The performance of a very compact and low-cost Raman system has been examined in detail. We have attempted to use it for both qualitative identifications and quantitative analyses of mixtures. As a part of the evaluation, we have attempted to devise compensation routines when these were needed. We conclude that this system can be used for a limited range of qualitative applications, but that the quantitative performance is inadequate. The principal problems originated in laser fluctuations and in the appearance of spectral artifacts when the laser was operated.

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