Terahertz lasers in the fight against illicit substances

  • Lee, Andrew (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Pask, Helen (Chief Investigator)
  • Spence, David (Chief Investigator)
  • Reedy, Brian (Chief Investigator)
  • Hempler, Nils (Partner Investigator)
  • Tahtouh, Mark (Partner Investigator)
  • De Grazia, Adrian (Partner Investigator)

Project: Other

Project Details


This project aims to investigate the application of cutting-edge terahertz laser technology with new spectroscopic methods, for detection of illicit substances. This interdisciplinary project will combine expertise in laser physics, spectroscopy, law enforcement and instrumentation, to develop new sources and detection protocols which will offer new capabilities to the Australian Federal Police, aiding in their fight against illicit drug trafficking. Successful research outcomes will result in significant contributions to the knowledgebase and confer economic income to Australia through licensing of intellectual property, and social benefit through enhancement of the capabilities of law enforcement agencies.
Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/21