New scanner for liquids at airports

The Insight 100 scanner which uses SORS to scan liquids

Insight 100 (Credit: Cobalt Light Systems)

The early-stage company Cobalt Light Systems has received European approval for its revolutionary INSIGHT100 bottle scanner, which could enable aircraft passengers to have liquid items larger than 100ml in their carry-on luggage.

The scanner uses Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS), a technique developed by Analyst Editorial Board member, Prof. Pavel Matousek of the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Pavel says, “Since STFC made the breakthrough in discovering SORS a few years ago, we have worked closely with the team at Cobalt Light Systems to develop and refine this technology. It is particularly exciting to see how this particular scientific development could now go on to make a real difference to the safety and wellbeing of our society.”

Find out more in the full STFC press release here.

Take a look at some of Pavel’s work below:

Minireview: Non-invasive analysis of turbid samples using deep Raman spectroscopy
Kevin Buckley and Pavel Matousek
Analyst, 2011, 136, 3039-3050
DOI: 10.1039/C0AN00723D
From collection Grand Challenges in Analytical Chemistry

Towards a safe non-invasive method for evaluating the carbonate substitution levels of hydroxyapatite (HAP) in micro-calcifications found in breast tissue
Marleen M. Kerssens, Pavel Matousek, Keith Rogers and Nicholas Stone
Analyst, 2010, 135, 3156-3161
DOI: 10.1039/C0AN00565G
From themed issue Optical Diagnosis

Critical Review: Emerging concepts in deep Raman spectroscopy of biological tissue
Pavel Matousek and Nicholas Stone
Analyst, 2009, 134, 1058-1066
DOI: 10.1039/B821100K
From themed issue Optical Diagnosis

Subsurface probing of calcifications with spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS): future possibilities for the diagnosis of breast cancer
Nicholas Stone, Rebecca Baker, Keith Rogers, Anthony William Parker and Pavel Matousek
Analyst, 2007, 132, 899-905
DOI: 10.1039/B705029A

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