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Analysis of drugs-of-abuse and explosives using terahertz time-domain and Raman spectroscopy
Author(s): Andrew Burnett; Wenhui Fan; Prashanth Upadhya; John Cunningham; Edmund Linfield; Giles Davies; Howell Edwards; Tasnim Munshi; Andrew O'Neil
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate that, through coherent measurement of the transmitted terahertz electric fields, broadband (0.3-8THz) time-domain spectroscopy can be used to measure far-infrared vibrational modes of a range of illegal drugs and high explosives that are of interest to the forensic and security services. Our results show that these absorption features are highly sensitive to the structural and spatial arrangement of the molecules. Terahertz frequency spectra are also compared with high-resolution low-frequency Raman spectra to assist in understanding the low frequency inter- and intra-molecular vibrational modes of the molecules.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6120, Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics V, 61200M (7 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.659662
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Andrew Burnett, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
Wenhui Fan, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
Prashanth Upadhya, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
John Cunningham, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
Edmund Linfield, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
Giles Davies, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
Howell Edwards, Univ. of Bradford (United Kingdom)
Tasnim Munshi, Univ. of Bradford (United Kingdom)
Andrew O'Neil, Univ. of Bradford (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6120:
Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics V
R. Jennifer Hwu; Kurt J. Linden, Editor(s)

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