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  1. Phase-sensitive time-domain terahertz reflection spectroscopy

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    Pashkin, A.; Kempa, M.; N?mec, H.; Kadlec, F.; Kuel, P.

    2003-11-01

    An approach to time-domain terahertz reflection spectroscopy is proposed and demonstrated. It allows one to obtain very accurately the relative phase of a reflected THz wave form, and consequently the complex dielectric function can be precisely extracted. The relevant setup was demonstrated to allow measurements of a variety of samples: we present results for doped silicon and for ferroelectric SrBi2Ta2O9 (bulk ceramics as well as thin film on sapphire substrates).

  2. Terahertz reflection spectroscopy for the detection of explosives

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    Leahy-Hoppa, Megan R.; Fitch, Michael J.; Osiander, Robert

    2008-02-01

    Terahertz (THz) technology has been demonstrated as a promising tool for detection of explosives and is being developed for aviation screening and sensing of improvised explosive devices. THz radiation is attractive for many applications due to its ability to penetrate through a wide range of dielectric materials including clothing, paper, cardboard, plastics, and wood. Of course, metals block THz waves as is the case for microwave, IR, and visible light. Our work has involved investigating the reflection spectroscopy of a variety of materials including explosives such as RDX and PETN, plastic explosive taggants such as DMDNB, and other organic materials. We have also investigated the changes of the reflection spectra in varying grades of sucrose. Spectral differences are observed between three grades of crystalline sugar in the region from 0.1 to 1 THz. By exploiting the unique spectral features, the discrimination capabilities of THz reflection spectroscopy points to the broad applicability of identifying a wide variety of materials.

  3. Multilayered film monitoring using terahertz reflective time-domain spectroscopy

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    Choi, Jindoo; Kwon, Won Sik; Kim, Kyung-Soo; Kim, Soohyun

    2015-07-01

    We present qualitative monitoring of multilayered films by noninvasive investigation in the terahertz frequencies. Three multilayered films composed of marine paint are characterized in reflective, non-orthogonal measurements in ambient atmosphere. The spectra of the constituent marine paint layers EH2350, Interthane 989, BEA777, and ENA300 present sufficient spectral information for effective monitoring of the multilayered structures. Our experimental findings show promise in noninvasive monitoring of layered structures in realistic industrial evaluation applications.

  4. Terahertz time domain attenuated total reflection spectroscopy with an integrated prism system.

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    Nakanishi, Atsushi; Kawada, Yoichi; Yasuda, Takashi; Akiyama, Koichiro; Takahashi, Hironori

    2012-03-01

    We demonstrated attenuated total reflection (ATR) spectroscopy with an integrated prism system that included a terahertz emitter, a terahertz receiver, and an ATR prism. The ATR prism had two internal off-axis parabolic mirrors for, respectively, collimating and focusing the terahertz waves. The Fresnel loss at each interface was reduced, and the total propagation efficiency was 3.36 times larger than when using a non-integrated prism system. The refractive index of water samples calculated from the experimental data showed good agreement with values reported in the literature. PMID:22462902

  5. Reflection terahertz time-domain spectroscopy of RDX and HMX explosives

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    Choi, Kyujin; Hong, Taeyoon; Ik Sim, Kyung; Ha, Taewoo; Cheol Park, Byung; Hyuk Chung, Jin; Gyeong Cho, Soo; Hoon Kim, Jae

    2014-01-01

    We report on our study of RDX and HMX, two of the most commonly used explosive materials, in bulk pellets with reflection terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in the frequency range of 0.3-3 THz. The maximum entropy method was utilized to correct our raw reflection data against the phase error due to the relative displacement between the sample and the reference. Both the refractive index n and the extinction coefficient k in the terahertz region were acquired for these two explosives without a Kramers-Kronig analysis. Both RDX and HMX exhibit a series of distinct peaks not quite detectable in the more conventional transmission-type measurements due to their high terahertz absorptivity. Our results are compared with the literature data on powder samples.

  6. Evaluation of drug crystallinity in aqueous suspension using terahertz time-domain attenuated total reflection spectroscopy.

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    Takebe, Gen; Kawada, Yoichi; Akiyama, Koichiro; Takahashi, Hironori; Takamoto, Hisayoshi; Hiramatsu, Mitsuo

    2013-11-01

    Terahertz pulsed spectroscopy has recently been demonstrated to be a novel technique for the investigation of the solid-state properties of pharmaceutical materials. In this study, we directly measured the crystallinity of a drug suspended in water, using a terahertz pulsed attenuated total reflection (ATR) method. The dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker nifedipine is classified as a poorly soluble drug; its most stable crystalline form is known as form I. Transmission spectra, collected from 0.2 to 2.0 THz (6.6 to 66 cm(-1) ), of nifedipine crystals had a strong absorption peak at 1.2 THz (40 cm(-1) ) at room temperature. When the nifedipine crystals were mixed with poloxamer 188 and suspended in water, the resulting spectra measured using the ATR method had a peak at the same frequency as in the spectra obtained in transmission mode. Furthermore, the peak area was proportional to the amount of crystals. The upward sloping baseline in the spectra, corresponding to water absorption, decreased stepwise with increasing amounts of crystalline particles. We confirmed that the spectra gave excellent quantitative results, using partial least-squares regression analysis. The results suggest the possibility of using this method for qualitative and quantitative assessments of crystalline drugs in suspension. PMID:24037861

  7. Evaluation of complex conductivity in a circularly polarized field by terahertz time-domain reflection spectroscopy with a phase shifter

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    Morimoto, Tomohide; Yamashita, Genki; Nagai, Masaya; Ashida, Masaaki

    2016-02-01

    We propose a smart technique for directly evaluating complex conductivity in a circularly polarized field with no polarimeter by time-domain reflection spectroscopy using a terahertz (THz) phase shifter and a polarized beam splitter. We performed THz time-domain spectroscopy on a doped InSb wafer under a magnetic field with a δ-phase shifter based on parallel metal waveguides. Despite the π/2 phase shifter with low accuracy, we obtained the conductivity spectrum shifted by cyclotron frequency while maintaining a Drude-like spectral shape. This technique paves the way for new magneto-optical spectroscopy methods.

  8. A quantitative study for determination of sugar concentration using attenuated total reflectance terahertz (ATR-THz) spectroscopy

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    Suhandy, Diding; Suzuki, Tetsuhito; Ogawa, Yuichi; Kondo, Naoshi; Ishihara, Takeshi; Takemoto, Yuichiro

    2011-06-01

    The objective of our research was to use ATR-THz spectroscopy together with chemometric for quantitative study in food analysis. Glucose, fructose and sucrose are main component of sugar both in fresh and processed fruits. The use of spectroscopic-based method for sugar determination is well reported especially using visible, near infrared (NIR) and middle infrared (MIR) spectroscopy. However, the use of terahertz spectroscopy for sugar determination in fruits has not yet been reported. In this work, a quantitative study for sugars determination using attenuated total reflectance terahertz (ATR-THz) spectroscopy was conducted. Each samples of glucose, fructose and sucrose solution with different concentrations were prepared respectively and their absorbance spectra between wavenumber 20 and 450 cm-1 (between 0.6 THz and 13.5 THz) were acquired using a terahertz-based Fourier Transform spectrometer (FARIS-1S, JASCO Co., Japan). This spectrometer was equipped with a high pressure of mercury lamp as light source and a pyroelectric sensor made from deuterated L-alanine triglycine sulfate (DLTGS) as detector. Each spectrum was acquired using 16 cm-1 of resolution and 200 scans for averaging. The spectra of water and sugar solutions were compared and discussed. The results showed that increasing sugar concentration caused decreasing absorbance. The correlation between sugar concentration and its spectra was investigated using multivariate analysis. Calibration models for glucose, fructose and sucrose determination were developed using partial least squares (PLS) regression. The calibration model was evaluated using some parameters such as coefficient of determination (R2), standard error of calibration (SEC), standard error of prediction (SEP), bias between actual and predicted sugar concentration value and ratio prediction to deviation (RPD) parameter. The cross validation method was used to validate each calibration model. It is showed that the use of ATR-THz spectroscopy combined with appropriate chemometric can be a potential for a rapid determination of sugar concentrations.

  9. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy of biological tissues

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    Nazarov, M M; Shkurinov, A P; Kuleshov, E A; Tuchin, V V

    2008-07-31

    Terahertz absorption spectra and dispersion of biologically important substances such as sugar, water, hemoglobin, lipids and tissues are studied. The characteristic absorption lines in the frequency range of a terahertz spectrometer (0.1-3.5 THz) are found. The refraction indices and absorption coefficients of human tooth enamel and dentine are measured. The method of terahertz phase reflection spectroscopy is developed for strongly absorbing substances. Simple and reliable methods of time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy are developed. (biophotonics)

  10. Design and performance of reflective ultra-broadband terahertz time-domain spectroscopy with air-biased-coherent-detection

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    Ho, I.-Chen; Guo, Xiaoyu; Zhang, X.-C.

    2010-02-01

    In general, a reflective spectrometer is more suitable for the spectroscopic measurement for highly absorptive samples. We report the design and evaluation of a reflective terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (R-THz-TDS), using air as THz wave emitter and sensor, together with air-biased-coherent-detection (ABCD) method. With an 85 fs pulse amplified laser, we demonstrate a usable bandwidth from 0.5 THz to 12 THz, together with a peak dynamic range (DR) better than 2000:1 and a peak THz electrical field greater than 30 kV/cm. With a 32 fs pulse amplified laser, the usable bandwidth is further expanded to a continuous 35 THz. Several far-infrared optical properties such as phonon resonance and plasma resonance in various samples are reported. We also compared both transmission and reflection measurements. Furthermore, the time-resolved optical pump-THz probe experiment is performed. The evolution of carrier dynamics of GaAs and InSb samples are demonstrated in this study. Finally, the uniqueness and advantage of this R-THz-TDS spectrometer are comprehensively compared with traditional THz-TDS and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, including radiation source, detector, DR, bandwidth, resolution, peak power, and other features. In terms of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), this study provides the SNR variation with frequency in both broadband R-THz-TDS and FTIR spectroscopy.

  11. Attenuated internal reflection terahertz imaging.

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    Wojdyla, Antoine; Gallot, Guilhem

    2013-01-15

    We present a terahertz (THz) imaging technique based on attenuated internal reflection, which is ideally suited for the analysis of liquid and biological samples. Inserted in a THz time-domain system, and using a high-resistivity low loss silicon prism to couple the THz wave into the sample, the detection scheme is based on the relative differential spectral phase of two orthogonal polarizations. Biological sample imaging as well as subwavelength (?/16) longitudinal resolution are demonstrated. PMID:23454932

  12. Evaluation of uncertainty in handheld terahertz spectroscopy

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    Dierken, Josiah; Criner, Amanda; Zicht, Tyler

    2016-02-01

    Advances in terahertz spectroscopy have shown it to be an effective tool for the inspection of polymers and ceramics in laboratory environments. Furthermore, recent work has shown promise that terahertz reflectance spectroscopy may be effectively applied to surface characterization of CMCs and PMCs to investigate chemical changes resulting from thermal degradation. However, even under tightly controlled laboratory conditions, various sources of uncertainty such as surface variability, ambient atmospheric conditions, as well as measurement errors within the system will be present. The analysis of measurement uncertainty is further complicated by the fact that reflectance spectra are constituted by the nonlinear relationship between the dielectric spectra and the reflectance spectra, thereby making model calibration more difficult as compared to transmission and absorbance spectroscopy. As inspections transition from laboratory to field-level applications sources of uncertainty must be considered to properly assess the health of a material with any means of statistical significance. In this study, spectra from terahertz spectroscopy systems are investigated to assess the variation in measurement uncertainty. By characterizing the uncertainty variation, recommendations are proposed for improving inspection procedures in both laboratory and field-level NDE.

  13. Terahertz Spectroscopy of Biomolecules

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    Korter, Timothy; Plusquellic, David; Hight Walker, Angela; Heilweil, Edwin

    2002-03-01

    A novel, continuous-wave (CW) terahertz spectrometer has been constructed to investigate the flexibility and dynamics of small biological molecules. Hydrogen bonding interactions, torsional vibrations, and conformational changes are expressed in this far-infrared region of the spectrum. Terahertz (THz) radiation (0 - 4 THz or 0 - 133 wavenumber) is generated at the difference frequency of two near-infrared pump lasers by optical heterodyne mixing at the surface of a solid-state photomixer. This spectrometer has been used to probe the low-frequency vibrational modes of several members of the vitamin B-complex including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and biotin. Interpretation of these unique THz spectra has been aided by low-frequency Raman experiments as well as ab initio predictions for normal mode frequencies and intensities. Instrumental details, vitamin B-complex analyses, and preliminary results for myoglobin and other large biomolecules will be presented.

  14. Medical diagnostics using terahertz pulsed spectroscopy

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    Zaytsev, Kirill I.; Kudrin, Konstantin G.; Koroleva, Svetlana A.; Fokina, Irina N.; Volodarskaya, Svetlana I.; Novitskaya, Ekaterina V.; Perov, Artem N.; Karasik, Valeriy E.; Yurchenko, Stanislav O.

    2014-03-01

    The paper contains recent results of studying the ability of human body disease diagnosis with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. In vitro skin cancer samples (squamous cell carcinoma, epithelioid cell melanoma, infiltrating carcinoma) were studied experimentally with terahertz pulsed spectrometer. The parametrical in vitro images of skin cancers are presented. The ability to make early tooth cariosity diagnosis with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy was also shown experimentally. The results of studying the in vitro tooth samples are presented and discussed.

  15. Characterization of burn injuries using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Arbab, M. Hassan; Dickey, Trevor C.; Winebrenner, Dale P.; Chen, Antao; Mourad, Pierre D.

    2011-03-01

    The accuracy rates of the clinical assessment techniques used in grading burn injuries remain significantly low for partial thickness burns. In this paper, we present experimental results from terahertz characterization of 2nd and 3rd degree burn wounds induced on a rat model. Reflection measurements were obtained from the surface of both burned and normal skin using pulsed terahertz spectroscopy. Signal processing techniques are described for interpretation of the acquired terahertz waveform and differentiation of burn wounds. Furthermore, the progression of burn injuries is shown by comparison between acute characterization and 72-hours survival studies. While the water content of healthy and desiccated skin has been considered as a source of terahertz signal contrast, it is demonstrated that other biological effects such as formation of post-burn interstitial edema as well as the density of the discrete scattering structures in the skin (such as hair follicles, sweat glands, etc.) play a significant role in the terahertz response of the burn wounds.

  16. Terahertz spectroscopy of liver cirrhosis: investigating the origin of contrast

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    Sy, Stanley; Huang, Shengyang; Wang, Yi-Xiang J.; Yu, Jun; Ahuja, Anil T.; Zhang, Yuan-ting; Pickwell-MacPherson, Emma

    2010-12-01

    We have previously demonstrated that terahertz pulsed imaging is able to distinguish between rat tissues from different healthy organs. In this paper we report our measurements of healthy and cirrhotic liver tissues using terahertz reflection spectroscopy. The water content of the fresh tissue samples was also measured in order to investigate the correlations between the terahertz properties, water content, structural changes and cirrhosis. Finally, the samples were fixed in formalin to determine whether water was the sole source of image contrast in this study. We found that the cirrhotic tissue had a higher water content and absorption coefficient than the normal tissue and that even after formalin fixing there were significant differences between the normal and cirrhotic tissues' terahertz properties. Our results show that terahertz pulsed imaging can distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue due to differences in absorption originating from both water content and tissue structure.

  17. Terahertz emission from aluminum-doped ZnOnGaAs heterostructure investigated using reflection-mode terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Jaculbia, Rafael B.; Abrenica, Jefferson M.; Estacio, Elmer S.; Salvador, Arnel A.; Somintac, Armando S.

    2015-12-01

    We report on the THz emission characteristics of an aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO)nGaAs heterostructure observed via reflection-geometry THz time-domain spectroscopy. Our results show that upon deposition of AZO on nGaAs, the THz emission is stronger compared to the bare substrate. This increase is attributed to the stronger electric field at the AZO/nGaAs interface compared to that of the bare nGaAs surface, as measured by photoreflectance spectroscopy. The reflectivity of the AZO/nGaAs sample is also reduced by a factor of two compared to that of the bare nGaAs substrate, suggesting an increase in the absorption coefficient.

  18. A Concealed Barcode Identification System Using Terahertz Time-domain Spectroscopy

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    Guan, Yu; Yamamoto, Manabu; Kitazawa, Toshiyuki; Tripathi, Saroj R.; Takeya, Kei; Kawase, Kodo

    2015-03-01

    We present a concealed terahertz barcode/chipless tag to achieve remote identification through an obstructing material using terahertz radiation. We show scanned terahertz reflection spectral images of barcodes concealed by a thick obstacle. A concealed and double- side printed terahertz barcode structure is proposed, and we demonstrate that our design has better performance in definition than a single-side printed barcode using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. This technique combines the benefits of a chipless tag to read encoded information covered by an optically opaque material with low cost and a simple fabrication process. Simulations are also described, along with an explanation of the principle of the terahertz barcode identification system.

  19. Examining pharmaceuticals using terahertz spectroscopy

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    Sulovsk, Kate?ina; K?eslek, Vojt?ch

    2015-10-01

    Pharmaceutical trafficking is common issue in countries where they are under stricter dispensing regime with monitoring of users. Most commonly smuggled pharmaceuticals include trade names Paralen Plus, Modafen, Clarinase repetabs, Aspirin complex, etc. These are transported mainly from Eastern Europe (e.g. Poland, Ukraine, Russia) to countries like Czech Republic, which is said to have one of the highest number of methamphetamine producers in Europe. The aim of this paper is to describe the possibility of terahertz spectroscopy utilization as an examining tool to distinguish between pharmaceuticals containing pseudoephedrine compounds and those without it. Selected medicaments for experimental part contain as an active ingredient pseudoephedrine hydrochloride or pseudoephedrine sulphate. Results show a possibility to find a pseudoephedrine compound spectra in samples according to previously computed and experimentally found ones, and point out that spectra of same brand names pills may vary according to their expiration date, batch, and amount of absorbed water vapours from ambience. Mislead spectrum also occurs during experimental work in a sample without chosen active ingredient, which shows persistent minor inconveniences of terahertz spectroscopy. All measurement were done on the TPS Spectra 3000 instrument.

  20. Terahertz homodyne self-mixing transmission spectroscopy

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    Mohr, Till Breuer, Stefan; Blmer, Dominik; Patel, Sanketkumar; Schlosser, Malte; Birkl, Gerhard; Elser, Wolfgang; Simonetta, Marcello; Deninger, Anselm; Giuliani, Guido

    2015-02-09

    A compact homodyne self-mixing terahertz spectroscopy concept is experimentally investigated and confirmed by calculations. This method provides amplitude and phase information of the terahertz radiation emitted by a photoconductive antenna in a transmission experiment where a rotating chopper wheel serves as a feedback mirror. As a proof-of-principle experiment the frequency-dependent refractive index of Teflon is measured.

  1. Terahertz spectroscopy of two-dimensional subwavelength plasmonic structures

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    Azad, Abul K; Chen, Houtong; Taylor, Antoinette; O' Hara, John F; Han, Jiaguang; Lu, Xinchao; Zhang, Weili

    2009-01-01

    The fascinating properties of plasmonic structures have had significant impact on the development of next generation ultracompact photonic and optoelectronic components. We study two-dimensional plasmonic structures functioning at terahertz frequencies. Resonant terahertz response due to surface plasmons and dipole localized surface plasmons were investigated by the state-of-the-art terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) using both transmission and reflection configurations. Extraordinary terahertz transmission was demonstrated through the subwavelength metallic hole arrays made from good conducting metals as well as poor metals. Metallic arrays m!lde from Pb, generally a poor metal, and having optically thin thicknesses less than one-third of a skin depth also contributed in enhanced THz transmission. A direct transition of a surface plasmon resonance from a photonic crystal minimum was observed in a photo-doped semiconductor array. Electrical controls of the surface plasmon resonances by hybridization of the Schottkey diode between the metallic grating and the semiconductor substrate are investigated as a function of the applied reverse bias. In addition, we have demonstrated photo-induced creation and annihilation of surface plasmons with appropriate semiconductors at room temperature. According to the Fano model, the transmission properties are characterized by two essential contributions: resonant excitation of surface plasmons and nonresonant direct transmission. Such plasmonic structures may find fascinating applications in terahertz imaging, biomedical sensing, subwavelength terahertz spectroscopy, tunable filters, and integrated terahertz devices.

  2. Terahertz Spectroscopy of Complex Materials

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    Averitt, Richard D.

    2011-04-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy is a powerful tool to investigate complex materials broadly defined. This includes artificial electromagnetic composites such as metamaterials, and correlated electron materials where the interplay between microscopic degrees of freedom leads to phenomena such as superconductivity or metal-insulator transitions. I will discuss our recent results in these areas. Metamaterials are a relatively new type of artificial composite with electromagnetic properties that derive from their sub-wavelength structure. The judicious combination of metamaterials with MEMS technology enables reconfigurable metamaterials where artificial "atoms" reorient within unit cells in response to an external stimulus. This is accomplished by fabricating planar arrays of split ring resonators on bimaterial cantilevers designed to bend out of plane in response to a thermal stimulus. In this way we can control the electric and magnetic response of these metamaterials. Vanadium dioxide (VO2) exhibits a metal-insulator transition (MIT) at a temperature (340K) that coincides with a structural phase transition. This leads to the "chicken and egg" problem. Is it the structural change or electron correlations that lead to the MIT transition? Uniaxially strained VO2 films have been fabricated to help solve this problem. In unstrained VO2 crystals the insulator to metal transition enables the electrons move freely in three dimensions. Non-contact THz-TDS conductivity measurements of strained samples reveal that the electrons prefer to move in one direction. That is, strain induces a quasi one-dimensional metallic conductivity. These results reveal the utility of terahertz spectroscopy to investigate complex materials and point the way towards future studies of hybrid composites incorporating metamaterials with quantum-based complex matter. Such multi-scale structures may offer complementary benefits where quantum materials confer additional functionality to artificial electromagnetic composites or, conversely, metamaterials serve as a novel tool to facilitate fundamental studies of the electrodynamic response of complex quantum materials.

  3. Nondestructive analysis of structure and components of tablet coated with film by the usage of terahertz time-domain reflection spectroscopy.

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    Takeuchi, Issei; Shimakura, Kemmaro; Ohtake, Hideyuki; Takayanagi, Jun; Tomoda, Keishiro; Nakajima, Takehisa; Terada, Hiroshi; Makino, Kimiko

    2014-01-01

    Nondestructive analysis of tablet is of great importance from the aspect of productivity and safety. In terahertz (THz) region, however, the analysis of core of coated tablet has not been progressed. In this study, we have measured a flat-surface push-pull osmotic pump tablet, having no orifice, having bilayer core and a coating film layer. The bilayer core was made from the drug layer and the push layer, and acetaminophen was contained in the drug layer as a model drug. To study its structure and components, we have obtained reflection spectra from the drug layer side and the push layer side measurements using THz time-domain reflection spectroscopy (THz-TDRS). From these results, detection of the peak of acetaminophen in the spectrum from the drug layer side measurements was confirmed. We have made ridges approximated toward the peak using a general method of linear regression analysis in both spectra. Two-sample t-test was applied to their gradients, and significant difference between the drug layer and the push layer was shown. These results suggested that THz-TDRS is applicable to the analysis of structure and component of a coated tablet. PMID:24282048

  4. Effect of surface scattering on terahertz time domain spectroscopy of chemicals

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    Arbab, M. Hassan; Chen, Antao; Thorsos, Eric I.; Winebrenner, Dale P.; Zurk, Lisa M.

    2008-02-01

    The existence of unique absorption spectrum patterns for many chemicals at terahertz frequencies has opened an exciting avenue in non-contact safe detection of such materials by terahertz spectroscopy. However, scattering of THz waves, which have wavelengths on the order of material grain sizes, by surface roughness challenges the sensitivity of this detection scheme in practice. In this work, we present terahertz time domain spectroscopy results for materials with rough surfaces. Both reflection from and transmission through lactose, which has sharp absorption peaks in the terahertz regime, are studied and the effect of increasing scattering through controlled surface roughness is investigated. Such electromagnetic scattering can alter the terahertz absorption spectrum and thus obscure the detection of chemicals. Furthermore we examine electro-optic detection of terahertz signals reflected from randomly rough targets with a theoretical electromagnetic system perspective and provide a method to retrieve coherent reflection responses from rough surface targets.

  5. Detection of iron corrosion by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Zhao, Hui; Wu, Di-bo; Zhan, Hong-lei; Sun, Qing; Zhao, Kun

    2015-11-01

    The iron tablets, which were exposed in salt spray with different periods, were investigated in the 0.2~2.0 THz using reflection-type terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) in vacuum environment at room temperature. The sample signals are attenuated in comparison to the reference signals with increasing the corrosion time. The THz spectroscopy peak EP and reflectivity (R) of samples strongly depended on corrosion time t with EP ? t-1 and R ? t-1. The THz characteristics of iron sheets in salt spray indicate that reflection THz-TDS will contribute to the development of non-destructive testing of corrosion in pipelines.

  6. Extending applicability of terahertz spectroscopy for biosensing

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    Parthasarathy, Ramakrishnan

    Terahertz (THz) vibrational resonance spectroscopy has recently emerged as a promising technique for fingerprinting biological molecules. Absorption spectra in this frequency range (0.1-10 THz) reflect molecular internal vibrations involving the weakest hydrogen bonds and/or non-bonded interactions, which are species specific. Of prime importance is improving detection sensitivity of molecules with low absorption characteristics in the THz gap. Also of importance is the characterization of biological molecules in the THz gap (10-25 cm-1) by physical parameters (refractive index and absorption coefficient) rather than sample dependent parameters (transmission, reflection) and extending spectroscopy to the low THz range where remote sensing is most viable. To address the sensitivity issue, it is shown that periodic arrays of rectangular slots with subwavelength width provide for local electromagnetic field enhancements due to edge effects in the low frequency range of interest, 10-25 cm-1 (300-750 GHz). Periodic structures of Au, doped Si and InSb were studied. InSb is confirmed to offer the highest results with the local power enhancements on the order of 1100 at frequency 14 cm -1. InSb and Si have large skin depths in the frequency range of interest and so the analysis of their structures was done through the Fourier expansion method of field diffracted from gratings. Au however has small skin depths at these frequencies compared to the thickness. Surface impedance boundary conditions were employed to model the Au structure, for which the Fourier expansion method was unsuitable owing to the huge magnitude of Au permittivity. The applications possibly include development of novel bio-sensors, with the strongly enhanced local electromagnetic fields leading to increased detection sensitivity, and monitoring biophysical processes such as DNA denaturation. Transmission and reflection data from parallel, independent experiments are utilized in the Interference Spectroscopy Technique model based on thin film interference to calculate the fine structure of refractive index and absorption coefficient of biological molecules (DNA, proteins) in the THz gap. As to spectroscopy in the low THz range (3-10 cm-1), a noise source was used in free space configuration in the FT-IR set-up to obtain transmission and reflection data of biological molecules that act as fingerprints.

  7. Terahertz spectroscopy for quantifying refined oil mixtures.

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    Li, Yi-nan; Li, Jian; Zeng, Zhou-mo; Li, Jie; Tian, Zhen; Wang, Wei-kui

    2012-08-20

    In this paper, the absorption coefficient spectra of samples prepared as mixtures of gasoline and diesel in different proportions are obtained by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. To quantify the components of refined oil mixtures, a method is proposed to evaluate the best frequency band for regression analysis. With the data in this frequency band, dualistic linear regression fitting is used to determine the volume fraction of gasoline and diesel in the mixture based on the Beer-Lambert law. The minimum of regression fitting R-Square is 0.99967, and the mean error of fitted volume fraction of 97# gasoline is 4.3%. Results show that refined oil mixtures can be quantitatively analyzed through absorption coefficient spectra in terahertz frequency, which it has bright application prospects in the storage and transportation field for refined oil. PMID:22907017

  8. A promising diagnostic method: Terahertz pulsed imaging and spectroscopy

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    Sun, Yiwen; Sy, Ming Yiu; Wang, Yi-Xiang J; Ahuja, Anil T; Zhang, Yuan-Ting; Pickwell-MacPherson, Emma

    2011-01-01

    The terahertz band lies between the microwave and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. This radiation has very low photon energy and thus it does not pose any ionization hazard for biological tissues. It is strongly attenuated by water and very sensitive to water content. Unique absorption spectra due to intermolecular vibrations in this region have been found in different biological materials. These unique features make terahertz imaging very attractive for medical applications in order to provide complimentary information to existing imaging techniques. There has been an increasing interest in terahertz imaging and spectroscopy of biologically related applications within the last few years and more and more terahertz spectra are being reported. This paper introduces terahertz technology and provides a short review of recent advances in terahertz imaging and spectroscopy techniques, and a number of applications such as molecular spectroscopy, tissue characterization and skin imaging are discussed. PMID:21512652

  9. Terahertz spectroscopy of pigmentary skin nevi in vivo

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    Zaitsev, K. I.; Chernomyrdin, N. V.; Kudrin, K. G.; Reshetov, I. V.; Yurchenko, S. O.

    2015-09-01

    Pigmentary skin nevi are studied in vivo using terahertz pulsed spectroscopy. Dielectric parameters of healthy skin and dysplastic and nondysplastic nevi are reconstructed and analyzed. The fact that complex permittivities of the samples substantially differ in the terahertz spectral range can be used for early noninvasive diagnostics of dysplastic nevi, which are precursors of melanoma (the most dangerous skin cancer). A method is proposed to identify various dysplastic and nondysplastic nevi using the analysis of terahertz dielectric characteristics. It is demonstrated that terahertz pulsed spectroscopy is promising for early noninvasive diagnostics of dysplastic nevi and melanomas of the skin.

  10. Terahertz Spectroscopy for Chemical Detection and Burn Characterization

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    Arbab, Mohammad Hassan

    Terahertz (THz) frequencies represent the last frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum to be investigated by scientists. One of the main attractions of investigating this frequency range is the richness of the spectral information that can be obtained using a Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) setup. Many large molecule chemicals and polymers have vibrational and rotational modes in the THz frequencies. Study of these resonance modes has revealed a wealth of new information about the intermolecular structure, and its transformation during crystallization or polymerization process. This information helps researchers develop new materials to address problems such as efficient energy conversion in polymer solar cells. Moreover, similar signature-like terahertz modes can be used for stand-off identification of substances or for nondestructive evaluation of defects in industrial applications. Finally, terahertz spectroscopy has the potential to provide a safe and non-ionizing imaging modality to study cellular and molecular events in biological and biomedical applications. The high sensitivity of terahertz waves to attenuation by both bound and free water molecules can also provides a source of signal contrast for many future biomedical imaging and diagnostic applications. In this dissertation, we aim to study and develop three such applications of terahertz spectroscopy, which form the three axes of our work: rough-surface scattering mediated stand-off detection of chemicals, characterization of burn injuries using terahertz radiation, and a new electrically tunable bandpass filter device incorporating nano-material transparent electrodes that can enable fast terahertz spectroscopy in the frequency domain.

  11. High power, high resolution terahertz spectroscopy technologies and its applications

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    Wu, Dong Ho; Graber, Benjamin; Kim, Christopher

    2015-03-01

    Since a large number of molecules' resonance frequencies lie within terahertz frequencies, terahertz spectroscopy is a highly useful tool for scientific investigation of various materials. At the same time one can use the same technology for the identification of hidden materials. Despite these potential applications presently terahertz spectroscopy is largely underutilized, and it is mostly being used in the laboratory environment. This is in part largely due to the fact that no portable, high power, high resolution spectrometer is currently available. So we have been developing a high power, wideband terahertz source. The terahertz source is capable to produce a relatively high power (>2 mW), wideband (0.1 - 3 THz) terahertz beam. In addition to the source we have optimized and calibrated an electro-optic (EO) detector, of which sensitivity is 10-13 W/(Hz)1/2. Recently, by utilizing these terahertz source and detector, we have constructed a high power, high resolution terahertz spectrometer, and carried out various experiments to understand resonance spectra of water vapor, chemicals and ionized air. Also we constructed a modified terahertz spectrometer for a stand-off detection applications. In this presentation I will discuss our experimental achievements and progresses. Supported by DTRA.

  12. Moisture detection in composites by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Malinowski, Paweł; Pałka, Norbert; Opoka, Szymon; Wandowski, Tomasz; Ostachowicz, Wiesław

    2015-07-01

    The application of Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymers (GFRP) in many branches of industry has been increasing steadily. Many research works focus on damage identification for structures made out of such materials. However, not only delaminations, cracks or other damage can have a negative influence of GFRP parts performance. Previous research proved that fluid absorption influences the mechanical performance of composites. GFRP parts can be contaminated by moisture or release agent during manufacturing, while fuel, hydraulic fluid and moisture ingression into the composite can be the in-service treats. In the reported research authors focus on moisture detection. There are numerous sources of moisture such as post manufacturing NDT inspection with ultrasonics coupled by water or exposition to moisture during transportation and in service. An NDT tool used for the research is a terahertz (THz) spectrometer. The device uses an electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz range (0.1-3 THz) and allows for reflection and transmission measurements. The spectrometer is equipped with moving table that allows for XY scanning of large objects such as GFRP panels. In the conducted research refractive indices were experimentally extracted from the materials of interest (water and GFRP). Time signals as well as C-scans were analysed for samples with moisture contamination. In order to be sure that the observed effects are related to moisture contamination reference measurements were conducted. The obtained results showed that the THz NDT technique can detect moisture hidden under a GFRP with multiple layers.

  13. Selectivity of Terahertz Gas-Phase Spectroscopy.

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    Smith, Ryan M; Arnold, Mark A

    2015-11-01

    Analytical potential of terahertz (THz) spectroscopy is assessed by comparing selectivity for a set of eight environmentally important gases over THz and infrared (IR) optical frequencies. Selectivity coefficients are determined over selected spectral regions for acetaldehyde, acetonitrile, ethanol, water, methanol, ammonia, propionaldehyde, and propionitrile. These selectivity coefficients quantify the magnitude of the net analyte signal for each test compound relative to the other seven. In addition to the THz spectral range (2-125 cm(-1)), selectivity coefficients are determined for the following IR regions 600-1300, 1300-2000, 2600-3100, 3100-4000, and 4000-6500 cm(-1). Highest selectivity is afforded over the THz frequencies for six of the eight test compounds and THz selectivity coefficients for the other two gases (water and acetonitrile) are acceptable for environmental measurements. PMID:26436438

  14. Optical characteristics of pesticides measured by terahertz time domain spectroscopy

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    Lee, Dong-Kyu; Kim, Giyoung; Son, Joo-Hiuk

    2015-07-01

    In this study, we measured the optical characteristics of pesticides by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. Pesticide samples were prepared as pellets that were mixed with polyethylene powder and placed in the center of the path of a terahertz electromagnetic (EM) wave in the spectroscopy system. The absorbance of each sample showed obvious differences in absorption peaks. From this result, we showed that these pesticide products had resonance modes in the terahertz range, and this method can be used to make a sensor that is able to measure low concentrations of pesticides in farm produce.

  15. New Development for Terahertz Spectroscopy in Lille

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    Margulès, L.; Motiyenko, R. A.; Alekseev, E. A.

    2014-06-01

    Terahertz domain is particularly interesting for spectroscopy of atmospheric species since the rotational spectra of light molecules like water or methanol have their absorption maximum in this range. Up to few years ago the source commonly used in terahertz domain were the backward wave oscillators. These radiation sources provide relatively high output power (several milliwatts) in the frequency range up to 1.2 THz However the BWOs are not easy to handle: they need high voltage supply (2 - 6 kV), water cooling, magnetic field up to 1 Tesla, and a phase locked loop to give accurate frequency measurements. With the arrival of telescopes working in the THz range, great improvements were achieved in the development of solid state devices based on Schottky diodes. The new spectrometer in Lille take advantage of this development and is now based on a frequency multiplication chain using these devices. The spectrometer covers more than 80% of the frequency range 0.05 - 1.5 THz, and we need about 150 hours to record the spectra in this range with high resolution. We will present two short-term projects for the spectrometer. The first one is to increase the frequency range up to 1.9 THz in order to have the full coverage of Herschel telescope. The second one is to speed up the experimental setup. Recently we have shown that one can obtain high resolution and high precision broadband spectra with a high recording rate using a DDS synthesizer in the phase-locked loop of a BWO1. Such fast-scan spectroscopy is particularly interesting for unstable species2,3. Our project is to couple a DDS synthesizer with a 10 - 20 GHz reference synthesizer and a frequency multiplication chain to obtain fast-scan solid state spectrometer. This work was supported by the CNES and the Action sur Projets de l'INSU, PCMI. This work was also done under Ukrainian-French CNRS-PICS 6051 project

  16. High-resolution broadband terahertz spectroscopy via electronic heterodyne detection of photonically generated terahertz frequency comb.

