Los Alamos National Laboratory Collaboration for Explosives Detection


To disseminate its innovations, Los Alamos publishes in journals and other documents worldwide.

Ahmed, T, A.K. Azad, R. Chellappa, A. Higginbotham Duque, J.-X. Zhu, D.S. Moore, M.J. Graf, “Vibrational signatures in the THz spectrum of 1,3-DNB: A first principle and experimental study,” European Physics Letters 144:37010 (2016).

Arrowsmith, Stephen J, and Steven R Taylor. “Multivariate Acoustic Detection of Small Explosions Using Fisher’s Combined Probability Test.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 133, no. 3 (March 2013): EL168–EL173. doi:10.1121/1.4789871.

Austin, R., Espy, M., Matlashov, A., Sandin, H., Schultz, L., et al., “MagViz: A Bottled Liquids Scanner Using Ultra-low Field NMR Relaxometry,” NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Magnetic Resonance Detection of Explosives and Illicit Materials. Proceedings, p.99-110, 2014

Azad, A.K, V.H. Whitley, K.E. Brown, T. Ahmed, C.J. Sorensen, D.S. Moore, “Temperature dependent terahertz properties of energetic materials,” in Terahertz Physics, Devices and Systems X: Advanced Applications in Industry and Defense, M.F. Anwar, T.W. Crow, T. Mazur Eds, Proc of SPIE Vol 9856, 9856W (2016)

Baker, G A, and D S Moore. “Progress in Plasmonic Engineering of Surface-enhanced Raman-scattering Substrates Toward Ultra-trace Analysis.” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 382, no. 8 (2005): 1751–1770. doi:10.1007/s00216-005-3353-7.

Boyson, T K,  D. R. Rittman, T. G. Spence, M. E. Calzada, A. G. Kallapur, I. R. Peterson, K. P. Kirkbride, D. S. Moore, C. C. Harb, “Pulsed quantum cascade laser based hypertemporal real-time headspace measurements,” Optics Express 22:10519 (2014)

Boyson, T K, P. J. Dagdigian, K. D. Pavey, N. J. FitzGerald, T. G. Spence, D. S. Moore, C. C. Harb, “Modern digital cavity-enhanced spectroscopy,” Opt. Lett. 40:4560-4562 (2015)

Braud, Adam M, Keith A Gonthier, and Michele E Decroix. “System Modeling of Explosively Actuated Valves.” JOURNAL OF PROPULSION AND POWER 23, no. 5 (2007): 1080–1095. doi:10.2514/1.27414.

Brosha, E L, R Mukundan, and F H Garzon. “YSZ-based Electrochemical Gas Sensors for the Detection of Explosives.” In ECS Transactions, 11:123–131, 2008.

Brosha, Eric L, Rangachary Mukundan, and Fernando H Garzon. “YSZ-based Mixed Potential Sensors for the Detection of Explosives.” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters 11, no. 12 (2008): J92–J95.

Brown, K E,  M. T. Greenfield, S. D. McGrane, D. S. Moore, “Advances in explosives analysis – part II: photon and neutron methods,” Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 408:49-65 (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00216-015-9043-1

Brown, K E, M. T. Greenfield, S. D. McGrane, D. S. Moore, “Advances in explosives analysis – part I: animal, chemical, ion, and mechanical methods,” Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 408:35-47(2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00216-015-9040-4

Chavez, David E, Susan K Hanson, Jacqueline M Veauthier, and Damon A Parrish. “Electroactive Explosives: Nitrate Ester-Functionalized 1,2,4,5-Tetrazines.”ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 52, no. 27 (2013): 6876–6879. doi:10.1002/anie.201302128.

Croft, S, and K Miller. “Advances in the Measurement Sciences for Verification Being Undertaken at LANL in Support of Nuclear Safeguards.” Journal of Nuclear Materials Management 40, no. 4 (2012): 32–40.

Cuéllar, L, K N Borozdin, J A Green, N W Hengartner, C Morris, and L J Schultz. “Soft Cosmic Ray Tomography for Detection of Explosives.” In IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 968–970, 2009.

Cuellar, L, K N Borozdin, K Chung, J A Green, N W Hengartner, C Morris, L J Schultz, et al. “A Range Muon Tomography Performance Study.” In IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 67–69, 2010.

