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WMD TerrorismScience and Policy Choices$
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Stephen M. Maurer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012980

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012980.001.0001

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The Indispensable Technology: Detectors for Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical WMD

The Indispensable Technology: Detectors for Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical WMD

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(p.139) 5 The Indispensable Technology: Detectors for Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical WMD
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WMD Terrorism
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Simon Labov

Tom Slezak

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012980.003.0005

This chapter surveys recent developments in sensor technology. Section 5.1 provides an overview of the various types of nuclear, biological, and chemical sensors that are needed. Section 5.2 describes nuclear detectors, starting with basic physics and proceeding through today’s applications as well as hardware still under development. Section 5.3 provides a similar account for biological sensors, and Section 5.4 describes chemical sensors. Section 5.5 provides an overview of how these same detection technologies can be used to forensically attribute attacks to a specific perpetrator.

Keywords:   sensors, detection technologies, nuclear detectors, biological sensors, chemical sensors

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