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The UCD Spectral Imaging Research group is based in a state of the art lab at the UCD Science  Centre. The lab was established in 2015 with the support of EU funding (via the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant) and Irish funding (via the Science Foundation Ireland ERC Support Programme).

Details of our Spectral Imaging capabilities are listed below. 

Nicolet iN10 MX Imaging Microscope
Nicolet iS50 FTIR Spectrometer

Wavenumber range:  8000-650 cm-1

Imaging modalities:

  • Transmission
  • Reflectance
  • Attenuated total reflectance (ATR)
  • Point Mapping
  • Line Mapping


  • Single point Room Temperature
  • LN2 Cooled MCT-A Detector with CdTe window (11,700-600 cm-1)
  • LN2 Cooled MCTA linear array detector
  • Motorized zoom optics for 6.25, 25 and 50 microns pixel resolution with array detector

ATR capabilities: 

  • Slide-On Ge Micro Tip
  • Imaging ATR Accessory for Microscopy (Area contact)
  • Smart iTR with Diamond Plate

Renishaw InVia Micro-Raman spectroscopy system Microscope:

  • Leica DM2500 M
  • Binocular Head with eyepieces & integrated colour video camera


  • 10x
  • 50x
  • 100x
  • 63x water immersion


  • 785 nm
  • 532 nm


  • NIR enhanced Deep Depletion CCD array (1024 x 256 pixels)
  • Peltier cooled to -70oC

Imaging modalities:

  • Single point
  • Line scanning

Cytoviva Vis-SWIR Nanoscale Hyperspectral Microscope Microscope:

  • Olympus BX51 Microscope - CT
  • 15X Eyepiece


  • 10X Plan Fluorite Objective
  • UPL Fluorite 60X O/I
  • UPL Fluorite 100X/.6-1.30 Iris
  • Swing Condenser, NA0.9/.17,1.25X-100X


  • ImSpector V10E
  • ImSpector NIR

Light source:

  • CytoViva Optical Illuminator
  • Liquid Light Guide
  • 24 Watt Metal Halide Light Source


  • Peltier cooled CCD
  • InGaAs Xeva Camera

Imaging modalities:

  • Darkfield transmission
  • Brightfield transmission & reflectance

  • Spero™ QT Laser Performance Package which is an integrated IR microscope including a QCL source, microbolometer array detector and enhanced Wide-Field IR Objective
  • High spatial resolution IR spectral imaging:
    • AFM-IR Nanoscale IR Spectroscopy System (Nano-IR3)
    • Sub-micron OPTIR imaging (Mirage™) microscope

Link to charge access plan

Contact the Spectral Imaging Research Group

S040, Science Centre South, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 2601 | E: aoife.gowen@ucd.ie | Location Map(opens in a new window)