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    Pavelyev, D G; Skryl, A S; Bakunov, M I

    2014-10-01

    We report an alternative approach to the terahertz frequency-comb spectroscopy (TFCS) based on nonlinear mixing of a photonically generated terahertz pulse train with a continuous wave signal from an electronic synthesizer. A superlattice is used as a nonlinear mixer. Unlike the standard TFCS technique, this approach does not require a complex double-laser system but retains the advantages of TFCS-high spectral resolution and wide bandwidth. PMID:25360955

  17. Tissue characterization using terahertz pulsed imaging in reflection geometry

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    Huang, S. Y.; Wang, Y. X. J.; Yeung, D. K. W.; Ahuja, A. T.; Zhang, Y.-T.; Pickwell-MacPherson, E.

    2009-01-01

    Terahertz pulsed imaging (TPI) is a non-ionizing and non-destructive imaging technique that has been recently used to study a wide range of biological materials. The severe attenuation of terahertz radiation in samples with high water content means that biological samples need to be very thin if they are to be measured in transmission geometry. To overcome this limitation, samples could be measured in reflection geometry and this is the most feasible way in which TPI could be performed in a clinical setting. In this study, we therefore used TPI in reflection geometry to characterize the terahertz properties of several organ samples freshly harvested from laboratory rats. We observed differences in the measured time domain responses and determined the frequency-dependent optical properties to characterize the samples further. We found statistically significant differences between the tissue types. These results show that TPI has the potential to accurately differentiate between tissue types non-invasively.

  18. Terahertz technology for imaging and spectroscopy

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    Crowe, T. W.; Porterfield, D. W.; Hesler, J. L.; Bishop, W. L.; Kurtz, D. S.; Hui, K.

    2006-05-01

    The terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum has unique properties that make it especially useful for imaging and spectroscopic detection of concealed weapons, explosives and chemical and biological materials. However, terahertz energy is difficult to generate and detect, and this has led to a technology gap in this frequency band. Nonlinear diodes can be used to bridge this gap by translating the functionality achieved at microwave frequencies to the terahertz band. Basic building blocks include low-noise mixers, frequency multipliers, sideband generators and direct detectors. These terahertz components rely on planar Schottky diodes and recently developed integrated diode circuits make them easier to assemble and more robust. The new generation of terahertz sources and receivers requires no mechanical tuning, yet achieves high efficiency and broad bandwidth. This paper reviews the basic design of terahertz transmitters and receivers, with special emphasis on the recent development of systems that are compact, easy to use and have excellent performance.

  19. Terahertz reflection interferometry for automobile paint layer thickness measurement

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    Rahman, Aunik; Tator, Kenneth; Rahman, Anis

    2015-05-01

    Non-destructive terahertz reflection interferometry offers many advantages for sub-surface inspection such as interrogation of hidden defects and measurement of layers' thicknesses. Here, we describe a terahertz reflection interferometry (TRI) technique for non-contact measurement of paint panels where the paint is comprised of different layers of primer, basecoat, topcoat and clearcoat. Terahertz interferograms were generated by reflection from different layers of paints on a metallic substrate. These interferograms' peak spacing arising from the delay-time response of respective layers, allow one to model the thicknesses of the constituent layers. Interferograms generated at different incident angles show that the interferograms are more pronounced at certain angles than others. This "optimum" angle is also a function of different paint and substrate combinations. An automated angular scanning algorithm helps visualizing the evolution of the interferograms as a function of incident angle and also enables the identification of optimum reflection angle for a given paint-substrate combination. Additionally, scanning at different points on a substrate reveals that there are observable variations from one point to another of the same sample over its entire surface area. This ability may be used as a quality control tool for in-situ inspection in a production line. Keywords: Terahertz reflective interferometry, Paint and coating layers, Non-destructive

  20. Terahertz reflection response measurement using a phonon polariton wave

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    Inoue, Hayato; Katayama, Kenji; Shen, Qing; Toyoda, Taro; Nelson, Keith A.

    2009-03-01

    We developed a new technique for the measurement of terahertz reflection responses utilizing a propagating phonon polariton wave. Frequency tunable phonon polariton waves were generated by the recently developed continuously variable spatial frequency transient grating method [K. Katayama, H. Inoue, H. Sugiya, Q. Shen, T. Taro, and K. A. Nelson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 031906 (2008)]. The phonon polariton wave traveled in a ferroelectric crystal in an in-plane direction with an inclined angle of 26°, and the wave reflected at the crystal edge where a sample was positioned. The reflected polariton wave was detected by the same method as that used for the generation of the polariton waves. By comparing the reflection intensities in the presence and absence of the sample, reflectivity of the polariton wave was calculated, and the refractive index and absorption in the terahertz region were obtained.

  1. Synchrotron Terahertz Spectroscopy of Solids under Extreme Conditions

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    Kimura, Shin-ichi; Mizuno, Takafumi; Iizuka, Takuya

    2010-02-03

    We report on the end station for terahertz spectroscopy at high pressures and low temperatures at the UVSOR Facility of the Institute for Molecular Science, and present one set of experimental results for the pressure-dependent valence transition of samarium sulfide (SmS) at the temperatures of 6 and 300 K. The end station covers the photon energy range of 5 meV to 1.2 eV with pressures of up to 6 GPa and temperatures down to 3.7 K. Using the end station, the valence transition, namely, the black-golden phase transition, of SmS was clearly observed at 0.65 GPa. From Drude and Lorentz fitting of the pressure-dependent reflectivity spectra, the carrier density at the critical pressure was found to be about 10{sup -2}/SmS at both 6 and 300 K. The carrier density appear to play an important role in the valence transition.

  2. Terahertz quantum well photodetectors with reflection-grating couplers

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    Zhang, R.; Fu, Z. L.; Gu, L. L.; Guo, X. G.; Cao, J. C.

    2014-12-08

    The design, fabrication, and characterization of terahertz (THz) quantum well photodetectors with one-dimensional reflection-grating coupler are presented. It is found that the reflection gratings could effectively couple the THz waves normally incident to the device. Compared with the 45-degree facet sample, the peak responsivity of this grating-coupled detector is enhanced by over 20%. The effects of the gratings on the photocurrent spectra are also analyzed.

  3. "All air-plasma" terahertz spectroscopy.

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    Clough, Benjamin; Liu, Jingle; Zhang, X-C

    2011-07-01

    We demonstrate terahertz wave generation and detection capabilities up to 6 THz without the need for solid state materials, biased electrodes, or forward propagating signal collection. An "all air-plasma" terahertz system is used to encode explosive material resonant signatures into the 357 nm nitrogen fluorescence line of a bichromatic field-induced laser plasma filament. These results show the practicability to extend these measurements to remote locations where terahertz pulse information is no longer limited by water vapor absorption, phonon resonance, or signal collection directionality. PMID:21725424

  4. Terahertz vibrational absorption spectroscopy using microstrip-line waveguides

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    Byrne, M. B.; Cunningham, J.; Tych, K.; Burnett, A. D.; Stringer, M. R.; Wood, C. D.; Dazhang, L.; Lachab, M.; Linfield, E. H.; Davies, A. G.

    2008-11-01

    We demonstrate that terahertz microstrip-line waveguides can be used to measure absorption spectra of polycrystalline materials with a high frequency resolution (2 GHz) and with a spatial resolution that is determined by the microstrip-line dimensions, rather than the free-space wavelength. The evanescent terahertz-bandwidth electric field extending above the microstrip line interacts with, and is modified by, overlaid dielectric samples, thus enabling the characteristic vibrational absorption resonances in the sample to be probed. As an example, the terahertz absorption spectrum of polycrystalline lactose monohydrate was investigated; the lowest lying mode was observed at 534(2) GHz, in excellent agreement with free-space measurements. This microstrip technique offers both a higher spatial and frequency resolution than free-space terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and requires no contact between the waveguide and sample.

  5. Measurement and modeling of rough surface effects on terahertz spectroscopy

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    Henry, S. C.; Schecklman, S.; Kniffin, G. P.; Zurk, L. M.; Chen, A.

    2010-02-01

    Recent improvements in sensing technology have driven new research areas within the terahertz (THz) portion of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum. While there are several promising THz applications, several outstanding technical challenges need to be addressed before robust systems can be deployed. A particularly compelling application is the potential use of THz reflection spectroscopy for stand-off detection of drugs and explosives. A primary challenge for this application is to have sufficient signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) to allow spectroscopic identification of the target material, and surface roughness can have an impact on identification. However, scattering from a rough surface may be observed at all angles, suggesting diffuse returns can be used in robust imaging of non-cooperative targets. Furthermore, the scattering physics can also distort the reflection spectra, complicating classification algorithms. In this work, rough surface scattering effects were first isolated by measuring diffuse scattering for gold-coated sandpaper of varying roughness. Secondly, we measured scattering returns from a rough sample with a spectral signature, namely ?-lactose monohydrate mixed with Teflon and pressed with sandpaper to introduce controlled roughness. For both the specular and diffuse reflection measurements, the application of traditional spectroscopy techniques provided the ability to resolve the 0.54 THz absorption peak. These results are compared with results from a smooth surface. Implications of the results on the ability to detect explosives with THz reflection spectroscopy are presented and discussed. In addition, the Small Perturbation Method (SPM) is employed to predict backscatter from lactose with a small amount of roughness.

  6. Quality control of leather by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Hernandez-Serrano, A I; Corzo-Garcia, S C; Garcia-Sanchez, E; Alfaro, M; Castro-Camus, E

    2014-11-20

    We use terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, combined with effective-medium theory, to measure the moisture content and thickness of leather simultaneously. These results demonstrate that this method could become a standard quality control test for the industrial tanning process. PMID:25607861

  7. High-Contrast Imaging of Graphene via Time-Domain Terahertz Spectroscopy

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    Tomaino, J. L.; Jameson, A. D.; Paul, M. J.; Kevek, J. W.; van der Zande, A. M.; Barton, R. A.; Choi, H.; McEuen, P. L.; Minot, E. D.; Lee, Yun-Shik

    2012-08-01

    We demonstrate terahertz (THz) imaging and spectroscopy of single-layer graphene deposited on an intrinsic Si substrate using THz time-domain spectroscopy. A single-cycle THz pulse undergoes multiple internal reflections within the Si substrate, and the THz absorption by the graphene layer accumulates through the multiple interactions with the graphene/Si interface. We exploit the large absorption of the multiply reflected THz pulses to acquire high-contrast THz images of graphene. We obtain local sheet conductivity of the graphene layer analyzing the transmission data with thin-film Fresnel formula based on the Drude model.

  8. Identify paraffin-embedded brain glioma using terahertz pulsed spectroscopy

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    Li, Ze-ren; Meng, Kun; Chen, Tu-nan; Chen, Tao; Zhu, Li-guo; Liu, Qiao; Li, Zhao; Li, Fei; Zhong, Sen-cheng; Feng, Hua; Zhao, Jian-heng

    2015-01-01

    The refractive indices, absorption coefficients and complex dielectric constants spectra of paraffin-embedded brain glioma and normal brain tissues have been measured by a terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system in the range of 0.2 - 2.0 THz. The spectral differences between glioma and normal brain tissues were obtained. Our results indicate that, compared with normal tissue, glioma had higher refractive index, absorption coefficient, and dielectric constant. Based on these results, the suitable frequency components for different methods of glioma imaging (intensity imaging, coherent imaging and terahertz pulsed imaging) are analyzed.

  9. Applications of terahertz spectroscopy and imaging

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    Zhang, Cunlin; Mu, Kaijun

    2009-07-01

    We have examined application feasibility of THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to inspect 30 kinds of illicit drugs, 20 kinds of amino acid and 10 kinds of explosives and related compounds (ERCs). We also have got their fingerprints, established the corresponding database, and propose the reference-free methods to extract the absorption or reflection spectra, respectively. We also use optical pump THz probe to research the ultrafast dynamics of semiconductor. While, we also present some new THz imaging techniques, such as, focal-plane multiwavelength phase imaging, reference-free phase imaging, polarization imaging, and continuous-wave (CW) standoff distance imaging.

  10. Continuous wave terahertz reflection imaging of human colorectal tissue

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    Doradla, Pallavi; Alavi, Karim; Joseph, Cecil S.; Giles, Robert H.

    2013-03-01

    Continuous wave terahertz (THz) imaging has the potential to offer a safe, non-ionizing, and nondestructive medical imaging modality for delineating colorectal cancer. Fresh excisions of normal colon tissue were obtained from surgeries performed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. Reflection measurements of thick sections of colorectal tissues, mounted in an aluminum sample holder, were obtained for both fresh and formalin fixed tissues. The two-dimensional reflection images were acquired by using an optically pumped far-infrared molecular gas laser operating at 584 GHz with liquid Helium cooled silicon bolometer detector. Using polarizers in the experiment both co-polarized and cross-polarized remittance form the samples was collected. Analysis of the images showed the importance of understanding the effects of formalin fixation while determining reflectance level of tissue response. The resulting co- and cross-polarized images of both normal and formalin fixed tissues showed uniform terahertz response over the entire sample area. Initial measurements indicated a co-polarized reflectance of 16%, and a cross-polarized reflectance of 0.55% from fresh excisions of normal colonic tissues.

  11. Discrimination of genetically modified sugar beets based on terahertz spectroscopy.

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    Chen, Tao; Li, Zhi; Yin, Xianhua; Hu, Fangrong; Hu, Cong

    2016-01-15

    The objective of this paper was to apply terahertz (THz) spectroscopy combined with chemometrics techniques for discrimination of genetically modified (GM) and non-GM sugar beets. In this paper, the THz spectra of 84 sugar beet samples (36 GM sugar beets and 48 non-GM ones) were obtained by using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system in the frequency range from 0.2 to 1.2 THz. Three chemometrics methods, principal component analysis (PCA), discriminant analysis (DA) and discriminant partial least squares (DPLS), were employed to classify sugar beet samples into two groups: genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and non-GMOs. The DPLS method yielded the best classification result, and the percentages of successful classification for GM and non-GM sugar beets were both 100%. Results of the present study demonstrate the usefulness of THz spectroscopy together with chemometrics methods as a powerful tool to distinguish GM and non-GM sugar beets. PMID:26436847

  12. Discrimination of genetically modified sugar beets based on terahertz spectroscopy

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    Chen, Tao; Li, Zhi; Yin, Xianhua; Hu, Fangrong; Hu, Cong

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this paper was to apply terahertz (THz) spectroscopy combined with chemometrics techniques for discrimination of genetically modified (GM) and non-GM sugar beets. In this paper, the THz spectra of 84 sugar beet samples (36 GM sugar beets and 48 non-GM ones) were obtained by using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system in the frequency range from 0.2 to 1.2 THz. Three chemometrics methods, principal component analysis (PCA), discriminant analysis (DA) and discriminant partial least squares (DPLS), were employed to classify sugar beet samples into two groups: genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and non-GMOs. The DPLS method yielded the best classification result, and the percentages of successful classification for GM and non-GM sugar beets were both 100%. Results of the present study demonstrate the usefulness of THz spectroscopy together with chemometrics methods as a powerful tool to distinguish GM and non-GM sugar beets.

  13. Terahertz spectroscopy for chemicals and biological sensing applications

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    Liu, Hai-Bo

    Terahertz (THz) radiation offers innovative sensing and imaging technologies that can provide information unavailable through other conventional electromagnetic techniques. With the advancement of THz technologies, THz sensing will impact a broad range of areas. This thesis focuses on the use of THz spectroscopy for sensing applications including explosives detection, pharmaceutical identification and biological characterization. Using both a THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system and a Fourier transform far-infrared spectrometer (FT-FIR), a THz spectral database of explosives and related compounds (ERCs) in the range of 0.1-20 THz was established. The transmission measurements show good agreement with the diffuse reflectance measurements, which are more feasible for practical applications. Density Functional Theory was employed to calculate structures and vibrational modes of several important ERCs and the calculated spectra are in good accordance with the experimental data in the 3-20 THz range. The detection and identification of the explosive RDX using diffusely reflected THz waves were also demonstrated. THz-TDS was applied successfully for pharmaceutical study, such as investigating drug interactions, as well as identifying hydrated and anhydrous drugs, based upon the intermolecular vibrational modes of drug substances. Dehydrations and complex solid state reactions of pharmaceutical materials were studied with THz-TDS and the reaction kinetics was successfully probed. These investigations have opened new avenues for using THz technologies in pharmaceutical science and industry. THz spectra of amino acids, purines and other biomolecules were recorded. Most of these solid-state biocompounds have THz spectral features in the 0.1-3.0 THz range. THz spectroscopy of solid-state proteins and bioactive protein micro suspensions in organic media was studied and their THz absorption features may reflect their collective vibrational modes which could be used to probe their functional 3D conformation states. Owing to the high sensitivity of differential THz-TDS, it was successfully used to sense the minute change of biological cell monolayers. The results point to a new way for biosensing applications via differential THz-TDS. As a powerful sensing technique, THz spectroscopy will continue to make profound contribution to the understanding of basic physics, chemistry and biology problems, as well as to the technological applications in chemical and biomedicine sensing areas.

  14. Terahertz spectroscopy of oligonucleotides in aqueous solutions

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    Tang, Mingjie; Huang, Qing; Wei, Dongshan; Zhao, Guozhong; Chang, Tianying; Kou, Kuan; Wang, Min; Du, Chunlei; Fu, Wei-ling; Cui, Hong-Liang

    2015-09-01

    A terahertz (THz) spectroscopic study is carried out to analyze DNA mutations in a label-free manner. Three newly designed liquid sample cells are considered and the best is selected as the sample carrier for THz transmission spectroscopic analyses. Discrimination based on spectral signatures of single-base mutations on single-stranded 20 nt oligonucleotides has been shown possible experimentally. The results clearly attest the ability of this promising approach for label-free analyses of single-base mutations of DNA molecules. This study has demonstrated that the THz spectroscopic technology can be considered as a potential diagnostic tool for investigating molecular reactions, such as DNA mutations.

  15. Terahertz spectroscopy of plasma waves in high electron mobility transistors

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    Nouvel, P.; Marinchio, H.; Torres, J.; Palermo, C.; Gasquet, D.; Chusseau, L.; Varani, L.; Shiktorov, P.; Starikov, E.; Gruinskis, V.

    2009-07-01

    We report on systematic measurements of resonant plasma waves oscillations in several gate-length InGaAs high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and compare them with numerical results from a specially developed model. A great concern of experiments has been to ensure that HEMTs were not subject to any spurious electronic oscillation that may interfere with the desired plasma-wave spectroscopy excited via a terahertz optical beating. The influence of geometrical HEMTs parameters as well as biasing conditions is then explored extensively owing to many different devices. Plasma resonances up to the terahertz are observed. A numerical approach, based on hydrodynamic equations coupled to a pseudo-two-dimensional Poisson solver, has been developed and is shown to render accurately from experiments. Using a combination of experimental results and numerical simulations all at once, a comprehensive spectroscopy of plasma waves in HEMTs is provided with a deep insight into the physical processes that are involved.

  16. Terahertz spectroscopy properties of the selected engine oils

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    Zhu, Shouming; Zhao, Kun; Lu, Tian; Zhao, Songqing; Zhou, Qingli; Shi, Yulei; Zhao, Dongmei; Zhang, Cunlin

    2010-11-01

    Engine oil, most of which is extracted from petroleum, consist of complex mixtures of hydrocarbons of molecular weights in the range of 250-1000. Variable amounts of different additives are put into them to inhibit oxidation, improve the viscosity index, decrease the fluidity point and avoid foaming or settling of solid particles among others. Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy contains rich physical, chemical, and structural information of the materials. Most low-frequency vibrational and rotational spectra of many petrochemicals lie in this frequency range. In recent years, much attention has been paid to the THz spectroscopic studies of petroleum products. In this paper, the optical properties and spectroscopy of selected kinds of engine oil consisting of shell HELIX 10W-40, Mobilube GX 80W-90, GEELY ENGINE OIL SG 10W-30, SMA engine oil SG 5W-30, SMA engine oil SG 10W-30, SMA engine oil SG 75W-90 have been studied by the terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) in the spectral range of 0.6-2.5 THz. Engine oil with different viscosities in the terahertz spectrum has certain regularity. In the THz-TDS, with the increase of viscosity, time delay is greater and with the increase of viscosity, refractive indexes also grow and their rank is extremely regular. The specific kinds of engine oil can be identified according to their different spectral features in the THz range. The THz-TDS technology has potentially significant impact on the engine oil analysis.

  17. Assessing skin hydration status in haemodialysis patients using terahertz spectroscopy: a pilot/feasibility study

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    Kadlec, Filip; Berta, Milan; Kuel, Petr; Lopot, Frantiek; Polakovi?, Vladimr

    2008-12-01

    Terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy was used in vivo to measure the body reflectance with the aim of determining experimentally the influence of haemodialysis on the content of water in the human skin. For this purpose, an original methodology of determining the skin properties at THz frequencies from the reflectance was developed. A series of measurements were performed before and after dialysis with ten subjects. The results strongly indicate that the surface body hydration is not the main parameter determining the skin conductivity in the THz range.

  18. Terahertz BWO spectroscopy of conductors and superconductors

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    Gorshunov, B P; Volkov, A A; Prokhorov, A S; Spektor, I E; Akimitsu, J; Dressel, M; Nieuwenhuys, G; Tomic, S; Uchida, S

    2007-10-31

    Methods for direct (without the use of the Kramers-Kronig relations) measuring the dielectric response (dynamic conductivity and permittivity) spectra of dielectrics, conductors, and superconductors in the terahertz frequency range (0.03-1.5 THz) are described. The methods are realised by using BWO (backward-wave oscillator) spectrometers developed at the A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, RAS. Dielectric measurements can be performed at temperatures from 2 to 1000 K in magnetic fields up to 8 T. The dielectric response spectra are investigated for a number of materials with properties determined by electron correlation effects: superconductors, one-dimensional conductors, heavy fermion systems, spin-ladder cuprates, and spin glasses. (special issue devoted to the 25th anniversary of the a.m. prokhorov general physics institute)

  19. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy for studying the kinetics of tissue adhesives

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    Tobolova, Marie; Kresalek, Vojtech; Adamik, Zdenek; Provaznik, Ivo

    2015-10-01

    This study deals with the kinetics of tissue adhesives used for supporting the hemostasis and wound closure during surgical intervention. There are several types of adhesives of different composition which is closely related with their application. The time of curing plays an important role because some applications may require very fast glue for prompt vessel or wound closure; conversely some situations need slower solidification because of longer manipulation with the glue during surgery. Here, the terahertz time-domain spectroscopy is used for studying the kinetics of the glues. To slow the reaction rate, an oily substance is added to the glue samples. The technique of attenuated total reflection is used in this application; the defined amount of glue sample or its mixture is applied on the silicon crystal and the terahertz response is measured in time. This time dependences are analyzed to find time constants for mathematical description of the glue kinetics.

  20. Chirped-pulse terahertz spectroscopy for broadband trace gas sensing.

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    Gerecht, Eyal; Douglass, Kevin O; Plusquellic, David F

    2011-04-25

    We report the first demonstration of a broadband trace gas sensor based on chirp-pulse terahertz spectroscopy. The advent of newly developed solid state sources and sensitive heterodyne detectors for the terahertz frequency range have made it possible to generate and detect precise arbitrary waveforms at THz frequencies with ultra-low phase noise. In order to maximize sensitivity, the sample gas is first polarized using sub-μs chirped THz pulses and the free inductive decays (FIDs) are then detected using a heterodyne receiver. This approach allows for a rapid broadband multi-component sensing with low parts in 10(9) (ppb) sensitivities and spectral frequency accuracy of <20 kHz in real-time. Such a system can be configured into a portable, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive sensing platform. PMID:21643150

  1. [Terahertz spectroscopy of DNA nucleobases: cytosine and thymine].

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    Yan, Hui; Fan, Wen-Hui; Zheng, Zhuan-Ping; Liu, Jia

    2013-10-01

    The absorption features of DNA nucleobases cytosine and thymine were measured by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) from 0.1 to 3.5 THz. Our experimental results clearly show that these important biomolecules exhibit distinctive absorption features in THz region. To the best of our knowledge, the subtle absorption peak of cytosine at 2.53 THz is reported for the first time. Moreover, geometry optimizations and lattice dynamic calculations on cytosine crystal were also performed with the pseudo-potential plane wave method of density functional theory by taking periodic boundary conditions into account. All measured terahertz absorption features of cytosine were assigned successfully and its absorption spectrum was reproduced according to our calculations. Furthermore, our results show that absorption features of cytosine below 3.5 THz arise from external modes in translation and rotation motions, which are dominated by the intermolecular hydrogen bonds. PMID:24409701

  2. High power time domain terahertz spectroscopy

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    Graber, Benjamin

    Terahertz (THz) has become a strong area for scientific research and commercial application in recent years. This research group has redesigned and optimized a THz photoconductive antenna, which currently operates with approximately 10x the power of a commercial antenna. It has been determined by this research that the THz signal emitted from a photoconductive antenna consists of coherent and incoherent signals. In addition to the improvement of the THz photoconductive antenna, I have optimized an electro optic THz detection system by characterizing the field dependency of an electro optic crystal, which enabled me to estimate the THz electric field strength. The high power THz source and optimized detection system were combined into a high power, high resolution time domain THz spectrometer. This spectrometer was used to conduct original measurements of the THz spectrum of water vapor, ionized air, and various chemical vapor including explosives. Most of these measurements were only possible with our improved THz spectrometer. In order to understand ionized air, an additional study was carried out to explore the ionization of several gases (e.g. N2, O2, Ar, CO2, and water vapor) which were ionized by radioactive isotopes. This unique study found that in addition to dose rate, the gamma energy of the radioactive isotopes and the sequential ionization levels of gases affect the equilibrium ion densities of these gases. This effect was especially pronounced for argon gas. The study of ion dynamics in gases has lead to the development of a prototype for stand-off detection and identification of radioactive isotopes. This prototype, despite being simple in design, can detect isotopes faster and more cheaply than a conventional gamma ray spectrometer. Throughout this thesis research I have successfully developed a high power, high resolution terahertz spectrometer and demonstrated that with the spectrometer I could identify characteristic resonances of water vapor, some chemicals including explosives, and even ionized air produced by nuclear isotopes. From the characteristic resonance frequencies one can understand the underlying physics or chemistry of molecules or atoms.

  3. The detection of amoxicillin medicines by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Meng, Kun; Li, Zeren; Liu, Qiao

    2012-03-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is a new spectroscopic technique, which improve a good complement for other spectroscopic techniques and has broad application prospects in the biomedical field. In this paper, a terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system is set up. Using this system, the amoxicillin drugs are detected, and the spectrum are analyzed.

  4. The detection of amoxicillin medicines by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Meng, Kun; Li, Zeren; Liu, Qiao

    2011-11-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is a new spectroscopic technique, which improve a good complement for other spectroscopic techniques and has broad application prospects in the biomedical field. In this paper, a terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system is set up. Using this system, the amoxicillin drugs are detected, and the spectrum are analyzed.

  5. Terahertz imaging and spectroscopy for landmine detection

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    Fitch, Michael J.; Schauki, Dunja; Kelly, Craig A.; Osiander, Robert

    2004-04-01

    Pulsed THz (100 GHz - 30 THz) Imaging Spectroscopy combines three ways of mine detection in one system, high resolution radar, depth ranging, and infrared spectroscopy. It allows minefield detection, single mine imaging, and near-zero false alarm due to the capabilities of explosives / plastic identification using spectroscopy with working distances to 1000 feet. We have previously demonstrated imaging capabilities with 1 mm spatial resolution on a rubber O-ring embedded in sand. The estimated transmission depth in moist sand is 1 to 3 cm, which should be sufficient for imaging anti-personnel mines. In this work, we present initial results investigating the feasibility of THz spectroscopy in the frequency range from 1 to 10 THz to detect and identify explosives and related compounds (ERCs). A major component of this effort is chemical modeling to obtain spectroscopic information on ERCs and environmental background. A time-domain THz system using femtosecond laser pulses is also being developed.

  6. Identification and classification of chemicals using terahertz reflective spectroscopic focal-plane imaging system

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    Zhong, Hua; Redo-Sanchez, Albert; Zhang, X.-C.

    2006-10-01

    We present terahertz (THz) reflective spectroscopic focal-plane imaging of four explosive and bio-chemical materials (2, 4-DNT, Theophylline, RDX and Glutamic Acid) at a standoff imaging distance of 0.4 m. The 2 dimension (2-D) nature of this technique enables a fast acquisition time and is very close to a camera-like operation, compared to the most commonly used point emission-detection and raster scanning configuration. The samples are identified by their absorption peaks extracted from the negative derivative of the reflection coefficient respect to the frequency (-dr/dv) of each pixel. Classification of the samples is achieved by using minimum distance classifier and neural network methods with a rate of accuracy above 80% and a false alarm rate below 8%. This result supports the future application of THz time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) in standoff distance sensing, imaging, and identification.

  7. Hydration state inside HeLa cell monolayer investigated with terahertz spectroscopy

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    Shiraga, K.; Suzuki, T.; Kondo, N.; Tanaka, K.; Ogawa, Y.

    2015-06-01

    The hydration state in living cells is believed to be associated with various cellular activities. Nevertheless, in vivo characterization of intracellular hydration state under physiological condition has not been well documented to date. In this study, the hydration state of an intact HeLa cell monolayer was investigated by terahertz time-domain attenuated total reflection spectroscopy. Combined with the extended theory of Onsager, we found 23.8 7.4% of HeLa intracellular water was hydrated to biomolecules (corresponding to 1.25 g H2O/g solute); exhibiting slower relaxation dynamics than bulk water.

  8. Terahertz spectroscopy of methanimine and its isotopologs

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    Motoki, Yuta; Isobe, Fuya; Ozeki, Hiroyuki; Kobayashi, Kaori

    2014-06-01

    Context. Methanimine (CH2NH) is a simple molecule composed of methylene and imine. The molecule has been detected toward the Galactic center, star-forming regions, circumstellar envelopes, and other galaxies since 1973. In previous studies, the rest frequency of methanimine has been measured for normal species up to the 650-GHz region, but its 13CH2NH, CH2 15NH, and CH2ND isotopologs were limited to the 100-GHz region. Aims: If a rotational temperature of 100 K is assumed for methanimine, the highest intensity falls at approximately 1.5 THz. In addition to normal methanimine, the 13CH2NH, CH2 15NH, and CH2ND isotopologs in their ground-vibrational states were observed in the frequency range of 120-1600 GHz to provide accurate rest frequency information. Based on this study, the calculated rest frequencies below 2 THz should be sufficiently precise and support observations using all ALMA and Herschel/HIFI observational bands. Methods: Methanimine was generated by pyrolysis of diaminoethane (DAE) vapor at 850 C. 13CH2NH and CH2 15NH isotopologs were measured with their natural abundance, and deuterization of DAE was performed by mixing normal DAE with deuterated water, D2O, and then pyrolyzed. This gives the deuterated isotopolog of methanimine, CH2ND. Spectral measurements were performed by using the 23 kHz source-frequency modulated terahertz spectrometer at Toho University. Results: Both a- and b-type transitions up to 1.6 THz for the three isotopologs and the normal species were measured. Rotational and centrifugal distortion constants for the three isotopologs were accurately determined. For normal species (CH2NH), both electric quadrupole and nuclear spin-rotation coupling constants for nitrogen nucleus were determined, while for the 13CH2NH and CH2ND species, only electric quadrupole-coupling constants for nitrogen nucleus were determined. Conclusions: Our spectral line frequencies are suitable for a future astronomical search for these isotopologs of methanimine. The 1? frequency accuracy up to 2 THz is lower than 100 kHz. The full line list is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/566/A28

  9. Reflective terahertz (THz) imaging: system calibration using hydration phantoms

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    Bajwa, Neha; Garritano, James; Lee, Yoon Kyung; Tewari, Priyamvada; Sung, Shijun; Maccabi, Ashkan; Nowroozi, Bryan; Babakhanian, Meghedi; Sanghvi, Sajan; Singh, Rahul; Grundfest, Warren; Taylor, Zachary

    2013-02-01

    Terahertz (THz) hydration sensing continues to gain traction in the medical imaging community due to its unparalleled sensitivity to tissue water content. Rapid and accurate detection of fluid shifts following induction of thermal skin burns as well as remote corneal hydration sensing have been previously demonstrated in vivo using reflective, pulsed THz imaging. The hydration contrast sensing capabilities of this technology were recently confirmed in a parallel 7 Tesla Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging study, in which burn areas are associated with increases in local mobile water content. Successful clinical translation of THz sensing, however, still requires quantitative assessments of system performance measurements, specifically hydration concentration sensitivity, with tissue substitutes. This research aims to calibrate the sensitivity of a novel, reflective THz system to tissue water content through the use of hydration phantoms for quantitative comparisons of THz hydration imagery.Gelatin phantoms were identified as an appropriate tissue-mimicking model for reflective THz applications, and gel composition, comprising mixtures of water and protein, was varied between 83% to 95% hydration, a physiologically relevant range. A comparison of four series of gelatin phantom studies demonstrated a positive linear relationship between THz reflectivity and water concentration, with statistically significant hydration sensitivities (p < .01) ranging between 0.0209 - 0.038% (reflectivity: %hydration). The THz-phantom interaction is simulated with a three-layer model using the Transfer Matrix Method with agreement in hydration trends. Having demonstrated the ability to accurately and noninvasively measure water content in tissue equivalent targets with high sensitivity, reflective THz imaging is explored as a potential tool for early detection and intervention of corneal pathologies.

  10. Terahertz Time Domain Spectroscopy for Structure-II Gas Hydrates

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    Takeya, Kei; Zhang, Caihong; Kawayama, Iwao; Murakami, Hironaru; Jepsen, Peter Uhd; Chen, Jian; Wu, Peiheng; Ohgaki, Kazunari; Tonouchi, Masayoshi

    2009-12-01

    For the nondestructive inspection of gas hydrates, terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) was applied to tetrahydrofuran (THF) hydrate and propane hydrate. The absorption of propane hydrate monotonically increases with frequency, similar to the case of ice, while THF hydrate has a characteristic broad absorption peak at 0.5 THz corresponding to the dipole moment of THF molecules. The refractive indices of THF and propane hydrates are 1.725 and 1.775 at 1 THz, respectively, and show a slight but clear difference from the refractive index of ice (1.79). THz-TDS is a potentially useful technique for the nondestructive inspection of gas hydrates.

  11. Coherent source terahertz-subterahertz spectroscopy: instrumentation and physics

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    Gorshunov, Boris P.; Zhukova, Elena S.

    2014-03-01

    We describe instrumentation and principles of terahertz-subterahertz (THz-subTHz) spectrometers based on continuously frequency tunable coherent radiation sources - backward-wave oscillators (BWOs). The spectrometers cover frequency range from 1 cm-1 (0.03 THz) to 50 cm-1 (1.5 THz) and operate at temperatures from 2 K to 1000 K, also in magnetic fields up to 8 Tesla. We illustrate abilities of the BWO-spectroscopy by presenting some late results on dielectric, conducting, superconducting and magnetic materials.

  12. Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy of Four Hydroxycinnamic Acid Derivatives

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    Ge, Min; Zhao, Hongwei; Zhang, Zengyan; Yu, Xiaohan; Li, Wenxin

    2006-01-01

    The well-resolved absorption spectra of the hydroxycinnamic acid (HCA) derivatives, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, sinapic acid and chlorogenic acid, were measured over the frequency region from 0.3 to 2.0THz at 294K with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Theoretical calculation was applied to assist the analysis and assignment of the individual THz absorption spectra of the HCA derivatives with density functional theory (DFT). The distinctive spectral features were originated from the collective motion of molecules held together by hydrogen bonds. The real and imaginary parts of dielectric function of the four HCA derivatives were also obtained. PMID:19669446

  13. Terahertz electromodulation spectroscopy of electron transport in GaN

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    Engelbrecht, S. G.; Arend, T. R.; Kersting, R.; Zhu, T.; Kappers, M. J.

