October 1, 2006

Featured products from the spectroscopy marketplace.

Interactive assistance software

HORIBA Jobin Yvon introduces two interactive software tools for use with the company's CCD-based ACTIVA ICP system. According to the company, the M.A.S.T.E.R. (Multiline Analysis Selection Tools for Enhanced Reliability) software allows users to perform multiline selection with appropriate sensitivity and free of spectral interferences, and the S.O.S. (Statistical Outlier Survey) software is used to confirm possible outliers providing a single reliable concentration result per element. 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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Scientific digital camera catalog

A catalog from Andor Technology provides an overview of digital camera technology, confocal microscopy, and spectrographs, and offers an application section showing where the company's products are being used in the field. Scientific Digital Camera Solutions also includes a section on fundamentals and the theory of light. Andor Technology, South Windsor, CT;

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O-ring-free nebulizer fitting

Glass Expansion's Helix is an O-ring-free nebulizer fitting that is designed to eliminate the chemical compatibility issues and regular replacement due to wear of a traditional Oring seal between the nebulizer and spray chamber of an ICP spectrometer. The fitting is made from an inert PTFE ferrule and a locking screw to seal the spray chamber and a positive stop to ensure that the nebulizer is correctly positioned. Glass Expansion, Inc., Pocasset, MA;

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Raman spectrometer

The Multimodal Multiplex Spectroscopy (MMS) Raman spectrometer from Ocean Optics is designed for analysis of liquids and solids for applications such as materials inspection, chemical identification, and forensics analysis. The spectrometer utilizes a coded wide-area aperture to sample and mathematically process up to 500 measurement channels simultaneously, which the company claims provides more signal without a proportional increase in noise. Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL;

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GC systems

Perkin Elmer introduces the Clarus 600 gas chromatograph, designed for environmental contract, forensics, petrochemical, and chemical quality control laboratories. The GC system's oven reportedly can cool from 450 °C to 50 °C in approximately 2 min, which enables reduced analytical cycle times and improved sample throughput. Perkin Elmer, Wellesley, MA;

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Rapid mixing accessory

Combined with Thermo's Evolution 300 Uvvis spectrophotometer, the Rapid Mixing accessory is designed to allow scientists to make kinetic measurements nearly 1000 times faster than manual reagant mixing. The accessory reportedly features a dead time of 8 ms and an acquisition rate of 50 points/s. The accessory is also equipped with a thermocouple and an automated

pneumatic drive mechanism. Thermo Electron Corporation, Waltham, MA;

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Solid-state lasers

Melles Griot introduces single-frequency, low noise, diode-pumped solid-state lasers designed to provide options to traditional aircooled krypton–argon ion lasers. The lasers produce up to 25 mW at 56 nm and up to 15 mW at 473 nm. They also reportedly have a nearly circular (<1.1:1 aspect ratio), linearly polarized beam with an M2 factor of less than 1.2. Melles Griot, Carlsbad, CA;

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Capacitor charging module

Spellman's CCM capacitor charging module is designed to power UV light sources for curing and sterilization, industrial and edical lasers, and ICP-MS applications. The module reportedly provides 3100 J/s at voltages as high as 4 kV, with a power density of 6.6 W/in. and a low voltage +24 V dc at 2.2 A output to power remote auxiliary circuitry. Spellman High Voltage, Hauppage, NY;

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Scientific UV laser

The Spectra-Physics Lasers division of Newport Corp. has introduced the Explorer Scientific, a low power intra-cavity tripled and actively Q-switched diode-pumped solidstate laser that delivers pulse energies of up to 120 µJ in the UV (349 nm). The Class 3B UV laser reportedly can be operated at frequencies ranging from single-shot up to a 5-kHz pulse repetition frequency at variable pulse energies. Newport Corporation, Irvine, CA;

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GC–MS system

Agilent's 5975B GC–MS system features an oil-free vacuum pump, fully integrated CTC PAL sample injectors, enhanced data analysis with a wide range of quantitative tools, and synchronous SIM/scan. The system also includes the company's SemiQuant feature, which is designed to provide a fast, automated estimate of the concentration of noncalibrated compounds in samples. Agilent Technologies Inc., Palo Alto, CA;

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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;

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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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Digital pulse processor

Amptek's PX4 reportedly combines a digital pulse processor, a power supply, a shaping amplifier, and a multichannel analyzer. It is compatible with the company's XR-100 detectors and detectors from other manufacturers. The processor is software-driven and has 24 programmable peaking times between 0.8 and 102 µs. Amptek, Inc., Bedford, MA;

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Centrifugal mill

Retsch's model ZM 200 centrifugal mill combines a high torque motor and a cassette design, which reportedly allows for hundreds of samples per day to be handled without cross contamination. Size reduction takes place by impact and shearing effects between the mill's rotor and fixed ring sieve. The mill is suitable for applications in industries such as foods and feeds, spices, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, powder coatings, resins, and plastics. Retsch, Newtown, PA;

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UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer

Shimadzu's UV-3600 research-grade UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer is equipped with three detectors designed to help achieve <0.00003 Abs noise at 1500 nm. The double-monochromator spectrophotometer has a measurement range of 185–3300 nm. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD;

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Optical filters catalog

Semrock has released a 48-page full-color catalog for 2006-2007, featuring filters for applications such as fluorescence instrumentation and microscopy, Raman instrumentation, and biomedical laser systems. The catalog offers many new multi- and single-band bandpass filters, as well as triple-, dual-, and single-edge diochroic beamsplitters, along with the company's Bright-Line, StopLine, and MaxDiode filters. Semrock, Inc., Rochester, NY;

