Skidaway Institute confocal Raman Microscope Facility

Horiba Scientific confocal Raman microscope system

New for 2020 is a Horiba Scientific XPLORA plus confocal Raman microscope located at Skidaway. This instrument has the following features:

Two 100 mW laser light sources (532 and 785 nm wavelengths) together with a choice of 4 different gratings for spectroscopy (600,1200, 1800 and 2400). Grating and laser selection are software controlled.

Four different objectives (5x, 10x, 50x and 100x) as well as 2 camera systems for visual images of samples. Also a calibration objective to quickly calibrate both laser wavelength and grating efficiency.

A fully computer controlled xyz stage for sample mapping.

High sensitivity cooled EMCCD detector.

Class 1 enclosure for laser safety and ambient light control.

Full software suite for Raman spectra acquisition, mapping, particle analysis and chemo-metric analysis, as well as a database of Raman spectra for identification.


Please contact Dr. Jay Brandes ( for more information on gaining instrument access/analysis time on this instrument. We offer both in-kind and per-day rates. 

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