    2015-03-02

    Time-resolved terahertz (THz) electromodulation spectroscopy is applied to investigate the high-frequency transport of electrons in gallium nitride at different doping concentrations and densities of threading dislocations. At THz frequencies, all structures reveal Drude transport. The analysis of the spectral response provides the fundamental transport properties, such as the electron scattering time and the electrons' conductivity effective mass. We observe the expected impact of ionized-impurity scattering and that scattering at threading dislocations only marginally affects the high-frequency mobility.

  14. Dielectric relaxation of electrolyte solutions using terahertz transmission spectroscopy

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    Asaki, M. L. T.; Redondo, A.; Zawodzinski, T. A.; Taylor, A. J.

    2002-05-01

    We use terahertz (THz) transmission spectroscopy to obtain the frequency dependent complex dielectric constants of water, methanol, and propylene carbonate, and solutions of lithium salts in these solvents. The behavior of the pure solvents is modeled with either two (water) or three (methanol and propylene carbonate) Debye relaxations. We discuss the effects of ionic solvation on the relaxation behavior of the solvents in terms of modifications to the values of the Debye parameters of the pure solvents. In this way we obtain estimates for numbers of irrotationally bound solvent molecules, the numbers of bonds broken or formed, and the effects of ions on the higher-frequency relaxations.

  15. Characterization of Wheat Varieties Using Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy

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    Ge, Hongyi; Jiang, Yuying; Lian, Feiyu; Zhang, Yuan; Xia, Shanhong

    2015-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy and multivariate data analysis were explored to discriminate eight wheat varieties. The absorption spectra were measured using THz time-domain spectroscopy from 0.2 to 2.0 THz. Using partial least squares (PLS), a regression model for discriminating wheat varieties was developed. The coefficient of correlation in cross validation (R) and root-mean-square error of cross validation (RMSECV) were 0.985 and 1.162, respectively. In addition, interval PLS was applied to optimize the models by selecting the most appropriate regions in the spectra, improving the prediction accuracy (R = 0.992 and RMSECV = 0.967). Results demonstrate that THz spectroscopy combined with multivariate analysis can provide rapid, nondestructive discrimination of wheat varieties. PMID:26024421

  16. Two-dimensional Raman-terahertz spectroscopy of water

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    Savolainen, Janne; Ahmed, Saima; Hamm, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Two-dimensional Raman-terahertz (THz) spectroscopy is presented as a multidimensional spectroscopy directly in the far-IR regime. The method is used to explore the dynamics of the collective intermolecular modes of liquid water at ambient temperatures that emerge from the hydrogen-bond networks water forming. Two-dimensional Raman-THz spectroscopy interrogates these modes twice and as such can elucidate couplings and inhomogeneities of the various degrees of freedoms. An echo in the 2D Raman-THz response is indeed identified, indicating that a heterogeneous distribution of hydrogen-bond networks exists, albeit only on a very short 100-fs timescale. This timescale appears to be too short to be compatible with more extended, persistent structures assumed within a two-state model of water. PMID:24297930

  17. Characteristics of nanoscale composites by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Altan, Hakan; Huang, Feng; Federici, John F.; Lan, Aidong; Grebel, Haim

    2003-08-01

    We have conducted visible pump-THz probe experiments on single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) on quartz substrates. Our results suggest an upper limit to the carrier-lifetime, which is on the order 1.5ps, limited only by the THz pulse duration. These experiments were repeated for ion-implanted, 3-4nm Si nanoclusters in quartz for which the carrier lifetime was also assessed at 1.5ps. THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) of SWCNTs revealed that the THz pulse peak transmission changed under optical illumination.

  18. Novel electronic ferroelectricity in an organic charge-order insulator investigated with terahertz-pump optical-probe spectroscopy.

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    Yamakawa, H; Miyamoto, T; Morimoto, T; Yada, H; Kinoshita, Y; Sotome, M; Kida, N; Yamamoto, K; Iwano, K; Matsumoto, Y; Watanabe, S; Shimoi, Y; Suda, M; Yamamoto, H M; Mori, H; Okamoto, H

    2016-01-01

    In electronic-type ferroelectrics, where dipole moments produced by the variations of electron configurations are aligned, the polarization is expected to be rapidly controlled by electric fields. Such a feature can be used for high-speed electric-switching and memory devices. Electronic-type ferroelectrics include charge degrees of freedom, so that they are sometimes conductive, complicating dielectric measurements. This makes difficult the exploration of electronic-type ferroelectrics and the understanding of their ferroelectric nature. Here, we show unambiguous evidence for electronic ferroelectricity in the charge-order (CO) phase of a prototypical ET-based molecular compound, ?-(ET)2I3 (ET:bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene), using a terahertz pulse as an external electric field. Terahertz-pump second-harmonic-generation(SHG)-probe and optical-reflectivity-probe spectroscopy reveal that the ferroelectric polarization originates from intermolecular charge transfers and is inclined 27 from the horizontal CO stripe. These features are qualitatively reproduced by the density-functional-theory calculation. After sub-picosecond polarization modulation by terahertz fields, prominent oscillations appear in the reflectivity but not in the SHG-probe results, suggesting that the CO is coupled with molecular displacements, while the ferroelectricity is electronic in nature. The results presented here demonstrate that terahertz-pump optical-probe spectroscopy is a powerful tool not only for rapidly controlling polarizations, but also for clarifying the mechanisms of ferroelectricity. PMID:26864779

  19. Novel electronic ferroelectricity in an organic charge-order insulator investigated with terahertz-pump optical-probe spectroscopy

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    Yamakawa, H.; Miyamoto, T.; Morimoto, T.; Yada, H.; Kinoshita, Y.; Sotome, M.; Kida, N.; Yamamoto, K.; Iwano, K.; Matsumoto, Y.; Watanabe, S.; Shimoi, Y.; Suda, M.; Yamamoto, H. M.; Mori, H.; Okamoto, H.

    2016-02-01

    In electronic-type ferroelectrics, where dipole moments produced by the variations of electron configurations are aligned, the polarization is expected to be rapidly controlled by electric fields. Such a feature can be used for high-speed electric-switching and memory devices. Electronic-type ferroelectrics include charge degrees of freedom, so that they are sometimes conductive, complicating dielectric measurements. This makes difficult the exploration of electronic-type ferroelectrics and the understanding of their ferroelectric nature. Here, we show unambiguous evidence for electronic ferroelectricity in the charge-order (CO) phase of a prototypical ET-based molecular compound, α-(ET)2I3 (ET:bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene), using a terahertz pulse as an external electric field. Terahertz-pump second-harmonic-generation(SHG)-probe and optical-reflectivity-probe spectroscopy reveal that the ferroelectric polarization originates from intermolecular charge transfers and is inclined 27° from the horizontal CO stripe. These features are qualitatively reproduced by the density-functional-theory calculation. After sub-picosecond polarization modulation by terahertz fields, prominent oscillations appear in the reflectivity but not in the SHG-probe results, suggesting that the CO is coupled with molecular displacements, while the ferroelectricity is electronic in nature. The results presented here demonstrate that terahertz-pump optical-probe spectroscopy is a powerful tool not only for rapidly controlling polarizations, but also for clarifying the mechanisms of ferroelectricity.

  20. Novel electronic ferroelectricity in an organic charge-order insulator investigated with terahertz-pump optical-probe spectroscopy

    PubMed Central

    Yamakawa, H.; Miyamoto, T.; Morimoto, T.; Yada, H.; Kinoshita, Y.; Sotome, M.; Kida, N.; Yamamoto, K.; Iwano, K.; Matsumoto, Y.; Watanabe, S.; Shimoi, Y.; Suda, M.; Yamamoto, H. M.; Mori, H.; Okamoto, H.

    2016-01-01

    In electronic-type ferroelectrics, where dipole moments produced by the variations of electron configurations are aligned, the polarization is expected to be rapidly controlled by electric fields. Such a feature can be used for high-speed electric-switching and memory devices. Electronic-type ferroelectrics include charge degrees of freedom, so that they are sometimes conductive, complicating dielectric measurements. This makes difficult the exploration of electronic-type ferroelectrics and the understanding of their ferroelectric nature. Here, we show unambiguous evidence for electronic ferroelectricity in the charge-order (CO) phase of a prototypical ET-based molecular compound, α-(ET)2I3 (ET:bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene), using a terahertz pulse as an external electric field. Terahertz-pump second-harmonic-generation(SHG)-probe and optical-reflectivity-probe spectroscopy reveal that the ferroelectric polarization originates from intermolecular charge transfers and is inclined 27° from the horizontal CO stripe. These features are qualitatively reproduced by the density-functional-theory calculation. After sub-picosecond polarization modulation by terahertz fields, prominent oscillations appear in the reflectivity but not in the SHG-probe results, suggesting that the CO is coupled with molecular displacements, while the ferroelectricity is electronic in nature. The results presented here demonstrate that terahertz-pump optical-probe spectroscopy is a powerful tool not only for rapidly controlling polarizations, but also for clarifying the mechanisms of ferroelectricity. PMID:26864779

  1. Spectroscopic study of terahertz reflection and transmission properties of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic composites

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    Zhang, Jin; Shi, Changcheng; Ma, Yuting; Han, Xiaohui; Li, Wei; Chang, Tianying; Wei, Dongshan; Du, Chunlei; Cui, Hong-Liang

    2015-05-01

    Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites are widely used in aerospace and concrete structure reinforcement due to their high strength and light weight. Terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy is an attractive tool for defect inspection in CFRP composites. In order to improve THz nondestructive testing of CFRP composites, we have carried out systematic investigations of THz reflection and transmission properties of CFRP. Unidirectional CFRP composites with different thicknesses are measured with polarization directions 0 deg to 90 deg with respect to the fiber direction, in both reflection and transmission modes. As shown in the experiments, CFRP composites are electrically conducting and therefore exhibit a high THz reflectivity. In addition, CFRP composites have polarization-dependent reflectivity and transmissivity for THz radiation. The reflected THz power in the case of parallel polarization is nearly 1.8 times higher than for perpendicular polarization. At the same time, in the transmission of THz wave, a CFRP acts as a Fabry-Pérot cavity resulting from multiple internal reflections from the CFRP-air interfaces. Moreover, from the measured data, we extract the refractive index and absorption coefficient of CFRP composites in the THz frequency range.

  2. Effect on influenza hemagglutinin protein binding with neutralizing antibody using terahertz spectroscopy technology

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    Sun, Yiwen; Zhong, Junlan; Zuo, Jian; Zhang, Cunlin

    2014-11-01

    Terahertz spectroscopy is sensitive to probe several aspects of biological systems. We have reported the terahertz dielectric spectrum is able to identify the type of the charges in the hydrogen-bonded antibodies' networks in our previous work. Recently we demonstrate a highly sensitive THz-TDS method to monitor binding interaction of influenza hemagglutinin (HA) against its target antibody F10. The terahertz dielectric properties of HA was strongly affected by the presence of a specific antibody. Protein solution concentration or even molecular binding interaction can also affect the terahertz signal. This enables us to detect the specificity and sensitivity of antibody-antigen binding under THz radiation.

  3. Aeronautics composite material inspection with a terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system

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    Ospald, Frank; Zouaghi, Wissem; Beigang, Ren; Matheis, Carsten; Jonuscheit, Joachim; Recur, Benoit; Guillet, Jean-Paul; Mounaix, Patrick; Vleugels, Wouter; Bosom, Pablo Venegas; Gonzlez, Laura Vega; Lpez, Ion; Edo, Rafael Martnez; Sternberg, Yehuda; Vandewal, Marijke

    2014-03-01

    The usability of pulsed broadband terahertz radiation for the inspection of composite materials from the aeronautics industry is investigated, with the goal of developing a mobile time-domain spectroscopy system that operates in reflection geometry. A wide range of samples based on glass and carbon fiber reinforced plastics with various types of defects is examined using an imaging system; the results are evaluated both in time and frequency domain. The conductivity of carbon fibers prevents penetration of the respective samples but also allows analysis of coatings from the reflected THz pulses. Glass fiber composites are, in principle, transparent for THz radiation, but commonly with significant absorption for wavelengths >1 THz. Depending on depth, matrix material, and size, defects like foreign material inserts, delaminations, or moisture contamination can be visualized. If a defect is not too deep in the sample, its location can be correctly identified from the delay between partial reflections at the surface and the defect itself.

  4. Reflectance spectroscopy for soil analysis

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    Over the last three decades or more, researchers have estimated soil properties using visible and near infrared (VNIR) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), with varying results. This presentation reviews the history and state-of –the art of VNIR-DRS, including relative estimation accuracy for var...

  5. Surface-enhanced terahertz spectroscopy using gold rod structures resonant with terahertz waves.

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    Ueno, Kosei; Nozawa, Sho; Misawa, Hiroaki

    2015-11-01

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy is a promising method to measure the spectrum of low-frequency modes of molecules or ensembles, such as crystals and polymers, including proteins. However, the main drawback of THz spectroscopy is its extremely low sensitivity. In the present study, we report on signal enhancement in THz spectroscopy achieved by depositing amino acid molecules or their derivatives on a gold rod structured silicon substrate whose localized surface plasmon resonance is exhibited in the THz frequency region. The distinct peaks derived from the enhancement of the inherent spectrum based on a molecular crystal were clearly observed when a longitudinal plasmon resonance mode of the gold rod structure was excited and the plasmon resonance band overlapped the molecular/intermolecular vibrational mode. We discuss the mechanism by which surface-enhanced THz spectroscopy was induced from the viewpoint of the enhancement of light-matter coupling due to plasmon excitation and the modulation of the plasmon band by dipole coupling between the plasmon dipole and molecular/intermolecular vibrational modes. PMID:26561128

  6. Reflection type of terahertz imaging system using a high-T{sub c} superconducting oscillator

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    Kashiwagi, T.; Minami, H.; Kadowaki, K.; Nakade, K.; Saiwai, Y.; Kitamura, T.; Watanabe, C.; Ishida, K.; Sekimoto, S.; Asanuma, K.; Yasui, T.; Shibano, Y.; Marković, B.; Mirković, J.; Tsujimoto, M.; Yamamoto, T.

    2014-01-13

    A reflection type of imaging system is shown at sub-terahertz frequencies generated from high-T{sub c} superconducting intrinsic Josephson junction mesa structures fabricated by single crystalline Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ} to demonstrate how the sub-terahertz imaging technique using monochromatic radiation is powerful and unique for the variety of practical applications. Several examples are discussed in detail and are compared to other terahertz imaging systems.

  7. Quantitative measurement of permeabilization of living cells by terahertz attenuated total reflection

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    Grognot, Marianne; Gallot, Guilhem

    2015-09-01

    Using Attenuated Total Reflection imaging technique in the terahertz domain, we demonstrate non-invasive, non-staining real time measurements of cytoplasm leakage during permeabilization of epithelial cells by saponin. The terahertz signal is mostly sensitive to the intracellular protein concentration in the cells, in a very good agreement with standard bicinchoninic acid protein measurements. It opens the way to in situ real time dynamics of protein content and permeabilization in live cells.

  8. Adaptive optics instrumentation in submillimeter/terahertz spectroscopy with a flexible polyvinylidene fluoride cladding hollow waveguide.

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    Hidaka, Takehiko; Ishikawa, Akihiro; Kojou, Jun-Ichiro; Ikari, Tomofumi; Ishikawa, Yoh-Ichi; Minamide, Hiroaki; Kudoh, Akito; Nishizawa, Jun-Ichi; Ito, Hiromasa

    2007-08-01

    A simple instrument has been developed to carry out temperature dependent submillimeter/terahertz-wave spectroscopy using a polyvinylidene fluoride flexible hollow waveguide and an eggplant-shape launching lens. PMID:17764369

  9. Adaptive optics instrumentation in submillimeter/terahertz spectroscopy with a flexible polyvinylidene fluoride cladding hollow waveguide

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    Hidaka, Takehiko; Ishikawa, Akihiro; Kojou, Jun-Ichiro; Ikari, Tomofumi; Ishikawa, Yoh-Ichi; Minamide, Hiroaki; Kudoh, Akito; Nishizawa, Jun-Ichi; Ito, Hiromasa

    2007-08-01

    A simple instrument has been developed to carry out temperature dependent submillimeter/terahertz-wave spectroscopy using a polyvinylidene fluoride flexible hollow waveguide and an eggplant-shape launching lens.

  10. Terahertz Time Domain Gas-phase Spectroscopy of Carbon Monoxide

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    Kilcullen, Patrick; Hartley, I. D.; Jensen, E. T.; Reid, M.

    2015-04-01

    Free induction decay signals emitted from Carbon Monoxide (CO) excited by sub-picosecond pulses of Terahertz (THz) radiation are directly measured in the time domain and compared to model calculations using a linear dispersion model to good agreement. Best fitting techniques of the data using the model allow the self-pressure broadening of CO to be measured across a range of absolute pressures, and the rotational constant to be determined. We find B V = 5.770 0.003 1010 Hz in agreement with previous measurements. A partial pressure limit of detection for CO of 7900 ppm is estimated at atmosphere through extrapolating the calculated commensurate echo peaks down to low pressures with respect to the RMS noise floor of our THz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) apparatus, which implies a limit of detection in the range of 40 ppm for commercial THz-TDS systems.

  11. Terahertz absorption spectroscopy of protein-containing reverse micellar solution

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    Murakami, H.; Toyota, Y.; Nishi, T.; Nashima, S.

    2012-01-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy has been carried out for AOT/isooctane reverse micellar solution with myoglobin at the water-to-surfactant molar ratios ( w0) of 0.2 and 4.4. The amplitude of the absorption spectrum increases with increasing the protein concentration at w0 = 0.2, whereas it decreases at w0 = 4.4. The molar extinction coefficients of the protein-filled reverse micelle, and the constituents, i.e., myoglobin, water, and AOT, have been derived by use of the structural parameters of the micellar solution. The experimental results are interpreted in terms of hydration onto the protein and surfactant in the reverse micelle.

  12. Terahertz pulsed spectroscopy of paraffin-embedded brain glioma.

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    Meng, Kun; Chen, Tu-nan; Chen, Tao; Zhu, Li-guo; Liu, Qiao; Li, Zhao; Li, Fei; Zhong, Sen-cheng; Li, Ze-ren; Feng, Hua; Zhao, Jian-heng

    2014-01-01

    The refractive indices, absorption coefficients, and complex dielectric constants of paraffin-embedded brain glioma and normal brain tissues have been measured by a terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system in the 0.2- to 2.0-THz range. The spectral differences between gliomas and normal brain tissues were obtained. Compared with normal brain tissue, our results indicate that paraffin-embedded brain gliomas have a higher refractive index, absorption coefficient, and dielectric constant. Based on these results, the best THz frequencies for different methods of paraffin-embedded brain glioma imaging, such as intensity imaging, coherent imaging with continuum THz sources, and THz pulsed imaging with short-pulsed THz sources, are analyzed. PMID:25003757

  13. Gas sensing using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Mittleman, D. M.; Jacobsen, R. H.; Neelamani, R.; Baraniuk, R. G.; Nuss, M. C.

    1998-09-01

    A method for detection and identification of polar gases and gas mixtures based on the technique of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy is presented. This relatively new technology promises to be the first portable far-infrared spectrometer, providing a means for real-time spectroscopic measurements over a broad bandwidth up to several THz. The measured time-domain waveforms can be efficiently parameterized using standard tools from signal processing, including procedures developed for speech recognition applications. These are generally more efficient than conventional methods based on Fourier analysis, and are easier to implement in a real-time sensing system. Preliminary results of real-time gas mixture analysis using a linear predictive coding algorithm are presented. A number of possible avenues for improved signal processing schemes are discussed. In particular, the utility of a wavelet-based signal analysis for tasks such as denoising is demonstrated.

  14. Improved Sensitivity MEMS Cantilever Sensor for Terahertz Photoacoustic Spectroscopy.

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    Coutu, Ronald A; Medvedev, Ivan R; Petkie, Douglas T

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) cantilever sensor was designed, modeled and fabricated to measure the terahertz (THz) radiation induced photoacoustic (PA) response of gases under low vacuum conditions. This work vastly improves cantilever sensitivity over previous efforts, by reducing internal beam stresses, minimizing out of plane beam curvature and optimizing beam damping. In addition, fabrication yield was improved by approximately 50% by filleting the cantilever's anchor and free end to help reduce high stress areas that occurred during device fabrication and processing. All of the cantilever sensors were fabricated using silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers and tested in a custom built, low-volume, vacuum chamber. The resulting cantilever sensors exhibited improved signal to noise ratios, sensitivities and normalized noise equivalent absorption (NNEA) coefficients of approximately 4.28 10(-10) cm(-1)WHz(-1/2). This reported NNEA represents approximately a 70% improvement over previously fabricated and tested SOI cantilever sensors for THz PA spectroscopy. PMID:26907280

  15. Terahertz pulsed spectroscopy of paraffin-embedded brain glioma

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    Meng, Kun; Chen, Tu-nan; Chen, Tao; Zhu, Li-guo; Liu, Qiao; Li, Zhao; Li, Fei; Zhong, Sen-cheng; Li, Ze-ren; Feng, Hua; Zhao, Jian-heng

    2014-07-01

    The refractive indices, absorption coefficients, and complex dielectric constants of paraffin-embedded brain glioma and normal brain tissues have been measured by a terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system in the 0.2- to 2.0-THz range. The spectral differences between gliomas and normal brain tissues were obtained. Compared with normal brain tissue, our results indicate that paraffin-embedded brain gliomas have a higher refractive index, absorption coefficient, and dielectric constant. Based on these results, the best THz frequencies for different methods of paraffin-embedded brain glioma imaging, such as intensity imaging, coherent imaging with continuum THz sources, and THz pulsed imaging with short-pulsed THz sources, are analyzed.

  16. Application of image processing for terahertz time domain spectroscopy imaging quantitative detection

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    Li, Li-juan; Wang, Sheng; Ren, Jiao-jiao; Zhou, Ming-xing; Zhao, Duo

    2015-03-01

    According to nondestructive testing principle for the terahertz time domain spectroscopy Imaging, using digital image processing techniques, through Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system collected images and two-dimensional datas and using a range of processing methods, including selecting regions of interest, contrast enhancement, edge detection, and defects being detected. In the paper, Matlab programming is been use to defect recognition of Terahertz, by figuring out the pixels to determine defects defect area and border length, roundness, diameter size. Through the experiment of the qualitative analysis and quantitative calculation of Matlab image processing, this method of detection of defects of geometric dimension of the sample to get a better result.

  17. Cartilage analysis by reflection spectroscopy

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    Laun, T.; Muenzer, M.; Wenzel, U.; Princz, S.; Hessling, M.

    2015-07-01

    A cartilage bioreactor with analytical functions for cartilage quality monitoring is being developed. For determining cartilage composition, reflection spectroscopy in the visible (VIS) and near infrared (NIR) spectral region is evaluated. Main goal is the determination of the most abundant cartilage compounds water, collagen I and collagen II. Therefore VIS and NIR reflection spectra of different cartilage samples of cow, pig and lamb are recorded. Due to missing analytical instrumentation for identifying the cartilage composition of these samples, typical literature concentration values are used for the development of chemometric models. In spite of these limitations the chemometric models provide good cross correlation results for the prediction of collagen I and II and water concentration based on the visible and the NIR reflection spectra.

  18. Terahertz spectroscopy of concrete for evaluating the critical hydration level

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    Dash, Jyotirmayee; Ray, Shaumik; Nallappan, Kathirvel; Sasmal, Saptarshi; Pesala, Bala

    2014-03-01

    Concrete, a mixture of cement, coarse aggregate, sand and filler material (if any), is widely used in the construction industry. Cement, mainly composed of Tricalcium Silicate (C3S) and Dicalcium Silicate (C2S) reacts readily with water, a process known as hydration. The hydration process forms a solid material known as hardened cement paste which is mainly composed of Calcium Silicate Hydrate (C-S-H), Calcium Hydroxide and Calcium Carbonate. To quantify the critical hydration level, an accurate and fast technique is highly desired. However, in conventional XRD technique, the peaks of the constituents of anhydrated and hydrated cement cannot be resolved properly, where as Mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy has low penetration depth and hence cannot be used to determine the hydration level of thicker concrete samples easily. Further, MIR spectroscopy cannot be used to effectively track the formation of Calcium Hydroxide, a key by-product during the hydration process. This paper describes a promising approach to quantify the hydration dynamics of cement using Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy. This technique has been employed to track the time dependent reaction mechanism of the key constituents of cement that react with water and form the products in the hydrated cement, viz., C-S-H, Calcium Hydroxide and Calcium Carbonate. This study helps in providing an improved understanding on the hydration kinetics of cement and also to optimise the physio-mechanical characteristics of concrete.

  19. Application of wavelet transforms in terahertz spectroscopy of rough surface targets

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    Arbab, M. Hassan; Winebrenner, Dale P.; Thorsos, Eric I.; Chen, Antao

    2010-02-01

    Previously, it has been shown that scattering of terahertz waves by surface roughness of a target can alter the terahertz absorption spectrum and thus obscure the detection of some chemicals in both transmission and reflection geometries. In this paper it is demonstrated that by employing Maximal Overlap Discrete Wavelet Transform (MODWT) coefficients, wavelet-based methods can be used to retrieve spectroscopic information from a broadband terahertz signal reflected from a rough surface target. It is concluded that while the commonly used direct frequency domain deconvolution method fails to accurately characterize and detect the resonance in the dielectric constant of rough surface lactose pellets, wavelet techniques were able to successfully identify such features.

  20. Imaging and spectroscopy at terahertz frequencies using hot electron bolometer technology

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    Gerecht, Eyal; Gu, Dazhen; Rodriguez-Morales, Fernando; Yngvesson, Sigfrid

    2006-10-01

    Imaging and spectroscopy at terahertz frequencies (defined roughly as 300 GHz - 3 THz) have great potential for both healthcare and homeland security applications. Terahertz frequencies correspond to energy level transitions of important molecules in biology and astrophysics. Terahertz radiation (T-rays) can penetrate clothing and, to some extent, can also penetrate biological materials, and because of their shorter wavelengths they offer higher spatial resolution than microwaves or millimeter waves. We describe the development of a novel two-dimensional scanning, passive, terahertz imaging system based on a hot electron bolometer (HEB) detector element. HEB mixers are near quantum noise limited heterodyne detectors operating over the entire terahertz spectrum. HEB devices absorb terahertz radiation up to the visible range due to the very short momentum scattering times. The terahertz imaging system consists of a front-end heterodyne detector integrated with a state-of-the-art monolithic microwave integrated-circuit low-noise amplifier (MMIC LNA) on the same mixer block. The terahertz local oscillator (LO) signal is provided by a commercial harmonic multiplier source.

  1. Terahertz imaging and spectroscopy based on hot electron bolometer (HEB) heterodyne detection

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    Gerecht, Eyal; You, Lixing

    2008-02-01

    Imaging and spectroscopy at terahertz frequencies have great potential for healthcare, plasma diagnostics, and homeland security applications. Terahertz frequencies correspond to energy level transitions of important molecules in biology and astrophysics. Terahertz radiation (T-rays) can penetrate clothing and, to some extent, can also penetrate biological materials. Because of their shorter wavelengths, they offer higher spatial resolution than do microwaves or millimeter waves. We are developing hot electron bolometer (HEB) mixer receivers for heterodyne detection at terahertz frequencies. HEB detectors provide unprecedented sensitivity and spectral resolution at terahertz frequencies. We describe the development of a two-pixel focal plane array (FPA) based on HEB technology. Furthermore, we have demonstrated a fully automated, two-dimensional scanning, passive imaging system based on our HEB technology operating at 0.85 THz. Our high spectral resolution terahertz imager has a total system noise equivalent temperature difference (NE?T) value of better than 0.5 K and a spatial resolution of a few millimeters. HEB technology is becoming the basis for advanced terahertz imaging and spectroscopic technologies for the study of biological and chemical agents over the entire terahertz spectrum.

  2. Terahertz metrology on power, frequency, spectroscopy, and pulse parameters

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    Wu, Bin; Ying, Cheng Ping; Wang, Heng Fei; Zhang, Peng; Liu, Hong Yuan; Jiang, Bin

    2015-11-01

    Terahertz metrology is becoming more and more important along with the fast development of terahertz technology. This paper reviews the research works of the groups from the physikalisch-technische bundesanstalt (PTB), National institute of standards and technology (NIST), National physical laboratory (NPL), National institute of metrology (NIM) and some other research institutes. The contents mainly focus on the metrology of parameters of power, frequency, spectrum and pulse. At the end of the paper, the prospect of terahertz metrology is predicted.

  3. Ultrafast Terahertz Kerr Effect Spectroscopy of Liquids and Binary Mixtures

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    Allodi, Marco A.; Finneran, Ian A.; Blake, Geoffrey

    2015-06-01

    The ultrafast TeraHertz Kerr effect (TKE) has recently been demonstrated as a nonlinear spectroscopic technique capable of measuring the dielectric relaxation of liquids. The true power of this technique lies in its ability to provide complementary information to measurements taken using heterodyne-detected optical Kerr effect (OKE) spectroscopy. The optical pulses in OKE measurements interact with the sample via the molecular polarizability, a rank-two tensor, in contrast with THz pulses that interact with the molecules via the dipole moment, a rank-one tensor. Given the different light-matter interactions in the two techniques, TKE measurements help complete the physical picture of intermolecular interactions at short timescales. We report here our implementation of heterodyne-detected TKE spectroscopy, along with measurements of pure liquids, and binary mixtures. Some of the liquids presented here were previously believed to be TKE inactive, thus showing that we have achieved a greater sensitivity than the previous implementation in the literature. In addition, we will discuss a variety of binary mixtures and show how the TKE data can be compared with OKE data to deepen our physical understanding of intermolecular interactions in liquids.

  4. Dielectric Properties of Diesel and Gasoline by Terahertz Spectroscopy

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    Arik, Enis; Altan, Hakan; Esenturk, Okan

    2014-09-01

    In this study we have investigated the dielectric properties of diesel and gasoline in the Terahertz (THz) spectral region. We present frequency dependent absorption coefficients, refractive indices, and dielectric constants calculated from the transient measurements of the fuel oils between 0.1 and 1.1 THz. Observed weak absorption coefficient of fuel oils is explained by transient dipole moments induced by collisions between individual molecules. Fuel oils were modeled successfully with Debye model to investigate the relaxation dynamics after interaction with the electric field. Significant differences in relaxation times of molecules in diesel and gasoline are attributed to the differences in their intermolecular forces. Dispersion forces are much greater in diesel due to the longer hydrocarbon chains (C8-C40) compared to that (C4-C12) of the gasoline. This leads to a comparably faster relaxation right after THz electric field is applied. Clear differences in optical properties offer a simple yet effective way to discriminate fuel oils from each other by using THz spectroscopy without any danger of combustion or decomposition of the samples. Such an approach may also be used for the quality determination of either fuels. The study presents the great potential of THz spectroscopy to study very complex mixtures like fuel oils by the use of instantaneous THz wave/matter interactions and relaxation dynamics of the constituent molecules.

  5. Quantitative analyses of tartaric acid based on terahertz time domain spectroscopy

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    Cao, Binghua; Fan, Mengbao

    2010-10-01

    Terahertz wave is the electromagnetic spectrum situated between microwave and infrared wave. Quantitative analysis based on terahertz spectroscopy is very important for the application of terahertz techniques. But how to realize it is still under study. L-tartaric acid is widely used as acidulant in beverage, and other food, such as soft drinks, wine, candy, bread and some colloidal sweetmeats. In this paper, terahertz time-domain spectroscopy is applied to quantify the tartaric acid. Two methods are employed to process the terahertz spectra of different samples with different content of tartaric acid. The first one is linear regression combining correlation analysis. The second is partial least square (PLS), in which the absorption spectra in the 0.8-1.4THz region are used to quantify the tartaric acid. To compare the performance of these two principles, the relative error of the two methods is analyzed. For this experiment, the first method does better than the second one. But the first method is suitable for the quantitative analysis of materials which has obvious terahertz absorption peaks, while for material which has no obvious terahertz absorption peaks, the second one is more appropriate.

  6. Optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy of dyes in solutions: Probing the dynamics of liquid solvent or solid precipitate?

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    Kadlec, Filip; Kadlec, Christelle; Kuel, Petr; Slav?ek, Petr; Jungwirth, Pavel

    2004-01-01

    The optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy was used together with ab initio calculations and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate ultrafast dynamics following electronic excitation of Coumarin 153 and TBNC (2,11,20,29-tetra-tert-butyl-2,3-naphtalocyanine) dyes in polar solvents. By scanning the terahertz waveform for different pump-probe delays this experimental technique allows us to obtain two dimensional spectra directly reflecting the temporal response of the system. A distinct signal was obtained for TBNC in chloroform, 2-propanol, and n-butanol, while no signal was recorded for Coumarin 153 in either of these solvents. We explain the nonequilibrium signal detected in TBNC solutions by the presence of a solid, polycrystalline phase of the dye resulting from irradiating the solution by intense optical pulses.

  7. Few-cycle terahertz generation and spectroscopy of nanostructures.

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    Darmo, Juraj; Mller, Thomas; Parz, Wolfgang; Krll, Josef; Strasser, Gottfried; Unterrainer, Karl

    2004-02-15

    We report on new schemes for terahertz (THz) generation. The THz efficiency of photoconducting antennas can be increased by using a cavity effect for the near-infrared pump beam. The cavity is formed by a molecular beam epitaxy grown semiconductor Bragg mirror below the photoconducting layer. The optical confinement is accompanied by an electrical confinement suppressing undesired leakage currents and providing a constant electric field in the active layers. The performance of this cavity-enhanced emitter is further improved by using a mobility optimized low-temperature GaAs layer. This emitter is successfully used in a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser cavity for highly efficient intracavity THz generation, where the photoconductive layer serves also as a saturable absorber. The broadband THz pulses generated are used for time-resolved spectroscopy of nanostructures. We study the dynamics of intersubband transitions in semiconductor quantum wells. The relaxation of carriers excited by a near-infrared pump pulse is investigated by measuring the THz absorption between the different subbands with our THz pulses. For transition energies below the optical phonon energy we find relatively long relaxation times with a strong dependence on the excited carrier density. PMID:15306518

  8. Improved Sensitivity MEMS Cantilever Sensor for Terahertz Photoacoustic Spectroscopy

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    Coutu, Ronald A.; Medvedev, Ivan R.; Petkie, Douglas T.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) cantilever sensor was designed, modeled and fabricated to measure the terahertz (THz) radiation induced photoacoustic (PA) response of gases under low vacuum conditions. This work vastly improves cantilever sensitivity over previous efforts, by reducing internal beam stresses, minimizing out of plane beam curvature and optimizing beam damping. In addition, fabrication yield was improved by approximately 50% by filleting the cantilever’s anchor and free end to help reduce high stress areas that occurred during device fabrication and processing. All of the cantilever sensors were fabricated using silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers and tested in a custom built, low-volume, vacuum chamber. The resulting cantilever sensors exhibited improved signal to noise ratios, sensitivities and normalized noise equivalent absorption (NNEA) coefficients of approximately 4.28 × 10−10 cm−1·WHz−1/2. This reported NNEA represents approximately a 70% improvement over previously fabricated and tested SOI cantilever sensors for THz PA spectroscopy. PMID:26907280

  9. Terahertz and Infrared Laboratory Spectroscopy in Support of NASA Missions

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    Yu, Shanshan

    2015-06-01

    The JPL molecular spectroscopy group supports NASA programs encompassing Astrophysics, Atmospheric Science, and Planetary Science. Ongoing activities include measurement and analysis of molecular spectra in the terahertz and infrared regions under conditions akin to the remote environments under study in NASA missions. This presentation will show the implementation of state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques to fulfill spectroscopic demands of the Herschel Space Observatory and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory re-flight (OCO-2). A demonstrative example of the significantly improved frequency predictions for the H_3O^+ ground state high-J transitions will be given. This work was critical to Herschel's successful identification of highly excited metastable H_3O^+ Terahertz lines with J=K up to 11, one of the Herschel mission's many surprising observational results. The observation and subsequent laboratory work revealed that (1) these highly excited H_3O^+ lines had already been observed by European Southern Observatory's Atacama Pathfinder Experiment telescope a few years before but had been classified as U-lines; (2) the H_3O^+ number density was previously underestimated by an order of magnitude, due to ignorance of the population in the metastable states. A second example focuses on O_2, an important absorber from the microwave through the deep UV. This work is motivated by the challenge of developing an accurate and complete spectroscopic characterization of molecular oxygen across a wide frequency range for current and planned Earth atmospheric observations. Especially, OCO-2 utilizes the O_2 A-band for air mass calibration; extremely accurate O_2 molecular data, i.e., line positions with uncertainty on the order of MHz for the A-band around 13000 wn, are required to fulfill the demand of the proposed 0.25% precision for the carbon dioxide concentration retrievals. G. Pilbratt, J. Riedinger, T. Passvogel, G. Crone, D. Doyle, U. Gageur et al. A&A, 518, L1 (2010). D. Crisp, B.M Fisher, C. O'Dell, C. Frankenberg, R. Basilio, H. Boesch et al., Atmos. Meas. Tech. 5, 687-707 (2012).

