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H-SB06.1-010
NON-NUCLEAR SOURCES OR TECHNIQUES TO REPLACE NUCLEAR SOURCES IN COMMERCIAL (NON-MEDICAL) APPLICATIONS

NBCHC060147 0611196
(FY06.1 Phase I)
High Speed Non Ionizing Terahertz Measurement System to Replace Nuclear Gages

Picometrix LLC
2925 Boardwalk
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6765

09/01/2006
to
03/15/2007
$150,000.00

We propose to prove the feasibility of a high speed non ionizing time domain terahertz (THz) measurement system to replace nuclear gauges. 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 single system based on low power non-ionizing pulsed THz measurements will be developed which can replace multiple types of nuclear source gauges. The 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. A single THz system can be configured for through or single sided measurements. Both very thin (<1mm) and thick (>50mm) materials can be measured with at equivalent precision. In addition, one THz gauges will make simultaneous measurements of properties such as water and chemical content. The miniature THz transmitters and receivers are hardened and can be remotely mounted from their control system. They require no shielding. In phase I we will determine laboratory feasibility of the measurements; describe the functional specifications, capabilities, environmental considerations, and comparative lifecycle costs of a proposed prototype system.

H-SB06.1-010
NON-NUCLEAR SOURCES OR TECHNIQUES TO REPLACE NUCLEAR SOURCES IN COMMERCIAL (NON-MEDICAL) APPLICATIONS

HSHQDC-07-C-00082 0612024
(FY06.1 Phase II)
High Speed Non Ionizing Terahertz Measurement System to Replace Nuclear Gauges

Picometrix LLC
2925 Boardwalk
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6765

09/18/2007
to
09/17/2009
$999,991.89

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.