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THz time-domain spectroscopy on plant oils and animal fats
Author(s): Ying Hu; Lantao Guo; Xiaohong Wang; Xi Cheng Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Terahertz (THz) radiation, generated by ultra short laser pulses, occupies a broad band on electromagnetic spectrum chart. This radiation band belongs to far-infrared. It is a new research field of studying THz radiation interacting with materials especially with biomaterials. The paper shows experimental results of five plant oil samples from different kind of plants and two kinds of animal fat samples by using THz-TDS (THz time-domain spectroscopy) technology. The refraction indices and the absorption coefficients of these samples are measured in the range from 0.2 to 2.0 THz. The results show that different oils have different refraction indices. For oil samples, refraction indices decrease slowly while their coefficients of absorption increase with the increases of THz frequency. For the animal fat samples, the refraction indices show almost no change while the absorption coefficients increase with the increasing THz frequency. The absorption coefficients increase with the increasing temperature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 January 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5640, Infrared Components and Their Applications, (10 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.580922
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Ying Hu, Capital Normal Univ. (China)
Lantao Guo, Capital Normal Univ. (China)
Xiaohong Wang, Capital Normal Univ. (China)
Xi Cheng Zhang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5640:
Infrared Components and Their Applications
Haimei Gong; Yi Cai; Jean-Pierre Chatard, Editor(s)

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