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qpod Multipurpose Kit: temperature-controlled sample compartment with external TC 1 Temperature Controller and lenses for absorbance, fluorescence and other spectroscopies
Product Overview

The qpod/MPKIT combines the qpod sample compartment with a full set of lenses and spherical mirrors that may be configured in multiple ways to measure both absorbance and fluorescence of a temperature-controlled solution. The optical package includes two collimating lenses, two imaging lenses and two spherical mirrors. The qpod is a roughly square box about 120 mm on a side and 90 mm high. In the center is a temperature-controlled tower with optical ports on each of four sides and slit holders to control optical access. Place your sample in a cuvette in the central tower. Each of the four sides of the qpod has a mounting ring for optical components, thermally stable and precisely aligned with the tower. Place optics as needed. A collimating lens will create a collimated light beam of about 5 mm in diameter and pass it through the cuvette, or will take a 5 mm collimated beam and focus it onto another fiber. An imaging lens will focus the end of a fiber into the middle of the cuvette, or focus a section of the illuminated volume onto another fiber, using a magnification of about one. Spherical mirrors will focus any light emanating from the center of the cuvette back on itself, thus nearly doubling incident or emitted light. Add light sources, lenses, filters, polarizers, mirrors, spectrographs and detectors as needed for your experiment. Most applications of the qpod take advantage of fiber optics for transmitting light, but lasers, focused light sources and probes of various kinds may be used. A dry gas purge of the compartment enables easy use at low temperatures down to below -30 °C. The standard qpod readily achieves +110 °C. Purchase the extended temperature option to go to +150 degrees. Operate the qpod on a lab bench or build it into your own full spectroscopy system. For computer control, add program T-App or write your own program utilizing simple text commands to control the TC 1 Temperature Controller.

Product Features

Sample compartment with four ports for mounting optics
Rapid, precise control Peltier temperature control
lens package for absorbance measurements
lens package for fluorescence measurements
Spherical mirrors to enhance excitation or emitted light
Optical slits for controlling light intensity
Variable speed magnetic stirring
Dry gas purge for entire optical chamber
Thermometer probe input for sample temperature
NIST-traceable temperature calibration

  • Technical Specifications
    Number of cuvettes controlled
    Typical use
    Standard cuvette size (outside)
    12.5 mm x 12.5 mm
    Optical ports per cuvette
    Optical port dimensions
    10 mm diameter round
    Built-in optical slit holders
    4 per cuvette, Collimating lens 6 mm diameter, 18 mm focal length
    Collimating lens
    6 mm diameter, 18 mm focal length
    Imaging lens pair
    Each 12 mm diameter, 30 mm focal length
    Standard lens material
    Broad band AR coated fused-silica
    Front surface spherical mirror
    30 mm radius
    Standard mirror surface
    UV-enhanced aluminum
    Standard fiber optic connector
    SMA 905
    Normal factory set temperature range
    -40 °C to +105 °C
    Extended factory set temperature range
    -55 °C to +150 °C
    Extended temperature range achievable
    -45 °C to +150 °C
    Temperature precision
    ±0.02 °C
    Temperature accuracy
    ±0.15 °C from 0 ⁰C to +80 ⁰C
    Temperature reproducibility
    Better than ±0.07 °C
    Thermistor probes accepted
    Series 400 or Series 500
    Magnetic stirring motor type
    Magnetic stirring speed range
    1-2500 rpm
    Default stirring speed
    1200 rpm
    Stirring speed best performance
    60-1800 rpm
  • Basic Package

    qpod – Temperature-controlled sample compartment
    QCL-UV (2x) – Pair of collimating lenses
    QIL-UV (2x) – Pair of imaging lenses
    QMP-UV (2x) – Pair of mirror plugs
    TC 1/Single – Temperature Controller
    Bath 10 – Bucket, pump and fittings to provide circulating water to the Peltier unit
    NIST-traceable calibration and performance data
    Tool kit, containing a hex screw driver for optical adjustments, a stir bar for use in the cuvette a set assorted optical slits to limit optic access to the cuvette plastic blanks to cover unused optical ports on the qpod.

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