Simultaneous IR and Raman Microscopy

For the first time, you can now perform simultaneous IR and Raman on the same spot, using the mIRage from Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp. This is a world first that opens up a whole new range of research possibilities.

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mIRage IR Microscope

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Submicron Infrared and Raman Microscopy

Simultaneous IR and Raman (IR-Raman) microscopy is now possible – a world first! The mIRage IR microscope from Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp is a unique dual modality platform that combines the advantages of O-PTIR with Raman microscopy, with simultaneous detection using a visible probe laser.

You can now collect infrared and Raman data from the same spot, at the same time and with the same resolution:

  • Spectra
  • Line scans
  • 2D maps
Combined Raman microscopy and IR microscopy… has never been achieved on the same spot, at the same time, with the same resolution
Dr Mustafa Kansiz, Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp

How it Works

IR-Raman is a non-contact method that uses a co-linear visible light source to measure your sample with sub-micron spatial resolution. Data is acquired from the same spot, at the same time, with the exact same resolution:

Simultaneous Infrared & Raman
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New Applications

This unlocks a whole range of new possibilities in fields such as:

  • Defect and failure analysis
  • Polymers
  • Materials science
  • Life science
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Forensics

Below are just two examples – for more information about how this technique can be used in your area of research, please get in touch.

Example: Red Blood Cells

In this example, IR and Raman spectra were collected from a red blood cell (~500 nm resolution). First a 70 x 70 µm region was selected from the optical image for Raman imaging. A single blood cell was then selected for further analysis.

Red Blood Cells Example
Optical and Raman images
Red Blood Cells - Photothermal mIRage
IR and Raman spectra

Example: Polymers and Plastics

A film of polyethylene terephthlate (PET) was analysed with simultaneous O-PTIR and Raman. The spectra were acquired from the same spatially resolved, sub-micron spot:

IR & Raman of Plastics (PET)
IR and Raman from PET film (click to enlarge)

Recorded Webinar

Find out more about simultaneous infrared and Raman in a 40 minute webinar from Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp. An excerpt is below – you can watch the full version on their website:

Watch the complete webinar

PhotoThermal Mirage IR Microscope

mIRage IR Microscope

Sub-micron IR spectroscopy and imaging system

  • Breaks the diffraction limit of traditional infrared
  • Bridges the gap between IR microspectroscopy and nanoscale IR
  • Non-contact method – fast and easy-to-use
  • Works in reflection mode – no need for thin sections
More about the mIRage…

More Information

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mIRage IR Microscope