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Far Infrared beamline
Australian Synchrotron beamlines

Far Infrared

The THz/Far-IR Beamline is coupled to a Brüker IFS 125/HR Fourier Transform (FT) spectrometer.

Introduction

The THz/Far-IR Beamline is coupled to a Brüker IFS 125/HR Fourier Transform (FT) spectrometer.

This instrument can be connected to a multitude of accessories and components, allowing a variety gas and condensed phase experiments (see Samples) to be conducted across a wide spectral range: THz – visible frequencies.

Applications

Gases

  • with low vapour-pressures
  • cases where only small amounts of gas can be obtained either because they are hard to synthesise or they are expensive
  • Molecules with small absorption coefficients or with weak modes of vibration
  • Environment/Atmosphere
  • Isotopes with low natural abundances

Surfaces

  • Samples with oriented bonds
  • Thin films

Materials

  • Nanomaterials
  • Phonons

Cultural Heritage

  • Pigments and other artists materials

Forensic studies

  • Proteins
  • Explosives

Protein higher order structures

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The THz/Far-IR hutch

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The Bruker IFS125HR FTIR Spectrometer

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Image from: Basov, D.N. etal, Electrodynamics of correlated electron materials, Rev. Mod. Phys, 471-541, 2011, Copyright 2011 by the American Physical Society 

Why would you use this beamline?

Synchrotron light has a number of unique properties:

  • Wide spectral coverage: synchrotron light is emitted with energies ranging from microwave to hard x-rays.
  • High brightness: synchrotron light is extremely intense (hundreds of thousands of times more intense than that from conventional x-ray tubes or Globar sources), enabling quick experiments on low concentration/thin samples, e.g. weak IR absorbers, gases with low vapor-pressures, thin films, isotopes in small abundances.
  • Collimated: The lightsource at the Australian synchrotron is roughly 400 microns in diameter and thus can be treated as a point source. The beam can therefore easily be collimated allowing for high spectral resolution (FIR & HR beamline). 
  • Highly polarised: the synchrotron emits highly polarised radiation (elliptical for the bend magnet radiation and radial for the edge radiation); linear, circular or elliptical. This minimises background scattering, improves sensitivity and enables measurement of circular dichroism and ellipsometry. 

Combining a Fourier spectrometer capable of achieving ultra high spectral resolutions with the highly collimated and intense source of the synchrotron creates an ideal instrument to measure the rotational spectra of gases. The high intensity of the source also means it is ideal for the study of thin samples in transmission or reflection, where the optical path of interaction is very small. In addition, as the beam displays a high level of polarisation, it is also excellent for the study of samples with oriented IR absorbing bonds (these studies require sample holders with angle adjustments; see Samples).

Beamtime guide, Technical Information and Samples / techniques