January 1, 2008

Featured products from the spectroscopy marketplace.

UV-vis-NIR microspectrophotometer

JASCO introduces the MSV-300 series UV-vis-NIR microspectroscopy system, designed to provide transmittance and reflectance measurements of microscopic sample sites for wavelengths ranging from the ultraviolet to the near infrared. According to the company, the microspectrophotometer can measure color, film thickness, and other spectral properties of a microscopic area for either large or small samples. JASCO, Inc., Easton, MD;

Metabolite identification software

Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched MetWorks 1.1.0 metabolite software, designed to facilitate automated acquisition, processing, and reporting of LC–MSn data in support of biotransformation studies. According to the company, the software is compatible with all Thermo Scientific mass spectrometers capable of performing MS-MS and MSn fragmentation. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA;

Reference materials catalog

Inorganic Ventures introduces its 2008–2009 catalog of stocked certified reference materials, featuring standards for ICP, ICP-MS, IC, AA, wet chemistry, and the latest EPA methods. According to the company, products are color-coded by application and indexed by both catalog number and subject. Inorganic Ventures, Lakewood, NJ;

NIR process probes

NIR process probes from FOSS NIRSystems include the Optimized Powder Analysis probe, designed for measuring powders during semiturbulent flow drying processes, and the Optimized Purge probe, which includes a collecting "spoon" specially designed for measuring powders during drying processes. FOSS NIRSystems, Inc., Laurel, MD;

Sample identification software

SLICE software from HORIBA Jobin Yvon is designed to archive, query, and compare X-ray spectra. According to the company, the software has been extended to contaminant analysis in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical, automotive, engine wear, and semiconductor. HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

Microscopy instruments

WITec introduces the alpha500 and alpha700 microscopy instruments for automated confocal Raman imaging and atomic force microscopy on large samples. According to the company, a motorized sample stage with a travel range of 150 mm × 100 mm for the alpha500 and 350 mm × 300 mm for the alpha700 allows multiarea and multipoint measurements or overview scans on an arbitrary, user-defined number of measurement points. WITec Instruments Corp., Savoy, IL;

Focal plane arrays

Judson's two-dimensional focal plane arrays (FPAs) in three spectral bands are designed to provide comprehensive solutions for users in the commercial, military, and aerospace communities. According to the company, custom-designed FPA formats, matched ROICs, and application-specific housing packages are included in the product portfolio. Judson Technologies, Montgomeryville, PA;

Mixer mill

Retsch's new Mixer Mill MM 400 is designed for fast and efficient homogenization of small sample volumes in the laboratory. According to the company, the product processes a great variety of materials dry, wet, or cryogenically, and is suitable for the mixing of powder with wax prior to pelletizing. Retsch, Inc., Newtown, PA;

Light source

The AvaLight deuterium/halogen light source from Avantes is designed to extend the dynamic range of the company's AvaSpec spectrometers. According to the company, the product includes a shutter that can be operated manually or via TTL signal from the company's spectrometer platform. Avantes Inc., Broomfield, CO;

Universal controllers

CVI Melles Griot introduces Universal Controllers that reportedly run DPSS or diode lasers from 405 nm to 660 nm in cw or modulation mode where appropriate. According to the company, a common format and command set simplifies integration, and CDRH/CE turn key and OEM versions are available. CVI Melles Griot, Carlsbad, CA;

Mass spectrometer

Bruker Daltonics introduces the apex-ultra FTMS mass spectrometer, which reportedly features a wide dynamic range, high resolving power, high mass accuracy, and fast data acquisition. According to the company, the product is designed for top-down proteomics and the analysis of complex mixtures in applications such as metabolomics or petroleomics. Bruker Daltonics, Billerica, MA;

Immersion probe

Hellma's immersion probe features a vertical measuring slit and has an all-quartz probe head mounted in a stainless steel cover. According to the company, the measuring slit of this immersion probe is oriented vertically and is crossed horizontally by the light beam. Hellma GmbH & Co. KG, Müllheim, Germany;

Laser diode

Ondax, Inc. has added a 10 mW, 405 nm diode to its product line of wavelength-stabilized lasers, designed to have coherent length >1 m and side mode suppression ratio >25 dB. According to the company, the laser wavelength, stable to ~3 pm, is ideal for spectroscopy, confocal microscopy, particle counting, fluorescence, nondestructive testing, interferometry, high-speed printing, and data storage. Ondax, Inc., Monrovia, CA;

Dispersive Raman

The Nicolet Almega XR dispersive Raman spectrometer is designed for molecular identity and physical characterization of macro-and microscopic materials. According to the company, the product offers automatic alignment, calibration and focusing routines, motorized stage movement, and more. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA;

Diamond ATR accessory

PIKE Technologies introduces the GladiATR diamond ATR accessory for FTIR analysis. The ATR accessory has a monolithic diamond crystal design and is compatible with pressure applications up to 30,000 psi. According to the company, the product provides a full mid-IR spectral range (4000–400 cm–1) and extended far-IR spectral range (400–2 cm–1 ) with compatible FTIR optics. PIKE Technologies, Madison, WI;

Portable Raman spectrometer

The MiniRam II portable Raman system from B&W Tek reportedly features a 175–3100 cm–1 response range and a 785-nm excitation laser. According to the company, applications for the product include biological analysis, reaction monitoring, kinetic studies, water pollution monitoring, and polymorph identification. B&W Tek, Inc., Newark, DE;

