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Personal Body Armor

Our goal is to prevent the catastrophic failure of ballistic body armor by developing measurements and predictive models to test and determine the … more

Detection, Inspection, and Enforcement Technologies

The goal of this program is to manage programs, direct research and development efforts, and develop performance standards, guidelines and reports … more

Evaluation of Oleoresin Capsicum (Pepper Spray) Canisters for Chemical Content and Reliability

Aerosol sprays containing oleoresin capsicum, an extract of hot peppers, have been widely used by law enforcement agencies to subdue … more

Development of NIST Standard Reference Materials for Trace Explosives Detection

As part of a multiyear interagency agreement between NIST and the Office of Standards of the Department of Homeland Security, NIST is developing a … more

Determination of Traces of Fissionable Materials Using Delayed Neutron Activation Analysis

Detecting clandestine fissile material like 235 U and 239 Pu is technically challenging in the lab or in the field because it emits little … more

NIST Test Bed for Explosives Trace Detection

The NIST Entry Point Screening Test Bed conducts fundamental research to generate measurements and standards that address critical challenges in … more

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