A breakthrough uncooled detector heralds a new era for terahertz technologies
The terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum hosts a wealth of intriguing interactions between radiation and matter. Potential applications include food and agriculture quality control, drug development, security screening, medical imaging, and environmental monitoring. The EU-funded NIRD project is working on a high-sensitivity uncooled detector that can sense terahertz radiation at room temperature. By coupling nanoplasmonic antennas to highly sensitive nanomechanical resonators, the uncooled detector could exceed the sensitivity of state-of-the-art liquid helium cooled bolometers by two orders of magnitude. This breakthrough detector will advance uncooled detectors into new realms of sensitivity, enabling terahertz technology to leave the laboratory for widespread use in many applications.
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Funding SchemeERC-POC-LS - ERC Proof of Concept Lump Sum Pilot