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Stand-Off Detection of Explosives and Hazardous Chemicals

Stand-Off Detection of Explosives and Hazardous Chemicals

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The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a Photo-Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectroscopy (PT-IRIS) technology for standoff detection of explosives, illicit drugs, chemical warfare agents, and biological warfare agents. PT-IRIS has been demonstrated for standoff or proximity detection of explosives. This approach employs quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) to illuminate a sample surface with one or more wavelengths, which are selectively absorbed by analytes of interest. With eye-safe QCL power levels, this results in modest, selective heating (1-2 deg C) of particulate explosives within a few milliseconds, which can be readily monitored at video frame rates of commercial IR cameras. Utilizing compact QCL light sources and an IR focal plane array to image the illuminated area, a portable, handheld system design can be realized. A schematic showing the principle of operation for PT-IRIS is shown in the figure above. As an eye-safe system, PT-IRIS is ideal for probing surfaces of vehicles, places, people, packages, and boarding passes for explosives and other hazardous chemicals of interest.

NRL Technology Transfer Office
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/techtransfer/fs.php?fs_id=SEN48

Naval Research Laboratory website
http://www.nrl.navy.mil
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a Photo-Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectroscopy (PT-IRIS) technology for standoff detection of explosives, illicit drugs, chemical warfare agents, and biological warfare agents. PT-IRIS has been demonstrated for standoff or proximity detection of explosives. This approach employs quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) to illuminate a sample surface with one or more wavelengths, which are selectively absorbed by analytes of interest. With eye-safe QCL power levels, this results in modest, selective heating (1-2 deg C) of particulate explosives within a few milliseconds, which can be readily monitored at video frame rates of commercial IR cameras. Utilizing compact QCL light sources and an IR focal plane array to image the illuminated area, a portable, handheld system design can be realized. A schematic showing the principle of operation for PT-IRIS is shown in the figure above. As an eye-safe system, PT-IRIS is ideal for probing surfaces of vehicles, places, people, packages, and boarding passes for explosives and other hazardous chemicals of interest.

NRL Technology Transfer Office
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/techtransfer/fs.php?fs_id=SEN48

Naval Research Laboratory website
http://www.nrl.navy.mil

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Published by: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory on Jul 11, 2012
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