Application Note

Screening of explosives residues without sample preparation using a direct sample analysis probe on the expression CMS

The ability to effectively screen passengers with minimal personal contact is critical. Ion mobility detectors used at many airports can be inaccurate and provide many false-positives and false-negatives. Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening techniques are very useful for detecting concealed weapons and explosive devices located on passengers and/or in their belongings, however are unable to detect trace amounts of explosive residues.

The expression Compact Mass Spectrometer (CMS) with an Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe (ASAP®) is a high performance instrument with a small footprint that allows airports to better screen for explosive residues on passengers and their belongings.

The CMS provides rapid and accurate detection with significantly reduced false-positives and false-negatives than ion mobility instruments.