Detection of explosives using differential laser-induced perturbation spectroscopy with a Raman-based probe

Erman K. Oztekin, Dallas J. Burton, David W. Hahn

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Abstract

Explosives detection is carried out with a novel spectral analysis technique referred to as differential laser-induced perturbation spectroscopy (DLIPS) on thin films of TNT, RDX, HMX, and PETN. The utility of Raman spectroscopy for detection of explosives is enhanced by inducing deep ultraviolet laser perturbation on molecular structures in combination with a differential Raman sensing scheme. Principal components analysis (PCA) is used to quantify the DLIPS method as benchmarked against a traditional Raman scattering probe, and the related photo-induced effects on the molecular structure of the targeted explosives are discussed in detail. Finally, unique detection is observed with TNT samples deposited on commonly available background substrates of nylon and polyester. Overall, the data support DLIPS as a noninvasive method that is promising for screening explosives in real-world environments and backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)676-687
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Spectroscopy
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chemometrics
  • Explosives detection
  • Perturbation
  • Raman spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy

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