I work in a nano-optics group, and need an IR thermometer with certain specifications. Online I have only come across cooking thermometers and industrial thermometers, so I need help finding one for a physics experimental lab setup. Specifications: - high accuracy, and pin-point surface temperature reading - close-range (must be set-up close to sample, 15-30 cm (6-12 inches)) - compact (not too bulky) - USB interface to computer for real-time data gathering - compatible with LabView (as a VI, Virtual Instrument) - price range: max of $10,000.00 USD This IR thermometer will be used to measure the temperature of a sample about 1x1 cm^2, which will be imaged by an Apertureless Near-field Scanning Optical Microscope (ANSOM), which uses a tip like an AFM (atomic force microscope). We are using a heater to heat the sample, taking resistance measurements, and then will use the IR thermometer to take the surface temperature of the material (since there is a temperature gradient between the heater surface and the top surface of the material being imaged. If you have done anything like this before (heating and imaging a sample), please let me know. We are having difficulties with the imaging/heating as well. Thanks!