Vision for the Future
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St Andrews

The Basics

The Universe
Brijot Imager
Car Radar
Debris Detection
Aircraft Landing

Teacher Pack
Workshop Outline
Project Outline
Project Evaluation
Cheltenham Eval
IR/mmw/Thz Eval
BA Festival Eval
A Volcano in mmw

Imagine if you could see through terrorists clothes to detect hidden weapons
Or look to see how a volcano is changing underneath all the cloud and smoke?
Or have a car that can see a crash coming?
Or take a picture of the whole universe?

A Radar Scan of St Andrews Millimetre wave imaging allows you to do just that, providing not just an image but also the size and shape of the object in view, even its distance and speed, regardless of the viewing conditions.

But what exactly are millimetre waves?
Light can be thought of as a wave: the different colours that you see in a rainbow correspond to different ‘lengths’ of the waves of light: red light has a longer wavelength than blue light.

The range of colours that we can see is called ‘visible light’ with tiny wavelengths on the scale of bacteria, but there are lots of other wavelengths that we cannot see with our eyes ranging from the very long (radio waves) to the very short (x-rays).

Millimetre waves are simply ‘light’ that has a wavelength between 1mm and 1cm. They can pass through clothing and clouds (like radio, TV and mobile phone signals) but they can also form images of heat (like an infrared camera).

Millimetre waves can pass through lots of materials from clothes to plasterboard and this makes them very useful for a variety of applications including security imaging and military applications.

This site is dedicated to the 'Vision for the Future'. The links on the left will guide you around. If you have any problems at all, do not hesitate to contact us. Happy reading!...

The Vision for the Future spectrum - click for a full size version
The Vision for the Future Spectrum - click for a full size version

'Vision For The Future' is an EPSRC funded project run by the MMW group at the University of St Andrews
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