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CBRNE Detection Instruments

Below is a resource to help the end user understand and compare the various technologies behind the latest CBRNE detection equipment. Understanding of the limitations and benefits is critical for the selection of the appropriate tool for your detection needs. KD offers service contracts, training and technical support for all of your detection equipment resulting in a simplified support mechanism that provides a single point of contact that can handle all of your needs.

Chemical

GC/MS

Gas Chromatograph / Mass Spectrometry

GC/MS has long been the “gold standard” for analytical laboratories. GC/MS is a two part analysis. The GC separates mixes of chemicals into individual components. The MS fragments the chamicals into unique patterns or spectra. Learn more about this technology

Ease of use:
2 out of 5
Quality of Data:
5 out of 5

FTIR

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

FTIR is an excellent tool for identification of unknown chemicals. As infrared energy is passed through or bounced off of a chemical, a spectrum is created based on the absorbance pattern and compared to a database (library) for identification. Learn more about this technology

Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Quality of Data:
4 out of 5

Raman

Raman Spectroscopy

Raman spectroscopy uses a laser to send a single wavelength of light at the particle. The shifted wavelengths are captured and displayed as a Raman spectrum. This spectrum is matched against a database (library) and the chemical is identified. Learn more about this technology

Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Quality of Data:
4 out of 5

IMS

Ion Mobility Spectroscopy

IMS is one of the most frequently used technologies for determining Chemical Agents. It is simple and can distinguish which chemical is present, however any positive hits should be confirmed by a second technique. Learn more about this technology

Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Quality of Data:
2 out of 5

PID

Photo Ionization Detection

PIDs are used to determine the chemicals that can be ionized when subjected to a UV source. PIDs can’t differentiate between hazardous and non-hazardous organic vapors. The user must use the correct lamp to detect the chemicals of concern. Learn more about this technology

Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Quality of Data:
1 out of 5

Radiation/Nuclear

Gamma Spectroscopy

Gamma Spectroscopy

Gamma spectroscopy involves the spectroscopy of radionuclides. Most radioactive sources produce gamma rays of various energies and intensities.Learn more about this technology

Explosives

IMS

Ion Mobility Spectroscopy

IMS is one of the most frequently used technologies for determining Chemical Agents. It is simple and can distinguish which chemical is present, however any positive hits should be confirmed by a second technique. Learn more about this technology

Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Quality of Data:
2 out of 5

FTIR

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

FTIR is an excellent tool for identification of unknown chemicals. As infrared energy is passed through or bounced off of a chemical, a spectrum is created based on the absorbance pattern and compared to a database (library) for identification. Learn more about this technology

Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Quality of Data:
4 out of 5

Raman

Raman Spectroscopy

Raman spectroscopy uses a laser to send a single wavelength of light at the particle. The shifted wavelengths are captured and displayed as a Raman spectrum. This spectrum is matched against a database (library) and the chemical is identified. Learn more about this technology

Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Quality of Data:
4 out of 5
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