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The Continuing Challenge - Sacramento

06 September 2017 - 07 September 2017

Cobalt Light Systems will be exhibiting and coordinating a workshop at The Continuing Challenge hazmat meeting in Sacramento. Come to the Cobalt booth for a hands-on Resolve demo, and see how the next generation handheld Raman system identifies chemicals through opaque container materials like colored plastics, dark glass, envelopes, packaging and more.

Sign up for our workshop in the event program, presented together with our US partner, Federal Resources:

  • Chemical Identification In the Hotzone: Analysis of Samples In Opaque Containers & Residues On Surfaces
  • Presented by Dr. Eric Roy (Cobalt Light Systems) and Chris Waier (Federal Resources)
  • Wednesday 6th September @ 1.00 PM
  • Room: Bear River

Handheld Raman-based chemical detectors have been used by Hazmat, Military, and Security personnel to identify unknown chemicals for more than a decade. However, traditional Raman detectors are limited in their use because they cannot identify chemicals found inside thick, opaque or colored packaging/containers. Additionally, these systems are also unreliable in identifying liquid and powder residues on surfaces. These two operational limitations decrease efficiency in the hot zone and increase the risk to the operator and, in some cases, the public.

In this workshop, a handheld Raman-based detector with expanded capabilities will be demonstrated in the context of First Responders, and users will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in:

1. Analyzing unknown materials inside opaque containers (envelopes, gas cans, bottles).
2. Sampling techniques that allow for confident identification of liquid and powder chemical residues where there is not enough sample to collect into a vial.