University of Arizona researchers are building a new kind of imaging device that could offer better ways to track cancer or detect explosives. The National Science Foundation recently awarded scientists at the UA College of Engineering $530,000 to develop a first-of-its-kind terahertz imager for medical and other uses. Under its Major Research Instrumentation Program, the NSF will fund the development of the terahertz spectral imager, to be housed in the University Spectroscopy and Imaging Facilities. The UA College of Engineering and Office of the Senior Vice President for Research added an additional $238,000, which brings the total project funding so far to $768,000. Richard Ziolkowski, UA professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the project's principal investigator. Linda Powers, UA professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, will focus on the biomedical possibilities of the new imaging device, specifically for breast-cancer research.
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