spectroscopy Articles

  • Reducing NOx in Diesel Emissions | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Air pollution and NOx emissions from diesel engines are a global concern due to their potential impacts on human health. Researchers worldwide are developing new and improved methods to reduce NOx emissions. Infrared spectroscopy in the gas phase, which is made possible using FTIR gas cells from Specac, has an important role to play in this ...


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  • Analyzing gas using transmission spectroscopy | Spectroscopy Guides

    How can transmission spectroscopy analyze a gas sample? Like many other samples, a gas (or vapour) can be analyzed using the transmission of an infrared beam through the sample, reading the strength of the various wavenumbers upon exiting the sample and arriving at a detector. ...


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  • Analyzing gemstones using infrared spectroscopy | Spectroscopy Solutions

    The demand for gemstones is increasing, and fraudulent gemstones are becoming a prominent and difficult-to-tackle problem in the gemstone and jewelry industries. Fake, synthetic, and enhanced gemstones can be identified quickly and with confidence using diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). ...


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  • Analyze wine using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Wine analysis using spectroscopy Within quality assurance and process monitoring practices, spectroscopy has been widely used for many years1. Increasingly spectroscopic techniques and advanced data processing are being adopted for authenticity testing.2 Such verification is particularly important in the wine industry, which provides a premium-priced ...


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  • The basics of polarization (animated) | Spectroscopy Guides

    In many spectroscopic and photonics applications, it is desirable to work with light that has been polarized in a particular direction. In this article we explore what polarization is, and how it may be obtained from an unpolarized light source. Electro-magnetic radiation (light) What we generally refer to as “light” is more correctly known as 'electromagnetic ...


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  • FTIR products explained | Spectroscopy Guides

    FTIR range available from Specac At Specac, we produce a diverse selection of FTIR spectroscopy accessories, which can fit in a range of spectrometers. Primarily an optics company with a long history of meeting the needs of both industrial and laboratory customers, Specac's spectrometer accessories have been designed with ...


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  • What is Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)?

    Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy or LIBS is an analytical technique that's been used in laboratories for many years.  Most handheld LIBS analysers are used for fast sorting of alloys in scrap yards, and alloy identification and analysis in various applications within the metals industry. ...

  • Golden Gate ATR wizard | Spectroscopy Guides

    The Golden Gate ATR is an industry-leading FTIR spectrometer accessory. Click on the various buttons to explore the different ATR solutions provided for with  the Golden Gate variations. Feel free to request pricing for a no-obligation estimate from one of our specialists. Golden Gate Standard: GS10500 The world's most ...


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  • Transformer oil FTIR testing | Spectroscopy Solutions

    The United Kingdom is powered by a huge grid of pylons, conducting electricy across hundreds of miles. Thanks to this network of transmitters, we can switch on the lights, boil a kettle and visit the Specac website to read this article. Like any piece of equipment, pylons require maintenance. As high voltage electricy (up to 750,000 volts) surges through the pylons, transformers ...


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  • Benefits of the Nieka Fusion Fluxer | Spectroscopy Guides

    Specac have long been involved with presses and dies that we have supplied into the XRF analysis market for pressed pellet sample preparation; joining up with Nieka who are based in Canada is a natural extension and one we are proud to achieve. Nieka produce the Fusion Fluxer, a leading tool for preparing sample fusion beads ...


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  • Cannabis Oil Analysis using FTIR | Spectroscopy Solutions

    A range of  cannabis derivatives are commercially available for purchase across the world's markets. Country-to-country, the legality of these products differs. In Europe, products that contain higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) than 0.2% are generally prohibited. That said, CBD (cannabidiol) isn't restricted and is actually advertised as offering pharmaceutical ...


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  • XRF Fusion Beads for Cement Analysis | Spectroscopy Solutions

    The chemical composition of cement influences performance. Elemental analysis can determine the quality of a cement and indicate which applications it is best suited to. XRF is the elemental analysis method of choice in the cement industry. This article outlines the best preparation method, using a Nieka Fusion Fluxer, ...


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  • Metal matrix composite research with the Autotouch | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Composite materials with hybrid properties are now common as engineering materials. In the form of glass-fibre reinforced plastics, carbon fibre composites, and laminated construction products such as plywood, composite materials have been commonplace for decades. For application critical components such as piston heads and connecting rods in internal combustion engines, jet engine turbine ...


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  • Analyze FAME in Diesel using FTIR | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Biodiesel is a promising alternative to diesel produced from fossil fuels, however barriers still exist towards the creation of high efficiency biodiesel. The fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) content of biodiesels significantly affects their quality and performance. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy using the Pearl™ liquid transmission unit from Specac ...


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  • Analyzing ionic liquids using ATR | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Research into ionic liquid-based catalyst systems aim to improve the duty cycle, rate of metal loss and yield efficiency of large scale reactions using continuous flow reactors, such as those often used in the pharmaceutical industry. This article details the issues that are faced by the industry and a recent study that uses FTIR-ATR ...


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  • Forensic micro-fiber evaluation using Microscopy | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Forensic investigations commonly involve the collection of textile fibers when examining crime scenes. The need to characterize and identify those fibers is vital as they can provide extensive information relating to a crime, tying a suspect to a location. Microscopic fibers in particular can present problems in terms of both size and quantity of sample. Fourier transform Infrared spectroscopy ...


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  • Fish Oil analysis using Pearl FTIR | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Select Science recently interviewed Professor Gene S. Hall, who leads a research team in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. They are detecting fraudulent fish oil and their work includes the Pearl FTIR accessory. ...


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  • Rapid Portable Cross-Connection Detection by Sensitive Fluorescence Spectroscopy

    Abstract The implementation of dual reticulation systems for returning recycled water to the home for nonpotable use is now common in new Australian housing developments. Managing the associated public health risk requires consideration of the potential for crossconnections between recycled and potable water pipes. While current protocols for detection exist, they are time consuming and ...

  • Identify plastic contaminants using Microscopy Imaging | Spectroscopy Solutions

    Engineered plastic components are ubiquitous in modern society. Plastics have the advantage of lowering cost, reducing parts count and weight, and providing ultimate industrial design flexibility as complicated functional shapes can be easily produced. Engineered plastic components can be filled or reinforced with carbon or other fibers to increase rigidity and strength. ...


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  • What do I need to start FTIR analysis? | Spectroscopy Guides

    Specac has been a valued supplier of accessories of FTIR spectrometer accessories for over 45 years. Using this considerable experience, we have created a range of FTIR Starter Kits, based around our range of proven accessories. ...


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