A team working in the UK have demonstrated that spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) using short wave infrared can detect chemicals through physical barriers such as containers, which is a step forward in detection and security.
The performance of SORS compared to conventional Raman (CR) spectroscopy to detect the sub-surface layer beneath a barrier is better because of its ability to suppress fluorescence and Raman scattering from the target container. However, there is still a problem with the fluorescence of the target chemical beneath, as this can mask the useful Raman signature that can be used to identify the contents.
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Short-wave infrared excited spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) for through-barrier detection
Rebecca J. Hopkins , Suzanne H. Pelfrey and Neil C. Shand
Analyst, 2012, Advance Article