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Monday, March 01, 2010

T-Ray teams with the University of Leeds on terahertz research

T-Ray Science in  an emerging leader in TeraHertz research in Canada, is teaming up with the University of Leeds to develop low cost, pulsed and continuous wave ("CW"), fibre coupled terahertz (THz) spectrometers that operate at telecoms wavelengths. Professor Edmund Linfield (Chair in Terahertz Electronics, Director of the Institute of Microwaves and Photonics) will lead the project in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, with Dr. John Cunningham (Reader in High Frequency Electronics and Terahertz Photonics), and Professor Giles Davies (Chair of Electronic and Photonic Engineering). The commercial advantage to developing a spectrometer at the telecom wavelength is the ability to use mass produced telecom components such as lasers, fibres and couplers which could reduce the cost of a system by 90% compared to THz systems currently available.
"The collaboration with the University of Leeds could lead to low cost, compact and easy to use THz diagnostic and imaging systems for applications in medical imaging, explosives detection, airport security, and manufacturing quality control," said Thomas Braun, President and CEO of T-Ray Science. "We are honoured to have the opportunity to work with a world class university in developing this cutting edge technology. T-Ray is a natural industrial partner for the University of Leeds as we hold the exclusive license from MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the CW coherent detection system. Our collaboration with the University of Leeds compliments our other collaborations with the University of Victoria, the University of Sherbrooke and the University of Manitoba, all aimed at lowering the cost and increasing the power of existing THz diagnostic and imaging systems."
The University of Leeds received a grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom to fund a project to develop a low cost, pulsed and continuous wave ("CW"), fibre coupled terahertz (THz) spectrometer which operates at telecoms wavelengths. T-Ray supported the grant application and will assist in the project through laboratory tests of the newly developed system. The Company will also have the opportunity to license any Intellectual Property that may result from the project.
T-Ray owns the exclusive license from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the only known CW coherent detection system which was invented by Drs. Simon Verghese and Alex McIntosh. The CW system being developed by Leeds will produce continuous THz waves at a fixed frequency for a very low cost and will be more compact and robust because of the use of mass produced diode lasers, rather than the large and expensive Ti:Sapphire lasers traditionally used by THz researchers.
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