Volume 87 Issue 38 | pp. 36-38
Issue Date: September 21, 2009

Top Raman

ACS Meeting News: Surface-enhanced spectroscopic tool could yield health care, global security applications
Department: Science & Technology, ACS News
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: SERS, Raman, spectroscopy

As two soldiers approach a remote base near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border after a long trek through hostile territory, a laser beam zigzags across unusual-looking badges on their vests. The beam is emanating from a Raman instrument that checks the men for worrisome substances. If the troops have been exposed to pathogens or chemical warfare agents while on patrol, an alarm will sound before they can reach the base, and their comrades will rush to decontaminate . . .

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