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Ultraresponsive thermal sensors for the detection of explosives using calorimetric spectroscopy (CalSpec)
Author(s): Slobodan Rajic; Panos G. Datskos; Irene Datskou; Troy A. Marlar
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a novel chemical detection technique based on IR micro-calorimetric spectroscopy that can be used to identify the presence of trace amounts of very low vapor pressure target compounds. Unlike numerous recently developed low-cost sensor approaches, the selectivity is derived from the unique differential temperature spectrum and does not require the questionable reliability of highly selective coatings to achieve the required specificity. This is accomplished by obtaining the IR micro-calorimetric absorption spectrum of a small number of molecules absorbed on the surface of a thermal detector after illumination through a scanning monochromator. We have obtained IR micro- calorimetric spectra for explosives such as TNT over the wavelength region 2.5 to 14.5 micrometers . Thus both sophisticated and relatively crude explosives compounds and components are detectable with this technique due to the recent development of ultra sensitive thermal-mechanical micro-structures. In addition to the above mentioned spectroscopy technique and associated data, the development of these advanced thermal detectors is also presented in detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3710, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IV, (2 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.357058
Show Author Affiliations
Slobodan Rajic, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Panos G. Datskos, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Irene Datskou, Environmental Engineering Group, Inc. (United States)
Troy A. Marlar, CTI, Inc. (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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