C.V. Raman and his Contribution to Military and Defence

On the occasion of National Science Day, we tribute Great Indian Scientist C.V. Raman for his noble work for humankind. The article contains a short brief of ‘how Raman’s notable work benefited military and defence domain’

During the difficult days of Indian struggle, when the nation was striving for freedom, India produced many notable scientists who contributed for the welfare of mankind with their great discoveries and inventions, C.V. Raman, a name that needs no explanation has made a special exception. Today, we are accolading the great Raman for his notable work for military and defence which is yet contributing to maintain security globally.

The advantage of “Raman Spectroscopy”, a remarkable technique, is worthwhile to be used by Military as well as Law and Enforcement to identify hazardous materials including explosives and drugs on outside or inside borders. Raman Spectroscopy can even identify the compounds and composites which are unable to be detected by any conventional identifier. However, many major corrections and updates are undergoing with “Raman Spectroscopy” with time, the technique is still proved to be unique from others.

The first and major advantage of this technique is that it can easily interrogate any substance in “non-contact” and “non-destructive” manner which gives the whip hands to security officials while detecting harmful materials. Today, the Homeland (Law and Enforcement) Security of USA, the Military and Civil authorities of United Kingdom included mass level of “Raman Spectroscopy” devices to detect harmful materials and explosives. The second advantage of this technique that it can extracts detailed information comprising compound, precursors and even the composites of any chemical substance identified while detecting. Read: https://www.cma.army.mil/raman-spectrometer/

With no doubts, C.V. Raman made astounding service for the world, his contribution of “Raman-effect” / “Raman-Spectroscopy” is always honored by historical and present reports, but less we discussed about is how it influenced military domain. The aim of the author is only to highlight the contribution of this great technique in defence field.


  • Aditi Dubey

    A graduate in Economics from Delhi University. A master in defence and strategic studies from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. She worked with Janes Defence as a research analyst in the defence data development domain. An ethical hacker, she takes interest in issues related to military tactics, international laws, arms acts and tribunals.

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