Raman spectroscopic detection is one of the suitable methods for the detection of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) and simulants. Since the 1980s, many researchers have been dedicated to the research of chemical characteristic of CWAs and simulants and instrumental improvement for their analysis and detection. The spatial heterodyne Raman spectrometer (SHRS) is a new developing instrument for Raman detection that appeared in 2011. It is already well-known that SHRS has the characteristics of high spectral resolution, a large field-of-view, and high throughput. Thus, it is inherently suitable for the analysis and detection of these toxic chemicals and simulants. The in situ and standoff detection of some typical simulants of CWAs, such as dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), diisopropyl methylphosphonate (DIMP), triethylphosphate (TEP), diethyl malonate (DEM), methyl salicylate (MES), 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide (CEES), and malathion, were tried. The achieved results show that SHRS does have the ability of in situ analysis or standoff detection for simulants of CWAs. When the laser power was set to as low as 26 mW, the SHRS still has a signal-to-noise ratio higher than 5 in in situ detection. The standoff Raman spectra detection of CWAs simulants was realized at a distance of 11 m. The potential feasibility of standoff detection of SHRS for CWAs simulants has been proved.
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