SAN JOSE, Calif., June 14, 2011 — BaySpec Inc. has released the 1064-Mini, a palm-size dispersive handheld Raman analyzer based on 1064-nm excitation. Built on the proprietary Xantus platform, the analyzer features the company’s high-throughput volume phase grating technology, rugged packaging, battery operation and easy-to-use onboard analysis software. Key features include fast data acquisition with flexible sample ID library development, a compact package, a thermoelectrically cooled detector array for high sensitivity and an operating temperature range of −20 to 40 °C. It operates in 85% relative humidity environments, is wireless-enabled and weighs <1 kg. Raman spectroscopy is an effective technique for detailed, noncontact, nondestructive chemical information on a host of samples. But many materials show significant light-induced fluorescence when Raman spectrometers at 532- or 785-nm excitation wavelengths are used. The fluorescence interference in the samples is typically orders of magnitude higher than the useful Raman signal. The new 1064-nm spectral engine overcomes the fluorescence interference, enabling practical application of Raman technology in the field. Applications include food safety, homeland security, forensics, narcotics investigation, law enforcement, and chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical compound identification.