Intellectual property patent status

It is not currently possible to detect trace samples of some materials, such as explosives, in the field using a single simple detection process.

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The solution

This technology enables conventional Raman spectroscopy to detect non-visible quantities of material, both in the field and in the laboratory.

Dstl’s new innovation for Raman spectroscopy has been shown to work with a broad range of solvents, including acetone, ethanol, methanol and isopropanol, and to enable the detection of a wide range of materials with improved sensitivity of 100 to 1000 fold over current state of the art.

Key benefits

  • Sensitivity — This technology has both military and civilian application for the identification of materials that would not normally be detected or identified using conventional Raman spectroscopy in non-visible quantities. This includes, but is not limited to explosives such as RDX and PETN, and their precursors.
  • Environment — This technology can be used both in the field and in the laboratory.
  • Equipment Upgrades — It is possible that the technology could be integrated into current in-service equipment.

Potential applications

This technology has both military and civilian applications for the detection of non-visible quantities of materials using Raman spectroscopy. This includes, but is not limited to, explosives such as RDX and PETN, and their precursors.

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