Donahue, C., P. Schulze, E. Pittman, S. Sjue, D.S. Moore, “Nonlinear resonant ultrasound spectroscopy for predicting sensitivity to initiation in granular high explosives,” Prop. Expl. Pyrotec. 45:387-395 (2020)

Espy, M, M Flynn, J Gomez, C Hanson, R Kraus, P Magnelind, K Maskaly, et al. “Ultra-low-field MRI for the Detection of Liquid Explosives.” Superconductor Science and Technology 23, no. 3 (2010).

Espy, M, S Baguisa, D Dunkerley, P Magnelind, A Matlashov, T Owens, H Sandin, et al. “Progress on Detection of Liquid Explosives Using Ultra-low Field MRI.” IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity 21, no. 3 PART 1 (2011): 530–533. doi:10.1109/TASC.2011.2105235.

Funk, D J, F Calgaro, R D Averitt, M L T Asaki, A J Taylor, and R A Cheville. “THz Sectroscopy and Imaging: Application to the Energetic Materials PBX 9501 and PBX 9502.” In OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series, 88:229–230, 2003.

Funk, D J, F Calgaro, R D Averitt, M L T Asaki, and A J Taylor. “THz Transmission Spectroscopy and Imaging: Application to the Energetic Materials PBX 9501 and PBX 9502. Applied Spectroscopy 58, no. 4 (2004): 428–431.

Guardincerri, E., C. Rowe, E. Schultz-Fellenz, R. Roy, N. George, et al., “3D cosmic ray muon tomography from an underground tunnel,” Pure Appl. Geophys. (2017) 174:2133-2141

Harb, C C, T K Boyson, A G Kallapur, I R Petersen, M E Calzada, T G Spence, K P Kirkbride, and D S Moore. “Pulsed Quantum Cascade Laser-based CRDS Substance Detection: Real-Time Detection of TNT.” Optics Express 20, no. 14 (2012): 15489–15502. doi:10.1364/OE.20.015489.

Harb, C C, T. K. Boyson, A. G. Kallapur, I. R. Petersen, M. E. Calzada, T. G. Spence, K. P. Kirkbride, D. S. Moore, “Pulsed quantum cascade laser-based CRDS substance detection: real-time detection of TNT vapor,” Optics Express 20:15489-15502 (2012)

Hernandez, Alberto, John B Bdzil, and D Scott Stewart. “An MPI Parallel Level-set Algorithm for Propagating Front Curvature Dependent Detonation Shock Fronts in Complex Geometries.” Combustion Theory and Modelling 17, no. 1 (February 2013): 109–141. doi:10.1080/13647830.2012.725579.

Hill, L G, J S Morris, and S I Jackson. “Peel-off Case Failure in Thermal Explosions Observed by the Deflagration Cylinder Test.” PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMBUSTION INSTITUTE 32 (2009): 2379–2386. doi:10.1016/j.proci.2008.05.034.

Hsu, H.-H., and K J Kearfott. “Effects of Neutron Source Selection on Land-mine Detection Efficiency.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 422, no. 1–3 (1999): 914–917. doi:10.1016/S0168-9002(98)01043-2.

Kort-Kamp, W J M,  N. L. Cordes, A. Ionita, B. B. Glover, A. L. Higginbotham Duque, W. L. Perry, B. M. Patterson, D. A. R. Dalvit, D. S. Moore, “Microscale electromagnetic heating in heterogeneous energetic materials based on X-ray computed tomography,” Phys. Rev. Applied 5:044008 (2016)

Kwan, T J T, K J Bowers, B G DeVolder, and R E Morgado. “Bulk Explosives Detection Using Nuclear Resonant Absorption Technique.” In IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science, 396, 2003.

Kwan, T J T, R E Morgado, T.-S.F. Wang, B Vodolaga, V Terekhin, L M Onischenko, S B Vorozhtsov, et al. “Detection of Explosives Using Nuclear Resonance Absorption of Gamma Rays in Nitrogen: A Russian/US Collaboration.” NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics (2008): 97–116.

Leonard, P W, D E Chavez, P F Pagoria, and D L Parrish. “Azotetrazolylfurazan and Nitrogenous Salt Derivatives.” Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics 36, no. 3 (2011): 233–239.

Liu, C, and D G Thompson. “Deformation and Failure of a Heterogeneous High Explosive.” PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE LETTERS 92, no. 8 (2012): 352–361. doi:10.1080/09500839.2012.673021.

