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Terahertz absorption spectra of highly energetic chemicals
Author(s): E. J. Slingerland; M. K. Vallon; E. G. E. Jahngen; R. H. Giles; T. M. Goyette
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Paper Abstract

Research into absorption spectra is useful for detecting chemicals in the field. Each molecule absorbs a set of specific frequencies, which are dependent on the molecule's structure. While theoretical models are available for predicting the absorption frequencies of a particular molecule, experimental measurements are a more reliable method of determining a molecule's actual absorption behavior. The goal of this research is to explore chemical markers (absorption frequencies) that can be used to identify highly energetic molecules of interest to the remote sensing community. Particular attention was paid to the frequency ranges located within the terahertz transmission windows of the atmosphere. In addition, theoretical derivations, with the purpose of calculating the detection limits of such chemicals, will also be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7671, Terahertz Physics, Devices, and Systems IV: Advanced Applications in Industry and Defense, 76710A (26 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.848934
Show Author Affiliations
E. J. Slingerland, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
M. K. Vallon, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
E. G. E. Jahngen, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
R. H. Giles, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
T. M. Goyette, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7671:
Terahertz Physics, Devices, and Systems IV: Advanced Applications in Industry and Defense
Mehdi Anwar; Nibir K. Dhar; Thomas W. Crowe, Editor(s)

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