March 1, 2008

Featured products from the spectroscopy marketplace.

Mercury analyzer

Nippon Instruments' PE-1000 Mercury Analyzer is a fully automated mercury analyzer that offers simplicity of operation, high-throughput to increase laboratory efficiency, and detection limits as low as 0.01 ppb in hydrocarbon samples. According to the company, the product utilizes sealed sample vials, a liquid injection autosampler, and a revolutionary design, complete with their new atomic fluorescence detection system. Nippon Instruments North America, College Station, TX;

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;

Silicon drift detector

The new Apollo XV SDD from EDAX utilizes the latest generation SDD chip technology for high performance specifications, including energy resolutions of <128eV @ Mn K and <52eV @ C K. According to the company, the new detector expands the EDAX portfolio of silicon drift detectors for all X-ray microanalysis applications. EDAX, Mahwah, NJ;

Peltier accessories

Thermo Fisher Scientific introduces air-cooled Peltier accessories for use with the company's UV-vis spectrophotometers. The accessories are designed to deliver precise temperature control in a compact air-cooled design. According to the company, by using air instead of water to regulate the temperature, the accessories eliminate the procedure of monitoring recirculating water levels. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA;

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;

Spectrophotometer kit

The In-Spec Nano-Kit from GFS Chemicals is designed specifically for the short pathlength/small sample spectrophotometers that can be used for DNA/RNA quantification tests. According to the company, the kit comes with two standards that allow users to verify the photometric accuracy of their instrument at 260 nm, 280 nm, and 320 nm. GFS Chemicals, Inc., Powell, OH;

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;

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;

NIR analyzer

The Thermo Scientific Antaris MX FT-NIR analyzer is designed for QC testing and remote process monitoring using fiber optic technology. According to the company, the system provides data integration with existing PLC or OPC-based protocols plus ERP systems for real-time feedback. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA;

FT-IR spectrometer

Bruker Optics' VERTEX 80v vacuum FT-IR spectrometer is designed to provide high rejection of the interference from atmospheric gases, such as water vapor and carbon dioxide. Data acquisition is based on dual-channel 24-bit analog-to-digital converters integrated with the detector, which reportedly yield a high signal-to-noise ratio. According to the company, the instrument's linear air bearing interferometer allows a resolution < 0.07 cm–1. Bruker Optics, Billerica, MA;

InGaAs devices

Hamamatsu Corporation's InGaAs devices for LD monitoring include front-illuminated and back-illuminated InGaAs PIN photodiodes. The company's G8941 series (G8941-01/-02/-03) is a sub-mount and front-illuminated type InGaAs PIN photodiode with active areas ranging from 0.3 mm to 1 mm in diameter, and a back-illuminated InGaAs PIN photo-diode, the G9230-01, is eutectic-bonded to a ceramic substrate, eliminating the need for wire bonding. Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan;

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;

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;

FT-IR microscopes

JASCO's IRT-5000 and IRT-7000 FT-IR microscope accessories are designed with a "Smart Mapping" function that reportedly enables mapping analyses of a limited area without the use of an automated sample stage. According to the company, the products also feature a "Smart Monitoring" function, which allows simultaneous viewing of the full sample image on the software display using an integrated high-resolution CCD camera. JASCO, Inc., Easton, MD;

UV-vis spectrophotometers

Hitachi introduces two new UV-Vis models: the U-3900 (single monochromator) and U-3900H (double monochromator). The products are designed to offer high-performance specifications and functionality for a wide range of applications in the environmental, food, biotech, pharma, and chemical industries, as well as material sciences, for liquid and solid sample measurements. 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;

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;

Powder database

ICDD's PDF-4+ 2007 collection of inorganic powder patterns features 272,232 data sets. According to the company, the database is a tool for phase identification using physical, chemical, and crystallographic data and features electron diffraction simulations based on atomic structure and electron diffraction scattering factors on over 172,000 data sets. International Centre for Diffraction Data, Newtown Square, PA;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

Fiber surface coupling

Piezosystem jena reportedly has developed a unique principal of fiber surface coupling, with the advantage of the wavelength independence of the switch because no optical components inside the switch are necessary. According to the company, the high accuracy of positioning of the piezoelectric actuators guarantees a light transmission of >80% with a typical switching time of < 3ms. piezozystem jena Inc., Hopedale, MA;

UV spectrophotometer

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments UV-1800 UV-vis spectrophotometer reportedly can function as a standalone instrument or can be PC-controlled with USB memory, which enables the use of macros and graph functions available with commercial spreadsheet software. According to the company, the spectrophotometer features multiple modes, including photometric, spectrum, quantitation, kinetics, time-scan, multicomponent quantitation, and biomethod. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD;