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Deep ultraviolet resonance raman excitation enables explosives detection

Tuschel, DD and Mikhonin, AV and Lemoff, BE and Asher, SA (2010) Deep ultraviolet resonance raman excitation enables explosives detection. Applied Spectroscopy, 64 (4). 425 - 432. ISSN 0003-7028

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We measured the 229 nm absolute ultraviolet (UV) Raman cross-sections of the explosives trinitrotoluene (TNT), pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), cyclotrimethylene-trinitramine (RDX), the chemically related nitroamine explosive HMX, and ammonium nitrate in solution. The 229 nm Raman cross-sections are 1000-fold greater than those excited in the near-infrared and visible spectral regions. Deep UV resonance Raman spectroscopy enables detection of explosives at parts-per-billion (ppb) concentrations and may prove useful for stand-off spectroscopic detection of explosives. © 2010 Society for Applied Spectroscopy.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tuschel, DD
Mikhonin, AV
Lemoff, BE
Asher, SAasher@pitt.eduASHER
Date: 1 January 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Spectroscopy
Volume: 64
Number: 4
Page Range: 425 - 432
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1366/000370210791114194
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Chemistry
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0003-7028
PubMed ID: 20412628
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2013 21:14
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2018 13:57


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