Near-infrared spectroscopy

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Near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIR) is a highly flexible form of analysis, which can be applied to a broad range of research and industrial process applications. Long a staple technology in remote sensing, NIR reflectance spectroscopy has become popular within industrial markets as a cost-effective tool for measuring materials to optimize processes and manage costs.

What is NIR and how does it work?

NIR reflectance spectroscopy is a method that makes use of the near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum (from about 700 to 2500 nanometers). By measuring light scattered off of and through a sample, NIR reflectance spectra can be used to quickly determine a material’s properties without altering the sample.

NIR converts measured data into actionable information to help optimize processes or improve research. Capable of examining irregular surfaces with the same ease as a carefully prepared sample, NIR is non-destructive, and requires little or no sample preparation. It can also be used to analyze multiple constituents in a single scan.

Advantages of near-infrared refelctance spectroscopy

  • Highly flexible form of analysis Highly flexible form of analysis
  • Cost-effective
  • Capable of examining irregular surfaces
  • Non-destructive
  • Requires little or no sample preparation

Browse the sections below to find out how near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy can support you in materials research.

Near-infrared instrumentation

ASD Inc., a PANalytical company, provides high performance analytical instrumentation solutions to industrial and scientific markets.

Now used in the mining industry

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Now used for academic research

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