Unlike other CARS-based (coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering) spectroscopy techniques, nonlinear interferometric vibrational spectroscopy (NIVS) is linear in analyte concentration and has a Raman line shape free of nonresonant background distortions. We use spontaneous Raman scattering as a high accuracy benchmark for NIVS. As a challenging comparison, we examine spectra in the CH stretching region of six lipid samples. Singular value decomposition and reference to an independent chemical assay are used to directly compare NIVS and spontaneous Raman scattering. We demonstrate that NIVS can determine the relative degree of unsaturation in six different lipid samples as accurately as spontaneous Raman spectroscopy, but 200 times faster. A skin tissue sample is mapped out to demonstrate quantitative lipid-protein differentiation with spatial resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3812-3818
Number of pages7
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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