McPherson, a manufacturer of ultraviolet spectrometers, has been asked to provide a Vacuum Ultraviolet Spectrophotometer (VUVAS) instrument to Ural Federal University's (UrFU) Institute of Physics and Technology in Yekaterinburg, Russia, to support its scientific development program.

The company says the VUVAS PLUS Spectrophotometer system works from 115nm vacuum ultraviolet to 1800nm infrared. The new system measures transmittance and reflectance at adjustable angles. It also delivers tunable vacuum ultraviolet excitation light to samples with emission measured in the visible and near infrared.

A high vacuum environment keeps samples clean and prevents absorption by atmospheric gases and water vapour. A liquid Helium cryostat allows cooling samples during measurements.

The UrFU research group, Functional Materials and Structures for Photonics & Optoelectronics, studies radiation physics and spectroscopy of disordered and low-sized systems (glasses, single crystals, thin films, quantum dots).

The team is working on various host matrices containing nanometer scale particles formed by high-energy pulsed irradiation. They plan to measure optical and luminescence properties of advanced functional materials with the new VUVAS PLUS spectrophotometer. The scientific results obtained constitute a basis for new materials development with various applications for integrated optics, micro-, optoelectronics and photonics.