Upcoming Events

Locations to meet with Photon Systems and see the products and hear about the technology Invited Talk: “Deep UV Raman Spectroscopy, from Earth to Mars and Back Again” by Rohit Bhartia, William Hug, Ray Reid, Kyle Uckert, Michelle Minitti, Sunanda Sharma, Andrew Steele (PDF) July 29th, in Rome, Italy Invited Talk: by R. Bhartia (August…

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Photon Systems Celebrates 25 Years!

Two longtime colleagues, William Hug and Ray Reid founded Photon Systems 25 years ago, in June 1996. In a fashion similar to the founding of Apple and HP, Photon Systems was founded in William Hug’s garage. Of course, this was not a typical garage, since it included a very high vacuum turbomolecular pumped laser process…

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Photon Systems Laser Lands On Mars

The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover successfully landed on Mars February 18, 2021. The rover, with the SHERLOC instrument landed in the Jezero crater to search for signatures of life. SHERLOC is a highly advanced deep UV fluorescence and Raman spectrometer that can withstand the Mars environment and is capable of generating chemical and organic maps…

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Photon Systems On The Way To Mars

Mars 2020 Launch

The Mars 2020 mission with the Perseverance Rover launched on July 30, 2020 and will land on Mars February 18, 2021.  The Perseverance Rover, with the SHERLOC instrument is headed to Jezzero crater in 2020 to search for signatures of life. It is a highly advanced deep UV fluorescence and Raman spectrometer that can withstand…

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Robotic Deep UV Standoff Sensors

Robot with stand-off explosives detector

Photon Systems has developed deep UV standoff CBE sensors that are robot-mounted.  Using fluorescence and Raman bands, they enable rapid detection and classification of trace and bulk levels of chemical, biological and explosive contaminants on clothes, vehicles, packages, luggage and other surfaces or liquids.  These sensors provide enhanced situational awareness for soldiers and first responders…

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Deep ocean AUV sensor for trace chemical/biological material

Deep ocean AUV Sensor

The goal of the deep UV chemical seep detector and classifier development is to provide a new generation of instrumentation for real-time, in-situ, detection of bulk and trace crude oil, drilling fluids, and other hydrocarbons and chemicals in natural Ocean water columns without the need to acquire or ingest samples or other complex sample preparation…

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Deep UV Bio Inspection Tool (DEBI-t)


DEBI-T was developed via collaboration between Photon Systems, Inc., Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of Southern California and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University under National Science Foundation Funding. The primary use of this unique new instrument is to provide a quick means for characterizing the distribution of microbes in the deep subsurface. …

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