Molecules http://wesa.fm en Pitt Researchers Develop World's Smallest Terahertz Scanner http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-researchers-develop-worlds-smallest-terahertz-scanner <p>Airport scanners identify the basics — shirts, shoes, a clear travel-sized bottle of shampoo — but what about your molecules?</p><p>University of Pittsburgh physicists have invented the world’s smallest terahertz detector that could soon scan molecules in a fashion similar to airport screenings.</p><p>Using terahertz radiation — a level of light far below what the human eye can notice — the detector might have the ability to chemically identify single molecules.</p><p>Jeremy Levy, a professor at Pitt’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, compared his work to a child’s toy.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:41:14 +0000 Michael Lynch 14394 at http://wesa.fm