Rockhound

The RockHound™ is a handheld Raman spectrometer. A library with approximately 500 samples is used to aid in the identification of unknown rocks, minerals and soils.

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3560 Bassett Street
Santa Clara, CA 95054
www.intevac.com
Manufacturer
Intevac
Product Name
Rockhound
Detection Category
Chemical; Explosives
Detection Principle
Molecular Spectroscopy;
Detection Method
Raman Spectroscopy;
Application
Emergency Response; Screening; Bulk Analysis;
Equipment Type
Instrument
Product Synopsis
The RockHound™ is a handheld Raman spectrometer. A library with approximately 500 samples is used to aid in the identification of unknown rocks, minerals and soils.
Availability
DISCONTINUED
Technology Readiness Level (TRL)
9
User Feedback Sources
Indifferent/No user feedback
Weight
<5 lbs.; 2.2 kg
Power Requirements
Lithium Battery; Rechargeable (5 hrs continuous use)
Transportability
Handheld
Ruggedness
None; Not militarized, drop sensitive
Operating Conditions
-20°C to 40°C
Consumables
None
Suggested Routine Maintenance
No user repairs
Data Analysis Support Equipment
Point and shoot attachment Sample cell attachment for 8 mm vials, NMR tubes
Communications Interface
USB Bluetooth
Unit Cost
$13,000.00
Other Chemical Targets
Raman-active chemicals
Adaptability
Yes; users can add new targets in the field and create custom searchable spectral libraries. Most organic chemicals are capable of producing a searchable Raman spectrum, with the exception of materials that fluoresce when exposed to 785 nm light.
Sample Introduction
Solid; Liquid
Sensitivity/Detection Limits
Bulk; mg; g
Known Interferents/Inhibitors
Successful identification of an unknown is dependent on the presence of the corresponding reference spectrum in the library. Analysis of a mixture can produce erroneous search results unless the library contains a reference spectrum of the mixture itself. Fluorescence, either from the unknown, or a component or interferent in the unknown, can produce intense interference. Fluorescence is up to 106 more intense than the Raman effect that produces a searchable spectrum. The technique is sensitive to ambient infrared radiation. Best results are obtained when the sample is shielded from light during acquisition.
Start Up Time (From Cold Start To Sample Ready)
30 seconds
Response Time (Sample Application To Output)
Continuous (<30 seconds); 20 seconds
Alarm Capability
Visual search results
Software Control
NuSpec software and library development software Mineral library with over 500 spectra
Other Operational Parameters
Laser: 120 mW 785 nm, Resolution: 8 cm-1, Spectral Range: 200 – 2000 cm-1
Training Required
<1 week training
Training Available
Yes
Manuals Available
Yes
Warranties
1 year parts and labor
IATA Shipping Restrictions
Yes; Lithium ion battery
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