BONAS - BOmb factories detection by Networks of Advanced Sensors


Project  acronym: BONAS

Project full title: ”BOmb factories detection by Networks of Advanced Sensors“

Funding: The project is financially supported by the European Commission through the FP7 Program

Topic: detection of IEDs and precursors of explosives

Goal: Development of a network of advanced sensors to localize  sites where  Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) are produced, by detecting traces of IEDs and precursors on the ground, in the air, and in the water. The network makes use of a range of sensing techniques, from LIDAR, to photo-acoustic spectroscopy, surface-enhanced Raman, and immune-sensing.

Technology CREO sensor:

  • Sensing based on Quartz Enhanced Photo-Acoustic Spectroscopy (QEPAS)
  • InfraRed QCL laser source

Requirements CREO sensor:

  • Point sensor for air analysis and detection of precursors of IEDs
  • Very compact (lap-top or better)
  • Response time of seconds
  • Excellent identification of targets and rejection of interferents
  • Limit of Detection in the hundreds ppbs

Role of CREO: development of the QEPAS sensor

Perpectives: similar system architecture could be used to detect and identify drugs, TICs and CWAs

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