Product Resources

March 1, 2007

Featured products from the spectroscopy marketplace.


HORIBA Jobin Yvon's FluoroMax-4 benchtop spectrofluorometer reportedly features a sensitivity of at least 400,000 cps for the water-Raman peak at 397 nm and a signal-to-noise ratio of 3000:1 minimum. According to the company, the spectrofluorometer uses an ozone-free xenon arc lamp for broadband coverage from the UV to near-IR. Optional accessories include automatic polarizers, a stopped-flow device for kinetics, a microwell-plate reader, and an autotitrator. HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

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ATR accessory

PIKE Technologies' grazing angle option for its VeeMAX II ATR accessory is designed to aid in the analysis of monomolecular layers on silicon to obtain FT-IR spectra. The accessory reportedly provides high throughput to cut down on sampling time and facilitate detection of the monomolecular layers of silicon without utilizing a liquid nitrogen–cooled detector. Crystal options for the accessory include ZnSe, ZnS, and Si. PIKE Technologies, Madison, WI;

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CCD camera

Andor Technology's iKon-M CCD cameras reportedly offer rapid frame rates acquisition and fast focusing, direct USB 2.0 connectivity to PC, an integrated C-mount shutter, TE cooling to -100 °C, up to 95% QE, a low noise floor, and software-selectable readout speeds as high as 2.5 MHz. Andor Technology, South Windsor, CT;

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Mass spectrometer

Bruker Daltonics announces its ultraflex III smartbeam MALDI-TOF-TOF mass spectrometer, optimized for MALDI molecular imaging. The product is designed to produce a laser focus size of 10–80 μm, with adjustable repetition rates from 1 Hz to 200 Hz. Bruker Optics, Billerica, MA;

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Data management software

Bio-Rad Laboratories' KnowItAll Enterprise data management software is designed for centralizing, securing, and accessing IR, NMR, MS, Raman, UV, and chromatographic data. According to the company, the software enables data management and sharing across any enterprise behind the user's own firewall. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, CA;

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UV-vis spectrophotometer

Hitachi's model U-2900 is a UV-vis local control double-beam spectrophotometer designed for routine as well as research laboratory applications. According to the company, the product is equipped with a 10.4-in. color liquid crystal display, data storage with an external USB flash disk, a validation function that allows users to check performance, and optional PC control using the company's UV Solutions software. Hitachi High Technologies America, San Jose, CA;

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Portable analyzer

The NITON XLt 797X portable analyzer from Thermo Electron is designed to rapidly screen metals, polymers, and components for RoHS, ELV, and WEEE compliance screening. The device's small sample measurement capability reportedly allows users to isolate and analyze solder joints and small components on populated circuit boards as well as other heterogeneous materials. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Waltham, MA;

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Inferometer test optics

The Melles Griot Optics Group offers additional Fizeau interferometer test optics to complement the company's Absolute Fizeau λ40 transmission spheres. The additions include Absolute Fizeau λ50 concave and convex reference spheres, Absolute Fizeau λ50 transmission flats, and Absolute Fizeau λ50 reference flats. Melles Griot, Rochester, NY;

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Portable Raman spectrometer

Enwave's EZRaman-M field portable Raman analyzer is designed for use in forensic and security applications, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and educational and research laboratories. The system features a 785 nm frequency stabilized laser with resolution of ~7 cm-1 and spectral coverage of 250–3300cm-1 . Enwave Optronics, Inc., Irvine, CA;

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Near-IR single-photon counter

Goodrich Corporation's Sensors Unlimited, Inc. division announces the SU-02-SPC NIR Photon Counter, designed for single-photon counting in the near-infrared spectrum from 0.9–1.6 μm. According to the company, the product's applications include ultrasensitive Raman spectroscopy, semiconductor failure analysis, and singlet oxygen detection. Goodrich, Charlotte, NC;

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Raman system

The LSI XL-FT flow-through Raman system from Lambda Solutions reportedly features a quartz flow cell custom designed and integrated with proprietary illumination and signal detection optics, provides high sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratios, and includes a built-in independent absorption measurement function for UV or visible wavelengths. Lambda Solutions, Inc., Waltham, MA;