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ICP application note

An application note from Teledyne Leeman Labs describes the analysis of soil in compliance with EPA SW-846 Method 6010C using the company's Prodigy ICP system. According to the company, this method is also applicable to ground waters, TCLP and extraction procedure toxicity extracts, industrial organic wastes, sludges, and sediments. Teledyne Leeman Labs, Hudson, NH;

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Cryogenic mill

The 6770 Freezer/Mill cryogenic mill from SPEX SamplePrep comes with a touchscreen interface, a removable control panel, and on-board self-diagnostics. The mill embrittles samples by immersing the grinding vial in liquid nitrogen, and then pulverizes them with a magnetically driven impactor. Applications include preparation of samples for DNA–RNA extraction from plant and animal tissue, trace-element analysis of hair, screening of asbestos-containing materials, pharmaceutical research, diffraction studies of soft materials, and food analysis. SPEX SamplePrep, Metuchen, NJ;

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Fiber-optic flow cells

RoMack introduces their new line of fiberoptic flow cells designed for absorption and fluorescence measurements. The cells offer path lengths from 1 mm to 1 meter and cover the applications ranging from UV through NIR. Features include application in harsh environments, including high temperature and aggressive chemicals. RoMack, Inc., Williamsburg, VA;

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UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometers

JASCO's V-600 UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometers include features such as an automatic accessory recognition function and, for conducting routine measurements, an immediate start function. Five models are available, ranging from a general-purpose instrument to a spectrophotometer designed specifically for life science applications. JASCO Inc., Easton, MD;

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ReactionSleuth software from Remspec is designed for postprocessing of reaction monitoring datasets. The software works with multifiles in the spc format and offers PCA/Target transformation, peak-fitting capability, and 3D displays of real and synthetic datasets. Remspec Corporation, Sturbridge, MA;

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Custom standards

Inorganic Ventures manufactures custom inorganic standards for applications including ICP, ICP–MS, AA, and IC. Standards are made according to user specifications and come with an extensive certificate of analysis that details NIST traceability, certified values, and trace impurities. Reportedly, the company can ship 99% of its custom solutions in three days or less. Inorganic Ventures, Lakewood, NJ;

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Elemental analyzer

The Eagle III XPL micro-EDXRF spectrometer from EDAX is now available with an optional primary-beam-filter accessory that reportedly improves detection limits. The spectrometer uses capillary optics, CCD video imaging cameras, and a motorized xyz stage for nondestructive small-spot analysis correlated with video imaging. Features include simultaneous detection of elements ranging from Na through U, and little or no sample preparation requirements. Typical applications include forensics, failure analysis, coating thickness-composition measurement, quality control, and chemical imaging. EDAX, Mahwah, NJ;

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ICP-OES systems

The 700-ES ICP-OES instruments from Varian are designed for a variety of applications ranging from environmental to pharmaceutical. The 710-ES models are entry-level instruments suitable for educational institutes and for industries to comply with environmental protection laws and regulations. The 720-ES and 730-ES models feature a CCD detector designed for high performance and speed. Varian, Inc., Palo Alto, CA;

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Spectroscopy brochure

Ricca Chemical Company has released its 2006–2007 Spectroscopy Solutions Brochure featuring the company's products for use in chemical testing solutions for the environment. Among the products are NISTtraceable single-element standards for AA, ICP, and ICP-MS; matrix modifiers and releasing agents for graphite furnace AA; and spectroscopy calibration and matrix blanks. Ricca Chemical Company, Arlington, TX;

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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;

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Wireless spectrometer

The AvaSpec-BT Bluetooth spectrometer by Avantes allows wireless communication up to 150 m away from a PC. According to the company, the instrument's small size and weight of 720 g allows use in places where electricity is not available. A battery pack is available that is designed to enable more than 6-h of continuous operation. Avantes, Boulder, CO;

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VISION 3.40 software from FOSS is designed for use with process and laboratory NIR instruments. It is 21 CFR 11 compliant, offers PAT support, and has database and spreadsheet compatibility. The electronic manual offers hands-on tutorials for users. FOSS NIRSystems, Inc., Laurel, MD;

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PI/Acton offers a brochure with a complete product list that also features applications for the products. The brochure contains information about products such as camera systems, spectrometers, optical designs, spectroscopy software, and hybrid sensors. PI/Acton, Trenton, NJ;

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Miniature Q-Switched oscillators from RPMC Lasers are ultracompact, monolithic, short pulsed solid-state lasers with output wavelengths of 946, 1030, 1047, 1053 or 1064 nm or the second, third and fourth harmonics thereof, with peak powers of up to 50 kW. According to the company, they are configured to provide pulse widths of 0.1–10 ns with a diffraction limited beam and are capable of energies ranging from from nanojoules to 40 µJ. RPMC Lasers Inc., O'Fallon, MO;

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Shutters and machine vision

Melles Griot's electronic shutters for laboratory and OEM applications include IES shutters, which have an adjustable iris diaphragm, UltraThin shutters, which are designed to fit in restricted spaces, and ExtremeService shutters, which are designed for use in harsh environmental conditions. The company's telecentric lenses are designed to provide low optical distortion and a high degree of telecentricity. Melles Griot, Carlsbad, CA;

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ICP Emission spectrometer

Shimadzu's IPCE-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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Fiber-optic sampling accessory

The FST-500 near-infrared sampling system from Axiom Analytical is designed to provide a continuously variable pathlength ranging from contact up to 6 cm for samples including free-standing pliable samples, liquids, rigid solids, and packaged samples. The accessory utilizes a fixed optical probe and a movable optical probe to send and receive radiation from an NIR spectrometer. Axiom Analytical, Inc., Irvine, CA;

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