  10. Generation of terahertz radiation in the reflection of a laser pulse from a dense plasma

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    Frolov, A. A.

    2007-12-15

    The generation of low-frequency (terahertz) electromagnetic radiation in the reflection of a laser pulse from the boundary of a dense plasma is considered. Low-frequency wave electromagnetic fields in vacuum are excited by a vortex electric current that is induced at the plasma boundary by the ponderomotive force of the laser pulse. The spectral, angular, and energy parameters of the low-frequency radiation, as well as the spatiotemporal structure of the emitted waves, are investigated. It is shown that for typical parameters of present-day laser plasma experiments, the power of terahertz radiation can amount to tens of megawatts.

  11. Laminated helmet materials characterization by terahertz kinetics spectroscopy

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    Rahman, Anis; Rahman, Aunik K.

    2015-05-01

    High speed acquisition of reflected terahertz energy constitutes a kinetics spectrum that is an effective tool for layered materials' deformation characterization under ballistic impact. Here we describe utilizing the kinetics spectrum for quantifying a deformation event due to impact in material used for Soldier's helmet. The same technique may be utilized for real-time assessment of trauma by measuring the helmet wore by athletes. The deformation of a laminated material (e.g., a helmet) is dependent on the nature of impact and projectile; thus can uniquely characterize the impact condition leading to a diagnostic procedure based on the energy received by an athlete during an impact. We outline the calibration process for a given material under ballistic impact and then utilize the calibration for extracting physical parameters from the measured kinetics spectrum. Measured kinetics spectra are used to outline the method and rationale for extending the concept to a diagnosis tool. In particular, captured kinetics spectra from multilayered plates subjected to ballistic hit under experimental conditions by high speed digital acquisition system. An algorithm was devised to extract deformation and deformation velocity from which the energy received on the skull was estimated via laws of nonrelativistic motion. This energy is assumed to be related to actual injury conditions, thus forming a basis for determining whether the hit would cause concussion, trauma, or stigma. Such quantification may be used for diagnosing a Soldier's trauma condition in the field or that of an athlete's.

  12. Terahertz spectroscopy and detection of brain tumor in rat fresh-tissue samples

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    Yamaguchi, S.; Fukushi, Y.; Kubota, O.; Itsuji, T.; Yamamoto, S.; Ouchi, T.

    2015-03-01

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy and imaging of biomedical samples is expected to be an important application of THz analysis techniques. Identification and localization of tumor tissue, imaging of biological samples, and analysis of DNA by THz spectroscopy have been reported. THz time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) is useful for obtaining the refractive index over a broad frequency range. However, THz-TDS spectra of fresh tissue samples are sensitive to procedures such as sample preparation, and a standardized measurement protocol is required. Therefore, in this work, we establish a protocol for measurements of THz spectra of fresh tissue and demonstrate reliable detection of rat brain tumor tissue. We use a reflection THz-TDS system to measure the refractive index spectra of the samples mounted on a quartz plate. The tissue samples were measured immediately after sectioning to avoid sample denaturalization during storage. Special care was taken in THz data processing to eliminate parasitic reflections and reduce noise. The error level in our refractive index measurements was as low as 0.02 in the frequency range 0.8-1.5 THz. With increasing frequency, the refractive index in the tumor and normal regions monotonically decreased, similarly to water, and it was 0.02 higher in the tumor regions. The spectral data suggest that the tumor regions have higher water content. Hematoxylin-eosin stained images showed that increased cell density was also responsible for the observed spectral features. A set of samples from 10 rats showed consistent results. Our results suggest that reliable tumor detection in fresh tissue without pretreatment is possible with THz spectroscopy measurements. THz spectroscopy has the potential to become a real-time in vivo diagnostic method.

  13. Broadband terahertz anti-reflective structure fabricated by femtosecond laser drilling technique

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    Zhang, Yibin; Yuan, Minghui; Chen, Lin; Cai, Bin; Yang, Rui; Zhu, Yiming

    2016-02-01

    We fabricated several reverse conical holes on high-resistivity silicon substrate with different power and pulse number of femtosecond laser, and investigated their patterns and features by using scanning electron microscope (SEM). Then, we chose one of the experimental parameters prepared a reverse conical anti-reflection structure sample with period of 90 μm. Terahertz Time-domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) was used to test its properties. Compared with the nonstructural high-resistivity silicon, the transmission of structural high-resistivity silicon increases by the maximum of 14% in the range 0.32-1.30 THz. Furthermore, we simulated the sample by finite integral method (FIM). The simulated results show good consistency with experimental results. The transmission effect of the reverse conical holes were optimized via simulation. Results show that the related transmission effect can be improved by increasing the pulse numbers and decreasing the spot size of the femtosecond laser. The different transmission window can also be tuned by changing the reverse conical structure of different periods.

  14. Evaluation of hydration in a water-soluble polymer by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Kawabe, Shunsuke; Seki, Munetoshi; Tabata, Hitoshi

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we have evaluated the hydration properties of water-soluble polymers by terahertz spectroscopy. In particular, we focused on polyvinylpyrrolidone which has potential use for a wide range of applications as a biomaterial. The dielectric loss of samples obtained by the terahertz spectroscopy was found to strongly depend on the molecular weight of the polymers and the density of the solution. We revealed that the hydration number per monomer depends on the molecular weight of the polymer. It is also deduced that the hydration number is affected by the conformation of the polymer in the solution.

  15. High-resolution terahertz spectroscopy with a single tunable frequency comb.

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    Skryl, A S; Pavelyev, D G; Tretyakov, M Y; Bakunov, M I

    2014-12-29

    We report an improvement of three orders of magnitude in the spectral resolution of a recently proposed single-comb terahertz spectroscopy [Opt. Lett.39, 5669 (2014)]. The improvement is achieved by using a femtosecond optical pulse train with a tunable repetition rate. Terahertz comb with tunable spectral line spacing generated by the train is detected via nonlinear mixing with a harmonic of a CW signal from a microwave frequency synthesizer. By applying this technique to the low-pressure gas spectroscopy, we achieved a 100 kHz spectral resolution in measuring separate absorption lines of the rotational manifold of fluoroform (CF3H). PMID:25607192

  16. Terahertz nano-spectroscopy and imaging of superfluid surface plasmons in conventional and anisotropic superconductors

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    Stinson, H. T.; Wu, J. S.; Jiang, B. Y.; Fei, Z.; Rodin, A. S.; Chapler, B.; McLeod, A. S.; Castro Neto, A.; Lee, Y. S.; Fogler, M. M.; Basov, D. N.

    2015-03-01

    We numerically model near-field spectroscopy and superfluid polariton imaging experiments on conventional and unconventional superconductors in the infrared and terahertz regime. Our modeling shows that near-field spectroscopy can measure the magnitude of the superconducting gap in Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconductors with nanoscale spatial resolution. We demonstrate how the same technique can measure the c-axis plasma frequency, and thus the c-axis superfluid density, of layered unconventional superconductors such as cuprates and pnictides with identical spatial resolution. We discuss the development of a cryogenic terahertz near-field microscope designed to perform these proposed experiments.

  17. Terahertz spectroscopy and imaging for cultural heritage management: state of art and perspectives

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    Catapano, Ilaria; Soldovieri, Francesco

    2014-05-01

    Non-invasive diagnostic tools able to provide information on the materials and preservation state of artworks are crucial to help conservators, archaeologists and anthropologists to plan and carry out their tasks properly. In this frame, technological solutions exploiting Terahertz (THz) radiation, i.e., working at frequencies ranging from 0.1 to 10 THz, are currently deserving huge attention as complementary techniques to classical analysis methodologies based on electromagnetic radiations from X-rays to mid infrared [1]. The main advantage offered by THz spectroscopy and imaging systems is referred to their capability of providing information useful to determine the construction modality, the history life and the conservation state of artworks as well as to identify previous restoration actions [1,2]. In particular, unlike mid- and near-infrared spectroscopy, which provides fingerprint absorption spectra depending on the intramolecular behavior, THz spectroscopy is related to the structure of the molecules of the investigated object. Hence, it can discriminate, for instance, the different materials mixed in a paint [1,2]. Moreover, THz radiation is able to penetrate several materials which are opaque to both visible and infrared materials, such as varnish, paint, plaster, paper, wood, plastic, and so on. Accordingly, it is useful to detect hidden objects and characterize the inner structure of the artwork under test even in the direction of the depth, while avoiding core drillings. In this frame, THz systems allow us to discriminate different layers of materials present in artworks like paints, to obtain images providing information on the construction technique as well as to discover risk factors affecting the preservation state, such as non-visible cracks, hidden molds and air gaps between the paint layer and underlying structure. Furthermore, adopting a no-ionizing radiation, THz systems offer the not trivial benefit of negligible long term risks to the molecular stability of the exposed objects and humans. Recently, the interest on THz technology is also growing up thanks to the development of flexible and compact commercial systems having source and detector probes coupled by means of optical fiber cables and that do not require complex optical alignments. These features allow us to reconfigure the measurement configuration easily; thus transmission, normal reflection and oblique reflection data can be collected according to the constrains and objective of the survey to be performed. Moreover, they open the way to on field applications. An example of last generation THz systems is the Fiber-Coupled Terahertz Time Domain System (FICO) marketed by Z-Omega and available at the Institute of Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment. Such a system is designed to perform both transmission and reflection spectroscopy and imaging measurements in the range from 60GHz to 3THz; with a waveform acquisition speed up to 500Hz. A review of the literature assessing potentialities and open challenges of THz spectroscopy and imaging in the frame of cultural heritage preservation will be provided at the conferences, with a specific focus on the diagnostic capabilities of last generation systems. REFERENCES [1] K. Fukunaga, I. Hosako, Innovative non-invasive analysis techniques for cultural heritage using terahertz technology, C. R. Physique, vol. 11, pp.519-526, 2010. [2] G.Fillippidis, M. Massaouti, A. Selimis, E.J. Gualda, J.M. Manceau, S. Tzortzakis, Nonlinear imaging and THz diagnostic tools in the service of Cultural Heritage, Appl. Phys. A, vol.106, pp.257-263, 2012.

  18. Characterization of primary and permanent teeth using terahertz spectroscopy

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    Yetimoĝlu, N Ö; Altan, H

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: To analyse teeth samples by using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system that was developed in the laboratory to measure the properties of sliced teeth sections in transmission mode. Methods: Using home-built THz-TDS system, we analysed a total of 25 teeth samples (9 primary and 16 permanent teeth). For transmission measurements, the refractive index and absorptive properties of the teeth sections were calculated. Difference between groups was tested using Mann–Whitney U-test statistics at the specific frequency of 0.5 THz, which was at the midpoint of the bandwidth. Median and minimum–maximum values were given as descriptive statistics. Type-I error rate was taken as α = 0.05. Results: Median refractive index values for permanent and primary teeth were found to be 2.53 and 2.54, respectively. Median absorption coefficient values for permanent and primary teeth were found to be 26.29 and 29.67, respectively. Median refractive index values for both healthy and carious teeth were found to be 2.54. Median absorption coefficient values for healthy and carious teeth were found to be 26.52 and 27.13, respectively. Although higher median absorption coefficient values were found for primary and carious teeth than those of permanent and healthy teeth, the differences were insignificant (p > 0.05). In addition, no statistical differences were found for refractive index values among different groups (p > 0.05). Conclusions: THz imaging has the potential to be used in assessing dental structures. PMID:24940807

  19. Precise Determination of Thicknesses of Multilayer Polyethylene Composite Materials by Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy

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    Palka, Norbert; Krimi, Soufiene; Ospald, Frank; Miedzinska, Danuta; Gieleta, Roman; Malek, Marcin; Beigang, Rene

    2015-06-01

    The multilayer structure of an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) composite material was investigated in the terahertz (THz) spectral range by means of time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) technique. Such structures consist of many alternating layers of fibers, each being perpendicular to the other and each having a thickness of about 50 ?m. Refractive indices of two composite samples and of a sample composed of four single layers (plies) having the same fiber orientation were determined for two orthogonal orientations of the electric field in a transmission TDS system. The birefringence of a single layer was measured, and the origin of this phenomenon is discussed. Using the TDS system in reflection, the formation of many pulses shifted in time was observed originating from reflections from interfaces of successive layers caused by the periodic modulation of the refractive index along the propagation of the THz radiation. This phenomenon is theoretically described and simulated by means of a transfer matrix method (TMM). A time-domain fitting procedure was used to determine thicknesses of all layers of the composite material. The reconstructed waveform based on the optimized thicknesses shows very good agreement with the measured waveform, with typical differences between measurements and simulations between 3 and 7 ?m (depending on the sample). As a result, we were able to determine the thicknesses of all layers of two multilayer (~200 plies) structures by means of the reflection TDS technology with high accuracy.

  20. Terahertz time-domain and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy of traditional Korean pigments

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    Hong, Taeyoon; Choi, Kyujin; Ha, Taewoo; Park, Byung Cheol; Sim, Kyung Ik; Kim, Jong Hyeon; Kim, Jae Hoon; Kwon, Jy Eun; Lee, Sanghyun; Kang, Dai Ill; Lee, Han Hyoung

    2014-03-01

    Representative traditional Korean pigments (oyster shell white [hobun], massicot [miltaseung], indigo [jjok], azurite [seokcheong], malachite [seokrok], and red lead [yeondan]) have been studied with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIRS) over the spectral region of 0.1-7.5 THz. Both the refractive index n and the extinction coefficient k were simultaneously and independently determined in the terahertz region without a Kramers-Kronig analysis while the absoprtion coefficient spectra were acquired in the infrared region. All pigments studied in the present work exhibited a set of characteristic absorption peaks unique to the pigment species in addition to a background that increased with increasing frequency. Our study demonstrates that terahertz and infrared techniques can be useful identification and diagnostic tools for the traditional Korean pigments used in heritage buildings and artworks.

  1. Interfacial Electron Transfer and Transient Photoconductivity Studied with Terahertz Spectroscopy

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    Milot, Rebecca Lee

    Terahertz spectroscopy is distinguished from other far infrared and millimeter wave spectroscopies by its inherent phase sensitivity and sub-picosecond time resolution making it a versatile technique to study a wide range of physical phenomena. As THz spectroscopy is still a relatively new field, many aspects of THz generation mechanisms have not been fully examined. Using terahertz emission spectroscopy (TES), THz emission from ZnTe(110) was analyzed and found to be limited by two-photon absorption and free-carrier generation at high excitation fluences. Due to concerns about the continued use of fossil fuels, solar energy has been widely investigated as a promising source of renewable energy. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have been developed as a low-cost alternative to conventional photovoltaic solar cells. To solve the issues of the intermittency and inefficient transport associated with solar energy, researchers are attempting to adapt DSSCs for water oxidation and chemical fuel production. Both device designs incorporate sensitizer molecules covalently bound to metal oxide nanoparticles. The sensitizer, which is comprised of a chromophore and anchoring group, absorbs light and transfers an electron from its excited state to the conduction band of the metal oxide, producing an electric current. Using time-resolved THz spectroscopy (TRTS), an optical pump/THz probe technique, the efficiency and dynamics of electron injection from sensitizers to metal oxides was evaluated as a function of the chromophore, its anchoring group, and the metal oxide identity. Experiments for studying fully functioning DSSCs and water oxidation devices are also described. Bio-inspired pentafluorophenyl porphyrin chromophores have been designed and synthesized for use in photoelectrochemical water oxidation cells. Influences on the efficiency and dynamics of electron injection from the chromophores into TiO2 and SnO2 nanoparticles due to changes in both the central substituent to the porphyrin ring and degree of fluorination of ring substituents were analyzed. Due to the high reduction potentials of these sensitizers, injection into TiO2 was generally not observed. Injection timescales from the porphyrins into SnO2 depended strongly on the identity of the central substituent and were affected by competition with excited-state deactivation processes. The carboxylate anchoring group is commonly used to bind DSSC sensitizers to metal oxide surfaces but is typically not stable under the aqueous and oxidative conditions required for water oxidation. Electron injection efficiency and water stability of several alternative anchoring groups, including phosphonic acid, hydroxamic acid, acerylacetone, and boronic acid, were evaluated. While all of the anchoring groups exhibited water stability superior to carboxylate, the hydroxamate anchor had the best combination of ease of handling and electron injection efficiency. The effects on photoconductivity due to metal oxide morphology and the addition of dopants were also analyzed. Mixtures of anatase and rutile TiO 2 nanoparticles are known to exhibit cooperative effects which increase the efficiency of DSSCs and photocatalysis relative to the pure-phase materials. Through analysis of TRTS measurements, the mechanism of this synergistic effect was found to involve electron transfer from the lower-mobility, higher surface area rutile nanoparticles to anatase particles, resulting in a higher charge collection efficiency. In addition to morphology, doping has been investigated as a means of expanding the spectral range of visible absorption of photocatalysts. Doping ZnO nanowires with manganese(II) was found to significantly decrease the electron mobility, and doping with cobalt(II) increased the timescale for electron trapping. These differences can be understood by considering the changes to the band structure of ZnO effected by the dopants. Preliminary analyses of the solvent and electrolyte dependence on the electron injection rate and efficiency suggest that electron injection can be affected by several components of a DSSC or water oxidation cell in addition to the sensitizer and metal oxide. Performing TRTS studies on fully assembled devices will therefore be essential for determining the relationship between electron injection and device efficiency.

  2. SELECTED ASPECTS OF TERAHERTZ SPECTROSCOPY IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES.

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    Nowak, Kacper; Pli?ski, Edward F; Karolewicz, Bo?ena; Jarz?b, Przemys?aw P; Pli?ska, Stanis?awa; Fuglewicz, Bogus?aw; Walczakowski, Micha? J; Augustyn, ?ukasz; Sterczewsk, ?ukasz A; Grzelczak, Micha? P; Hruszowiec, Mariusz; Beziuk, Grzegorz; Mikulic, Martin; Pa?ka, Norbert; Szustakowskip, Mieczys?aw

    2015-01-01

    THz-TDS techniques are applied to investigate selected pharmaceutical samples. Investigations were performed on selected pharmaceutical samples with active pharmaceutical ingredients (API)--famotidine, ranitidine, fenofibrate, lovastatin, simvastatin, aspirin, ketoconazole, acyclovir (hydrated and non-hydrated), on excipients--lactose, glucose (hydrated and non-hydrated), Pluronic 127, and on mixtures of selected compounds. Pseudo-polymorphism effects are considered as well. Examples of the terahertz imaging technique are also given. APIs and excipients can be easily recognized in the terahertz band by their specific "fingerprints" as individual components and in mixtures. The hydration process as a variety of polymorphism can also be easily monitored using the THz technique. Moreover, terahertz light can be useful for the penetration of tablets, giving clear pictures of possible defects in tablet coatings. PMID:26665391

  3. Optical Properties of Laminarin Using Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (abstract)

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    Shin, Hee Jun; Maeng, Inhee; Oh, Seung Jae; Kim, Sung In; Kim, Ha Won; Son, Joo-Hiuk

    2009-04-01

    Terahertz spectroscopy is important in the study of biomolecular structure because the vibration and rotation energy of large molecules such as DNA, proteins, and polysaccharides are laid in terahertz regions. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS), using terahertz pulses generated and detected by femto-second pulses laser, has been used in the study of biomolecular dynamics, as well as carrier dynamics of semiconductors. Laminarin is a polysaccharide of glucose in brown algae. It is made up of β(1-3)-glucan and β(1-6)-glucan. β-glucan is an anticancer material that activates the immune reaction of human cells and inhibits proliferation of cancer cells. β-glucan with a single-strand structure has been reported to activate the immune reaction to a greater extent than β-glucan with a triple-strand helix structure. We used THz-TDS to characterize the difference between single-strand and triple-strand β-glucan. We obtained single-strand β-glucan by chemical treatment of triple-strand β-glucan. We measured the frequency dependent optical constants of Laminarin using THz-TDS. Power absorption of the triple-strand helix is larger than the single-strand helix in terahertz regions. The refractive index of the triple-strand helix is also larger than that of the single-strand helix.

  4. Terahertz spectroscopy of human skin constituents in suspension

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    Joseph, Cecil; Yaroslavsky, Anna; Al-Arashi, Munir; Gatesman, Andrew; Goyette, Thomas; Giles, Robert

    2008-03-01

    Continuous wave terahertz imaging has the potential to offer a non-invasive medical imaging modality for detecting different types of human cancers. The aim of this study was to identify frequencies of interest for continuous wave terahertz imaging of skin cancer. The absorption characteristics of water, collagen, and elastin were studied in the range between 20 and 100cm-1. In addition, we have recorded and analyzed the teraherz absorption spectra of several substances that are present in human skin (i.e. tryptophan, tyrosine, melanin, urocanic acid, keratin) and their water suspensions with the goal of using them as biomarkers for skin cancer detection.

  5. Emulation and design of terahertz reflection-mode confocal scanning microscopy based on virtual pinhole

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    Yang, Yong-fa; Li, Qi

    2014-12-01

    In the practical application of terahertz reflection-mode confocal scanning microscopy, the size of detector pinhole is an important factor that determines the performance of spatial resolution characteristic of the microscopic system. However, the use of physical pinhole brings some inconvenience to the experiment and the adjustment error has a great influence on the experiment result. Through reasonably selecting the parameter of matrix detector virtual pinhole (VPH), it can efficiently approximate the physical pinhole. By using this approach, the difficulty of experimental calibration is reduced significantly. In this article, an imaging scheme of terahertz reflection-mode confocal scanning microscopy that is based on the matrix detector VPH is put forward. The influence of detector pinhole size on the axial resolution of confocal scanning microscopy is emulated and analyzed. Then, the parameter of VPH is emulated when the best axial imaging performance is reached.

  6. Terahertz Time Domain Spectroscopy of Phonon-Depopulation Based Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Rungsawang, R.; Dhillon, S. S.; Jukam, N.; Oustinov, D.; Madeo, J.; Tignon, J.; Colombelli, R.; Dean, P.; Salih, M.; Khanna, S. P.; Linfield, E.; Davies, A. G.

    2011-12-23

    A 3.1 THz phonon depopulation-based quantum-cascade-laser is investigated using terahertz time domain spectroscopy. A gain of 25 cm{sup -1} and absorption features due to the lower laser level being populated from a parasitic electronic channel are highlighted.

  7. Electronic response in mesoscopically disordered zinc oxide probed by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Engelbrecht, Stefan G.; De Angelis, Ludovica; Tönnies, Marc; Kersting, Roland

    2013-11-01

    Terahertz spectroscopy is applied for characterizing the high frequency transport of electrons in polycrystalline ZnO films deposited by spray pyrolysis. Electromodulation of the charge carrier density provides the frequency dependent conductivity of the electron gas. Amplitude and phase of the high frequency response are well reproduced by the Drude-Smith model.

  8. Qualitative identification of group composition in crude oil from different oil fields using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Feng, Cheng J.; Miao, Xin Y.; Li, Yi Z.; Bao, Ri M.; Zhao, Kun

    2015-11-01

    Optical properties of the group components in crude oil were studied using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) under nitrogen environment at ambient temperature. The group composition of crude oil from different oil fields were analyzed on the basis of terahertz spectra. Both time delay and amplitude of terahertz wave were modulated in accordance with group composition. The features of terahertz spectra which contain information from different parts of the crude oil group composition can be qualitatively analyzed to detect the group components of the crude oil.

  9. Character research on 2.52 terahertz coaxial reflection-mode confocal scanning microscopic imaging

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    Yang, Yong-fa; Li, Qi; Hu, Jia-qi

    2014-12-01

    The technology of terahertz (THz) is a major research area in the 21st century. THz imaging is an important research direction. The single-frequency continuous-wave THz technology is combined with coaxial reflection-mode confocal scanning microscopic imaging in this article. Under the given system parameters, the transverse response character of 2.52THz (118.83?m) coaxial reflection-mode confocal scanning microscopic imaging is emulated and analyzed. The results of emulation show that coaxial reflection-mode confocal scanning microscopic imaging is feasible in THz region.

  10. Application of Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy in nondestructive testing of adhesion quality

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    Zhao, Duo; Ren, Jiaojiao; Qao, Xiaoli; Li, Lijuan

    2015-10-01

    Multilayer composites assembled flexibly with have important effect on the performance and safety of aircrafts. The nondestructive detection on the adhesion layer is an important index to evaluate the quality of aircraft assembly. Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is a newly developed spectroscopy technique based on femtosecond laser technology which currently applied to qualitative analysis as a means of security detection and material identification. Compared with the traditional tensile testing, the detection of defects in the adhesion layer could be nondestructive, visible, positioning and more accurate. The spectral analysis on the material to be assembled was done respectively. The testing model was established in accord with the extracted optical parameters. With the employment of a reflective THz-TDS device, X-Y spot scanning was done to obtain waveforms of every location on an assembled sample. Layered analysis was done by selecting region of interest in time domain waveforms. Conclusions of Time- Frequency spectrum analysis and scanning imaging performance are relatively satisfying through the experiments. The defects could be located and analyzed accurately and efficiently. The research reveals that THz-TDS (0.1THz~5THz) has good testing performance on the adhesion quality of multilayer composites.

  11. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and quantitative analysis of metal gluconates.

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    Li, Shaoxian; Yang, Jingqi; Zhao, Hongwei; Yang, Na; Jing, Dandan; Zhang, Jianbing; Li, Qingnuan; Han, Jiaguang

    2015-01-01

    A series of metal gluconates (Na(+), K(+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Fe(2+), Cu(2+), and Zn(2+)) were investigated by terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy. The absorption coefficients and refractive indices of the samples were obtained in the frequency range of 0.5-2.6 THz. The gluconates showed distinct THz characteristic fingerprints, and the dissimilarities reflect their different structures, hydrogen-bond networks, and molecular interactions. In addition, some common features were observed among these gluconates, and the similarities probably come from the similar carbohydrate anion group. The X-ray powder diffraction measurements of these metal gluconates were performed, and the copper(II) gluconate was found to be amorphous, corresponding to the monotonic increase feature in the THz absorption spectrum. The results suggest that THz spectroscopy is sensitive to molecular structure and physical form. Binary and ternary mixtures of different gluconates were quantitatively analyzed based on the Beer-Lambert law. A chemical map of a tablet containing calcium D-gluconate monohydrate and α-lactose in the polyethylene host was obtained by THz imaging. The study shows that THz technology is a useful tool in pharmaceutical research and quality control applications. PMID:25506686

  12. [Aging explosive detection using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy].

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    Meng, Kun; Li, Ze-ren; Liu, Qiao

    2011-05-01

    Detecting the aging situation of stock explosive is essentially meaningful to the research on the capability, security and stability of explosive. Existing aging explosive detection techniques, such as scan microscope technique, Fourier transfer infrared spectrum technique, gas chromatogram mass spectrum technique and so on, are either not able to differentiate whether the explosive is aging or not, or not able to image the structure change of the molecule. In the present paper, using the density functional theory (DFT), the absorb spectrum changes after the explosive aging were calculated, from which we can clearly find the difference of spectrum between explosive molecule and aging ones in the terahertz band. The terahertz time-domain spectrum (THz-TDS) system as well as its frequency spectrum resolution and measured range are analyzed. Combined with the existing experimental results and the essential characters of the terahertz wave, the application of THz-TDS technique to the detection of aging explosive was demonstrated from the aspects of feasibility, veracity and practicability. On the base of that, the authors advance the new method of aging explosive detection using the terahertz time-domain spectrum technique. PMID:21800588

  13. Application of femtotechnologies and terahertz spectroscopy methods in cataract diagnostics

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    Sakhnov, S. N.; Leksutkina, E. V.; Smolyanskaya, O. A.; Usov, A. V.; Parakhuda, S. E.; Grachev, Ya. V.; Kozlov, S. A.

    2011-08-01

    We study the destructive action of femtosecond pulses (200 fs) on the human cataractous crystalline lens and the transmission of the cataractous lens in the terahertz spectral range of electromagnetic oscillations (0.2-1 THz) in relation to the density of the nucleus of the lens.

  14. Crystallization of amorphous lactose at high humidity studied by terahertz time domain spectroscopy

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    McIntosh, Alexander I.; Yang, Bin; Goldup, Stephen M.; Watkinson, Michael; Donnan, Robert S.

    2013-02-01

    We report the first use of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to study the hydration and crystallization of an amorphous molecular solid at high humidity. Lactose in its amorphous and monohydrate forms exhibits different terahertz spectra due to the lack of long range order in the amorphous material. This difference allowed the transformation of amorphous lactose to its monohydrate form at high humidity to be studied in real time. Spectral fitting of frequency-domain data allowed kinetic data to be obtained and the crystallization was found to obey Avrami kinetics. Bulk changes during the crystallization could also be observed in the time-domain.

  15. Application of terahertz spectroscopy and molecular modeling in isomers investigation: Glucose and fructose

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    Zheng, Zhuan-Ping; Fan, Wen-Hui; Liang, Yu-Qing; Yan, Hui

    2012-04-01

    Terahertz spectra of glucose and fructose have been measured by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) at room temperature. Because they have the same molecular formula, the differences of the THz spectra can be attributed to their molecular structures and the arrangement of molecules in unit cell. In this paper, gaseous-state theory has been employed to simulate the isolated molecule of these two isomers. The results indicate that experimental THz spectral features (0.5 - 4.0 THz) of glucose and fructose arise from the mixture of intramolecular and intermolecular modes, involving hydrogen bonds and covalent bonds, and with the intermolecular modes dominating.

  16. Analysis of drugs-of-abuse and explosives using terahertz time-domain and Raman spectroscopy

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    Burnett, Andrew; Fan, Wenhui; Upadhya, Prashanth; Cunningham, John; Linfield, Edmund; Davies, Giles; Edwards, Howell; Munshi, Tasnim; O'Neil, Andrew

    2006-02-01

    We demonstrate that, through coherent measurement of the transmitted terahertz electric fields, broadband (0.3-8THz) time-domain spectroscopy can be used to measure far-infrared vibrational modes of a range of illegal drugs and high explosives that are of interest to the forensic and security services. Our results show that these absorption features are highly sensitive to the structural and spatial arrangement of the molecules. Terahertz frequency spectra are also compared with high-resolution low-frequency Raman spectra to assist in understanding the low frequency inter- and intra-molecular vibrational modes of the molecules.

  17. Leaf water dynamics of Arabidopsis thaliana monitored in-vivo using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Castro-Camus, E.; Palomar, M.; Covarrubias, A. A.

    2013-10-01

    The declining water availability for agriculture is becoming problematic for many countries. Therefore the study of plants under water restriction is acquiring extraordinary importance. Botanists currently follow the dehydration of plants comparing the fresh and dry weight of excised organs, or measuring their osmotic or water potentials; these are destructive methods inappropriate for in-vivo determination of plants' hydration dynamics. Water is opaque in the terahertz band, while dehydrated biological tissues are partially transparent. We used terahertz spectroscopy to study the water dynamics of Arabidopsis thaliana by comparing the dehydration kinetics of leaves from plants under well-irrigated and water deficit conditions. We also present measurements of the effect of dark-light cycles and abscisic acid on its water dynamics. The measurements we present provide a new perspective on the water dynamics of plants under different external stimuli and confirm that terahertz can be an excellent non-contact probe of in-vivo tissue hydration.

  18. Leaf water dynamics of Arabidopsis thaliana monitored in-vivo using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Castro-Camus, E.; Palomar, M.; Covarrubias, A. A.

    2013-01-01

    The declining water availability for agriculture is becoming problematic for many countries. Therefore the study of plants under water restriction is acquiring extraordinary importance. Botanists currently follow the dehydration of plants comparing the fresh and dry weight of excised organs, or measuring their osmotic or water potentials; these are destructive methods inappropriate for in-vivo determination of plants' hydration dynamics. Water is opaque in the terahertz band, while dehydrated biological tissues are partially transparent. We used terahertz spectroscopy to study the water dynamics of Arabidopsis thaliana by comparing the dehydration kinetics of leaves from plants under well-irrigated and water deficit conditions. We also present measurements of the effect of dark-light cycles and abscisic acid on its water dynamics. The measurements we present provide a new perspective on the water dynamics of plants under different external stimuli and confirm that terahertz can be an excellent non-contact probe of in-vivo tissue hydration. PMID:24105302

  19. [Application of terahertz time domain spectroscopy to explosive and illegal drug].

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    Liu, Gui-Feng; Zhao, Hong-Wei; Ge, Min; Wang, Wen-Feng

    2008-05-01

    Terahertz waves (THz, T-ray) lie between far-infrared and microwave in electromagnetic spectrum with frequency from 0.1 to 10 THz. Many explosives and illicit drugs show characteristic spectral features in the terahertz. Compared with conventional methods of detecting a variety of threats, such as weapons, explosives and illegal drugs, THz radiation is low frequency and non-ionizing, and does not give rise to safety concerns. Moreover, THz can penetrate many barrier materials, such as clothing and common packaging materials. THz technique has a great potential and advantage in antiterrorism and security inspection of explosives and illegal drugs due to the ability of high-sensitivity, nondestructive and stand-off inspection of many substances. The present paper summarizes the latest progress in the application of terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to explosives and illegal drugs. Studies on RDX are discussed in details and many factors affecting experiments are also introduced. PMID:18720779

  20. Picosecond thermoelectric dynamics in layered cobaltite thin films probed by terahertz emission spectroscopy

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    Takahashi, Kouhei; Kanno, Tsutomu; Sakai, Akihiro; Tamaki, Hiromasa; Yamada, Yuka

    2015-09-01

    The operation speed of thermoelectric devices is generally limited to microsecond or millisecond time scales. This is due to the difficulty in manipulating and measuring the thermoelectric transients at high speeds. Although recent advances in optical characterization techniques have succeeded to detect thermoelectric signals in picosecond time scales in a few special nanomaterials such as graphene, thermoelectric dynamics in most of the standard thermoelectric materials still remain unknown. Here we investigate the picosecond carrier dynamics of standard thermoelectric CaxCoO2 thin films by means of terahertz emission spectroscopy. The terahertz radiation signals generated from the CaxCoO2 films by femtosecond laser absorption are found to be strongly dependent on crystal orientation. We discuss that the terahertz emission properties of CaxCoO2 films can be described well in terms of the unique tensorial properties of the Seebeck coefficient. The unordinary terahertz emission property associated with the tensorial property of a Seebeck coefficient provides convincing evidence of picosecond evolution of the thermoelectric current even in this standard material. Our results not only promote general understanding of the ultrafast charge dynamics in solids but may also pave the way to develop optoelectronic devices including bias-free terahertz sources and high-speed infrared sensors.

  1. Diffuse reflection imaging at terahertz frequencies for security applications

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    Dean, P.; Khanna, S.; Chakraborty, S.; Lachab, M.; Davies, A. G.; Linfield, E. H.

    2007-10-01

    We report diffuse reflection imaging of concealed powdered samples in atmospheric air using a quantum cascade laser operating at 2.83 THz. The imaging system uses a helium-cooled silicon bolometer for mapping radiation diffusely reflected and scattered from samples, and a room-temperature pyroelectric sensor for simultaneously acquiring a specular image. A range of powders concealed within plastic packaging and standard FedEx envelopes was imaged with a resolution of better than 0.5 mm, and it was possible to detect powdered samples concealed within packaging from which there was a strong component of surface reflection. The feasibility of performing dual-wavelength diffuse reflection imaging for identification of illicit drugs and explosives is discussed.

  2. Biomedical Applications of Terahertz Spectroscopy: A Brief Review

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    Vargas-Luna, M.; Huerta-Franco, R.

    2008-08-01

    The Terahertz (THz) window of the electromagnetic spectrum has been partially explored but almost unexploited commercially. In recent years there has been an increased interest and a technological boost in THz research for detection systems, material characterization and imaging. Among many hot topics the researchers are interested in medical applications, and protein characterization. We present a general overview of the field showing some of the handicaps and promises of this region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

  3. New terahertz dielectric spectroscopy for the study of aqueous solutions

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    George, Deepu K.; Charkhesht, Ali; Vinh, N. Q.

