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A low cost and fully passive Terahertz inspection system based on nano-technology for security application

Objective

The objective of TERAEYE is to develop an innovative range of inspecting passive systems, based on Terahertz (THz) wave detection, to detect harmful materials for homeland security. Main applications will be related to airports security systems, surveillance of crowded areas such as railway and metro stations; detection of chemical and biological harmful substances and hazards in post and goods. TERAEYE aims at a technological breakthrough in the THz sector through the development of a new fabrication process for cheap nano-fabricated 2-D matrix array of detectors that will strongly reduce the production cost of the THz sensors. These technological developments would constitute the basis for the longterm breakthrough introduction of totally new detection and scanning systems to be applied for security applications, thus opening up new market perspectives for a new set of products and services based on the passive THz detection, and thereby supporting a radical transformation in the security sector. TERAEYE has been conceived as an IP, being a large-scale industry-driven research initiative aimed at creating new applicable knowledge and integrating breakthrough technological solutions, having a strong inter-disciplinary character, in a full range of products and services. The project addresses vertical integration of the full value-chain of innovation stakeholders from the basic nanoscience-based development of the sensor through the industrial technology development, to the final product design and development. TERAEYE addresses horizontal integration as it fosters scientific multidisciplinarity (nanoscience, electronics, cryogenics, spectral imaging) and promises to trigger innovation in a variety of secondary industrial sectors.

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Coordinator

C. ENGINEERING SRL

Address

Via San Nazaro 19
Genova

Italy

Administrative Contact

Valerio PAGNOTTA (Mr)

Participants (20)

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ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE.

United Kingdom

IKNOWHOW INFORMATICS S.A.

Greece

SUPRACON AG

Germany

CIM-MES PROJEKT SP ZOO

Poland

VERICOLD TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany

GILARDONI SPA

Italy

WOJSKOWA AKADEMIA TECHNICZNA - MILITARY UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Poland

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

UNIVERSITE DE SAVOIE

France

NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

SKA POLSKA SP. ZOO

Poland

OPTISENSE LIMITED

United Kingdom

QINETIQ LIMITED

United Kingdom

ORTEH SP. ZOO

Poland

COLUMBUS SUPERCONDUCTORS SRL

Italy

VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS (VTT)

Finland

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AKTIEBOLAG

Sweden

AD-VENTA S.A.R.L.

France

EUROPEAN DYNAMICS S.A.

Greece

STAM S.R.L.

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 26786

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 451 263

  • EU contribution

    € 5 999 983

Coordinated by:

C. ENGINEERING SRL

Italy