Confocal Raman Microscope

The AIF just acquired a new Horiba XploRA PLUS Confocal Raman Microscope. The Raman hosts a variable temperature stage with the range -196 to 600 degrees C. It can be upgraded in the future to add an integrated AFM. Confocal Raman Microscope combines Raman spectrum and optical microscope, providing sample identification and chemical imaging on a microscopic scale. The interaction of laser light with a sample results in a detailed chemical fingerprint. This instrument offers fast confocal imaging, automated laser wavelength switching. It is an ideal technique for non-destructive, non-contact, water/aqueous phase sampling in pharmaceuticals, semiconductor, Geology, polymers and forensic applications.  This instrumentation acquisition was enabled by the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED).

Questions? Contact Elaine Zhou at
Location: MRC room 320

Equipment Specifications

Excitation Source
  • 532 nm laser kit
  • 785 nm laser kit
  • Horiba Scientific CCD detector
  • resolutions:  1024×256 pixels
XY Resolution
  • 0.5 µm spatial resolution
  • Motorized XY stage
  • Micrometric motorized Z translation
Optical Microscope
  • 2 position motorized white light illuminator
  • 2 objectives
  • USB camera
  • 600 gr/mm
  • 1200 gr/mm
  • 1800 gr/mm
  • 2400 gr/mm
Computer Control
  • Motorized computer controlled 6 position
  • NC filter wheel, confocal pinhole, entrance slit and coupling optics, laser and filter selection