Patented Optical Layout of the RamanProbeTM
Laser light is transmitted to the probe via the excitation fiber. The exciting light is collimated into the probe with a lens and then passes through a band-pass filter, which blocks any light that is not at the laser frequency (i.e. Raman scattering from the excitation fiber). The dichroic filter passes >85% of light at the laser frequency and reflects extraneous light, further "cleaning up" the excitation beam. A lens focusses the laser light to the sample, and also collects the scattered light back into the probe. The dichroic filter reflects only the Raman shifted light to the opposite side of the probe where a mirror redirects the light by 90o. A long-pass filter assembly (consisting of three filters mounted in precise alignment) effectively filters all light at and above the laser frequency (Rayleigh and anti-Stokes scattering). Another lens focusses the Raman scattered light into the collection fiber, which transmits the signal to the spectrograph. All of the above components are incorporated into a cylindrical probe only 0.5" (12.7 mm) in diameter.
The results of this design are:
Additionally, InPhotonics uses only the following components in its manufacturing processes:
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