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Title: Apparatus and method for rapid detection of explosives residue from the deflagration signature thereof

Apparatus and method are disclosed for rapid detection of explosives residue from the deflagration signature thereof. A property inherent to most explosives is their stickiness, resulting in a strong tendency of explosive particulate to contaminate the environment of a bulk explosive. An apparatus for collection of residue particulate, burning the collected particulate, and measurement of the ultraviolet emission produced thereby, is described. The present invention can be utilized for real-time screening of personnel, cars, packages, suspected devices, etc., and provides an inexpensive, portable, and noninvasive means for detecting explosives. 4 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6413088
Assignee:
Univ. of California, Los Alamos, NM (United States) PTO; EDB-99-081447
Patent Number(s):
US 5912466; A
Application Number:
PPN: US 8-872497
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 10 Jun 1997
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; CHEMICAL EXPLOSIVES; DETECTION; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; PATTERN RECOGNITION; RESIDUES; SABOTAGE; SECURITY; EXPLOSIVES; 450100* - Military Technology, Weaponry, & National Defense- Chemical Explosions & Explosives