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Apparatus and methods for real-time detection of explosives devices

United States Patent

January 7, 2014
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The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to apparatus, devices, systems, and/or methods for real-time detection of a concealed or camouflaged explosive device (e.g., EFPs and IEDs) from a safe stand-off distance. Apparatus, system and/or methods of the disclosure may also be operable to identify and/or spatially locate and/or detect an explosive device. An apparatus or system may comprise an x-ray generator that generates high-energy x-rays and/or electrons operable to contact and activate a metal comprised in an explosive device from a stand-off distance; and a detector operable to detect activation of the metal. Identifying an explosive device may comprise detecting characteristic radiation signatures emitted by metals specific to an EFP, an IED or a landmine. Apparatus and systems of the disclosure may be mounted on vehicles and methods of the disclosure may be performed while moving in the vehicle and from a safe stand-off distance.
Blackburn; Brandon W. (Idaho Falls, ID), Hunt; Alan W. (Pocatello, ID), Chichester; David L. (Idaho Falls, ID)
U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC), Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
12/ 622,813
November 20, 2009
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-051D14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.