A new system that utilizes laser light to detect the presence of explosive compounds could be used to identify roadside bombs
Michigan State University's Marcos Dantus is leading the development of the laser-based explosives detection system (Photo: MSU)
Approximately sixty percent of coalition soldier deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are due to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), placed along the roads. Because these bombs are often planted in public areas, it is important to detect them in a way that doesn’t harm the surrounding infrastructure, or unnecessarily require civilians to evacuate nearby buildings. Researchers from Michigan State University believe that a laser-based system that they developed could fit the bill.
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