UV solar simulators for in-vivo SPF testing by Oriel

Dec. 16, 2011
The Sol-UV solar simulator from Oriel, a Newport Corp. brand, is designed for photobiological applications such as testing over-the-counter sunscreen products' sun protection factor (SPF).

The Sol-UV solar simulator from Oriel, a Newport Corp. brand (Stratford, CT), is designed for photobiological applications such as testing over-the-counter sunscreen products' sun protection factor (SPF). The new unit simulates solar ultraviolet radiation (UV) required to induce a minimum erythemal response for in-vivo SPF testing and can be used for in-vitro methods as well. Its patent-pending optical design uses a proprietary filter and unique geometry to meet all applicable standards for a light source for SPF testing. Output beam sizes include 2 × 2, 4 × 4, or 6 × 6 inches.

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Newport Oriel's Sol-UV™ Series - UV Solar Simulators for Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Testing

Stratford, CT – December 15, 2011 – Oriel®, a Newport Corporation Brand, now offers the Sol-UV™ Solar Simulator, an advanced solar simulator for demanding photobiological applications such as testing over-the-counter sunscreen products’ sun protection factor (SPF). The new unit simulates solar ultraviolet radiation (UV) required to induce a minimum erythemal response for in-vivo SPF testing and can be used for in-vitro methods as well. Oriel’s Sol-UV Series solar simulator’s spectral output is designed to comply with the governing standards to meet FDA Sunscreen Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use, June, 2011, the International Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Test Method, May 2006 (CTFASA, COLIPA, CTFA, JCIA), and ISO Cosmetics – sun protection test methods: in vivo determination of the sun protection factor, ISO 24444:2010.

The Oriel Sol-UV simulators feature a patent-pending optical design to achieve spectral compliance, using a proprietary filter and unique geometry to meet all applicable standards for a light source for SPF testing. The output beam sizes include 2 x 2, 4 x 4, or 6 x 6 inches. Calibration-certified by Rapid Precision Testing Laboratories (RPTL), the Sol-UV Solar Simulators are a cost-effective solution for SPF testing in laboratories or clinics.

Optional filters that provide UVA, UVA-I, UVA-II, and UVB tailored output are available, making Sol-UV a versatile tool for applications such as phototoxicology, photostability/sensitivity, and photocarcinogenesis studies.

Sol-UV features include: non-uniformity of irradiance of less than 5 percent over the entire sampling area; variable output attenuation from 10% to 100% of available solar constants (without affecting spectral compliance) using an integrated attenuating aperture; temperature sensors and safety interlocks to prevent inadvertent exposure to UV radiation; a black, non-reflective surface to minimize stray light; and easy lamp replacement.

For more information regarding Oriel’s new Sol-UV Series, please visit: www.newport.com/Sol-UV-PR10.

About Newport Corporation

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research, microelectronics manufacturing, aerospace and defense/security, life and health sciences and precision industrial manufacturing markets. Newport’s innovative solutions leverage its expertise in high-power semiconductor, solid-state and ultrafast lasers, photonics instrumentation, sub-micron positioning systems, vibration isolation, optical subsystems and precision automation to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers’ manufacturing, engineering and research applications. Newport is part of the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

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