Visitors stepping through the thick vault-like doors of the newly launched facility are immediately struck by the dizzying sight of 10,000 sinister-looking pointed cones protruding in every direction from the floor, ceiling and walls.
One false step on the narrow spike-lined walkway looks like sure death. And it's no use screaming for help. The soundproof chamber is sealed so tight that it's quiet enough to hear your own heartbeat.
Fortunately, those cones are made of harmless foam. And they've been meticulously laid out not to cause harm, but to block electromagnetic waves.
The laboratory is part of the new
The lab is capable of analyzing electromagnetic fields radiated by objects as minute as a strand of hair or as large as a two-ton truck. The school says it can study electromagnetic waves "with the highest precision over the widest range of frequency possible in any academic facility in the world."
"Clearly our personal and professional lives are now completely dependent on wireless technologies, they've become necessities," said
But don't ask him to guess what those innovations might be.
Just as tech watchers in 2003 had no way to predict the advanced state of gadgetry today, it's impossible to know what researchers will come up with once they better understand terahertz waves, Chaudhuri said.
"What we are doing is we're moving up in the frequencies, we're creating new technology platforms that will create all sorts of applications that we haven't even imagined yet," he said.
"In the terahertz regime, the technology ... is in a very embryonic stage. Once the technology gets developed, the applications envisioned are infinite. That's where electromagnetics will start contributing to medical sciences, non-invasive testing, drug discoveries, targeted drug delivery, all that will be done at those frequencies.
"We do not know where the technology will take us, that's the excitement."
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