Owing to technological improvements spurred on by the telecommunications boom of the last decade, Raman spectroscopy has become
much more accessible to users in all application areas, including agricultural, forensic, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and
others. However, there remains a struggle to extract useful Raman spectra from fluorescent and luminescent samples.
Most users with fluorescent samples switched to near-infrared wavelengths such as 785 nm and 830 nm to avoid fluorescence.
But now, BaySpec's new dispersive 1064 nm Raman spectrometer family offers a turn-key solution combines the speed, sensitivity,
and ruggedness of the dispersive Raman instruments with superior fluorescence avoidance of traditional FT-Raman.
Any new method for routine determination of chemical composition in beverage manufacturing processes should be non-invasive,
non-destructive, and rapid. Raman spectroscopy offers the advantages of minimal sample preparation and fast spectral collection.
However, the pigments in red wines are usually too fluorescent to allow Raman to be measured, even at 785 nm. But at 1064
nm, a clear Raman spectrum is generated while florescence background is almost totally avoided.
Figure 1: Identification of methanol in red wine based on its unique Raman features different from ethanol.
Further, glass is mostly transparent to NIR wavelengths, compared to 532 nm and 785 nm, which makes 1064 nm Raman even more
suitable for non-destructive measurement of red wine through the bottle. As in Figure 1, comparing the red wine spectrum in
a secondary vial with that collected through the bottle, despite a small attenuation in the signal intensity, the Raman features
are maintained and distinguishable for further identification and quantification.