Finding the HazMat: The Potential Use of Hazardous and Chemical Materials by Terrorists is an Ever-Present Threat

In this article the threat of hazardous chemical agents as deployed in a terrorist attack on airports is described in addition to certain products that can aid in the detection of such products. The article notes that the determination of a hazardous chemical as such is necessarily done in an expeditious, accurate manner as airport downtimes can be costly to all involved parties. The first method of analysis for potentially hazardous chemicals presented is that or infrared spectroscopy to determine the material’s chemical signature. The device described can be carried to the area in question at which point hazmat crews can analyze it to determine whether or not it is explosive or harmful to one’s health. The machine carries with it a list of 25,000 chemical infrared spectrums that can be matched within 20 seconds. The second such system similarly detects various chemical compounds, although in this case with a low-powered laser in lieu of infrared.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 30-31
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01050254
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 16 2007 1:06PM