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Multimodal Raman microscope designed for UV-VIS-NIR imaging

13 March 2020

Scientific instrument developer Horiba Scientific introduced the LabRAM Soleil, the first multimodal Raman microscope designed for ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-VIS-NIR) imaging at Pittcon 2020 in Chicago.

The LabRAM Soleil confocal Raman imaging microscope comes complete with ultrafast imaging, advanced automation features, intuitive software and a robust design to supercharge researchers’ analyses. The instrument's multimodal imaging performance levels give researchers the ability to observe samples in different modes for all types of applications, with an innovative design of the optical compartments, its Source: Horiba ScientificSource: Horiba Scientificoptimized broadband dielectric mirrors and a high throughput spectrometer.

Patented SmartSampling technology makes hyperspectral mapping much faster with an image-compression algorithm. These new and smart ultrafast imaging capabilities let users map samples up to 100 times faster than before. The confocal imaging system is a high-quality optical system that enables scanning of the excitation laser over the sample surface. Benefits include high confocality of the image multilayer sample, the ability to map the sample without moving it, and more agility with point-and-shoot operation, directly on the video image.

Advanced automated features offer benefits such as true self-operation, remote maintenance and instant objective recognition. The user can speed up analyses with up to six motorized lasers (four built-in, two external) and up to six spectroscopic modes including Raman, ultra low frequency, photoluminescence and up-conversion luminescence.

The built-in LabSpec 6 Spectroscopic Suite ensures faster data acquisition routines and analyses. The intuitive interface maximizes the full power of the system, enabling various software configurations to suit customer specific needs. A new series of apps, downloadable from the App Store, make Raman imaging more accessible than ever before. At every step of the workflow, a new app developed by the Horiba team facilitates the image generation process, from adjusting the focus to optimizing parameters, to interpreting Raman images and producing customized reports. Apps include:

  • EasyImage to simplify the entire workflow.
  • MVAPlus for a full range of multivariate analyses, enabling easy and efficient analysis of chemical components.
  • Know-It-All allows a large database, including the Horiba database, to combine all know-how assets in one place: This accelerates the identification and characterization process.
  • 3D Volume ensures high precision interpretation by combining topographic and confocal analysis for 3D imaging.

The LabSpec 6 software suite also includes: ParticleFinder for particle analysis, SmartSampling for ultrafast image generation, ProtectionPlus for user profile management and data traceability, and an Easy Navigation package (NavMap, NavSharp, ViewSharp) for advanced multimodal imaging.

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