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Goodrich Selects TeraView Technology for Use in Airborne Chemical Agent Detection in Defense and Homeland Security Applications

TeraView, (www.teraview.com ) the pioneer and leader in terahertz solutions and technology for the pharmaceutical and defence industries, has been chosen by Goodrich to supply its proprietary continuous wave (cw) terahertz technology platform for Goodrich’s chemical agent detection system. Additionally, TeraView and Goodrich have entered into an agreement for TeraView to provide cw photomixers for the US security market place.

TeraView’s cw technology, developed by its terahertz scientists and product development team, is a state-of-the-art, proprietary platform, delivering exceptional performance and reliability in cw terahertz generation and detection. The platform incorporates the years of experience that TeraView has in the development of semiconductors and devices for its pulsed terahertz systems, with innovations specific to cw terahertz sensors.

This technology is being used in a diverse range of imaging and spectroscopy applications, and provides a compact, field deployable platform that TeraView can supply to partners. The Goodrich system is a high resolution spectrometer to detect chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals, and is being developed with support from the Department of Homeland Security. Potential applications include deployment in government buildings, transportation and other public facilities and on the battlefield.

Dr Don Arnone, Chief Executive Officer of TeraView commented: ‘We are proud and delighted to have been selected by Goodrich to support their efforts to provide the US government with advanced protection and detection capabilities. This commercial agreement is an excellent example of our partnership model whereby we supply our proprietary technology to collaborators, as well as on-going support of their productisation plans based upon our years of experience with both terahertz technology and its applications’. He also commented ‘We anticipate that other partnership opportunities will evolve in the future where the terahertz platform could be incorporated into product solutions developed by key collaborators in applications outside of our core pharmaceutical market’.

TeraView was the first organisation to demonstrate terahertz applications in defence and security, and in particular that many explosives have characteristic ‘terahertz fingerprints’ which allow them to be identified below layers of clothing and amongst other confusion materials. TeraView also developed the world’s first stand off explosives detection system for laboratory development, and a portable terahertz explosives detection system which consisted of a hand held probe prototype capable of imaging and identifying objects hidden below clothing on a subject.

For more information on TeraView’s stand off explosives detection system please click here.

Note to editors

TeraView’s proprietary platform uses the terahertz spectrum between light and radio waves and offers the advantage of being non-invasive and non-destructive. Past studies have demonstrated how terahertz uniquely and non invasively provides 3 dimensional structural and chemical information in a diverse range of applications, including weapons/explosives hidden below clothing, the contents of tablets and capsules, and other objects normally invisible to conventional detection techniques.

About TeraView (www.teraview.com )

TeraView is the world’s first company devoted to the application of terahertz light for spectroscopy and imaging in pharmaceutical drug development and manufacture. TeraView’s technology can improve the quality of pharmaceutical products and decrease the risk of regulatory non-compliance, leading to potentially safer tablets and savings arising from faster times to market and volume production of higher quality, stable products. Other markets for the technology exist in defence and homeland security, medical imaging of cancer and industrial inspection which are explored via commercial partners. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, TeraView was spun-out of the Toshiba Cambridge Research Laboratory in April 2001. Sales and support are available throughout Europe, North America and the Far East either directly or through a network of distributors.

About Goodrich (www.goodrich.com )

Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defence and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities.