New Laser developed by the Scientists to assist in Detecting Roadside Bombs

  • A new laser developed by Researchers at Michigan State University
  • United State Department of Homeland Security funded the research and it was published in the journal Applied Physics Letters
  • The laser has the sensitivity and selectivity to look into large areas and detect improvised explosive devices, which cause 60% of coalition soldiers’ deaths in Afghanistan
  • The Laser can precisely identify roadside bombs and aids recognize improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
  • The laser combines short pulses that cause molecules in the explosive to vibrate
  • Each type of molecule has special vibration frequency that exclusively find the material
  • But, the new laser can make differentiation even for amounts as little as a fraction of a billionth of a gram



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