Ultra low frequency module advances Raman Spectroscopy

HORIBA Scientific has announced the launch of the new ULF (ultra low frequency) module for the LabRAM HR and ARAMIS Raman microscope systems.

With the introduction of the ULF module, access to ultra low frequency modes down to 4 to 5 cm-1 are possible. Measurements of important materials such as lattice modes in pharmaceutical polymorphs, LA modes in polymers and super lattice modes of semiconductors are no longer restricted to complex research measurements and are available for the first time in an easy and accessible routine instrument.

The first results from the ULF module made in collaboration with OptiGrate, were officially presented at the International Conference for Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) in Boston in August 2010. Demonstrating measurements of Stokes and Anti-Stokes frequencies down to 4.5 cm-1, the ULF module requires only a standard single stage spectrometer.

Hans-Jürgen Reich, director of the Raman division of HORIBA commented that "This is an exciting development in Raman spectroscopy and is an ideal illustration on how the technique is moving out from the research laboratory and into the analytical world. No longer confined to large research systems or complex and expensive instruments such as Far IR or TeraHertz spectrometers, the new ULF module opens up this field to the routine analyst – measurements in a few seconds or minutes are obtained with no fuss and without limitation. It has the potential to advance Raman spectroscopy in some very important applications like pharmaceutical development and semiconductor processing."

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