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FT-IR engine Monitoring of Chemicals

Editor: Doris Popp

By applying their own microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology, Hamamatsu Photonics has developed a palm-sized “Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) engine C15511-01”.

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Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) engine C15511-01
Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) engine C15511-01
(Source: Hamamatsu)

This FT-IR engine will assist in creating portable handheld FTIR spectrophotometers for analytical applications. The C15511-01 FTIR engine is compact enough to carry in just one hand. A Michelson optical interferometer and control circuit are built into a palm-sized enclosure. The FTIR engine will help create portable handheld analysis equipment that detect near-infrared light at wavelengths from 1.1 to 2.5 µm and still offer high sensitivity equivalent to that of bench-top instruments, making them a promising tool for chemical component monitoring on production lines to improve productivity and product quality. Other applications may include inspection and sorting of agricultural products in the field by analyzing their ingredients and also identification of plastics in recycling plants that contain additives. The company also release software that comes with the FT-IR engine for setting measurement conditions, acquiring data, and displaying data graphs.