5. Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security

  1. John M. Chalmers2,
  2. Howell G. M. Edwards3 and
  3. Michael D. Hargreaves4
  1. Vincent Otieno-Alego and
  2. Naomi Speers

Published Online: 10 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119962328.ch5

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

How to Cite

Otieno-Alego, V. and Speers, N. (2012) Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security, in Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science (eds J. M. Chalmers, H. G. M. Edwards and M. D. Hargreaves), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119962328.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 2

    VS Consulting, Stokesley, UK

  2. 3

    Chemical and Forensic Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

  3. 4

    Thermo Scientific Portable Optical Analyzers, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Wilmington, USA

Author Information

  1. Forensic and Data Centres, Australian Federal Police, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470749067

Online ISBN: 9781119962328



  • counter terrorism and homeland security, IEDs and terrorist bombing incidents;
  • explosive detection, a high priority in homeland security;
  • 9/11 attacks, vibrational, instrumentation, IR, Raman based instruments;
  • explosive detection in fingerprints, mid-IR chemical imaging in AN, PETN detection;
  • IR spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy, analytical techniques for explosives;
  • TWGFEX guidelines and explosives, mid-IR and Raman, category 1/2;
  • IR and Raman spectroscopy, for chemicals as “universal detectors”;
  • portable IR and Raman instruments, identification of hazardous chemicals on-site;
  • SORS, new Raman spectroscopy, timely solutions to containers fluorescence;
  • THz of explosives, in detection, identification of explosives


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy for Explosives Identification

  • Portable IR and Raman Instruments

  • Post-Blast Examinations

  • Detection of Explosives in Fingerprints

  • Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy

  • Terahertz Spectroscopy of Explosives

  • Summary

  • Glossary

  • References