Abstract

The detection of chemicals from safe distances is vital in environments with potentially hazardous or explosive threats, where high sensitivity and fast detection speed are needed. Here we demonstrate standoff detection of several solids, liquids, and gases with single-beam coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering. This approach utilizes a phase coherent ultrabroad-bandwidth femtosecond laser to probe the fundamental vibrations that constitute a molecule's fingerprint. Characteristic Raman lines for several chemicals are successfully obtained from arms-length and 12 m standoff distances. The sensitivity and speed of this approach are also demonstrated.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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