Luggage/Bottle Scanning System
for Chemical Warfare Agents


We are currently developing a rapid scanning system for chemical warfare agents which combines a primary "luggage" or large box scanner and a secondary "bottle" scanner. Neutron-induced gamma spectroscopy is used to perform elemental analysis on the sample and classify it into groups based on the threat assessment. In the large majority of cases, the scan is very passive (similar to an x-ray scan) and is designed to work with sealed containers. The radiation exposure to operators and the populace is minimal, meaning it can be safely used in public areas such as airports.

Below is a figure demonstrating integration of the luggage/bottle scanner into a typical airport security screening system:



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