Science Questions

Sun, 5th Dec 2004

Part of the show The Science of Light

Question

Nigel asked:

I am interested in finding asbestos in buildings. I was wondering whether Raman spectroscopy could be incorporated into a handheld gadget that could tell exactly what is in a building?

Answer

The chemicals in asbestos do have a distinct raman spectrum, so a handheld gadget would be a possibility. It could be a useful application.

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