Lujan, R, and K Christensen. “Application of Precision Mechanical Engineering Techniques to the Design of a Moderate Energy Beam Transport for the FAA Explosive Detection System.” In Proceedings of the IEEE Particle Accelerator Conference, 4:2947–2949, 1993.

Malone, M. W., Barrall, G. A., Espy, M. A., Monti, M. C., Alexson, D. A., et al., “Polarization enhanced nuclear quadrupole resonance with an atomic magnetometer,” Proceedings of the SPIE ; Vol.9823, p.98230Z, 2016

Manner, V. W., Barker, B. J., Sanders, V. E., Laintz, K. E., Scott, B. L., et al., “Energetic lanthanide complexes: coordination chemistry and explosives applications,” Journal of Physics: Conference Series ; Vol.500, iss.18, p.182028, 2014

Matlashov, A N, L J Schultz, M A Espy, R H Kraus, I M Savukov, P L Volegov, and C J Wurden. “SQUIDs Vs. Induction Coils for Ultra-low Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Experimental and Simulation Comparison.” IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity 21, no. 3 PART 1 (2011): 465–468. doi:10.1109/TASC.2010.2089402.

McGrane, S D, M. T. Greenfield, R. J. Scharff, D. S. Moore, J. Roslund, H. Rabitz, “Optimal dynamic detection of explosives,” Laser Focus World (March 2011)

Moore, D S, and R J Scharff. “Portable Raman Explosives Detection.” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 393, no. 6–7 (2009): 1571–1578.

Moore, D S, H Rabitz, S D McGrane, M T Greenfield, R J Scharff, R E Chalmers, and J Roslund. “Optimal Dynamic Detection of Explosives.” In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8018, 2011. doi:10.1117/12.882963.

Moore, D S, M.A. Wood, D.A.R. Dalvit, “Non-linear terahertz signal generation,”11 June 2016, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.1201605.006460

Moore, D S, S D McGrane, M T Greenfield, and R J Scharff. “Optimal Coherent Control Methods for Explosives Detection.” In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8373, 2012. doi:10.1117/12.920944.

Moore, D S, S D McGrane, M T Greenfield, R J Scharff, and R E Chalmers. “Use of the Gerchberg-Saxton Algorithm in Optimal Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy.” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 402, no. 1 (2012): 423–428. doi:10.1007/s00216-011-5348-x.

Moore, D S, S. D. McGrane, M. T. Greenfield, R. J. Scharff, “Optimal coherent control methods for explosives detection,” in SPIE Conference: CBRNE Sensing XIII (SPIE Vol. 8373, 2012), p. 83732B

Moore, D S, S. D. McGrane, M. T. Greenfield, R. J. Scharff, R. E. Chalmers, “Use of the Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm in optimal coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy,” Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 402:423-428 (2012)

Moore, D S. ———. “Recent Advances in Trace Explosives Detection Instrumentation.” Sensing and Imaging 8, no. 1 (2007): 9–38.

Moore, D S. “Instrumentation for Trace Detection of High Explosives.” Review of Scientific Instruments 75, no. 8 (2004): 2499–2512. doi:10.1063/1.1771493.

Morgado, Richard E, Guy J Arnone, C C Cappiello, Samual D Gardner, Charles L Hollas, L E Ussery, James M White, John D Zahrt, and Ronald A Krauss. “Prototype Explosives Detection System Based on Nuclear Resonance Absorption in Nitrogen.” In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2092:492–502, 1994.

Moss, C E, C A Goulding, C L Hollas, and W L Myers. “Neutron Detectors for Active Interrogation of Highly Enriched Uranium.” IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science51, no. 4 I (2004): 1677–1681.

Myers, T.W., K. E. Brown, D. E. Chavez, J. M. Veauthier, “Laser initiation of Fe(II) complexes of 4-nitro-pyrazolyl substituted tetrazine ligands,” Inorg. Chem. (2017) 56:2297-2303

Nguyen, T.-A. D., Veauthier, G.F. Angles-Tamayo, D.E. Chavez, E. Lapsheva, T.W. Myers, T.R. Nelson, E.J. Schelter, “Correlating mechanical sensitivity with spin transition in the explosive spin crossover complex [Fe(Htrz)3]n[ClO4]2n,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2020) 142:4842-4851

Pantea, C., D.N. Sinha, “Resonance-enhanced compact nonlinear acoustic source of low-frequency collimated beam for imaging applications in highly attenuating media, “J. Acoust. Soc. Am. (2016) 140:3204

Rahman, A., D.S. Moore, A.K. Azad, “Low temperature dielectric properties of ammonium nitrate in terahertz regime,” SPIE Volume 10657 (2018) p. 1065714 DOI: 10.1117/12.2309619

Rodriguez, G, R L Sandberg, Q McCulloch, S I Jackson, S W Vincent, and E Udd. “Chirped Fiber Bragg Grating Detonation Velocity Sensing.” Review of Scientific Instruments 84, no. 1 (2013).

