Los Alamos National Laboratory Collaboration for Explosives Detection


LACED is built upon Los Alamos’ unparalleled explosives detection capabilities derived from the expertise of award-winning scientists and state-of-the-art facilities.

Key capabilities necessary to ensure national security

Through LACED, Los Alamos offers the following capabilities:

Explosives Science capabilities include:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Micromechanical testing
  • Performance testing of explosives from bench scale to demonstration scale
  • Polymorphism
  • Sensitivity testing
  • Spectroscopy
  • Surface/interface science
  • Synthesis/formulation of explosives

Anticipate-Affect capabilities include:

  • Conducting socio-cultural modeling to better understand and identify what influences, characterizes, and enables human networks to carry out asymmetric acts
  • Data mining and analytics to collect and evaluate social and cultural behavior
  • Executing persistent surveillance
  • Training in improvised explosive threats

Detect capabilities include:

  • Advanced image analysis
  • Exquisite surveillance technologies
  • Fundamental improvements to existing technologies
  • IED location-independent detection
  • Remote selective trace detection of explosive vapors/residues
  • Standoff detection of physical and chemical signatures from manufacturing and concealed deployment
  • Standoff high-selectivity spectroscopy of explosive vapors, residues, or bulk
  • Standoff stimulation of signatures released from explosive bulks, with signature analysis

Neutralize & Mitigate capabilities include:

  • Airframe modeling
  • Blast event shaping
  • Detonation physics and chemistry
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Electromagnetic Energy (EME) coupling
  • High-performance, multifunctional materials
  • Shielding paradigms designed to protect personal
  • Threat scenario modeling