Explosives

Overview

Quickly detect explosives, whether they're pre- or post-blast, with the benefit of no extensive sample preparation or significant analysis time. Speed is critical in time-sensitive situations, such as those immediately following a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED). A prompt response is possible with the rapid and accurate identifications of the explosives or components used provided by DART-MS. DART-MS is also suitable for high throughput demands such as airport screening. 

 

Swab and Detect to Identify Explosives

Identify Starting Materials and Components

Identifying the component or starting materials used to create for instance an IED can provide a link to the manufacturer of the device. IEDs can be made using a variety of different materials such as ammunition, household ingredients, batteries, or even fertilizers.

Found a container potentially containing the starting material?

Quickly identify it with thermal desorption DART-MS. Simply swab the inside the container or around the container lid/cap with the same Teflon-coated fiberglass swab used for IMS and insert the swab into the thermal desorber. The example below shows the identification of smokeless powder, a component used to make ammunition.

 

Detect Inorganic Explosives

Easily detect inorganic explosives, such as black powder and black powder substitutes, used in the fabrication of IEDs with thermal desorption-enabled DART-MS. Simply take our OpenSpot card and rub the metal mesh against the powder or residue and placed the card in our thermal desorption module. The mesh is heated and the inorganic components are vaporized and ionized by DART.

Below is an example of the mass spectrum obtained for a black powder substitute where the signatures for the inorganic components are detected.

 

 
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