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10 June 2005 Time-of-flight mass spectroscopy measurements of TNT and RDX on soil surfaces
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Mass spectroscopy methods are promising tools for the detection of trace amounts of explosive materials in a number of physical environments. The purpose of this study is to establish the kinetic energy distribution of NO as a product of photo-fragmentation of nitro-compounds like TNT and RDX on soil substrates surfaces using femto second laser pulses for molecular dissociation and subsequent mass spectrometry measurements as a function of time. We have successfully performed NO TOF measurements on TNT deposits photo decomposed with 130 femtosecond laser pulses with a 400 nm wavelength. The data is modeled with a modified Boltzman distribution. NO kinetic energy distributions resulting from TNT and RDX on soil substrate surfaces are compared.
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Celia Osorio, Lewis Mortimer Gomez, Samuel P. Hernandez, and Miguel E. Castro "Time-of-flight mass spectroscopy measurements of TNT and RDX on soil surfaces", Proc. SPIE 5794, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets X, (10 June 2005);

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