The United States Department of Homeland Security has awarded a USD5.83 million contract to Duke University to develop a scanner that detects both the molecular composition and shape of objects.
Duke engineers are working with Smiths Detection and start-up company Quadridox, which has been created to build the device.
The Duke-led team has already created a functioning prototype, but it is not yet commercially viable. In 2019 the team will simulate improvements to the existing model, including traditional multiview x-ray scanning already used in airports.
The scanner will utilise a hybrid system that blends commonly used checkpoint X-ray screening technology with X-ray diffraction (XRD).
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