HORIBA Scientific announces LabRAM Soleil™ as first multimodal Raman Microscope for UV-VIS-NIR imaging

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July 15th 2020

Palaiseau, France: HORIBA Scientific, global leader in measurement and analysis solutions for research and industry, and world leader in Raman spectroscopy, has used the Pittcon 2020 expo in Chicago  to introduce its new LabRAM Soleil™, the world’s first multimodal Raman microscope designed for UV-VIS-NIR imaging.

The LabRAM Soleil™ sets new standards in Raman microscopy with ultrafast imaging, advanced automation features, intuitive software and a robust design to supercharge researchers’ analyses.

The new confocal Raman imaging microscope joins HORIBA’s renowned LabRAM spectroscopy series.

Ultrafast Imaging

LabRAM Soleil™ multimodal imaging performance levels give researchers the ability to observe samples in different modes for all types of applications, with an innovative design of the optical compartments, its optimized broadband dielectric mirrors and a high throughput spectrometer.

HORIBA’s patented SmartSampling™ technology enhances the instrument’s stability and precision levels, making hyperspectral mapping up to 100 times faster, also boosted by an image-compression algorithm and new smart ultrafast imaging capabilities.

The LabRAM Soleil™ also incorporates HORIBA’s QScan™ patented confocal imaging, a high-quality optical system that enables scanning of the excitation laser over the sample surface. Benefits include high confocality of the image multilayer sample, ability to map stationary samples, and more agility with point-and-shoot operation, directly on the video image.

Advanced Automation

Advanced automated features deliver huge time savings and greatly improved user experience with  benefits such as true self-operation, remote maintenance and instant objective recognition.

The user can speed up analyses with a fully-automated, featured-packed instrument that includes up to six motorized lasers (four built-in, two external), up to six spectroscopic modes, including Raman, ULF, photoluminescence, and up-conversion luminescence allowing users to operate in very specific application domains while retaining a high degree of flexibility.

Intuitive Software

LabRAM Soleil™ comes with the latest, built-in, LabSpec™ 6 Spectroscopic Suite, ensuring faster data acquisition routines and analyses. The intuitive interface maximizes the full power of the system, enabling various software configurations to suit customer specific needs. LabSpec™ 6 offers a brand-new series of apps, downloadable from Apple’s App Store, making Raman imaging more accessible than ever before. At every step of the workflow, new apps developed by the HORIBA team facilitate image generation, from adjusting focus and optimizing parameters to interpreting Raman images and producing customized reports.

Apps include:

  • EasyImage™ to simplify the entire workflow
  • MVAPlus™ for a full range of multivariate analyses, enabling easy and efficient analysis of chemical components
  • Know-It-All™ allowing large database consolidation, including HORIBA’s own database, to combine all knowledge assets in one place to accelerate identification and characterization
  • 3D Volume™ ensuring high precision interpretation by combining topographic and confocal analysis for 3D imaging.

The LabSpec™ 6 software suite also includes: ParticleFinder™ for particle analysis, SmartSampling™ for ultrafast image generation, ProtectionPlus™ for user profile management and data traceability, and an Easy Navigation package (NavMap™, NavSharp™, ViewSharp™) for advanced multimodal imaging.

Ideal laboratory companion

“With LabRAM Soleil™, Raman imaging is made faster and easier than ever before,” said Dr. Andrew Whitley, VP of Sales and Business Development at HORIBA Scientific.

“The new instrument is the ideal lab companion to explore a wide variety of applications, including material and earth science, life and environmental science, and a myriad of new emerging research domains. Using LabRAM Soleil™ means “Getting There Faster” for the most demanding customers who need to accelerate their research, supercharge their analyses, and ultimately boost paper publication,” said Dr. Whitley.

LabRAM Soleil™ is both robust and modular, allowing new circuit boards, sensors, imaging system or diffraction grating turret to be added with ease. This modularity also allows the user to switch from open space to upright configuration in minutes. Everything has been designed to ensure quick setup of the initial system and future upgrades, backed up by premium service available around the world.

LabRAM Soleil™ is easy to maintain with a progressive maintenance plan. The instrument design ensures easy access to all parts to minimize service downtime. Customers are offered a standard two-year warranty, including lasers and detectors, and can customize warranty conditions and maintenance contract extensions through their local HORIBA representative.

LabRAM Soleil™ Raman microscope can be coupled to OmegaScope™, HORIBA’s Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) system, available in different controlled environments, accessing spectroscopic measurements at nanoscale.

About HORIBA Scientific

The HORIBA Group is a global company that offers solutions and engineering services, based on its strong performance in developing and manufacturing instruments and products in the analysis and measurement fields. With “Explore the Future” as its brand message, HORIBA has been pursuing state-of-the-art analysis and measurement technology since its establishment in 1945. Founded in the historic city of Kyoto, Japan, it has grown steadily throughout its 75 years of business and is now provides services worldwide as the leader in the analysis technology field.

HORIBA Scientific provides an extensive array of instruments and solutions for applications across a broad range of scientific R&D and QC measurements. HORIBA Scientific is a world leader in OEM Spectroscopy, elemental analysis, fluorescence (including the PTI brand), forensics, GDS, ICP, particle characterization, Raman, spectroscopic ellipsometry, sulfur-in-oil, SPRi and water quality measurements, as well as X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF).

More than 500 types of HORIBA scientific analyzers and other instruments are found in universities, research institutions, various manufacturing industries and  government institutions worldwide. Proven quality and trusted performance have established widespread confidence in the HORIBA brand.

HORIBA supplies some of the most advanced science and technologies, and multi-faceted data solutions to assist the most cutting-edge research in blue sky territories.

Building on a long tradition of pursuing innovative technology to advance scientific efforts, HORIBA Instruments Incorporated has acquired and assimilated renowned companies such as Société Générale d’Optique (1969), SPEX (1988), Dilor (1995), SOFIE (1996), Jobin Yvon (1997), IBH (2003), GenOptics (2009), and Photon Technology International (2014).

It engages in five different business segments with high value-added products and services: Automotive Test Systems, Medical-Diagnostic Instruments and Systems, Semiconductor Instruments and Systems, Scientific Instruments and Systems, and Process and Environmental Instruments and Systems. HORIBA has established business bases in Japan, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Further information at: http://www.horiba.com/scientific


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