Thomas R. Caron

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This paper describes a system for the detection of nitroaromatic explosives consisting of a portable detector based on a specific fluorescent material. The developed sensor was able to perform an ultra trace detection of explosives, such as trinitrotoluene (TNT) or its derivate 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), in ambient air or on objects tainted with explosives.(More)
A new version of the Quadratic Sieve algorithm, used for factoring large integers, has recently emerged. The new algorithm, called the Multiple Polynomial Quadratic Sieve, not only considerably improves the original Quadratic Sieve but also adds features that ideally suit a parallel implementation. The parallel implementation used for the new algorithm, a(More)
The fluorescence of thin films of a diimine-substituted phenyleneethynylene compound can be efficiently quenched by nitroaromatic vapors, which is not the case for the unsubstituted parent compound. Thin-film porosity is usually considered to be an essential factor for efficient quenching, but in the present case the origin of the quenching is completely(More)
Tetrazine-based organic species are interesting intermediates for organic synthesis and represent a source of new materials bearing specific properties with potential applications in biology and material science. 1H, 13C, 15N NMR measurements carried out in solution and in the solid-state have been used to characterize a series of 3,6-disubstituted(More)
For the development of fluorescent sensors, one of the key points is choosing the sensitive material. In this article, we aim at evaluating, under strictly identical experimental conditions, the performance of three materials for the detection of dinitrotoluene (a volatile marker of trinitrotoluene) through different parameters: response time, fluorescence(More)
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