Project: Microwave and terahertz metrology for homeland security

Remote sensing techniques that use terahertz and millimetre waves can provide unique insights into material properties. Traditionally used in scientific applications like radio astronomy, they are now used in security applications such as personnel scanners and spectrometers for the detection of illegal or hazardous substances. Despite the commercialisation of microwave and terahertz technologies, the properties and performance of scanners and spectrometers remain difficult to measure. In addition, there is currently a lack of traceability of terahertz measurements and measurements often differ depending on the instruments used. This project will develop measurement traceability for sources and detectors for sub-mm and THz frequencies. It will also help to get the best performance out of devices at the lowest possible radiation levels and quantify human exposure to sub-mm waves, which is needed to comply with safety limits and future regulations.

Acronym NEW07 THz Security (Reference Number: NEW07)
Duration 01/06/2012 - 31/05/2015
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2011 - Health, SI Broader Scope and New Technologies

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Coordinator Germany
2 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
3 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
4 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
5 Schweizerisches Forschungsinstitut fuer Hochgebirgsklima und Medizin in Davos Partner Switzerland
6 Slovenský Metrologický Ústav Partner Slovakia
7 ROHDE & SCHWARZ GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft Observer Germany
8 Sensor- und Lasertechnik - Dr. Werner Bohmeyer Observer Germany
9 Technische Universität Berlin Germany
10 Philipps-Universität Marburg Germany