Stand-Off Terahertz Imaging and Spectroscopy Detection of Concealed Weapons and Explosives

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NBCHC050017
Agency Tracking Number:
0421214
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Picotronix, Inc., dba Picometrix, Inc.
2925 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 David Zimdars
 Manager of Terahertz R and D
 (734) 864-5639
 dzimdars@picometrix.com
Business Contact
 Marsha Gilbert
Phone: (734) 864-5611
Email: mgilbert@picometrix.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose to develop the design for a stand-off active terahertz imaging and spectroscopy system prototype for the detection of concealed threats at ranges up to 50 meters. Terahertz imaging has the potential to reveal concealed explosives; metallic and non-metallic weapons (such as ceramic, plastic or composite guns and knives); flammables; biological agents; chemical weapons and other threats. Because terahertz imaging employs safe non-ionizing radiation that penetrates clothing, people may be routinely scanned. Images can have sub-millimeter resolution, superior to longer wavelength techniques. Explosives, chemical weapons, and biological agents posses a spectral fingerprint in the terahertz regime. In phase I, elements of a long range time domain imaging system will be demonstrated. Parameters such as range, field of view, resolution, depth of field, size, weight and cost will be estimated.

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