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Frequency agile THz detectors for multiplicative mixing

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 08TT26
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Tanner Research, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Frequency agile THz detectors for multiplicative mixing
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0177
Award Amount: $100,000.00


ABSTRACT: A system that operates at room temperature and that could scan for concealed weapons from standoff distances of >10 m would be a tremendous asset for US military homeland security personnel worldwide. THz imaging can, potentially, be used for this application, but it requires the development of a new class of THz detectors whereby the signal to noise ratios are improved significantly. Tanner Research is proposing the use of multiplicative mixing THz detectors for this purpose. In Phase I, we demonstrated an initial class of prototype devices that are consistent with such multiplicative mixers, and we documented the potential benefits of such devices as ca. 40 to 70 dBs. In Phase II, we will demonstrate such multiplicative mixing THz detectors, and also demonstrate the metrics associated with it's use. At the end of the Phase II project, we will have mitigated all risk elements associated with the science, and will be in a position to initiate a commercialization effort. BENEFIT: A standoff THz imaging system capable of detecting concealed weapons and explosives from a standoff distance of >10 m would significantly enhance the capabilities of US personnel around the world. Specifically, in Afghanistan, the IED remains the insurgents' weapon of choice, and the proposed system would significantly reduce the potency of IEDs.

Principal Investigator:

Ravi Verma
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Kevin Dinniene
Small Business Information at Submission:

Tanner Research, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016

EIN/Tax ID: 954163780
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Calif. Santa Barbara
Institute for Terahertz Tech.
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Contact: University of Calif. Sant
Contact Phone: 8058938809