Handheld Raman analyzer

Ahura Scientific's TruScan handheld Raman system is designed for rapid and accurate material identity verification in a rugged, lightweight casing. Optional snap-on accessories include a vial holder, a universal tablet holder, and the FlexProbe fiber-optic extension. Ahura Scientific, Inc., Wilmington, MA;

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;

Surrogate standards

SPEX CertiPrep's Tinted Indicator surrogate standards enable users to verify that surrogate standards have been added. According to the company, the surrogate standards will change to an orange tint in the presence of neutral or basic solutions and a red tint for acidic solutions. SPEX CertiPrep, Metuchen, NJ;

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;

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;

Multimode optical fiber

Fiberguide Industries manufactures the Hard Optical Polymer Clad multimode fiber, which features a high numerical aperture and a high core-to-clad ratio for use in UV-Vis and Vis-IR spectroscopy. According to the company, the hard cladding increases fiber strength and reduces static fatigue in humid environments, and also protects the fiber during buffer stripping to prevent fiber breakage. Fiberguide Industries, Stirling, NJ;

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 250–3300 cm–1. Enwave Optronics, Inc., Irvine, CA;

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;


The RC2 ellipsometer from J.A. Woollam reportedly features dual rotating compensators, achromatic compensator design, advanced light source, and next-generation spectrometer design. According to the company, the product is suited for many thin film measurement requirements and is designed for dielectrics, organics, semiconductors, metals, and more. J.A. Woollam Co., Lincoln, NE;

X-Ray detector

PANalytical introduces the PIXcel solid-state detector designed for XRD applications. According to the company, the detector contains more than 65,000 pixels, each 55 μm × 55 μm in size. The detector can be mounted as one of the company's PreFIX interchangeable X-ray modules or positioned behind conventional point detector optics. PANalytical, Almelo, The Netherlands;

FT-IR spectrometer

The ALPHA FT-IR spectrometer from Bruker Optics reportedly offers full FT-IR sampling flexibility, exchangeable sampling accessories, and easy-to-use software. According to the company, the product only takes up about the same amount of bench space as a letter-size sheet of paper (about 8 × 3 × 11 in.) Bruker Optics, Billerica, MA;

Raman spectrometer

DeltaNu's Advantage 1064 benchtop Raman spectrometer features Dispersive Near Infrared Raman (DNIR) designed for fluorescence-free Raman spectroscopy. According to the company, the product eliminates long acquisition times required by FTR systems with fast, high-sensitivity electron bombardment technology. Delta Nu, Inc., Laramie, WY;

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;

Mercury analyzer

Buck Scientific's model 410 mercury analyzer is designed for the analysis of trace levels of mercury in drinking, surface, and saline waters, as well as domestic and industrial wastes. The instrument achieves detection limits of 10 ppt/absolute mass 0.0025 mg with a 400-mm flowcell. Buck Scientific, East Norwalk, CT;

Silicon drift detector

Thermo Fisher Scientific's UltraDry silicon drift detector for electron microscopes reportedly enables detection of low-energy X-rays down to beryllium. According to the company, the product's clear peak separations in the low-energy region allow for easier interpretation of spectra and confidence in the analysis. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA;

X-Ray spectrometer

The EDX-720 X-ray spectrometer from Shimadzu is equipped with specialized filters and is designed to enable users to analyze samples at parts-per-million levels without sample pretreatment. According to the company, the product can be used for regulatory compliance (for example, RoHS and ELV) and quantitative analysis and monitoring processes. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD;

Fusion machines

The Phoenix DM fusion machines are designed for sintering or fusing samples at temperatures varying from 300 °C to 1600 °C. According to the company, the machines feature individual burner selection, variable speed swirl action, fully regulated air cooling, and separate mold heating and timing. The machines reportedly can be used at high altitudes without modification. Premier Lab Supply, Inc., Port St. Lucie, FL;

NIR spectrometers

StellarNet's NIRX-SR spectrometers are designed for the 0.9–2.2 μm wavelength range with a 512-element InGaAs photodiode array and a USB 2.0 interface. According to the company, the optics have no moving parts, for shockproof durability in a portable environment. Optional accessories include attachments for spectroradiometry, optical spectroscopy, chemical analysis, and remote sensing. StellarNet, Inc., Tampa, FL;

Online shop

Ocean Optics introduces an online shop at According to the company, the site features a range of equipment for purchase, including light sources, fibers, patch cords, EviDots, and cuvettes. Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL;

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;

Rinse accessory

Glass Expansion's Niagara Rapid Rinse accessory is designed to synchronize a three-way valve with the autosampler of an ICP-OES or ICP-MS spectrometer, reportedly achieving up to 30% higher productivity and faster sample turnaround times. According to the company, the programmable valve rinses the sample introduction system while the sample is being drawn to waste. Glass Expansion, Inc., Pocasset, MA;

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, the detector 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;

Multifrequency fluorometer

The MF2 multifrequency fluorometer from Horiba Jobin Yvon is designed to apply all frequencies simultaneously to isolate the lifetime behavior of a substance instantaneously. According to the company, LEDs or laser diodes are available for the UV-NIR range, or users can switch to pockel-cell modulation of a xenon lamp. HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

ICP Emission spectrometer

Shimadzu's ICPE-9000 Multitype ICP Emission Spectrometer is designed to analyze substances ranging from metals to pharmaceuticals. The product's vacuum spectrometer is equipped with semiconductor detectors as well as mini-torch technology, which reportedly reduces argon gas consumption. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD;