IR Visible Phosphors

IR Visible Phosphors

Phosphors are an easy-to-identify option for quality-control issues or low-level security applications.

What are IR Visible Phosphors?

Up-converting phosphors are microscopic ceramic particles that provide a color response when excited by 980 nm invisible light.  When these up-converting particles are illuminated with an infrared light, they emit a colored light that is visible to the human eye. This is also known as an anti-stokes shift.

Customize with your choice of color

With a variety of colors to choose from—including red, yellow, green, blue, purple and white—IR phosphor from Microtrace can be delivered as a powder, plastic masterbatch, yarn or in a label. It’s commonly used for consumer packaging, clothing tags and incorporation in bulk materials because it’s easy to use, inexpensive and provides a visible response.

Consider a complete security solution

These up-converting phosphors represent the lowest level of security that Microtrace offers and don’t provide total security—but sometimes they are enough. Others often position IR Visible Phosphors as a security solution, however, it’s a widely available material, which can make it easy to source or duplicate.

At Microtrace, taggants are uniquely encoded materials or chemistries that are virtually impossible to duplicate. Up-converting phosphors can be added to Microtaggants for a multi-level security solution. Microtrace has a range of phosphor solutions and can help you implement any degree of security, over time, as your needs change.

Microtrace does not recommend up-converting phosphor as a standalone security solution. We offer two more secure options for phosphors you can implement independently:

BASIC PHOSPHOR SYSTEM
ENHANCED PHOSPHORS

For more sophisticated security needs, learn more about phosphor-based consultative engagements with Microtrace.

ADVANCED PHOSPHOR SYSTEM

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Specifications

TEchnical overview for IR VISIBLE PHOSPHOR

Security Level:
Low security level
Category of Technology:
Phosphor
Delivery Formats:

Bulk Powder

Thread

Application Cost:
Bulk Powder

Thread
Sample Availability:

Yes - Samples for this product are available by request after prescreening. Request a sample

Microtrace Involvement:
Licensing Agreement:

No licensing agreement required

Detection Methods for IR Visible Phosphors

Laser Pen

Molecular Spot Reader

Molecular

Spectral 2.0

Spectral 1.0

Phosphor Detector

Phosphor Beeper

Microscope

UV Light

This technology can be optimized to provide higher levels of security.

For more sophisticated security needs, learn more about phosphor-based consultative engagements with Microtrace.

Enhanced Phosphor

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not created equal.

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