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Further studies on the detection of chemical agents using an alkaline energy cell
Author(s): John Shewchun
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Paper Abstract

The detection, classification and tracking of chemical agents (explosives) being surreptitiously smuggled into public areas, such as airports, for destructive purposes is difficult to solve by unobtrusive means. We propose the use of a novel Alkaline Energy Cell (AEC) with gas/vapor sniffing capability as a potential solution. Variants of such devices are routinely used by police to detect alcohol emanating from the breath of suspected impaired vehicle drivers. We reported previously at the SPIE Symposium in 2007 the details of our technology and results. We have continued to advanced this capability with the development of an AEC which is capable of detecting gaseous emissions ultimately in the parts per billion range. Our work is described in terms of detecting TATP (acetone peroxide). Other explosive materials have also been investigated and will be reported on.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6943, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VII, 69430E (28 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.783202
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John Shewchun, Astris Renewable Energy Systems (United States)
Wayne State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6943:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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