TriLux Fluorometer (for Chlorophyll, Phycoerythrin, Phycocyanin & Turbidity monitoring)
The innovative TriLux range of digital, in-situ, multi-wavelength fluorometers provides the user with increased functionality when compared to other fluorometers. Over 200 fluorometers are now in the field with users reporting excellent datasets. Applications include in-situ chlorophyll a & algae class studies, environmental monitoring, dye tracing, particulate studies, cell culture monitoring and process control.
- Applications and Features
- Algae class studies
- Chlorophyll a monitoring
- Environmental monitoring
- Cell culture monitoring
- Particulate studies
- Moored, profiled, towed or ROV / AUV platforms
- Miniature, low cost multi-wavelength fluorometer
- Range of excitation wavelength configurations available
- Chlorophyll-a flourescence detection of 685nm
- Digital output in engineering units
- Additional analogue output as standard
- User selectable sampling rate, 0.1Hz-3Hz
- Low power consumption
- Internal referencing of excitation intensity
- Rejection of ambient daylight
- High rejection of ambient daylight
- Low Noise, high sensitivity
- Low turbidity breakthrough
- RS232 & analogue output (or RS422 option
- User adjustable dynamic range
- Acetal C housing
The innovative TriLux range of digital, in-situ, multi-wavelength, fluorometers provides the user with increased functionality when compared to other fluorometers. Chelsea Technologies Group has used expertise gained within its Life Science Group to employ manufacturing techniques that have resulted in a significant reduction in production costs, providing the marine, fresh water, surveying markets with a low cost, high performance sensor.
The TriLux operates in a different fashion to a single wavelength fluorometer, providing information about the proportion of different light harvesting pigments in the algal sample being interrogated. The TriLux operates on the principle that energy absorbed by the light harvesting pigments is rapidly transferred to Chlorophyll a, where it is used to initiate a cycle of photosynthesis. A proportion of the energy absorbed, however, is re-emitted as Chlorophyll a fluorescence with a peak at 682nm. All versions of TriLux come with a Chlorophyll a channel as standard, two other channels can then be selected between turbidity and phycoerythrin and phycocyanin - pigments that are prevalent in many cyanobacteria based algae. The TriLux allows the user to assess the relative contribution to Chlorophyll a fluorescence emission from the different light harvesting pigments absorbing light at each of the chosen excitation wavelengths. This information can then be used to make an assessment of the different classes of phytoplankton present in the sample. It should be noted that different combinations of pigments will be excited at each of the excitation wavelengths offered.
Two signals can be obtained from the standard TriLux: the first is a digital RS232 output in engineering units, the second a 0V to 5V volt calibrated analogue output derived from the digital signal. A single RS422 output is also available as an option. This flexibility makes the TriLux suitable for integrating into many different systems and platforms.
A Windows based Graphical User Interface (GUI) is provided that allows the user to both plot and record time stamped data when operating the TriLux directly from a PC and gives control over many instrument parameters, including: sampling rate, calibration factors and dynamic range.
Although small and low cost, the TriLux fluorometer maintains the performance standards and build quality previously maintained by the Chelsea Technologies Group’s range of in-situ fluorometers.
Comparison of Freshwater & Seawater Synochocuccus Cyanobacteria.
The Chlorophyll a channel is calibrated for a 0-100 μg/L range (Chlorophyll a in acetone), with the other fluorescence channels being normalised to this calibration. The turbidity channel (if present) is calibrated to a 0-100FTU range.
Calibrated for 0-100ug/L (chlorophyll a in acetone). User can adjust range by selecting LED output intensity
Limit of detection:
Typically 0.1% of full range
470nm - Chlorophyll a
530nm - Phycoerythrin
610nm - Phycocyanin
685nm - Turbidity
Chlorophyll a, Phycoerythrin, Phycocyanin
Chlorophyll a, Turbidity, Phycoerythrin
Chlorophyll a, Turbidity, Phycocyanin
Note: Phycoerythrin and Phycocyanin data from TriLux is related to the Chlorophyll a fluorescence emission. Users who require Phycoerythrin and Phycocyanin concentration data may require the individual CTG UniLux fluorometers.
26.5mm dia x 105mm (140mm to end of connector)
Weight in air:
11 to 25Vdc
Digital RS232 and analogue 0 to 5Vdc (RS422 and SDI-12 options)
<1Watt @ 12 volt
Delivery Package: The standard UniLux/TriLux fluorometer is supplied with transit case, handbook and Windows based Graphical User Interface (GUI).
Accessories: User to specify cables and other accessories.
In view of our policy of continual improvement, the designs and specifications of our products may vary from those described.
The standard TriLux fluorometer is supplied with transit case, handbook and Windows based Graphical User Interface (GUI). A range of accessories is now available. For full desciptions on each of the accessories, please refer to datasheet in download section. .
You will need to decide on cable type, length and cable termination. You will also need to give consideration to how you wish to interface the fluorometer to either a laptop, PDA or your own system.
- TriLux Downloads