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X-Ray diffraction scanner

X-Ray diffraction scanner

In the future, you'll be able to enter an aircraft with your bottle of water! New scanners developed by Morpho (Safran Group company) ensure effective identification of liquids during baggage control

Published on 28 February 2017

Quicker, more reliable control at airport


What is this X-Ray diffraction scanner?
In the future, you'll be able to enter an aircraft with your bottle of water! New scanners developed by Safran Identity & Security ensure effective identification of liquids during baggage control. These new units are more accurate than existing scanners and should reduce security control waiting time by generating four times less false alarms and all the fewer baggage hand-searches!

Applications: 
  • Baggage control
  • Parcel control

What’s new? 
The Morpho scanner implements X-ray diffraction technology. It comprises a number of Leti-designed semiconductor-based detectors operating at ambient temperature. These patented sensing devices combine a Cd(Zn)Te detector and a CMOS reading circuit, which sums up and measures all photon energies. Morpho has linked this sensing technology to a multi-energy signal interpretation method that relates the diffracted photon analysis results to the material's molecular structure, thereby enabling the latter's identification. 
This unique material identification method allows the Morpho-marketed system to reduce drastically the false alarm rate.