Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) has released the IDRaman mini handheld Raman spectrometer, a small, powerful instrument for sample authentication and counterfeit detection, identification and verification. The palm-sized IDRaman delivers fast, accurate Raman analyses ranging from chemical and explosive agent detection in the field to quality assurance and quality control sampling routines in the laboratory.

At just 9.1 × 7.1 × 3.8 cm (3.6 × 2.8 × 1.5 in.) and weighing only 330 g (11 oz.), the IDRaman mini is not much larger than the typical mobile phone. To ensure simple and dependable operation during long field missions or manufacturing shifts where recharging is impossible, the IDRaman mini runs on two easily-replaced AA batteries. The unique Raster Orbital Scanning (ROS) mode scans a tightly focused beam over a wide sample area, dramatically improving the quality of the Raman measurement. In ROS mode, most compounds can be identified in less than nine seconds. Featuring a bright 7.1 cm (2.8 in.) resistive touch screen display, the IDRaman mini is easy to operate in bright sunlight and while wearing restrictive personal protection equipment. Sampling can be accomplished using either small vials or with a stand-off accessory for powders, residues, and solid samples.

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