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Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

Forensic Science

  1. Edward G. Bartick1,
  2. Patrick Buzzini2

Published Online: 15 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470027318.a9098

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

How to Cite

Bartick, E. G. and Buzzini, P. 2009. Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Suffolk University, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2009


Though the Raman effect was discovered way back in 1928, Raman spectrometers have been extensively developed only over the last two decades, bringing them into a state of usefulness that had never been enjoyed before. This article describes the basic concepts of Raman spectroscopy compares to infrared (IR) spectroscopy in a manner similar to a vibrational molecular spectroscopic method of analysis and has differences that make the two methods complementary for obtaining chemical information from the same materials. The advantages and disadvantages of Raman compared with IR spectroscopy serve to make both methods to be considered when conducting chemical analysis of materials. The article describes how fibers, paints, drugs, explosives, etc. are being studied by Raman spectroscopy for forensic purposes.


  • evidence;
  • forensic science;
  • Raman;
  • spectrograph;
  • spectrometry;
  • spectroscopy