Journal Published Online: 01 May 1985
Volume 13, Issue 3

Recent Advances in Ion Mobility Spectrometry for Explosives Vapor Detection



The detection of explosives with ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) using reactant ion (background) subtraction techniques and chloride ion/molecule reaction chemistry is discussed. Data are presented for dinitrotoluene (DNT), trinitrotoluene (TNT), RDX (cyclonite), Composition B, and dynamite. Using a membrane inlet system, a man-portable IMS detector system is described which can be used as a point sampler with these techniques.

Author Information

Spangler, GE
Bendix Environmental Systems Division, Baltimore, MD
Carrico, JP
Detection Technology Division, Detection Directorate, U.S. Army Armament, Munitions and Chemical Command, Chemical Research and Development Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Campbell, DN
Bendix Environmental Systems Division, Baltimore, MD
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Stock #: JTE10790J
ISSN: 0090-3973
DOI: 10.1520/JTE10790J