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21 October 2015 Comparison of objects detection capabilities in LWIR and THz ranges
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Multispectral systems for detection of concealed dangerous objects are becoming more popular because of their higher effectiveness compared to mono-spectral systems. So far, the problem of detecting objects hidden under clothing was considered only in the case of airports but it is becoming more important for public places like metro stations, and government buildings.

Exploration of new spectral bands as well as development of technology result in introduction of new solutions – both mono and multispectral. It has been proved that objects hidden under clothing can be detected and visualized using terahertz (THz) cameras. However, passive THz cameras still offer too low image resolution for objects recognition. Limited range is another issue of passive imagers. On the other hand new infrared cameras offer sufficient parameters to detect objects covered with fabrics in some conditions, as well as high image quality and big pixel resolutions.

The purpose of the studies is to investigate and compare the possibilities of using passive cameras operating in long wavelength infrared (LWIR) and THz spectral ranges for detection of concealed objects. For the purpose of investigations, commercial imagers operating in 6.5-11.7 μm and 250GHz (1.25mm) were used. In the article, we present the measurement setup and the results of measurements in various operating conditions. Theoretical studies of both spectral bands focused on detection of objects with passive imagers are also presented.
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Marcin Kowalski, Mariusz Kastek, and Mieczyslaw Szustakowski "Comparison of objects detection capabilities in LWIR and THz ranges", Proc. SPIE 9651, Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology VIII, 96510H (21 October 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2193906
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