Researchers Working on Better Chemical Weapon Detectors

Researchers Working on Better Chemical Weapon Detectors

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(Dayton, OH-AP) -- Researchers around the country are working to devise better ways to detect chemical attacks.

Currently, the Army detects chemicals on the battlefield by shooting a laser beam into an area and using a receiver to read the wavelengths of light that are given off. Certain wavelengths indicate certain chemicals.

But laser technology is bulky.

So researchers are working on chemical fingerprinting in Connecticut, a "sniffer" on a drone in New Mexico, a laser beam in Utah, and optics in Dayton.

University of Dayton researchers are trying to make the receivers more sensitive by converting the laser signal to a telecommunications wavelength using optics.

Changing the signal would enable the military to take advantage of sophisticated detectors, amplifiers and fibers developed by the telecommunications industry.

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