to sub-picogram levels, allowing for the detection of low-level analytes and impurities.
  • Universal detection — nearly all compounds absorb, making it ideal for a wide range of applications.
  • Channel Selectivity for compound identification and simple deconvolution.
  • Channel Flexibility. LUMA acquires up to 12 independent channels (wavelength bands) of data. This flexibility allows for a wide range of analysis to be performed on a single detector — potentially eliminating other detection techniques and reducing the number of sample injections required.
  • User-installable in less than one hour. LUMA installs directly on top of existing Agilent 68, 78, and 8890 GCs.
  • LUMA does not require special or separate gases. All gases are supplied through the GC and AUX EPC.
  • LUMA works with existing laboratory Chromatography Data Systems so there is no new software to learn, which minimizes training.
  • Low Cost-of-Ownership. LUMA uses minimal consumables like a deuterium lamp that is rated for 2,000 hours.

“Choosing a GC detector has always been application-specific and requires significant trade-off’s between sensitivity, universal detection, selectivity, and ease of use,” said Peter Boler, Vice President of Marketing for VUV Analytics. “An FID is sensitive and easy to use but not universal or selective. A TCD is universal and easy to use but not very sensitive. Likewise, a Mass Spectrometer is very sensitive and selective but is more complicated to use. With LUMA, we eliminate these trade-off’s, giving the user a sensitive and universal detector with some selectivity that is extremely easy to use and deploy.”

The vision of VUV Analytics is to develop novel solutions and streamlined processes by harnessing the unique capabilities of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) technology. Virtually every compound absorbs in the vacuum ultraviolet spectrum, which is measured by VUV detectors. Universal VUV spectroscopic detectors provide a new dimension of chemical analysis. VUV detectors have been designed especially for gas chromatography and streaming gas applications.

Learn more about the VUV LUMA Multi-Channel Absorbance Detector at luma.vuvanalytics.com or by contacting us at info@uvison.com

UVISON Technologies have several UK demo labs to show this great technology - call +44 (0) 1322 285850 to book your demo.

VUV Analytics, Inc. together with UVISON Technologies Limited have launched VUV LUMA™ Multi-Channel Vacuum Ultraviolet Absorbance Detector

Providing best-in-class detector sensitivity, universal detection, and selectivity that seamlessly integrates into existing laboratory workflows:

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