March 2015

WITec Introduces apyron - The Next Generation of Automated Raman Imaging Systems

High-resolution imaging meets high-resolution spectroscopy

WITec launches its fully automated, easy-to-use, class-leading Raman imaging system apyron at Pittcon 2015 in New Orleans. With its unrivaled spectral resolution in 3D confocal Raman imaging and extremely sensitive laser power determination with a mouse click, apyron surpasses any previous standard of performance. “WITec’s tried and tested modularity makes the apyron exceptionally versatile:  Raman newcomers, industry labs with measurement routines and time-critical analyses, as well as scientists with challenging experiments can explore Raman imaging beyond the established frontiers of their fields”, says Dr. Olaf Hollricher, Managing Director, R&D at WITec.

The apyron fully automated Raman microscope system includes laser wavelength selection with subsequent adjustment of all associated spectrometer and microscope components to ensure optimized system performance. The absolute laser power determination and regulation in 0.1 milliwatt steps preserves delicate samples and guarantees the reproducibility of measurement conditions. The UHTS 600, a new 600 mm focal length spectrometer designed specifically for automated Raman imaging, enables challenging experiments at even very low light intensities. Versions are available for a wide variety of excitation wavelengths and optimized for their specific lasers.

Spectral resolution is unprecedented, down to 0.1 rel 1/cm per pixel (@633 nm excitation). Highly detailed spectral information is given for every image pixel, and more than 16 mio. Raman spectra can be acquired in a single dataset. The system setup includes TrueSignal to maximize the light into the fiber output of the microscope. Thus, apyron delivers images with outstanding spectral and spatial resolution in 3D, limited laterally only by physical law.

While extremely sophisticated, apyron is also an easy-to-use, push-button instrument. Pre-defined calibration routines are integrated to facilitate quick and user-friendly system maintenance with consistently high system performance.

apyron has been developed to erase the boundary between ease-of-use and ultimate capability in Raman imaging.” explains Harald Fischer, WITec Marketing Director, “It sets a new benchmark for automated Raman imaging systems regarding sensitivity, speed and operator convenience.”

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