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Frontier MIR Spectrometer

Choose the Frontier range of Fourier Transform IR spectrometers for superior spectroscopic performance in demanding applications. Powerful and adaptable, the Frontier meets all your current analysis needs and can be expanded as your research goals evolve. An exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and photometric performance assures optimal spectral quality to ensure best-in-class sensitivity. This configurable platform provides dependable and consistent operation through years of service.

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IR Ready for Any Challenge

The Frontier MIR is the industry standard regarding laboratory FT-IR performance. The system can be upgraded to a Spotlight microscope system, have an external optical bench added, or be configured with an upgraded or additional detector at any time.

The Frontier MIR is suitable for a wide range of applications and can be configured to your needs regarding the level of performance desired to meet the demand of your daily IR analyses. See the configurations table below for all available instrument options.

Frontier FT-MIR spectrometers feature:

  • Standard, high-performance, room-temperature LiTaO3 (lithium tantalate) MIR detector with a SNR of 10,000:1
  • Optional temperature-stabilized DTGS (deuterated triglycine sulfate) detector, ideal for low-light, high throughput applications with an enhanced SNR of 15,000:1
  • Optional second liquid nitrogen cooled MCT (mercury cadmium telluride) detector
  • Optical system with KBr beamsplitter to enable quality data collection over a range of 8,300 – 350 cm-1 at a best resolution of 0.4 cm-1
  • Optional CsI beamsplitter to enable superior data collection over a range of 7,800 – 225 cm-1
  • Optional gold optics with the Gold Pack to achieve a greater SNR
  • Standard KBr windows
  • Standard AVC/APV/AVI configuration

An External Beam Pack can be configured to allow for automatic beam path switching for use with external accessories such as the Spotlight microscope, NIRA accessory, and the General Purpose Optical Bench.

Setting the Standard

The Frontier is loaded with a range of advanced innovations designed to provide optimal performance from the configuration you choose.

  • Dynascan interferometer – Fixed mirror-pair interferometer design does not require dynamic alignment to compensate for errors.
  • Atmospheric Vapor Compensation (AVC) – Features an advanced digital filtering algorithm designed to compensate for CO2 and H2O absorptions in real time removing the need for instrument purging.
  • Automatic Performance Verification (APV) – Optional feature comprising an integrated, fully automatic filter wheel containing traceable reference materials and software allowing for abscissa, ordinate, noise, ASTM, and USP tests to be performed.
  • Absolute Virtual Instrument (AVI) – Optional AVI standardization using gas phase methane spectra ensures instruments are accurately calibrated. Unique standardization allows data to be transferred precisely between instruments, side-by-side or in remote locations.
  • Sigma-Delta Conversion: The use of Sigma-Delta converters in the digitization of the FT-IR interferogram improves the dynamic range, reduces spectral artifacts, and increases ordinate linearity to provide accurate, reproducible results.
  • Variable J-stop – Limits beam divergence to provide optimal measurements at all resolutions, including intermediate settings.
  • Output focusing optics for second sampling station – Enables two sampling accessories to be installed simultaneously, removing the need to switch modules between measurements.

Ultimate Performance & Unrivalled Flexibility

PerkinElmer recognizes that every application is different. The result is a complete solution to provide the fastest assurance of the quality of your materials, regardless of the application. For these specific applications, we offer various analysis systems and application pack add-ons.

  • Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals
  • In-service lubricants and fuels
  • Environmental
  • Polymers
  • Academia

Frontier is designed to function with a variety of sampling accessories to enhance the versatility of the instrument including the Diffuse Reflectance Accessory, HATR, NIRA, TG-IR interface, UATR, Polarized UATR, General-Purpose Optical Bench, and Specular Reflectance Accessory.

Results Matter

The Spectrum 10 software suite drives the Frontier MIR system and can support advanced FT-IR analysis in research and industrial laboratories, always providing optimal results. The software supplied with your instrument enables you to control the instrument and to manipulate the spectra that you collect. The spectrometers can operate in ratio, single-beam, or interferogram mode.

For regulated industries that demand secure IR quality testing, Spectrum 10 ES software is available and encompasses user access control, audit trailing, data security, and data integrity to ensure secure analyses to meet the technical demands of 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. The revolutionary Spectrum AssureID software is available and can provide manufacturing QA/QC functions with a rapid, unambiguous means of verifying identity and quality of a production material. Spectrum Quant is an optional software package designed for novice and advanced spectroscopists who need to integrate accurate quantitative analysis into their MIR analysis.


