Laboratório Nacional
de Luz Síncrotron





The IR1 beamline is an endstation dedicated to infrared nanospectroscopy (nano-FTIR) in the range of mid-IR. Its main purpose is the analysis of chemical-optical properties of condensed matter in the nanoscale. In similar fashion to established infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), the nano-FTIR allows for identification and characterization of a chemical compound by means of its vibrational response, however, with nanoscale spatial resolution. Moreover, nano-FTIR is a technique based on near-field optics and, therefore, can be applied to the optical analysis in the sub-diffractional regime of plasmonic and photonic materials.

To overcome the diffraction limit of light, this experimental endstation uses the broadband synchrotron IR beam extracted from the LNLS storage ring as the light source for the experiment Scattering Near-Field Optical Microscopy (s-SNOM). In this experiment a metal coated atomic force microscopy (AFM) tip acts as an antenna for the light confinement at the its apex, creating a new source that no longer depends on the incident light wavelength but it is defined by the shape of the AFM probe, allowing for a spatial resolution of c.a. 25 nm.

The specifications of IR1 beamline of LNLS allows for multidisciplinary studies in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, in particular those studies in which the local chemical information is the central point in the research.

Potential applications are: Opto-electronics and vibrational properties of 2D materials, chemical analysis of sub-micron molecular domains in polymer blends, nano-drugs delivery, single cell chemistry, vibrational analysis of archeological micro-artefacts, new nanostructured materials for energy harvesting and conversion.


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Beamline Telephone: +55 19 3517 5157

Coordinator: Raul Freitas
Coordinator Email:
Coordinator Telephone: +55 19 3715 5060


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SOURCEBending Magnet0.0Bending Magnet D03 exit A (4°), 1.67 T, 30 mrad x 80 mrad
M1Plane, 6 mm slot2.5Gold coated, aluminum substrate
M2Tangential cone-shaped3.1Gold coated, aluminum substrate
M3Tangential cylinder3.7Gold coated, aluminum substrate
CVDDiamond window7.020 mm diameter by 500 $ \mu \rm m$ diamond window by Chemical Vapor Deposition
M4Tangential cylinder7.5Gold coated, aluminum substrate
M5Tangential cylinder7.9Gold coated, aluminum substrate


ParameterValueObs. | Condition
Energy range [ $ \rm cm^{-1}$ ]3000 - 700Broadband radiation limited by beamsplitter transmission and detector sensitivity
Energy resolution [ $ \rm cm^{-1}$ ]Up to 3.3Limitted by the interferometer travel
Beam size at sample [nm, FWHM]< 40 nmNear-field spot defined by the size of the s-SNOM tip
Flux at first optical element [Phot/s/0.1%bw]$ 2.0 \times 10^{13}$at 1000 $ \rm cm^{-1}$ (10 $ \mu \rm m$)
AFM scanning stage (maximum travel) [ $ \mu \rm m$ ]$ \pm$45-
AFM scanning stage minimum step [nm]5-


s-SNOMNear-field Optical MicroscopeNeaSnom-NeaSpec
MCT DetectorSingle element Mercury-Cadmium-Telluride (MCT) KLD-0.1-J1208L750 $ \rm cm^{-1}$ to 3000 $ \rm cm^{-1}$, 100 $ \mu \rm m$ element size, DC to 1 MHz BW, $ \rm LN_{2}$ cooledKolmar Technologies
MCT DetectorSingle element MCTIRA-20-00103650 $ \rm cm^{-1}$ to 3000 $ \rm cm^{-1}$, 50 $ \mu \rm m$ element size, 500 Hz to 2 MHz BW, $ \rm LN_{2}$ cooledInfrared Associates Inc.
Si DetectorSingle element Silicon detectorPDA36A-EC350 nm to 1100 nm, 3.6 mm x 3.6 mm element size, DC to 10 MHz BW , air cooledThorlabs
InGaAs Detector Single element Indium-Gallium-Arsenide (InGaAs) detector PDA10D-EC PDA10D-EC Thorlabs
Lock-in amplifier2 input channels digital lock-in amplifierHF2LIDC to 50 MHz, 210 MSa/s, USB 2.0 high-speed, 480 Mbit/sZurich Instruments
Visible laserHeNe laserHNL150L15 mW HeNe (633 nm) laserThorlabs


Data acquisition is performed directly in the native software of the NeaSnom microscope developed by Neaspec. S-SNOM image files are compatible with the free program Gwyddion ( and point spectra, linescans and spectral images are postprocessed using Mathematica® routines developed by the IR1 team.


Submission calls are usually announced twice per year, one for each semester. All the academic research proposals must be submitted electronically through the SAU Online portal. Learn more about how to submit a proposal here.




Microscópio s-SNOM e óptica de incidência da Linha de Luz IR1.

s-SNOM microscope and incidence optics of the IR1 beamline.

IR1: Estação Experimental / Experimental Station

Estação experimental de nanoespectroscopia no Infravermelho.

IR nanospectrocopy experimental station.

IR1: Mesas de Controle / Control Desks

Mesas de controle experimental da linha de luz e estações de trabalho para processamento de dados para usuários.

Beamline experiment control desks and data processing workstations for users.

IR1: Bancada / Workbench

Bancada para preparação de amostras para usuários da Linha de Luz IR1.

Sample preparation bench for users of the IR1 beamline.