Laser-based detection of explosives and related compounds

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Laser-based spectroscopic methods offer the possibility of detecting compounds of interest with high sensitivity, in real time, without or with minimal sample preparation and therefore have a potential to be readily transferred for use in the fi eld. A variety of methods, including laser photolysis/laser-induced fl uorescence, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, as well as vibrational spectroscopies: Raman and coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering, have been studied and tested over the years for explosives detection. The fundamentals and preferred applications of these methods for standoff and point detection of traces or bulk compounds in the gas and condensed phases are discussed, pointing to their advantages and drawbacks with the hope that recent progress will bring them closer to fi nd their niche.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-194
Number of pages16
JournalNATO Science for Peace and Security Series A: Chemistry and Biology
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering
  • Explosives detection
  • Laser photolysis/laser-induced fl uorescence
  • Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy
  • Raman scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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