Application Note: A New Approach to Sample Preparation Free Micro ATR FTIR Chemical Imaging of Polymer Laminates
9 Mar 2013

This application note presents a novel method of ultralow pressure micro ATR FTIR chemical imaging that removes the need for any structural support. This allows samples to be measured "as-is" using direct contact with the ATR crystal. This unique capability is made possible through the use of Agilent’s "Live ATR imaging" technique which provides enhanced chemical contrast, and enables the exact moment of contact between the sample and ATR crystal to be determined and provides a visual measure of the quality of contact. Adhesive layers as thin as a few microns can be clearly observed in 50-micron thick polymer laminates without sample preparation.