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System level challenges of THz and mm-wave imaging systems
Author(s): Adrian Tang
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Paper Abstract

While THz and mm-wave imaging systems provide an interesting avenue for stand-off detection of concealed weapons and other threats without the need for ionizing radiation, there are many physical and technical obstacles which still prevent these systems from becoming commercially practical. This paper introduces the major issues for active and passive imaging including background masking, specular responses, and thermal equalization. Secondly, the paper discusses the prospects of radar imaging, and tradeoffs between system parameters such as transmit power, receiver sensitivity and phase noise, and how these parameters affect corresponding physical behavior including aperture size, resolution, penetration, and stand-off distance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9836, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VIII, 98362R (25 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2216567
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Adrian Tang, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9836:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VIII
Thomas George; Achyut K. Dutta; M. Saif Islam, Editor(s)

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