MY NOTE: This is a reprint of an informative article, which Hutch posted on the IV board. It was on the industryweek.com site. Very informative.
A number of technical breakthroughs in photonics, electronics and nanotechnology have occurred since the early 1990s which have brought terahertz technology within striking distance of significant commercial markets like security, communications, nondestructive evaluation, medicine and electronics.
- Manufacturing: real-time, in-situ process control, product inspection and material evaluation
- Food: food inspection for spoilage and contamination, determining the water content of food
- Biomedicine: mammography, bone tomography, endoscopy, medical diagnostics, detection of skin cancer and other diseases, identification of drugs or other substances in the blood, genetic sequencing
- Security and defense: detection of concealed weapons and explosives; evaluation of biological threats; airline passenger screening; detection of contraband in luggage, shipping containers; inspecting or reading unopened mail
- Imaging: imaging the contents of packages, sealed documents or closed books, fossils or oil encased in rock
- Scientific: environmental sensing, pollution detection, plasma diagnostics, chemistry and biochemistry
- And many more.
J. Scott Moore, Ph.D. is , President of Thintri, Inc. which provides business and market intelligence for a wide range of technologies .