UV/DUV Laser Scanning Raman Microscopy RAMANtouch vioLa

RAMANtouch vioLa

RAMANtouch vioLa adopted a completely new optical system. In order to realize high spatial resolution and high speed imaging even in deep ultraviolet region, line illumination is realized by using catadioptric optical system which had never been used for Raman microscopes. Due to the wavelength-independent characteristics of the catadioptric optical system, it exhibits performance over a wide wavelength range.

New Raman imaging with deep ultraviolet rays

The microscope users are always fighting with wavelength selection. The optimum optical system will change according to the wavelength. Although Raman microscopes can use various wavelengths as light sources, it has been difficult to maintain performance at all wavelengths so far. This is because the glass used for the optical system shows different characteristics depending on the wavelength.

Especially in the ultraviolet region (light shorter than 400 nm wavelength), the characteristic of glass is remarkable. Conventional Raman microscopes have accepted performance deterioration. That is because the advantage of observation in the ultraviolet region is higher than the disadvantage of performance degradation.

Quartz glass refractive index Quartz glass refractive index


Unique Optical System of RAMANtouch vioLa

RAMANtouch vioLa can only benefit from observation in the ultraviolet region. Ultraviolet observation with unprecedented high efficiency and high spatial resolution opens a new world of Raman imaging.

Here, we show a part of the optical systems installed in RAMANtouch vioLa. In the typical scanning optical system, the light is diffracted by the lens pair, but in RAMANtouch vioLa, the optical system called catadioptric optical system, the light is reflected and diffracted by the reflecting mirror and the correction lens instead of the lens pair. Thanks to this, we can perform highly accurate scanning even in deep ultraviolet rays.

This completely new optical system was the result of the JST Project and was developed by collaborating with Osaka University Kawaa Laboratory(LaSIE).

Scanning optical system mounted on RAMANtouch vioLa Scanning optical system mounted on RAMANtouch vioLa