The latest issue of Analyst has landed, and as usual there are some interesting cover images and articles for you to enjoy.
On the front cover is a Communication from Rebecca Hopkins and colleagues from DSTL Porton Down, UK. They demonstrate spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) using 1064 nm excitation to detect chemicals through a physical barrier such as a container. This excitation wavelength overcomes the issue of fluorescence from the target chemical, whilst retaining the benefits of the SORS technique for through-barrier detection. The authors say these advantages have a wide range of applications in both civilian and military environments.
Communication: 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, 137, 4408-4410
The inside front cover features a Critical Review from Guido Verbeck and colleagues from the University of North Texas. Their review concentrates on the apparatus and techniques associated with deposition processes, and covers the hyperthermal and thermal energetic regimes which allow for species to be landed intact.
Critical Review: Soft-landing preparative mass spectrometry
Guido Verbeck, William Hoffmann and Barbara Walton
Analyst , 2012, 137, 4393-4407
Both these cover articles will be free to access for 6 weeks, and don’t forget to take a look at the HOT Articles featured in Issue 19 too.