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Stand-off detection of vapor phase explosives by resonance enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Author(s): Anneli Ehlerding; Ida Johansson; Sara Wallin; Henric Östmark
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Paper Abstract

Stand-off measurements on nitromethane (NM), 2,4-DNT and 2,4,6-TNT in vapor phase using resonance Raman spectroscopy have been performed. The Raman cross sections for NM, DNT and TNT in vapor phase have been measured in the wavelength range 210-300 nm under laboratory conditions, in order to estimate how large resonance enhancement factors can be achieved for these explosives. The measurements show that the signal is greatly enhanced, up to 250.000 times for 2,4-DNT and 60.000 times for 2,4,6-TNT compared to the non-resonant signal at 532 nm. For NM the resonance enhancement enabled realistic outdoor measurements in vapor phase at 13 m distance. This all indicate a potential for resonance Raman spectroscopy as a stand-off technique for detection of vapor phase explosives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7835, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications IV, 783507 (8 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.865012
Show Author Affiliations
Anneli Ehlerding, Swedish Defense Research Agency (Sweden)
Ida Johansson, Swedish Defense Research Agency (Sweden)
Sara Wallin, Swedish Defense Research Agency (Sweden)
Henric Östmark, Swedish Defense Research Agency (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7835:
Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications IV
Gary W. Kamerman; Gary J. Bishop; John D. Gonglewski; Ove Steinvall; Keith L. Lewis; Richard C. Hollins; Thomas J. Merlet, Editor(s)

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