Advances in optical sensing of explosive vapours

Ross Neil Gillanders, Ifor David William Samuel, Graham Alexander Turnbull, Iain Angus Campbell, James Michael Edward Glackin

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Optical techniques for the detection of explosives are receiving increasing interest due to potentially fast responding, highly-sensitive systems. Conjugated polymers are suitable probe materials for this application since their fluorescence is quenched by electronegative materials including explosives. This can be used to make a sensor for explosive vapour, which can then give chemical information to help identify explosive devices, and complements other approaches such as metal detectors and ground penetrating radar. Whilst the principle has been known for some time, its practical implementation requires considerable development of instrumentation and materials, including preconcentration materials. This paper reports our current efforts to address these challenges, with particular emphasis on humanitarian demining and looking towards application in Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Photonics, Optics and Laser Technology (PHOTOPTICS 2018)
EditorsMaria Raposo, Paulo A. Ribeiro
ISBN (Electronic)9789897582868
ISBN (Print)9789897582868
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2018
EventPhotoptics 2018 - Santa Cruz, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 25 Jan 201827 Jan 2018


ConferencePhotoptics 2018
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  • Organic semiconductors
  • Conjugated polymers
  • Instrumentation


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