Counterterrorist Detection Techniques of Explosives

Counterterrorist Detection Techniques of Explosives

2nd Edition - December 3, 2021

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  • Editors: Avi Cagan, Jimmie Oxley
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444641045
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444641052

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Counterterrorist Detection Techniques of Explosives, Second Edition covers the most current techniques available for explosive detection. This completely revised volume describes the most updated research findings that will be used in the next generation of explosives detection technologies. New editors Drs. Avi Cagan and Jimmie Oxley have assembled in one volume a series of detection technologies written by an expert group of scientists. The book helps researchers to compare the advantages and disadvantages of all available methods in detecting explosives and, in effect, allows them to choose the correct instrumental screening technology according to the nature of the sample.

Key Features

  • Covers bulk/remote trace/contact or contact-less detection
  • Describes techniques applicable to indoor (public transportation, human and freight) and outdoor (vehicle) detection
  • Reviews both current techniques and those in advanced stages of development
  • Provides detailed descriptions of every technique, including its principles of operation, as well as its applications in the detection of explosives


Scientists and engineers in universities, research institutes, and industry, involved in research and development of explosives detection techniques; students in analytical and forensic chemistry; enforcement agencies/personnel in the area of national security

Table of Contents

  • 1. Ion Mobility Spectrometry
    2. X-ray detection
    3. Canine Detection of Explosives
    4. Mass Spectrometry of Explosives
    5. More IMS
    6. Explosive Vapor Detection Sensor
    7. Hyperspectral IR
    8. LIBS
    9. X-ray Diffraction Imaging for Explosives Detection
    10. Neutron Techniques for Detection of Explosives
    11. Characterization of Homemade Explosives

Product details

  • No. of pages: 450
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2021
  • Published: December 3, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444641045
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444641052

About the Editors

Avi Cagan

Dr. Kagan received his B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University (Be’er Sheva, Israel) and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering degree from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ, USA). Dr. Cagan conducted research, leading the explosives detection team, at the Biodesign Institute OF Arizona State University for 7 years. He was a research Scientist (2006–2008), an Assistant Research Professor (2008-2012). He continues his research in the Chemistry Department at New Mexico State University since then as a Research Professor and works as a Sub-contractor of the Chemistry Department of University of Rhode Island. Dr. Cagan's main activities involve applications of novel analytical techniques for the detection and analysis of hidden explosives.

Affiliations and Expertise

Arizona State University, Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors, Tempe, USA

Jimmie Oxley

Dr. Oxley earned a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, a Masters from California State U. Northridge, and a BA from U of California, San Diego. She is presently Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island (URI), where she specializes in the study of energetic materials explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics with a specialty in explosives used by terrorists. In addition to research activities Oxley organizes and teaches specialty classes to professionals working in the field of explosives. She has published well over 100 articles on energetic materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Chemistry, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA

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