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API, IQT work on low-cost terahertz device for security apps

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Advanced Photonix Inc. (API) and non-profit strategic investment firm In-Q-Tel (IQT) have agreed to jointly develop a low-cost terahertz anomaly detection device for the security market.

API, whose T-Ray 4000 terahertz system will be the basis of the device, plans to deliver multiple systems for evaluation within a year. The T-Ray 4000 produces ultrashort pulses of terahertz light to facilitate the investigation of unique and novel applications. Its patented fiber coupling allows the sensor heads to be positioned manually or automatically, allowing users to examine any-size object in place. Even thick samples may be scanned using the T-Ray platform's excellent signal-to-noise ratio.

The Transportation Security Administration, a non-profit strategic investment firm that counts US intelligence and security bureaus among its clients, will fund the $1.8-million development project of API and IQT.

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