It is a pleasure to announce that a new scientific paper has been published on the Focus Point "RDX remote Raman detection on NATO SET-237 samples" that one of the 3 the special issue of SICC Series - CBRNe Conference 2020 published on the European Physics Journal Plus.
Emanuela C. A. Gallo, Luca M. L. Cantu and Frank Duschek (2021) "RDX remote Raman detection on NATO SET-237 samples". Eur. Phys. J. Plus (2021) 136: 401. https://doi.org/10.1140/epjp/s13360-021-01336-9. Point "New Technologies for Detection, Protection, Decontamination and Developments of the Decision Support Systems in Case of CBRNe Events". Guest Editors: Andrea Malizia, Parag Chatterjee and Marco D'Arienzo.
Ultraviolet Raman spectroscopy measurements have been taken at DLR in Lampoldshausen to detect NATO SET-237 standard samples of RDX. The main goal was to quantify the minimum requirements for an unambiguous identification in remote detection (60 cm distance) with a commercial Czerny–Turner spectrometer coupled with a CCD camera. Well-defined distribution of explosives on surfaces was tested as standardized samples. Therefore, Raman spectra of RDX have been acquired for different sample concentrations (50, 250 and 1000 μg/cm2, respectively) and under several laser energies (1.5, 3.0 and 5.0 mJ/pulse, respectively) at 355 nm excitation wavelength. The lowest possible reproducible surface concentration (50 µg/cm2) was detected with excitation energy of 3 mJ/pulse in the described configuration.