Yin Sun

Field Detection Technologies for Explosives

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Explosives are historically the weapons that have been most frequently used against civilians by terrorist organisations. In the past few years, the use of explosives by terrorist groups has cost the lives of more people than the combination of all other attacks, including the use of weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological and nuclear weapons). Early detection of these substances is one of the most effective ways to prevent attacks using explosives from occurring. Fast and reliable equipment to detect the presence of explosives and explosive devices is critical to fighting terrorism.

Written in a style that makes complicated technologies easy to understand, this book covers the principles, instrumentation and applications of current technologies used to detect explosives in the field. Both trace detection technologies and bulk detection technologies are discussed. The section on trace detection technologies includes chapters on ion mobility spectrometry, piezoelectric sensors, chemiluminescence-based detectors, polymer-based technologies and mass spectrometry. It also discusses detection requirements, methodologies used for detector evaluation, and sampling technologies. The section on bulk detection contains chapters on x-ray, millimeter wave imaging, neutron and nuclear quadrupole resonance technologies.

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This volume introduces the basic concepts of commonly used explosives detection technologies and is an essential resource for novice or more experienced personnel working in the explosives detection field as well as those with a general interest in this important subject.


Discusses all aspects of commonly used field detection technologies.
Reviews detection requirements and explosives sampling methods.
Describes specific instruments used for field detection applications, such as at airports, harbours and border crossings.
Includes a summary of common explosives and their important properties for easy reference.
Provides an introduction to data fusion and receiver operating characteristic methods, both of which have recently received significant attention in the field of explosives detection.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Explosives and Explosives Detection Technologies

Part I. Explosives Trace Detection Technologies

Chapter 2. Introduction to Explosives Trace Detection

Chapter 3. Detector Characteristics

Chapter 4. Sampling Technologies

Chapter 5. Detector Evaluation

Chapter 6. Ion Mobility Spectrometry Technology

Chapter 7. Piezoelectric Sensors

Chapter 8. Chemiluminescence-based Detection

Chapter 9. Polymer-based Methods

Chapter 10. Mass Spectrometry

Chapter 11. Other Technologies

Part II. Bulk Detection Technologies

Chapter 12. Introduction to Bulk Detection Technologies

Chapter 13. X-ray Technologies

Chapter 14. Millimetre Wave Imaging Technologies

Chapter 15. Neutron Technologies

Chapter 16. Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Technology

Appendix 1. List of Explosive Materials

Appendix 2. Properties of Common Explosives

Appendix 3. Introduction to the Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve

Appendix 4. Data Fusion


Author Biography

Dr Yin Sun was born in XuZhou, JiangSu, China. He studied for his BS degree at NanJing University, his MS degree at ChengDu University of Technology and his PhD at the University of Connecticut. Dr Sun has worked in the fields of analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and analytical instrumentation for more than 20 years. During the past 10 years, his main research has focused on the research and development of anti-terrorism detection technologies. He has significant knowledge and experience of the detection technologies for chemical warfare, explosives and toxic industrial compounds. He has tested and evaluated many different field explosives and chemical warfare detectors.

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