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Handheld Raman spectrometer

6 February 2023 | Product
by Ian Michael

Toxic chemicals hit upon during Sensitive Site Explorations (SSEs), Improvised Explosive devices (IEDs) or powerful synthetic opioids (e.g., fentanyl) can be lethal treats to the lives of first responders and military personnel. Such threats can be reduced with MIRA XTR DS, the handheld Raman identification system from Metrohm. MIRA XTR DS can identify more than 20,000 of unknowns in the field and can deal with substances emitting fluorescence. The standard solution to deal with samples emitting fluorescence is a 1064 nm laser. MIRA XTR DS, on the other hand, combines the smaller size, higher resolution and lower power consumption of a 785 nm laser with machine learning to eXTRact a Raman signal even from fluorescent samples. The low power 785 nm laser allows interrogation of sensitive samples without the risk of igniting/destroying them; a compact, pocket-sized design enabling true single-handed operation; and lower power consumption than 1064 nm devices allows for longer battery life.

Fully automated, guided workflows make MIRA XTR DS easy to use from sampling unknowns to clear, coded results. MIRA XTR DS can be interfaced with the HazMaster G3 App to instantly provide actionable intelligence. First responders can calculate likely mixture outcomes on site giving them meaningful results and important chemical information about drugs, explosives and chemical warfare agents. With this information, they can take immediate action to protect themselves, their team and everyone else.