Village: Soft Condensed Matter
Main Research Techniques: Infrared Microspectroscopy
I18: Microfocus spectroscopy
B23: Circular Dichroism
I20: X-ray spectroscopy
B18: core EXAFS
I22: Non-Crystalline Diffraction
Infrared (IR) Micro-Spectroscopy is a quantitative analytical and non-destructive technique which has undergone a renaissance since synchrotrons have been used as a highly brilliant source.
IR radiation from Diamond spans a larger spectral range – extending to the far-IR (or THz) region - and is 100-1000 times brighter in the mid-far IR than any other broadband IR source. In addition, SR has a pulse structure enabling ultrafast time resolved studies, and benefits from a high degree of optical polarization.
Fourier Transform IR (FTIR) spectromicroscopy is an extremely effective probe for revealing IR-active vibrational modes of molecular components at the microscopic scale. Using the high brightness benefits of Diamond provides FTIR spectromicroscopy with a signal-to-noise ratio unreachable by other broadband sources at diffraction limited spatial resolution in confocal geometry (as fine as 3 to 15 µm in the mid-IR range).