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Terahertz and millimeter wave transmission of soils
Author(s): Todd W. Du Bosq; Robert E. Peale; Arthur Weeks; Phil Jardine; Melanie Stewart; Jeffrey Grantham; Daniel Dillery; Don Lee; David Muh; Glenn Boreman
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Paper Abstract

Transmission spectra were measured over the range 90-140 GHz and 300-4200 GHz for 20 soil samples that span a number of soil orders that have extensive worldwide distribution. A vector network analyzer equipped with 16 degree horn antennas covered the spectral range 90-140 GHz. Transmission measurements were also taken for some organic materials in the 90-140 GHz range. A Fourier spectrometer equipped with Hg arc lamp, pellicle beamsplitter, and Si bolometer collected transmission spectra over the range 300 to 4200 GHz. Transmittance ranged from 10-7 to almost 1. In all cases, transmission drops to zero for wavelengths shorter than the characteristic particle size of the sample as a consequence of scattering. In samples of mixed particle size, low transmittance in the 90-140 GHz range was found to be caused by the coarse component. This work is relevant to mine detection using THz and millimeter wave (mmW) radiation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5727, Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics IV, (25 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.584925
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Todd W. Du Bosq, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Robert E. Peale, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Arthur Weeks, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Phil Jardine, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Melanie Stewart, Oak Ridge National Labs. (United States)
Jeffrey Grantham, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Daniel Dillery, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Don Lee, Northrop Grumman Corp (United States)
David Muh, Northrop Grumman Corp (United States)
Glenn Boreman, CREOL, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5727:
Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics IV
R. Jennifer Hwu; Kurt J. Linden, Editor(s)

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