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Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy with attenuated total reflectance, transmission, microscopy and imaging applications (FTIR-ATR)

Samples for analysis by FTIR are usually selected and documented under stereo microscopy. Depending on the mode and method of analysis a very small amount of sample material may be sufficient, e.g. a particle of 20µm is plenty - as long as it can be handled with tweezers or a needle under stereo microscopy it is big enough. For FTIR imaging using the germanium ATR crystal a sample may be embedded in resin and polished to reveal a cross-section. Maps of max 500 µm x 500 µm may be collected with a maximum resolution of 5 µm.

Fields of application

  • Cultural heritage

    art, decorative arts, film, manuscript, painting, papyrus, photo, sculpture, textile, archaeological object

  • Natural heritage

    animal product, mineral


  • inorganic

    modern material, pigment, plastic, soil

  • organic

    animal parts, binding media, glues, wood, paper, textiles, varnishes


FT-IR with ATR

Infrared spectroscopy bench top (Perkin Elmer Frontier) with coupled microscope (Spotlight 200) offering a wide range of applications, such as Germanium imaging crystal, ATR Golden Gate diamond crystal, ATR drop down germanium crystal, diamond compression cell, KBr pellet press, hot stage.

Contact person
Elyse Canosa