TUSTIN, Calif., March 8, 2012 — Axiom Analytical Inc. has announced the availability of its DMD-270Fx flexibly coupled, diamond ATR (attenuated total reflectance) probe for use in mid-IR spectroscopy. It uses hollow flexible lightguides to provide coupling to a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer and, as a result, provides flexibility without the drawbacks of solid-core mid-infrared optical fibers; these limitations include fragility, low throughput and limited spectral response. In contrast to the solid-core mid-IR fibers, the hollow polymer lightguides provide full fingerprint region spectral coverage combined with high stability and durability. Extreme chemical resistance is ensured by the use of a diamond ATR element, along with Hastelloy construction and energized polytetrafluoroethylene seals. The new probe is the latest addition to the company’s line of conventional and diamond-tipped ATR probes that are used in applications ranging from chemical and pharmaceutical research to incoming inspection of raw materials and online process analysis. The probes feature broad mid-IR spectral response, providing detailed quantitative analysis based on specific chemical functional groups.