Terahertz tech gets a major push

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Editor Score:
75
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Quality:
75
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Usability:
80
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75
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Free
Expiration
Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Publication year
2014
Industry
IT

The band between microwave and infrared offers a wide-open frontier, and a unique collection of talent at Rice University is eager to explore. Potential benefits include much faster cellphone networks as well as sensors and detectors that may revolutionize medical imaging, security screening and manufacturing quality control.

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Author:
Mike Williams
Publisher:
Rice University
Time horizon:
2-5 Years
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$2.5 million in development grants to tackle challenges with terahertz frequencies. Terahertz signals can identify substances from the way the interact with the emitted beams, but beams don't travel as far in air as microwave signals. Another major challenge is the lack of a powerful portable and practical source of terahertz. The rice team is chipping away at the problems, theorized that graphene might be the the solution to double or tripple range necessary for useful usage of terahertz frequencies. For wireless applications, there would need to be 100,000 of chips to cover a city the size of NY opposed to 1000s of cell towers currently used. Accuracy in transmission is in a couple hundred femtoseconds (1/1,000,000th of 1/1,000,000,000 of a second).
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