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Exploiting high resolution Fourier transform spectroscopy to inform the development of a quantum cascade laser based explosives detection systems
Author(s): Felicity Carlysle; Niamh Nic Daeid; Erwan Normand; Michael McCulloch
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Paper Abstract

Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is regularly used in forensic analysis, however the application of high resolution Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy for the detection of explosive materials and explosive precursors has not been fully explored. This project aimed to develop systematically a protocol for the analysis of explosives and precursors using Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy and basic data analysis to enable the further development of a quantum cascade laser (QCL) based airport detection system. This paper details the development of the protocol and results of the initial analysis of compounds of interest.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8546, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism, Crime Fighting, and Defence VIII, 85460Z (30 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.974615
Show Author Affiliations
Felicity Carlysle, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Niamh Nic Daeid, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Erwan Normand, Cascade Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Michael McCulloch, Cascade Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8546:
Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism, Crime Fighting, and Defence VIII
Colin Lewis; Douglas Burgess, Editor(s)

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