Airport security is an essential, if unglamorous, part of air travel. We expect to arrive at our destination without incident, yet we resent it when we get mired in a long security line for the X-ray machine.
That may all change soon, thanks to Marcos Dantus, a professor of chemistry, and his research team at Michigan State University.
Deep within the bowels of the MSU’s chemistry department, Dantus toils on a laser that could both streamline and embolden airport security. His laser, which he devised with Marshall Bremer, a Ph.D. candidate at MSU, can detect combustible material smaller than a 70 mg grain of sugar -- 1/1000th smaller than a grain of sugar, actually.
“What’s really revolutionary about this laser is that with an average power of a laser pointer we are able to detect explosives with much greater sensitivity than anyone has been able to do,” said Dantus, after showing off the effectiveness of the laser in his lab.
During a trial run, Dantus pinned several items youRead More »from THIS LASER COULD ‘BOMB-PROOF’ AIRPORTS