Size, weight and power source reliability are common obstacles to finding the right instruments to use for field testing. The Idraman mini handheld spectrometer weighs 330 g, isn’t much larger than a typical mobile phone and runs on two AA batteries. The palm-sized unit offers fast and accurate Raman analyses ranging from chemical and explosive agent detection in the field to quality assurance and control in the laboratory. It uses a tightly focused beam to scan over a wide sample area, which improves analysis for inhomogeneous and irregularly shaped solid samples. Most samples can be identified in fewer than nine seconds. Ocean Optics Inc.