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Introducing Renishaw’s New Virsa™ Raman Analyzer

New system expands the applications of Raman spectroscopy to a new range of samples and environments beyond the confines of a laboratory Raman microscope

by Renishaw
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WEST DUNDEE, IL — March 2020 — Renishaw, a precision engineering and manufacturing technologies company, introduces the new Virsa Raman analyzer, a versatile, fiber-optic-coupled Raman spectroscopy system designed for reliable and detailed remote analysis. It expands the applications of Raman spectroscopy to a new range of samples and environments beyond the confines of a laboratory Raman microscope.

Renishaw’s Virsa™ Raman analyzer.

The versatile Virsa Raman analyzer offers several optional features so that users can customize it to fit their needs. The system includes a spectrometer with one or two internal lasers—the dual excitation option enables the user to avoid fluorescence by switching between wavelengths at the touch of a button. Users also have a choice of Video Fiber Probes (VFPs)—the VFP10 for general and bulk sampling and/or the VFP20C for high spatial-resolution confocal measurements. Renishaw-supplied VFPs can be used separately or stacked to share a common objective lens that enables concurrent analyses at different laser wavelengths.

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The Virsa Raman analyzer also has a small footprint. It can be used on a benchtop, or mounted in an industry standard 19” rack to create a portable version. 

David Reece, marketing manager at Renishaw’s Spectroscopy Products Division, said, “Using our expertise of over 20 years designing and building high-performance Raman systems, we have developed the Virsa Raman analyzer to expand the application of Raman beyond those of the traditional laboratory-based microscope systems. We see huge potential in the adoption of Raman in a wide range of diverse applications which will be enabled by the flexible nature of a fiber-based system.”

The Virsa Raman analyzer supports a range of third-party probes. It can also be integrated with third-party systems, enabling users to analyze samples using two or more techniques at the same time, without having to transfer them between instruments. Additional sampling options are also available, including the SB100 three-axis probe positioner, immersion probes and macro sampling kits. 

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About Renishaw

Renishaw is one of the world's leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and health care. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacturing, to dentistry and brain surgery. Renishaw is also a world leader in the field of additive manufacturing (3D printing).

The Renishaw Group currently has more than 80 offices in 36 countries, with over 5,000 employees. AM Solutions Centers are located in the USA, UK, Germany, Canada, India, and China. For more information on Renishaw, visit