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Active THz imaging for standoff detection
Author(s): M. Breit; T. Buck
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Paper Abstract

Compared to Millimeter waves THz frequencies can provide an almost magnitude higher resolution, which enables detection of small threats at larger distances. Here we present an active THz standoff imaging system based on commercially available BWO sources and a thermal detector. At a excitation frequency of 720GHz an almost diffraction limited resolution was achieved of about 1.6mm at 1.2m distance to the target. With signal to noise ratio of 35dB detection of metal and ceramic weapons covered by different clothing is demonstrated. A detailed system analysis is done, which led to limiting factors of the proposed system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6772, Terahertz Physics, Devices, and Systems II, 67720E (16 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.752787
Show Author Affiliations
M. Breit, GE Global Research (Germany)
T. Buck, GE Global Research Europe (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6772:
Terahertz Physics, Devices, and Systems II
Mehdi Anwar; Anthony J. DeMaria; Michael S. Shur, Editor(s)

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