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Security Technologies Group

The Security Technologies Group conducts research and develops and disseminates the measurement science to support the development of performance-based standards for and promote the advancement of the technologies used in trauma-mitigating materials and material systems, the sensing of concealed threats and contraband, advanced composites, high-performance materials, safety, security, and forensics.

Our group supports the development of performance-based standards for technologies used by law enforcement, corrections, emergency response, and the military; and advances these technologies to support the needs of these stakeholders by leading standards development organizations to develop standards and conformity assessment programs and establishing reference measurement facilities. We perform basic phenomenology and measurement science research to support the advancement and application of ballistic-resistant and trauma-mitigating materials, concealed object sensing and imaging, high-strength polymeric materials, and advanced composites.

News and Updates

Projects and Programs

Forensic Fiber Trace Evidence

Work to advance metrology for forensic fiber trace evidence has been underway since July 2015 through efforts to establish novel comparison metrologies for

Publications

Tools and Instruments

Thermogravimetric Analyzer

Thermogravimetric Analysis, or TGA, is a classic thermoanalytical measurement performed on many different types of materials. In our laboratory, it is used for

Differential Scanning Calorimeter

Differential Scanning Calorimetry, or DSC, is a classic thermoanalytical measurement performed on many different types of materials. In our laboratory, it is

Reference Ballistic Chronograph

The NIST-developed reference ballistic chronograph (RBC) provides repeatable measurements of the speed of a bullet that will impact a test article, such as

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