Journal Highlight: Through barrier detection of ethanol using handheld Raman spectroscopy — Conventional Raman versus spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS)

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  • Published: Oct 30, 2017
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The potential of conventional Raman spectroscopy and SORS for through-barrier detection using handheld spectrometers has been demonstrated for ethanol solutions through plastic at thicknesses of up to 21 mm.

Through barrier detection of ethanol using handheld Raman spectroscopy — Conventional Raman versus spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS)

Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 2017, online
Fay Nicolson, Lauren E. Jamieson, Samuel Mabbott, Neil C. Shand, Duncan Graham and Karen Faulds

Abstract: Spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) provides chemical analysis at depth even when obscuring barriers such as plastic or tissue are present. As the collection probe is moved further away from the point of laser excitation, scattered photons from deeper layers begin to dominate the acquired spectra, thus giving rise to through barrier detection. Here, we demonstrate the potential of conventional Raman (CR) and SORS for through barrier detection using handheld spectrometers. We report the collection of Raman signals from an ethanol solution through plastic at thicknesses of up to 21 mm using SORS in combination with multivariate analysis. SORS is compared to CR, where we also demonstrate impressive through barrier detection of ethanol at depths up to 9 mm. We also highlight the advantage of applying multivariate analysis for through barrier detection using CR or SORS, particularly when peaks with similar spectral features are present in both the barrier and analyte spectra. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the assessment of the maximum level of through barrier detection using handheld CR and SORS instruments with a backscattering geometry.

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