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Partner Spotlight: MOS Technology

Partner Spotlight: MOS Technology

With this blog, we are pleased to introduce a new feature spotlighting XENON distributors, OEMs, and other partners. In our first installment, our featured partner is MOS Technology of Taiwan. MOS Technology is an equipment and parts provider with comprehensive...

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Pulsed Light & Mushrooms: Growing Possibilities

Pulsed Light & Mushrooms: Growing Possibilities

It’s been more than a year since we featured mushrooms and Pulsed Light in this space, and it’s time to do an update because a lot has been happening. First, some background for those who are new to the subject. Mushrooms are one of the richest sources of Vitamin D...

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Pulsed Light: Like a Breath of Fresh Air

Pulsed Light: Like a Breath of Fresh Air

Pulsed Light is one of the most versatile technologies in the world. Harnessing the power of the sun, it’s being used to sanitize surfaces, enhance nutritional value in foods, improve food shelf life, and cure special materials, among other things. What could possibly...

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Energized by the Possibilities of Pulsed Light

Energized by the Possibilities of Pulsed Light

What’s exciting about Pulsed Light is the seemingly endless list of beneficial uses for the technology that have been discovered. And we keep learning of more. It was in this vein that two years ago, XENON launched the campaign “What could you do with high-energy...

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Wondering About the Future of Pulsed Light

Wondering About the Future of Pulsed Light

What do chicken eggs, solar cells, and avocados have in common? They were all made better or safer in 2021 thanks to breakthrough research in the use of Pulsed Light. Chicken eggs made headlines when Dr. Josh Cassar announced that Pulsed Light could decontaminate eggs...

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A Brighter Future for Solar Cells

A Brighter Future for Solar Cells

For the past decade, Thad Druffel has been developing materials and processes for roll-to-roll manufacturing of commercial renewable energy devices, with a particular interest in the use of Pulsed Light. He has written over 20 papers on the subject, and has used XENON...

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Protecting Our Pets With Pulsed Light

Protecting Our Pets With Pulsed Light

When we buy pet food at the supermarket or pet store, we expect that it was made with care and attention to safety, and for the most part it is. Nevertheless, hundreds of pets die each year from contaminated foods. A recent case was a tragic reminder, as more than 130...

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Hatching New Applications for Pulsed Light

Hatching New Applications for Pulsed Light

Dr. Josh Cassar has been researching Pulsed Light’s application in food safety for years, with one project in particular receiving a significant amount of attention: Pulsed Light processing of chicken eggs. Dr. Cassar earned his PhD at Penn State, and there has...

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Pulsed Light Versus the Variants

Pulsed Light Versus the Variants

It’s been a year and a half since I first wrote in this space about the SARS-2 Coronavirus, and the pandemic is still with us. The good news is, the vaccines that were developed in record time have been successful, reducing both the chance and severity of infection....

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What Researchers are Saying about Pulsed Light

What Researchers are Saying about Pulsed Light

In universities, companies, and government laboratories around the world, scientists are researching Pulsed Light. Try Googling the phrase “high-energy Pulsed Light” and you’ll be directed to hundreds of research studies and experiments. And most of these studies...

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The New CIXL Pulsed Light Solution

The New CIXL Pulsed Light Solution

An interview with CEO Lou Panico. UV light has been getting world-wide attention since the pandemic started, because of its unique ability to kill the virus that causes COVID-19—and virtually all other pathogens, too. But UV light, and Pulsed Light in particular, has...

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The Power of Light Keeps Making News

The Power of Light Keeps Making News

It’s been a little over a year since I began writing about the many different ways Pulsed Light can help protect us against COVID-19, from decontamination of airport security bins to safety in food processing. If you’re new to the subject, Pulsed Light uses...

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Putting Food Safety Under the Spotlight

Putting Food Safety Under the Spotlight

The next decade will be full of advancements in food safety, with technology innovation driving new procedures to prevent contamination outbreaks. At least, that’s the goal of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, as these key...

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Pulsed Light and Ambulance Safety

Pulsed Light and Ambulance Safety

Ambulances, and the first-responders who serve in them, are the very symbols of safety. When our lives are in danger, they rush to help us. Trained paramedics treat and care for us, and take us to the hospital if necessary. We certainly want to feel safe in an...

