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Frontier MIR/FIR Spectrometer

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 L1280044
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IR Ready for Any Challenge

The Frontier FT-IR/FIR system enables you to benefit from faster method development and reduced instrument costs with a single optimized system. Automated range switching enables you to quickly move onto your next sample without manual reconfiguration. The system can be upgraded to a Spotlight microscope system, have an external optical bench added, or be configured with an upgraded detector at any time.

The Frontier MIR/FIR is suitable for a wide range of applications and can be configured to your needs regarding the level of performance desired to meet the demand of your daily IR analyses. See the configurations table below for all available instrument options.

Frontier MIR/FIR spectrometers feature:

  • Two temperature-stabilized DTGS (deuterated triglycine sulfate) detectors: one optimized for MIR with an enhanced SNR of 15,000:1 peak-to-peak for a 5 second scan, and one suited for FIR with 50,000:1 RMS noise peak-to-peak for a 5 second scan
  • Optional liquid nitrogen cooled MCT (mercury cadmium telluride) detector
  • Optical system with KBr beamsplitter for MIR for a spectral range 8,300 – 350 cm-1 at a best resolution of 0.4 cm-1, and an aluminum grid/ polypropylene beamsplitter for a spectral range of 700 – 30 cm-1 at a best resolution of 0.4 cm-1
  • Standard AVC/APV/AVI
  • Standard gold optics
  • Standard KBr windows for mid-IR applications; polyethylene and polyethylene/diamond windows for operation in the far-IR

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.
  • Automatic Performance Verification (APV) – Optional feature comprising an integrated, fully automatic filter wheel containing traceable reference materials and software allowing for abscissa, ordinate, noise, ASTM, and USP tests to be performed.
  • Absolute Virtual Instrument (AVI) – Optional AVI standardization using gas phase methane spectra ensures instruments are accurately calibrated. Unique standardization allows data to be transferred precisely between instruments, side-by-side or in remote locations.
  • 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.

Ultimate Performance & Unrivalled Flexibility

PerkinElmer recognizes that every application is different. The result is a complete solution to provide the fastest assurance of the quality of your materials, regardless of the application. For these specific applications, we offer various analysis systems and application pack add-ons.

  • Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals
  • In-service lubricants and fuels
  • Environmental
  • Polymers
  • Academia

Frontier is designed to function with a variety of sampling accessories to enhance the versatility of the instrument including the Diffuse Reflectance Accessory, HATR, NIRA, TG-IR interface, UATR, Polarized UATR, General-Purpose Optical Bench, and Specular Reflectance Accessory.

Results Matter

The Spectrum 10 software suite drives the Frontier MIR/FIR 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.

For regulated industries that demand secure IR quality testing, Spectrum 10 ES software is available and encompasses user access control, audit trailing, data security, and data integrity to ensure secure analyses to meet the technical demands of 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. The revolutionary Spectrum AssureID software is available and can provide manufacturing QA/QC functions with a rapid, unambiguous means of verifying identity and quality of a production material. Spectrum Quant is an optional software package designed for novice and advanced spectroscopists who need to integrate accurate quantitative analysis into their MIR/FIR analysis.


21 CFR Part 11 Compatible Yes
Depth 60.0 cm
Detector Type DTGS
Height 30.0 cm
Operating Range 5 - 40 °C
Portable No
Product Brand Name Frontier
Product Group Instrument
Warranty 1 year
Weight 34.0 kg
Width 52.0 cm


Detector Type External Beam Pack? Software Part Number
DTGS No Spectrum 10 L1280044
DTGS No Spectrum 10 ES L1280045
DTGS Yes Spectrum 10 L1280048
DTGS Yes Spectrum 10 ES L1280049
MCT No Spectrum 10 L1280046
MCT No Spectrum 10 ES L1280047
MCT Yes Spectrum 10 L1280050
MCT Yes Spectrum 10 ES L1280051
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A novel method (TG-IR) for the rapid determination of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) in soil

A gas chromatographic analysis of the extract can provide even greater sensitivity and more detailed compositional information, but further increases the time required for the analysis. Thermogravimetric analysis coupled to infrared spectroscopy (TG-IR) can provide detailed information about the amount and nature of the pollution, while requiring no sample preparation at all. This application note illustrates the kind of data that can be obtained with a modern TG-IR system.

