ALVA Labs' US Patent for SEED issued 14 August 2012

ALVA Labs Patent SEED Patent: 11 Claims Approved

Primary Claim 1 (Most critical) - 1. An apparatus to detect target materials, comprising: an oscillator to generate a THz electromagnetic emission; an antenna to direct the THz electromagnetic emission towards target materials; and a detector to detect signature emissions of excited molecules in the target materials; wherein the target materials do not require sample preparation.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising: a modulator to modulate the frequency of the THz electromagnetic emission over the frequency spectrum of the target materials.

 3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the modulator is a sweep frequency generator.

 4. The apparatus of claim 2, further comprising a computer, said computer applying a modulation algorithm and analyzing detected signature emissions.

 5. The apparatus of claim 4, further comprising one or more digital signal processors in communication with said computer.

 6. The apparatus of claim 2, further comprising a waveguide propagating an oscillator signal.

 7. The apparatus of claim 2, further comprising a feedback detector receiving the modulated THz electromagnetic emission.

 8. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the oscillator is a backward wave oscillator.

 9. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the antenna is a horn antenna.

 10. An apparatus to detect target materials, comprising: an oscillator to generate a THz electromagnetic emission; a power amplifier to boost the signal strength of the THz electromagnetic emission; a modulator to modulate the frequency of the THz electromagnetic emission over the frequency spectrum of the target materials; an antenna to direct the THz electromagnetic emission towards target materials; and a detector to detect signature emissions of excited molecules in the target materials; wherein the target materials do not require sample preparation.

 11. The apparatus of claim 10, further comprising a waveguide propagating an oscillator signal to the amplifier.

 

NOTE: SEED Patent assignment has been changed from "Graziano" to "ALVA Labs LLC."