14 May 2018 Advances in standoff surface contaminant detector platform: developmental test results
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Advances towards the development of a longwave infrared quantum cascade laser (QCL) based standoff and proximal surface contaminant detection platform are presented with emphasis on developmental test results. The detection platform utilizes reflectance spectroscopy with application to optically thick and thin materials in film and particulate forms including solid and liquid phase chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals and materials, and explosives. The platform employs an ensemble of broadband Fabry-Perot QCLs with a spectrally selective detector to interrogate target surfaces at 1 to 10s of m standoff. A version of a Subspace Adaptive Cosine Estimator is used for detection and discrimination in high clutter environments. Through speckle reduction, a noise equivalent reflectivity of 0.1% was demonstrated enabling detection limits approaching 0.1 μg/cm2 for optically thin films and 2% fill factor for optically thick particulates.

The design, build, and validation of a breadboard version of the QCL-based surface contaminant detector are summarized. Results from developmental testing of contaminated substrates in standoff (5 m range) and proximal (~1 m range) configurations are presented. The test substrates were prepared by the government and Physical Sciences, Inc. and include solid and liquid contaminants at varying surface loadings. Future improvements including an expanded spectral range are discussed.
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Julia R. Dupuis, Julia R. Dupuis, Jay Giblin, Jay Giblin, John Dixon, John Dixon, Joel Hensley, Joel Hensley, David Mansur, David Mansur, William J. Marinelli, William J. Marinelli, } "Advances in standoff surface contaminant detector platform: developmental test results", Proc. SPIE 10639, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications X, 1063926 (14 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2302903; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2302903
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