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Pulsed Light Sparks R&D Interest

Pulsed Light Sparks R&D Interest

As applications for Pulsed Light keep growing, so does interest in research and product development. Companies and universities are actively investigating what Pulsed Light can do and where it can be applied. XENON supports these efforts with benchtop products...

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The Mushrooming Interest in Pulsed Light and Vitamin D

The Mushrooming Interest in Pulsed Light and Vitamin D

A serving of mushrooms enhanced with Pulsed Light provides 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of Vitamin D. It’s no secret that vitamins are important for good health. Now, new research has found that Vitamin D in particular may help in fighting COVID-19. As...

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How to Build Pulsed Light into Your Product

How to Build Pulsed Light into Your Product

An Interview with Tom Marshall, XENON VP of Sales You’ve heard about all the things Pulsed Light can do. It’s helping to fight the coronavirus in sterilizing applications, from hospitals to airports. It’s used in food processing to sterilize conveyors and packaging....

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Pulsed Light Under the Microscope

Pulsed Light Under the Microscope

2020 has given us all a heightened awareness of dangerous pathogens, whether they are in the air we breathe or the food we eat. When the Covid-19 pandemic is a distant memory, the need to protect ourselves will remain. Pulsed Light is playing a growing role in this...

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After the Pandemic

After the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the way we live our lives in so many ways. In the early days, it was not entirely clear who was most at risk, how it was transmitted, and just how bad it would become. But as time went on, and at the urging of medical professionals,...

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Keeping Food and Food Workers Safe

Keeping Food and Food Workers Safe

It seems like every week, there’s another story about food processing plants shutting down for health issues—either from a food-borne illness or, these days, from a coronavirus outbreak among workers. Some plants have become COVID-19 hot spots, while also facing...

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Airport Security’s New Line of Defense

Airport Security’s New Line of Defense

What are the dirtiest, most contaminated objects in an airport? You might immediately picture the bathrooms or door handles, but you’d be wrong. The answer is the plastic bins at security checkpoints where we all place our phones and shoes. Those bins typically carry...

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Pulsed Light: The Energy of a Thousand Suns

Pulsed Light: The Energy of a Thousand Suns

If you’ve ever wondered how Pulsed Light can do things like sterilize equipment and kill the novel coronavirus, the answer was summed up recently by XENON’s VP of Operations and lead scientist, Dr. Saad Ahmed, when interviewed by a Boston TV station. As he put it,...

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Living in a Pulsed Light World

Living in a Pulsed Light World

It’s a cold, early morning in February and it’s been three years since the pandemic. Covid-22 is in the news now. We knew back then that we couldn’t hide away forever and as many feared, Covid-19 was not a one-time event. But we’ve gotten back to our lives, adding the...

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Pulsed Light and the New “Normal”

Pulsed Light and the New “Normal”

We’re all looking for good news these days. As I write this blog, the worldwide effort to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infections is beginning to succeed. Some states in the U.S. are cautiously opening up certain businesses. We can begin to see light at the end of...

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Pulsed Light: What it is and What it isn’t

Pulsed Light: What it is and What it isn’t

The physical world is, for the most part, disorganized, messy, and ambiguous. One of the aims in science and technology is to try and bring some order to this chaos so that it can be systematically studied, or even consistently named. Sometimes out of such efforts...

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Can Pulsed Light Kill the Coronavirus?

Can Pulsed Light Kill the Coronavirus?

I had planned on writing about a different subject this month, but XENON’s management asked me to set aside our usual blog and write about the new coronavirus, which causes the potentially deadly disease known as COVID-19. According to the World Health Organization,...

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Pulsed Light: Making History in Food Safety

Pulsed Light: Making History in Food Safety

When you sit down for dinner at home or in a restaurant, do you worry if your food is safe? Neither do I. In modern societies, it’s easy to take food safety for granted. But a look back in history reminds us that it wasn’t always that way. Just a few hundred years...

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Pulsed Light: Duct Tape of the Technology World

Pulsed Light: Duct Tape of the Technology World

Ever since XENON asked me to write some blogs for them, I’ve been struggling with a simple question: how do I talk about a specialized technology that’s easy to explain, but it’s not obvious why you might need or want it? You see, I’ve been writing about technology my...

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