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Infrared point sensors for homeland defense applications
Author(s): Ross C. Thomas; Michael T. Carter; Craig L. Homrighausen
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Paper Abstract

We report recent progress toward the development of infrared point sensors for the detection of chemical warfare agents and explosive related chemicals, which pose a significant threat to both health and environment. Technical objectives have focused on the development of polymer sorbents to enhance the infrared response of these hazardous organic compounds. For example, infrared point sensors which part-per-billion detection limits have been developed that rapidlypartition chemical warfare agents and explosive related chemicals into polymer thin films with desirable chemical and physical properties. These chemical sensors demonstrate novel routes to reversible sensing of hazardous organic compounds. The development of small, low-power, sensitive, and selective instruments employing these chemical sensors would enhance the capabilities of federal, state, and local emergency response to incidents involving chemical terrorism. Specific applications include chemical defense systems for military personnel and homeland defense, environmental monitors for remediation and demilitarization, and point source detectors for emergency and maintenance response teams.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5269, Chemical and Biological Point Sensors for Homeland Defense, (8 March 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.514825
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Ross C. Thomas, Eltron Research, Inc. (United States)
Michael T. Carter, Eltron Research, Inc. (United States)
Craig L. Homrighausen, Eltron Research, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5269:
Chemical and Biological Point Sensors for Homeland Defense
Arthur J. Sedlacek; Richard Colton; Tuan Vo-Dinh, Editor(s)

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