Detection of Homemade Explosives using Handheld Raman

Analysis demonstrates the comparison of spectra obtained using a 785 nm handheld Raman analyzer to the 1064 nm of Progeny ResQ.

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Background

A feature found in the most common homemade explosives (HMEs) is color, due to impurities that are present in the sample, which cause fluorescence interference when using a Raman analyzer with 785nm excitation. The Progeny ResQ handheld analyzer uses a 1064 nm longer excitation wavelength laser, and is able to measure a wider range of materials.