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Observations on military exploitation of explosives detection technologies
Author(s): Anthony A. Faust; C. J. de Ruiter; Anneli Ehlerding; John E. McFee; Eirik Svinsås; Arthur D. van Rheenen
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Paper Abstract

Accurate and timely detection of explosives, energetic materials, and their associated compounds would provide valuable information to military commanders in a wide range of military operations: protection of fast moving convoys from mobile or static IED threats; more deliberate countermine and counter-IED operations during route or area clearance; and static roles such as hasty or deliberate checkpoints, critical infrastructure protection and support to public security. The detection of hidden explosive hazards is an extremely challenging problem, as evidenced by the fact that related research has been ongoing in many countries for at least seven decades and no general purpose solution has yet been found. Technologies investigated have spanned all major scientific fields, with emphasis on the physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, robotics, computer technology and mathematics. This paper will present a limited, operationally-focused overview of the current status of detection technologies. Emphasis will be on those technologies that directly detect the explosive hazard, as opposed to those that detect secondary properties of the threat, such as the casing, associated wires or electronics. Technologies that detect explosives include those based on nuclear radiation and terahertz radiation, as well as trace and biological detection techniques. Current research areas of the authors will be used to illustrate the practical applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8017, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI, 801716 (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.886391
Show Author Affiliations
Anthony A. Faust, Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield (Canada)
C. J. de Ruiter, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Anneli Ehlerding, FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
John E. McFee, Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield (Canada)
Eirik Svinsås, FFI, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Norway)
Arthur D. van Rheenen, FFI, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Norway)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8017:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway; J. Thomas Broach, Editor(s)

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