Thank You for participating in EINST Annual Calendar contest 2019. As our top prize winner has withdrawn from the competition. We have converted the grand prize – iphone-XR to cash and donate to Children’s Society.
We will be starting our Annual Calendar Contest 2020 in a couple months’ time. We encourage, researchers to send in beautiful images taken in the course of their research and stand a chance to win our grand prize.
Nanoscribe have just launched The new Photonic Professional GT 2.
High-precision 3D printing with up-to-date solutions New features, new tools, and new processes extend the 3D microprinting capabilities of the Photonic Professional GT2 toward the macroscale, expanding the range of applications. The new 3D printer provides user-friendly solutions for multiple scales: The 3D Microfabrication Solution Sets.
The world of imaging technology is evolving, and scientists and researchers in the manufacturing industry are using terahertz on different applications. The increasing number of areas that demand the use of this technology is an indication of the growing level of trust new advancements.
Brief overviews of the application that require the use of a terahertz detector are:
Security: used in immigration offices and entry points for screening
Pharmaceuticals and Food Industries: food and drug inspections as well as quality controls
Ceramic industry: inspection and processing
Automotive: conduct various testing during the assembly plant
Science: used in beam profiling systems
Medicine: used in medical diagnosis
The global terror menace has driven many countries to implement tight border security controls. The use of terahertz detector in body scanners and x-ray machines enables the waves to pass through your body and some enclosures to give the guards assurance that no contraband passes through them.
Pharmaceuticals and Food Industries
The pharmaceuticals and food industry use materials that are transparent to waves produced by the terahertz devices. The use of non-destructive testing (NDT) on drugs and food products in the process line assures consumers of product quality.
In the food and agricultural sector, the waves from the terahertz detector can detect foreign bodies inside the food package or containers. You can also use the same technology to check the quality of agricultural products such as seeds and nuts.
In the ceramics industry, you will notice that they use a high-speed linear scanner, which checks for quality control marks. In this industry, the high terahertz affinity to impurities and additions will detect any inclusions on non-ceramic materials such as plastic and wood. The variation of density and humidity after the kiln process can also be detected.
The breakthrough in semiconductor technology has expanded the limits within which terahertz can operate. Terahertz devices are used in the automotive industry to detect the nature of steel reinforcement and any other foreign element inside the rubber parts of the car. The detector can also show the level of corrosion in metals.
New research in material science has expanded the frequency within which terahertz waves can use. Other applications enabled by consistency in scientific research include wireless communication, security applications, medical diagnostics, food packaging, and many more.
The most recent applications of terahertz imaging cameras have been in the field of astronomy and lab research. Another use of the terahertz camera is the beam profiling and measurements using spectroscopy systems.
The chemical bonds and reactions taking place in living organisms are strong enough to withstand the waves from devices carrying terahertz waves. The high absorption rate of terahertz rays in water makes them highly appropriate for various medical applications that require noninvasive techniques such as the detection of early cancer or in dental surgery.
The use of infrared moisture sensors and visible light optical scanners give better imaging of timber during processing. You can use terahertz waves to see the hidden defects in wood, which cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Because of the immense improvements and developments in the technology employed with semiconductors along with the improved search for new materials, the limits of THz regions grew from a very limited one when it first started. Furthermore, it opened many doors to different science applications in notable industries. The use of a Terahertz camera can be seen applied in the fields of wireless communication, personal and homeland security, food and beverage, medical diagnostics, and even in the production of ceramics.
In only a few years, terahertz imaging had a few significant breakthroughs. This is all thanks to the continuous development of materials that resulted in the production of terahertz sources that are more powerful and contains higher sensitivity. Below are some applications of terahertz imaging you should know.
The application of THz imaging in the field of astronomy has significantly improved because there was an increased interest in the remote terrestrial sensing at 1 THz so images can be obtained from different astrophysical sources. There was also an increasing demand for the interpretation of data from these astrophysical sources under the THz light.
IoT or Internet of Things
By the end of 2016, the IP traffic from all around the world has exceeded the current zettabyte limit. Moreover, it is predicted to be at an average of 2 zettabytes a year from 2019. In addition to all of this, traffic from mobile devices and other wireless sources will be more than those that are coming from wired sources. Because of this extremely high demand for data, there is also a directly proportionate rise in the demand for higher frequency bands that can transmit data in huge volumes in order to meet the needs of the consumers around the world.
One of the most advantageous benefits of THz imaging is that it allows the efficient scanning of opaque packaging for its content without having to unpack or destroy the package. This is why THz imaging is now widely used in a lot of security screening applications, FMCG packaging, in the quality control stage.
One notable application is the detection of potential explosives and/or illegal drugs even from a distance. The concept is to analyze the reflected signal from any suspected object and then identifying the composition using the material’s signature.
What differentiates THz imaging from X-ray is that there are no ionization effects with terahertz radiation. Meaning, it is extremely harmless to humans and this makes T-rays very promising in any medical imaging process.
Moreover, there are a lot of other technologies that are non-ionizing that are in development. Most of them are in their initial stages and there are still a few drawbacks that prevent them from being perfect. It is predicted that nanotechnology will have a heavy influence on a person’s lifestyle and it will drastically change the ways that medical practices are done. The development of the concepts that uses techniques that are based on nanotechnology is important in the efforts of overcoming the challenges and limitations in the usage of Terahertz camera.
Chosen as one of the most technologically significant products of 2017
The Dragonfly family was launched with the 500-series, a multi-modal imaging platform offering microlens spinning disk, laser epi-fluorescence, dual camera imaging with super-resolution and multiwavelength TIRF options.
Delivering impressive flexibility, the 500 is a major advance in experimental throughput for single investigators as well as core facilities. The Dragonfly family was recently expanded with the introduction of the 200-series, a smaller form-factor instrument which can adapt to both inverted and upright microscopes: the latter for use in intra-vital and physiology applications and, with water-dipping objectives, cleared tissue imaging.
The O8 is an all-in-one device that offers completely new possibilities for your workflow. The O8 is equipped with three different modes – Live, Instant Scan, and Slide Scan. With these three modes combined, the O8 serves both as a microscope and a scanner. It allows you to directly work on your sample, perform various analysis, and to scan your slides for documentation and future viewing. With its live remote control capability, the O8 can also be controlled from all over the world.
Visit us at FOM 2018 to have a feel of how this system works.
Avantes developed the new generation Avaspec-Mini spectrometers with the CMOS detector with 4096 pixels enabling the optimal resolution down to 0.8nm for entire 200 to 1100 range. Only the size of a deck of cards, though excellent temperature and wavelength stability!
Easy to take anywhere you like, very well suited for hand held applications