Monday, 20 May 2013

New laser technique for detection of illicit and adulterated spirits

Writing in the “Journal of Raman Spectroscopy”, Dr Praveen Ashok, Bavishna Balagopal and Professor Kishan Dholakia of the School of Physics and Astronomy, reveal how they can carry out detailed analysis of a droplet of an alcoholic beverage to confirm whether it is toxic or not using a laser light scattering. It’s hoped the testing breakthrough will help develop a device to cut the number of deaths and serious injury arising from consumption of illicit and adulterated spirits. [full article] [press release]