Detection of Munitions Grade Chemical Warfare Agents using Handheld Raman

To demonstrate the ability of 1064 nm Raman to identify real world threats, spectra of munitions grade chemical warfare agents (CWAs) were collected and analyzed.

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Background

Unlike ultrapure laboratory grade chemicals, munitions grade CWAs used in attacks are likely to contain impurities from the storage container, degradation, or unreacted precursors, all of which often cause fluorescenc problems. In order to minimize fluorescence Progeny ResQ uses a longer wavelength 1064 nm laser, which leads to more reliable identifications and short measurement times.