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Optical detection of explosives: spectral signatures for the explosive bouquet
Author(s): Tabetha Osborn; Sindhu Kaimal; Jason Causey; William Burns; Scott Reeve
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Paper Abstract

Research with canines suggests that sniffer dogs alert not on the odor from a pure explosive, but rather on a set of far more volatile species present in an explosive as impurities. Following the explosive trained canine example, we have begun examining the vapor signatures for many of these volatile impurities utilizing high resolution spectroscopic techniques in several molecular fingerprint regions. Here we will describe some of these high resolution measurements and discuss strategies for selecting useful spectral signature regions for individual molecular markers of interest.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7304, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing X, 730419 (8 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818794
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Tabetha Osborn, Arkansas State Univ. (United States)
Sindhu Kaimal, Arkansas State Univ. (United States)
Jason Causey, Arkansas State Univ. (United States)
William Burns, Arkansas State Univ. (United States)
Scott Reeve, Arkansas State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7304:
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing X
Augustus W. Fountain III; Patrick J. Gardner, Editor(s)

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