Raman spectroscopy is a technology that has shown a lot of potential in many new industries and shed promising light on a vast number of scientific topics. How It WorksTouchRaman probes and other tools that use Raman spectroscopy technology gather information about elements at the molecular level. Usually, a coherent light is shined upon the subject material. The laser beam will refract uniquely in accordance with the substance it hits. Measuring the scatter makes it possible to identify the substance or substances being looked at, their degree of concentration, and other properties. The technique -- which is actually a collection of closely related measurement strategies -- is so called because of the Raman effect, wherein electromagnetic waves collide with a molecule and interact with its bonds. In this case, a coherent wave of light is applied, making it possible to interpret the outcome. How It Is UsedTouchRaman spectroscopy is most commonly utilized in chemistry because it gathers its data from interacting with chemical bonds. However, its value is wide-ranging. Pharmaceutical researchers use custom devices such as TouchRaman probes to measure active ingredients in drugs, and the form those ingredients have at the molecular scale. TouchRaman devices such as these can also be crucial in physics to determine the molecular state of materials, as well as measure their temperature. Some TouchRaman probes are even capable of compiling details about corrosive materials that would typically do damage to the measuring instrument. Spatially Offset Raman SpectroscopyAnother type of Raman spectroscopy, known as "spatially offset Raman spectroscopy," is less sensitive to surface layers and can be employed to, for example, notice counterfeit drugs without opening their containing packages. They can also be employed to monitor biological cells, in some ways similar to an ultrasound. Research projects are under way to see if different TouchRaman and similar tools can be employed to find explosive materials at a distance, and even to test whether individual cells in the body are cancerous, which could make surgery considerably less dangerous and more precise, boosting favorable prognoses. MicrospectroscopyRaman spectroscopy can be employed to look at minerals, proteins, and forensics evidence on a microscopic level. Scientists can even utilize it to determine the amount of cholesterol or other substances in foods. CustomizationWhile manufacturers such as Industrial O2 Sensors sometimes sell ready-made TouchRaman and similar instruments to government, academic and pharmaceutical organizations, those manufacturers can also specialize and construct tools perfectly suited to the measurement and observation requirements of the purchaser.