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Detecting explosives and chemicals with infrared technology

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is collaborating with industry and academia to develop an infrared detector capability.

Amethyst Research (UK), a small company based in Glasgow, was successfully funded under a call for proposals by Dstl’s Centre for Defence Enterprise, which funds research into novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit innovations.

Dstl then introduced Amethyst to Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company and manufacturer of high performance thermal imagers.

The companies developed a plan to exploit Amethyst’s proprietary detector technology and Selex’s expertise in camera read-out circuitry so they could effectively compare and benchmark the emerging technology against current state-of-the-art technology.

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