Deep Raman Spectroscopy in the analytical forensic investigation of concealed substances

Sundarajoo, Shankaran (2012) Deep Raman Spectroscopy in the analytical forensic investigation of concealed substances. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Deep Raman Spectroscopy is a domain within Raman spectroscopy consisting of techniques that facilitate the depth profiling of diffusely scattering media. Such variants include Time-Resolved Raman Spectroscopy (TRRS) and Spatially-Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS). A recent study has also demonstrated the integration of TRRS and SORS in the development of Time-Resolved Spatially-Offset Raman Spectroscopy (TR-SORS).

This research demonstrates the application of specific deep Raman spectroscopic techniques to concealed samples commonly encountered in forensic and homeland security at various working distances. Additionally, the concepts behind these techniques are discussed at depth and prospective improvements to the individual techniques are investigated. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of samples based on spectral data acquired from SORS is performed with the aid of multivariate statistical techniques. By the end of this study, an objective comparison is made among the techniques within Deep Raman Spectroscopy based on their capabilities.

The efficiency and quality of these techniques are determined based on the results procured which facilitates the understanding of the degree of selectivity for the deeper layer exhibited by the individual techniques relative to each other. TR-SORS was shown to exhibit an enhanced selectivity for the deeper layer relative to TRRS and SORS whilst providing spectral results with good signal-to-noise ratio. Conclusive results indicate that TR-SORS is a prospective deep Raman technique that offers higher selectivity towards deep layers and therefore enhances the non-invasive analysis of concealed substances from close range as well as standoff distances.

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ID Code: 61022
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Kiriakous, Emad
Keywords: Concealed substance, depth profiling, Deep Raman Spectroscopy, Spatially-offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS), Time-resolved Spatially-offset Raman Spectroscopy, Time –resolved Raman Spectroscopy
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2013 22:33
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:26

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