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The scanning electron microscope (SEM) utilizes a focused beam of electrons, rather than light, to obtain a magnified image of an object. This allows for detailed surface imaging at a much higher magnification (up to 7 nm in diameter) than a compound microscope.
Integrated with this imaging capability, is an energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) detector which enables detailed elemental analysis of the observed sample (ie. glass, metal, processing residues).
Smiths Scientific IdentifyIR System
Our Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectrometer is used for the rapid detection of unknown chemicals and materials. It utilizes a diamond attenuated total reflectance (DATR) sampling interface which allows for the analysis of any solid or liquid sample.
The coupled SpectrAssist software enables detailed library searches and comparisons to acquired spectral data of fibers, food additives and contaminants, packaging materials, and other questioned substances.
Smiths Scientific IlluminatIR II Microscope
The infra-red microspectrometer brings the power of chemical analysis to the conventional light microscope. For imaging and identification of small particles (≤1 mm), the Illuminator II combines advanced microscopy techniques and an infra-red microprobe.
Typical applications for this system include visual and infra-red analysis of powders, crystals, coatings, fibers, polymers, glass, geological materials, and food ingredient particulates.
The Rapid Stain Identification (RSID) Reader System is a ruggedized strip test reader unit that allows analysis and documentation of RSID lateral flow strip tests. The unit features an advanced imaging system for capturing and analyzing images from RSID cassettes and a touch screen based on Palm Pilot technology.
The test data, including reader ID, test name, sample ID, date and time of the test, results of the analysis and digital images of control and test lines of RSID strips are automatically recorded by and stored in the RSID Reader memory in a format and can be downloaded to the computer through USB cable.
Raman is a form of vibrational spectroscopy that is known to exhibit excellent selectivity for the purposes of material identification in applications such as hazmat unknown chemical identification, suspected narcotics identification, pharmaceutical raw material and counterfeit drug identification, explosives precursor identification and many others.
10X geometric magnification provides up to 100 lp/mm resolution images.
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