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Lightweight standoff chemical agent detector
Author(s): John T. Ditillo; Robert L. Gross; Mark L.G. Althouse; William M. Lagna; William R. Loerop; Paul Deluca; Thomas G. Quinn; Larry B. Grim
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Paper Abstract

The lightweight standoff chemical agent detector (LSCAD) is an infrared Michelson interferometer operating in the 8 - 12 micron band and is designed primarily for military applications. The first group of prototypes has been delivered and is undergoing testing. A secondary and no less important mission of LSCAD is its application to the civilian environmental monitoring field. Trials with earlier systems at industrial sites have been successful. The system is designed to be operated from a vehicle while on the move. Platforms which have been used are road vehicles, helicopters, unmanned air vehicles (UAV), and scanning from a fixed emplacement. To meet the restrictions of military applications, the prototype system has a weight of about 22 lbs and is approximately 0.3 cu ft in size. It employs an onboard instrument control, data collection, and analysis and detection decision system which is key to its real-time operation. The hardware, data system, and preliminary results are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2366, Optical Instrumentation for Gas Emissions Monitoring and Atmospheric Measurements, (10 February 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.205556
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John T. Ditillo, U.S. Army Edgewood Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Robert L. Gross, U.S. Army Edgewood Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Mark L.G. Althouse, U.S. Army Edgewood Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
William M. Lagna, U.S. Army Edgewood Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
William R. Loerop, U.S. Army Edgewood Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Paul Deluca, U.S. Army Edgewood Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Thomas G. Quinn, IMO Baird Corp. (United States)
Larry B. Grim, MESH, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2366:
Optical Instrumentation for Gas Emissions Monitoring and Atmospheric Measurements
Michael G. Yost; Dennis K. Killinger; Joseph Leonelli; William Vaughan; Dennis K. Killinger; William Vaughan; Michael G. Yost, Editor(s)

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