Sepp Hasslberger: New ‘terahertz’ scanner lets mobile phones see through walls

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This opens up vast possibilities of consumer-accessible imaging technologies that are less damaging than x-rays. Imagine your tricorder decked out with a terahertz chip…

New ‘terahertz’ scanner lets mobile phones see through walls

“A hi-tech chip allows a phone to ‘see through’ walls, wood and plastics – and (although the researchers are coy about this) through fabrics such as clothing.

“Doctors could also use the imagers to look inside the body for cancer tumours without damaging X-Rays or large, expensive MRI scanners.”

“The terahertz band of the electromagnetic spectrum, one of the wavelength ranges that falls between microwave and infrared, has not been accessible for most consumer devices.”

‘We’ve created approaches that open a previously untapped portion of the electromagnetic spectrum for consumer use and life-saving medical applications,’ said Dr. Kenneth O, professor of electrical engineering at UT Dallas.

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