Fido® XT Explosives Detector

Fido® explosives detectors utilize proprietary amplifying fluorescent polymers (AFP) to detect trace levels of explosive materials in parts per quadrillion (ppq). In operation, a sample is introduced into the unit via either direct air sampling or thermal desorption of a swipe. The resulting gas-phase sample flows through a glass capillary whose inner surface is coated with AFP material. An external continuous light source is directed at the capillary to produce fluorescent emission from the AFP. Detection occurs when explosives present in the gas stream bind to the AFP and quench the fluorescent emission. This quenching effect is amplified throughout the polymer via electronic linkages along the conjugated polymer chain; amplifications of between 100 and 1000 times versus monomeric quenching have been reported. The binding of explosives to the AFP is reversible; when analyte is removed from the air flow, the system recovers within about a minute.

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Manufacturer
FLIR Systems, Inc.
Product Name
Fido® XT Explosives Detector
Detection Category
Chemical; Explosives;
Detection Principle
Molecular Spectroscopy;
Detection Method
Amplifying Fluorescence Polymers;
Application
Emergency Response; Screening; Bulk Analysis; Trace Analysis; Forensics;
Product Model Number
Multiple Based on Selected Options - Not Specified
Equipment Type
Instrument
Product Synopsis
Fido® explosives detectors utilize proprietary amplifying fluorescent polymers (AFP) to detect trace levels of explosive materials in parts per quadrillion (ppq). In operation, a sample is introduced into the unit via either direct air sampling or thermal desorption of a swipe. The resulting gas-phase sample flows through a glass capillary whose inner surface is coated with AFP material. An external continuous light source is directed at the capillary to produce fluorescent emission from the AFP. Detection occurs when explosives present in the gas stream bind to the AFP and quench the fluorescent emission. This quenching effect is amplified throughout the polymer via electronic linkages along the conjugated polymer chain; amplifications of between 100 and 1000 times versus monomeric quenching have been reported. The binding of explosives to the AFP is reversible; when analyte is removed from the air flow, the system recovers within about a minute.
Availability
DISCONTINUED
Technology Readiness Level (TRL)
9
Market Entry Date
2005
Dimensions
Controller: 9.8 × 4.8 x 2 in (250 x 122 x 51 mm) Input head: 3.5 × 3.5 × 1.5 in (90 x 90 x 45 mm) Tethered cable: 3 ft (1 m)
Weight
2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
Transportability
Handheld
Durability
Not militarized, drop sensitive.
Operating Conditions
0° to 140°F (–18° to 60°C)
Consumables
Sensing element - Sample collection swipe (optional, but recommended)
Solvents/Reagents
N/A
Suggested Routine Maintenance
Simple cleaning, occasional replacement of O-rings, adjustment of mass flow controller
Communications Interface
USB - Includes MS-Windows-based software for analyzing stored data files, annotating records, and printing results
Maintenance Cost
Not Specified
Tested For Chemical Agents
N/A
Tested For ITF-25 TIC/TIMs
N/A
Tested For Explosives
Nitroaromatics (e.g., TNT, DNT), Semtex, C4, RDX, PETN, powders, some ANFO mixtures, some improvised materials. Cannot detect peroxides.
Tested For Narcotics
N/A
Other Chemical Targets
N/A
Tested For Biological Agents
N/A
Other Biological Targets
N/A
Radiological Targets
N/A
Number of Library Entries
N/A
Sample Introduction
Vapor/Gas; Solid
Sensitivity/Detection Limits
ppq
Start Up Time (From Cold Start To Sample Ready)
<5 minutes
Response Time (Sample Application To Output)
Real time - 10 seconds
Total Run Time
N/A
Alarm Capability
Graphical display and audible response
Software Control
Software add-on package available for saving sample and file information
Other Operational Parameters
N/A
Operator Skills Required
Non-technical background
Training Available
On-site training available. Manufacturer provides advanced training at their facility.
Manuals Available
Yes
Warranties
1 year
ITAR Export Regulations
These products are controlled for export under US Department of Commerce (DOC), Export Administration Regulations (EAR). U.S. Government authorization may be required.
IATA Shipping Restrictions
N/A
Approved Vendors
Multiple - Contact FLIR POC for current list
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