The security situation in Germany and worldwide is changing and leads to an increase in the requirements of existing protection concepts or makes them necessary. In the area of security, we work on the development of technical concepts to maintain public safety and minimize potential risks. Diverse topics are in the focus of our work.

Emphasis will be placed on X-ray, gamma and terahertz radiation techniques used in public safety areas such as cargo and baggage inspections. By determining the reliability and operational limits of two- and three-dimensional digital measurement and test methods (computer laminography, tomosynthesis, computed tomography), the safety of equipment and products for safety applications, used to combat crime, will be increased. Numerical simulations are also used to support and supervise the laboratory developments.

Another focus is on the development of sensors for the early detection of explosives and toxic substances. In safety applications, there are high demands on sensor technology in order to reliably detect even smallest quantities (traces) of hazardous substances at an early stage and to initiate appropriate measures.

In the area of security, the determination of possible consequences for attacks on critical infrastructures is of great importance. Through the experimental and numerical investigation of different scenarios, it is possible to precisely determine the effects of fire and explosion. Of great advantage is the possibility to perform the experimental work on the Test Site for Technical Safety (BAM TTS). There, various scenarios can be simulated and analyzed on a real scale. Examples are the investigation of the explosion-inhibiting effect for instance from natural limits or the investigation of improvised explosive devices (IED). The results are particularly important for public authorities and safety-related organizations and are used to develop or redesign possible protection concepts.