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Method and apparatus for reducing solvent luminescence background emissions

United States Patent

5,827,663
October 27, 1998
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The detectability of luminescent molecules in solution is enhanced by reducing the background luminescence due to impurity species also present in the solution. A light source that illuminates the solution acts to photolyze the impurities so that the impurities do not luminesce in the fluorescence band of the molecule of interest. Molecules of interest may be carried through the photolysis region in the solution or may be introduced into the solution after the photolysis region.
Affleck; Rhett L. (Los Alamos, NM), Ambrose; W. Patrick (Los Alamos, NM), Demas; James N. (Charlottesville, VA), Goodwin; Peter M. (Jemez Springs, NM), Johnson; Mitchell E. (Pittsburgh, PA), Keller; Richard A. (Los Alamos, NM), Petty; Jeffrey T. (Los Alamos, NM), Schecker; Jay A. (Santa Fe, NM), Wu; Ming (Los Alamos, NM)
The Regents of the University of California (Los Alamos, NM)
08/ 727,841
October 4, 1996
This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.