Step Scan

  • 1988 R&D 100 award winner for development of the Step-Scan technique
  • Flexible experiment triggering - user-defined master/slave
  • Broad range of hard and software in order to configure the ideal setup for your experiment
  • Time resolved experiments down to the very low ns-range
  • Available for all VERTEX series spectrometers
  • Technical and application support to ensure your success


TIME-RESOLVED Spectroscopy

The step-scan technique allows the monitoring of the temporal progress of very fast reproducible events (transients). The interferometer mirror consecutively steps to the separate interferogram points one by one where the experiment is restarted again. All VERTEX series spectrometers utilize high quality interferometers with highly precise scanner control which enable them to obtain superb time resolved data.


  • Electron transfer studies of biological compounds
  • High speed gas-phase kinetics
  • Dynamics of geological interstitial species
  • State-to-state spectroscopy of radical intermediates
  • Dynamics of combustion processes
  • Photolysis experiments
  • Pump probe experiments
  • Kinetics of organometallic chemistry reactions
  • Time-resolved emission spectroscopy, e.g. photoluminescence, fluorescence or pulsed laser emission

Rapid Scan

For time-resolved spectroscopy of non-reproducible experiments (e.g. many chemical reactions) the above mentioned Step-Scan approach is not applicable anymore. However, also for this class of experiments time-resolved data can be obtained using the so-called Rapid-Scan technique. In this case the interferometer mirror moves very fast and up to 4 spectra can be extracted from each full forward-backward interferometer scan.

Since the duration of one scan does not only depend on the mirror velocity but also on the distance, the achievable number of spectra per second also depends on spectral resolution. Equipped with the Rapid-Scan option, already the VERTEX70/70v is able to achieve almost 60 spectra per second. Moreover the VERTEX80/80v based on the innovative UltraScan interferometer sets the standards, achieving more than 100 spectra per second!

NEW: Interleaved TRS

The interleaved time-resolved (TRS) acquisition mode for VERTEX series spectrometers is a powerful approach for time-resolved measurements of a certain class of repetitive experiments with extraordinary signal to noise ratio. The interferometer mirror is moving continuously and the zero-crossings of the internal HeNe laser are used to trigger the experiment. Data are not only acquired at the HeNe zero crossings (t=0) but also at mirror positions in between, belonging to certain time delays Δt. Hence the system continuously acquires data and in principle a full series of time-resolved interferograms can be collected within one single scan. Interleaved time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy is exclusively offered by Bruker.

Spectral Acquisition RatesVERTEX 70 / 70vVERTEX 80 / 80v


Acquisition Rates

Acquisition Rates

16 cm-1

58 spectra / second

> 100 spectra / second

8 cm-1

42 spectra / second

75 spectra / second

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