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Hazardous Materials

Fast, accurate, actionable identification of explosive materials is critical not only for first responders, but also for ensuring the safety of the public. Raman instruments provide a molecular fingerprint of samples measured and provide nondestructive, non-contact identification of explosives such as TATP, HMTD, PETN, TNT, RDX and many more while also being able to identify precursor materials. Utilizing handheld Raman instrumentation, non-contact analysis can be performed through transparent containers, glass bottle, plastic bags and more, all while limiting or eliminating exposure to the sample by the user.

The TacticID from B&W Tek is a field-ready handheld spectral analysis instrument designed for non-contact forensic analysis by a variety of safety personnel including military, law enforcement, bomb squads, hazmat teams and more. The TacticID utilizes lab-proven Raman spectroscopy, allowing users to get real-time actionable identification of hazardous substances while reducing operational uncertainty and response time. TacticID was created from the ground up to enable safety personnel to tackle their job with the most advanced technology available, enabling fast, accurate, secure threat identification all in a small, lightweight handheld form factor.



All-Inclusive Handheld Raman for Identification of Explosives, Hazmat, Narcotics & More


TacticID®-1064 ST

Fluorescence Resistant Handheld Raman Analyzer for Narcotics, Explosives, Hazardous Chemicals & More


TacticID®-GP Plus

All-Inclusive Handheld Analyzer for Hazmat, Narcotics and More


i-Raman® EX

1064nm Fiber Optic Raman System


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Application Notes

Law enforcement personnel, laboratory technicians, crime scene investigators and many others face a significant challenge for identification of materials in a forensic investigation, as they must routinely examine materials such as gun powder residue, drugs of abuse, hair sampling, chemical precursors and more. In these cases, technologies such as Raman spectroscopy can be successfully used for cursory identification of multiple forensic sample types either directly in the field or in the lab.
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Dispersive Raman spectroscopy has increasingly been implemented for material identification due to its portability and sampling flexibility. When choosing a Raman instrument, a primary concern is the wavelength of the laser that is integrated into the Raman spectrometer system. Though the Raman shift of any material is only related to the material’s specific chemical structure and is independent of the excitation wavelength, different wavelengths have their strengths and weaknesses.
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