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Raman and infrared techniques for fighting drug-related crime: a preliminary assessment
Author(s): Silvia Valussi; Mark Underhill
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Paper Abstract

A proof-of-concept hand-held Raman spectrometer and a commercial portable system based on Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) were assessed for the rapid, "at scene" analysis of illicit drugs. The objectives of such an assessment were twofold: 1) to determine the suitability of the systems in practical forensic casework and 2) to determine the potential of the use of such systems in covert operations. Data obtained are promising and demonstrate the potential advantages and limitations of the use of these techniques in these fields of operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6402, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting II, 64020I (28 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.689099
Show Author Affiliations
Silvia Valussi, Forensic Science Service Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Mark Underhill, Forensic Science Service Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6402:
Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting II
Colin Lewis; Gari P. Owen, Editor(s)

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