Augmenting Standard Methods of Measuring Airborne PM2.5 Using IR Imaging

The use of IR imaging expands the measurement possibilities by giving information about the individual types of materials present in the collected particles. The information from the IR imaging experiment is not only qualitative (i.e. identification of the particulates), but can also be calibrated to give quantitative information on the components present. The IR imaging measurement will take only five minutes, whereas Ion Chromatography requires solvent extraction of the particulates and would take around 20-25 minutes per sample

Biodiesel Concentration Measurements Using Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR)

Biodiesel fuels are often blended compositions of diesel fuel and esterified soybean oils, rapeseed oils, or other potential vegetable oils as well as fats. The physical and combustion properties of these biofuels have allowed them to achieve similar performance to diesel fuel. However, there are several characteristics that are of concern. These differences, especially the cetane reduction, require that adequate control of the biofuel concentration be implemented.

Biodiesel Concentration Measurements Using OilExpress

The move to include proportions of biodiesel in everyday fuel has created a host of unresolved issues for both engine manufacturers and diesel consumers. Uppermost among these are questions concerning the concentration of the biofuel (Fatty Acid, Methyl Ester – FAME) and its quality. This application note describes how infrared transmission measurements can be used to address the concentration measurements.

Cavity-enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy for Trace Gas Detection with Frontier

Cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (CEAS) has similarities with the better known cavity ringdown technique (CRDS) which measures the signal decay as a laser pulse emerges through one of the mirrors after successive reflections. By measuring the increase in the rate of decay caused by an absorbing species, CRDS can measure ppb concentrations of small molecules. The ringdown technique has typically been applied to small molecules where the wavelength of a NIR laser source can be tuned across very narrow individual lines of the spectra. In contrast this report describes CEAS using a broadband source applied to larger molecules where the spectra are broader.

Characterization of Textile Fibers Using the PerkinElmer Spectrum 100 with Universal ATR Polarization Accessory

The ability to accurately characterize textile fibres is important in many fields, including textile conservation, forensic analysis and industrial production. Conventional methods such as microscopy and spectroscopy can be used to investigate the morphology and chemistry of a sample, but reveal little about its miscrostructure.

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Determination of Oil and Grease in Water with a Mid-Infrared Spectrometer

, The PerkinElmer Frontier or Spectrum Two series of FT-IR spectrometers can be utilized successfully for the determination of oil and grease in water samples. The method shows good linearity and precision, with a detection limit below 0.5 mg/L.

Determining the Source Oil of Biodiesel with Infrared Spectroscopy

Infrared spectroscopy is particularly suitable for the identification of materials, even when the differences between the materials are subtle variations in complex mixtures. In this note we demonstrate that biodiesel from several common feedstocks can be distinguished on the basis of absorption bands arising from double bonds in the fatty acid chains.

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Diamond ATR and Calibration Transfer for Biodiesel-Blend Analysis by ASTM D7371

Biodiesel is seldom used neat (B100), typically being blended with fossil diesel at ratios from 5% v/v (B5) to 30% v/v (B30). Verifying the FAME content of diesel-fuel blends is an important aspect of quality control and auditing of blending and distribution operations. Because FAME has a strong infrared absorption at 1745 cm-1 due to the ester carbonyl group, infrared spectroscopy is an excellent technique for this analysis, and there are EN and ASTM® standard test methods describing the procedure

Investigating Phase Transitions with Variable Temperature ATR

Heated ATR is used to follow the thermal changes in chcolatate, which is largely a suspension of sucrose and cocoa solids in a matrix of cocoa butter.

Rapid Quality Control of the Traditional Remedy Chinese Goldthread by FTIR Spectrometry

Application Note, Chinese Goldthread, Coptidis Rhizoma, FT-IR Spectroscopy, Chinese medicines, isoquinoline alkaloid berberine, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), ATR, attenuated total reflectance, Spectrum Software, Frontier



A Comparison of Standard Test Methods for Determining FAME in Diesel by Infrared Spectroscopy

As the importance of sustainable energy production increases, so too does the global commitment to using fuels from renewable biological sources. Biodiesel is one such renewable fuel. Consisting of fatty acids of methyl esters (FAME), it is produced from plant crops by transesterification – a reaction in which natural triglycerides are cleaved and reacted with methanol, producing glycerol and FAME. Rapeseed, soy, sunflower, palm and jatropha are just part of the range of feedstocks used globally in the production of biodiesel.



PerkinElmer Frontier FT-IR, NIR and FIR Spectroscopy Brochure

Choose the PerkinElmer Frontier™ range of near-, mid- and far-IR Fourier Transform 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. And with automated range switching, mid- near- or far-IR techniques are available at your fingertips. An exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and photometric performance assures optimal spectral performance to ensure best-in-class sensitivity. This configurable platform provides dependable, consistent and trouble-free operation through years of service.

PerkinElmer Frontier and Spectrum Two FT-IR, NIR and FIR Spectroscopy Brochure

Frontier™ is PerkinElmer’s most powerful, adaptable IR solution yet, specially developed to offer superior performance in demanding applications.


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