C10988MA ultra-compact spectrometer

Hamamatsu Photonics has introduced the C10988MA, an ultra-compact spectrometer built using MOEMS technology. The C10988MA is a thumb-sized device, measuring only 27.6 x 13 x 16.8mm, developed for use in portable and hand-held devices, where a standard mini-spectrometer would be too large and consume too much power. The device weighs 9g.

To achieve such a small size required the combination of Hamamatsu's MEMS and image sensor technologies. The device uses an aberration-corrected concave grating with a short focal length, and a blazed grating profile for high diffraction efficiency. The grating is replicated onto the top of a convex glass lens using nano-print technology. Directly opposite the grating is placed a dedicated CMOS silicon image sensor with an on-chip slit. This 75 x 750µm slit is formed into the CMOS chip using MEMS technology. The distance between the sensor and slit is 1mm, and the grating to image sensor distance is 8.5mm.

Through the use of these novel techniques, the C10988MA can offer a spectral resolution of 12nm in the wavelength range of 340 to 750nm, making it suitable for a range of visible light applications requiring a miniaturised spectrometer head