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Advances in land mine detection using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Author(s): Kevin M. Spencer; James M. Sylvia; James A. Janni; James D. Klein
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Paper Abstract

We report surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) for vapors of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT), 1,3-dinitrobenzene, 4-amino-2, 6-dinitrotoluene and trinitrotoluene (TNT) adsorbed onto gold metal foils. Detection of 2,4-DNT down to approximately 1 ppb has been demonstrated. A compact field portable Raman unit with fiber optic SERS attachment has been fabricated and field tested for landmine detection. Preliminary results showed little environmental interference to the SERS measurement and detection of a buried landmine. The results demonstrate that SERS can detect buried landmines and, with further improvements, has the potential to be a man-portable field unit for landmine detection.

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: 10.1117/12.357060
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Kevin M. Spencer, EIC Labs., Inc. (United States)
James M. Sylvia, EIC Labs., Inc. (United States)
James A. Janni, EIC Labs., Inc. (United States)
James D. Klein, EIC Labs., 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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