    2015-12-01

    We present the development of a high precision, tunable far-infrared (terahertz) frequency-domain dielectric spectrometer for studying the dynamics of biomolecules in aqueous solutions in the gigahertz-to-terahertz frequency. As an important benchmark system, we report on the measurements of the absorption and refractive index for liquid water in the frequency range from 5 GHz to 1.12 THz (0.17-37.36 cm-1 or 0.268-60 mm). The system provides a coherent radiation source with power up to 20 mW in the gigahertz-to-terahertz region. The dynamic range of our instrument reaches 1012 and the system achieves a spectral resolution of less than 100 Hz. The temperature of samples can be controlled precisely with error bars of 0.02 C from 0 C to 90 C. Given these attributes, our spectrometer provides unique capabilities for the accurate measurement of even very strongly absorbing materials such as aqueous solutions.

  4. New terahertz dielectric spectroscopy for the study of aqueous solutions.

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    George, Deepu K; Charkhesht, Ali; Vinh, N Q

    2015-12-01

    We present the development of a high precision, tunable far-infrared (terahertz) frequency-domain dielectric spectrometer for studying the dynamics of biomolecules in aqueous solutions in the gigahertz-to-terahertz frequency. As an important benchmark system, we report on the measurements of the absorption and refractive index for liquid water in the frequency range from 5 GHz to 1.12 THz (0.17-37.36 cm(-1) or 0.268-60 mm). The system provides a coherent radiation source with power up to 20 mW in the gigahertz-to-terahertz region. The dynamic range of our instrument reaches 10(12) and the system achieves a spectral resolution of less than 100 Hz. The temperature of samples can be controlled precisely with error bars of 0.02?C from 0?C to 90?C. Given these attributes, our spectrometer provides unique capabilities for the accurate measurement of even very strongly absorbing materials such as aqueous solutions. PMID:26724004

  5. Terahertz Spectra of L-Ascorbic Acid and Thiamine Hydrochloride Studied by Terahertz Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory

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    Jiang, Ling; Li, Miao; Li, Chun; Sun, Haijun; Xu, Li; Jin, Biaobin; Liu, Yunfei

    2014-10-01

    We have investigated the terahertz spectra of L-ascorbic acid and thiamine hydrochloride measured by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The measured absorption spectra were demonstrated to be in good agreement with the results simulated by Density Functional Theory (DFT) using hybrid functional B3LYP with basis set of 6-31G (d), except with slight frequency shift and few peaks missing. We presented the comparison of measured spectra by the FTIR spectroscopy employing low temperature silicon bolometer as detector and the TDS system. The measured spectra of the L-ascorbic acid showed shoulder bands at 0.25, 1.1, 1.5, 1.82, 2.03, 2.30, 2.44, 2.67, 2.97, 3.12, and 3.40 THz, respectively. The spectra of the thiamine hydrochloride show shoulder bands at 0.48, 1.11, 1.57, 1.75, 1.92, 2.08, 2.31, 2.53, 2.69, 2.85, 3.12, 3.22, and 3.31 THz. Most absorption peaks of the two samples agree with the results simulated by Density Function Theory (DFT) method of Gaussian 09 software. In our work, more spectral peaks based on experimental and theoretical results were found in comparison to that of other groups, since we employed higher sensitive FTIR measurement system and considered the effect of number of molecule unit in simulation. The study suggests that the effect of intermolecular vibration is stronger than intramolecular interaction on the absorption bands in THz region.

  6. Ultrafast terahertz modulation characteristic of tungsten doped vanadium dioxide nanogranular film revealed by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy

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    Xiao, Yang; Zhai, Zhao-Hui; Shi, Qi-Wu; Zhu, Li-Guo; Li, Jun; Huang, Wan-Xia; Yue, Fang; Hu, Yan-Yan; Peng, Qi-Xian; Li, Ze-Ren

    2015-07-01

    The ultrafast terahertz (THz) modulation characteristic during photo-induced insulator-to-metal transition (IMT) of undoped and tungsten (W)-doped VO2 film was investigated at picoseconds time scale using time-resolved THz spectroscopy. W-doping slows down the photo-induced IMT dynamic processes (both the fast non-thermal process and the slow metallic phase propagation process) in VO2 film and also reduces the pump fluence threshold of photo-induced IMT in VO2 film. Along with the observed broadening of phase transition temperature window of IMT in W-doped VO2, we conclude that W-doping prevents metallic phase domains from percolation. By further extracting carrier properties from photo-induced THz conductivity at several phase transition times, we found that the electron-electron correlation during IMT is enhanced in W-doped VO2.

  7. Detection of pesticides residues in rapeseed oil by terahertz time domain spectroscopy

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    Xiao-li, Zhao; Jiu-sheng, Li

    2011-02-01

    The absorption spectra of panax notoginseng and glycyrrhiza in the frequency range of 0.2~1.6THz has been measured with terahertz time-domin spectroscopy at room temperature. Simultaneously, the corresponding theoretical spectra were given by using density functional theory methods. It was found that the absorption peaks of the two molecules obtained by theoretical were in good agreement with the experimental results.

  8. Imaging molecular adsorption and desorption dynamics on graphene using terahertz emission spectroscopy.

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    Sano, Y; Kawayama, I; Tabata, M; Salek, K A; Murakami, H; Wang, M; Vajtai, R; Ajayan, P M; Kono, J; Tonouchi, M

    2014-01-01

    Being an atomically thin material, graphene is known to be extremely susceptible to its environment, including defects and phonons in the substrate on which it is placed as well as gas molecules that surround it. Thus, any device design using graphene has to take into consideration all surrounding components, and device performance needs to be evaluated in terms of environmental influence. However, no methods have been established to date to readily measure the density and distribution of external perturbations in a quantitative and non-destructive manner. Here, we present a rapid and non-contact method for visualizing the distribution of molecular adsorbates on graphene semi-quantitatively using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and imaging. We found that the waveform of terahertz bursts emitted from graphene-coated InP sensitively changes with the type of atmospheric gas, laser irradiation time, and ultraviolet light illumination. The terahertz waveform change is explained through band structure modifications in the InP surface depletion layer due to the presence of localized electric dipoles induced by adsorbed oxygen. These results demonstrate that terahertz emission serves as a local probe for monitoring adsorption and desorption processes on graphene films and devices, suggesting a novel two-dimensional sensor for detecting local chemical reactions. PMID:25116593

  9. Imaging molecular adsorption and desorption dynamics on graphene using terahertz emission spectroscopy

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    Sano, Y.; Kawayama, I.; Tabata, M.; Salek, K. A.; Murakami, H.; Wang, M.; Vajtai, R.; Ajayan, P. M.; Kono, J.; Tonouchi, M.

    2014-08-01

    Being an atomically thin material, graphene is known to be extremely susceptible to its environment, including defects and phonons in the substrate on which it is placed as well as gas molecules that surround it. Thus, any device design using graphene has to take into consideration all surrounding components, and device performance needs to be evaluated in terms of environmental influence. However, no methods have been established to date to readily measure the density and distribution of external perturbations in a quantitative and non-destructive manner. Here, we present a rapid and non-contact method for visualizing the distribution of molecular adsorbates on graphene semi-quantitatively using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and imaging. We found that the waveform of terahertz bursts emitted from graphene-coated InP sensitively changes with the type of atmospheric gas, laser irradiation time, and ultraviolet light illumination. The terahertz waveform change is explained through band structure modifications in the InP surface depletion layer due to the presence of localized electric dipoles induced by adsorbed oxygen. These results demonstrate that terahertz emission serves as a local probe for monitoring adsorption and desorption processes on graphene films and devices, suggesting a novel two-dimensional sensor for detecting local chemical reactions.

  10. Imaging molecular adsorption and desorption dynamics on graphene using terahertz emission spectroscopy

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    Sano, Y.; Kawayama, I.; Tabata, M.; Salek, K. A.; Murakami, H.; Wang, M.; Vajtai, R.; Ajayan, P. M.; Kono, J.; Tonouchi, M.

    2014-01-01

    Being an atomically thin material, graphene is known to be extremely susceptible to its environment, including defects and phonons in the substrate on which it is placed as well as gas molecules that surround it. Thus, any device design using graphene has to take into consideration all surrounding components, and device performance needs to be evaluated in terms of environmental influence. However, no methods have been established to date to readily measure the density and distribution of external perturbations in a quantitative and non-destructive manner. Here, we present a rapid and non-contact method for visualizing the distribution of molecular adsorbates on graphene semi-quantitatively using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and imaging. We found that the waveform of terahertz bursts emitted from graphene-coated InP sensitively changes with the type of atmospheric gas, laser irradiation time, and ultraviolet light illumination. The terahertz waveform change is explained through band structure modifications in the InP surface depletion layer due to the presence of localized electric dipoles induced by adsorbed oxygen. These results demonstrate that terahertz emission serves as a local probe for monitoring adsorption and desorption processes on graphene films and devices, suggesting a novel two-dimensional sensor for detecting local chemical reactions. PMID:25116593

  11. Investigating the use of terahertz pulsed time domain reflection imaging for the study of fabric layers of an Egyptian mummy

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    Fukunaga, K.; Cortes, E.; Cosentino, A.; Stnkel, I.; Leona, M.; Duling, N.; Mininberg, D. T.

    2011-08-01

    This paper reports the first use of terahertz time domain reflection imaging involving textiles on part of a complete human mummy, still in original wrapping. X-ray technique has been used extensively to investigate anatomical features, since X-ray pass through the wrapping. Terahertz waves, on the other hand, can penetrate into non-metallic materials and its reflection depends on the refractive index of materials at the interface, such as textiles and the air. The mummy of Kharushere (ca. 945-712 B.C.) was examined by using Terahertz time domain reflection imaging in the Egyptian galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Experimental results suggest that the Terahetz imaging is a promising technique for probing the fabric layers surrounding Egyptian mummies, although it is still very limited in its current state. In the future it could become a useful complement to CT scanning when materials with low radiographic density and contrast are being investigated

  12. Transmission and reflection of terahertz plasmons in two-dimensional plasmonic devices

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    Sydoruk, Oleksiy; Choonee, Kaushal; Dyer, Gregory Conrad

    2015-03-10

    We found that plasmons in two-dimensional semiconductor devices will be reflected by discontinuities, notably, junctions between gated and non-gated electron channels. The transmitted and reflected plasmons can form spatially- and frequency-varying signals, and their understanding is important for the design of terahertz detectors, oscillators, and plasmonic crystals. Using mode decomposition, we studied terahertz plasmons incident on a junction between a gated and a nongated channel. The plasmon reflection and transmission coefficients were found numerically and analytically and studied between 0.3 and 1 THz for a range of electron densities. At higher frequencies, we could describe the plasmons by a simplifiedmore » model of channels in homogeneous dielectrics, for which the analytical approximations were accurate. At low frequencies, however, the full geometry and mode spectrum had to be taken into account. Moreover, the results agreed with simulations by the finite-element method. As a result, mode decomposition thus proved to be a powerful method for plasmonic devices, combining the rigor of complete solutions of Maxwell's equations with the convenience of analytical expressions.« less

  13. Transmission and reflection of terahertz plasmons in two-dimensional plasmonic devices

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    Sydoruk, Oleksiy; Choonee, Kaushal; Dyer, Gregory Conrad

    2015-03-10

    We found that plasmons in two-dimensional semiconductor devices will be reflected by discontinuities, notably, junctions between gated and non-gated electron channels. The transmitted and reflected plasmons can form spatially- and frequency-varying signals, and their understanding is important for the design of terahertz detectors, oscillators, and plasmonic crystals. Using mode decomposition, we studied terahertz plasmons incident on a junction between a gated and a nongated channel. The plasmon reflection and transmission coefficients were found numerically and analytically and studied between 0.3 and 1 THz for a range of electron densities. At higher frequencies, we could describe the plasmons by a simplified model of channels in homogeneous dielectrics, for which the analytical approximations were accurate. At low frequencies, however, the full geometry and mode spectrum had to be taken into account. Moreover, the results agreed with simulations by the finite-element method. Mode decomposition thus proved to be a powerful method for plasmonic devices, combining the rigor of complete solutions of Maxwell's equations with the convenience of analytical expressions.

  14. Transmission and reflection of terahertz plasmons in two-dimensional plasmonic devices

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    Sydoruk, Oleksiy; Choonee, Kaushal; Dyer, Gregory Conrad

    2015-03-10

    We found that plasmons in two-dimensional semiconductor devices will be reflected by discontinuities, notably, junctions between gated and non-gated electron channels. The transmitted and reflected plasmons can form spatially- and frequency-varying signals, and their understanding is important for the design of terahertz detectors, oscillators, and plasmonic crystals. Using mode decomposition, we studied terahertz plasmons incident on a junction between a gated and a nongated channel. The plasmon reflection and transmission coefficients were found numerically and analytically and studied between 0.3 and 1 THz for a range of electron densities. At higher frequencies, we could describe the plasmons by a simplified model of channels in homogeneous dielectrics, for which the analytical approximations were accurate. At low frequencies, however, the full geometry and mode spectrum had to be taken into account. Moreover, the results agreed with simulations by the finite-element method. As a result, mode decomposition thus proved to be a powerful method for plasmonic devices, combining the rigor of complete solutions of Maxwell's equations with the convenience of analytical expressions.

  15. Characteristic responses of biological and nanoscale systems in the terahertz frequency range

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    Angeluts, A. A.; Balakin, A. V.; Evdokimov, M. G.; Esaulkov, M. N.; Nazarov, M. M.; Ozheredov, I. A.; Sapozhnikov, D. A.; Solyankin, P. M.; Cherkasova, O. P.; Shkurinov, A. P.

    2014-07-01

    This paper briefly examines methods for the generation of pulsed terahertz radiation and principles of pulsed terahertz spectroscopy, an advanced informative method for studies of complex biological and nanostructured systems. Some of its practical applications are described. Using a number of steroid hormones as examples, we demonstrate that terahertz spectroscopy in combination with molecular dynamics methods and computer simulation allows one to gain information about the structure of molecules in crystals. A 'terahertz colour vision' method is proposed for analysis of pulsed terahertz signals reflected from biological tissues and it is shown that this method can be effectively used to analyse the properties of biological tissues and for early skin cancer diagnosis.

  16. Terahertz spectroscopy of deuterated formaldehyde using a frequency multiplication chain

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    Zakharenko, Olena; Motiyenko, Roman A.; Margulès, Laurent; Huet, Thérèse R.

    2015-11-01

    The rotational spectra of deuterated formaldehyde HDCO and D2CO were recorded between 1.1 and 1.52 THz in order to benchmark new terahertz frequency multiplication chain used in the Lille spectrometer. Important spectrometer parameters such as sensitivity, measurement accuracy, and harmonic composition of the radiation source have been tested using the newly measured spectra. For each of the main deuterated isotopic species of formaldehyde the existent datasets from high resolution measurements were augmented by more than 300 new distinct transition frequencies. Most of these frequencies were measured with an accuracy better than 30 kHz. In addition, the high sensitivity of the spectrometer provided by the new frequency multiplication chain allowed observation, assignment and analysis of 13C, 17O, 18O, and 13C18O isotopic species of HDCO and D2CO. For some of these isotopologues the rotational parameters were determined for the first time.

  17. Solute-induced retardation of water dynamics probed directly by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Heugen, U.; Schwaab, G.; Brndermann, E.; Heyden, M.; Yu, X.; Leitner, D. M.; Havenith, M.

    2006-01-01

    The dynamics of water surrounding a solute is of fundamental importance in chemistry and biology. The properties of water molecules near the surface of a bio-molecule have been the subject of numerous, sometimes controversial experimental and theoretical studies, with some suggesting the existence of rather rigid water structures around carbohydrates and proteins [Pal, S. K., Peon, J., Bagchi, B. & Zewail A. H. (2002) J. Phys. Chem. B 106, 1237612395]. Hydrogen bond rearrangement in water occurs on the picosecond time scale, so relevant experiments must access these times. Here, we show that terahertz spectroscopy can directly investigate hydration layers. By a precise measurement of absorption coefficients between 2.3 THz and 2.9 THz we could determine the size and the characteristics of the hydration shell. The hydration layer around a carbohydrate (lactose) is determined to extend to 5.13 0.24 from the surface corresponding to ?123 water molecules beyond the first solvation shell. Accompanying molecular modeling calculations support this result and provide a microscopic visualization. Terahertz spectroscopy is shown to probe the collective modes in the water network. The observed increase of the terahertz absorption of the water in the hydration layer is explained in terms of coherent oscillations of the hydration water and solute. Simulations also reveal a slowing down of the hydrogen bond rearrangement dynamics for water molecules near lactose, which occur on the picosecond time scale. The present study demonstrates that terahertz spectroscopy is a sensitive tool to detect solute-induced changes in the water network. PMID:16895986

  18. Linearity of Air-Biased Coherent Detection for Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy

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    Wang, Tianwu; Iwaszczuk, Krzysztof; Wrisberg, Emil Astrup; Denning, Emil Vosmar; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2016-01-01

    The performance of air-biased coherent detection (ABCD) in a broadband two-color laser-induced air plasma system for terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) has been investigated. Fundamental parameters of the ABCD detection, including signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), dynamic range (DR), and linearity of detection have been characterized. Moreover, the performance of a photomultiplier tube (PMT) and an avalanche photodiode (APD) as photodetector in the ABCD have been compared. We have observed nonlinear behavior of PMT detector, which leads to artificial gain factor in TDS spectroscopy. The APD turns out to have superior linearity and three times higher dynamic compared to the PMT.

  19. Reflectance spectroscopy and asteroid surface mineralogy

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    Gaffey, Michael J.; Bell, Jeffrey F.; Cruikshank, Dale P.

    1989-01-01

    Information available from reflectance spectroscopy on the surface mineralogy of asteroids is discussed. Current spectral interpretive procedures used in the investigations of asteroid mineralogy are described. Present understanding of the nature and history of asteroids is discussed together with some still unresolved issues such as the source of ordinary chondrites.

  20. Investigating Antibody Interactions with a Polar Liquid Using Terahertz Pulsed Spectroscopy

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    Sun, Yiwen; Zhang, Yuanting; Pickwell-MacPherson, Emma

    2011-01-01

    In this article, we use terahertz spectroscopy to study the dielectric properties of the peroxidase-conjugated affinity purified goat anti-cat immunoglobulin G and the fluorescein-conjugated affinity purified goat anti-cat immunoglobulin G when they interact with polar liquids. The influence of protein concentration, as well as presence of glycerol as a cosolvent, is determined by estimation of the effective hydration shell radius of the protein in solution. The dielectric spectra in this study are measured over the frequency range 0.11.3 THz and it is found that the dielectric properties are dependent on the type of the charges in the hydrogen-bonded antibodies' networks. Our results indicate that the terahertz dielectric properties of polar liquids are strongly affected by the presence of the antibody and suggest that the dielectric spectrum is particularly powerful in the study of structural and conformational properties of proteins. Therefore, terahertz spectroscopy is a very sensitive approach to investigate structural features of biological systems. PMID:21190675

  1. Characterization of plasma treated surfaces for food safety by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Sulovská, Kateřina; Lehocký, Marián.

    2014-10-01

    A physico-chemical approach to modify surfaces not only for use in medicine, but also for preservation of food is nowadays widely studied to lower the risks of increased number of bacterial pathogens that are in a direct contact with people. Food safety is very important part of preserving sustainability during crises, especially after the enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli outbreak in Europe in 2011. One of the possibility how we can protect food against various pathogens is the modification of packing materials that are directly in contact with preserved food. This contribution deals with the characterization of modified surfaces with antibacterial properties via Terahertz spectroscopy. For the purpose of this paper, three monomers were used for grafting onto air radiofrequency plasma activated low density polyethylene surface, which created a brush-like structure. Next, the antibacterial agents, Irgasan and Chlorhexidine, were anchored to these surfaces. These antibacterial agents were selected for supposed effect on two most frequently occurring bacterial strains - Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Materials were further tested for the presence of antibacterial agent molecules, in our case by means of terahertz spectroscopy. Each material was tested on two spectroscopes - the SPECTRA and the OSCAT terahertz instruments.

  2. Ultrafast multi-terahertz nano-spectroscopy with sub-cycle temporal resolution

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    Eisele, M.; Cocker, T. L.; Huber, M. A.; Plankl, M.; Viti, L.; Ercolani, D.; Sorba, L.; Vitiello, M. S.; Huber, R.

    2014-11-01

    Phase-locked ultrashort pulses in the rich terahertz spectral range have provided key insights into phenomena as diverse as quantum confinement, first-order phase transitions, high-temperature superconductivity and carrier transport in nanomaterials. Ultrabroadband electro-optic sampling of few-cycle field transients can even reveal novel dynamics that occur faster than a single oscillation cycle of light. However, conventional terahertz spectroscopy is intrinsically restricted to ensemble measurements by the diffraction limit. As a result, it measures dielectric functions averaged over the size, structure, orientation and density of nanoparticles, nanocrystals or nanodomains. Here, we extend ultrabroadband time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to the sub-nanoparticle scale (10?nm) by combining sub-cycle, field-resolved detection (10?fs) with scattering-type near-field scanning optical microscopy (s-NSOM). We trace the time-dependent dielectric function at the surface of a single photoexcited InAs nanowire in all three spatial dimensions and reveal the ultrafast (<50?fs) formation of a local carrier depletion layer.

  3. Study on spectral properties of difenoconazole by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Zhou, Qian; Liu, Ying; Kou, Kuan; Zhao, Guozhong

    2015-08-01

    The terahertz (THz) and infrared spectra of solid pesticide difenoconazole are studied. The absorption spectra of difenoconazole are obtained at room temperature in the frequency range of 0.2 THz - 2.6 THz by using of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and in the frequency range of 1.8 THz - 10 THz by the Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). The experimental results show five significant absorption peaks in THz frequency range, respectively, 0.66 T, 0.80 T, 1.03 T, 1.31 T and 1.57 T, and those peaks corresponding to the abnormal dispersion. The spectral characteristics between 0.2 THz and 15 THz of difenoconazole are simulated by using of Gaussian03 software based on the single molecular model and the density functional theory (DFT). Both of simulation and experimental results fit well in the terahertz range. Moreover, the quantitative analysis of difenoconazole is studied based on the THz-TDS measurement. The absorption coefficient and refractive index spectra of difenoconazoles at different proportions doped with polyethylene (PE) are obtained. The partial least squares (PLS) model is built. It is possible to predict the concentration of difenoconazole in the mixtures by this method.

  4. [Preliminary research on insect damage detection in pecans using terahertz spectroscopy].

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    Li, Bin; Wang, Ning; Zhang, Wei-Li; Zhao, Chun-Jiang; Zhang, Bao-Hua

    2014-05-01

    Pecan is an important nut in US, however, the inner insect influences pecan's quality a lot. To realize the nondestructive detection of insect damage in American pecans rapidly and efficiently, preliminary research on insect damage detection in pecans was conducted based on terahertz spectroscopy. Firstly, a set of native pecan nuts were collected and were manually sliced with a thickness of about 1, 2 and 3 mm and with a size of about 2 cm(length) X 1 cm(width) for every pecan nutmeat; Pecan shell and inner separator were also cut into the same size. Secondly, the absorption spectra of the nutmeat slices, shell, and inner separator were collected using THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) developed by a group of researchers at Oklahoma State University, and the spectral characteristic of the slices was analyzed. Thirdly, the absorption spectra of the alive manduca sexta and dry pecan weevil were collected, and due to the high contents in the insects, very obvious spectral characteristics were found. Finally, the transmission experiment was conducted with the whole pecans. The results from the preliminary study show a potential application of THz technology for insect damage detection. This research provides a reference for further understanding terahertz and exploring sample preparation methods, test methods, data acquisition and optical parameters calculation methods, and developing nondestructive detection system for insect damage in American pecans based on terahertz technology. PMID:25095406

  5. Terahertz spectroscopy of low-dimensional nanomaterials: nonlinear emission and ultrafast electrodynamics

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    Luo, Liang; Wang, Jigang

    2015-08-01

    Nonlinear and non-equilibrium properties of low-dimensional quantum materials are fundamental in nanoscale science yet transformative in nonlinear imaging/photonic technology today. These have been poorly addressed in many nano-materials despite of their well-established equilibrium optical and transport properties. The development of ultrafast terahertz (THz) sources and nonlinear spectroscopy tools facilitates understanding these issues and reveals a wide range of novel nonlinear and quantum phenomena that are not expected in bulk solids or atoms. In this paper, we discuss our recent discoveries in two model photonic and electronic nanostructures to solve two outstanding questions: (1) how to create nonlinear broadband terahertz emitters using deeply subwavelength nanoscale meta-atom resonators? (2) How to access one-dimensional (1D) dark excitons and their non-equilibrium correlated states in single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWMTs)?

  6. Application of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy technology on cosmetics testing

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    Jia, Xinfeng; Yu, Bin; Zhao, Guozhong; Zhang, Cunlin

    2008-03-01

    As a new technology, the terahertz technology had made a great progress in security inspection and medical field. This paper shows the application of the terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) technology on cosmetic testing. We obtain the THz spectra of three kinds of usual cosmetics powders. Two kind of powder have an obvious absorption peak at 1.14 THz, but the third one has no absorption peak. The positions of absorption peaks in the infrared spectra of three kinds of powders are approximately identical. These results show that THz-TDS technology has the advantage and potential application on the cosmetic testing. In addition, we also measure some solid and liquid cosmetic components, such as Titanium-dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Kaolin, Glycerol, etc. THz spectra of their refractive index and absorption coefficient are obtained experimentally. We are trying to establish the fingerprint spectra database of cosmetic components for further research and application.

  7. Terahertz Spectroscopy of Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials: Nonlinear Emission and Ultrafast Electrodynamics

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    Luo, Liang; Wang, Jigang

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear and non-equilibrium properties of low-dimensional quantum materials are fundamental in nanoscale science yet transformative in nonlinear imaging/photonic technology today. These have been poorly addressed in many nano-materials despite of their well-established equilibrium optical and transport properties. The development of ultrafast terahertz (THz) sources and nonlinear spectroscopy tools facilitates understanding these issues and reveals a wide range of novel nonlinear and quantum phenomena that are not expected in bulk solids or atoms. In this paper, we discuss our recent discoveries in two model photonic and electronic nanostructures to solve two outstanding questions: (1) how to create nonlinear broadband terahertz emitters using deeply subwavelength nanoscale meta-atom resonators? (2) How to access one-dimensional (1D) dark excitons and their non-equilibrium correlated states in single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWMTs)?

  8. Terahertz Spectroscopy of Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials: Nonlinear Emission and Ultrafast Electrodynamics

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    Luo, Liang; Wang, Jigang

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear and non-equilibrium properties of low-dimensional quantum materials are fundamental in nanoscale science yet transformative in nonlinear imaging/photonic technology today. These have been poorly addressed in many nano-materials despite of their well-established equilibrium optical and transport properties. The development of ultrafast terahertz (THz) sources and nonlinear spectroscopy tools facilitates understanding these issues and reveals a wide range of novel nonlinear and quantum phenomena that are not expected in bulk solids or atoms. In this paper, we discuss our recent discoveries in two model photonic and electronic nanostructures to solve two outstanding questions: (1) how to create nonlinear broadband terahertz emittersmore » using deeply subwavelength nanoscale meta-atom resonators? (2) How to access one-dimensional (1D) dark excitons and their non-equilibrium correlated states in single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWMTs)?« less

  9. Optical parameter determination of seed oil with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Li, Jiu-sheng; Zhao, Xiao-li; Xu, Degeng

    2009-07-01

    The spectral characteristics of corn oil after five minutes and ten minutes of boiling in the rang from 0.2THz to 1.5THz have been measured with THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) at room temperature in nitrogen atmosphere. A novel iterative algorithm is employed to determinate the optical properties considering the effect of the cuvette. The refractive indices of the two corn oil samples show slow a decrease as the terahertz wave frequency increases. The power absorption coefficients increase as the frequency increases within the investigated terahertz wave frequency range. The results provided in this paper will help us to study the THz application to seed oil quality and safety detection further.

  10. Electrodynamics of high-temperature superconductors investigated with coherent terahertz pulse spectroscopy

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    Brorson, S. D.; Buhleier, R.; Trofimov, I. E.; White, J. O.; Ludwig, Ch.; Balakirev, F. F.; Habermeier, H.-U.; Kuhl, Juergen

    1996-09-01

    Recent experimental investigations of the electrodynamic properties of high-temperature superconductors in the terahertz regime are reviewed. Transmission measurements were performed with use of coherent terahertz pulse spectroscopy, which enables us to extract directly the frequency-dependent complex conductivity sigma 1+i sigma 2. Investigations of both pure YBa2Cu3O7- delta and the related alloy Y1-xPrxBa2Cu3O7- delta were conducted over a temperature range from 300 K down to 10 K. From these measurements we can extract the temperature-dependent London penetration depth lambda L(T), the plasma frequency omega p, and the quasi-particle scattering time tau (T). The implications of our measurements for contemporary theories of high-Tc superconductivity are discussed. .

  11. Detection of porosity of pharmaceutical compacts by terahertz radiation transmission and light reflection measurement techniques.

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    Bawuah, Prince; Pierotic Mendia, Alessandra; Silfsten, Pertti; Pääkkönen, Pertti; Ervasti, Tuomas; Ketolainen, Jarkko; Zeitler, J Axel; Peiponen, Kai-Erik

    2014-04-25

    We report on the non-destructive quantification of the porosity of pharmaceutical compacts (microcrystalline cellulose tablets) by using both optical and terahertz techniques. For the full analysis of the porosity of pharmaceutical tablets, the results obtained in both cases have shown that optical and terahertz techniques are complementary. The intrinsic refractive index of microcrystalline cellulose was estimated using the effective refractive index obtained from the time delay of the THz pulse together with the Bruggeman model for effective media. Once this intrinsic refractive index is known, the unknown porosity of the tablet can be estimated with the aid of the measured effective refractive index as well as the thickness of the pharmaceutical tablet. The method was tested using a set of thirteen tablets having different porosities. It is shown that the error in the estimation of the unknown tablet's porosity is less than 1%. In addition, surface roughness was measured by using an optical interferometer and gloss by using a diffractive-optical-element based glossmeter. The measurement was achieved by scanning the tablets with a probe beam and detecting the reflected light. The surface roughness and gloss data show relatively good correlation with the porosities of the tablets. PMID:24530384

  12. Single-shot terahertz spectroscopy using pulse-front tilting of an ultra-short probe pulse.

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    Kawada, Yoichi; Yasuda, Takashi; Nakanishi, Atsushi; Akiyama, Koichiro; Takahashi, Hironori

    2011-06-01

    We developed a single-shot terahertz pulse measurement technique using pulse-front tilting of an ultra-short probe pulse and demonstrated single-shot terahertz spectroscopy. A transmission grating was used to introduce a sufficiently large pulse-front tilt angle. A measuring time range of 23.8 ps was achieved. The measured temporal waveforms were corrected in consideration of the nonlinearity arising from the crossed-Nicols arrangement employed and the beam profiles of the probe and terahertz pulses. The characteristic spectrum of lactose was measured with a single terahertz pulse, and the effectiveness of our single-shot technique was confirmed by comparison with a conventional sampling method. PMID:21716352

  13. Thermal denaturation of protein studied by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Fu, Xiuhua; Li, Xiangjun; Liu, Jianjun; Du, Yong; Hong, Zhi

    2012-12-01

    In this study, the absorption spectra of native or thermal protein were measured in 0.2-1.4THz using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system at room temperature, their absorption spectra and the refractive spectra were obtained. Experimental results indicate that protein both has strong absorption but their characteristics were not distinct in the THz region, and the absorption decreased during thermal denatured state. In order to prove protein had been denatured, we used Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) measured their denatured temperature, from their DSC heating traces, collagen Td=101?, Bovine serum albumin Td=97?. While we also combined the Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) to investigate their secondary and tertiary structure before and after denatuation, but the results did not have the distinct changes. We turned the absorption spectra and the refractive spectra to the dielectric spectra, and used the one-stage Debye model simulated the terahertz dielectric spectra of protein before and after denaturation. This research proved that the terahertz spectrum technology is feasible in testing protein that were affected by temperature or other factors which can provide theoretical foundation in the further study about the THz spectrum of protein and peptide temperature stability.

  14. In-vitro terahertz spectroscopy of rat skin under the action of dehydrating agents

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    Kolesnikov, Aleksandr S.; Kolesnikova, Ekaterina A.; Tuchina, Daria K.; Terentyuk, Artem G.; Nazarov, Maxim; Skaptsov, Alexander A.; Shkurinov, Alexander P.; Tuchin, Valery V.

    2014-01-01

    In the paper we present the results of study of rat skin and rat subcutaneous tumor under the action of dehydrating agents in terahertz (THz) range (15-30 THz). Frustrated Total Internal Reflection (FTIR) spectra were obtained with infrared Fourier spectrometer Nicolet 6700 and then they were recalculated in the transmittance spectra with Omnic software. Experiments were carried out with healthy and xenografted tumor in skin tissue in vitro. As the dehydrating agents 100% glycerol, 40%-water glucose solution, PEG-600, and propylene glycol were used. To determine the effect of the optical clearing agent (OCA), the alterations of terahertz transmittance for the samples were analyzed. The results have shown that PEG-600 and 40%-glucose water solution are the most effective dehydrating agent. The transmittance of healthy skin after PEG-600 application increased approximately by 6% and the transmittance of tumor tissue after PEG- 600 and 40%-glucose water solution application increased approximately by 8%. Obtained data can be useful for further application of terahertz radiation for tumor diagnostics.

  15. Quantitative analysis of the mixtures of illicit drugs using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Jiang, Dejun; Zhao, Shusen; Shen, Jingling

    2008-03-01

    A method was proposed to quantitatively inspect the mixtures of illicit drugs with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy technique. The mass percentages of all components in a mixture can be obtained by linear regression analysis, on the assumption that all components in the mixture and their absorption features be known. For illicit drugs were scarce and expensive, firstly we used common chemicals, Benzophenone, Anthraquinone, Pyridoxine hydrochloride and L-Ascorbic acid in the experiment. Then illicit drugs and a common adulterant, methamphetamine and flour, were selected for our experiment. Experimental results were in significant agreement with actual content, which suggested that it could be an effective method for quantitative identification of illicit drugs.

  16. Bacillus spores and their relevant chemicals studied by terahertz time domain spectroscopy

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    Tang, Jianhua; Yang, Bin; Llewellyn, Ian; Cutler, Ronald R.; Donnan, Robert S.

    2014-01-01

    Terahertz time domain spectroscopy has been used to investigate 0.2-2.2 THz transmission responses of Bacillus spores and their related chemical components. Whilst no THz signatures could be clearly associated with either sporulated cells or their chief chemical components, differing degrees of signal attenuation and frequency-dependent light scattering were observed depending on spore composition and culture media. The observed monotonic increase in absorption by spores over this THz spectral domain is mainly from Mie scattering and also from remnant water bound to the spores.

  17. Simultaneous composition and thickness measurement of paper using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Mousavi, Payam; Haran, Frank; Jez, David; Santosa, Fadil; Dodge, John Steven

    2009-11-20

    We present a noncontact method for quantitative composition and thickness monitoring of flat sheet products using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. We apply the method to obtain simultaneous measurement of thickness and moisture content of paper sheets. The paper is modeled as an effective medium of water mixed with fibers, and model parameters are estimated from fits to the measured transmission amplitude. We demonstrate the method on two different paper samples and obtain uncertainties that are comparable with existing sensor technology. Monte Carlo simulations indicate that these uncertainties can be reduced further by at least an order of magnitude.

  18. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy for monitoring the curing of dental composites

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    Schwerdtfeger, Michael; Lippert, Sina; Koch, Martin; Berg, Andreas; Katletz, Stefan; Wiesauer, Karin

    2012-01-01

    We apply terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy for monitoring the curing process of three different light-curing dental composites. Exact knowledge of the sample thickness is required for a precise determination of the THz dielectric parameters, as the materials exhibit shrinkage when they are cured. We find very small but significant changes of the THz refractive index and absorption coefficient during stepwise light exposure. The changes in the refractive index are correlated with changes in the density of the materials. Furthermore, the refractive index and the sample thickness are found to give the most reliable result for monitoring the curing process of the dental composites. PMID:23162722

  19. Room-temperature terahertz spectroscopy of optically excited plasma waves in HEMTs

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    Nouvel, P.; Marinchio, H.; Torres, J.; Palermo, C.; Chusseau, L.; Varani, L.; Shiktorov, P.; Starikov, E.; Gruinskis, V.

