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

United States Patent

5,912,466
June 15, 1999
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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 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.
Funsten; Herbert O. (Los Alamos, NM), McComas; David J. (Los Alamos, NM)
The Regents of the University of California (Los Alamos, NM)
08/ 872,497
June 10, 1997
The invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to the Regents of The University of California. The government has certain rights in the invention.