FT-IR Spectroscopy

Aug 01, 2010
Special Issues
Establishing credibility and reliability of the information provided by a Fourier transform–infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer is paramount to mitigating risk in the QA/QC laboratory, where simple, fast and error-free analysis of unknown materials or material verification are required. To meet the demands of a modern QA/QC laboratory, FT-IR spectrometers must include capabilities that shift the burden of proving the reliability of the information away from the analyst so they can concentrate on the sample, not on verifying the integrity of the data. Recent design advances in both FT-IR spectrometer hardware and software give users greater confidence by continually reporting instrument status and performance verification, efficiently and effectively running pass–fail tests against specification, and easily adjusting to the degree of variation in a given set of products.
Aug 01, 2010
Special Issues
The most popular design of a hollow waveguide consists of silica glass tubing coated internally with silver and silver iodide to create a highly reflective surface. The external surface of the silica glass tubing is coated with an acrylate to enhance waveguide strength. In contrast to traditional mid-IR optical fibers, such as chalcogenide glass, and silver halide polycrystalline fibers, hollow waveguides offer distinct advantages for mid-IR remote sampling. Hollow waveguides, which were recently incorporated into a mid-IR sampling accessory, provide enhanced durability and span the full mid-IR range. This article details the technology and performance of hollow waveguides in the mid-IR spectral region and presents applications in remote sampling.
Aug 01, 2010
Special Issues
Relying primarily on transmission or reflection techniques, FT-IR microscope and imaging systems often can require tedious sample preparation to obtain representative data from a sample. Conversely, similar to a sample compartment attenuated total reflectance (ATR) accessory, the ATR microscope objective requires no sample preparation as the sample can simply be contacted with the ATR element, or crystal, and then the sample spectra can be collected using the microscope detector. The ATR objectives discussed here are designed to offer simultaneous video observation of the selected sample area during infrared data collection. These ATR objectives provide a unique capability for sample observation and infrared data collection when utilizing a software mapping feature offered with the FT-IR microscopes discussed.
Aug 01, 2010
Special Issues
Infrared (IR) spectroscopy is one of the most versatile and powerful analytical tools that we have today for the characterization and identification of materials. Its strength lies in its ability to handle a broad range of material types, in any physical state, at a wide range of concentrations, and on many occasions, with direct methods of measurement. These strengths are about to be enhanced by the use of instrumentation that utilizes a choice of broadly tunable laser devices, covering the sweet spot of the mid-IR spectrum, the "fingerprint region." These systems currently cover the spectral range of 6–12 ?m (1665–830 cm-1), which provides spectroscopic access to almost all classes of chemical compounds. This article reviews the benefits offered by such a laser system for a wide range of new and challenging applications.
Aug 01, 2010
Special Issues
Fourier transform–infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy is convenient and effective for the analysis of foreign matter and other defect analysis. It is widely used to confirm, identify, and detect matter in many applications, including raw materials, medical products, packaging, and coatings.
Feb 01, 2010
Application Notebook
Fourier Transform-Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) is a powerful technique for fast and non-destructive analysis of plastic films.
Feb 01, 2010
Application Notebook
Grazing angle Ge ATR spectroscopy is extremely sensitive to monolayers and thin films on high refractive index substrates such as Si.
Feb 01, 2010
Application Notebook
According to the Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG), techniques with the highest discriminating power should preferentially be used for forensic identification of seized drugs.
Aug 01, 2009
Special Issues
By Spectroscopy Editors
Spectroscopy presents a comprehensive index of our FT-IR articles since 2004.
Aug 01, 2009
Special Issues
The authors look at the ways in which an imaging FT-IR microscope system with an integrated linear array detector can aid in the examination of a wide array of samples.
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