ARCoptix OEM FT-IR module
Robust, compact and reliable OEM FT-IR module optimized for system integration
The ARCoptix OEM FT-IR module is the ideal product for system integrators (or labatoratories) looking for a customized FTIR measurement design. The OEM module exists in two configurations:
Fully integrated OEM module (OEM010) (as shown on picture) with integrated light source and detector.
Flexible OEM module (OEM011) with external detector module.
OEM010 module with integrated IR source and detector
OEM011 module with integrated IR source and external detector module
The ARCoptix OEM010 is our most compact FT-IR complete system. It features a built-in SiC globar heated to 1550 °K and regulated in temperature to ensure stable illumination. The light that is being output by the instrument is first modulated by our permanently aligned interferometer, making it robust against stray light that might eventually reach the detector. The OEM010 rugged casing also holds a highly sensitive TE-MCT detector which maximizes the response of the system. Built from the same components, the OEM011 displays identical performances as the OEM010 while providing with an added degree of freedom thanks to its separate detector module.
- All-in-one FT-IR or flexible confiuration
- Compact and rugged
- High resolution of 2 cm-1 (optionally up to 0.5 cm-1)
- Easily connected to IR fiber systems
- 3 possible TE-cooled MCT detector ranges:5000-1700cm-1 (2-6μm), 6700-1200cm-1 (1.5 - 8.5μm) or 5000-830 cm-1 (2-12μm)
- USB connectivity
- Cost effective
How does it work?
Permanentely aligned interferometer
The heart of the FT-Rocket is dual corner-cube (retro-reflector) interferometer. The two corner-cubes are fixed to a common swinging arm, which rotates to create an optical path difference (with respect to the beam splitter) in the two arms of the interferometer.
This type of design is called a permanently aligned interferometer. This particular arrangement of the interfeormeter is known to be the most robust against vibrations and temperature drifts. It never has to be realigned.
The swinging arm of the interferometer rotates on wear-free flexure system, making this mechanical system extremely robust and durable.
Solid-state reference laser
For measuring the movement of the mirrors, a solid-state reference laser is coupled into the interferometer. Compared to classic HeNe lasers, the solid-state lasers that we use are more compact and have a much longer life-time. They have a very low temperature-induced wavelegnth drift and, when kept at constant temperature with a Peltier element, their wavelength can be stabilized to a few PPM, thus providing a very accurate and reproducible wavelength scale. This is crucial for ensuring a day-to-day and unit-to-unit consistency..
FTIR-OEM010/OEM011 model-dependent specifications
|Spectral range [cm-1]
||5'000 - 1'660
||5'000 - 1'200
||5'000 - 830
|Spectral range [μm]
|D* [cm Hz½W-1μm]
|Signal-to-Noise (4cm-1 resolution, 1 min scan time)
| 4 stage TE cooled MCT detector
|Permanently aligned, double retro-reflector design
Resolution [cm-1 ]
|8, 4, 2, optionally 1 and 0.5
>4 Hz @ 4cm-1
solid-state laser @850nm
||Aperture Ø: 12.7mm
Acceptance full angle: 3.2°
||Connector: SMA 905
Fiber core Ø: up to 1mm
NA=0.25 (lensed coupler) or NA=0.3 (reflective coupler)
||12V / 40W
API for controlling the instrument via our DLL
||180mm x 160mm x 80mm
Industrial application: example
Short-path, high pressure, high temperature flow cell
A typical example of industrial application based on the OEM010 is shown here below. This customer driven configuration features a short path flow cell, designed to withstand high pressure (> 100 bar) fluids while placed in a high temperature environment. The modulated light emitted by the OEM010 is efficiently coupled to the cell thanks to a homemade accessory that enables a common-path configuration.
ARCoptix Digital Acquisition Acquisition system: AoDAQ
The AoDAQ is a multi-threading, cross-platform and versatile software that simultaneously takes care of:
- (1) Handling communication with the FT-IR via USB
- (2) Processing raw signals to deliver the spectrum
- (3) Running a TCP ethernet server
The AoDAQ can be installed on all sorts of computers, from desktop machines to embedded, low-power single board computers. Thanks to the hosting of a TCP server, the instrument data and parameters can be accessed locally and/or remotely. All communication with the instrument eventually reduces to a set of TCP/IP commands that allow to quickly acquire data, adjust parameters, monitor the instrument status etc. using the programming environment of your choice.
Free GUI basic software
The FTIR Rocket is delivered with a free Windows 7 & 10 compatible graphical user interface (GUI) program.
The free basic software package allows the user to:
- Configure hardware measurement parameters (amplifier gain, averaging, ...).
- Display real-time spectral measurement results.
- Set reference spectra (white, dark) and choose among raw spectra, transmission or reflection mode.
- Usual features such as save, open, zoom, rescale...
- Some specific features related to Fourier transform spectrometry: choose among spectrum or interferogram averaging, apodization,
look and save the interferograms, etc.
Free API & Examples
The FTIR Rocket is also delivered with a free API that allows you to control the spectrometer with custom code via our DLLs. Examples are available for the following languages:
- C++ (on demand)
Advanced data processing & analysis software
In collaboration with Labcognition GmbH in Germany we also offer additional Panorama software packages:
Math Add-on module
contains a set of standard manipulation operations used in spectroscopy, like normalization, derivative, baseline correction, peak picking and more.
In addition some special operations are available, like multiplicative scatter correction, thickness correction or standard normal variate
correction and others.
Quantity Add-on module
is an expert in multivariate data analysis with quantitative methods like PLS and MLR. A convenient and intuitive wizard guides you through all
steps of calibration model development. Complex statistical methods become very easy to use even for non-experienced users.
Search Add-on module
is an ideal add-on to archive your spectroscopic data and related information. It includes spectrum and full text search functionality on
spectral libraries of various different library formats or directly on data in the file system.
IRAnalyze software package
is a highly sophisticated IR spectrum interpretation tool. Based on an IR spectrum, it provides you with automatic results for IR bands
to functional group correlations and their characteristic frequencies. Furthermore, it is a comprehensive electronic dictionary to browse
frequiencies for correlated IR bands.
ARCoptix offers two types of optical fibers for the mid-infrared:
Chalcogenide-IR (CIR) fibers transmit IR-radiation in the spectral range of 1-6μm (10000 - 6500cm-1). CIR fibers have an NA of 0.28 and are available with core diameters of 500 µm. These fibers ideally match the range of our spectrometers using 2-6 µm MCT detectors.
polycrystalline infrared (PIR) fibers transmit IR-radiation in the spectral range of 4-18μm. PIR fibers have an NA of 0.25 and are available with core diameters of 900 µm. These fibers ideally match the range of our spectrometers using 2-12 µm MCT detectors.
DOWNLOADdescription of NIR/CIR/PIR optical fibers
Bk7/CaF2 fiber coupler/collimator
Lens-based coupler provides a cost-effective solution for fiber coupling& collimation. Bk7 couplers are fine for the NIR range and up to 4 µm. CaF2 couplers are a good solution for the NIR and and MIR up to 8 microns. Standard fiber connectors are SMA-905, but FC/PC connectors or other types are available on request
Reflective fiber coupler/collimator
Reflective couplers/collimators are needed for the upper MIR range above 8 microns. These couplers use an off-axis parabolic mirror for optimal coupling performance throughout NIR & MIR. Standard fiber connectors are SMA-905, but FC/PC connectors or other types are available on request.
Non-exclusive Distributor list for spectrometers:
PDF datasheet FTIR-OEM011 Flexible
PDF datasheet FTIR-OEM010 Integrated
PDF Tutorial about Fourier Spectrometry