Microscopy for InfraRed And Rapid Imaging


An infrared microscope for imaging based on chemical contrasts. Chemical analysis and two-dimensional imaging at the micrometer (~ 10-3 mm) scale of samples with complex chemistry.  An additional scanning probe mode, based on an atomic force microscope, allows for chemical imaging and spectroscopy with a spatial resolution at the sample all the way down to 30 nanometers, breaking the diffraction limit.


An infrared beamline can provide general chemical information for a large variety of samples. In particular, in material science and life science chemical species can be identified, analyzed and mapped in real space. It can produce images based on chemical contrasts. The beamline will be very broad in terms of applications; life sciences, biology, paleontology, art, archeology, material science, physics and chemistry. Very flexible and low demands on sample and sample preparation but unique in 2D imaging and 3D chemical tomography.


Academic and industrial researchers

Indicative cost

Investment  30 – 35 MSEK

Annual total operations cost  6 – 8 MSEK

Contact person: Per Uvdal (@chemphys.lu.se)


The process to get a new infrared beamline at MAX IV has started.

The kickoff was a workshop “Infrared Chemical imaging for the future.”  March 8-9, 2017, Uppsala   8 Mar – 9 Mars. Further info can be found here:  https://indico.maxiv.lu.se/event/389/

 This is what could be included in the new beamline.

Conventional microspectroscopy.

Since we can increase the brilliance by 100 with respect to the old IR-beamline at MAX-lab we can for instance equip the new IR-beamline for:
• Scanning-probe two-dimensional chemical imaging, down to 30 nanometer resolution
• Three-dimensional chemical tomography
• Super-resolution chemical imaging (at the diffraction limit)
• Spectroscopy at extreme conditions,
(High pressure GPa and low temperatures 4.2K







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