Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Easy Livermore Inspection Test for Explosives 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.