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Spectrograph Solutions from UV to SWIR

High resolution, high throughput, high modularity, ease of use from the UV to the NIR and SWIR.

New Kymera 328i

Intelligent and multi-modal spectroscopy platform for Physical and Life science

  • Adaptive Focus technology
  • TruRes™ – Highest spectral resolution
  • Quad-grating turret with eXpress™ RFID
  • Dual inputs and outputs maximum flexibility
  • µManager for micro-spectroscopy
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Spectrograph platforms adapted to your needs

Andor’s spectrograph family is based on Czerny-Turner, Echelle or Transmission optical designs, and offers a range of highly configurable or highly specialised platforms to best suit your experimental requirements.

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Techniques and Applications

NL Spectroscopy
Material Science
Chemical Processes
Life Science - Biomedical
Plasma Studies


Raman is a molecular spectroscopy technique that can provides chemical and structural fingerprint information for a wide range of samples, including for example nanomaterials, polymers, powders, liquids or cells/tissues. Key Raman techniques include:

  • Spontaneous and stimulated
  • Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)
  • Surface Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS)
  • Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)
  • Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS)

Further Reading
Technical note: Introduction to Raman Spectroscopy
App Note: Diagnosis of skin tumors during micrographic surgery
App Note: Probing Molecular Structure with Raman Spectroscopy


Luminescence spectroscopy is used for a large variety of applications including for example the study of metal complexes, organic LEDs (OLEDs), quantum dots, cell dynamics, stand-off detection of chemical compounds (e.g. explosives) or scintillators properties measurement. Key techniques include:

  • Fluorescence
  • Photoluminescence
  • Cathodoluminescence
  • Chemiluminescence

Further Reading
App Note: Determination of Fluorescence Lifetimes using TRLFS
App Note: Characterization of Single Quantum Wires 
App Note: Magneto-Photoluminence in Si Nanocrystals

Absorption / Transmission / Reflection

Ultraviolet Visible Near-Infra red (UV-Vis-NIR) spectroscopy is useful to characterise the absorption, transmission, and reflectivity of a variety of materials such as pigments, biological, coatings, windows, filters, or analyse the dynamics of chemical reactions. Variations of these spectroscopy techniques include:

  • Transient absorption (pump/probe)
  • Diffuse Reflectance

Further Reading
Tech Note: Intro to Absorption, Transmission & Reflection
App Note: Spectral Response of Glucose


Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) is a fundamental, non-invasive diagnostic technique for a wide range of plasma, and can provide information such as composition and species temperature and energy distribution.

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is used to determine the elemental composition of various solids, liquids and gases. A high power laser pulse is focused on to a sample to create a plasma. Emission from the atoms and ions in the plasma is collected and analysed by a spectrograph and gated detector to determine the elemental composition or the elemental concentrations in the sample.

Further Reading
Case Study: Automated 2D elemental mapping by LIBS
Case Study: Stand-off LIBS
Webinar: Basic Principles of LIBS


Micro-spectroscopy covers a very wide range of spectroscopy modalities with the common character that the spectroscopic measurement is made on the microscopic scale. Andor spectroscopy systems are routinely used for Raman-based techniques including:

  • Micro- Raman and Fluorescence/Photoluminescence
  • Diffuse Scattering micro-spectroscopy
  • Multiphoton micro-spectroscopy

Further Reading
Tech Note: Modular Solutions for Micro-Spectroscopy
App Note: Micro-Spectroscopy as a Diagnostic Aid to Skin Cancers

Non-Linear Spectroscopy

Non-linear (NL) spectroscopy encompasses a number of optical techniques that can be used to study for example interfacial and surface processes, ultrafast dynamic processes (pump-probe technique), light transport or assist in the understanding of nanoparticles/nanostructures unique optical properties. Key techniques include:

  • Second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopy
  • Sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy
  • Pump-probe transient absorption
  • Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS)

