NLIR is a start-up company founded by 3 researchers at the Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Fotonik) and NLIR’s CEO. NLIR is based on the novel patented upconversion technology invented by its founders at DTU Fotonik.
The core of the upconversion technology is a non-linear crystal that converts mid infrared light to near visible light. This enables the use of fast and efficient Silicon based sensors for detection of MIR light.
The non-linear mid infrared spectrometer implementation represents a revolutionary new measurement paradigm. The company is named Non-Linear InfraRed sensors (NLIR) to highlight the products technological difference from todays leading MIR spectrometry method of Fourier-Transform InfraRed spectroscopy (FTIR).
NLIR target at several industry sectors: Oil and gas, Polymer, Food and Agriculture, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Medical Diagnostic and Environmental.
The NLIR S2055 spectrometer covers a broad part of the MIR spectrum where the spectral fingerprints of many C-H bonds of gases are located together with those of a number of other common gases. Many plastics (independent of color) also absorb in this MIR region, which makes indentification easily accessible
The prototype S50125 offers the possibility for very fast spectroscopy in the mid infrared with a unique signal / noise ratio and also a very high spectral resolution down to 4cm-1. This is a very strong alternative to traditional FTIR techniques in applications like In-Line-Measurements for industrial applications.
S50125 5.5-12.5µm Prototype Spectrometer
Spectral Range 5.0 - 12.5 μm/ 800 - 2000 cm-1
SNR @ 1 s ~ 4.000 (depending on light source)
Resolution Down to 4 cm-1
Min. exposure time 10.8 µs
Maximum spectrum readout rate >100 Hz
Optical input Free space
Measurement options Transmission, ATR
Bit depth 16 bit
Dimensions (H×L×W) 90x275×175 mm
The NLIR MIR light detector is based on a novel measurement scheme that upconverts the MIR light to the near-visible regime. Near-visible light detectors (based on for example Si) are far superior to MIR light detectors in terms of efficiency, speed and noise.
Near-visible light detectors exist with many different combinations of specifications and what detector to choose depends on the desired application.