Craic Technologies has introduced the Flex UV-visible-NIR microspectrophotometer concept. Flex is designed to be, as its name suggests, flexible in configuration, capabilities and pricing. Tailored for cost-effective spectroscopic analysis of many types of microscopic samples, it operates from the deep ultraviolet to the near infrared. Depending upon the configuration, samples can be analysed by absorbance, reflectance, luminescence and fluorescence with high speed and accuracy. With Flex, users can also image microscopic samples directly with DirecVu optics and with high-resolution color digital imaging. There are also a number of packages that can be added to allow users to measure everything from the refractive index of microscopic samples to thin film thickness. Combined with Craic Technologies' Traceable Standards, which are specifically designed for use with microspectrophotometers and calibrated using Standard Reference Materials from NIST, Flex is built as a multi-functional tool for laboratories and manufacturing facilites.
The new product integrates a sensitive spectrophotometer, high-resolution digital imaging, a UV-visible-NIR range microscope and easy-to-use software. The instrument is designed to acquire spectra and images from microscopic samples by absorbance, reflectance, fluorescence and emission. With the high-resolution digital imaging, users are also able to store colour photos of microscopic samples as they acquire their spectra. Additional features such as the ability to measure thin film thickness or the refractive index can also be added.