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Application of backscatter absorption gas imaging to the detection of chemicals related to drug production
Author(s): Thomas J. Kulp; Darrel G. Garvis; Randall B. Kennedy; Thomas G. McRae
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Paper Abstract

The application of backscatter absorption gas imaging (BAGI) to the detection of gaseous chemical species associated with the production of illegal drugs is considered. BAGI is a gas visualization technique that allows the imaging of over 70 organic vapors at minimum concentrations of a few to several hundred ppm-m. Present BAGI capabilities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Laser Imaging Systems are discussed. Eighteen different species of interest in drug-law enforcement are identified as being detectable by BAGI. The chemical remote sensing needs of law enforcement officials are described, and the use of BAGI in meeting some of these needs is outlined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1479, Surveillance Technologies, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44543
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas J. Kulp, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Darrel G. Garvis, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Randall B. Kennedy, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Thomas G. McRae, Laser Imaging Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1479:
Surveillance Technologies
Sankaran Gowrinathan; Raymond J. Mataloni; Stanley J. Schwartz, Editor(s)

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