    2009-11-01

    We report on systematic measurements of resonant plasma waves oscillations in several gate-length InGaAs HEMTs and compare them with numerical results from a specially developed model. A great concern of experiments has been to ensure that HEMTs were not subject to any spurious electronic oscillation that may interfere with the desired plasma-wave spectroscopy excited via a terahertz optical beating. The influence of geometrical HEMTs parameters such as gate-length or cap-layer length as well as biasing conditions is then explored extensively owing to many different devices. Plasma resonances up to the THz are observed.

  20. Causality-based method for determining the time origin in terahertz emission spectroscopy.

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    Unuma, Takeya; Ino, Yusuke; Peiponen, Kai-Erik; Vartiainen, Erik M; Kuwata-Gonokami, Makoto; Hirakawa, Kazuhiko

    2011-06-20

    We propose a method for determining the time origin on the basis of causality in terahertz (THz) emission spectroscopy. The method is formulated in terms of the singly subtractive Kramers-Kronig relation, which is useful for the situation where not only the amplitude spectrum but also partial phase information is available within the measurement frequency range. Numerical analysis of several simulated and observed THz emission data shows that the misplacement of the time origin in THz waveforms can be detected by the method with an accuracy that is an order of magnitude higher than the given temporal resolutions. PMID:21716518

  1. Label-free monitoring of interaction between DNA and oxaliplatin in aqueous solution by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Wu, Xiaojun; E, Yiwen; Xu, Xinlong; Wang, Li

    2012-07-01

    We demonstrated the feasibility of applying terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to monitor the molecular reactions in aqueous solutions of anticancer drug oxaliplatin with λ-DNA and macrophages DNA. The reaction time dependent refractive index and absorption coefficient were extracted and analyzed. The reaction half-decaying time of about 4.0 h for λ-DNA and 12.9 h for M-DNA was established. The results suggest that the THz-TDS detection could be an effective label-free technique to sense the molecular reaction in aqueous solutions and could be very useful in biology, medicine, and pharmacy industry.

  2. Investigation of thermal denaturation of solid oxytocin by terahertz dielectric spectroscopy

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    Li, Xiangjun; Yang, Xiaojie; Liu, Jianjun; Du, Yong; Hong, Zhi

    2014-07-01

    We investigate the thermal denaturation of solid oxytocin using terahertz time domain spectroscopy(THz-TDS). When the peptide is heated up from 25C to 107C and cooled down to 25C again, an irreversible decrease in its THz absorption coefficient and refractive index is observed. The corresponding frequency-dependent permittivity during heating is fitted by the Debye model with single relaxation time. The relaxation times during temperature rising agree very well with Arrhenius equation with the activation energy of 3.12kJ/(Kmol) as an indicator for its thermal denaturation difficulty.

  3. Isothermal crystallization of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) studied by terahertz two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy

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    Hoshina, Hiromichi; Ishii, Shinya; Morisawa, Yusuke; Sato, Harumi; Noda, Isao; Ozaki, Yukihiro; Otani, Chiko

    2012-01-01

    The isothermal crystallization of poly(3-hydroxybutylate) (PHB) was studied by monitoring the temporal evolution of terahertz absorption spectra in conjunction with spectral analysis using two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy. Correlation between the absorption peaks and the sequential order of the changes in spectral intensity extracted from synchronous and asynchronous plots indicated that crystallization of PHB at 90 C is a two step process, in which C-H...O=C hydrogen bonds are initially formed before well-defined crystal structures are established.

  4. Analysis of blood plasma at terahertz frequencies

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    Cherkasova, O. P.; Nazarov, M. M.; Angeluts, A. A.; Shkurinov, A. P.

    2016-01-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in the 0.05-2.5 THz frequency range was employed to analyze blood plasma samples obtained from laboratory animals with experimental diabetes and from healthy controls. It was found that transmission and reflection coefficients of samples from rats with diabetes differed significantly from control values in both amplitude and phase. The cause of the detected differences is discussed with respect to variation in the terahertz response of water.

  5. In vivo spectroscopy of healthy skin and pathology in terahertz frequency range

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    Zaytsev, Kirill I.; Kudrin, Konstantin G.; Reshetov, Igor V.; Gavdush, Arseniy A.; Chernomyrdin, Nikita V.; Karasik, Valeriy E.; Yurchenko, Stanislav O.

    2015-01-01

    Biomedical applications of terahertz (THz) technology and, in particular, THz pulsed spectroscopy have attracted considerable interest in the scientific community. A lot of papers have been dedicated to studying the ability for human disease diagnosis, including the diagnosis of human skin cancers. In this paper we have studied the THz material parameters and THz dielectric properties of human skin and pathology in vivo, and THz pulsed spectroscopy has been utilized for this purpose. We have found a contrast between material parameters of basal cell carcinoma and healthy skin, and we have also compared the THz material parameters of dysplastic and non-dysplastic pigmentary nevi in order to study the ability for early melanoma diagnosis. Significant differences between the THz material parameters of healthy skin and pathology have been detected, thus, THz pulsed spectroscopy promises to be become an effective tool for non-invasive diagnosis of skin neoplasms.

  6. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy of liver tissue

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    Reistad, Nina; Nilsson, Jan; Vilhelmsson Timmermand, Oskar; Sturesson, Christian; Andersson-Engels, Stefan

    2015-06-01

    Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) with a fiber-optic contact probe is a cost-effective, rapid, and non-invasive optical method used to extract diagnosis information of tissue. By combining commercially available VIS- and NIR-spectrometers with various fiber-optic contact-probes, we have access to the full wavelength range from around 400 to 1600 nm. Using this flexible and portable spectroscopy system, we have acquired ex-vivo DRS-spectra from murine, porcine, and human liver tissue. For extracting the tissue optical properties from the measured spectra, we have employed and compared predictions from two models for light propagation in tissue, diffusion theory model (DT) and Monte Carlo simulations (MC). The focus in this work is on the capacity of this DRS-technique in discriminating metastatic tumor tissue from normal liver tissue as well as in assessing and characterizing damage to non-malignant liver tissue induced by preoperative chemotherapy for colorectal liver metastases.

  7. Frequency-Comb-Assisted Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser Spectroscopy

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    Bartalini, S.; Consolino, L.; Cancio, P.; De Natale, P.; Bartolini, P.; Taschin, A.; De Pas, M.; Beere, H.; Ritchie, D.; Vitiello, M. S.; Torre, R.

    2014-04-01

    We report a metrological-grade THz spectroscopy based on the combination of a THz frequency-comb synthesizer (FCS) and a THz quantum cascade laser (QCL). The QCL, emitting at 2.5 THz, is phase locked to the free-space THz FCS, and its frequency is swept across a methanol transition by tuning the comb-repetition rate, which is ultimately disciplined by the Cs primary frequency standard. The absolute frequency scale provides an uncertainty of a few parts in 10-11 on the laser frequency and 10-9 on the line-center determination, ranking this technique among the most precise ever developed in the THz range.

  8. Insulin amyloid fibrillation studied by terahertz spectroscopy and other biophysical methods

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    Liu, Rui; He, Mingxia; Su, Rongxin; Tianjin Key Laboratory of Membrane Science and Desalination Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 ; Yu, Yanjun; Qi, Wei; He, Zhimin; Tianjin Key Laboratory of Membrane Science and Desalination Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072

    2010-01-01

    Assembly and fibrillation of amyloid proteins are believed to play a key role in the etiology of various human diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and type II diabetes. Insights into conformational changes and formation processes during amyloid fibrillation are essential for the clinical diagnosis and drug discovery. To study the changes in secondary, tertiary, quaternary structures, and the alteration in the collective vibrational mode density of states during the amyloid fibrillation, bovine insulin in 20% acetic acid was incubated at 60 {sup o}C, and its multi-level structures were followed by various biophysical techniques, including circular dichroism (CD), thioflavin T fluorescence (ThT), dynamic light scattering (DLS), electron microscopy, and terahertz (THz) absorption spectroscopy. The experimental data demonstrated a transformation of {alpha}-helix into {beta}-sheet starting at 26 h. This was followed by the aggregation of insulin, as shown by ThT binding, with a transition midpoint at 41 h, and by the bulk formation of mature aggregates after about 71 h. THz is a quick and non-invasive technique, which has the advantage of allowing the study of the conformational state of biomolecules and tissues. We first applied THz spectroscopy to study the amyloid fibrillation. At the terahertz frequency range of 0.2-2.0 THz, there was an apparent increase in both the absorbance and refractive index in THz spectra. Thus, THz is expected to provide a new way of looking into amyloid fibrillation.

  9. Speckle in Active Millimeter-Wave and Terahertz Imaging and Spectroscopy

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    Sheen, David M.; McMakin, Douglas L.; Hall, Thomas E.

    2007-04-01

    Wideband millimeter-wave imaging techniques and systems have been developed at PNNL for concealed weapon detection and other applications. These techniques evolved from single-frequency millimeter-wave holographic imaging methods to wideband three-dimensional planar and cylindrical techniques and systems. The single-frequency holographic method was derived from optical and ultrasonic holography techniques. Speckle is highly significant in this case, and is caused by constructive and destructive interference from multiple scattering locations or depths within a single resolution cell. The wideband three-dimensional techniques developed at PNNL significantly reduce the speckle effect through the use of high depth resolution obtained from the wide bandwidth of the illumination. For these techniques, speckle can still be significant in some cases and affect image quality. In this paper, we explore the situations in which speckle occurs and it's relationship to lateral and depth resolution. This will be accomplished through numerical simulation and demonstrated in actual imaging results. Speckle may also play a significant role in altering reflection spectra in wideband terahertz spectra. Reflection from rough surfaces will generate speckle, which will result in significant variation in the reflection spectrum as measured over very wide bandwidths. This effect may make if difficult to interpret spectral absorption features from general reflectance data. In this paper, physical optics numerical simulation techniques will be used to model the reflection from arbitrary random surfaces and explore the effect of the surface on the reflection spectra and reconstructed image. Laboratory imaging and numerical modeling results in the millimeter-wave through the terahertz frequency ranges are presented.

  10. Using Terahertz Spectroscopy to Study Systems with Solar Energy Applications

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    Milot, Rebecca L.; Moore, Gary F.; Martini, Lauren A.; Brudvig, Gary W.; Crabtree, Robert H.; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A.

    2013-06-01

    Biomimetic solar water oxidation systems are being developed as renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. One possible design incorporates thin-film dye-sensitized nanoparticle photoanades to capture and convert visible light to charge carriers and catalysts to facilitate water oxidation. The physical properties of the dye are important due to its position as the light absorber and electron transfer initiator. Given the role that porphyrins play in photosynthesis and their synthetic tunability, they are promising components for these photoanodes. Time-Resolved THz Spectroscopy (TRTS), an optical pump/THz probe technique, is a non-contact electrical probe with proven usefulness for studying electron transfer and conductivity on a sub-picosecond timescale. Using TRTS, the efficiency and dynamics of electron injection from porphyrin dyes into metal oxide surfaces was found to be strongly influenced by the structure and photophysical properties of the dye.

  11. Sub-terahertz resonance spectroscopy of biological macromolecules and cells

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    Globus, Tatiana; Moyer, Aaron; Gelmont, Boris; Khromova, Tatyana; Sizov, Igor; Ferrance, Jerome

    2013-05-01

    Recently we introduced a Sub-THz spectroscopic system for characterizing vibrational resonance features from biological materials. This new, continuous-wave, frequency-domain spectroscopic sensor operates at room temperature between 315 and 480 GHz with spectral resolution of at least 1 GHz and utilizes the source and detector components from Virginia Diode, Inc. In this work we present experimental results and interpretation of spectroscopic signatures from bacterial cells and their biological macromolecule structural components. Transmission and absorption spectra of the bacterial protein thioredoxin, DNA and lyophilized cells of Escherichia coli (E. coli), as well as spores of Bacillus subtillis and B. atrophaeus have been characterized. Experimental results for biomolecules are compared with absorption spectra calculated using molecular dynamics simulation, and confirm the underlying physics for resonance spectroscopy based on interactions between THz radiation and vibrational modes or groups of modes of atomic motions. Such interactions result in multiple intense and narrow specific resonances in transmission/absorption spectra from nano-gram samples with spectral line widths as small as 3 GHz. The results of this study indicate diverse relaxation dynamic mechanisms relevant to sub-THz vibrational spectroscopy, including long-lasting processes. We demonstrate that high sensitivity in resolved specific absorption fingerprints provides conditions for reliable detection, identification and discrimination capability, to the level of strains of the same bacteria, and for monitoring interactions between biomaterials and reagents in near real-time. Additionally, it creates the basis for the development of new types of advanced biological sensors through integrating the developed system with a microfluidic platform for biomaterial samples.

  12. Non-destructive inspections of illicit drugs in envelope using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Li, Ning; Shen, Jingling; Lu, Meihong; Jia, Yan; Sun, Jinhai; Liang, Laishun; Shi, Yanning; Xu, Xiaoyu; Zhang, Cunlin

    2006-09-01

    The absorption spectra of two illicit drugs, methylenedioxyamphetarnine (MDA) and methamphetamine (MA), within and without two conventional envelopes are studied using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy technique. The characteristic absorption spectra of MDA and MA are obtained in the range of 0.2 THz to 2.5 THz. MDA has an obvious absorption peak at 1.41 THz while MA has obvious absorption peaks at 1.23 THz, 1.67 THz, 1.84 THz and 2.43 THz. We find that the absorption peaks of MDA and MA within the envelopes are almost the same as those without the envelopes respectively although the two envelopes have some different absorption in THz waveband. This result indicates that the type of illicit drugs in envelopes can be determined by identifying their characteristic absorption peaks, and THz time-domain spectroscopy is one of the most powerful candidates for illicit drugs inspection.

  13. Monitoring the reaction between AlCl3 and o-xylene by using terahertz spectroscopy

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    Jin, Wu-Jun; Li, Tao; Zhao, Kun; Zhao, Hui

    2013-11-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is used to study the interaction between AlCl3 and o-xylene in a temperature range from 300 K to 368 K. For comparison, the three isomers of o-, m-, and p-xylene are measured by using THz-TDS. The o-xylene carries out isomerization reaction in the presence of catalyst AlCl3. The absorption coefficient of the mixed reaction solution is extracted and analyzed in the frequency range from 0.2 THz to 1.4 THz. The temperature dependence of the absorption coefficient, which is influenced by both the dissolution of AlCl3 and the production of the two other isomer resultants, is obtained, and it can indicate the process of the isomerization reaction. The results suggest that THz spectroscopy can be used to monitor the isomerization reaction and other reactions in chemical synthesis, petrochemical and biomedical fields.

  14. Terahertz spectroscopy for the study of paraffin-embedded gastric cancer samples

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    Wahaia, Faustino; Kasalynas, Irmantas; Seliuta, Dalius; Molis, Gediminas; Urbanowicz, Andrzej; Carvalho Silva, Catia D.; Carneiro, Fatima; Valusis, Gintaras; Granja, Pedro L.

    2015-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy constitute promising technique for biomedical applications as a complementary and powerful tool for diseases screening specially for early cancer diagnostic. The THz radiation is not harmful to biological tissues. As increased blood supply in cancer-affected tissues and consequent local increase in tissue water content makes THz technology a potentially attractive. In the present work, samples of healthy and adenocarcinoma-affected gastric tissue were analyzed using transmission time-domain THz spectroscopy (THz-TDS). The work shows the capability of the technique to distinguish between normal and cancerous regions in dried and paraffin-embedded samples. Plots of absorption coefficient α and refractive index n of normal and cancer affected tissues, are presented and the conditions for discrimination between normal and affected tissues are discussed.

  15. Total internal reflection photoacoustic detection spectroscopy

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    Sudduth, Amanda S. M.; Goldschmidt, Benjamin S.; Samson, Edward B.; Whiteside, Paul J. D.; Viator, John A.

    2011-03-01

    Total Internal Reflection Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (TIRPAS) is a method that exploits the evanescent field of a nanosecond duration laser pulse reflecting off a glass/water interface to generate photoacoustic responses. These photoacoustic events are generated in light absorbing analytes suspended in the fluid medium in contact with the glass that are within the penetration depth of the evanescent wave. This method has been employed in previous studies by Hinoue et al. Hinoue et al. used an optically chopped HeNe laser at 632.8 nm to detect Brilliant Blue FCF dye at different angles of incidence. In recent years, the advent of high power nanosecond pulsed tunable lasers has allowed for the re-visitation of the TIRPAS idea under stress confinement and orders of magnitude larger peak energy conditions. Compared to conventional detection methods, this approach has the potential to detect much smaller quantities of disease indicators, such as circulating tumor cells and hemazoin crystals in malaria, than other optical methods. The detection limit of the TIRPAS system was quantified using chlorazol black solution with an absorption coefficient of 55 cm-1 at 532 nm. Interaction with the evanescent field was verified by varying the angle of incidence of the probe laser beam that generated the photoacoustic waves, thereby changing the penetration depth of the evanescent field as well as the photoacoustic spectroscopy effect from angled excitation.

  16. Mid infrared upconversion spectroscopy using diffuse reflectance

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    Sanders, Nicolai; Kehlet, Louis; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Beato, Pablo; Pedersen, Christian

    2014-02-01

    We present a novel approach for mid infrared (mid-IR) spectral analysis using upconversion technology applied in a diffuse reflectance setup. We demonstrate experimentally that mid-IR spectral features in the 2.6-4 μm range using different test samples (e.g. zeolites) can be obtained. The results are in good agreement with published data. We believe that the benefit of low noise upconversion methods combined with spectral analysis will provide an alternative approach to e.g. mid-IR Fourier Transform microscopy. We discuss in detail the experimental aspects of the proposed method. The upconversion unit consists of a PP:LN crystal situated as an intracavity component in a Nd:YVO4 laser. Mixing incoming spectrally and spatially incoherent light from the test sample with the high power intracavity beam of the Nd:YVO4 laser results in enhanced conversion efficiency. The upconverted light is spectrally located in the near infrared (NIR) wavelength region easily accessible for low noise Silicon CCD camera technology. Thus the room temperature upconversion unit and the Silicon CCD camera replaces noisy mid infrared detectors used in existing Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. We demonstrate specifically that upconversion methods can be deployed using a diffuse reflectance setup where the test sample is irradiated by a thermal light source, i.e. a globar. The diffuse reflectance geometry is particularly well suited when a transmission setup cannot be used. This situation may happen for highly scattering or absorbing samples.

  17. Label-free detection and characterization of the binding of hemagglutinin protein and broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies using terahertz spectroscopy.

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    Sun, Yiwen; Zhong, Junlan; Zhang, Cunlin; Zuo, Jian; Pickwell-MacPherson, Emma

    2015-03-01

    Hemagglutinin (HA) is the main surface glycoprotein of the influenza A virus. The H9N2 subtype influenza A virus is recognized as the most possible pandemic strain as it has crossed the species barrier, infecting swine and humans. We use terahertz spectroscopy to study the hydration shell formation around H9 subtype influenza A virus's HA protein (H9 HA) as well as the detection of antigen binding of H9 HA with the broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibody. We observe a remarkable concentration dependent nonlinear response of the H9 HA, which reveals the formation process of the hydration shell around H9 HA molecules. Furthermore, we show that terahertz dielectric properties of the H9 HA are strongly affected by the presence of the monoclonal antibody F10 and that the terahertz dielectric loss tangent can be used to detect the antibody binding at lower concentrations than the standard ELISA test. PMID:25757856

  18. Label-free detection and characterization of the binding of hemagglutinin protein and broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies using terahertz spectroscopy

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    Sun, Yiwen; Zhong, Junlan; Zhang, Cunlin; Zuo, Jian; Pickwell-MacPherson, Emma

    2015-03-01

    Hemagglutinin (HA) is the main surface glycoprotein of the influenza A virus. The H9N2 subtype influenza A virus is recognized as the most possible pandemic strain as it has crossed the species barrier, infecting swine and humans. We use terahertz spectroscopy to study the hydration shell formation around H9 subtype influenza A virus's HA protein (H9 HA) as well as the detection of antigen binding of H9 HA with the broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibody. We observe a remarkable concentration dependent nonlinear response of the H9 HA, which reveals the formation process of the hydration shell around H9 HA molecules. Furthermore, we show that terahertz dielectric properties of the H9 HA are strongly affected by the presence of the monoclonal antibody F10 and that the terahertz dielectric loss tangent can be used to detect the antibody binding at lower concentrations than the standard ELISA test.

  19. Discrimination of Transgenic Rice containing the Cry1Ab Protein using Terahertz Spectroscopy and Chemometrics

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    Xu, Wendao; Xie, Lijuan; Ye, Zunzhong; Gao, Weilu; Yao, Yang; Chen, Min; Qin, Jianyuan; Ying, Yibin

    2015-01-01

    Spectroscopic techniques combined with chemometrics methods have proven to be effective tools for the discrimination of objects with similar properties. In this work, terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) combined with discriminate analysis (DA) and principal component analysis (PCA) with derivative pretreatments was performed to differentiate transgenic rice (Hua Hui 1, containing the Cry1Ab protein) from its parent (Ming Hui 63). Both rice samples and the Cry1Ab protein were ground and pressed into pellets for terahertz (THz) measurements. The resulting time-domain spectra were transformed into frequency-domain spectra, and then, the transmittances of the rice and Cry1Ab protein were calculated. By applying the first derivative of the THz spectra in conjunction with the DA model, the discrimination of transgenic from non-transgenic rice was possible with accuracies up to 89.4% and 85.0% for the calibration set and validation set, respectively. The results indicated that THz spectroscopic techniques and chemometrics methods could be new feasible ways to differentiate transgenic rice. PMID:26154950

  20. Characterisation of historic plastics using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and pulsed imaging.

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    Pastorelli, Gianluca; Trafela, Tanja; Taday, Phillip F; Portieri, Alessia; Lowe, David; Fukunaga, Kaori; Strlič, Matija

    2012-05-01

    Terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy and 3D THz pulsed imaging have been explored with regard to polymer materials, both commodity and historic polymers. A systematic spectroscopic study of a wide range of different polymer materials showed significant differences in their spectra. Polyolefins and polystyrenes generally exhibit lower absorption than other examined polymers, various cellulose derivates, poly(vinyl chloride), poly(methyl methacrylate), polyamide, hard rubber and phenol formaldehyde resin, the last of these exhibiting the most intense absorption over the entire range, 0.15-4.2 THz. It was also examined how the presence of plasticisers in poly(vinyl chloride), the presence of fillers in polypropylene, and the degree of branching in polyethylene and polystyrene affect the spectra; inorganic fillers in polypropylene affected the absorption most. With 3D THz pulsed imaging, features in polymer objects were explored, appearing either as integral parts of the material (coatings and pores in foams) or as a consequence of physical deterioration (cracks, delamination). All of these features of various complexities can be successfully imaged in 3D. Terahertz technology is thus shown to have significant potential for both chemical and structural characterisation of polymers, which will be of interest to heritage science, but also to the polymer industry and development of analytical technologies in general. PMID:22447218

  1. Parallel-Plate Waveguide Terahertz Time Domain Spectroscopy for Ultrathin Conductive Films

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    Razanoelina, M.; Kinjo, R.; Takayama, K.; Kawayama, I.; Murakami, H.; Mittleman, Daniel M.; Tonouchi, M.

    2015-12-01

    Development of techniques for characterization of extremely thin films is an important challenge in terahertz (THz) science and applications. Spectroscopic measurements of materials on the nanometer scale or of atomic layer thickness (2D materials) require a sufficient terahertz wave-matter interaction length, which is challenging to achieve in conventional transmission geometry. Waveguide-based THz spectroscopy offers an alternative method to overcome this problem. In this paper, we investigate a new parallel-plate waveguide (PPWG) technique for measuring dielectric properties of ultrathin gold films, in which we mount the thin film sample at the center of the waveguide. We discuss a model of THz dielectric parameter extraction based on waveguide theory and analyze the response of thin films for both transverse magnetic (TM) and transverse electric (TE) waveguide modes. In contrast to other waveguide methods, our approach enables comparison of the material response with different electromagnetic field distributions without significantly changing the experimental setup. As a result, we demonstrate that TE modes have a better sensitivity to the properties of the thin film. For prototype test samples, optical parameters extracted using our method are in good agreement with literature values.

  2. Discrimination of Transgenic Rice containing the Cry1Ab Protein using Terahertz Spectroscopy and Chemometrics

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    Xu, Wendao; Xie, Lijuan; Ye, Zunzhong; Gao, Weilu; Yao, Yang; Chen, Min; Qin, Jianyuan; Ying, Yibin

    2015-07-01

    Spectroscopic techniques combined with chemometrics methods have proven to be effective tools for the discrimination of objects with similar properties. In this work, terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) combined with discriminate analysis (DA) and principal component analysis (PCA) with derivative pretreatments was performed to differentiate transgenic rice (Hua Hui 1, containing the Cry1Ab protein) from its parent (Ming Hui 63). Both rice samples and the Cry1Ab protein were ground and pressed into pellets for terahertz (THz) measurements. The resulting time-domain spectra were transformed into frequency-domain spectra, and then, the transmittances of the rice and Cry1Ab protein were calculated. By applying the first derivative of the THz spectra in conjunction with the DA model, the discrimination of transgenic from non-transgenic rice was possible with accuracies up to 89.4% and 85.0% for the calibration set and validation set, respectively. The results indicated that THz spectroscopic techniques and chemometrics methods could be new feasible ways to differentiate transgenic rice.

  3. Solvation Dynamics of Trimethylamine N-Oxide in Aqueous Solution Probed by Terahertz Spectroscopy.

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    Knake, Lukas; Schwaab, Gerhard; Kartaschew, Konstantin; Havenith, Martina

    2015-10-29

    We have studied the hydration dynamics of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) in aqueous solution using a combination of concentration-dependent terahertz/far-infrared (THz/FIR) and Raman spectroscopic techniques. Terahertz/FIR absorption was measured using narrowband (76-93 cm(-1)) p-Ge laser and broad band (30-400 cm(-1)) Fourier transform spectroscopy. We used principal component analysis in combination with a semi-ideal chemical equilibrium model to dissect the spectra into linear and nonlinear contributions of the solvated solute extinction. We attribute the linear part to the average extinction and Raman scattering of TMAO-water aggregates with approximately 3-4 water strongly hydrogen bonded to TMAO. An additional nonlinear concentration dependence indicates a decrease of the number of attached water molecules with increasing TMAO concentrations due to a shift in association equilibria. The Raman spectra reveal a frequency shift of the (narrowband) intramolecular vibrations with decreasing dilution. Based on the results of a detailed analysis and isotopic substitution, the experimentally observed absorption bands at 0, 176, and 388 cm(-1) could be assigned to water relaxation modes, an intermolecular TMAO-H2O stretch, and the C-N-C bending mode, respectively. Our results provide evidence for a local modification of the water structure. PMID:26214376

  4. Optical Reflection Spectroscopy of GEO Objects

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    Seitzer, Patrick; Cardona, Tammaso; Lederer, Susan M.; Cowardin, Heather; Abercromby, Kira J.; Barker, Edwin S.; Bedard, Donald

    2013-01-01

    We report on optical reflection spectroscopy of geosynchronous (GEO) objects in the US Space Surveillance Network (SSN) catalog. These observations were obtained using imaging spectrographs on the 6.5-m Magellan telescopes at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Our goal is to determine the composition of these objects by comparing these spectral observations with ground-based laboratory measurements of spacecraft materials. The observations are all low resolution (1 nm after smoothing) obtained through a 5 arcsecond wide slit and using a grism as the dispersing element. The spectral range covered was from 450 nm to 800 nm. All spectra were flux calibrated using observations of standard stars with the exact same instrumental setup. An effort was made to obtain all observations within a limited range of topocentric phase angle, although the solar incident angle is unknown due to the lack of any knowledge of the attitude of the observed surface at the time of observation.

  5. THz reflection spectroscopy of C-4 explosive and its detection through interferometric imaging

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    Sengupta, Amartya; Bandyopadhyay, Aparajita; Barat, Robert B.; Gary, Dale E.; Federici, John F.

    2006-02-01

    In recent times, Terahertz (1 THz = 10 12 cycles/sec and 300 ?m in wavelength) spectroscopy has become a promising technique for spectroscopic identification of different materials having contemporary interest. In this study we report a direct measurement of reflection spectra of the explosive C-4, which shows significant absorption around 0.8 THz, using THz time domain spectroscopic techniques. A contrast in reflection of around 8% has also been observed between the neighboring frequencies of 0.7 THz and 0.9 THz. The spectral data have been used to create realistic synthetic images for use in simulations of interferometric detection in a stand-off THz imaging system. The results obtained are analyzed using Artificial Neural Networks for positive identification of the agents with an interferometric array of few linear detectors in near field mode.

  6. Planar Circulator for Sub-Terahertz-Wave Reflection-Geometry Imaging

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    Ito, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Hiroshi; Muramoto, Yoshifumi; Ishibashi, Tadao

    2011-11-01

    A planar circulator circuit (PCC) implementing a 180° hybrid circuit for reflection-geometry sub-terahertz-wave imaging has been developed. The PCC is evaluated by measuring its signal transfer characteristics at around 300 GHz. A resonant behavior with a unidirectional cycling transmittance is observed in the PCC at around 270 GHz, indicating the proper function of the PCC as a circulator. The peak signal-to-background ratio is measured to be about 10. The PCC is integrated with a uni-traveling-carrier photodiode and a Schottky barrier diode to construct a photonic transceiver module. The characteristics of the PCC in the module are also evaluated by measuring images of a test sample. Although the image resolution decreases with signal frequency deviation from the resonant condition, it is confirmed that a practical contrast can be obtained for a bandwidth of about 40 GHz. Using the fabricated transceiver, the in vivo imaging of a human finger at 270 GHz is successfully demonstrated.

  7. High-speed terahertz reflection three-dimensional imaging using beam steering.

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    Yee, Dae-Su; Jin, Kyong Hwan; Yahng, Ji Sang; Yang, Ho-Soon; Kim, Chi Yup; Ye, Jong Chul

    2015-02-23

    High-speed terahertz (THz) reflection three-dimensional (3D) imaging is demonstrated using electronically-controlled optical sampling (ECOPS) and beam steering. ECOPS measurement is used for scanning an axial range of 7.8 mm in free space at 1 kHz scan rate while a transverse range of 100 × 100 mm(2) is scanned using beam steering instead of moving an imaging target. Telecentric f-θ lenses with axial and non-axial symmetry have been developed for beam steering. It is experimentally demonstrated that the non-axially symmetric lens has better characteristics than the axially symmetric lens. The total scan time depends on the number of points in a transverse range. For example, it takes 40 s for 200 × 200 points and 10 s for 100 × 100 points. To demonstrate the application of the imaging technique to nondestructive testing, THz 3D tomographic images of a glass fiber reinforced polymer sample with artificial internal defects have been acquired using the lenses for comparison. PMID:25836537

  8. Reflection terahertz time-domain imaging for analysis of an 18th century neoclassical easel painting.

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    Koch-Dandolo, Corinna L; Filtenborg, Troels; Fukunaga, Kaori; Skou-Hansen, Jacob; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2015-06-01

    Terahertz time-domain imaging (THz-TDI) has been applied for imaging a hidden portrait and other subsurface composition layers of an 18th century (18C) easel painting by Nicolai Abildgaard, the most important 18C Danish neoclassical painter of historical and mythological subjects. For the first time, a real hidden portrait on an easel painting has been imaged by THz-TDI, with an unexpected richness of detail. THz C- and B-scans have been compared with images obtained by x-ray radiography and invasive cross-sectional imaging, leading to a deeper understanding of the strengths and limitations of this technique for art diagnostic purposes and defining its role among complementary tools for the investigation of art objects. We present a fast and effective method to separate single THz pulse reflections of interest from the entire signal across the image, adapted for uneven surfaces typically encountered in practical applications of the technique. Interfaces between layers of the painting have been successfully imaged, contributing substantially to the understanding of the structure of the painting. PMID:26192674

  9. High spectral resolution reflectance spectroscopy of minerals

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    Clark, R.N.; King, T.V.V.; Klejwa, M.; Swayze, G.A.; Vergo, N.

    1990-01-01

    The reflectance spectra of minerals are studied as a function of spectral resolution in the range from 0.2 to 3.0 ??m. Selected absorption bands were studied at resolving powers (??/????) as high as 2240. At resolving powers of approximately 1000, many OH-bearing minerals show diagnostic sharp absorptions at the resolution limit. At low resolution, some minerals may not be distinguishable, but as the resolution is increased, most can be easily identified. As the resolution is increased, many minerals show fine structure, particularly in the OH-stretching overtone region near 1.4 ??m. The fine structure can enhance the ability to discriminate between minerals, and in some cases the fine structure can be used to determine elemental composition. The study shows that high-resolution reflectance spectroscopy of minerals may prove to be a very important tool in the laboratory, in the field using field-portable spectrometers, from aircraft, and from satellites looking at Earth or other planetary surfaces. -from Authors

  10. Reflectance spectroscopy of organic compounds: 1. Alkanes

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    Clark, R.N.; Curchin, J.M.; Hoefen, T.M.; Swayze, G.A.

    2009-01-01

    Reflectance spectra of the organic compounds comprising the alkane series are presented from the ultraviolet to midinfrared, 0.35 to 15.5 /??m. Alkanes are hydrocarbon molecules containing only single carbon-carbon bonds, and are found naturally on the Earth and in the atmospheres of the giant planets and Saturn's moon, Titan. This paper presents the spectral properties of the alkanes as the first in a series of papers to build a spectral database of organic compounds for use in remote sensing studies. Applications range from mapping the environment on the Earth, to the search for organic molecules and life in the solar system and throughout the. universe. We show that the spectral reflectance properties of organic compounds are rich, with major diagnostic spectral features throughout the spectral range studied. Little to no spectral change was observed as a function of temperature and only small shifts and changes in the width of absorption bands were observed between liquids and solids, making remote detection of spectral properties throughout the solar system simpler. Some high molecular weight organic compounds contain single-bonded carbon chains and have spectra similar to alkanes even ' when they fall into other families. Small spectral differences are often present allowing discrimination among some compounds, further illustrating the need to catalog spectral properties for accurate remote sensing identification with spectroscopy.

  11. Spectrally interleaved, comb-mode-resolved spectroscopy using swept dual terahertz combs

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    Hsieh, Yi-Da; Iyonaga, Yuki; Sakaguchi, Yoshiyuki; Yokoyama, Shuko; Inaba, Hajime; Minoshima, Kaoru; Hindle, Francis; Araki, Tsutomu; Yasui, Takeshi

    2014-01-01

    Optical frequency combs are innovative tools for broadband spectroscopy because a series of comb modes can serve as frequency markers that are traceable to a microwave frequency standard. However, a mode distribution that is too discrete limits the spectral sampling interval to the mode frequency spacing even though individual mode linewidth is sufficiently narrow. Here, using a combination of a spectral interleaving and dual-comb spectroscopy in the terahertz (THz) region, we achieved a spectral sampling interval equal to the mode linewidth rather than the mode spacing. The spectrally interleaved THz comb was realized by sweeping the laser repetition frequency and interleaving additional frequency marks. In low-pressure gas spectroscopy, we achieved an improved spectral sampling density of 2.5 MHz and enhanced spectral accuracy of 8.39 × 10−7 in the THz region. The proposed method is a powerful tool for simultaneously achieving high resolution, high accuracy, and broad spectral coverage in THz spectroscopy. PMID:24448604

  12. Magnetization states of canted antiferromagnetic YFeO3 investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Kim, T. H.; Kang, C.; Kee, C.-S.; Lee, J.-H.; Cho, B. K.; Gruenberg, P.; Tokunaga, Y.; Tokura, Y.; Lee, J. S.

    2015-12-01

    We investigate magnetization states of a canted antiferromagnetic YFeO3 by using terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy under a variation of an external magnetic field. As a quasi-ferromagnetic mode near 0.3 THz is excited by the magnetic field of the THz pulse, a precession of the magnetic moment and its induction decay radiate the THz wave. Since oppositely aligned magnetic domains emit the circularly/elliptically polarized THz waves with opposite helicities, a detection of specific polarization of the THz wave shows a clear hysteresis behavior in good agreement with a magnetization curve obtained as a function of the applied magnetic field. Furthermore, time-domain measurement of excited magnetic moment can provide direct information about the magnetization decay dynamics.

  13. Rapid determination of saponification value and polymer content of vegetable and fish oils by terahertz spectroscopy.

