Security Division - Explosive Detection


Femto Technology enables standoff bulk detection and identification of explosive material hidden in clutter, rocks or encased in steel via penetration of matter down to the level of an atomic nucleus (a millionth of a nanometer).

Present EDS systems are unable to penetrate below the level of a molecule. BioAtom Centurion's "Femto sensors" enable explosive identification, not just detecting anomalies as EDS systems presently do. All Explosive contain both oxidizing and reducing agents. One common aspect of High Explosives is the large percentage of electronegative elements of nitrogen, oxygen, flourine and chlorine. Carbon and hydrogen serve as reducing agents. Deciphering the empirical chemical formula is essential in distinguising common materials from explosives. Gamma rays, which are emitted from the atomic nuclei after neutron bombardment, provide the unique signature for each element.

"Fast Neutron Atometry", or FNA, is the means by which our sensors can 'read' the chemical formula of an explosive such as RDX (C3H6N6O6) or PETN (C5H8N4O2). The radiation emitted by X-Rays and CT based EDS systems interacts with the entire molecule on a much larger wavelength than FNA. X-Rays and CT merely identify objects fitting a certain density profile via pattern recognition, inevitably producing a high rate of false positives. CALSEC's new FNA based Explosive Identification (EID) system quantifies the chemical formula in real time, determining with an accuracy of 98% the presense of explosive with seconds.

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