Infrared (IR) spectroscopy is an umbrella term for spectroscopic techniques that involve probing of matter with infrared radiation. Typically, the aim of this investigation is the identification of a specific compound and its concentration. In the simplest absorption IR spectroscopy, a broadband IR source illuminates a sample. A molecule absorbs radiation of specific wavelengths depending on the allowed transitions between its quantum mechanical vibrational and rotational states. The configuration of states is unique to a molecule. The spectrum of the transmitted light contains absorption features whose distribution and intensity depend on the chemical composition of the sample. A typical setup for dispersive absorption IR spectroscopy consists, apart from mirrors and lenses, of an IR source, reflection or transmission grating, and image sensor. The technique can be used to analyze solid, liquid, and gaseous samples. Gas emission monitoring and quality control for the presence of impurities are two application examples of IR absorption spectroscopy.
Hamamatsu is a leading manufacturer of essential components for IR spectroscopy. These include InGaAs image sensors covering the 0.9-2.55 μm range and single-element detectors (photovoltaic, photoconductive, and pyroelectric types) covering the wavelength range from visible up to ~20 μm. Hamamatsu also manufactures complete compact spectrometers and FTIR engines with a Michelson-Morley interferometer, an InGaAs PIN photodiode, and a calibration laser inside.
Unfortunately, many detectors in the MIR space rely on hazardous materials outlined by RoHS standards. These materials are also prone to high variance at high volumes. Hamamatsu is proud to showcase a fully RoHS-compliant product line relying on indium arsenide antimonide (InAsSb) material. No mercury, cadmium, or lead are used.
InAsSb detectors are RoHS compliant, unlike mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) detectors. They also have highly stable characteristics and minimal variations from one detector to another. The cutoff wavelength of our InAsSb detectors ranges from 3 µm up to 14 µm.
When selecting an InAsSb detector, consider these characteristics:
QCLs have an extremely narrow emission band in the mid-infrared region, making them suitable for high-accuracy measurements. When selecting QCLs, consider these characteristics:
We offer continuous wave (CW HHL package) and pulsed QCLs with emission wavelengths within the 4 – 10 µm band. They feature high output, high-speed response, and high reliability.
FTIR engine with a Michelson optical interferometer and control circuit are built into a palm-sized enclosure.
High-sensitivity and high-speed infrared detector with 14 um cutoff wavelength.
InAsSb photovoltaic detectors deliver high sensitivity in the 5 μm, 8 μm, and 11 μm band due to our unique crystal growth technology.
Quantum cascade lasers are semiconductor lasers that offer peak emission in the mid-IR range (4 μm to 10 μm). They have gained considerable attention as a new light source for mid-IR applications such as molecular gas analysis used in environmental measurement.
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