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  • Cobalt’s Raman Airport Scanner Wins MacRobert Award

Photonics.com
Jul 2014
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.


GLOSSARY
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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