HORIBA Scientific Announces LabRAM Soleil™, First Multimodal Raman Microscope Designed For UV-VIS-NIR Imaging

LabRAM Soleil™ sets new standards in Raman microscopy.

Chicago, IL  March 3rd, 2020  HORIBA Scientific, global leader in measurement and analysis solutions for research and industry, and world leader in Raman spectroscopy, is thrilled to announce the introduction of LabRAM Soleil™, first multimodal Raman microscope designed for UV-VIS-NIR imaging at Pittcon 2020, in Chicago, IL.

The LabRAM Soleil™ confocal Raman imaging microscope, part of HORIBA’s renowned LabRAM spectroscopy series, comes complete with ultrafast imaging, advanced automation features, intuitive software and a robust design to supercharge researchers’ analyses.

Ultrafast Imaging

  • LabRAM Soleil™ 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 optimized broadband dielectric mirrors and a high throughput spectrometer.
  • HORIBA’s patented SmartSampling™ technology, added to the instrument’s stability and precision levels, 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.
  • HORIBA’s QScan™ patented 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 Automation

Advanced automated features are huge time savers and greatly improve user experience. LabRAM Soleil™ offers benefits such as true self-operation, remote maintenance and instant objective recognition.

The user can speed up analyses with a fully-automated, featured-packed instrument:

  • Up to 6 motorized lasers (4 built-in, 2 external)
  • Up to 6 spectroscopic modes (among which: Raman, ULF, photoluminescence, up-conversion luminescence) allow to operate in the specific context of the application domain, with a high degree of flexibility.


Intuitive Software

LabRAM Soleil™ comes with the latest, built-in, LabSpec™ 6 Spectroscopic Suite, ensuring 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. LabSpec™ 6 offers a brand-new series of apps, downloadable from the App Store, making Raman imaging much 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.

“With LabRAM Soleil™, Raman imaging is made faster and easier than ever before,” said Dr. Andrew Whitley, VP of Sales and Business Development at HORIBA Scientific. “The new instrument is the ideal lab companion to explore a wide variety of applications, including material and earth science, life and environmental science, and a myriad of new emerging research domains. Using LabRAM Soleil™ means “Getting There Faster” for the most demanding customers who need to accelerate their research, supercharge their analyses, and ultimately boost paper publication.”

LabRAM Soleil™ is both robust and modular. Adding a circuit board, sensor, imaging system or a diffraction grating turret has never been easier. Its modular design lets the user switch from an open space to an upright configuration in minutes. Everything has been designed to ensure quick setup of the initial system and future upgrades, backed up by premium service available around the world.

LabRAM Soleil™ is easy to maintain with a progressive maintenance plan. The instrument design ensures easy access to all parts to minimize service downtime. Customers are offered a standard 2-year warranty, including lasers and detectors, and can customize warranty conditions and maintenance contract extensions through their local HORIBA representative.

LabRAM Soleil™ Raman microscope can be coupled to OmegaScope™, HORIBA’s Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) system, available in different controlled environments, and get access spectroscopic measurements at the nanoscale.

LabRAM Soleil™ is now available.  Visit our online resources to learn more about our hardware/software training solutions at: www.horiba.com/labramsoleil 

About HORIBA Scientific

HORIBA Scientific, part of HORIBA Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in the United States, provides an extensive array of instruments and solutions for applications across a broad range of scientific R&D and QC measurements. HORIBA Scientific is a world leader in OEM Spectroscopy, elemental analysis, fluorescence (including the PTI brand), forensics, GDS, ICP, particle characterization, Raman, spectroscopic ellipsometry, sulphur-in-oil, SPRi and water quality measurements, as well as XRF. Our instruments are found in universities and industries around the world. Proven quality and trusted performance have established widespread confidence in the HORIBA Brand.

HORIBA supplies over 500 types of scientific analyzers to universities, research institutions, various manufacturing industries and the government. In some of the most advanced science and technologies, HORIBA provides multi-faceted data solutions for what are niche markets – assisting the most cutting-edge research in the tackling of uncharted territories.

Building on a long tradition of pursuing innovative technology to advance scientific efforts, HORIBA Instruments Incorporated has acquired and assimilated renowned companies such as Société Générale d’Optique (1969), SPEX (1988), Dilor (1995), SOFIE (1996), Jobin Yvon (1997), IBH (2003), GenOptics (2009), and Photon Technology International (2014).

The HORIBA Group is a global company that offers solutions and engineering services, based on our strong performance in developing and manufacturing instruments and products in the analysis and measurement fields. With “Explore the Future” as its brand message, HORIBA has been pursuing state-of-the-art analysis and measurement technology since its establishment in 1945. Founded in the historic city of Kyoto, Japan, it has grown steadily throughout its 70 years of business, and is now providing services worldwide as the leader in the analysis technology field. 

We engage in five different business segments with high value added products and services: Automotive Test Systems, Medical-Diagnostic Instruments and Systems, Semiconductor Instruments and Systems, Scientific Instruments and Systems, and Process and Environmental Instruments and Systems. We have established an optimal number of business bases in Japan, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

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