07286222 is referenced by 16 patents and cites 45 patents.

A container for holding a sample and a system and method for a handheld spectrometer using the container is disclosed. In one embodiment, the container includes a vial with an optical window at the base of the vial. A sample may be placed in the vial. A hollow plunger may be slidably inserted into the vial which seals the gap between the plunger and the walls of the vial. The plunger includes a filter element. When the plunger is inserted into the vial, the sample is forced against the optical window and the filter element vents liquid and/or gas that is in the vial into the hollow plunger. A portable or handheld system for detecting, for example, biothreat agents makes use of the container in order to determine a spectrum of the sample. The optical window of the container is preferably substantially transparent to photons illuminating the sample and to photons produced due to the interaction of the illuminating photons and the sample.

Title
Sample container and system for a handheld spectrometer and method for using therefor
Application Number
11/509705
Publication Number
7286222 (B2)
Application Date
August 25, 2006
Publication Date
October 23, 2007
Inventor
Charles W Gardner Jr
Gibsonia
PA, US
Agent
Duane Morris
Assignee
ChemImage Corporation
PA, US
IPC
G01N 21/01
G01N 21/65
G01J 3/44
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