Agilent Technologies (Santa Claa, CA, US) is featuring the Agilent 4300 handheld Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to analyze coatings, composites, surfaces and polymers. The 4300 FTIR system can be used in field or lab location to non-destructively obtain specific molecular structure on a wide range of materials. Weighing 2.2 kg, the system includes the high-performance spectrometer, and sample interfaces that are instantly interchangeable depending on the specific application requirement. Controlling the hardware is Agilent’s Microlab software.
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When humans do finally travel to Mars, they will have to be well protected from a less-than-hospitable environment. The suit designed to do the job is already in development at NASA, and it relies heavily on composites.