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FT-IR spectrometer

The MB3000 FT-IR spectrometer from ABB is designed to facilitate acquisition, processing, and analysis of samples. According to the company, the product works in conjuction with the company's Horizon MB FT-IR software. ABB Analytical, Quebec City, CA;

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Raman spectrometers

The MonoVista CRS and the TriVista CRS Confocal Raman systems from PI/Acton are designed to offer both macro and confocal microanalysis capabilities in a single system, enhancing experimental flexibility and allowing switching between macro and micro modes. The company states that the integrated modular systems provide instant results and easy configuration for multiple applications, with integrated laser options available. PI/Acton, Trenton, NJ;

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LIBS system

Ocean Optics' LIBS2500 laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy system is designed for instant qualitative measurements of elements in solids, solutions, and gases. According to the company, it features a sensitivity of 10–50 ppm; a series of 2048-element, linear CCD-array detectors; and a seven-fiber optical sampling probe with a 74-UV collimating lens and a sampling lens. Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL;

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UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometer

The MCS 600 spectrometer from Carl Zeiss is designed to allow different UV-Vis-NIR spectrometers to be combined, covering the spectral range from 190–2150 nm, and simultaneously record high-quality spectra from myriad spectral regions, multiple probes, and external sensors. Carl Zeiss MicroImaging, Thornwood, NY;

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Vibratory disk mill

The model RS 200 vibratory disk mill from Retsch reportedly features a 1.5-kW stabilized plane drive that achieves grind sizes of 40–100 μm within seconds. Features include all-digital controls with memory for up to 10 grinding programs, one-button operation, automatic recognition, and speed adjustment from 1400–700 rpm with agate grinding sets. Retsch, Newtown, PA;

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Ring laser

Newport Corporation's Matisse tunable CW ring laser reportedly features inherent stability to external vibration, with active photonic elements designed for high spectral resolution. The product can be configured for either Ti:sapphire or dye as the gain medium, and for spectral linewidths down to <50 kHz. Newport Corporation, Irvine, CA;

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Laser diode module

The fiber-coupled DFB IQμ4x(760-5) laser diode module from Power Technology is designed for applications such as fluorescence, spectroscopy, interferometry, high-resolution printing, display, and microscopy. According to the company, at 760 nm, the module emits 5 mW of output power with a spectral width of 2 MHz. The module also features an on-board menu-driven microprocessor. Power Technology, Inc., Little Rock, AR;

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XRF detector

Amptek offers its XR-100CR XRF detectors, featuring 149-eV resolution, thermoelectric cooler, small size, and solid-state design, as both complete systems and to OEMs. According to the company, it does not use liquid nitrogen and is suitable for portable applications such as measuring plating thickness; lead detection; RoHS/WEEE verification; semiconductor processing, and sulfur in oil and coal. Amptek, Inc., Bedford, MA;

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Portable XRF analyzer

Innov-X Systems introduces the Alpha LZX portable XRF analyzer, which is designed to measure Mg, Al, Si, and over 25 other elements simultaneously in alloys, powders, ores, liquids, and other matrices. According to the company, the analyzer requires no helium gas, compressed tanks, or vacuum pumps. Innov-X Systems, Woburn, MA;

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Multichannel modular system

Avantes' AvaSpec USB2.0 modular system for multichannel fiber-optic spectrometers can reportedly be configured as a single, dual, triple, quadruple, or multichannel instrument with as many as 127 spectrometer channels. According to the company, the simultaneous data sampling allows fast read-out and enables monitoring of pulsed light sources with different channels evaluating the same pulse. The spectrometers can be used in standalone mode if the microprocessor is loaded with application-specific standalone firmware. Avantes, Boulder, CO;

