19 May 2006 Time domain terahertz detection of concealed threats in luggage and personnel
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We demonstrate a large area time domain terahertz (THz) imaging system capable of scanning 1 meter square area in less than 20-100 minutes for several security applications. The detection of concealed explosives; metallic and non-metallic weapons (such as ceramic, plastic or composite guns and knives); and flammables in luggage, packages and personnel has been demonstrated. Transmission mode images of luggage containing threat items are discussed. Reflection mode images of luggage and personnel are discussed. Time domain THz images can be analyzed for 3 dimensional and volumetric information. Time domain THz images have advantages over coherent narrow band imaging methods, with freedom from standing wave artifacts and with greater ability to discard irrelevant or intervening reflections through time discrimination.
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David Zimdars, Jeffrey White, G. Stuk, A. Chernovsky, G. Fichter, S. L. Williamson, "Time domain terahertz detection of concealed threats in luggage and personnel", Proc. SPIE 6212, Terahertz for Military and Security Applications IV, 62120O (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665748; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.665748
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