The broadest range of FTIR microsampling solutions for your specific challenges

FTIR Microscopy is a perfect tool for studying a variety of sample types to get chemical information within the micrometer level. FTIR Microscopy is used in the pharmaceutical, forensics, food, materials science, bioscience, electronics and semiconductor industry and applied to:

  • identify the root cause of production issues
  • study defects in polymers, coatings and films
  • analyze contaminants
  • reverse-engineering

Which instrument would fit best in your case?
Kaplan Scientific offers you the broadest range of solutions. Depending on your budget and needs, you can find the perfect tool for your microsampling challenges.


GladiATR Vision –
Low cost unique view-through ATR

The GladiATR Vision™ is a novel sampling tool which couples small area infrared analysis with simultaneous viewing. Samples are placed face down and positioned on the diamond crystal while its image is projected in real-time on the LCD screen. Finding and optimizing the sample placement for specific analysis areas is easy and fast! Analysis of thick or non-transparent samples is no problem because viewing is through the diamond crystal.

Analysis of samples as small as 50 microns in size is doable with the GladiATR Vision accessory. Visible images from the GladiATR Vision are of highest quality color rendition because its refractive optics are fully transparent.

For standard mid-IR FTIR spectrometers, the spectral range available with the GladiATR Vision will be 4000–400 cm-1. For FTIR spectrometers equipped with far-IR optics, the spectral range is extended to less than 50 cm-1.

ATR spectrum of print area on paper run on GladiATR Vision with
diamond crystal. Image of the analysis area is shown in the inset.


µMax Sample Compartment Microscope

The µMAX™ is an in-compartment microscope providing high performance sampling at low-cost with exceptional ease-of-use. The µMAX fits into the sample compartment of most FTIR spectrometers. The compact, planar optical layout minimizes the pathlength of the IR beam and thereby maximizes IR throughput.

The µMAX is the first sample compartment IR microscope accessory capable of all microsampling modes – transmission, reflection and ATR.

For relatively larger micro samples (100 microns and greater) the DTGS detector (of the FTIR bench) provides excellent performance with the µMAX and enables full mid-IR spectral range coverage to 450 cm-1. For smaller micro samples to 20 microns in size an MCT detector is recommended.


Micro-ATR spectra collected with a room temperature DTGS detector


Cary 610 and Cary 620 Microscope

The Agilent Cary 610 and Cary 620 FTIR Microscopes and Chemical Imaging systems represent the latest in cutting-edge performance.
The Cary 610 is a single point FTIR microscope, capable of mapping, while the Cary 620 is a Focal Plane Array (FPA) chemical imaging FTIR microscope.
Agilent’s Focal Plane Array (FPA) detector based FTIR chemical imaging systems are the ultimate in chemical imaging technology and can simultaneously collect a full chemical image, containing up to 16,384 spectra, across a Field of View (FOV) of up to 2.4×2.4mm,  with a 1.1 micron pixel size, all within seconds.

Alternative FTIR imaging technologies, employ lower performance 1×16  linear array detectors, that collect at most 16 spectra per scan, over a limited FOV of 6.25×100 microns, requiring thousands of line scans to build up a reasonable sized FOV, thus requiring significantly more time, poorer pixel size of no better than 6.25 microns thus leading to a compromise in data quality.