Further Reading
App Note: Spectral Characterization of Quantum Light
App Note: Nearfield Spectroscopy of a ZnO Thin Film

Material Science

Optical spectroscopy can provide analytical information on materials from the micro to the nano-scale, through a number of techniques with a large range of sensitivity, resolution and flexibility requirements. Examples include:

  • Quantum dots
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Nanowires
  • Organic LEDs (OLEDs)
  • Thin films
  • Scintillators
  • Powder/explosives

Further Reading
App Note: Chemical Analysis of Nanostructures by TERS
App Note: Nearfield Spectroscopy of a ZnO Thin Film

Chemical Processes

Optical spectroscopy can be used to non-invasively study the changes in the composition of chemical(s) or material(s).

Chemical reaction products or transient behaviours can be probed by Andor Spectroscopy systems through a variety of techniques based on Raman, transient absorption / pump-probe or fluorescence.

Further Reading
App Note: Quantitative Monitoring of Biphasic Reactions 
App Note: Reaction Monitoring using UV-Resonance Raman
App Note: Reaction monitoring using SWIR Raman Spectroscopy

Life Science - Biomedical

Optical spectroscopy can provide very specific analytical information in a non-invasive matter for a range of bio-samples, often as a complement to microscopy imaging (micro-spectroscopy) or visual inspection.


Field of applications include for example cancer cell in vivo and ex vivo screening and cancer diagnostics, non-invasive monitoring of patient bio-parameters or cell sorting.

Further Reading
App Note: Identification of Lung Cancers
App Note: Diagnosis of skin tumors during micrographic surgery
App Note: Optical Spectroscopy in Biomedical research

Plasma Studies

Plasmas can be artificially produced by different means (e.g. laser ablation, coupling of capacitive / inductive power source to ionised gas). The understanding of their properties and dynamics is relevant to a number fields such as fusion, thin films deposition, micro-electronics, material characterization, display systems, surface treatment, fundamental physics, environmental & health.

Gated detectors can be used to determine optical parameters from which fundamental plasma properties can be derived. Accurate nanosecond-scale gating of image intensifier-based detectors can be used to sample plasma dynamics, or to isolate the useful plasma information generated by pulsed lasers.

Further Reading
App Note: PLIF as a Plasma Diagnostic
App Note: Broadband Cavity-enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy
App Note: Thomson Scattering

Spectrograph Accessories

Adaptable to large range of setups, high configurability, in-field upgradeable

Light coupling input/outputs
  • Fibre-optics, X-Y adjustable couplers and F/# matcher
  • Sample chamber
  • Motorised & manual slits
  • Filter wheels
Micro-Spectroscopy Coupling
  • Direct/indirect spectrograph-microscope coupling
  • Modular cage system configurations
  • µ-Manager software control
Scanning Accessories
  • Single point detectors for UV-IR Spectroscopy (inc. PMT, InGaAs, PbS, MCT)
  • Data acquisition unit
  • Lock-in amplifier and chopper

Detectors for Spectroscopy

High sensitivity, high speed, high dynamic range detection from the UV to the NIR and SWIR.

iDus CCD

High sensitivity, deep-TE cooled platform for UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR & Raman spectroscopy.

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High sensitivity, deep-TE cooled platform that is suitable for SWIR spectroscopy.

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Newton EM/CCD

High speed and high sensitivity platform for fast transient studies or chemical mapping.

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iStar CCD & sCMOS

Ns gated platform for highest time-resolution and accuracy, ideal for plasma dynamics & LIBS.

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Zyla sCMOS

Ultrafast and high dynamic range platform for dynamic phenomena by fluorescence or absorption.

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Ultrafast and high dynamic range platform for dynamic phenomena by fluorescence or absorption.

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Spectroscopy Software Solutions

Spectroscopy software on monitors

Solis Acquisition Software - A 32-bit and fully 64-bit enabled application for Windows (Vista, 7 and 8) offering rich functionality for data acquisition and processing, as well as Andor cameras, spectrograph and motorized accessories simultaneous control.

