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Lumera Awarded Contract for Development of Passive Millimeter Wave Sensors

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BOTHELL, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2005--Lumera Corporation (NASDAQ:LMRA), an emerging leader in the field of nanotechnology, announced today that it had signed a contract with the Pennsylvania State University Electro-Optics Center for development of polymer based electro-optic modulators for the detection of terahertz radiation, that is, passive radiation ranging from 30Ghz to 10THz. Lumera will deliver EO materials and modulators to the EOC. The contract was valued at approximately $400,000.

"This is another validation of the superior qualities of Lumera's polymer materials, modulators, and related devices," said Tom Mino, Lumera's Chief Executive Officer. "Penn State is a leading research University and its Electro-Optics Center engineers have done very sophisticated work for various government agencies and commercial organizations. We are proud to partner with the EOC in the development of this cutting edge technology."

Polymer materials exhibit unique properties within the terrahertz region. This region is highly sensitive to water and other polar compounds that are often strongly absorptive. On the other hand, many visually opaque and most dry, nonpolar, nonmetallic items such as plastic, paper glass, and cardboard, are quite transparent to THz.

These properties create a very promising opportunity for many types of noninvasive imaging where microwave techniques do not offer sharp enough resolution and x-rays are too dangerous.

Lumera's polymeric EO materials show great advantages for broadband RF signal transmission, up to the terahertz region, due to their ability of achieving large bandwidth with low driving voltages and processing capabilities in arrays of communication devices with low cross-talk.

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