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Terahertz technology: Detecting terrorists and breast cancer

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In this talk I will give a brief overview of the applications of THz technology including airport security, pharmaceutical products and semiconductor quality control followed by a closer look at how we can use THz pulses as a tool to aid clinicians in identifying cancerous tissue for removal during surgery. We will look at the work done to characterise the behaviour of THz pulses with biological materials and how contrasts can be seen between normal and cancerous tissue. The talk will end with a look at a new medical probe which has been developed for use in surgery on breast cancer patients and an outline and discussion of future research possibilities.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Sciences Group series.

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