HDIAC Webinar: IARPA's SILMARILS: Active IR Spectroscopy for Chemical Detection


Presented by: Dr. Kristy DeWitt | Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)

Presented on: October 10th, 2018 @ 2PM

Description:  This webinar discusses recent developments in the use of active infrared spectroscopy for safe standoff detection of chemical residues. Presented by Dr. Kristy DeWitt, program manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the webinar reviews the agency’s SILMARILS program—Standoff ILluminator for Measuring Absorbance and Reflectance Infrared Light Signatures. Using active infrared spectroscopy—the analysis of light interacting with molecular structures—the system will be able to detect trace amounts of chemicals from a standoff distance of nearly 100 feet. Dr. DeWitt will discuss experimental results to date, and provide an overview of SILMARILS’ next steps.

Dr. Kristy DeWitt is a Program Manager for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). At IARPA she runs a portfolio of chemical detection programs including SILMARILS (standoff trace detection on surfaces), MAEGLIN (compact, low power gas detection), and Ithildin (novel sorbent development). Previously she has worked as a technical support contractor at IARPA and at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and done performer work at several companies developing fiber lasers, wind sensing systems, and skin detection sensors. Dr. DeWitt has a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Mary Washington, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Virginia. She did her post-doctoral work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a National Research Council (NRC) researcher.

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