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Frontier Optica

Choose the Frontier range of Fourier Transform IR spectrometers for superior spectroscopic performance in demanding applications. Powerful and adaptable, the Frontier meets all your current analysis needs and can be expanded as your research goals evolve. An exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and photometric performance assures optimal spectral quality to ensure best-in-class sensitivity. This configurable platform provides dependable and consistent operation through years of service.

Part Number L1280032
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IR Ready for Any Challenge

Specifically designed for highest ordinate accuracy in the mid-IR region, Frontier Optica is a unique FT-IR spectrometer designed for optical filter, glass and semiconductor measurements which require improved levels of ordinate accuracy and reproducibility. Over the 5000-400 cm-1 range, the Frontier Optica offers radically improved passband accuracy and stopband transmission accuracy to 6000 cm-1.

The Frontier Optica FT-IR spectrometer features:

  • Standard, high-performance, room-temperature LiTaO3 (lithium tantalate) MIR detector with a SNR of 10,000:1
  • Optical system with KBr beamsplitter to enable quality data collection over a range of 7,800 – 350 cm-1 at a best resolution of 0.4 cm-1
  • Specialized optical modifications to improve absolute ordinate accuracy
  • Standard KBr windows

An External Beam Pack can be configured to allow for automatic beam path switching for use with external accessories such as the Spotlight microscope, NIRA accessory, and the General Purpose Optical Bench.

Setting the Standard

The Frontier is loaded with a range of advanced innovations designed to provide optimal performance from the configuration you choose.

  • Dynascan interferometer – Fixed mirror-pair interferometer design does not require dynamic alignment to compensate for errors.
  • Atmospheric Vapor Compensation (AVC) – Features an advanced digital filtering algorithm designed to compensate for CO2 and H2O absorptions in real time removing the need for instrument purging.
  • Sigma-Delta Conversion: The use of Sigma-Delta converters in the digitization of the FT-IR interferogram improves the dynamic range, reduces spectral artifacts, and increases ordinate linearity to provide accurate, reproducible results.
  • Variable J-stop – Limits beam divergence to provide optimal measurements at all resolutions, including intermediate settings.
  • Output focusing optics for second sampling station – Enables two sampling accessories to be installed simultaneously, removing the need to switch modules between measurements.

Superior Performance & Accuracy

The Frontier Optica is designed for optical measurements in demanding applications requiring the highest levels of ordinate accuracy. The Optica is the first FT-IR spectrometer designed specifically to meet the demands of the optical filters, high refractive index materials, and specialty glass coatings industries. The ordinate accuracy on the Frontier Optica is better than ± 0.25%T at 47%T, and better than 0.01%T at 0%T.

The Frontier Optica is primarily suited to function with a variety of sampling accessories to increase the versatility of the instrument, including the HATR, NIRA, UATR, Polarization Kit, and Specular Reflectance Accessory.

Results Matter

The Spectrum 10 software suite drives the Frontier Optica system and can support advanced FT-IR analysis in research and industrial laboratories, always providing optimal results. The software supplied with your instrument enables you to control the instrument and to manipulate the spectra that you collect. The spectrometers can operate in ratio, single-beam, or interferogram mode.


Depth 60.0 cm
Detector Type LiTaO3
Height 30.0 cm
Operating Range 5 - 40 °C
Portable No
Product Brand Name Frontier
Warranty 1 year
Weight 34.0 kg
Width 52.0 cm