VUV Spectroscopy: Science in a New Light

VUV Analytics manufactures universal vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopic detectors that provide a new dimension of chemical analysis accuracy. VUV light creates unique spectral signatures in the gas phase that result in unambiguous compound identification and quantitative analysis across a wide spectrum of complex applications.  Unlike legacy GC detectors, VUV detection delivers scalable data analysis automation with reduced analytical error and higher analytical throughput.

Introducing Gas Chromatography – Vacuum
Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (GC-VUV)

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What Makes VUV Detection Different?

Virtually everything absorbs in the vacuum ultraviolet spectrum (120 – 240 nm) measured by VUV detectors.  The high energy, short wavelength VUV light induces electronic transitions in most chemical bonds in the gas phase including ground state to excited state σ→ σ* and π→ π*.  VUV spectra are specific to chemical structure and reflect the inherent absorbance cross section of individual compounds.  VUV detectors provide unmatched selectivity of isomers and co-eluting analytes without the need for chromatographic baseline resolution.  VUV detectors are designed for gas chromatography and streaming gas applications.

The Unique Capabilities of Gas Chromatography – Vacuum Ultraviolet Spectroscopy


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Superior analyte identification and quantitative analysis accuracy

  • VUV spectral fingerprints are unique and specific to chemical compound structure
  • Closely related isomers can be spectrally differentiated
  • Spectral deconvolution ensures accurate quantitation of co-eluting analytes.

Multiple Co-Elution

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Universal detection that solves common GC separation problems

  • GC runtimes can be significantly reduced through flow rate enhanced chromatographic compression and by resolving co-elution with VUV spectral deconvolution.
  • Complements mass spectrometry by fully characterizing isomers and compounds with low mass quantitation ions
  • Compound class analysis provides new tool for characterizing samples in complex matrices

GC-VUV Gasoline Analysis

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R&D level chemical analysis that is scalable to production for routine analysis

  • The ease of use of an FID detector with the data quality of a mass spectrometer
  • Easy to understand linear relationship between concentration and absorbance (Beer’s Law) eliminates analytical complexity
  • Faster time to actionable results through automated compound class data analysis

Your GC Here:

VUV detectors are compatible with GCs from most major manufacturers including Agilent, Thermo Fisher, Perkin Elmer, Shimadzu, and Scion


Universal detector with unmatched selectivity

  • Unique spectral signatures for most compounds

Accurate qualitative and quantitative analysis

  • Straightforward compound identification and isomer analysis

Shorter GC run times

  • Shorten GC runs by 2-5X or more

Deconvolve co-eluting peaks

  • No burden of baseline resolved peaks

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