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Nondestructive detection and imaging of trace chemicals with high-chemical specificity using single-beam coherent anti-stokes Raman scattering in a standoff configuration
Author(s): Marshall T. Bremer; Vadim V. Lozovoy; Marcos Dantus
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Paper Abstract

The excellent chemical identification ability of Raman based spectroscopy provides a versatile and widely applicable method to identify hazards within a complex chemical environment. However, the small spontaneous Raman scattering cross section can limit standoff detection of trace quantities. Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering provides the same chemical specificity, but with the potential for much greater signal due to coherent addition in the non-linear spectroscopy. Utilizing CARS, we have demonstrated μg/cm2 level detection of an explosive simulant using a single laser producing less than 8mW of laser power in the near IR. This detection level was achieved on a simulant present as only a small part within a polymer mixture. In addition, we present standoff chemical images of trace compounds within a complex chemical environment, which effectively demonstrate the unique capabilities of the method. Further, the temporal pulse shape can be tailored to excite specific Raman transitions, adding versatility to this method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8358, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XIII, 835818 (4 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919404
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Marshall T. Bremer, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Vadim V. Lozovoy, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Marcos Dantus, Michigan State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8358:
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XIII
Augustus Way Fountain, Editor(s)

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