Thermo Nicolet iN10 Infrared Imaging Microscope

Thermo Nicolet iS50 bench FTIR spectrometer

Infrared imaging is used to study complex or small samples.

How it works

  • A microscope is coupled with an FTIR spectrometer.
  • The system is capable of 30-micron spatial resolution, using either a DTGS or liquid Nitrogen-cooled MCT detector.
  • Small samples can be measured, and larger, more complex samples, can be mapped for areas up to 1.2 x 1.2 mm.
  • Micro-ATR and Imaging-ATR techniques are also possible, for measuring opaque or thick samples.

The FTIR microscope can be used on small (~30 micron samples), allowing identification and quantification of small samples. Infrared imaging can be used to study spatial relationships of larger samples. 

Practical examples of when we use the Thermo Nicolet iN10 Infrared imaging microscope

  • Identification of microplastics.
  • In-situ measurements of samples at the high pressures of planetary interiors.
  • Characterizations of meteorites and other complex geologic and biological samples (thin sections).

Key facts

  • Read more about chemical analysis at the Museum
  • Technique: Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy microscopy.
  • Typical samples: minerals, thin sections, (micro)plastics.