Saturday, November 6, 2010

Advanced Photonix announces development agreement for next generation T-Ray 4000 system

ANN ARBOR, USA: Advanced Photonix (API) announced an agreement in principle with In-Q-Tel (IQT) to engineer a low cost terahertz anomaly detection device, and deliver multiple systems for evaluation.

IQT, a not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that works on behalf of the US Intelligence Community, is focused on identifying new and emerging commercial technologies that have the potential to give its customer agencies mission-advantage today and in the future.

"We are excited to have reached an agreement in principle with IQT to use our technology currently found in the T-Ray 4000 to produce a low cost derivative for the security market," said Richard Kurtz, CEO of API.

"With the help of IQT we expect to work with the end users, accelerate the testing and evaluation, and deliver multiple fully functioning systems for evaluation within one year. The fact that the T-Ray platform is being considered for this mission speaks volumes to the performance of our system."

The T-Ray 4000 produces ultrashort pulses of terahertz light that allow a variety of unique and novel applications to be investigated. The system's patented fiber coupling permits automated or manual positioning of the sensor heads. As a result, users can examine any size object in place, thereby eliminating the need to fit the object into a specialized sample chamber. The excellent signal-to-noise ratio of the T-Ray platform allows even thick samples to be scanned effectively.

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