Explosives Detection: Responding to the Improvised Explosive Threat

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) posed an increasing operational challenge to coalition forces. In response to this challenge, the office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) commissioned a study at Lincoln Laboratory to explore possible technical solutions for locating and/or mitigating roadside IEDs. ( full article)


The insights provided by the trace explosive signature studies, along with the forensic analysis capabilities developed under those programs, positioned the Chemical, Microsystem, and Nanoscale Technologies Group to lead the Laboratory, along with the Chemical and Biological Defense Systems Group within the Homeland Protection and Air Traffic Control Division, in the study of a much broader set of chemical detection problems.
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The Chemical, Microsystem, and Nanoscale Technologies Group also develops sensors to detect trace chemicals in the environment. The group has developed both point and standoff sensors for the detection of trace aerosols, vapors, and trace chemicals on surfaces. ( full article)










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