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High Speed Non Ionizing Terahertz Measurement System to Replace Nuclear Gages

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80804
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
611196
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB06.1-010
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Picometrix LLC
2925 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, MI 48104-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: High Speed Non Ionizing Terahertz Measurement System to Replace Nuclear Gages
Agency: DHS
Contract: HSHQDC-07-C-00082
Award Amount: $999,991.89
 

Abstract:

We propose a Phase II project to develop and prototype a flexible time-domain terahertz (TD-THz) instrument that can be marketed to customers currently utilizing nuclear source gauges. While nuclear gauges are an established technology, their radiological sources present on-going safety, security, regulation, and disposal concerns. A primary goal of this project is to establish that; when all technical capabilities of the proposed TD-THz gauge system and all aspects of total life-cycle costs are considered, customers will realize a significant return on investment by replacing existing nuclear source gauges with the proposed TD-THz instruments. Nuclear source gauges (such as beta and gamma) are used in industrial process monitoring and control, often to measure thickness or mass in paper, plastics, rubber, and food stuffs in manufacturing and packaging. A system based on low power non-ionizing TD-THz measurements will be developed which can replace multiple types of nuclear source gauges in all of these applications. A time of flight THz measurement system will have similar or superior capabilities, with micron thickness resolution, less than 1 mm lateral resolution and measurement times as fast as 250 microseconds. The proposed THz system will be able to make simultaneous properties such as water and basis weight.

Principal Investigator:

David Zimdars
Manager, Terahertz Development
7348645639
dzimdars@picometrix.com

Business Contact:

Robin R. Risser
CFO
7348645605
rrisser@picometrix.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Picometrix LLC
2925 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, MI 48104

EIN/Tax ID: 383046674
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No