Chemical Imaging Technology for Detecting Chemical Agents


Standoff detection & Identification of Chemical Threats

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Chemical Imaging combines molecular spectroscopy and digital imaging, and has been demonstrated for rapid, non-contact optical sensing of chemical agents and hazardous materials, including chemical warfare agents (CWAs), toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) and toxic industrial materials (TIMs).  Chemical imaging that combines Raman hyperspectral imaging, short wave infrared (SWIR) hyperspectral imaging and/or fluorescence hyperspectral imaging is suitable for the detection of trace levels of chemical agents in the presence of complex environmental backgrounds without the use of amplification or enhancement techniques.

Why Use Chemical Imaging Technology for Chemical Agent Detection?

  • Uses multiple, independent detection strategies to reduce false alarms
  • Provides simultaneous detection of multiple threat agents on complex surfaces
  • Facilitates real-time detection capability
  • Delivers superior sampling statistics and higher area search rates compared to conventional non-imaging optical sensors
  • Enables Chemical Imaging sensors that are inherently miniaturizable and fieldable in hardened configurations
  • Exploits a comprehensive signature library for discrimination of hoaxes and threats
  • Minimizes or eliminates human exposure to toxic agents through use of automation and robotics
  • Permits non-contact, reagentless, optical sampling through optically transparent materials

Available Capability

ChemImage Sensor Systems, in partnership with the US Government, has developed and validated biological agent detection sensors that operate in point, proximity, remote and standoff modes. Please contact ChemImage Sensor Systems for additional information.