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Spectroscopy for Health and Safety

Protecting People from Disease and Danger

As the world’s top athletes head to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games, authorities, competitors and fans alike will rely on a combination of advanced technology, heightened vigilance and commonsense precautions to enjoy a healthy and secure event.


Air Monitoring System in Beijing

Open-path UV-Vis spectrometer systems were used for air quality monitoring at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Spectroscopy is well suited to applications that help to ensure health and safety. Modular spectrometer setups can be configured for real-time, in situ measurements, helping to analyze conditions, detect potential harm and monitor trends.


For example, in the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, Ocean Optics spectrometers were used to monitor atmospheric and automotive emissions – major concerns in a city of almost 12 million people. Open-path UV-Vis systems were set up on buildings, near factories and even at roadside, with thousands of air quality data points collected across the city in real time. The data collected also offered insight into primary sources of pollution.


Here are some similar spectroscopy applications related to air and water quality:

Environmental Monitoring

Application Featured Spectrometer Technique Purpose
Air & Water Quality Analysis


Multiple Multiple Overview of environmental monitoring applications possible with modular spectroscopy


Monitoring air quality (video)



Maya2000 Pro Transmission Real-time determination of harmful vehicle emissions


Monitoring air quality (application note) Spark Spectral Sensor Transmission Real-time determination of harmful vehicle emissions




SERS substratesIn light of recent world events, there’s renewed interest in technologies supporting defense and security. For example, Raman analysis is a key technology in explosives detection, able to fingerprint pure materials and mixtures, and adapting quickly to the development of new compounds. New substrates enhance the sensitivity of Raman systems to allow trace level detection of explosives and other samples.


Also, compact handheld systems are routinely used in the identification of bulk unknown powders in the field, allowing law enforcement to discriminate between fertilizers such as ammonium nitrate and urea, which have a similar appearance but very different secondary uses: ammonium nitrate can be used as a component of explosives.

Here’s where to find additional examples of spectroscopy applications related to defense and security:

Defense and Security

Application Featured Spectrometer Technique Purpose
Authentication & Anti-Counterfeit (mini-catalog)


Multiple Multiple Overview of spectroscopic methods for authentication
High Quality Raman Data for Non-Homogeneous

Samples using Raster Orbital Scanning (application note)

Raman spectrometer Raman Explosives detection
Raman spectral libraries for IDRaman mini handheld Raman spectrometer


Raman spectrometer Raman Spectral library of illicit narcotics and explosives
SERS Substrates for Chemical Analytes (video) QE Pro with SERS substrates Raman, SERS Detection of chemical analytes used in explosives and other materials