Sekhar, P K, E L Brosha, R Mukundan, and F H Garzon. “Chemical Sensors for Environmental Monitoring and Homeland Security.” Electrochemical Society Interface 19, no. 4 (2010): 35–40.

Sekhar, P K, E L Brosha, R Mukundan, K L Linker, C Brusseau, and F H Garzon. “Trace Detection and Discrimination of Explosives Using Electrochemical Potentiometric Gas Sensors.” Journal of Hazardous Materials 190, no. 1–3 (2011): 125–132. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2011.03.007.

Sekhar, P. K. ; Brosha, E. L., “Trace Detection of 2, 4, 6-Trinitrotoluene Using Electrochemical Gas Sensor,” IEEE Sensors Journal ; Vol.15, iss.3, p.1624-9, March 2015

Sekhar, P. K. ; Zhou, Jie ; Hamblin, E. R. ; Brosha, E. L., “Trace Detection of 2, 4, 6-Trinitrotoluene Using Electrochemical Gas Sensors,” ECS Transactions ; Vol.64, iss.1, p.85-93, 2014

Sorensen, C., D. S. Moore, “Radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic emissions from materials under high-frequency mechanical excitation,” in Shock Compression of Condensed Matter – 2015 (AIP 1793, 2016) p. 040031

Sturtevant, B.T., C. Pantea, D.N. Sinha, “High frequency signal acquisition using a smartphone in an undergraduate teaching laboratory: Application to ultrasonic resonance spectra,” J Acoust. Soc. Am., (2016) 140:2810

Taylor, S R, S J Arrowsmith, and D N Anderson. “Development of a Matched Filter Detector for Acoustic Signals at Local Distances from Small Explosions.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 134, no. 1 (2013): EL84–EL90.

Volegov, P, M Flynn, R Kraus, P Magnelind, A Matlashov, P Nath, T Owens, et al. “Magnetic Resonance Relaxometry at Low and Ultra Low Fields.” In IFMBE Proceedings, 28:82–87, 2010.

Waddell, R, D E Dale, M Monagle, and S A Smith. “Determination of Nitroaromatic and Nitramine Explosives from a PTFE Wipe Using Thermal Desorption-gas Chromatography with Electron-capture Detection.” Journal of Chromatography A1062, no. 1 (2005): 125–131. doi:10.1016/j.chroma.2004.11.028.

Wang, T.-S.F., and T J T Kwan. “A Study of Storage Ring Requirements for an Explosive Detection System Using NRA Method.” In Proceedings of the IEEE Particle Accelerator Conference, 2005:1790–1792, 2005. doi:10.1109/PAC.2005.1590914.

Weatherall, J C, H F Beckley, and J A Gatto. “Dielectric Detection by an Electromagnetic Cavity Method.” In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 5403:261–268, 2004. doi:10.1117/12.542901.

Whitaker, R W, and J P Mutschlecner. “A Comparison of Infrasound Signals Refracted from Stratospheric and Thermospheric Altitudes.” Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres 113, no. 8 (2008).

Wood, M A,  D. A. R. Dalvit, D. S. Moore, “Nonlinear electromagnetic interactions in energetic materials,” Phys. Rev. Applied 5:014004 (2016)

Yang, X, X.-X. Du, J Shi, and B Swanson. “Molecular Recognition and Self-assembled Polymer Films for Vapor Phase Detection of Explosives.” Talanta 54, no. 3 (2001): 439–445. doi:10.1016/S0039-9140(00)00542-7.

Yeager, J D, K J Ramos, R A Pesce-Rodriguez, and S M Piraino. “Microstructural Effects of Processing in the Plastic-bonded Explosive Composition A-3.”MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS 139, no. 1 (April 2013): 305–313. doi:10.1016/j.matchemphys.2013.01.041.