Raman spectroscopy, a molecular spectroscopy which is observed as inelastically scattered light, allows for the interrogation and identification of vibrational (phonon) states of molecules. As a result, Raman spectroscopy provides an invaluable analytical tool for molecular finger printing as well as monitoring changes in molecular bond structure (e.g. state changes and stresses & strains).
In comparison to other vibrational spectroscopy methods, such as FT-IR and NIR, Raman has several major advantages. These advantages stem from the fact that the Raman effect manifests itself in the light scattered off of a sample as opposed to the light absorbed by a sample. As a result, Raman spectroscopy requires little to no sample preparation and is insensitive to aqueous absorption bands. This property of Raman facilitates the measurement of solids, liquids, and gases not only directly, but also through transparent containers such as glass, quartz, and plastic.
Handheld Raman Spectrometers
The development of handheld Raman spectrometers has drastically changed the way the industry conducts quality control for incoming raw materials. Raman has always provided advantages over other methods in that it does not require sample pre-treatment or direct contact with the sample, and has the unique capability of being able to test a sample directly through a transparent packing material like glass or plastic. With the added benefit of portability, handheld Raman spectrometers considerably increase efficiency by eliminating the need for additional space and wet chemistry.
Additionally, the intuitive onboard software doesn’t require the user to have virtually any knowledge of analytical chemistry in order to use the instrument on a routine basis. You do not need a high level of operator expertise or exhaustive sample preparation procedures to use handheld Raman equipment in a production environment or for remote field applications.
B&W Tek is dedicated to providing you with the best handheld Raman solutions possible. The NanoRam is the first handheld Raman spectrometer of its class to feature laboratory grade performance and computer processing in the palm of your hand. This revolutionary tool is quickly becoming the industry standard for quality control, forensic analysis, and anti-counterfeiting. The NanoRam is the ideal solution for incoming material identification and verification, at-line sampling, final inspection, and counterfeit drug detection. By combining state of the art TE cooling and spectrum stabilized laser technology, the NanoRam is the most sensitive and repeatable handheld spectrometer ever designed to identify harmful and non-conforming materials.
In addition to the Nanoram, the TacticID from B&W Tek, Inc. is a field-ready handheld spectral analysis instrument designed for non-contact forensic analysis by a variety of safety personnel including law enforcement, bomb squads, hazmat teams and more. The TacticID utilizes lab-proven Raman spectroscopy, allowing users to get real-time actionable identification of unknown chemicals, explosives, narcotics and many other substances while reducing operational uncertainty and response time without ever compromising the integrity of the sample or the chain of evidence.
Model #: BWS456
The NanoRam® is a state-of-the-art compact Raman handheld spectrometer and integrated computing system for material and/or drug identification and verification within cGMP compliant facilities.
Model #: BWS496-GP
The TacticID®–GP is a field-ready handheld spectral analysis instrument designed for non-contact forensic analysis by a variety of safety personnel and first responders, and more.
Model #: BWS496-GP
The TacticID®–N is a field-ready handheld spectral analysis instrument designed for for non-destructive forensic analysis of narcotics, pharmaceutical drugs, cutting agents and precursors by law enforcement personnel.
Portable Raman Spectrometers
B&WTek's family of portable Raman spectrometers offer you unprecedented sampling utility, allowing you to do more with less. Each system’s small footprint, lightweight design, and low power consumption helps to provide research grade Raman capabilities anywhere. They pride ourselves on providing you with portable Raman spectrometers that feature a unique blend of high resolution and field-portability. Check out our full line of laboratory Raman spectrometers below to see how we can provide you with the solution you’re looking for.
Model #: BWS415
The i-Raman® is unique for its high resolution combined with field-portability, with performance comparable to large bench-top Raman systems and weighing less than 7lbs.
Model #: BWS465
The i-Raman Plus is an enhanced version of our award winning i-Raman portable Raman spectrometer, now powered by our innovative smart spectrometer technology.
The i-Raman Pro is an enhanced version of our award winning i-Raman portable Raman spectrometer, now powered with a high quantum efficiency CCD array detector with ultra deep cooling.
Model #: BWS485
The i-Raman EX is an extension of our award winning iRaman portable Raman spectrometer featuring a 1064nm version of our patented CleanLaze® excitation laser.
Model #: BWS415-785H-GR
The GemRam™ is a lightweight, portable Raman spectrometer dedicated to both the verification of known precious and semiprecious gemstones as well as the identification of unknown gemstones.