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Photodiodes Spy Anthrax

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ATLANTA, G.A., June 27, 2008 – Thanks to a group of researchers at Georgia Tech, the U.S. military’s pressing requirements for compact, reliable and cost-effective sensors for detecting anthrax and other bioterrorism agents could soon be met. The group discovered a new class of ultraviolet avalanche photodiodes that offer high gain, reliability and robustness needed to detect bioterrorism agents and help authorities to quickly contain an incident, like the 2001 anthrax attacks on the United States. “The military is currently using photomultiplier tubes, which are bulky, fragile and require a lot of power to run them,...Read full article

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