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    Jiang, Feng Ling; Ikeda, Ikuo; Ogawa, Yuichi; Endo, Yasushi

    2012-01-01

    A rapid method for determining the saponification value (SV) and polymer content of vegetable and fish oils using the terahertz (THz) spectroscopy was developed. When the THz absorption spectra for vegetable and fish oils were measured in the range of 20 to 400 cm?, two peaks were seen at 77 and 328 cm?. The level of absorbance at 77 cm? correlated well with the SV. When the THz absorption spectra of thermally treated high-oleic safflower oils were measured, the absorbance increased with heating time. The polymer content in thermally treated oil correlated with the absorbance at 77 cm?. These results demonstrate that the THz spectrometry is a suitable non-destructive technique for the rapid determination of the SV and polymer content of vegetable and fish oils. PMID:23018850

  14. Detection of harmful residues in honey using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Massaouti, Maria; Daskalaki, Christina; Gorodetsky, Andrei; Koulouklidis, Anastasios D; Tzortzakis, Stelios

    2013-11-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) has been applied for the detection and discrimination of harmful chemical residues in honey. Three antibiotics (sulfapyridine, sulfathiazole, and tetracycline) and two acaricides (coumaphos and amitraz) were characterized in the THz frequency regime between 0.5 THz and 6.0 THz. All chemical substances present distinct absorption peaks. THz transmission measurements of honey mixtures with antibiotics have been performed, revealing that antibiotic residues are traceable in highly absorptive food products, such as honey, at concentrations down to 1% weight percentage, thanks to their THz fingerprints. Moreover, multiple antibiotics were identified in their mixture with honey, pointing out the potential of the technique to be used in the near future as a fast, real-time technique for detecting and discriminating multi-residues strictly related to food safety issues. PMID:24160877

  15. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy of transient metallic and superconducting states

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    Orenstein, J.; Dodge, J. S.

    2015-10-01

    Time-resolved terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is an ideal tool for probing photoinduced nonequilibrium metallic and superconducting states. Here, we focus on the interpretation of the two-dimensional response function ? (? ;t ) that it measures, examining whether it provides an accurate snapshot of the instantaneous optical conductivity ? (? ;t ) . For the Drude model with a time-dependent carrier density, we show that ? (? ;t ) is not simply related to ? (? ;t ) . The difference in the two response functions is most pronounced when the momentum relaxation rate of photocarriers is small, as would be the case in a system that becomes superconducting following pulsed photoexcitation. From the analysis of our model, we identify signatures of photoinduced superconductivity that could be seen by time-resolved THz-TDS.

  16. Quantitative Analysis for Monitoring Formulation of Lubricating Oil Using Terahertz Time-Domain Transmission Spectroscopy

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    Tian, Lu; Zhao, Kun; Zhou, Qing-Li; Shi, Yu-Lei; Zhang, Cun-Lin

    2012-04-01

    The quantitative analysis of zinc isopropyl-isooctyl-dithiophosphate (T204) mixed with lube base oil from Korea with viscosity index 70 (T204-Korea70) is presented by using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Compared with the middle-infrared spectra of zinc n-butyl-isooctyl-dithiophosphate (T202) and T204, THz spectra of T202 and T204 show the weak broad absorption bands. Then, the absorption coefficients of the T204-Korea70 system follow Beer's law at the concentration from 0.124 to 4.024%. The experimental absorption spectra of T204-Korea70 agree with the calculated ones based on the standard absorption coefficients of T204 and Korea70. The quantitative analysis enables a strategy to monitor the formulation of lubricating oil in real time.

  17. Collective vibrational spectra of a- and y-glycine studied by terahertz and raman spectroscopy

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    Shi, Yulei; Liu, Wei; Zhou, Qing-li; Zhang, Cunlin

    2011-08-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is used to investigate the absorption and dispersion of polycrystalline ? - and ? -glycine in the spectral region 0.5-3.0 THz. The spectra exhibit distinct features in these two crystalline phases. The observed far-infrared responses are attributed to intermolecular vibrational modes mediated by hydrogen bonds. We also measure the Raman spectra of the polycrystalline and dissolved glycine in the frequency range 28-3900 cm-1. The results show that all the vibrational modes below 200 cm-1 are nonlocalized but are of a collective (phonon-like) nature. Furthermore, the temperature dependence of the Raman spectra of ? -glycine agrees with the anharmonicity mechanism of the vibrational potentials.

  18. Intrinsic carrier multiplication efficiency in bulk Si crystals evaluated by optical-pump/terahertz-probe spectroscopy

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    Yamashita, G.; Nagai, M. E-mail: ashida@mp.es.osaka-u.ac.jp; Ashida, M. E-mail: ashida@mp.es.osaka-u.ac.jp; Matsubara, E.; Kanemitsu, Y.

    2014-12-08

    We estimated the carrier multiplication efficiency in the most common solar-cell material, Si, by using optical-pump/terahertz-probe spectroscopy. Through close analysis of time-resolved data, we extracted the exact number of photoexcited carriers from the sheet carrier density 10 ps after photoexcitation, excluding the influences of spatial diffusion and surface recombination in the time domain. For incident photon energies greater than 4.0?eV, we observed enhanced internal quantum efficiency due to carrier multiplication. The evaluated value of internal quantum efficiency agrees well with the results of photocurrent measurements. This optical method allows us to estimate the carrier multiplication and surface recombination of carriers quantitatively, which are crucial for the design of the solar cells.

  19. Degradation diagnosis of ultrahigh-molecular weight polyethylene with terahertz-time-domain spectroscopy

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    Yamamoto, Kohji; Yamaguchi, Mariko; Tani, Masahiko; Hangyo, Masanori; Teramura, Satoshi; Isu, Toshiro; Tomita, Naohide

    2004-11-29

    We investigated ultrahigh-molecular-weight-polyethylene (UHMWPE) samples prepared by various conditions with terahertz-time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Degradation of the virgin UHMWPE samples by {gamma} irradiation induced a drastic increase of the absorption ranging continuously over the THz region. The increase of the absorption continuum is interpreted to originate in the oxidation of the amorphous region within the sample. Only slight THz spectral changes induced by the {gamma} irradiation were, however, observed for the UHMWPE samples doped with 0.1 and 0.3 wt % vitamin E. This result agrees with the earlier indication that vitamin E has an antidegradation effect on UHMWPE. The present result shows that the THz-TDS can be used for the quality control of UHMWPE by monitoring the absorption continuum in the THz region.

  20. Carrier dynamics of rubrene single-crystals revealed by transient broadband terahertz spectroscopy

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    Yada, H.; Uchida, R.; Sekine, H.; Terashige, T.; Tao, S.; Matsui, Y.; Kida, N.; Fratini, S.; Ciuchi, S.; Okada, Y.; Uemura, T.; Takeya, J.; Okamoto, H.

    2014-10-01

    Carrier dynamics of an organic molecular semiconductor, rubrene, was investigated by optical-pump terahertz-probe spectroscopy from 1 to 15 THz. At 294 K, a Drude-like response due to photogenerated hole carriers is observed below 8 THz. The real part ? 1 ( ? ) of the optical conductivity is suppressed below 2 THz, indicating the presence of a localization effect. Such a spectral feature was reproduced by a Drude-Anderson model including the effect of dynamical disorder due to intermolecular vibrations. At 50 K, the spectral weight of ? 1 ( ? ) due to photocarriers shifts to lower frequency below 4 THz and the suppression of ? 1 ( ? ) is hardly observed, which we associate with a reduction of thermal molecular motions. The overall photocarrier generation and recombination dynamics is also discussed.

  1. Doppler-Limited Spectroscopy with a Decade-Spanning Terahertz Frequency Comb

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    Finneran, Ian A.; Good, Jacob T.; Holland, Daniel; Carroll, Brandon; Allodi, Marco A.; Blake, Geoffrey

    2015-06-01

    We report the generation and detection of a decade-spanning TeraHertz (THz) frequency comb (0.15-2.4 THz) using two Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser oscillators and ASynchronous OPtical Sampling THz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (ASOPS-THz-TDS). The measured linewidth of the comb at 1.5 THz is 3 kHz over a 60 second acquisition. With time-domain detection of the comb, we measure three transitions of water vapor at 10 mTorr between 1-2 THz with an average Doppler-limited fractional uncertainty of 5.910-8. Significant improvements in bandwidth, resolution, and sensitivity are possible with existing technologies and will enable future studies of jet-cooled hydrogen-bonded clusters.

  2. Far-infrared characteristics of ZnS nanoparticles measured by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Han, Jiaguang; Zhang, Weili; Chen, Wei; Thamizhmani, L; Azad, Abul K; Zhu, Zhiyuan

    2006-02-01

    The optical and dielectric properties of ZnS nanoparticles are studied by use of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) over the frequency range from 0.3 to 3.0 THz. The effective medium approach combined with the pseudo-harmonic model of the dielectric response, where nanoparticles are embedded in the host medium, provides a good fit on the experimental results. The extrapolation of the measured data indicates that the absorption is dominated by the transverse optical mode localized at 11.6+/-0.2 THz. Meanwhile, the low-frequency phonon resonance of ZnS nanoparticles is compared with the single-crystal ZnS. The THz-TDS clearly reveals the remarkable distinction in the low-frequency phonon resonances between ZnS nanoparticles and single-crystal ZnS. The results demonstrate that the acoustic phonons become confined in small-size nanoparticles. PMID:16471773

  3. Terahertz spectroscopy of brain tissue from a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease

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    Shi, Lingyan; Shumyatsky, Pavel; Rodríguez-Contreras, Adrián; Alfano, Robert

    2016-01-01

    The terahertz (THz) absorption and index of refraction of brain tissues from a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and a control wild-type (normal) mouse were compared using THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Three dominating absorption peaks associated to torsional-vibrational modes were observed in AD tissue, at about 1.44, 1.8, and 2.114 THz, closer to the peaks of free tryptophan molecules than in normal tissue. A possible reason is that there is more free tryptophan in AD brain tissue, while in normal brain tissue more tryptophan is attached to other molecules. Our study suggests that THz-absorption modes may be used as an AD biomarker fingerprint in brain, and that THz-TDS is a promising technique for early diagnosis of AD.

  4. Terahertz magneto-optical spectroscopy of a two-dimensional hole gas

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    Kamaraju, N. Taylor, A. J.; Prasankumar, R. P.; Pan, W.; Reno, J.; Ekenberg, U.; Gvozdi?, D. M.; Boubanga-Tombet, S.; Upadhya, P. C.

    2015-01-19

    Two-dimensional hole gases (2DHGs) have attracted recent attention for their unique quantum physics and potential applications in areas including spintronics and quantum computing. However, their properties remain relatively unexplored, motivating the use of different techniques to study them. We used terahertz magneto-optical spectroscopy to investigate the cyclotron resonance frequency in a high mobility 2DHG, revealing a nonlinear dependence on the applied magnetic field. This is shown to be due to the complex non-parabolic valence band structure of the 2DHG, as verified by multiband Landau level calculations. We also find that impurity scattering dominates cyclotron resonance decay in the 2DHG, in contrast with the dominance of superradiant damping in two-dimensional electron gases. Our results shed light on the properties of 2DHGs, motivating further studies of these unique 2D nanosystems.

  5. Terahertz magneto-optical spectroscopy of a two-dimensional hole gas

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    Kamaraju, N.; Pan, W.; Ekenberg, U.; Gvozdić, D. M.; Boubanga-Tombet, S.; Upadhya, P. C.; Reno, J.; Taylor, A. J.; Prasankumar, R. P.

    2015-01-21

    Two-dimensional hole gases (2DHGs) have attracted recent attention for their unique quantum physics and potential applications in areas including spintronics and quantum computing. However, their properties remain relatively unexplored, motivating the use of different techniques to study them. We then used terahertz magneto-optical spectroscopy to investigate the cyclotron resonance frequency in a high mobility 2DHG, revealing a nonlinear dependence on the applied magnetic field. This is shown to be due to the complex non-parabolic valence band structure of the 2DHG, as verified by multiband Landau level calculations. We also found that impurity scattering dominates cyclotron resonance decay in the 2DHG, in contrast with the dominance of superradiant damping in two-dimensional electron gases. Our results shed light on the properties of 2DHGs, motivating further studies of these unique 2D nanosystems.

  6. Terahertz magneto-optical spectroscopy of a two-dimensional hole gas

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    Kamaraju, N.; Pan, W.; Ekenberg, U.; Gvozdić, D. M.; Boubanga-Tombet, S.; Upadhya, P. C.; Reno, J.; Taylor, A. J.; Prasankumar, R. P.

    2015-01-21

    Two-dimensional hole gases (2DHGs) have attracted recent attention for their unique quantum physics and potential applications in areas including spintronics and quantum computing. However, their properties remain relatively unexplored, motivating the use of different techniques to study them. We then used terahertz magneto-optical spectroscopy to investigate the cyclotron resonance frequency in a high mobility 2DHG, revealing a nonlinear dependence on the applied magnetic field. This is shown to be due to the complex non-parabolic valence band structure of the 2DHG, as verified by multiband Landau level calculations. We also found that impurity scattering dominates cyclotron resonance decay in the 2DHG,more » in contrast with the dominance of superradiant damping in two-dimensional electron gases. Our results shed light on the properties of 2DHGs, motivating further studies of these unique 2D nanosystems.« less

  7. Identification of Transgenic Organisms Based on Terahertz Spectroscopy and Hyper Sausage Neuron

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    Liu, J.; Li, Zh.; Hu, F.; Chen, T.; Du, Y.; Xin, H.

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents a novel approach for identifi cation of terahertz (THz) spectra of genetically modifi ed organisms (GMOs) based on hyper sausage neuron (HSN), and THz transmittance spectra of some typical transgenic sugarbeet samples are investigated to demonstrate its feasibility. Principal component analysis (PCA) is applied to extract features of the spectrum data, and instead of the original spectrum data, the feature signals are fed into the HSN pattern recognition, a new multiple weights neural network (MWNN). The experimental result shows that the HSN model not only can correctly classify different types of transgenic sugar-beets, but also can reject nonsimilar samples of the same type. The proposed approach provides a new effective method for detection and identification of genetically modified organisms by using THz spectroscopy.

  8. Hyper sausage neuron: Recognition of transgenic sugar-beet based on terahertz spectroscopy

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    Liu, Jianjun; Li, Zhi; Hu, Fangrong; Chen, Tao; Du, Yong; Xin, Haitao

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a novel approach for identification of terahertz (THz) spectral of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) based on Hyper Sausage Neuron (HSN), and THz transmittance spectra of some typical transgenic sugar-beet samples are investigated to demonstrate its feasibility. Principal component analysis (PCA) is applied to extract features of the spectrum data, and instead of the original spectrum data, the feature signals are fed into the HSN pattern recognition, a new multiple weights neural network (MWNN). The experimental result shows that the HSN model not only can correctly classify different types of transgenic sugar-beets, but also can reject identity non similar samples in the same type. The proposed approach provides a new effective method for detection and identification of GMOs by using THz spectroscopy.

  9. Investigation of the terahertz vibrational modes of ZIF-8 and ZIF-90 with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Tan, Nicholas Y; Ruggiero, Michael T; Orellana-Tavra, Claudia; Tian, Tian; Bond, Andrew D; Korter, Timothy M; Fairen-Jimenez, David; Zeitler, J Axel

    2015-11-18

    We present experimental and computational evidence that gate-opening modes for zeolitic imidazole frameworks can be observed at terahertz frequencies. Our work highlights the critical importance to correctly optimise the crystal structure prior to computational lattice dynamics analysis. The results support the hypothesis that the low energy vibrational modes do indeed play a significant role in host-guest interactions for ZIFs, such as gas loading. PMID:26340410

  10. Reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy of magnetite (110) surfaces

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    Fleischer, K.; Verre, R.; Mauit, O.; Sofin, R. G. S.; Farrell, L.; Byrne, C.; Smith, C. M.; McGilp, J. F.; Shvets, I. V.

    2014-05-01

    Reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS) has been used to measure the optical anisotropies of bulk and thin-film Fe3O4(110) surfaces. The spectra indicate that small shifts in energy of the optical transitions, associated with anisotropic strain or electric field gradients caused by the (110) surface termination or a native oxide layer, are responsible for the strong signal observed. The RAS response was then measured as a function of temperature. A distinct change in the RAS line-shape amplitude was observed in the spectral range from 0.8 to 1.6 eV for temperatures below the Verwey transition of the crystal. Finally, thin-film magnetite was grown by molecular beam epitaxy on MgO(110) substrates. Changes in the RAS spectra were found for different film thickness, suggesting that RAS can be used to monitor the growth of magnetite (110) films in situ. The thickness dependence of the RAS is discussed in terms of various models for the origin of the RAS signal.

  11. Quantitative measurement of AMS and orange mixtures by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Wang, Qiang; Ma, Yehao; Wang, Xiaowei

    2012-06-01

    Terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is a new kind of nondestructive detection method, frequency of terahertz wave spans from a few tens of GHz to several THz, which is used to detect material because of its strong identification, it can supply rich vibration information caused by intermolecular and large intra-molecular. Ammonium sulfamate (AMS) is a kind of herbicide, it has special value for many woody plants, which can prevent annual weeds. The excess use of pesticide is a huge threaten for human health in recent years, thus the research on detection of pesticide has absolutely important meaning, in this paper, pure AMS and mixture samples of AMS and orange are measured using THz-TDS, and their absorption coefficient are calculated by the model, which is put forward based on Fresnel equation. We qualitatively analyze the absorption coefficient spectra of pure AMS, which is useful for us to identify the pesticide in agriculture products. Meanwhile, we measured 14 mixture samples of AMS and orange, the weight ratio of mixtures are from 0% to 59.9%. Nine samples are considered as calibration set and the other five samples are regarded as prediction set, to quantitatively analyze the concentration of AMS by the partial least squares (PLS), the result shows that the prediction error is less then 4.5%, in addition, the relationship of the average absorption and weight ratio are absolutely linear. The experiment demonstrates that THz-TDS is promising and efficient to quantitatively detect the component of mixtures, and it has important reference value for the detection of pesticide in agriculture food.

  12. Terahertz time domain spectroscopy allows contactless monitoring of grapevine water status.

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    Santesteban, Luis G; Palacios, Ins; Miranda, Carlos; Iriarte, Juan C; Royo, Jos B; Gonzalo, Ramn

    2015-01-01

    Agriculture is the sector with the greatest water consumption, since food production is frequently based on crop irrigation. Proper irrigation management requires reliable information on plant water status, but all the plant-based methods to determine it suffer from several inconveniences, mainly caused by the necessity of destructive sampling or of alteration of the plant organ due to contact installation. The aim of this work is to test if terahertz (THz) time domain reflectance measurements made on the grapevine trunk allows contactless monitoring of plant status. The experiments were performed on a potted 14-years-old plant, using a general purpose THz emitter receiver head. Trunk THz time-domain reflection signal proved to be very sensitive to changes in plant water availability, as its pattern follows the trend of soil water content and trunk growth variations. Therefore, it could be used to contactless monitor plant water status. Apart from that, THz reflection signal was observed to respond to light conditions which, according to a specifically designed girdling experiment, was caused by changes in the phloem. This latter results opens a promising field of research for contactless monitoring of phloem activity. PMID:26082791

  13. Terahertz time domain spectroscopy allows contactless monitoring of grapevine water status

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    Santesteban, Luis G.; Palacios, Inés; Miranda, Carlos; Iriarte, Juan C.; Royo, José B.; Gonzalo, Ramón

    2015-01-01

    Agriculture is the sector with the greatest water consumption, since food production is frequently based on crop irrigation. Proper irrigation management requires reliable information on plant water status, but all the plant-based methods to determine it suffer from several inconveniences, mainly caused by the necessity of destructive sampling or of alteration of the plant organ due to contact installation. The aim of this work is to test if terahertz (THz) time domain reflectance measurements made on the grapevine trunk allows contactless monitoring of plant status. The experiments were performed on a potted 14-years-old plant, using a general purpose THz emitter receiver head. Trunk THz time-domain reflection signal proved to be very sensitive to changes in plant water availability, as its pattern follows the trend of soil water content and trunk growth variations. Therefore, it could be used to contactless monitor plant water status. Apart from that, THz reflection signal was observed to respond to light conditions which, according to a specifically designed girdling experiment, was caused by changes in the phloem. This latter results opens a promising field of research for contactless monitoring of phloem activity. PMID:26082791

  14. Specular Reflection and Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy of Soils

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    Studies on the occurrence and effects of specular reflection in mid-infrared spectra of soils have shown that distortions due to specular reflection occur for both organic (humic acid) and non-organic fractions (carbonates, silica, ashed fraction of soil). The results demonstrated explain why the s...

  15. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of calcium-based microfillers using terahertz spectroscopy and imaging.

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    Abina, Andreja; Puc, Uro; Jegli?, Anton; Prah, Jana; Venckevi?ius, Rimvydas; Kaalynas, Irmantas; Valuis, Gintaras; Zidanek, Aleksander

    2015-10-01

    In different industrial applications, several strictly defined parameters of calcium-based microfillers such as average particle size, particle size distribution, morphology, specific surface area, polymorphism and chemical purity, play a key role in the determination of its usefulness and effectiveness. Therefore, an analytical tool is required for rapid and non-destructive characterization of calcium-based microfillers during the synthesis process or before its use in a further manufacturing process. Since spectroscopic techniques are preferred over microscopy and thermogravimetry, particularly due to its non-destructive nature and short analysis time, we applied terahertz (THz) spectroscopy to analyse calcite microfillers concentration in polymer matrix, its granulation and chemical treatment. Based on the analysis of peak absorbance amplitude, peak frequency position, and the appearance of additional spectral features, quantitative and qualitative analysis was successfully achieved. In addition, THz imaging was also applied for both quantitative and qualitative analysis of calcium-based microfillers. By using spatial distribution map, the inhomogeneity in concentration of calcium carbonate in polymer matrix was characterized. Moreover, by THz spectroscopy and imaging different calcium compounds were detected in binary mixtures. Finally, we demonstrated that the applied spectroscopic technique offers valuable results and can be, in combination with other spectroscopic and microscopic techniques, converted to a powerful rapid analytical tool. PMID:26078145

  16. Feasibility of using terahertz spectroscopy to detect seven different pesticides in wheat flour.

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    Maeng, Inhee; Baek, Seung Hyun; Kim, Hwa Yeon; Ok, Gyeong-Sik; Choi, Sung-Wook; Chun, Hyang Sook

    2014-12-01

    This study investigated the feasibility of detecting pesticides using terahertz (THz) spectroscopy in high-density polyethylene and/or wheat flour mixtures. The absorption spectra of seven pesticides (dicofol, chlorpyrifos, chlorpyrifos-methyl, daminozide, imidacloprid, diethyldithiocarbamate, and dimethyldithiocarbamate) were measured in the frequency range 0.1 to 3 THz at room temperature. Five of the seven pesticides exhibited specific absorption peaks in the low-energy THz range. The two remaining pesticides had no specific absorption peaks in this frequency range, but they exhibited different frequency-dependent refractive indices. The absorption coefficients of imidacloprid increased with its increasing weight ratio in high-density polyethylene, and the fitted power absorptions and refractive indices using a Maxwell-Garnett effective medium model were comparable to the measured data. Imidacloprid was also identified from its characteristic absorption peaks in wheat flour mixtures, and a linear relationship between the absorption coefficient and the weight ratio was observed. Our results show the potential of detection of selected pesticides in foods, such as wheat flour, using THz spectroscopy. PMID:25474054

  17. Terahertz time domain and far-infrared spectroscopies of side-chain electro-optic polymers

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    Yamada, Toshiki; Kaji, Takahiro; Aoki, Isao; Yamada, Chiyumi; Mizuno, Maya; Saito, Shingo; Tominari, Yukihiro; Tanaka, Shukichi; Otomo, Akira

    2016-03-01

    We investigated the dielectric properties of side-chain electro-optic polymers in a broad THz frequency region (90 GHz to 7 THz). For this investigation, we used terahertz time domain spectroscopy and the absorption coefficient in a broader frequency region of up to 20 THz that was obtained by far-infrared spectroscopy. The polymers studied were a new methacrylate polymer with a high-hyperpolarizability chromophore as the sidechain, a side-chain copolymer Disperse Red 1 polymethylmethacrylate, and pure polymethylmethacrylate. The dielectric properties in the low THz frequency region (∼0.1 THz) provide us with important information about the intrinsic refractive index for ultrahigh-speed electro-optic modulation (∼100 GHz), as well as versatile information such as the absorption coefficient and dielectric loss. The THz and far-infrared spectroscopic data in the wide frequency region provide us with the fundamental data for applications of side-chain electro-optic polymers within THz generation and detection.

  18. Preliminary study on quality evaluation of pecans with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Li, Bin; Cao, Wei; Mathanker, Sunil; Zhang, Weili; Wang, Ning

    2010-11-01

    This paper reports a preliminary work on a feasibility study of applying terahertz (THz) technology for pecan quality evaluation. A set of native pecan nuts collected in 2009 were used during the experiment. Each pecan nutmeat was manually sliced at a thickness of about 1mm, 2mm, and 3mm and a size of about 2cm (length) ×1cm (width). Pecan shell and inner separator were also cut into the same size. The absorption spectra for the nutmeat slices, shell, and inner separator were collected using a THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) developed by a group of researchers at Oklahoma State University. The test results show that nutmeat, shell, and inner separator had different absorption characteristics within the bandwidth of 0.2-2.0 THz. To study the capability of insect damage detection of the THz spectroscopy, the absorption spectra of insects (living manduca sexta and dry pecan weevil) were also collected. Due to high water contents in the insects, very obvious spectral characteristics were found. The results from the preliminary study show a potential of THz technology applied for quality detection of bio-products. However, since bio-products mostly have high water content and are handled under an environment with certain levels of water content, practical issues needs to be further investigated to make the THz technology a feasible tool for quality evaluation.

  19. Separation of overlapping vibrational peaks in terahertz spectra using two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy

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    Hoshina, Hiromichi; Ishii, Shinya; Otani, Chiko

    2014-07-01

    In this study, the terahertz (THz) absorption spectra of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) were measured during isothermal crystallization at 90-120 C. The temporal changes in the absorption spectra were analyzed using two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy (2DCOS). In the asynchronous plot, cross peaks were observed around 2.4 THz, suggesting that two vibrational modes overlap in the raw spectrum. By comparing this to the peak at 2.9 THz corresponding to the stretching mode of the helical structure of PHB and the assignment obtained using polarization spectroscopy, we concluded that the high-frequency band could be attributed to the vibration of the helical structure and the low-frequency band to the vibration between the helical structures. The exact frequencies of the overlapping vibrational bands and their assignments provide a new means to inspect the thermal behavior of the intermolecular vibrational modes. The large red-shift of the interhelix vibrational mode suggests a large anharmonicity in the vibrational potential.

  20. Adaptive sampling dual terahertz comb spectroscopy using dual free-running femtosecond lasers

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    Yasui, Takeshi; Ichikawa, Ryuji; Hsieh, Yi-Da; Hayashi, Kenta; Cahyadi, Harsono; Hindle, Francis; Sakaguchi, Yoshiyuki; Iwata, Tetsuo; Mizutani, Yasuhiro; Yamamoto, Hirotsugu; Minoshima, Kaoru; Inaba, Hajime

    2015-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) dual comb spectroscopy (DCS) is a promising method for high-accuracy, high-resolution, broadband THz spectroscopy because the mode-resolved THz comb spectrum includes both broadband THz radiation and narrow-line CW-THz radiation characteristics. In addition, all frequency modes of a THz comb can be phase-locked to a microwave frequency standard, providing excellent traceability. However, the need for stabilization of dual femtosecond lasers has often hindered its wide use. To overcome this limitation, here we have demonstrated adaptive-sampling THz-DCS, allowing the use of free-running femtosecond lasers. To correct the fluctuation of the time and frequency scales caused by the laser timing jitter, an adaptive sampling clock is generated by dual THz-comb-referenced spectrum analysers and is used for a timing clock signal in a data acquisition board. The results not only indicated the successful implementation of THz-DCS with free-running lasers but also showed that this configuration outperforms standard THz-DCS with stabilized lasers due to the slight jitter remained in the stabilized lasers. PMID:26035687

  1. EDITORIAL: Terahertz nanotechnology Terahertz nanotechnology

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    Demming, Anna; Tonouchi, Masayoshi; Reno, John L.

    2013-05-01

    A useful synergy is being established between terahertz research and nanotechnology. High power sources [1-3] and detectors [4] in what was once considered the terahertz 'frequency gap' [5] in the electromagnetic spectrum have stimulated research with huge potential benefits in a range of industries including food, medicine and security, as well as fundamental physics and astrophysics. This special section, with guest editors Masayoshi Tonouchi and John Reno, gives a glimpse of the new horizons nanotechnology is broaching in terahertz research. While the wavelengths relevant to the terahertz domain range from hundreds of micrometres to millimetres, structures at the nanoscale reveal interesting low energy dynamics in this region. As a result terahertz spectroscopy techniques are becoming increasingly important in nanomaterial characterization, as demonstrated in this special section by colleagues at the University of Oxford in the UK and the Australian National University. They use terahertz spectroscopy to identify the best nanostructure parameters for specific applications [6]. The low energy dynamics in nanostructures also makes them valuable tools for terahertz detection [7]. In addition the much sought after terahertz detection over broadband frequency ranges has been demonstrated, providing versatility that has been greatly in demand, particularly in spectroscopy applications [8, 9]. Also in this special section, researchers in Germany and China tackle some of the coupling issues in terahertz time domain spectroscopy with an emitter specifically well suited for systems operated with an amplified fibre [3]. 'In medical imaging, the advantage of THz radiation is safety, because its energy is much lower than the ionization energy of biological molecules, in contrast to hazardous x-ray radiation,' explains Joo-Hiuk Son from the University of Seoul in Korea in his review [10]. As he also points out, the rotational and vibrational energies of water molecules are within the THz spectral region providing an additional benefit. His review describes the principle, characteristics, and applications of terahertz molecular imaging, where the use of nanoparticle probes allows dramatically enhanced sensitivity. Jiaguang Han and Weili Zhang and colleagues in China, Saudi Arabia, Japan and the US report exciting developments for optoelectronics [11]. They describe work on plasmon-induced transparency (PIT), an analogue of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) where interference leads to a sharp transparency window that may be useful for nonlinear and slow-light devices, optical switching, pulse delay, and storage for optical information processing. While PIT has advantages over the cumbersome experimental systems required for EIT, it has so far been constrained to very narrow band operation. Now Zhang and colleagues present the simulation, implementation, and measurement of a broadband PIT metamaterial functioning across a frequency range greater than 0.40 THz in the terahertz regime. 'We can foresee a historic breakthrough for science and technology through terahertz research,' concluded Masayoshi Tonouchi in his review over five years ago as momentum in the field was mounting [12]. He added, 'It is also noteworthy that THz research is built on many areas of science and the coordination of a range of disciplines is giving birth to a new science.' With the inherently multidisciplinary nature of nanotechnology research it is not so strange to see the marriage of the two fields form such a fruitful partnership, as this special section highlights. References [1] Williams B S, Kumar S, Hu Q and Reno J L 2006 High-power terahertz quantum-cascade lasers Electron. Lett. 42 89-91 [2] Köhler R et al 2002 Terahertz semiconductor-heterostructure laser Nature 417 156-9 [3] Mittendorff M, Xu M, Dietz R J B, K¨unzel H, Sartorius B, Schneider H, Helm M and Winnerl S 2013 Large area photoconductive THz emitter for 1.55 μm excitation based on an InGaAs heterostructure Nanotechnology 24 214007 [4] Chen H-T, Padilla W J, Zide J M O, Gossard A C, Taylor A J and Averitt R D 2006 Active terahertz metamaterial devices Nature 444 597-600 [5] Hans H 1991 Microwave technology in the terahertz region Brand Conf. Proc.—European Microwave Conf. vol 1, pp 16-35 [6]Joyce H J, Docherty C J, Gao Q, Tan H H, Jagadish C, Lloyd-Hughes J, Herz L M and Johnston M B 2013 Electronic properties of GaAs, InAs and InP nanowires studied by terahertz spectroscopy Nanotechnology 24 214006 [7] Knap W, Rumyantsev S, Vitiello M S, Coquillat D, Blin S, Dyakonova N, Shur M, Teppe F, Tredicucci A and Nagatsuma T 2013 Nanometer size field effect transistors for terahertz detectors Nanotechnology 24 214002 [8] Kawano Y 2013 Wide-band frequency-tunable terahertz and infrared detection with graphene Nanotechnology 24 214004 [9]Romeo L, Coquillat D, Pea M, Ercolani D, Beltram F, Sorba L, Knap W, Tredicucci A and Vitiello M S 2013 Nanowire-based field effect transistors for terahertz detection and imaging systems Nanotechnology 24 214005 [10] Son J-H 2013 Principle and applications of terahertz molecular imaging Nanotechnology 24 214001 [11] Zhu Z, Yang X, Gu J, Jiang J, Yue W, Tian Z, Tonouchi M, Han J and Zhang W 2013 Broadband plasmon induced transparency in terahertz metamaterials Nanotechnology 24 214003 [12] Tonouchi M 2007 Cutting-edge terahertz technology Nature Photon. 1 97-105

  2. Standoff Detection of Hidden Explosives and Cold and Fire Arms by Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy and Active Spectral Imaging (Review)

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    Skvortsov, L. A.

    2014-11-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and standoff spectral imaging for detection of explosives and cold and fire arms hidden, for example, under clothing, were reviewed. Special attention was paid to different schemes for practical implementation of these methods. Progress in this direction and existing problems and the prospects for their solution were discussed. Issues related to sources and receivers of terahertz radiation were briefly discussed. It was noted that interest in quantum-cascade lasers as compact sources of terahertz radiation and the potential of using them at room temperature were increasing.

  3. Terahertz sources.

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    Shumyatsky, Pavel; Alfano, Robert R

    2011-03-01

    We present an overview and history of terahertz (THz) sources for readers of the biomedical and optical community for applications in physics, biology, chemistry, medicine, imaging, and spectroscopy. THz low-frequency vibrational modes are involved in many biological, chemical, and solid state physical processes. PMID:21456861

  4. In vivo terahertz spectroscopy of pigmentary skin nevi: Pilot study of non-invasive early diagnosis of dysplasia

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    Zaytsev, Kirill I.; Kudrin, Konstantin G.; Karasik, Valeriy E.; Reshetov, Igor V.; Yurchenko, Stanislav O.

    2015-02-01

    In vivo terahertz (THz) spectroscopy of pigmentary skin nevi is performed. The in vivo THz dielectric characteristics of healthy skin and dysplastic and non-dysplastic skin nevi are reconstructed and analyzed. The dielectric permittivity curves of these samples in the THz range exhibit significant differences that could allow non-invasive early diagnosis of dysplastic nevi, which are melanoma precursors. An approach for differentiating dysplastic and non-dysplastic skin nevi using the THz dielectric permittivity is proposed. The results demonstrate that THz pulsed spectroscopy is potentially an effective tool for non-invasive early diagnosis of dysplastic nevi and melanomas of the skin.

  5. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Anomalous behaviours of terahertz reflected waves transmitted from GaAs induced by optical pumping

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    Shi, Yu-Lei; Zhou, Qing-Li; Zhao, Dong-Mei; Zhang, Cun-Lin

    2009-12-01

    Femtosecond pump-terahertz probe studies of carrier dynamics in semi-insulating GaAs have been investigated in detail for various pump powers. It is observed that, at high pump powers, the reflection peaks flip to the opposite polarity and dramatically enhance as the pump arrival time approaches the reflected wave of the terahertz pulse. The abnormal polarity-flip and enhancement can be interpreted by the pump-induced enhancement in the photoconductivity of GaAs and half-wave loss. Moreover, the carrier relaxation processes and surface states filling in GaAs are also studied in these measurements.

  6. Monitoring the Polymerization of Two-Component Epoxy Adhesives Using a Terahertz Time Domain Reflection System

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    Probst, T.; Sommer, S.; Soltani, A.; Kraus, E.; Baudrit, B.; Town, G. E.; Koch, M.

    2015-06-01

    We report nondestructive measurements of the properties of two-component epoxy adhesives at THz wavelengths using a reflective time-domain spectroscopy system. We describe a simple method to determine the refractive index, layer thickness, and absorption coefficient using time-domain data applying a Fresnel-equation based approach. The results indicate that the adhesive's curing process may be monitored using a simple parameter extraction technique based on time-domain measurements for systems featuring small bandwidth, showing good agreement with data obtained with from transmission measurements.

