Infrared Microscopy Accessory | SurveyIR

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Ergonomic infrared microscope

The SurveyIRTMis a new FTIR Micro-spectroscopy accessory designed to deliver the ultimate user experience for a broad range of microanalysis techniques. The unique ergonomic design allows seamless interaction between operator and instrument.

The SurveyIRTM’s compact configuration and alignment free optical design facilitates simple mounting in the FTIR spectrometer sample compartment.

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Benzocaine anaesthetic crystal film top - video micrograph

Research grade visual images are produced via a high resolution color video camera. High depth of field viewing optics facilitate quick specimen location and alignment in reflection, transmission and Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) viewing modes.

High quality infrared microscopy

A choice of three on-board illumination modes create excellent contrast over a wide range of specimen morphologies. Unsurpassed viewing quality through the diamond ATR simplifies target manipulation and guarantees excellent sample/ATR coupling, including visualization of sample contact. Simultaneous viewing and IR spectroscopy allows visualization and interaction with the specimen while observing IR spectrum.

IR performance is leveraged with the FTIR spectrometer on-board detector in reflection, transmission, and ATR modes. eSpotTM software facilitates image display, manipulation, capture, documentation, and storage. eSpot also provides the interface for IR mode selection, illumination mode selection, and sample size by user choice of six masking aperture settings.

Sample manipulation is accomplished by manual adjustment of standard microscope controls including 1 x 3 inch travel x, y stage, coarse/fine focus, and condenser focus.

FTIR Microscopy Spectra Examples

Please see some spectra below, taken using the SurveyIRTM.

Microplastics analysis accessory | IR analysis of microplastics

One of the main constituents of marine pollution, microplastics have been documented in our watersheds as far back as the 1970’s. Microplastics are primarily comprised of organic polymers that are easily characterized using infrared (IR) spectroscopy. 

Microplastics infrared analysis

Figure 1: IR spectra of the flattened red fibre (top, red) and the top library match (bottom, purple). Inset: Red fibre (approx. 60 μm in diameter) viewed in transmitted illumination using the SurveyIRTMmicroscope.

An unknown red fibre was collected from waters near New York City. The IR spectra in Fig.1 shows that the major component of the fibre (top, red) is in good agreement with the library match, polypropylene copolymer (bottom, purple).

Polypropylene copolymers are commonly used in carpet manufacturing and carpet could very well have been the source for the red fibre contaminant. 

Drug substance analysis accessory | IR analysis of drugs

FTIR spectroscopy can provide fast, efficient identification of most illicit drug substances. A sample of white powder seized from a crime scene was identified using the SurveyIRTMmicroscope accessory.

Drug microscopy analysis

Figure 2: (Top) IR spectra of sample spot 1 and the corresponding top library match, Heroin HCl.

The infrared spectrum measured from sample spot 1 was searched against a commercially available library of infrared spectra; the results are shown in Fig. 2. The top match, with a high correlation, was found to be diacetylmorphine HCL, commonly known as heroin.

Explosive identification accessory | IR analysis of explosives

Identification of explosives is another area where quick accurate analysis is essential. One type of improvised explosive can be made by mixing ammonium nitrate with diesel fuel. When suspect material is found, it’s important to understand if it’s just fertilizer or an improvised explosive.

Explosive miocroscopy spectra

Figure 3: IR spectra of the two areas shown in the inset image.

Viewed under the SurveyIR, both particulate and liquid portions of the sample can be observed as shown in Fig. 3 inset. Transmission spectra were measured of both components at the locations noted as 1 and 2 (Fig. 3). Spot 1 (Fig. 3,1) easily matched a commercial library spectrum of ammonium nitrate. Spot 2 (Fig. 3,2) is consistent with diesel fuel or another long chain hydrocarbon.

Adding diesel fuel to ammonia nitrate fertilizer makes a powerful explosive and is a well-known technique amongst terrorists and others intent on causing harm. Identification of this mixture quickly and accurately was key to adverting a crisis.

