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Modular Spectroscopy Solutions for Advanced Materials Science

Andor’s Spectroscopy portfolio offers high sensitivity and highly configurable solutions to characterise the chemical, structural, electronic and/or optical properties of a wide range of materials down to the nanoscale with high accuracy and repeatability.

It provides essential tools for the study of structures at the nano-, micro- and macro-scale based on probing techniques including Raman, Photoluminescence / Fluorescence / Cathodoluminescence, Absorption, Optical Emission Spectroscopy and LIBS, Second Harmonic Generation or Darkfield Scattering.

Spectroscopy Solutions Adapted to Your Needs

Andor spectroscopy detectors provide the highest sensitivity from UV to SWIR regions, ensuring that information related to chemical signatures, structural changes or photonics properties can be obtained with the highest accuracy and highest reproducibility possible. Our highly configurable spectrographs provide platforms ideal for multimodal setups and a wide range of photon regimes and experiments e.g. micro-spectroscopy.

High Sensitivity & Dynamic Range

  • High sensitivity UV-SWIR
  • Large pixel well depths
  • High resolution matix
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ns to µs

  • Nanosecond gating
  • High sensitivity down to single photon
  • On-head DDG with ps accuracy
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µs to ms

  • Multi-kHz spectral rates
  • High sensitivity down to single photon
  • High resolution matrix
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Spectrograph Systems & Accessories

  • High modularity, high resolution and hiigh throughput Kymera & Shamrock
  • Large simultaneous bandpass, high resolution Mechelle
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Applications and Techniques 


Non-invasive probing techniques like Raman, Photoluminescence, or Absorption can provide very specific information on the structural (including presence of defects or behaviour under strain/stress), electronics behaviour or light emission properties of a wide range of advanced semiconductor structures.

These range from low dimensional nanocrystals, Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDs) or organic semiconductors (e.g. OLEDs) to more complex microelectronics and light harvesting structures.

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Further Reading


Application of optical spectroscopy in quantum science include the characterisation of electronics and optical properties of single-photon sources such as Quantum Dots (QDs) and nitrogen vacancy (NV) in diamond, as well as the study of how these sources can interface with systems relevant to quantum communication.

Andor imaging EMCCDs and gated ICCDs detectors are also at the forefront of quantum science research, in particular photon-entanglement experiments.

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The understanding and control of the interaction between metal or semiconductor (surface) plasmons and photons can be exploited for a number of applications including high sensitivity label-free chemical sensing, using for example Surface-Enhanced (SERS) or Tip-Enhanced (TERS) Raman Spectroscopy.

Plasmonic metamaterials offer alternative solutions to chemical detection, but also are of interest for light manipulation or harvesting (in the context of renewable energy and solar cells for example) and biomedical applications.

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Expand your Research Capabilities

Material science setups can be complemented by Andor’s high sensitivity and resolution Imaging EMCCD or sCMOS cameras than can provide additional spatial behaviour information on a wide range of microscopy setups. Asylum Research Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) systems provide complementary type of topological, nano-electrical, nano-mechanical or magnetic information. Oxford Instrument Nanoscience cryostats offer highly controlled environment for the low-temperature study of a wide range of materials including low-dimensional and semiconductor structures.


High Sensitivity Imaging Cameras by Andor

  • High sensitivity UV-VIS down to single photon
  • Fast frame rates
  • High resolution pixels
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AFM Solutions by Asylum Research

  • Higher resolution than any other large-sample AFM
  • From setup to results, every step is simpler and faster
  • Modular design adapts to your needs
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Cryostat Solutions by OI Nanoscience

  • 77 K - 500 K temperature range
  • Quick sample change via top-loading sample probe
  • Long cryogen hold time
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Learning Centre Resources

Customer Publications

Author Title Year
L. Lima et al Growth and Raman spectroscopy of ultrathin ZnO(0001) films on Ag(001)  2021
E. Butanovs et al Synthesis and characterization of GaN/ReS2, ZnS/ReS2 and ZnO/ReS2 core/shell nanowire heterostructures 2021
W. Zhuang et al Laser writing of CsPbBr3 nanocrystals mediated by closely-packed Au nanoislands 2021
Q. Liu et al Polarization‐Dependent and Wavelength‐Tunable Optical Limiting and Transparency of Multilayer... 2021
F. Boi et al Annihilation of percolative correlation signals in sulfur doped highly oriented pyrolytic graphite with... 2021
V. Ngo et al Field-Effect Transistor Behavior of Synthesized In2O3/InP (100) Nanowires via the Vapor–Liquid–Solid Method 2021
N. Iturrioz-Rodríguez et al Free-labeled nanoclay intracellular uptake tracking by confocal Raman imaging 2021
Y. Hou et al Selective extraction of fullerene C<sub>60</sub> by in situ interweaved AgNO<sub>3</sub> complex encapsulated C<sub>60</sub> molecular... 2021
T. Dang et al MoS2 hydrogen evolution catalysis on p-Si nanorod photocathodes 2021
E. Caballero-Manceboa et al Deciphering the photobehaviour of ensemble and single crystals of Zr-based ITQ MOF composites 2021
I.M. Gonçalves et al Phonon-assisted NIR-to-visible upconversion in single β-NaYF4 microcrystals codoped with Er3+ and Yb3+ for... 2021
Y. Zhang et al Extremely Polarized and Efficient Hot Electron Intraband Luminescence from Aluminum Nanostructures for... 2021
M. Ghini et al 0D Nanocrystals As Light‐Driven, Localized Charge Injection Sources for the Contactless Manipulation of... 2021
J. Lee et al Single-particle spectroscopy and defocused imaging of anisotropic gold nanorods by total internal reflection... 2021
J. Sachs et al Chiroptical spectroscopy of a freely diffusing single nanoparticle 2020
S. Zhao et al Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy of Atomically Precise Armchair Graphene Nanoribbons 2020
S. Ombinda-Lemboumba et al Raman spectroscopy and gold thin film for biosensing and detection 2020
D. Kicki et al Halide Mixing and Phase Segregation in Cs2AgBiX6 (X = Cl, Br, and I) Double Perovskites from Cesium-133... 2020
C. Rabelo et al Linkage Between Micro- and Nano-Raman Spectroscopy of Defects in Graphene 2020
F. Liebig et al Spiked gold nanotriangles: formation, characterization and applications in surface-enhanced Raman... 2020