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TSL Laboratories

TSL Laboratories

Your appointment will take place in a TSL division, dependent on your academic and career interests and available opportunities at the time of application. Learn more about the different lab environments at TSL.

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    With the specialized expertise of its staff and a wide range of real explosives, TSL is the first stop for performance testing of explosives screening systems. It conducts rigorous tests to make sure a system meets the detection requirements of the end-user. The Simulant Development Laboratory (SDL) at TSL is equipped to measure a range of density, texture, and mechanical properties of explosives. Additionally, the lab can translate those properties into harmless materials that can be shipped to airports or other areas where explosives cannot be used.

    View the Simulant Development Laboratory fact sheet (.pdf)

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    Trace Contraband Detection and Chemistry Laboratory (TCDCL) is recognized worldwide for their expertise in developing, validating, and supporting the test and evaluation (T&E) of trace contraband detection systems. These tools are subsequently used to produce quality-controlled substrates and standards for use in the T&E of a contraband detection system, ensuring it has been evaluated in a fair and unbiased fashion and meets the required detection requirements.

    View the Trace Contraband Detection and Chemistry Laboratory: Certifying Trace Contraband Detection Systems factsheet (.pdf)

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    Electromagnetic Signatures of Explosives Laboratory (EMXLAB) conducts applied research to examine the interaction of materials with electromagnetic radiation. This work is critically important to the success of emerging technologies for passenger screening operations. Research covers direct current to ultraviolet electromagnetic energy, with emphasis on microwaves in the gigahertz (GHz) region, terahertz (THZ) radiation, infrared, and visible wavelength spectroscopy. TSL is equipped with an array of systems that provide broad coverage of the electromagnetic frequency range for analysis, modeling, and development. 

    View the Electromagnetic Signatures of Explosives Laboratory fact sheet (.pdf)

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    The Energetic Materials Research Laboratory, or EMRL, studies the mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties of explosives—especially as they relate to sensitivity. Prior to manufacturing explosives for the purpose of testing explosives detection systems, EMRL determines whether it is safe to prepare and handle the explosive. The ability to characterize and scale-up new explosives allows EMRL to quickly respond to intelligence-based rapid response requests.

    View the Energetic Materials Research Laboratory fact sheet (.pdf)

  • BDL Lab

    The Bulk Detection Laboratory (BDL) is committed to improving the detection of concentrated masses of energetic materials while simultaneously decreasing false alarms.

    As opposed to trace particle contamination or vapors that indicate a threat that may not be present, when a threat is actually present in baggage or on a person, in amounts measuring in grams, ounces or pounds, then that threat can be detected by physics-based methods such as X-ray scanning or millimeter wave imaging. As long as there is enough “bulk” material present, bulk detection methods can be very effective methods of explosive detection. BDL contributes to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) efforts to characterize emerging threats and develop threat "regions of responsibility" pertaining to bulk threat detection feature ranges."

    View the Bulk Detection Laboratory fact sheet (.pdf)

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