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boxes, that nature."
In 1992, Risser co-founded
Picometrix - a supplier of opti-
cal receivers and terahertz - with
Steven Williamson, who was a
researcher at the University's Cen-
ter for Ultrafast Optical Science.
Now a subsidiary of Advanced Pho-
tonix, Picometrix developed the
With a wavelength between that
of visible light and microwaves,
terahertz waves either pass through
or ricochet off objects and can be
picked up by a sensor that would
vibrate "like a tuning fork," Risser
said. The frequency of the vibration,
he added, would identify the kind of
material hit by the waves.
Risser - who received his MBA
from the University in 1978 - said
he believes that the terahertz tech-
nology could be used in airports in
lieu of current scanning methods.
Recently, the Transporta-
tion Security Administration has
started using full-body scanners,
which allow airport officials to
see through clothing to find con-
cealed weapons, explosives or other
According to a TSA statement
released in Jan. 3, there will be new
security measures for all United resulting from the new technology
States and international aircrafts because the waves are at a low fre-
flying to the U.S. quency, according to Risser.
"TSA directed the increase use "Terahertz is safe," he said. "It's
of enhanced screening technolo- unlike X-rays that do damage to
gies and mandates threat-based DNA... You get more terahertz out
and random screening for major- of light bulbs than you get from our
ity passengers on U.S. bound terahertz generator."
international flights," the state- But Risser said, despite the tech-
ment said. nology's laboratory success, it could
Risser said he thinks the tera- be one to two years before terahertz
hertz technology will help put con- scanners find their way into airports.
cerns about privacy to rest - while TSA., he said, has agreed to fund pre-
still maintaining a secure environ- liminary work but has not yet agreed
ment for air travel. to fund an airport prototype.
"(Terahertz) allows us to do that "(TSA) would have to decide that
(scanning) without the imaging they would want to deploy some-
concerns, the strip search," Risser thing like this," Risser said. "Right
said. "You can just point it and click now, they just tend to throw more
it, and if any material is picked up people at the problems, rather than
a red light comes on, and then you an advanced sensor."
send in the guy who tackles people." Douglas Laird, president of the
Risser said terahertz technology Nevada-based airline security
is superior to other devices cur- consulting firm Laird & Associ-
rently being employed by the TSA ates, Inc., said Umar Farouk Abdul
because of its ability to detect a Mutallab's failed attempt to blow
variety of dangerous materials. up a Northwest Airlines flight from
"Metal detectors will tell you if Amsterdam to Detroit showed that
you've got metal, and you need to more needs to be done to protect
have a fair amount of it," he said, airline travelers.
adding that they still would not be Laird said though he does not
able to pick up the metal in a belt know the specifics of the terahertz
buckle. "So those aren't very effec- technology, TSA has to implement
tive for plastic explosives or ceram- the full-body scanners that it has
it weapons." at its disposal until terahertz has
In addition, travelers won't have been put through the necessary
to worry about health problems field tests.
DPS officer on unpaid leave
Officer arrested for
news outlet reports
By DEVON THORSBY
A University Department of
Public Safety officer has been
placed on unpaid leave after being
arrested in Ypsilanti for cocaine
possession, according to AnnAr-
bor.com. Lieutenant Monica Yesh, who
DPS spokeswoman Diane heads the Livingston and Washt-
Brown confirmed in an inter- enaw Narcotics Enforcement
view yesterday that an officer was Team, told AnnArbor.com that the
placed on unpaid administrative arrest was made by both Ypsilanti
leave on Jan.14, 2010, pending fur- police as well as LAWNET offi-
ther investigation. cers.
Brown could not comment Brown said if any University
further on the specific case due officer is convicted of a crime, he
to the ongoing investigation, but or she is typicallyterminated.
said DPS policy typically places Yesh told AnnArbor.com no
University officers on leave when charges have been filed yet, but
faced with possible criminal an investigation is still under
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(April 20to May 20)
An authority figure or someone who is
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