21 CFR Part 11 Compatible Yes
Depth 60.0 cm
Detector Type LiTaO3
Height 30.0 cm
Model Name Frontier FT-IR
Operating Range 5 - 40 °C
Portable No
Product Brand Name Frontier
Product Group Instrument
Technology Type Infrared (IR)
Warranty 1 year
Wave Length Range 8,300 – 350 cm-1
Weight 34.0 kg
Width 52.0 cm


Detector Type Beamsplitter Optics External Beam Pack? Software Part Number
LiTaO3 KBr Aluminum No Spectrum 10 L1280002
LiTaO3 KBr Aluminum No Spectrum 10 ES L1280003
LiTaO3 KBr Aluminum Yes Spectrum 10 L1280006
LiTaO3 KBr Aluminum Yes Spectrum 10 ES L1280007
LiTaO3 KBr Gold No Spectrum 10 L1280004
LiTaO3 KBr Gold No Spectrum 10 ES L1280005
LiTaO3 KBr Gold Yes Spectrum 10 L1280008
LiTaO3 KBr Gold Yes SSpectrum 10 ES L1280009
DTGS KBr Aluminum No Spectrum 10 L1280010
DTGS KBr Aluminum No Spectrum 10 ES L1280011
DTGS KBr Aluminum Yes Spectrum 10 L1280012
DTGS KBr Aluminum Yes Spectrum 10 ES L1280013
DTGS KBr Gold No Spectrum 10 L1280014
DTGS KBr Gold No Spectrum 10 ES L1280015
DTGS KBr Gold Yes Spectrum 10 L1280016
DTGS KBr Gold Yes Spectrum 10 ES L1280017
DTGS CsI Aluminum No Spectrum 10 L1280018
DTGS CsI Aluminum No Spectrum 10 ES L1280019
DTGS CsI Aluminum Yes Spectrum 10 L1280022
DTGS CsI Aluminum Yes Spectrum 10 ES L1280023
DTGS CsI Gold No Spectrum 10 L1280020
DTGS CsI Gold No Spectrum 10 ES L1280021
DTGS CsI Gold Yes Spectrum 10 L1280024
DTGS CsI Gold Yes Spectrum 10 ES L1280025

Resources, Events & More

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Resource Type File Name File Format
Brochure PerkinElmer Frontier FT-IR, NIR and FIR Spectroscopy Brochure PDF  12 MB
Brochure PerkinElmer Frontier and Spectrum Two FT-IR, NIR and FIR Spectroscopy Brochure PDF  2 MB
Brochure Spotlight 150i 200i FT-IR Microscope Systems Brochure PDF  1 MB
Brochure Spotlight 400 FT-IR Brochure PDF  1 MB
Brochure Spotlight™ 400 FT-IR and 400N FT-NIR Imaging Systems Brochure PDF  1 MB
Product Note Spectrum Touch Software Product Note PDF  1 MB
Product Note TIBCO Spotfire Software for IR Instrumentation Product Note PDF  730 KB
Guide Hyphenated Technology Guide PDF  3 MB
Guide Material Characterization Instrument Guide PDF  6 MB
White Paper Growing Concerns Over Microplastics in Water White Paper PDF  627 KB
Application Note Advanced Data Analysis of Evolved Gases from TG-IR Hyphenation Studies of Polymers PDF  2 MB
Application Note Detection and Identification of Microplastic Particles in Cosmetic Formulations Using IR Microscopy PDF  287 KB
Application Note Plasticizer Characterization by TG-IR PDF  1022 KB
Application Note Rapid Characterization of Multiple Regions of Interest in a Sample Using Automated IR Microscopy PDF  241 KB
Poster Advanced Solutions for Polymers And Plastics Poster PDF  2 MB
Poster Microplastics and their Alternatives for Intentional Use in Products Environmental Agency Austria Poster PDF  1 MB
Poster The Application of Infrared Microscopy for the Analysis of Microplastics in Water-Borne Environmental Samples Poster PDF  457 KB
Product Info Polymer Applications Compendium PDF  11 MB
Article Identification and Quantification of Microplastics in Wastewater Using Focal Plane Array-Based Reflectance Micro-FT-IR Imaging Article PDF  3 MB
Article Water Pollution by Microscopic Plastic Particles Article PDF  613 KB
Story Rethinking Our Microplastic World Link
Story Understanding the Effects of Microplastics in the Great Barrier Reef Link