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Universal explosive detection system for homeland security applications
Author(s): Vincent Y. Lee; Edward E. A. Bromberg
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Paper Abstract

L-3 Communications CyTerra Corporation has developed a high throughput universal explosive detection system (PassPort) to automatically screen the passengers in airports without requiring them to remove their shoes. The technical approach is based on the patented energetic material detection (EMD) technology. By analyzing the results of sample heating with an infrared camera, one can distinguish the deflagration or decomposition of an energetic material from other clutters such as flammables and general background substances. This becomes the basis of a universal explosive detection system that does not require a library and is capable of detecting trace levels of explosives with a low false alarm rate. The PassPort is a simple turnstile type device and integrates a non-intrusive aerodynamic sampling scheme that has been shown capable of detecting trace levels of explosives on shoes. A detailed description of the detection theory and the automated sampling techniques, as well as the field test results, will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7680, Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies III, 768004 (27 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850210
Show Author Affiliations
Vincent Y. Lee, L-3 Communications CyTerra Corp. (United States)
Edward E. A. Bromberg, L-3 Communications CyTerra Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7680:
Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies III
Mark A. Druy; Christopher D. Brown; Richard A. Crocombe, Editor(s)

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