Fast response Terahertz and far-infrared sensor for the inspection of complex coumpound or structure using spectroscopy or imaging

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A Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) has been developed for the non-invasive inspection of complex compounds, composites or living tissues. This MEMS is the sensitive part for Terahertz (THz) and far-infrared (FIR) wave detection, leading to an increased sensitivity and faster response in a drastically smaller device. A French company sourcing scientific findings looks for companies operating in THz or FIR spectroscopy or imaging for licensing agreement or technical cooperation agreement.

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A French Technology Transfer Office (TTO) offers a cutting-edge Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) technology to be used as the sensitive part for the Térahertz (THz) and far-infrared spectroscopy or imaging . It has been developed in a research lab dealing with quantum physics in the Paris region.

* Challenged markets :
On one hand, infrared and far-infrared imaging are commonly used as a Non-Destructive Control (NDC) method for default detection in manufactured products at different scale levels. It can be unidimensional when applied to a scrolling system inspection. It can also be bidimensional and applied to composite materials or welded or stuck metal joints. On the other hand, the main interest of THz waves is their ability to cut through any lifeless or living material with no heating nor destructive effect. As a consequence, THz imaging is an emerging market with various application fields which need control or detection of molecules with a complex signature. By using several monochromatic sensors,THz spectroscopy could be used as a safety inspection device of suspicious equipment such as explosives or narcotics, or as a non-invasive diagnosis device applied to inflammation or cancer.

*State of the art :
Usual Infrared and THz sensors are either bolometer or Golay cell detectors. Bolometers convert temperature change into electrical resistance change, and can only work at very low temperatures (

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