Video: Real-Time Detection of Explosives with the Vocus CI-TOF

Trace Detection of Explosives

Law enforcement agencies require tools to quickly and safely identify explosives and residues. Chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CI-MS) is a sensitive, real-time gas-phase analysis technique that is well equipped to detect a variety of explosives at trace levels. CI-MS, as implemented with the TOFWERK Vocus TOF mass spectrometer, can measure molecules with a wide range of chemical properties, in real-time, and in complex environments.

In this video, Dr. Abigail Koss, Vocus Application Specialist, demonstrates the detection of a dilute sample of the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) in several security scenarios – from a vehicle search to high-throughput screening in an airport x-ray conveyor belt.

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