T-Ray Science to collaborate with University of Leeds on terahertz spectroscopy

Feb. 23, 2010
Vancouver, BC, Canada--T-Ray Science will collaborate with the University of Leeds to develop low-cost terahertz spectrometers that operate at telecom wavelengths.

Vancouver, BC, Canada--T-Ray Science (www.t-rayscience.com), an emerging company in the field of terahertz research, entered into a research collaboration with the University of Leeds (Leeds, England) (www.leeds.ac.uk) to develop low-cost, pulsed and continuous wave (CW), fiber-coupled terahertz spectrometers that operate at telecom wavelengths. Professor Edmund Linfield, chair in Terahertz Electronics, Director of the Institute of Microwaves and Photonics will lead the project in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the Univeristy of Leeds, with Dr. John Cunningham, reader in High Frequency Electronics and Terahertz Photonics, and professor Giles Davies, chair of Electronic and Photonic Engineering. The commercial advantage to developing a spectrometer at the telecom wavelength is the ability to use mass-produced telecom components such as lasers, optical fibers, and couplers that could reduce the cost of a system by 90% compared to currently available terahertz systems.

"The collaboration with the University of Leeds could lead to low cost, compact and easy to use THz diagnostic and imaging systems for applications in medical imaging, explosives detection, airport security, and manufacturing quality control," said Thomas Braun, President and CEO of T-Ray Science. "We are honoured to have the opportunity to work with a world class university in developing this cutting edge technology. T-Ray is a natural industrial partner for the University of Leeds as we hold the exclusive license from MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the CW coherent detection system. Our collaboration with the University of Leeds compliments our other collaborations with the University of Victoria, the University of Sherbrooke and the University of Manitoba, all aimed at lowering the cost and increasing the power of existing THz diagnostic and imaging systems."

The University of Leeds received a grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom to fund the project. T-Ray supported the grant application and will assist in the project through laboratory tests of the newly developed system. T-Ray will also have the opportunity to license any Intellectual Property that may result from the project.

T-Ray is also pleased to announce that it has engaged Caliber Capital Partners Inc. to provide investor relations and communications activities for the Company. Caliber Capital is a Canadian capital markets consulting company focused on providing investor relations and corporate finance services to public companies.

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