The revolutionary solution used is the integration of the FT-IR spectrometer directly into the microscope. This approach allows a significant reduction in optical paths. The use of gold-plated mirrors and a perfect seal of the instrument's inside then further optimizes the performance of the microscope and reduces the need to purge it with nitrogen or dry air. The integration of the two previously separate instruments also saves space and independence from any older or incompatible FT-IR spectrometer. The iN10microscope can be supplied stand-alone or in conjunction with the iZ10module. The iZ10module then brings all the advantages of the iS10 infrared spectrometer (which was replaced by the Nicolet iS20 model), including the possibility of using all existing SMARTand classic accessories.