Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is a well-established analytical tool able to retrieve chemical properties of material based on their intrinsic vibrational signatures. High chemical sensitivity in a label-free environment combined to low-cost operation feature FTIR as a versatile and accessible multidisciplinary tool. In the past few decades, the implementation of FTIR in synchrotron facilities allowed for an unprecedented sensitivity for micro-scale chemical imaging due to the superior spectral irradiance of those light sources in the energy range from near-IR up to THz. Moreover, the improved brightness of synchrotrons made feasible new spectral-imaging modalities such as ultra-broadband IR nano-spectroscopy, a unique technique able to unveil chemistry and optics of materials in the nanoscale.
The MIRCA workshop aims to bring a quick update on the latest developments in the theme of IR ultra-microscopy as well as it targets to provide guidance to professors, researchers and students on sample requirements, data processing tools and sample preparation procedures related to those new experimental modalities. After the series of talks we expect the attendants to be motivated to identify potential scientific cases that could benefit from those new capabilities that will be available in the IMBUIA beamline, the new IR station to be installed in the SIRIUS accelerator.