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.