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

Apparatus and method 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 optical 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.
Inventors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. (Los Alamos, NM)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870999
Assignee:
Regents of University of California (Los Alamos, NM) LANL
Patent Number(s):
US 5638166
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
apparatus; method; rapid; detection; explosives; residue; deflagration; signature; property; inherent; stickiness; resulting; strong; tendency; explosive; particulate; contaminate; environment; bulk; collection; burning; collected; measurement; optical; emission; produced; described; utilized; real-time; screening; personnel; cars; packages; suspected; devices; etc; provides; inexpensive; portable; noninvasive; means; detecting; rapid detection; optical emission; deflagration signature; explosives residue; property inherent; /356/250/

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