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Light-weight analyzer for odor recognition

United States Patent

May 20, 2014
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Hand-Held Analyzer Quickly Detects Buried Human Remains
The invention provides a light weight analyzer, e.g., detector, capable of locating clandestine graves. The detector utilizes the very specific and unique chemicals identified in the database of human decompositional odor. This detector, based on specific chemical compounds found relevant to human decomposition, is the next step forward in clandestine grave detection and will take the guess-work out of current methods using canines and ground-penetrating radar, which have historically been unreliable. The detector is self contained, portable and built for field use. Both visual and auditory cues are provided to the operator.
Vass; Arpad A. (Oak Ridge, TN), Wise; Marcus B. (Kingston, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 848,118
July 31, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC. The United States Government has certain rights in this invention.