Properties

Patient status

Patent application GB2010387.5

Commercial rights

Sole Rights / Non-exclusive

Source

Dstl

Regions

Worldwide

Restrictions

None

Available to license

Yes

Project number

D1807

100 to 1000 times improvement in the detection of trace samples using Raman spectroscopy.

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

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.

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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