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What are the figures of merit for Ocean Optics spectrometers? In this post, we share the important criteria customers should consider when assessing a spectrometer for their next application.
“Figure of merit” is a generic expression, not specific to spectroscopy, that refers to the specifications considered most useful for comparing the utility of devices or systems. According to Merriam-Webster, the term’s first known use dates to 1865, during the latter part of the Industrial Revolution.
Today, figures of merit identify the most significant specifications in a system and help people weed out those specifications that do not directly correlate to overall performance. For spectrometers, these are the key figures of merit: