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ELITE can test for aromatic, aliphatic, and nitrate explosives and uses three types of chemical reactions. The technology was honored in 2006 with an R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine as well as an award for excellence in technology transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium.
Airport screeners, law enforcement and military personnel, and other first responders have a new ally in the war against terrorism: a portable, sensitive, and accurate explosives detector called ELITE, the Easy Livermore Inspection Test for Explosives. The ELITE detector weighs less than an ounce, measures 2 by 3 inches, and is sensitive to more than 30 different explosives. Results are available on the spot from this self-contained device. The device has a shelf life of about two years.