Laser Imaging and Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility

Raman-2: High Throughput Raman Spectrometer

Raman-2 controls, etc.

Model: Spex Triax-320
Location: 104 Partners III
Methodology and Rate: Vibrational (VIB) -

Current Instrument Status: NON-Operational, being repaired


Operating Procedures

  • Specific laser training for Ramen-2
  • General Raman-2 operating procedures
  • Methodology specific operating procedures

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The Raman-2 instrument consists of a Spex Triax 320 monochromator fitted with an air cooled CCD detector and a HeNe laser, or Coherent Mira 900 Ti:Sapphire laser system. The Spex Triax 320 Monochromator is configured with a single grating, to provide high throughput of low light signals. Because this system lacks the additional light rejection method of Raman-1, it has a limited number of laser frequencies that can be used with the instrument. Currently only 632, 532, 488 and 458nm light can be used as Raman sources for this system. The Coherent 900 Mira Ti:Sapphire laser system has a normal output range of 1000nm to 700nm, this is sent into a doubling system to produce 500nm to 350nm light. The Mira is pumped by a Coherent Verdi10, which is a Diode Pumped Solid State (DPSS) laser that produces up to 10W of 532nm light continuous wave (CW).


  • Spectrum measurements (Raman) over a range of 1,000-185nm
  • Synthesis characterization
  • Reaction monitoring
  • Materials analysis
  • Defect and surface contamination analysis
  • Spectroscopic research experiments
  • Cryogenic characterization of samples
  • Pharmaceuticals (compound distribution, phases, combinatorial chemistry, etc.)
  • Semiconductors (stress, contamination, superlattice structure, doping effects, etc.)
  • Polymers (polymorph identification, blend morphology, monomer and isomer analysis, etc.)
  • Life Science (DNA analysis, nucleic acids, cholesterol, lipids, etc.)
  • Physics (ceramics, nanophases, etc.)
  • Chemistry (phase transitions, catalysts, oxides, surfactants, etc.)
  • Carbon Compounds (nanotubes, fullerenes, diamond, etc.)
  • Environmental (pollutants, metal complexes, etc.)


  • Notch Filters
    • 458 nm
    • 488 nm
    • 532 nm
    • 632 nm
  • Spectrograph Stage Grating
    • 2400 groves/mm 330nm blaze
  • Detector
    • Air cooled CCD
  • Light sources
    • Coherent Mira 900 Ti:Sapphire laser
    • Coherent Verdi-10W 532nm CW
    • HeNe
  • Additional
    • The spectrometer is purged with dry compressed air, which improves the signal to nose ratio of the spectra.
    • Solid sample spinner Raman accessories is available
    • Standard gas cooled sample holder
    • Cryogenic Displex sample holder Raman accessories is available


  • Spectral Range: 185-1000nm (54,000-10,000cm-1)
  • Wavelength accuracy: +0.5nm
  • Wavelength Resettability: +0.2nm

Note: This instrument requires additional laser training. Please see Training for more information.