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The Agilent 8700 Laser Direct Infrared (LDIR) chemical imaging system provides a sophisticated new approach to chemical imaging and IR spectral analysis. Designed to be used by both experts and nonexperts alike, the 8700 LDIR provides a simple highly automated approach for obtaining reliable high-definition chemical images of constituents on surface.

Using the 8700 LDIR, you can analyze more samples, in greater detail, in minutes vs. hours. This robust solution provides you with more statistical data than ever to aid in the compositional analysis of tablets, laminates, tissues, polymers, and fibers. With more meaningful information available, you can make more informed, faster decisions in product development reducing both costs and analysis time.

Technical specifications

Specification Description
Dimensions (W x H x D) 16 x 15 x 24 (inches) | 420 x 378 x 615 (mm)
Power 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Software Requires Windows 10 |
Supplied with Agilent Clarity Software
Light source Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL)
Detector Thermoelectrically cooled single point MCT detector

Key features

  • Both expert spectroscopists and trained technicians are able to analyze and characterize samples rapidly and accurately due to automated sample analysis
  • Ability to survey and image large sample areas and then interrogate smaller areas of interest in more detail without changing any optics
  • Full control using Agilent Clarity Software
  • Change the field of view from microns to centimeters or the pixel size from 1 to 40 µm.
  • Acquire ATR imaging data with pixel size as small as 0.1 μm for unmatched image detail and spectral quality
  • Rapidly identify unknowns using either commercial or custom libraries via ATR capabilities
  • Obtain relative quantitative information of sample constituents without complex method development
  • No requirement for liquid nitrogen reduces operating costs and simplifies maintenance
  • Minimal instrument interaction required – simple load and go methods
  • Small footprint – saves laboratory bench space

How it works

Breakthrough IR Technology

Agilent’s innovative design uses Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) light, high spatial imaging, and intuitive Agilent Clarity software to create detailed chemical images. Unlike other QCL imaging systems that use 2D Focal Plane Array (FPA) detectors, the 8700 LDIR employs a single-element electrically cooled detector to eliminate laser coherence artifacts from images and spectra. This produces the sharpest images and most reliable spectral data.

Modes of Analysis

The 8700 LDIR works in either reflectance or Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) mode, automatically switching between these two modes by directing the incident beam to the appropriate objective. The movement of the sample relative to the beam is fully automated, this process yields a high-quality two-dimensional molecular image in a remarkably short time period. The 8700 LDIR has two visible channels: a large field of view camera to obtain an entire view of the sample and a microscope grade objective to capture high magnification detail.

8700 LDIR Chemical Imaging System

Agilent TechnologiesAgilent is a leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. The company provides laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise, enabling customers to gain the insights they seek. Agilent’s expertise and trusted collaboration give them the highest confidence in our solutions.
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