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CXRS explosives-detection airport prototype
Author(s): Sven Hnatnicky
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Paper Abstract

A prototype for explosives detection based on CXRS (coherent x-ray scattering) has been developed within a Philips research project, funded in part by the German Ministry of the Interior (BMI). The system uses primary x-radiation from a high power x-ray tube (160 kV) to generate coherent scatter which is measured at a small fixed angle in the forward direction. Scatter spectra from many volume elements ('voxels') of a piece of luggage are accumulated with an energy-resolving multi-channel germanium detector. For most military and industrial explosives, the scatter spectra exhibit characteristic diffraction peaks corresponding to their polycrystalline structure. The technique thus lends itself to a fully automatic inspection process. The system is to be tested and refined during a test phase at Hamburg airport. Its principle, geometry and design are presented along with some results concerning CXRS material selectivity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2936, Physics-Based Technologies for the Detection of Contraband, (6 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266268
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Sven Hnatnicky, Bundeskriminalamt (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2936:
Physics-Based Technologies for the Detection of Contraband
Lyle O. Malotky; John J. Pennella, Editor(s)

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