How MRR Works

Background on BrightSpec’s MRR Technology

Molecular rotational spectroscopy has been used for decades in predominantly two fields, molecular structure research and astronomy. Physical chemists use the rotational spectrum as a means to study molecular structure of gas phase molecules and weakly bound complexes. The structures can be used to deduce bonding characteristics. Astronomers use the rotational spectrum as a means to study the composition of the interstellar medium (ISM) through high frequency radio telescopes. The rotational spectrum is the same for a gas in the ISM as it is in a terrestrial lab. Astrochemistry research has driven much of the analytical and technological advancement of millimeter/submillimeter rotational spectroscopy.

At the University of Virginia, Brooks Pate developed technology that speeds up the instrument’s sampling time. ¬†With this foundational IP, BrightSpec has added additional IP and know-how that enables MRR to be used in more practical and commercial settings.