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Software Development Kit - A software development kit that allows you to control the Andor range of Shamrock spectrographs from your own application. Compatible as 32 bit libraries for Windows (Vista, 7 and 8). Compatible with C/C++, C#, VB6 and LabVIEW and Linux

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µ-Manager for Micro-spectroscopy - Integrated modular micro-spectroscopy setup control popular with the Life Science community. All market leading motorized microscope and accessories seamlessly controlled and maintained. Integrated sequence builder & macro interfaces for complex experiments building.

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Spectroscopy Resources

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Customer Publications 

Author Title  Year
Nuria Tort et al Multimodal Plasmonic Biosensing Nanostructures Prepared by DNA-Directed immobilization of Multifunctional DNA-Gold Nanoparticles 2016
P. Němec et al Spectrally-and polarization-resolved hyper-Rayleigh scattering measurements with polarization-insensitive detection 2016
Ye Tian et al Elemental analysis of powders with surface-assisted thin film laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy 2016
Paul Brunet et al Deposition of homogeneous carbon‐TiO2 composites by atmospheric pressure DBD 2016
Jean-François Gravel et al Oil Pipeline Standoff Leak Detection: A Novel Approach for Airborne Remote Detection of Small Leaks 2016
Michiyo Motoyama et al Simultaneous imaging of fat crystallinity and crystal polymorphic types by Raman microspectroscopy 2016
R. Mohun et al Charged defects during alpha-irradiation of actinide oxides as revealed by Raman and luminescence spectroscopy 2016
Yu W. Wang et al Multiplexed Molecular Imaging with Targeted SERS Nanoparticles for Rapid Tumor Detection 2016
Seung Yoo Choi et al Synthesis of upconversion nanoparticles conjugated with graphene oxide quantum dots and their use against cancer cell imaging and photodynamic therapy 2016
A. Hamdi et al TiO2-CdS Nanocomposites: Effect of CdS Oxidation on the Photocatalytic Activity 2016
Adil Meraki et al Thermoluminescence Dynamics During Destructions of Porous Structures Formed by Nitrogen Nanoclusters in Bulk Superfluid Helium 2016
Giuseppe Licari et al Fluorescent DNA probes at liquid/liquid interfaces studied by surface second harmonic generation 2016
Gulab Singh Maurya et al Analysis of impurities on contaminated surface of the tokamak limiter using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy 2016
L. Liang et al Optofluidic restricted imaging, spectroscopy and counting of nanoparticles by evanescent wave using immiscible liquids 2016
Benjamin Gardner et al Non-invasive chemically specific measurement of subsurface temperature in biological tissues using surface-enhanced spatially offset Raman spectroscopy 2016
Zhiyu Liao et al DMD-based software-configurable spatially-offset Raman spectroscopy for spectral depth-profiling of optically turbid samples 2016
Zuzana Bajuszova et al Cavity-Enhanced Immunoassay Measurements in Microtiter Plates Using BBCEAS 2016
Arvi Freiberg et al Spectral and kinetic effects accompanying the assembly of core complexes of Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2016
M Pinto et al Surface characterization of stainless HP-40 steel using laser induced μ-breakdown spectroscopy (μ-LIBS) 2016
Léna Bassel et al Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for elemental characterization of calcitic alterations on cave walls 2016
S. Almaviva et al Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for the remote detection of explosives at level of fingerprints 2016
Matthew R. Bailey et al SERS Speciation of the Electrochemical Oxidation-Reduction of Riboflavin 2016
Andreas Ehn et al Setup for microwave stimulation of a turbulent low-swirl flame 2016
Roland Ackermann et al Femtosecond Two-Beam Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering for High Pressure Gas Analysis 2016
Martin Höhl et al UV-resonance Raman spectroscopy of amino acids 2016