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Novel Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform Infrared Microscopy Using a Gem Quality Diamond as an Internal Reflection Element

Volume 59, Number 10 (Oct. 2005) Page 1236-1241

Ekgasit, Sanong; Thongnopkun, Pimthong


A novel technique for attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR FT-IR) spectral acquisition by an infrared microscope with a gem-quality faceted diamond as an internal reflection element (IRE) is introduced. Unlike conventional IREs, the novel diamond IRE has a sharp tip configuration instead of a flat tip configuration. Light at normal incidence was coupled into the diamond while the transflected radiation from the diamond was collected through the table facet by the built-in 15× Cassegrainian objective. The number of reflections in the novel diamond IRE equals two. The evanescent field generated under total internal reflection at the pavilion facet was exploited for ATR spectral acquisition of materials attached to the IRE. The observed ATR spectra were compared to those obtained via a traditional zinc selenide IRE.