8 April 2004 Terahertz imaging and spectroscopy for landmine detection
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Abstract
Pulsed THz (100 GHz - 30 THz) Imaging Spectroscopy combines three ways of mine detection in one system, high resolution radar, depth ranging, and infrared spectroscopy. It allows minefield detection, single mine imaging, and near-zero false alarm due to the capabilities of explosives / plastic identification using spectroscopy with working distances to 1000 feet. We have previously demonstrated imaging capabilities with 1 mm spatial resolution on a rubber O-ring embedded in sand. The estimated transmission depth in moist sand is 1 to 3 cm, which should be sufficient for imaging anti-personnel mines. In this work, we present initial results investigating the feasibility of THz spectroscopy in the frequency range from 1 to 10 THz to detect and identify explosives and related compounds (ERCs). A major component of this effort is chemical modeling to obtain spectroscopic information on ERCs and environmental background. A time-domain THz system using femtosecond laser pulses is also being developed.
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Michael J. Fitch, Dunja Schauki, Craig A. Kelly, Robert Osiander, "Terahertz imaging and spectroscopy for landmine detection", Proc. SPIE 5354, Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics III, (8 April 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.530754; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.530754
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