DUNEDIN, Fla., May 21, 2013 — Ocean Optics’ IDRaman, a palm-sized Raman spectrometer for sample authentication and counterfeit detection, delivers fast analyses ranging from chemical and explosive agent detection in the field to quality assurance and control sampling routines in the laboratory. The Raster Orbital Scanning (ROS) mode scans a tightly focused beam over a wide sample area, improving the quality of the Raman measurement of liquids and solids — in particular, solid samples that are inhomogeneous and irregularly shaped. The low average power needed eliminates sample damage and the possible ignition of explosive samples. In ROS mode, most compounds can be identified in less than 9 s. Featuring a bright 7.1-cm resistive touch-screen display, the device can operate in bright sunlight and while the user is wearing restrictive personal protection equipment. Sampling can be accomplished using either small vials or with a standoff accessory for powders, residues and solids. To ensure simple and dependable operation during long field missions or on manufacturing shifts when recharging is impossible, the 9.1 × 7.1 × 3.8-cm instrument runs on two easily replaced AA batteries.