OPTIX - Optical Technology for Identification of Explosives

OPTIX (Optical Technologies for the Identification of explosives) is a project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).  This is a 42 month project starting on 01/11/2008.

Terrorism is a real and growing threat to Europe and the world, and more than 60% of the terrorist attacks are carried out by the use of Improvised Explosive Devices. Security forces demand new tools to fight against this threat and the industry is making a big effort in the last few years to provide such tools. 

Security forces demand new tools to fight against this threat, and very specifically tools capable of detecting explosives at stand off distances. 

OPTIX objective is to develop a transportable system for the stand off detection and identification of explosives in real scenarios at distances of around 20 metres (sensor to target), using alternative or simultaneous analysis by three different complementary optical technologies, LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy), RAMAN and IR absorption, which are the unique technologies that have demonstrated stand off detection capability. 

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