Spring 2015 Newsletter

Stay In Touch with Luxel


A compilation of sun images taken with different bandpass filters. Image credit: NASA

Welcome to the first edition of the Luxel Corporation newsletter! We aim to provide

this newsletter a few times per year to update you about our technology and developments in the areas of:

> Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) SupportsIn addition to featuring products, sections will also address common questions or demonstrate product usage, feature particular applications, and expose you to some of the local flavor of our home on San Juan Island, Washington.



Available Filter Materials

periodic_table_8_WEB Many customers come to Luxel for a particular need, and aren’t aware of the wide variety of materials we work with. While we’ve had a long list of materials on our website, this new image gives a more compelling look at the elements and compounds we can produce. More info.


Industry News

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Artist rendering of the New Horizons spacecraft. Image credit: NASA

One of the applications Luxel is best known for is creating filters for the aerospace industry, and we are very proud of our flight history that spans over 40 years. For us, it’s exciting to see our filters in action as instruments get used in space.One such mission is just starting to collect data for its primary research objectives of better characterizing Pluto and its moons. After being built by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and Southwest Research Institute, the NASA Spacecraft New Horizons launched in January 2006.Several of our LUXFilm® Polyimide/Carbon and LUXFilm® Polyimide/Aluminum filters are on board as part of the Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation (PEPSSI) instrument in the plasma and high energy particle spectrometer suite (PAM).


Local News

Luxel employee Monika Wieland snapped this photograph of 42 year-old mom J16 Slick with newborn calf J50 in February 2015

Luxel employee Monika Wieland snapped this photograph of 42 year-old mom J16 Slick with newborn calf J50 in February 2015

Luxel Corporation is located on San Juan Island off the northwest coast of Washington State. The island is only accessible from the mainland by ferry or airplane. All of our employees live here full-time and enjoy the unique aspects that go along with “island life.”The San Juan Islands are a popular tourist destination, in part because of our local pods of killer whales, or orcas. The Southern Resident Community of killer whales, made up of J-, K-, and L-Pods, was listed as endangered in 2005. During the summer months, the Southern Residents spend most of their time in the waters around the San Juan Islands, where researchers can identify every of the 80 or so whales by their unique markings. Due to long-term studies, we also know the family histories of every animal, since the whales stay with their mother in their mother’s pod for life.


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