A Landscape Study of Handheld and Portable Raman Spectrometers

A Landscape Study of Handheld and Portable Raman Spectrometers


September 2014


This report provides a “landscape” view of the issues and products associated with field portable Raman spectrometers for the identification of powders, liquids, gels, or tablets. The document is intended to furnish law enforcement, first responders, and hazardous materials experts with a survey of commercially available products. Specifically, the report provides decision makers and potential end users with the exemplary cases that illustrate successful adoption, issues to consider related to implementation of portable Raman spectrometers and comparison of the capabilities of commercially available Raman spectrometers. The report is designed to provide the reader with a basic understanding of field portable Raman spectrometers, public safety applications, and benefits and limitations of the devices. The document provides a summary of considerations that will impact procurement, training, fielding, and evaluation.

For additional information, check out the Tech short "Investigating the Use of Portable Raman Spectrometers " in the July/August issue of TechBeat. Click here to access the article.

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence report was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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