20 May 2011 Blast investigation by fast multispectral radiometric analysis
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Knowledge regarding the processes involved in blasts and detonations is required in various applications, e.g. missile interception, blasts of high-explosive materials, final ballistics and IED identification. Blasts release large amount of energy in short time duration. Some part of this energy is released as intense radiation in the optical spectral bands. This paper proposes to measure the blast radiation by a fast multispectral radiometer. The measurement is made, simultaneously, in appropriately chosen spectral bands. These spectral bands provide extensive information on the physical and chemical processes that govern the blast through the time-dependence of the molecular and aerosol contributions to the detonation products. Multi-spectral blast measurements are performed in the visible, SWIR and MWIR spectral bands. Analysis of the cross-correlation between the measured multi-spectral signals gives the time dependence of the temperature, aerosol and gas composition of the blast. Farther analysis of the development of these quantities in time may indicate on the order of the detonation and amount and type of explosive materials. Examples of analysis of measured explosions are presented to demonstrate the power of the suggested fast multispectral radiometric analysis approach.
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A. D. Devir, A. D. Devir, Y. Bushlin, Y. Bushlin, I. Mendelewicz, I. Mendelewicz, A. B. Lessin, A. B. Lessin, M. Engel, M. Engel, } "Blast investigation by fast multispectral radiometric analysis", Proc. SPIE 8012, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVII, 801208 (20 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883984; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.883984

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