Thin film to detect landmines
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The idea is to develop a thin film that can be rolled out to detect trace explosives underground, which could help in the location of the millions of active land mines buried around the world.
The fluorescent nanofiberous film will be embedded with chemicals that can detect tiny amounts of explosive vapors as they are released from unexploded underground mines. The film will be lightweight enough to be rolled out to cover an area of suspect land without detonating the mines, where the exposure to UV light will cause it to turn dark blue in when it comes in contact with explosive vapor.