Infrared Microspectroscopy at the Australian Synchrotron
Infrared Beamline Scientist, Australian Synchrotron Project.
Friday 7th July 2006, 3.30PM, Seminar Room AR103, Graduate Research Centre.
An infrared beamline is to be installed as part of the first phase of beamline development at the Australian Synchrotron. Synchrotron bending magnets produce intense
radiation stretching into the far infrared, with brightness many times greater than conventional broadband infrared sources. The infrared beamline at the Australian
Synchrotron will exploit this enhanced brightness for two separate experiments. Firstly, an FTIR microscope will allow rapid mapping of samples in the mid infrared
with diffraction limited spatial resolution. Secondly, a high resolution mid and far infrared instrument will exploit the highly collimated beam that can be produced
using a synchrotron source to achieve very high spectral resolution. The enhanced performance possible with synchrotron light has led to the application of
synchrotron infrared spectroscopy in diverse fields from biology to earth science and art conservation to materials processing.
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