A novel method for remotely detecting trace explosives
December 1, 2008
Lincoln Laboratory Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2, December 2008, pp. 27-40.
The development of a technique with the ability to detect trace quantities of explosives at a distance is of critical importance. In numerous situations when explosive devices are prepared, transported, or otherwise handled, quantifiable amounts of the explosive material end up on surfaces. Rapid detection of these chemical residues in a noninvasive standoff manner would serve as an indicator for attempts at concealed assembly or transport of explosive materials and devices. We are investigating the use of a fluorescence-based technique to achieve the necessary detection sensitivity.