Raman spectroscopy, a molecular spectroscopy which is observed as inelastically scattered light, allows for the interrogation and identification of vibrational (phonon) states of molecules. As a result, Raman spectroscopy provides an invaluable analytical tool for molecular finger printing as well as monitoring changes in molecular bond structure (e.g. state changes and stresses & strains).
In comparison to other vibrational spectroscopy methods, such as FT-IR and NIR, Raman has several major advantages. These advantages stem from the fact that the Raman effect manifests itself in the light scattered off of a sample as opposed to the light absorbed by a sample. As a result, Raman spectroscopy requires little to no sample preparation and is insensitive to aqueous absorption bands. This property of Raman facilitates the measurement of solids, liquids, and gases not only directly, but also through transparent containers such as glass, quartz, and plastic.
Similar to FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy is highly selective which allows Raman to identify and differentiate molecules and chemical species that are very similar. The figure to the right shows an example of five similar molecules – Acetone, Ethanol, Dimethyl Sulfoxide, Ethyl Acetate, and Tolune. Although each chemical has a similar molecular structure, their Raman spectra are clearly differentiable, even to the untrained eye. Using Raman spectral libraries, it is easy to see how easily Raman spectra can be used for material identification and verification.
The NanoRam takes full advantage of Raman spectroscopy’s key benefits including the ability to sample directly through clear containers, it’s insensitivity to aqueous absorption bands, and it’s high discrimination power. In addition, the NanoRam’s compact size, portability, and intuitive user interface make it the ideal solution for incoming material identification and verification, at-line sampling and final inspection, and counterfeit drug detection as well as many other applications.
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