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Compact Intense THz Unit for Eye-safe Standoff Explosive Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-09-C-0159
Agency Tracking Number: A082-055-1635
Amount: $729,953.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-055
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-09-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-09-24
Small Business Information
1223 Peoples Ave
Troy, NY 12180
United States
DUNS: 555614226
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Norman Laman
 Physicist
 (518) 833-0577
 nlaman@zomega-terahertz.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Tongue
Title: CEO
Phone: (518) 833-0577
Email: ttongue@zomega-terahertz.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

We will develop a compact THz system with standoff spectroscopic detection capability, using an intense 1-μm Yb fiber laser and LiNB03 waveguide structure as the THz emitter, and a balanced electric-optic (EO) crystal incorporated with a quartz lens as the detector. The proposed unit will have THz average power greater than 10 uW and signal-to-noise ratio with real-time detection of 80dB at 3 meters. Explosives and related compounds (ERCs) feature broad spectral signatures that are separable from narrow water absorption spectral lines using our proposed novel algorithm. Improvements in the emitter, detector and software will significantly improve the signal/noise ratio of the device by at least two orders with a bandwidth over 3.0 THz, and consequently, extend the standoff detection distance from 50 cm to over 3m.

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