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SurveyIR Microscope Unit
  • SurveyIR Reflection / Diamond ATR - Agilent Cary 630 Unit includes Clip on diamond ATR and Contact Alert. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection Unit Unit is base model only.  No ATR accessories
  • SurveyIR Reflection Unit - Agilent Cary 610/620/660/670/680 Unit is base model only.  No ATR accessories. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection Unit - Agilent Cary 630 Unit is base model only.  No ATR accessories. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection Unit - Bruker Alpha Configuration Unit is base model only.  No ATR accessories. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection/ Diamond ATR Unit includes Clip on diamond ATR and Contact Alert
  • SurveyIR Reflection/ Diamond ATR - Agilent Cary 610/620/660/670/680 Unit includes Clip on diamond ATR and Contact Alert. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection/Diamond ATR - Bruker Alpha Configuration Unit includes Clip on diamond ATR and Contact Alert. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection/Transmission - Bruker Alpha Configuration Unit is base model only.  No ATR accessories. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection/Transmission Unit Unit is base model only.  No ATR accessories
  • SurveyIR Reflection/Transmission Unit - Agilent Cary 630 Unit is base model only.  No ATR accessories. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection/Transmission Unit - Agilent Cary 610/620/660/670/680 Unit is base model only.  No ATR accessories. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection/Transmission/ Diamond ATR - Agilent Cary 630 Unit includes Clip on diamond ATR and Contact Alert. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection/Transmission/ Diamond ATR Deluxe Unit includes Clip on diamond ATR and Contact Alert
  • SurveyIR Reflection/Transmission/ Diamond ATR Deluxe - Agilent Cary 610/620/660/670/680 Unit includes Clip on diamond ATR and Contact Alert. Mounting apparatus included.
  • SurveyIR Reflection/Transmission/ Diamond ATR Deluxe - Bruker Alpha Configuration Unit includes Clip on diamond ATR and Contact Alert. Mounting apparatus included.
 
SurveyIR Accessories
  • Bruker Tensor/Vector Mounting Apparatus
  • Clip-on Diamond ATR HT , Viewing w/Contact Alert
  • Clip-on Diamond ATR HT, Viewing
  • Clip-on Diamond ATR XR , Viewing w/Contact Alert
  • Clip-on Diamond ATR XR, Viewing
  • Clip-on Ge ATR, Non-Viewing
  • Clip-on Ge ATR, Non-Viewing w/Contact Alert
  • Gold Slide
  • Gold Slides box of 10
  • Gold Slides box of 25
  • Low-e Glass Slides
  • Replacement Contact Alert Plate
  • Roller Knife with Stainless steel blade
  • Shimadzu Spirit, IR Affinity & Tracer Mounting Apparatus
  • Thermo iS50 / Nexus/Magna/6800 Mounting Apparatus
  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum 1, 100 and Frontier Mounting Apparatus
  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum 2 Mounting Apparatus
  • Three Hole Microscope Slide
 

Features

  • Onboard FTIR spectrometer detector
  • 5 mega pixel CMOS colour video camera, 2592 x 1944 maximum resolution
  • 2X optical magnification yields .7μm/pixel at sample plane
  • Transmission, reflection, and oblique illumination modes
  • IR Reflection, Attenuated Total Reflection, Diamond and Ge, and transmission modes available
  • Variable IR mask - 2000μm, 250μm, 200μm, 160μm, 100μm or, 60μm fixed diameter
  • eSpotTM software control of visual illumination modes, visible illumination intensity, ATR contact alert, IR mask selection, and IR transmission/reflection modes
  • Manual coarse/fine z stage focus adjust, 1⁄3" minimum working distance 1⁄2" maximum travel
  • Manual x, y stage fits 1" x 3" standard microscope slides
  • Accommodates commercially available transmission cells including diamond compression cells
  • Dimensions - 13.2" depth x 4.3" width x 10.5" height, 10lb weight