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Proposal Number: 0421214
Proposal Title: Stand-Off Terahertz Imaging and Spectroscopy Detection of Concealed Weapons and Explosives
Topic Number: H-SB04.2-005
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Innovative Techniques for Concealed Weapons or Explosive Detection at a Distance
Organization: Picometrix LLC
Address: 2925 Boardwalk
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6765  
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.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC050017
Period of Performance: 11/01/2004 - 05/15/2005
Award/Contract Value: $100,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $100,000.00