This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant 0545417 and by ONR grant N00014- 05-1-0843.
Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Spectrum analysis, Terahertz spectroscopy, Scattering (Physics) -- Measurement, Explosives -- Detection
Terahertz (THz) imaging is emerging as a potentially powerful method of detecting explosive devices, even in the presence of occluding materials. However, the characteristic spectral signatures of pure explosive materials may be altered or obscured by electromagnetic scattering caused by their granular nature. This paper presents THz transmission measurements of granular systems representative of explosives and presents results from dense media theory that accurately explain the observed scattering response.
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