April 1, 2008

Featured products from the spectroscopy marketplace.

FT-IR spectrophotometer

Shimadzu Scientific's IRAffinity-1 FT-IR spectrophotometer is designed for high-precision infrared analysis to confirm, identify, and detect foreign matter in raw materials, medical products, packages, and coatings. According to the company, the product achieves a high level of sensitivity by using a high-energy ceramic light source, temperature-controlled, high-sensitivity DLATGS detector, and high-throughput optical elements.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD;

FT-IR software

ABB's new Horizon MB FT-IR software (used with the MB3000 lab analyzer) reportedly handles a number of spectral formats in native form and also has a large number of import and export options. According to the company, sampling accessories designed for performance, reliability, and ergonomics are offered for both MB3000 (Mid-IR) and MB3600 (Near-IR) Analysis.

ABB Analytical, Quebec City, CA;

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;

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;

Raman microscope

HORIBA Jobin Yvon introduces the XploRA Raman microscope, designed to combine microscopy and chemical analysis. The system retains the full functionality of the user's microscope coupled with high-performance Raman spectroscopy. According to the company, the product has a minimal footprint and includes the GO! Guided Operation wizard for ease of use.

HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

Multimode optical fibers

Fiberguide's Superguide SPCH (high OH) and Anhydroguide APCH (low OH) are large core multimode optical fibers with N.A. of 0.39 employing a Hard Clad Silica coating and employ Hard Clad Silica/Silica coating with N.A. of 0.22. According to the company, this coating reportedly provides high fiber strength, reduces static fatigue in humid environments, and has high connection alignment and no fiber pistoning.

Fiberguide Industries, Stirling, NJ;

Raman spectrometer

Thermo Fisher Scientific announces its DXR SmartRaman spectrometer, designed specifically for the needs and environment of the quality control (QC) laboratory. According to the company, the system includes a revolutionary new laser power regulator, can distinguish between polymorphs, and can accept samples in a wide variety of forms (e.g., bottles, vials, capillary tubes, NMR tubes, tablets, blister packs, films, and well-plates).

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA;

Sieve shaker

The new AS 200 from Retsch is a tap sieve shaker that offers dedicated versions for 50 Hz and for 60 Hz and covers a measuring range from 20 μm to 25 mm. According to the company, the combination of horizontal circular sieving motion with vertical tapping motion is specified in various standards for particle analysis (abrasives, cement, spices, etc.).

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;

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;

Silicon drift detector

The XR-100SDD Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) from Amptek reportedly enables extremely high count rate applications with high energy resolution. According to the company, the product is designed for XRF applications from OEM handheld instruments to benchtop analyzers.

Amptek, Inc., Bedford, MA;


The Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS10 FT-IR spectrometer is designed for QA/QC and analytical services labs and is built for speed, consistency, security, and confidence. According to the company, the product includes System Performance Verification, an SOP builder for error-free operation, a compare program called QCheck, and new material identification software tools.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA;

Portable FT-IR

The Mobile-IR from Bruker Optics is reportedly insensitive to vibration, with the entire FT-IR spectrometer, data, and ATR sample handling system assembled into a weatherproof transport case. According to the company, the sampling interface allows measurement of small amounts of powder, paste, and liquid, as well as pieces of unknown material.

Bruker Optics, Billerica, MA;

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;

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;

CCD array spectrometers

The i-Trometer series CCD array spectrometers from B&W Tek reportedly use a high UV-NIR response wide dynamic range back-thinned CCD array with a low stray light optical bench and are designed for meeting challenging spectroscopic requirements with wide dynamic range, high QE, and high signal-to-noise ratio.

B&W Tek, Inc., Newark, DE;

NIRspectral engines

BaySpec's SuperGamut Series NIR Spectral Engines reportedly use proprietary Volume Phase Grating technology to achieve high spectral resolution and measurement accuracy. According to the company, both reflectance and transmission modes of spectroscopic measurements and process applications are supported.

BaySpec, Inc., Fremont, CA;


The TrayCell cuvette from Hellma reportedly uses the surface tension of 4 μL of sample to form a repeatable optical path of 1 mm ± 0.02 mm. According to the company, it is compatible with most spectrophotometers, operates at temperatures ranging from 5 °C to 50 °C, and has a wavelength range of 190–800 nm. Applications include biotechnology, drug discovery, and forensics.

Hellma, Plainview, NY;

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;

FT-IR software

The new ChemID software from Smiths Detection is designed for use with the IdentifyIR miniaturized FT-IR analysis system. According to the company, the software allows the user to easily search library databases for sample identification, while modules within the software allow peak picking and functional group analysis of the sample.

Smiths Detection Scientific, Danbury, CT;

Raman probes

InPhotonics' RPI Raman fiber-optic probes are designed for installation in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Probes are available up to 2 in. in diameter with any size ANSI/DIN flange and several feet in length for suitable positioning in the reaction vessel. According to the company, the design reduces optical losses over such long lengths. The probes can withstand pressures as high as 3000 psi and temperatures as high as 250 °C. The probe features two backup containment fields, compatibility with NEC and ATEX regulations, and a purged junction box.

InPhotonics, Inc., Norwood, MA;

Raman microscope

Enwave introduces the new μSense series of Raman microscopes, which reportedly feature a spectral resolution of ~5.5 cm–1 , spectral rage of ~100–3000 nm, and high sensitivity, and achieve spatial resolution of better than 5 μm. According to the company, the Raman unit can be detached from the microscope and used as a portable instrument.

Enwave Optronics, Inc., Irvine, CA;

MS scanning option

Varian, Inc. announces the TurboDDS, their new data dependent scanning option for the 500-MS Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer, designed to deliver complex tandem mass spectrometry (MS-MS) or MSn measurements automatically, based on limited and simple operator-specified criteria. According to the company, the analysis of complex sequences of mass spectrometric measurements can be accomplished in a single chromatographic separation.

Varian, Inc., Palo Alto, CA;

Fiber-optic sample compartment

Quantum Northwest's qpod temperature control system for fiber-optic spectroscopy features a cuvette holder in the center designed to provide precision, Peltier-based temperature control from –30 °C to +105 °C. According to the company, the cuvette holder has magnetic stirring and a dry gas purge.

Quantum Northwest, Spokane, WA;

ICP emission spectrometer

Thermo Scientific's iCAP 6500 spectrometer is designed for a wide range of industries and specifically suited to the needs of general and elemental analysis laboratories in the petrochemical industry, and features a unique radial plasma, ideal for testing the condition of car engine oils, lubricants, and hydraulic fluids. According to the company, a distributed purge system offers reduced gas consumption, whereas the inherent capabilities of fully automated wavelength calibration and offset correction ensure high long-term stability.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, 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;

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;

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;

NIR miniprobes

Specac's Prospect fiber-optic transmission probes are designed for NIR process applications. Constructed of stainless steel and using gold/nickel bonding with sapphire windows, the probes are reportedly capable of operation at temperatures as high as 250 °C and pressures as high as 100 bar. The probes are available with pathlengths of 1, 2, and 5 mm with probe lengths of 100, 200, and 500 mm.

Specac Inc., Woodstock, GA;

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;

NIR bioprocess probe

FOSS NIRSystems offers a new probe for in-situ monitoring of mammalian cell culture growth media, with a pathlength optimized for culture media, making the design sterilizable-in-place (SIP). According to the company, the small diameter probe design is adapted for use in benchtop bioreactors and for scale up to pilot plant and manufacturing reactors.

FOSS NIRSystems, Inc., Laurel, MD;