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The successful integration of SPACEKID technology in high background illumination conditions would mark its applicability to a wide range of terrestrial applications for the measurement of ambient temperature objects. The last decade has seen a large increase in both research and commercial activity associated with detection and imaging in the far-infrared (Terahertz) region of the spectrum. Radiation in this part of the spectrum is non-ionising and interacts with common materials in rather useful ways. Imaging with high sensitivity and high spatial resolution at frequencies at or below 1 THz (wavelengths longer than 300 µm) is therefore anticipated as a boon to security monitoring. A number of instruments have been developed which use room temperature detection techniques and which therefore lack the sensitivity to offer high quality information, particularly for indoor applications where temperature contrast of potential objects and materials of interest is low. While cryogenic detection technologies are unpopular for civil applications, the ability to cool KID detectors without the consumption of liquid cryogens does promise a wider potential applicability. Common packaging materials also have a usefully high transparency in the Far-infrared, and a number of attempts have been made recently to effect a viable non-destructive package analysis technique. Examples of substances which could be detected in this way are narcotics and stimulants (e.g. controlled substances) and explosives. SPACEKID technology is being incorporated into a new security camera concept called "KIDCAM", under development with our commercial partner QMC Instruments.

The combination of high sensitivity and speed of detection lend kinetic inductance detectors to applications in which observing time is limited (real time video-rate imaging or fast line scanning) and in which the target may be highly attenuating. For this reason SPACEKID technology may find applicability in other fields such as skin cancer detection and fine art analysis.

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Team member Ken Wood imaged at 850 GHz with a prototype KID-based camera.
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KIDCAM prototype in the development lab.

 

 

2nd SPACEKIDs workshop

2nd international SPACEKIDs Workshop

The second, and final community workshop will be held on 10th March at the European Space Technology Centre, Noorwijk, Netherlands.

 

2nd SPACEKIDs workshop

2nd international SPACEKIDs Workshop

The second, and final community workshop will be held on 10th March at the European Space Technology Centre, Noorwijk, Netherlands.

 

Announcement of first SPACEKIDs workshop

The first SPACEKIDS workshop has been announced.

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SPACEKIDS Kicks-Off

The SPACEKIDS project "Kick-Off" meeting was held in Cardiff on  28th-29th January, 2013.

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