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EPSRC Reference: EP/S036466/1
Title: "Computational spectral imaging in the THz band"
Principal Investigator: Hendry, Professor E
Other Investigators:
Hooper, Dr IR Phillips, Dr D B
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
QinetiQ
Department: Physics
Organisation: University of Exeter
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 September 2019 Ends: 28 February 2023 Value (£): 612,664
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Image & Vision Computing Optical Devices & Subsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
Related Grants:
EP/S036261/1
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
10 Jul 2019 EPSRC ICT Prioritisation Panel July 2019 Announced
02 May 2019 EPSRC ICT Prioritisation Panel May 2019 Deferred
Summary on Grant Application Form
Passive imaging in the THz electromagnetic band has long promised to revolutionise security imaging and remote chemical fingerprinting. However, the development of passive THz cameras has been hampered by the sensitivity and impracticality of pixelated sensors in this spectral region. Today, a new wave of computational imaging techniques is revolutionizing how cameras are constructed, and the THz domain is the most pressing region in which to apply them. Using these computational approaches, we will create a new class of passive and multispectral THz imaging systems. To achieve this we will integrate sensitive, single-element detectors with efficient THz spatial light modulation and cutting-edge computational imaging techniques. We will implement hybrid few-pixel computational imaging systems, with multiple sensors deployed to enhance frame-rate, resolution and spectral discrimination. Together, these technologies will enable us to develop passive, hyper-spectral THz cameras that are orders of magnitude more efficient than existing THz imaging systems, representing a leap forward in stand-off security imaging.
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