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Illicit Substance Detection: Explosives
Gordon Research Conference

Note: This conference is currently known as "Detecting Illicit Substances: Explosives & Drugs".


July 8-13, 2000


Connecticut College
New London, CT


Lyle Malotky & Richard Lacey

Meeting Description

This objective of this conference is to provide an opportunity for scientists and policy makers to explore in detail the emerging technical possibilities and real world challenges of explosive detection.

Meeting Program

SATURDAY, July 8 Registration
  • Dinner and Informal Discussions
SUNDAY, July 9
AM Session (9:00-12:30)
Policy Vision on the Use of technology
Discussion Leader: Mr. Richard Doney, DETR
  • Mr. William Davis, FAA
  • Mr. David Lord, DETR
  • Mr. Doron Bergerbest,Israeli Security Agency
  • Dr. Peter Kolla, Bundeskriminalamt
    Explosives and explosive devices as a threat to aviation security
SUNDAY, July 9
PM Session (7:30-9:30 pm)
Canine Detection Research
Discussion Leader: Dr. Helen Almey, DERA
  • Dr. Steve Nicklin, DERA
    Why use dogs?
  • Ms. Kelly Garner, Auburn University
    Duty cycle of detector dogs
  • Dr. Stuart Hillard, Lackland AFB
    Canine olfactory detection of TATP
  • Dr. Nicola Rooney, Southhampton University
    Breed selection and breeding
MONDAY, July 10
AM Session (9:00-12:30)
Trace Explosives Detection
Discussion Leader: Dr. Marian Langford, DERA
  • Dr. Tom Chamberlain, FAA
    Trace standards and detection
  • Dr. Ian Pleasants, DERA
    Development of trace instrumentation
  • Ms. Samantha Richards, Mass Spec Analytical LTD
    MS analysis of trace residues
  • Dr. William McGann, Ion Track Instruments
    Trace detection portal
  • Dr. Don Henderson, Fisk University
    Laser ablation of explosive particles - a potential particle standard
MONDAY, July 10
PM Session (7:30-9:30 pm)
Nuclear and X-ray Detection
Discussion Leader: Dr. Ronald Krauss, FAA
  • Dr. Dan Schneberk, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    X-ray based explosive texture analysis
  • Dr. Gennadi Feldman, SOREQ NRC
    Limited view nitrogen density reconstruction
  • Dr. Geoffrey Harding, Philips Research
    X-ray diffraction computed tomography
  • Dr. Helmut Strecker, Yxlon Intl
    X-ray diffraction using CZT
TUESDAY, July 11
AM Session (9:00-12:30)
Nuclear and X-ray Detection
Discussion Leader: Dr. Harry Martz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Dr. Vic Orphan, SAIC
    Compact storage ring for gamma production
  • Dr. Pat Griffin, Sandia National Laboratories
    Opportunities in nuclear technology
  • Dr. Jim Hall, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Neutron tomography
  • Dr. Martin Annis, AnnisTech, Inc.
    New x-ray inspection technologies through beam manipulation.
  • Dr. Susan Hallowell, FAA
    Poster Preview
TUESDAY, July 11
(4:00 - 6:00 pm)
Poster Session
Poster Chair: Dr. Susan Hallowell, FAA

TUESDAY, July 11
PM Session (7:30-9:30 pm)
Optical Detection
Discussion Leader: Dr. Ewan Smith, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr. Grant Thompson, University of Leeds
    Design of high throughput raman instrumentation
  • Dr. Clare McLaughlin, PSDB
    SERRS and explosives
  • Dr. Alan Ryder, National University of Ireland
    In situ analysis of explosives by optical methods
  • Ms. Ruth Keir / Dr. Calum McHugh, University of Strathclyde
    A Chemical Approach to the Spectroscopic Detection of Explosives.
AM Session (9:00-12:30)
Emerging Technologies
Discussion Leader: Dr. Al Garroway, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Larry Haley, IDS
  • Dr. Nairmen Mina, University of Puerto Rico
    Explosive collection materials
  • Dr. Robert Deans, Nomadics, Inc.
    Fluorescent Polymer Chemosensors for Explosives Detection
  • Dr. John Smith, Kings College
    A critical introduction to NQR methods
  • Dr. Geoffrey Barrall, Quantum Magnetics
    Handheld quadrupole resonance system for screening people
  • Dr. Ron Manginell, Sandia National Laboratory
    Miniature chemical analysis systems for CW agents and explosives
PM Session (7:30-9:30 pm)
Emerging Technologies
Discussion Leader: Dr. Lowell Burnett, Department of Physics, San Diego State University
  • Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk, University of Montana - Missoula
    The use of honey bees for explosive detection
  • Dr. Jim Otto, RDSS
    Explosive detection using rats
  • Dr. Daniel van der Weide, University of Wisconsin
    Electronic tera-hertz spectroscopic imaging of explosives
  • Business Meeting
Thursday, July 13
AM Session (9:00-12:00)
Deployment Policy Issues
Discussion Leader: Mr. Nick Cartwright, Transport Canada
  • Dr. Jehuda Yinon, Weizmann Institute
    System integration or single technique - where is the future of explosives detection?
  • Mr. Hal Whiteman, Transport Canada
  • Mr. Mike Jakub, US Department of State
  • Mr. Richard Doney, DETR
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