This Small Grant for Exploratory Research is being funded under NSF 02-2: 'Next Generation Chemical and Biological Sensors and Sensing Systems.' The objective of the research is to establish proof-of-concept of a novel way to monitor, detect, and characterize concealed biological and chemical agents that pose threats to people, buildings, mass transportation, urban environments, mail/packages, etc. The method to be studied is non-invasive, and allows for real-time, wide-area/field-of-view surveillance. The technical approach is to detect these agents via spatial interferometric imaging of their characteristic transmission or reflectivity wavelength spectrum in the Terahertz (THz) electro-magnetic radiation range (0.1-3 THz). Neural network analyses of the THz spectra and images will provide the specificity of agent detection and reduce the frequency of false alarms.
The research is to promote homeland security - its impact is thus timely and important. In addition, the institution has a primarily minority student population.
|Effective start/end date||9/1/02 → 8/31/03|
- National Science Foundation: $111,583.00