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Detection of explosives in airport baggage using coherent x-ray scatter
Author(s): Helmut Strecker; Geoffrey L. Harding; H. Bomsdorf; Jurgen Kanzenbach; R. Linde; Gerhard Martens
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Paper Abstract

Bulk objects can be investigated for their material constituents by applying high-energy (30 keV to 100 keV) coherent X-ray scattering. When aiming at the detection of explosives in airport baggage, the technique allows discrimination between explosives and other substances. Coherent X-ray scatter measurements are presented for a set of explosives and their constituents as well as for a variety of nonexplosive materials. They demonstrate the superior material discrimination power of this method. The measurements have provided a quantitative basis for the prototype design of an airport baggage scanner. Sensitivity (200 g) and inspection time requirements (a few seconds) demand a highly application-specific system design with parallel acquisition and analysis of scatter spectra from different volume elements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2092, Substance Detection Systems, (28 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.171259
Show Author Affiliations
Helmut Strecker, Philips GmbH (Germany)
Geoffrey L. Harding, Philips GmbH (Germany)
H. Bomsdorf, Philips GmbH (Germany)
Jurgen Kanzenbach, Philips GmbH (Germany)
R. Linde, Philips GmbH (Germany)
Gerhard Martens, Philips GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2092:
Substance Detection Systems
Geoffrey L. Harding; Richard C. Lanza; Lawrence J. Myers; Peter A. Young, Editor(s)

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