Cobalt’s Raman Airport Scanner Wins MacRobert Award
ABINGDON, Oxfordshire, England, July 7, 2014 — Cobalt Light Systems has been recognized with the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award for its Insight100 airport scanner.
The Insight100 uses a variant of Raman spectroscopy and advanced algorithms to distinguish between containers and the substances inside them to detect potential explosives. It can identify the chemical composition of liquids in non-metallic containers within seconds and is installed in 65 airports across Europe.
The system can also be used to non-destructively identify pigments in artwork and could lead to medical-grade systems that provide diagnosis of osteoporosis and breast cancer.
The MacRobert Award is given annually with a € 50,000 prize to developers of new technologies that prove useful in multiple fields.
For more information, visit www.cobaltlight.com and www.raeng.org.uk.
- raman spectroscopy
- That branch of spectroscopy concerned with Raman spectra and used to provide a means of studying pure rotational, pure vibrational and rotation-vibration energy changes in the ground level of molecules. Raman spectroscopy is dependent on the collision of incident light quanta with the molecule, inducing the molecule to undergo the change.
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