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An explosives detection system for airline security using coherent x-ray scattering technology
Author(s): Robert W. Madden; Jacob Mahdavieh; Richard C. Smith; Ravi Subramanian
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Paper Abstract

L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems (SDS) has developed a new system for automated alarm resolution in airline baggage Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) based on coherent x-ray scattering spectroscopy. The capabilities of the system were demonstrated in tests with concealed explosives at the Transportation Security Laboratory and airline passenger baggage at Orlando International Airport. The system uses x-ray image information to identify suspicious objects and performs targeted diffraction measurements to classify them. This extra layer of detection capability affords a significant reduction in the rate of false alarm objects that must presently be resolved by opening passenger bags for hand inspection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7079, Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics X, 707915 (5 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.796174
Show Author Affiliations
Robert W. Madden, L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems (United States)
Jacob Mahdavieh, L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems (United States)
Richard C. Smith, L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems (United States)
Ravi Subramanian, L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7079:
Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics X
Arnold Burger; Larry A. Franks; Ralph B. James, Editor(s)

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