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Explosives

In counter-terrorism applications, be they military, law enforcement or security applications, it’s important to understand how the words detection and identification are properly used. When talking about explosives, detection is the ability to determine whether or not an explosive is present; identification is the ability to say which compound is actually there – for example, TNT, RDX, TATP, etc. As you might imagine, there is also quite a lot of flexibility in identification; for example, being able to identify a chlorate is less specific, implies less identifying power, than being able to identify a particular compound of chlorates, like potassium chlorate.

Additionally important, terminology-wise is to understand the difference between trace levels and bulk levels in the context of explosives detection and identification. A trace amount is an amount that cannot be seen with the naked eye; a bulk amount is that amount that can be seen with the human eye – even if only one crystal, if it can be seen it is a bulk amount.

At Field Forensics we offer several detection and identification systems – both instruments and disposable test kits.

EZK™ - TRACE DETECTION DISC FOR COMMERCIAL, MILITARY, AND HOME MADE EXPLOSIVES

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ELITE™ - TRACE EXPLOSIVES DETECTION & IDENTIFICATION

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IDEX™ - PRECURSOR IDENTIFICATION

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ULTRA™ - DETECTION & IDENTIFICATION

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Indicator™- HAND-HELD RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY

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Greyscan ETD-100 Portable Explosive Detector

The only ETD (Explosives Trace Detector) to detect inorganic salt-based explosives such as the nitrate, chlorate and perchlorate used in home made explosives (HME).