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Lasers could 'sense' hidden explosives

By T.K. Randall
June 8, 2010 · Comment icon 3 comments

Image Credit: US Army
British scientists have developed a technology based on lasers that can detect hidden explosives.
The new technology could prove invaluable to soldiers by helping them to detect mines and hidden roadside bombs in Iraq or Afghanistan, it works because the lasers react to vapours from explosives such as TNT.
UK scientists claim to have developed laser technology able to sense hidden explosives. The technology could help to detect landmines and roadside bombs and to improve airport security.

Source: BBC News | Comments (3)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
Sounds interesting, however, I still feel as if laser technology would trigger explosives rather than sense them.
Comment icon #2 Posted by DieChecker 14 years ago
I was a demolition engineer in the Army. Most military explosives, including those used in C4 and landmines, you could toss on a fire and burn like wood. They need pressure and heat in order to detonate. You can smash C4 and you can burn C4, but you should not burn and smash C4. Most landmines, unless they are booby trapped (Which is a war crime BTW), take on the order of ten pounds (For anti-personel) to a thousand pounds (Anti-vehicular) to trigger the detonator. Many a child or dog could walk right over with no trouble. They have been using IR to find mines and explosives since the First Gu... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Scott John 14 years ago
Interesting man! Great Now it can be utilized for various purposes.

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