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RF-6000 spectrofluorophotometer: Superior analysis capabilities meet enhanced ease-of-use
28 July 2015 • Author: Shimadzu Europa GmbH
RF-6000 spectrofluorophotometer provides a comprehensive range of applications. Superior analysis capabilities meet enhanced ease-of-use.
Shimadzu, one of the world leaders in analytical instrumentation, has released the RF-6000 spectrofluorophotometer. In the year of Shimadzu’s 140th anniversary, the company’s spectrofluorophotometer has been reborn as the RF-6000 by merging new technologies with those cultivated throughout Shimadzu’s long history. Stable analyses at a level of sensitivity unrivaled by other instruments in its class, make the RF-6000 a new trailblazer. Combined with new LabSolutions RF software, the RF-6000 covers excellent measurement accuracy and easy operation for a diverse range of customers’ measurement needs.
Highly quantitative measurements
The RF-6000 offers the highest sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio1 (SNR) in its class (SNR ≥1,000 RMS and ≥350 peak-peak). The high sensitivity allows for very low limits of quantitation, easily achieving quantitation of fluorescein to concentrations of 1 × 10-13 mol/L. In addition, an auto-gain control function ensures that measurements are performed without influence of environmental factors. As a result, the system provides accurate and highly quantitative measurements over a wide six-order dynamic range, from 10-13 to 10-7 mol/L.
Furthermore, the lifespan of the xenon arc lamp has been increased greatly to approximately 2,000 hours. In combination with the extended measurable wavelengths of the detector, this assures stable analyses with high precision. In addition, a larger sample compartment, the adoption of the new LabSolutions RF control software and a wealth of options mean that an even broader range of customer needs can be accommodated.
Superior analysis capabilities meet enhanced ease-of-use
The RF-6000 provides features which contribute to even more precise analysis results and reduced running costs. Best-in-class SNR for outstanding sensitivity, high-speed 3D measurement and long-lasting light source. By optimizing the internal design, the RF-6000 achieves an SNR of 350:1, the highest in its class, allowing for high-sensitivity analyses of a wide range of samples. Moreover, the speed of 3D measurements has been increased significantly, enabling the acquisition of a 3D spectrum of the full wavelength range in a short time. Samples in very low concentrations or in minute amounts can also be analyzed by making use of optional cells designed for analyzing trace amounts. Lastly, the light source employs a highly stable xenon arc lamp. The illumination lifespan has been increased by approximately four times to around 2,000 hours, helping to reduce running costs.
- Even more comprehensive range of applications now available
It is possible to obtain fluorescence spectra up to 900 nm with a standard configuration. In addition, the RF-6000 can be used for new applications, e.g. measurement of quantum yield and quantum efficiency in order to evaluate the efficiency of a luminescent material. Two other examples are low-temperature measurement to enable recovery of a sample in order to elucidate artificial photosynthesis, or a search for methods to determine the place of origin for foodstuffs.
- Enhancements in usability – new control software
By adopting the new LabSolutions RF control software, it is now easier to set up an integrated system of analyses and to confirm the instrument status accurately, e.g. by constant monitoring of reduction in the illumination lifespan of the lamp, recognition status of options and operational status of accessories. Operators can enjoy a greater sense of confidence when using the devices. Moreover, since the RF-6000 is equipped as standard with functionality that provides real-time acquisition of corrected spectra, even more accurate comparisons with the spectra acquired by other analysis instruments can be performed.
 The higher the SNR, the more the effects of noise are reduced. This means, that even the smallest peaks can be detected.
Shimadzu’s new RF-6000 spectrofluorophotometer provides stable analyses at a level of sensitivity unrivaled by other instruments in its class. Combined with new LabSolutions RF software, the RF-6000 covers excellent measurement accuracy and easy operation for a diverse range of customers’ measurement needs. The RF-6000 provides features which contribute to even more precise analysis results and reduced running costs.
Outstanding sensitivity and high-speed 3D measurement extend the comprehensive range of applications.
Web link: www.shimadzu.eu/rf-6000
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