November 1, 2007


Spectroscopy, Spectroscopy-11-01-2007, Volume 22, Issue 11


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 × 11 in.). Bruker Optics, Billerica, MA;

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Low-level standards

Inorganic Ventures offers a line of 10-ppm and 100-ppm standards. According to the company, custom multielement blends are available upon request, at levels as low as the part-per-billion range, and most custom standards can be shipped within three days or less. Inorganic Ventures, Lakewood, NJ;

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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;

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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;

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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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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;

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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;

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Andor Technology's Shamrock SR-500 and SR-750 spectrographs are designed to offer high resolution for more detail and clarity across a wide range of applications, including Raman. According to the company, features include direct and responsive control of the spectrograph and camera through Andor Solis (s) software, allowing users to control wavelength and calibration, grating selection, shutter control, and filter selection as well as a "step and glue" facility to join spectra together. Andor Technology, South Windsor, CT;


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;

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Mercury analysis

Teledyne Leeman Labs announces the release of an application note for the determination of mercury in foods using the Hydra-C mercury analyzer. According to the company, the analyzer provides analysis of mercury without sample pretreatment or hazardous chemical wastes, and it is EPA approved for both laboratory and field analysis of mercury in solids and solutions using thermal decomposition amalgamation and atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Teledyne Leeman Labs, Hudson, NH;

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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;

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Silicon drift detector

EDAX introduces the Apollo 40 SDD silicon drift detector for qualitative and quantitative EDS X-ray microanalysis. According to the company, the 40-mm2 detector has a large solid angle that provides for higher input count rates at a given beam current with improved speed or precision and processing count rates exceeding 106 cps. The instrument is thermoelectrically cooled. Applications include x-ray mapping, particle analysis, and analysis of beam-sensitive materials. EDAX, Mahwah, NJ;

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UV-vis spectrophotometer

The model U-1900 UV-vis spectrophotometer by Hitachi High Technologies America reportedly includes a four-position cell changer and methods for wavelength scanning, time scanning, and standard curve, method storage. According to the company, the spectrophotometer can be controlled from a PC using the company's UV Solutions software. Hitachi High Technologies America, San Jose, CA;

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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;

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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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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;

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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;

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NIR spectrometers

The Near Infrared Digital Transform Spectrometer (DTS) product family offers an alternative to conventional spectroscopy methods, using a MEMS spatial light modulator in a portable form factor, featuring a single InGaAs detector and no moving parts. The devices also feature low power consumption, utilizing a standard USB connection for both communications and power interfaces. The DTS product family can be configured to operate in various scanning modes, including a monochromator mode, NDIR mode, chemometric mode, and digital transform mode. Polychromix, Wilmington, MA;

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Raman imaging

HORIBA Jobin Yvon's DuoScan Raman spectroscopy system is designed to enable fast and flexible confocal Raman mapping with macro and submicrometer resolution capabilities. According to the company, the product's scanning hardware enables the image pixel sizes that are mapped to be chosen and designed to match the features of interest, then the mapping step size is set to match the chosen pixel size to ensure no part of the sample is missed. HORIBA Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ;

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Sampling system

PerkinElmer's S10 autosampler is a computer-controlled, multipurpose sampling system for atomic absorption, ICP-OES, and ICP-MS. According to the company, the autosampler automates standard and sample introduction for instrument calibration and sample analysis, extending the spectrometer's capabilities to those of a fully automated analytical workstation. PerkinElmer, Waltham, MA;

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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;

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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;

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ICP-OES spectrometer

The Spectro Genesis from Spectro Analytical is reportedly the first and only ICP-OES spectrometer available with a complete set of factory calibrated methods for environmental and industrial applications, ready for use out of the box with an application package that includes the sample introductions system, sample preparation instructions, and method documentation. Spectro Analytical Instruments, Kleve, Germany;

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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;

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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;

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