Overview of Explosives Detection Research and Development in Department 5848 at Sandia National Laboratories [open pdf - 289KB]
"This paper provides an overview of work performed during the past five years in the area of explosives detection in the Contraband Detection Technologies department at Sandia National Laboratories. Broadly speaking, this work falls into two categories. First, the department has been in the forefront of developing trace detection technology for real-world applications. The basis for this technology has been a patented chemical preconcentrator that collects vapor and particles of explosives with high efficiency, prior to delivery into a chemical sensor. This preconcentrator has been used in several systems, most notably a personnel portal developed with primary funding from the Federal Aviation Administration. Second, the department serves as the main resource on explosives detection information for the United States Department of Energy (DOE), and has consulted and developed documents for other government agencies. One important aspect of this work is an on-going program of commercial equipment evaluation for the DOE. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of possible future directions."
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16th Annual NDIA Security Technology Symposium & Exhibition, June 26-29, 2000