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Dual readhead encoding

The DSi dual SiGNUM interface encoder from Renishaw combines two SiGNUM SR readheads for high accuracy with an angularly repeatable and customer located propoZ reference position, which is unaffected by bearing wander or switch-off. According to the company, the encoder combined with the REXM ring offers better than +/-1 arc second total installed accuracy. The encoder reportedly can operate at speeds as high as 4500 rpm and temperatures as high as 85 °C. Renishaw, Hoffman Estates, IL;

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Fluorescence cuvette

The FluoroVette fluorescence cuvette from NSG Precision Cells, Inc. is designed to be compatible with all standard fluorometers and can be cleaned and reused by washing in-between uses, either with aqueous or organic solvents. According to the company, the product is UV-transparent at wavelengths as low as 220 nm and avoids trapping air bubbles due to its composite design. NSG Precision Cells, Inc., Farmingdale, NY;

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Magnetic resonance spectrometer

Varian introduces its model 400-MR magnetic resonance spectrometer, which is designed to give nonspecialists access to state-of-the-art methods for molecular characterization and quantitation. According to the company, the NMR spectrometer's compact footprint makes it easier to accommodate in small analytical laboratories in pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, and academic environments. Varian, Inc., Palo Alto, CA;

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Compact spectrometer

B&W Tek introduces the model BTC651E spectrometer, which reportedly combines high-efficiency optics, a back-thinned 2D CCD detector array, and an imaging spectrograph. According to the company, the product offers high throughput, and its high photometric sensitivity is beneficial to low-light spectral applications such as Raman or fluorescence. B&W Tek, Inc., Newark, DE;

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Equipment and supplies

LabX is an online marketplace that connects professional buyers and sellers of scientific equipment and supplies. Since 1995, LabX has been a highly specialized business-to-business marketplace where scientific equipment and supplies can be purchased and sold. More than 60,000 registered members visit LabX to purchase and sell laboratory, medical, test and measurement, spectroscopy, semiconductor, and chromatographic products. LabX, Ontario, Canada;

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X-ray system

X-Ray Optical's X-Beam Powerflux PF integrated X-ray beam system is an air-cooled X-ray source coupled to a focusing polycapillary optic, and a high voltage power supply with controller. According to the company, the system's active source control (ASC) feature delivers stability over temperature fluctuations and at varying power settings. X-Ray Optical, East Greenbush, NY;

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Concentric nebulizer

The C-Flow concentric nebulizer for ICP from Savillex Corporation is molded out of PFA and is chemically resistant to most matrices. The nebulizer is designed with a straight, fixed capillary and a one-piece gas port. According to the company, the nebulizer performs consistently at multiple flow rates and provides high sensitivity and low oxides. C-flow nebulizers are now available pre-cleaned and with autosampler probes. Savillex Corporation, Minnetonka, MN;

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ICP application note

An application note from Teledyne Leeman Labs describes the biodiesel fuel analysis capabilities of the company's Prodigy ICP spectrometer. According to the publication, the spectrometer can determine as many as 70 elements in a sample simultaneously in under 30 s, and elemental content can be rapidly monitored throughout the entire processing cycle. Teledyne Leeman Labs, Hudson, NH;

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Educational course catalog

Thermo Fisher Scientific introduces the 2007 edition of its Educational Course Catalog, containing information about 75 different courses throughout Europe and the US. A free copy is available at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Waltham, MA;

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Organic/Inorganic catalog

SPEX CertiPrep has unveiled their 2007–2008 organic/inorganic flipbook catalog, which includes a redesigned organic section, availability of new single component organic standards, and new inorganic products. SPEX CertiPrep, Metuchen, NJ;

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Chemical catalog

Ricca Chemical Company has released its 2007–2008 catalog, featuring chemical testing solutions, including standardized acids, bases and other titrants; pH and chemical indicators; clinical diagnostic reagents, and more. Ricca Chemical Company, Arlington, TX;

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Optical catalog

The 2007 catalog from Semrock features UV optical filters for applications such as fluorescence instrumentation and microscopy, Raman instrumentation, and biomedical laser systems. The publication also includes a series of technical notes. Semrock, Inc., Rochester, NY;

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