World Security Report News2015-03-10 04:38:04

New Handheld Analyzer Combines FTIR and Raman Technologies for Military, Explosives and Hazmat Responders

Military personnel, bomb technicians, hazmat teams and first responders tasked with identifying unknown chemicals and explosives in the field can now employ a new, innovative portable analyzer combining both FTIR and Raman spectroscopy in a single handheld instrument for a faster, more confident response.

The Thermo Scientific Gemini analyzer, featured at Pittcon 2015 (booth 2523) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, is the first to integrate these complementary and confirmatory chemical identification techniques in a rugged, handheld instrument. Building upon the industry-leading Thermo Scientific TruDefender (FTIR) and FirstDefender (Raman) product lines, the Gemini analyzer requires minimal training and is easy to use. Gemini's lightweight design makes it ideal for chemical response personnel, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians and other responders burdened with heavy equipment for lengthy missions.

"Ten years ago, this level of analytical rigor and specificity was only possible inside a lab - with instruments that were far from portable," said Maura Fitzpatrick, senior director, portable analytical instruments, Thermo Fisher Scientific. "Today, we're redefining portable instrumentation with a two-in-one analyzer that is small enough for field use, giving military and first response personnel a tremendous tactical advantage - helping them minimize time on target and confidently make life-saving decisions."

The Gemini analyzer includes an extensive library that enables operators to identify unknown solids and liquids, from explosives and chemical warfare agents to industrial chemicals and precursors. By leveraging both Raman and FTIR analysis, the Gemini analyzer takes advantage of the strengths of each technology to address a broader range of samples than either technique could alone. For substances identifiable by both Raman and FTIR, the Gemini analyzer provides comprehensive analysis, delivering more actionable information to the operator. Switching between analysis techniques is fast and easy using the tactical keypad or touchscreen.

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