Combine s-SNOM and AFM-IR with a Remarkable Mid-IR Light-source

Broadly Tunable IR Light-source for the Integration with Scattering SNOM and AFM-IR Microscopes

APE provides a professional IR light-source for the integration with scattering SNOM and AFM-IR microscopes.

The source sets new standards in resolution, sensitivity and tuning range due to its OPO/DFG architecture. The unique combination of 300 cm-1 broadband as well as 20 cm-1 narrowband emission covers the two complementary nanoscale IR techniques s-SNOM and AFM-IR.

The outstanding high output power between 5 mW and 300 mW in combination with an extremely low noise level is addressing a wider range of applications in the near-field imaging & spectroscopy field.

A pulsed mode (Burst Mode with 50 % Duty Cycle) is included for AFM-IR applications.

At a Glance

  • Imaging & Spectroscopy of organic & inorganic samples with a remarkable IR light source
  • Two complementary nanoscale Mid-IR techniques: s-SNOM and AFM-IR
  • High performance narrowband (~ 20 cm-1) and broadband (useable 300 cm-1) emission
  • Highest signal-to-noise performance due to OPO/DFG architecture
  • User friendly turnkey operation incl. automated wavelength tuning
  • Wavelength tuning broadband: from 2.15 µm – 15 µm (670 cm-1 … 4650 cm-1)
  • Wavelength tuning narrowband: from 5.0 µm – 15 µm (670 cm-1 … 2000 cm-1)
  • Outstanding output power levels between 5 mW and 300 mW
  • Fast continuous sweep mode in under 30 seconds for scanning from 1000 – 1800 cm-1 in the narrowband mode

Operation Modes

4 different operation modes are availabe to cover s-SNOM spectroscopy, s-SNOM imaging, and AFM-IR:

(1) Broadband quasi-cw mode

(2) Narrowband quasi-cw mode

(3) Broadband pulsed mode

(4) Narrowband pulsed mode


Carmina is also available in two versions:

  • Carmina (cw only)
    – the ultimate IR light source dedicated for s-SNOM Imaging & Spectroscopy
  • Carmina (broadband cw only)
    – the ultimate IR light source dedicated for s-SNOM Spectroscopy


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APE Angewandte Physik & Elektronik GmbH
Plauener Strasse 163-165 | Haus N
13053 Berlin, Germany

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Full compatibility with Bruker Anasys

Carmina is fully compatible with sSNOM & AFM-IR solution from Anasys / Bruker, the world leader in nanoscale IR spectroscopy. Contact us for more information.