Terahertz Scattering from Granular Material

Lisa Zurk, Portland State University
Brian Orlowski, Portland State University
Dale Winebrenner, University of Washington - Seattle Campus
Eric Thorsos, University of Washington - Seattle Campus
Megan Leahy-Hoppa, University of Maryland - Baltimore County
L. Hayden, University of Maryland - Baltimore County

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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.