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High-speed fluorescence detection of explosives vapor
Author(s): Keith J. Albert; Michael L. Myrick; Steve B. Brown; Fred P. Milanovich; David R. Walt
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Paper Abstract

High-density optical arrays of fluorescent micrometer sized sensors show promise for detecting low level vapor phase explosives and explosives-like compounds. Imaging software and a high-speed CCD detection system are used to capture changes in a temporal response pattern upon pulsatile vapor delivery to the sensors. Nitroaromatic compounds, such as 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) and 1,3-dinitrobenzene, which are often present on the solid surface above buried landmines, are used to train pattern recognition networks for vapor phase detection. We have demonstrated previously that approximately 9 ppb 2,4-DNT can be detected when signal processing schemes are employed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3710, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IV, (2 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.357052
Show Author Affiliations
Keith J. Albert, Tufts Univ. (United States)
Michael L. Myrick, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
Steve B. Brown, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Fred P. Milanovich, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
David R. Walt, Tufts Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3710:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IV
Abinash C. Dubey; James F. Harvey; J. Thomas Broach; Regina E. Dugan, Editor(s)

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