AIRsight - Features

Infrared Spectroscopy and Raman Spectroscopy

Both FTIR and Raman Spectra Can Be Measured without Moving Samples

Same position is measured by IR and Raman

Because samples do not need to be moved, both infrared and Raman spectra can be measured from the same position in an extremely small area. That means information about both organic and inorganic substances can be obtained from the same position, which can significantly improve the accuracy of qualitative analysis. In addition, Shimadzu’s proprietary wide-view camera and microscope camera (for infrared measurements) or objective lens (for Raman measurements) help improve sample observation efficiency. The wide-view camera not only enables observation of large areas up to 10 × 13 mm, but it also supports variable digital zooming. Furthermore, it shares positional information with the microscope camera and objective lenses.

The microscope camera can be used to observe areas as small as 30 × 40 μm, the 50× objective lens to observe areas as small as 15 × 20 μm, and the 100× objective lens to observe extremely small areas as small as 7.5 × 10 μm.

One Software to Measure and Analyze Both FTIR and Raman Spectra

Smart software controls IR and Raman Spectroscopy

You can easily switch between infrared and Raman measurements with a click. In addition, infrared and Raman spectra can be superimposed and displayed, and various analyses can be performed.

Obtain Organic and Inorganic Information with One Instrument

Single infrared microscope saves space

Infrared microscopes can analyze organic substances, but it is difficult to obtain information for many inorganic substances.
On the other hand, Raman microscopes can obtain information about inorganic substances such as titanium oxide and carbon, in addition to organic substances. In contrast, a single AIRsight unit can analyze mixtures of both organic and inorganic substances.

AIRsight Features for Raman Measurements

AIRsight Features for Raman Measurements

Confocal optical system used
Enables Raman measurements with excellent spatial resolution

Equipped standard with 532 nm and 785 nm lasers
Characteristics of the lasers
532 nm : Light scatters more easily, making it easier to obtain peak intensities.
785 nm : Less affected by fluorescence, making it more suitable for fluorescent samples.

Systems can be equipped with either a 50× or 100× objective lens (or both)
Selectable depending on the target measurement area

Includes XYZ correction for lens switching between infrared and Raman measurements
Enables both infrared and Raman measurements from the same location.

Two-In-One Raman Solution


  • Length Measurement Function

      Infrared       Raman  

    AMsolution software includes functionality for measuring lengths of objects. These measurements results can be outputted with a single button click.
  • Length Measurement Raman Function


  • Depth Measurements

    Enables Analysis in the Depth Direction (Z-Direction)

    Raman measurements can measure depth either at a single point or along a line (requires a separate mapping program). If a transparent sample, such as plastic or glass, has a thickness (depth) dimension, the laser light components that can penetrate the sample can be used to measure the sample interior.
  • Depth Measurements for Raman Spectroscopy


AMsolution includes measurement software (AMsolution Measurement) and analysis software (AMsolution Analysis). The measurement software can control both infrared and Raman measurements via the same window. That means all processes, from image acquisition to measuring infrared and Raman spectra at the same location can be performed smoothly. The analysis software can overlay and search infrared and Raman spectra, create libraries, and so on.

The data measured in infrared mode can be imported to LabSolutions IR and analyzed.*¹

The data measured with AIMsolution, a software program for infrared microscopes, can be analyzed with AMsolution, a software program for AIRsight.

*1 Only with LabSolutions IR Ver. 2.31 or later

AMsolution for Raman Instrumentation
  • Infrared Mode Inspection Parameters

    - Shape and size of the power spectrum

    - Based on the polystyrene film spectrum:
    • Resolution
    • Wavenumber accuracy
    • Wavenumber reproducibility
    • Transmittance (or absorbance) reproducibility
    • Peak resolution function

    • The wavenumber reproducibility is an inspection parameter only required for the Japanese Pharmacopoeia.
    • The Peak resolution function is an inspection parameter only required for the Chinese Pharmacopoeia.
    • The inspection parameter of US Pharmacopeia is only wavenumber accuracy.
  • Raman Mode Inspection Parameters

    - Based on the polystyrene pellet spectrum:
    • Wavenumber accuracy


Library Creation Function

The functionality for creating libraries is included as standard with the AMsolution analysis program. Analysts can create their own library by registering the infrared and Raman spectra they acquire. Created libraries can also be used for searches. Registering the materials used in products and the substances used in manufacturing processes and using them as a library can improve the accuracy of searches.

Libraries Containing about 12,000 Spectra


Systems are equipped standard with an extensive selection of libraries, including proprietary Shimadzu libraries and libraries for substances ranging from typical reagents to macromolecules. That means the standard configuration provides plenty of data for qualitative analysis without purchasing additional libraries.


​Main Contents
Shimadzu Food Additives library
(substances listed in official analysis methods for food additives)
General reagents
Inorganic substances

Total of about 12,000 spectra


Wiley Raman spectrum libraries can be added. Wiley offers libraries of spectra from a wide range of compounds, including monomers, polymers, inorganic compounds, and compounds related to biochemistry or forensic chemistry.


Database example


Product Name Database Code Number of Spectra
Sadtler Controlled & Prescription Drugs 1-2 RZ, RZ2 1,850
Sadtler Flavors & Fragrances FFR 600
Sadtler Inorganics RI 1,630
Sadtler Polymers & Monomers (Basic) 1 QR 1,680
Sadtler Polymers & Processing Chemicals RA 495
Sadtler Standards 1-6 RST1, RST2, RST3,
KnowItAll Raman Spectral Library
(Annual Subscription)
- 25,000
Automatic Contaminant Recognition System for Raman Microscope

Automatic Contaminant Recognition System

The functionality for automatically recognizing contaminants is included as standard. The analyst simply clicks one button for the software to automatically recognize contaminants. Two types are available for the infrared mode: the standard type or the micro type for extremely small areas, which can be selected based on the purpose of analysis. Samples can either be measured with the automatically selected measurement positions left unchanged or the analyst can add or delete measurement positions. A sample image is automatically saved for each measured spectrum. That makes it easy to confirm the sample or measurement positions later.

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