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Terahertz spectroscopy of explosives and simulants: RDX, PETN, sugar, and L-tartaric acid
Author(s): Christopher Konek; John Wilkinson; Okan Esenturk; Edwin Heilweil; Michael Kemp
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Paper Abstract

We report on the transmission and reflection terahertz (THz) spectra of the high explosives RDX and PETN. These common military explosives are compared to simulants L-tartaric acid and sucrose, respectively. The use of these simulants enables researchers to develop many aspects of THz spectroscopy for explosives detection without the need for live explosives. Further, we discuss the effect of sample preparation on the THz spectrum of RDX and demonstrate that experiments performed on different terahertz instruments at multiple laboratories show quantitative agreement between spectra recorded with four different instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7311, Terahertz Physics, Devices, and Systems III: Advanced Applications in Industry and Defense, 73110K (1 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.817913
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Christopher Konek, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
John Wilkinson, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Okan Esenturk, National Institute for Standards and Technology (United States)
Edwin Heilweil, National Institute for Standards and Technology (United States)
Michael Kemp, Iconal Technology Ltd. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7311:
Terahertz Physics, Devices, and Systems III: Advanced Applications in Industry and Defense
Mehdi Anwar; Nibir K. Dhar; Thomas W. Crowe, Editor(s)

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