Can Raman Spectroscopy spot asbestos?

05 December 2004

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Question

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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