7.12.2005: Meldung: Spire to Develop Imager for Hidden Weapons

Spire Corporation has been awarded a $750,000 Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) project from the Department of Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) to develop a terahertz-based standoff detection imager that emits terahertz "light" and then detects the signal reflected from individuals or objects, imaging hidden weapons or explosives that they might be carrying.

Terahertz radiation is like light but lies in a region of the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and infrared radiation. Radiation in this region of the spectrum makes it possible to identify objects hidden by clothing or non-metal containers.

Terahertz radiation is yet to be exploited for this and many other applications because of the lack of terahertz radiation sources. Spire"s Bandwidth Semiconductor subsidiary has been developing tiny, gallium arsenide based devices called quantum cascade lasers using nanotechnology semiconductor material growth to address this market need.

Phase I of this program identified critical atmospheric terahertz transmission windows with high precision, defined the best candidate imaging system, and carried out an analysis of this system resulting in detailed system performance predictions.

Spire will develop this imager in a collaborative effort with the University of Massachusetts Lowell Submillimeter Wave Technology Laboratory.

Roger Little, Chairman and CEO of Spire Corporation, said, "This new terahertz technology is of great interest to our company since it has the potential of contributing to the nation"s defense against terrorism. Terahertz quantum cascade lasers also have broad application in instruments for biological agent detection, DNA structure identification, and medical diagnostics. These are also ideal devices for Bandwidth Semiconductor to produce and offer to these markets."

About Spire Corporation

Spire Corporation is a diversified technology company providing innovative solar energy manufacturing equipment, biomedical devices and optoelectronic components, all based upon a common technology platform. For more information visit www.spirecorp.com.

Certain matters described in this news release may be forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of dependence on market growth, competition and dependence on government agencies and other third parties for funding contract research and services, as well as other factors described in the Company"s Form 10-KSB filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Spire Corporation
Kurt Linden, Senior Scientist
Tel. 781-275-6000

Source: Spire Corporation
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