FTIR spectroscopy of representative homemade explosive detonators

  • Simon Crase (Creator)
  • Benjamin Hall (Creator)



Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy measurements of representative samples of the homemade explosive detonators used in improvised explosive devices (IED) in the Middle East.

The representative homemade detonators consist of three stages of explosives of varying chemistries, hence presenting three data sets for comparison. These datasets are labelled the First Fire Energetic, the Transition Energetic, and the Output Energetic. The FTIR measurements were acquired using a Perkin Elmer Spectrum 400 Fourier Transform-Infrared (FT-IR)/ Fourier Transform-Near Infrared (FT-NIR) spectrometer in laboratory conditions. This instrument utilizes an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) configuration. A scan of the sample is taken covering the infrared frequency range of 650 - 4000 cm-1. The resulting datasets can be described as follows:

* The Output Energetic dataset is a collection of 73 FTIR samples of five different explosive types.

* The Transition Energetic dataset is a collection of 69 FTIR samples of eight different explosive types.

* The First Fire Energetic dataset is a collection of 53 FTIR samples of seven different explosive types.

Each dataset is contained in a separate .csv file.
Date made available10 May 2021
PublisherCharles Darwin University
Date of data production2017


  • FTIR
  • machine learning
  • Spectroscopy
  • homemade explosives
  • detonators
  • cluster analysis

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