Shimadzu Scientific Instruments designed the IRAffinity-1 Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometer with high-throughput optics and a dynamic alignment mechanism to increase sensitivity, stability and usability. The IRAffinity-1 is ideal for high-precision infrared analysis to confirm, identify and detect foreign matter in raw materials, medical products, packages and coatings.
The IRAffinity-1 offers high signal-to-noise ratio (sensitivity) at 30,000:1, with a maximum resolution of 0.5 cm-1 (according to Shimadzu’s investigation in January 2008). The unit achieves this level of sensitivity by using a high-energy ceramic light source; temperature-controlled, high-sensitivity DLATGS detector; and high-throughput optical elements. Also, the IRAffinity-1 includes optimized electrical and optical systems to minimize noise levels.
The IRAffinity-1 includes patented technology to increase stability and precision. Its moving mirror is run smoothly and precisely by a flexible joint system patented by Shimadzu. The interferometer is optimized and stabilized by a dynamic alignment mechanism on which Shimadzu has a patent pending. The interferometer’s optical elements are protected from humidity and stabilized by a sealed interferometer, as well as by continuously removing moisture by a reactive polymeric desiccator, and coating the beam splitter with moisture-resistant protective film.
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