24 September 2009 The fusion of MIR absorbance and NIR Raman spectroscopic techniques for identification of improvised explosive materials in multiple scenarios
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We demonstrate how molecular spectroscopy methods using NIR and MIR lasers can provide rapid detection and identification of many threat materials. It is increasingly recognised that one spectroscopic method will not be suited to every target in every scenario, both in terms of spectroscopic selectivity and the context e.g. vapour phase or within a sealed container. The orthogonal selection rules and capabilities of IR and Raman in combination allow the identification of a very broad range of targets, both in liquid and vapour phase. Therefore, we introduce the benefits of the combining infra-red absorbance based on Quantum Cascade lasers (QC-IR) and NIR Raman spectroscopy for nitrogenous and peroxide based materials. Rapid scan rates up to 10Hz for QC-IR and Raman and are demonstrated using current technology. However, understanding of the chemistry and spectroscopic signatures behind such materials is necessary for accurate fast fitting algorithms to benefit of the full advantage with advances in hardware. This is especially true as future users requirements move towards rapid multiplexed analysis and data fusion from a variety of sensors.
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Robert J. Stokes, Robert J. Stokes, Erwan L. Normand, Erwan L. Normand, Ruth Lindley, Ruth Lindley, Paul Black, Paul Black, Michael McCulloch, Michael McCulloch, David N. Middleton, David N. Middleton, W. Ewen Smith, W. Ewen Smith, Brian Foulger, Brian Foulger, Colin Lewis, Colin Lewis, } "The fusion of MIR absorbance and NIR Raman spectroscopic techniques for identification of improvised explosive materials in multiple scenarios", Proc. SPIE 7486, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting V, 74860O (24 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830348; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.830348
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