New technology to detect explosives12/03/14Defence
UK: The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is collaborating with industry and academic partners to develop an infrared detector technology that could be used in commercial and security applications.
The new design of infrared detectors, which currently operate in the 2-3 micron band, will support stand-off detection of explosives and chemical agents.
Amethyst Research was funded under a call for proposals by Dstl’s Centre for Defence Enterprise. Within four months, the programme demonstrated significant advantages over current products, and a credible supply chain for its manufacture and distribution was established within the UK.
Dstl Fellow Ken McEwan said: “This project is an excellent case study in harnessing technology across a range of organisations for the UK’s commercial and economic benefit. Dstl has acted as co-ordinator and expert adviser to assist Amethyst in taking its proprietary technology through various stages towards commercial exploitation. As other international parties move into this space, the work performed in collaboration with Amethyst will protect the UK’s leading capability in infrared electro-optic sensors and systems.”
Amethyst CEO Terry Golding added: “This programme has been vital to allowing us to effectively develop this platform technology, establish key partnerships and stress test the UK supply chain.”