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Method and apparatus for detecting explosives

United States Patent

7,939,803
May 10, 2011
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A method and apparatus is provided for detecting explosives by thermal imaging. The explosive material is subjected to a high energy wave which can be either a sound wave or an electromagnetic wave which will initiate a chemical reaction in the explosive material which chemical reaction will produce heat. The heat is then sensed by a thermal imaging device which will provide a signal to a computing device which will alert a user of the apparatus to the possibility of an explosive device being present.
Moore; David Steven (Santa Fe, NM)
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
11/ 877,775
20090107758
October 24, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-AC52-O6NA25396 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.