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Highly precise determination of optical constants in olive oil using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy
Author(s): Jiusheng Li; Jianquan Yao
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Paper Abstract

Recently, there has been a remarkable effort in employing terahertz (THz) spectroscopy for investigating material properties. Pulsed THz time-domain spectroscopy is a coherent technique, in which both the amplitude and the phase of a THz pulse are measured. Coherent detection enables direct calculations of both the imaginary and the real parts of the refractive index without using the Kramers-Kronig relations. In this letter, the terahertz absorption spectra and the refractive indices of olive oil were measured by using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) in the frequency range extending from 0.2 to 2.5 THz. The terahertz dielectric properties of olive oil were characterized by THz-TDS, and the consistency with the known parameters was identified. A novel iterative algorithm improves the existing data extraction algorithms and further enhances the accuracy of the parameter extraction for terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The results obtained in this study suggest that the THz-TDS method is a useful tool for vegetable oils characterization in the far infrared region. This method can be applied not only to terahertz time-domain spectroscopy but also to any kind of optical constant measurement in the time domain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7277, Photonics and Optoelectronics Meetings (POEM) 2008: Terahertz Science and Technology, 727707 (16 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819784
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Jiusheng Li, China Jiliang Univ. (China)
Tianjin Univ. (China)
Jianquan Yao, Tianjin Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7277:
Photonics and Optoelectronics Meetings (POEM) 2008: Terahertz Science and Technology

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