Highest quality range for forensic science and research laboratory applications

The technique of combining microscopy and spectroscopy provides the user with a system that is fast and easy to operate. In most applications this technique replaces the traditional method of micro-spectro-photometry (microspectrophotometry).


Systems enable colour analysis of micro samples at speed.



Optical components can be combined with all types of common microscopes.


Connect optical devices

Optical devices such as light sources, monochromators for illumination, diode array detectors and photomultipliers can also be connected by fibre optics.



Application areas include biochemical and medical research, mineralogy and the testing of foodstuffs.



Microscope spectrometers are used in a number of forensic science applications, such as colour analysis of textile fibres, measurement of the colour of forensic documents and examination of the effects of ageing and bleaching on them.


Integrated forensics software

We offer fully integrated software for microscope spectrometers specific to forensic fibres.

Our expertise



We have delivered high quality, robust and reliable forensic science systems for fibres and paints for many laboratories and universities in the UK and Ireland.



All products from Indigo Scientific are fully supported, and we provide a range of service options from one-time-only to all-inclusive contracts.


Your needs

Our systems are designed to meet your specific needs. 'Microspec' has been a part of what we do at Indigo Scientific for many years and we use our knowledge and experience to offer solutions to micro-systems application.

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Microspec is provided by our forensic fibres specialist company, SMCS Ltd, where you can expect the same exceptional level of customer care. Contact us now for a no-obligation discussion of your requirements in further detail.

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J&M TIDAS MSP 200 - Microscope Photometer for Vitrinite / all applications

A high quality microscope-photometer suitable for many applications

The technique



Vitrinite reflectance measurement is a helpful tool in the steel industry for determination of coal quality. The msp is used in Petrographic analysis recognised internationally as important in the context of the genesis, metamorphism and usage of coal. Detecting fluorescence spectra by coupling a very sensitive spectrometer to the microscope gives excellent results. The MSP 200 makes analysis very easy in every day routine procedures.


Sequential imaging

The TIDAS MSP 200 instrument has software developed especially for needs in petroleum geochemistry. Depending on the chosen configuration of the instrument eflection and fluorescence or polarization analysis can be achieved on various samples. The J&M MSP 200 operates according to DIN/ISO in the data acquisition as well as analysis mode. Final histograms display the results in quantitative columns and relative shares. These systems are used in steel production, petrographic or geochemical laboratories all over the world.


Microscope measuring techniques

Transmission brightfield, transmission darkfield, polarisation, epi-reflection, epi-darkfield, epi-polarisation, fluorescence.


Measuring principle

Photomultiplier spot measurement. On manual selected areas of interest the reflection light is detected and compared with reflection standards. Depending on the instruments configuration the size of the measuring field can de defined by fixed or variable diaphragms. Backward illumination enables the user to optimise the instruments adjustment. The electronic control offers a high dynamic range and takes the parasitic light automatically into consideration as well as the dark current.

Applications in geology and petrography

  • Vitrinite reflectance
  • Fusinite reflectance
  • Characterisation of bituminous coal in epifluorescence technique
  • Analysis of kerogene in transmission and UV Fluorescence
  • Determination of percent shares in multi-component detection
  • Valuation of amorphous material, algae and parts of plants in palaeontology observations
  • Determination of maceral group compositions from bituminous coal and anthracite

The MSP 200 is ideal for vitrinite reflectance applications in petroleum geochemistry, maceral measurement, organic geochemistry and many other photometry applications including biological sciences, fluorescence applications and others.

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