  7. Nondestructive evaluation of crystallized-particle size in lactose-powder by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Yamauchi, Satoshi; Hatakeyama, Sakura; Imai, Yoh; Tonouchi, Masayoshi

    2014-03-01

    Transmission-type terahertz time-domain spectroscopy is applied to evaluate crystallized lactose particle of size below 30 ?m, which is far too small compared to the wavelength of incident terahertz (THz)-wave. The THz-absorption spectrum of lactose is successfully deconvoluted by Lorentzian to two spectra with peaks at 17.1 cm-1 (0.53 THz) and 45.6 cm-1 (1.37 THz) derived from ?-lactose monohydrate, and a spectrum at 39.7 cm-1 (1.19 THz) from anhydrous ?-lactose after removal of the broad-band spectrum by polynomial cubic function. Lactose is mainly crystallized into ?-lactose monohydrate from the supersaturated solution at room temperature with a small amount of anhydrous ?-lactose below 4%. The absorption feature is dependent on the crystallized particle size and the integrated intensity ratio of the two absorptions due to ?-lactose monohydrate is correlated in linear for the size.

  8. Continuous wave terahertz wave spectrometer based on diode laser pumping: Potential applications in high resolution spectroscopy

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    Tanabe, Tadao; Ragam, Srinivasa; Oyama, Yutaka

    2009-11-01

    We constructed a high resolution terahertz (THz) spectroscopic system with an automatic scanning control using a continuous wave (cw) THz wave generator based on difference frequency generation method by excitation of phonon-polariton mode in GaP. The pump and signals lasers were compact, tunable external cavity laser, and distributed feedback (DFB) lasers, respectively. The generated THz waves were tuned automatically by changing the temperature of the DFB laser using a system control. We present the water vapor transmission characteristics of the THz wave and also absorption spectrum of a white polyethylene in the frequency range of 1.97-2.45 THz. The spectroscopic measurements performed at an output power level of 2 nW, which was obtained with a 15-mm-long GaP crystal at 2 THz. The advantage of this cw THz spectrometer is wide frequency tuning range (0.7-4.42 THz) with an estimated linewidth of full width at quarter maximum <8 MHz and this system has a potential application in high resolution spectroscopy.

  9. Charge generation in organic solar cell materials studied by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Scarongella, M.; Brauer, J. C.; Douglas, J. D.; Frchet, J. M. J.; Banerji, N.

    2015-09-01

    We have investigated the photophysics in neat films of conjugated polymer PBDTTPD and its blend with PCBM using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. This material has very high efficiency when used in organic solar cells. We were able to identify a THz signature for bound excitons in neat PBDTTPD films, pointing to important delocalization in those excitons. Then, we investigated the nature and local mobility (orders of magnitude higher than bulk mobility) of charges in the PBDTTPPD:PCBM blend as a function of excitation wavelength, fluence and pump-probe time delay. At low pump fluence (no bimolecular recombination phenomena), we were able to observe prompt and delayed charge generation components, the latter originating from excitons created in neat polymer domains which, thanks to delocalization, could reach the PCBM interface and dissociate to charges on a time scale of 1 ps. The nature of the photogenerated charges did not change between 0.5 ps and 800 ps after photo-excitation, which indicated that the excitons split directly into relatively free charges on an ultrafast time scale.

  10. Simultaneous prediction of density and moisture content of wood by terahertz time domain spectroscopy

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    Inagaki, Tetsuya; Ahmed, Belal; Hartley, Ian D.; Tsuchikawa, Satoru; Reid, Matthew

    2014-11-01

    In this study, demonstration of simultaneous prediction of solid wood density and moisture content, both of which are critical in manufacturing operations, of 4 species (Aspen, Birch, Hemlock and Maple) was accomplished using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). THz measurements of wood at various moisture contents were taken for two orientations of the THz field (parallel and perpendicular) with respect to the visible grain. The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function averaged over the frequency range of 0.1 to 0.2 THz had strong correlation with density and moisture content of the wood. We extend a model that has been applied previously to oven-dry wood to include the effects of moisture below the fiber saturation point by combining two effective medium models, which allows the dielectric function of water, air and oven-dry cell wall material to be modeled to give an effective dielectric function for the wood. A strong correlation between measured and predicted values for density and moisture content were observed.

  11. Investigating the position isomerism effect of dihydroxybenzoic acid compounds by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Du, Yong; Hao, Guohui; Zhao, Rongjiao; Hong, Zhi

    2011-11-01

    Far-infrared vibrational absorption of a series of dihydroxybenzoic acid (DHBA) compounds with different substituted hydroxy group at different positions have been investigated using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) at room temperature. The experimental results show large difference among absorption spectra of different DHBA (2,3-DHBA, 2,4-DHBA, 2,5-DHBA, 2,6-DHBA) compounds in 0.2 ~ 2.0 THz region, which probably originated from the difference of intra-molecular and inter-molecular hydrogen bonds due to the presence of two hydroxyl group in different positions with respect to the carboxylic group in different DHBAs. All the experimental DHBAs vibrational modes showed distinct fingerprint absorption in THz region and theorectical calculation based on density functional theory (DFT) was carried out to assist the analysis and assignment of the vibrational modes. The results indicate that THz-TDS technology can not only give a new experimental method to identify and characterize the position isomerism effect of hydroxyl group between such different kinds of DHBAs from molecule-level, but also provide a useful suggestion for further assessing the possible relationships between the DHBAs vibrational properties and the effects of the substituted hydroxy group position to better know their biochemical activities in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields.

  12. Investigating the position isomerism effect of dihydroxybenzoic acid compounds by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Du, Yong; Hao, Guohui; Zhao, Rongjiao; Hong, Zhi

    2012-03-01

    Far-infrared vibrational absorption of a series of dihydroxybenzoic acid (DHBA) compounds with different substituted hydroxy group at different positions have been investigated using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) at room temperature. The experimental results show large difference among absorption spectra of different DHBA (2,3-DHBA, 2,4-DHBA, 2,5-DHBA, 2,6-DHBA) compounds in 0.2 ~ 2.0 THz region, which probably originated from the difference of intra-molecular and inter-molecular hydrogen bonds due to the presence of two hydroxyl group in different positions with respect to the carboxylic group in different DHBAs. All the experimental DHBAs vibrational modes showed distinct fingerprint absorption in THz region and theorectical calculation based on density functional theory (DFT) was carried out to assist the analysis and assignment of the vibrational modes. The results indicate that THz-TDS technology can not only give a new experimental method to identify and characterize the position isomerism effect of hydroxyl group between such different kinds of DHBAs from molecule-level, but also provide a useful suggestion for further assessing the possible relationships between the DHBAs vibrational properties and the effects of the substituted hydroxy group position to better know their biochemical activities in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields.

  13. Time-domain terahertz spectroscopy and applications on drugs and explosives

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    Fan, W. H.; Zhao, W.; Cheng, G. H.; Burnett, A. D.; Upadhya, P. C.; Cunningham, J. E.; Linfield, E. H.; Davies, A. G.

    2008-03-01

    Many materials of interest to the forensic and security services, such as explosives, drugs and biological agents, exhibit characteristic spectral features in the terahertz (THz) frequency range. These spectral features originate from inter-molecular interactions, involving collective motions of molecules. Broadband THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system have been used to analyze a number of drugs-of-abuse and explosives that are of interest to the forensic and security services. These samples ranged from crystalline powders, pressed into pellets, to thin sheets of plastic explosives, and all being measured in transmission geometry in the frequency range 0.1 - 8 THz. To well understand the nature of the observed spectral features and the effects of thermal broadening on these far-infrared signatures, temperature-dependent THz-TDS measurements have also been performed at temperatures as low as 4 K, especially for two types of cocaine. Well-resolved low-frequency absorption peaks were observed in the frequency range 0.1 - 3 THz with high resolution. Some of absorption peaks were found clearly to become more intense and shift to higher frequencies as the temperature was reduced. The results confirm that the low-frequency collective modes are highly sensitive to the structural and spatial arrangement of molecules. Furthermore, a number of common postal packaging materials made from paper, cardboard, even several types of plastic, have been tested with drug sample to assess the ability of THz-TDS in a hostile detection environment.

  14. Feasibility of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy to detect tetracyclines hydrochloride in infant milk powder.

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    Qin, Jianyuan; Xie, Lijuan; Ying, Yibin

    2014-12-01

    We report the use of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to detect tetracyclines hydrochloride (TCsH) in infant milk powder for the first time. Four kinds of TCsH exhibited their unique spectral features in the region of 0.3-1.8 THz. The main spectral features of these TCsH were still detectable when mixed with infant milk powder with concentrations at 1%-50%, even in the ternary mixtures. The results from chemometrics analysis showed that qualitative and quantitative detection of TCsH in infant milk powder could be successfully achieved. The residual predictive deviation (RPD) values of all these TCsH models were all higher than 2, indicating these models were considered good and could be used in screening purposes. The RPD values of TCH, DTCH, and CTCH models were higher than 3, which were considered excellent for prediction purposes. These preliminary results indicated that THz-TDS combined with chemometrics analysis was suitable for detecting the presence of TCsH residues in a food matrix. PMID:25348376

  15. Determination of soluble solids content in apple products by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Hao, Guohui; Liu, Jianjun; Hong, Zhi

    2011-08-01

    Soluble solids content is an important index for fruit quality. One of the traditional methods in determining soluble solids content of fruits is refractometry which measures the refractive index in visible or near infrared. Here we reported the use of terahertz time-domain transmission spectroscopy (THz-TDTS) technique for the determination of soluble solids content in apple products. Not only the refractive index, but also the absorption coefficient is used in regression model. In method one, sucrose solutions were for the calibration set , root mean square of validation set (RMSEP) was 0.168% for absorption coefficient model, 0.741% for refractive index model. In method two, apple products were for the calibration set, RMSEP was 0.143% for absorption coefficient model, 0.648% for refractive index model. Less absolute error of 0.2% between predicted and refractometer value has been both obtained from two methods with absorption coefficient model. This result proved the THz-TDS technique is quite potential for nondestructive detection on food quality.

  16. Monitoring plant drought stress response using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Born, Norman; Behringer, David; Liepelt, Sascha; Beyer, Sarah; Schwerdtfeger, Michael; Ziegenhagen, Birgit; Koch, Martin

    2014-04-01

    We present a novel measurement setup for monitoring changes in leaf water status using nondestructive terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Previous studies on a variety of plants showed the principal applicability of THz-TDS. In such setups, decreasing leaf water content directly correlates with increasing THz transmission. Our new system allows for continuous, nondestructive monitoring of the water status of multiple individual plants each at the same constant leaf position. It overcomes previous drawbacks, which were mainly due to the necessity of relocating the plants. Using needles of silver fir (Abies alba) seedlings as test subjects, we show that the transmission varies along the main axis of a single needle due to a variation in thickness. Therefore, the relocation of plants during the measuring period, which was necessary in the previous THz-TDS setups, should be avoided. Furthermore, we show a highly significant correlation between gravimetric water content and respective THz transmission. By monitoring the relative change in transmission, we were able to narrow down the permanent wilting point of the seedlings. Thus, we established groups of plants with well-defined levels of water stress that could not be detected visually. This opens up the possibility for a broad range of genetic and physiological experiments. PMID:24501000

  17. Monitoring Plant Drought Stress Response Using Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy[C][W

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    Born, Norman; Behringer, David; Liepelt, Sascha; Beyer, Sarah; Schwerdtfeger, Michael; Ziegenhagen, Birgit; Koch, Martin

    2014-01-01

    We present a novel measurement setup for monitoring changes in leaf water status using nondestructive terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Previous studies on a variety of plants showed the principal applicability of THz-TDS. In such setups, decreasing leaf water content directly correlates with increasing THz transmission. Our new system allows for continuous, nondestructive monitoring of the water status of multiple individual plants each at the same constant leaf position. It overcomes previous drawbacks, which were mainly due to the necessity of relocating the plants. Using needles of silver fir (Abies alba) seedlings as test subjects, we show that the transmission varies along the main axis of a single needle due to a variation in thickness. Therefore, the relocation of plants during the measuring period, which was necessary in the previous THz-TDS setups, should be avoided. Furthermore, we show a highly significant correlation between gravimetric water content and respective THz transmission. By monitoring the relative change in transmission, we were able to narrow down the permanent wilting point of the seedlings. Thus, we established groups of plants with well-defined levels of water stress that could not be detected visually. This opens up the possibility for a broad range of genetic and physiological experiments. PMID:24501000

  18. Distinguishing Gasoline Engine Oils of Different Viscosities Using Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy

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    Adbul-Munaim, Ali Mazin; Reuter, Marco; Koch, Martin; Watson, Dennis G.

    2015-07-01

    Terahertz-time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) in the range of 0.5-2.0 THz was evaluated for distinguishing among gasoline engine oils of three different grades (SAE 5W-20, 10W-40, and 20W-50) from the same manufacturer. Absorption coefficient showed limited potential and only distinguished ( p < 0.05) the 20W-50 grade from the other two grades in the 1.7-2.0-THz range. Refractive index data demonstrated relatively flat and consistently spaced curves for the three oil grades. ANOVA results confirmed a highly significant difference ( p < 0.0001) in refractive index among each of the three oils across the 0.5-2.0-THz range. Linear regression was applied to refractive index data at 0.25-THz intervals from 0.5 to 2.0 THz to predict kinematic viscosity. All seven linear regression models, intercepts, and refractive index coefficients were highly significant ( p < 0.0001). All models had a similar fit with R 2 ranging from 0.9773 to 0.9827 and RMSE ranging from 6.33 to 7.75. The refractive indices at 1.25 THz produced the best fit. The refractive indices of these oil samples were promising for identification and distinction of oil grades.

  19. Evidence for bandgap opening in buckled epitaxial graphene from ultrafast time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy

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    Mihnev, Momchil T.; Wang, Feng; Liu, Gang; Rothwell, Sara; Cohen, Philip I.; Feldman, Leonard C.; Conrad, Edward H.; Norris, Theodore B.

    2015-10-01

    We utilize ultrafast time-resolved terahertz (THz) spectroscopy as a direct, sensitive, and non-contact all-optical probe to investigate the hot-carrier relaxation and cooling dynamics of buckled epitaxial graphene. This special form of graphene is grown epitaxially on nitrogen-seeded single-crystal silicon carbide (SiC( 000 1 ¯ )) substrates by thermal decomposition of Si atoms. The pre-deposited interfacial nitrogen atoms pin the first graphene layer to the SiC substrate, and cause it and subsequent graphene layers to buckle into nanoscale folds, which opens an energy gap of up to ˜0.7 eV. We observe a remarkable increase of up to two orders of magnitude in the relaxation rate of the THz carrier dynamics of this semiconducting form of epitaxial graphene relative to pristine epitaxial graphene, which we attribute to a large enhancement of the optical-phonon-mediated carrier cooling and recombination over a wide range of electron temperatures due to the finite bandgap. Our results suggest that the introduced bandgap is spatially non-homogenous, with local values close to the optical phonon energy of ˜200 meV, which allows the conduction and the valence band to be bridged by optical phonon emission. We also demonstrate that carrier relaxation times can be modified by orders of magnitude by careful bandgap engineering, which could find application in novel graphene-based devices that incorporate both metallic and semiconducting forms of graphene.

  20. [Studies on relics conservation by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy].

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    Wang, Li-qin; Liang, Guo-zheng; Dang, Gao-chao; Wang, Fang

    2005-08-01

    A diffuse reflectance spectroscopic method was developed to investigate relics conservation with a self-made fiber optics reflectance spectrophotometer. With this technique (1) identifying pigments on the color relics was done by comparing the shapes of reflectance spectra and the positions of reflectance peaks or first derivative peaks with those of related standard pigments; (2) changes of surface states of metals were monitored. From the investigation on the reflectance spectra of copper and its rust product, we can easily get some information about the metal surface, so diffuse reflectance spectroscopy shows special function in the research on metal surface; (3) the diffuse reflectance spectroscopic characteristics of the materials used in protection and restoration of cultural heritages were studied, which can help us choose proper protecting and restoring materials. From our studies it was verified that diffuse reflectance spectroscopy is a quick, simple and non-destructive analytical technique. The study makes diffuse reflectance spectroscopy a new means for relic protection, and opens a new application area for diffuse reflectance spectroscopy as well. PMID:16329504

  1. Fiber-remote reflectance spectroscopy with an optimized diffuse reflectance sensor system

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    Driver, R.D.; Grim, K.P.; Dewey, G.; Brubaker, M.L.

    1995-12-31

    A diffuse reflectance spectroscopy system is described which can operate in a contact and non-contact mode on powders, slurries and other diffusely scattering materials. Diffuse reflectance spectra are presented for a number of samples including common household materials. A comparison is made of the probe with a Bio-Rad diffuse reflectance accessory. Second derivative spectra are shown of a calibration mixture of polymer additives. The use of the diffuse reflectance system for non-destructive tablet hardness measurements is discussed. Sensor multiplexing for diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, is reviewed.

  2. Using reflectance spectroscopy to predict beef tenderness.

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    Bowling, M B; Vote, D J; Belk, K E; Scanga, J A; Tatum, J D; Smith, G C

    2009-05-01

    A study was conducted to determine if reflectance measurements made in the near-infrared region of the spectrum were additive to reflectance measurements made in the visible region of the spectrum for predicting Warner-Bratzler shear force (WBSF) values. Eighty seven strip loins were collected following fabrication over 3d at a commercial beef processing facility from heifer carcasses with Slight or Traces marbling scores. Spectroscopic measurements were made at approximately 50h postmortem using a Hunter-Lab UltraScan. Subsequently, all strip loins were aged for 14d, cooked to an internal temperature of 70C, and sheared to obtain WBSF values. Reflectance measurements obtained in the near-infrared region of the spectrum were correlated with WBSF values, however, these measurements were not additive to the predictive ability of reflectance measurements (R(2) values did not differ) made in the visible portion of the spectrum when the use of broad-band wavelength filters were simulated. It was therefore determined, that both the visible and near-infrared spectra measure reflectance and that both methods are acceptable methods of tenderness prediction. PMID:20416616

  3. Technical Report: Final project report for Terahertz Spectroscopy of Complex Matter

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    R. A. Cheville; D. R. Grischkowsky

    2007-02-08

    This project designed characterization techniques for thin films of complex matter and other materials in the terahertz spectral region extending from approximately 100 GHz to 4000 GHz (4 THz) midway between radio waves and light. THz has traditionally been a difficult region of the spectrum in which to conduct spectroscopic measurements. The THz gap arises from the nature of the sources and detectors used in spectroscopy both at the optical (high frequency) side and electronic (low frequency) side of the gap. To deal with the extremely rapid oscillations of the electric field in this frequency region this research project adapted techniques from both the electronics and optics technologies by fabricating microscopic antennas and driving them with short optical pulses. This research technique creates nearly single cycle pulses with extremely broad spectral bandwidth that are able to cover the THz spectral range with a single measurement. The technique of THz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) has seen increasing use and acceptance in laboratories over the past fifteen years. However significant technical challenges remain in order to allow THz-TDS to be applied to measurement of solid materials, particularly thin films and complex matter. This project focused on the development and adaptation of time domain THz measurement techniques to investigate the electronic properties of complex matter in the terahertz frequency region from 25 GHz to beyond 5 THz (<1 inv. cm to >165 inv. cm). This project pursued multiple tracks in adapting THz Time Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to measurement of complex matter. The first, and most important, is development of a reliable methods to characterize the complex dielectric constant of thin films with high accuracy when the wavelength of the THz radiation is much longer than the thickness of the film. We have pursued several techniques for measurement of thin films. The most promising of these are waveguide spectroscopy and THz interferometry. Since THz spectroscopy measures the changes of the transmitted spectra, any noise on the THz signal contributes to measurement errors. The dynamic rangedefined as the RMS noise of the THz detector compared to the peak THz signalof THz spectroscopy using photoconductive antennas is extremely high, typically over 10,000. However the precision with which spectroscopic data can be measured is limited by the noise on the laser source which is typically 0.1% to 1%. For low values of the sample absorbance and for values of optical thickness less than approximately 0.01, the change in transmission approaches the measurement accuracy. The sample refractive index can be measured with better accuracy since the index causes a temporal shift of the THz pulse by an amount time shift of nd/c where n is the refractive index, d the sample thickness, and c the speed of light. Time shifts of tens of femtoseconds can generally be resolved so that index-thickness values of nd > ten microns can be accurately measured. Waveguide spectroscopy is a way to increase the path length in thin film by several orders of magnitude, and thus have a large interaction length even when the film is much less than a wavelength in thickness. Film thicknesses of 10s of nm have been measured. THz interferometry cancels out many of the noise sources of THz spectroscopy and can thus result in measurements of films of several hundred nm in thickness and is additionally suitable for optical pump, THz probe spectroscopic techniques. A large amount of additional work was performed in support of the main project direction or to explore promising alternative avenues for research. This report discussed work on the the confinement of low density species for measurement of nanogram or picogram quantities of material. Whispering gallery mode resonators to achieve long path lengths were also investigated as were imaging techniques for sub-wavelength imaging of thin films. The report concludes with a report on investigations of fundamental issues in THz beam propagation and coupling that impact THz spectroscopy and the other spectroscopic techniques developed during this project.

  4. Forensic applications of microscopical infrared internal reflection spectroscopy

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    Tungol, Mary W.; Bartick, Edward G.; Reffner, John A.

    1994-01-01

    Applications of microscopical infrared internal reflection spectroscopy in forensic science are discussed. Internal reflection spectra of single fibers, hairs, paint chips, vehicle rubber bumpers, photocopy toners, carbon copies, writing ink on paper, lipstick on tissue, black electrical tape, and other types of forensic evidence have been obtained. The technique is convenient, non-destructive, and may permit smeared materials to be analyzed in situ.

  5. Estimating soil quality indicators with diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Rapid estimation of soil quality is needed for determining and mapping soil variability in site-specific management. One technology that can fulfill this need is diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, which measures light reflected from the soil in the visible and near infrared wavelength bands. Reflecta...

  6. Does Spectral Format Matter in Diffuse Reflection Spectroscopy

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    Near- and more recently, mid-infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy have come to be extensively used to determine the composition of products ranging from forages to drugs. In these methods, spectra are generally collected as (Reflectance or R) and transformed to log (1/R) according to the Beer-...

  7. Application of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy combined with chemometrics to quantitative analysis of imidacloprid in rice samples

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    Chen, Zewei; Zhang, Zhuoyong; Zhu, Ruohua; Xiang, Yuhong; Yang, Yuping; Harrington, Peter B.

    2015-12-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) has been utilized as an effective tool for quantitative analysis of imidacloprid in rice powder samples. Unlike previous studies, our method for sample preparation was mixing imidacloprid with rice powder instead of polyethylene. Then, terahertz time domain transmission spectra of these mixed samples were measured and the absorption coefficient spectra of the samples with frequency range extending from 0.3 to 1.7 THz were obtained. Asymmetric least square (AsLS) method was utilized to correct the slope baselines that are presented in THz absorption coefficient spectra and improve signal-to-noise ratio of THz spectra. Chemometrics methods, including partial least squares (PLS), support vector regression (SVR), interval partial least squares (iPLS), and backward interval partial least squares (biPLS), were used for quantitative model building and prediction. To achieve a reliable and unbiased estimation, bootstrapped Latin partition was chosen as an approach for statistical cross-validation. Results showed that the mean value of root mean square error of prediction (RMSEP) for PLS (0.5%) is smaller than SVR (0.7%), these two methods were based on the whole absorption coefficient spectra. In addition, PLS performed a better performance with a lower RMSEP (0.3%) based on the THz absorption coefficient spectra after AsLS baseline correction. Alternatively, two methods for variable selection, namely iPLS and biPLS, yielded models with improved predictions. Comparing with conventional PLS and SVR, the mean values of RMSEP were 0.4% (iPLS) and 0.3% (biPLS) by selecting the informative frequency ranges. The results demonstrated that an accurate quantitative analysis of imidacloprid in rice powder samples could be achieved by terahertz time-domain transmission spectroscopy combined with chemometrics. Furthermore, these results demonstrate that THz time-domain spectroscopy can be used for quantitative determinations of other pesticides in other agricultural products.

  8. Characteristic responses of biological and nanoscale systems in the terahertz frequency range

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    Angeluts, A A; Balakin, A V; Evdokimov, M G; Ozheredov, I A; Sapozhnikov, D A; Solyankin, P M; Shkurinov, A P; Esaulkov, M N; Nazarov, M M; Cherkasova, O P

    2014-07-31

    This paper briefly examines methods for the generation of pulsed terahertz radiation and principles of pulsed terahertz spectroscopy, an advanced informative method for studies of complex biological and nanostructured systems. Some of its practical applications are described. Using a number of steroid hormones as examples, we demonstrate that terahertz spectroscopy in combination with molecular dynamics methods and computer simulation allows one to gain information about the structure of molecules in crystals. A 'terahertz colour vision' method is proposed for analysis of pulsed terahertz signals reflected from biological tissues and it is shown that this method can be effectively used to analyse the properties of biological tissues and for early skin cancer diagnosis. (laser biophotonics)

  9. Reflectance spectroscopy for evaluating hair follicle cycle

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    Liu, Caihua; Guan, Yue; Wang, Jianru; Zhu, Dan

    2014-02-01

    Hair follicle, as a mini-organ with perpetually cycling of telogen, anagen and catagen, provides a valuable experimental model for studying hair and organ regeneration. The transition of hair follicle from telogen to anagen is a significant sign for successful regeneration. So far discrimination of the hair follicle stage is mostly based on canonical histological examination and empirical speculation based on skin color. Hardly a method has been proposed to quantitatively evaluate the hair follicle stage. In this work, a commercial optical fiber spectrometer was applied to monitor diffuse reflectance of mouse skin with hair follicle cycling, and then the change of reflectance was obtained. Histological examination was used to verify the hair follicle stage. In comparison with the histological examination, the skin diffuse reflectance was relatively high for mouse with telogen hair follicles; it decreased once hair follicles transited to anagen stage; then it increased reversely at catagen stage. This study provided a new method to quantitatively evaluate the hair follicle stage, and should be valuable for the basic and therapeutic investigations on hair regeneration.

  10. Broadband terahertz time-domain spectroscopy of ferroelectric LiTaO{sub 3}: Phonon-polariton dispersion

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    Kojima, Seiji Mori, Tatsuya

    2014-11-05

    The lowest frequency IR active A{sub 1}(z) and E(x) modes of a ferroelectric congruent lithium tantalate crystal were studied by the broadband polarized Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy using the coherent THz radiation from 0.2 to 6.5 THz. The dispersion relations of the real and imaginary parts of a polariton wave vector were determined from the complex extraordinary and ordinary refractive indices for the A{sub 1}(z) and E(x) symmetry phonon-polaritons, respectively. The observed complex dispersion relations of two symmetries are in agreement within the experimental uncertainty with the calculated dispersion curves by the damped harmonic oscillator model.

  11. Observation of salt effects on hydration water of lysozyme in aqueous solution using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Aoki, Katsuyoshi; Shiraki, Kentaro; Hattori, Toshiaki

    2013-10-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy was used to investigate the salt effect of ammonium sulfate on the dynamics of hydration water of lysozyme in aqueous solution. The absorption coefficient of lysozyme aqueous solutions containing salt was subtracted by that of the water and ammonium sulfate contained in the lysozyme solution. The results revealed that ammonium sulfate increases the absorption coefficient of the hydration water, which indicates that the dynamics of the hydration water becomes faster and/or the number of hydration water molecules decreases with increasing ammonium sulfate concentration.

  12. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy of atmospheric water vapor from 0.4 to 2.7 THz.

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    Allman, Ronald E.; Foltynowicz, Robert J.

    2005-10-01

    We conducted broadband absorption measurements of atmospheric water vapor in the ground state, X {sup 1}A{sub 1} (000), from 0.4 to 2.7 THz with a pressure broadening-limited resolution of 6.2 GHz using pulsed, terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). We measured a total of seventy-two absorption lines and forty-nine lines were identified as H{sub 2}{sup 16}O resonances. All the H{sub 2}{sup 16}O lines identified were confirmed by comparing their center frequencies to experimental values available in the literature.

  13. Detection of Methomyl, a Carbamate Insecticide, in Food Matrices Using Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy

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    Baek, Seung Hyun; Kang, Ju Hee; Hwang, Yeun Hee; Ok, Kang Min; Kwak, Kyungwon; Chun, Hyang Sook

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of detecting methomyl, a carbamate insecticide, in food matrices (wheat and rice flours) using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). In the frequency range 0.1-3 THz, the characteristic THz absorption peaks of methomyl at room temperature were detected at 1 (33.4 cm-1), 1.64 (54.7 cm-1), and 1.89 (63.0 cm-1) THz. For detailed spectral analysis, the vibrational frequency and intensity of methomyl were calculated using solid-state density functional theory to mimic molecular interactions in the solid state. Qualitatively, the simulated spectrum was in good agreement with the experimental spectrum. Analysis of the individual absorption modes revealed that all of the features in the THz spectrum of methomyl were mainly generated from intermolecular vibrations. The peak appearing at 1 THz (33.4 cm-1) was then selected and tested for its suitability as a fingerprint for detecting methomyl in food matrices. Its absorbance was dose-dependently distinguishable from that of wheat and rice flours. The calibration curve of methomyl had a regression coefficient of >0.974 and a detection limit of <3.74 %. Accuracy and precision expressed as recovery and relative standard deviation in interday repeatability were in the ranges 78.0-96.5 and 2.83-4.98 %, respectively. Our results suggest that THz-TDS can be used for the rapid detection of methomyl in foods, but its sensitivity needs to be improved.

  14. Combined theory of reflectance and emittance spectroscopy

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    Hapke, Bruce

    1995-01-01

    The theory in which either or both reflected sunlight and thermally emitted radiation contribute to the power received by a detector viewing a particulate medium, such as a powder in the laboratory or a planetary regolith, is considered theoretically. This theory is of considerable interest for the interpretation of data from field or spacecraft instruments that are sensitive to the near-infrared region of the spectrum, such as NIMS (near-infrared mapping spectrometer) and VIMS (visual and infrared mapping spectrometer), as well as thermal infrared detectors.

  15. Combined theory of reflectance and emittance spectroscopy

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    Hapke, Bruce

    1995-07-01

    The theory in which either or both reflected sunlight and thermally emitted radiation contribute to the power received by a detector viewing a particulate medium, such as a powder in the laboratory or a planetary regolith, is considered theoretically. This theory is of considerable interest for the interpretation of data from field or spacecraft instruments that are sensitive to the near-infrared region of the spectrum, such as NIMS (near-infrared mapping spectrometer) and VIMS (visual and infrared mapping spectrometer), as well as thermal infrared detectors.

  16. Doping profile measurements in silicon using terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) via electrochemical anodic oxidation

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    Tulsyan, Gaurav

    Doping profiles are engineered to manipulate device properties and to determine electrical performances of microelectronic devices frequently. To support engineering studies afterward, essential information is usually required from physically characterized doping profiles. Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), Spreading Resistance Profiling (SRP) and Electrochemical Capacitance Voltage (ECV) profiling are standard techniques for now to map profile. SIMS yields a chemical doping profile via ion sputtering process and owns a better resolution, whereas ECV and SRP produce an electrical doping profile detecting free carriers in microelectronic devices. The major difference between electrical and chemical doping profiles is at heavily doped regions greater than 1020 atoms/cm3. At the profile region over the solubility limit, inactive dopants induce a flat plateau and detected by electrical measurements only. Destructive techniques are usually designed as stand-alone systems to study impurities. For an in-situ process control purpose, non-contact methods, such as ellipsometry and non-contact capacitance voltage (CV) techniques are current under development. In this theses work, terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is utilized to achieve electrical doping profile in both destructive and non-contact manners. In recent years the Terahertz group at Rochester Institute Technology developed several techniques that use terahertz pulses to non-destructively map doping profiles. In this thesis, we study a destructive but potentially higher resolution version of the terahertz based approach to map the profile of activated dopants and augment the non-destructive approaches already developed. The basic idea of the profile mapping approach developed in this MS thesis is to anodize, and thus oxidize to silicon dioxide, thin layers (down to below 10 nm) of the wafer with the doping profile to be mapped. Since the dopants atoms and any free carriers in the silicon oxide thin film are invisible to the terahertz probe this anodization step very effectively removes a 'thin slice' from the doping profile to be mapped. By iterating between anodization and terahertz measurements that detect only the 'remaining' non-oxidized portion of the doping profile one can re-construct the doping profile with significantly higher precision compared to what is possible by only a single non-destructive measurement of the un-anodized profile as used in the non-destructive version of our technique. In this MS thesis we explore all aspects of this anodization based variation of doping profile mapping using free space terahertz pulses. This includes a study of silicon dioxide thin film growth using a room temperature electrochemical oxidation process. Etching procedures providing the option to remove between successive anodization and terahertz measurement steps. THz-TDS measurements of successively anodized profiles will be compared with sheet resistance and SIMS measurements to benchmark and improve the new technique.

  17. Combination of silicon phase masks with time-domain spectroscopy for single-scan terahertz imaging

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    Jolly, A.; Gokhan, F. S.; Jolly, J.-C.; Hocquet, S.; Chassagne, B.

    2015-09-01

    We demonstrate the effectiveness of silicon phase masks to implement spatially resolved, multispectral imaging capabilities in the range of terahertz frequencies, using a standard setup of basic interest for time-domain spectrometry with a single-cell source and a single-cell detector. Our principle primarily aims at the development of robust and inexpensive systems. It consists of appropriate space-to-time encoding, in order to ensure single-scan triggering and then take advantage of rapid and self-consistent measurements in the two-dimensional space. The process enables very efficient discrimination giving access to a relevant spatial resolution in the analysis of small size, planar assemblies made of inhomogeneous materials. Benchmark results are provided to validate the concept, thanks to prototyping phase masks with 2 2 pixels, prior evidencing actual performance limitations in the case of 3 3 pixels. Due to the frequency bandwidth of 0.1-1.5 THz in our setup and to the available operating conditions, currently acceptable pixel resolutions lie in the range of 3-4 mm. Numerical modeling by means of finite elements helps to discuss these numbers and to investigate the relevant theoretical issues, figuring the main propagation issues in connection with a sub-picosecond seed pulse throughout various masks. This involves diffraction and trailing edge effects when crossing the mask together with residual, parasitic reflections. Finally, we give a consistent prospective for improved performance, via realistic updates regarding the architecture of the setup and complementary post-processing. Further values for the attainable spatial resolution then range from 5 5 to 6 6 pixels.

  18. Assessment of skin flap viability using visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and auto-fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Zhu, Caigang; Chen, Shuo; Chui, Christopher Hoe-Kong; Liu, Quan

    2012-12-01

    The accurate assessment of skin flap viability is vitally important in reconstructive surgery. Early identification of vascular compromise increases the change of successful flap salvage. The ability to determine tissue viability intraoperatively is also extremely useful when the reconstructive surgeon must decide how to inset the flap and whether any tissue must be discarded. Visible diffuse reflectance and auto-fluorescence spectroscopy, which yield different sets of biochemical information, have not been used in the characterization of skin flap viability simultaneously to our best knowledge. We performed both diffuse reflectance and fluorescence measurements on a reverse MacFarlane rat dorsal skin flap model to identify the additional value of auto-fluorescence spectroscopy to the assessment of flap viability. Our result suggests that auto-fluorescence spectroscopy appears to be more sensitive to early biochemical changes in a failed flap than diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, which could be a valuable complement to diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for the assessment of flap viability.

  19. Spectroscopy of terahertz radiation using high-Q photonic crystal microcavities

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    Muravev, V. M.; Gusikhin, P. A.; Tsydynzhapov, G. E.; Fortunatov, A. A.; Kukushkin, I. V.

    2012-12-01

    We report observation of high-Q resonance in the photoresponse of a detector embedded in the 2D photonic crystal slab (PCS) microcavity illuminated by terahertz radiation. The detector and PCS are fabricated from a single GaAs wafer in a unified process. The influence of the period of PCS lattice, microcavity geometry, and detector location on the resonant photoresponse is studied. The resonance is found to originate from coupling of the fundamental PCS microcavity photon mode to the detector. The phenomenon can be exploited to devise a spectrometer-on-a-chip for terahertz range.

  20. Accessing deep optical properties of skin using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Koenig, Anne; Roig, Blandine; Le Digabel, Jimmy; Josse, Gwendal; Dinten, Jean-Marc

    2015-07-01

    Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy characterizes composition and structure of tissues by determining their scattering and absorption properties. We have developed in our laboratory a low-cost spatially resolved diffuse reflectance spectroscopy instrument. We present in this study some results showing how to adapt this technology on multi-layered tissues. First of all, a method enabling determination of scattering and absorption properties of multi-layered phantoms is described; the adaptation of the initial methodology to focus on deep layers is especially detailed. Then some preliminary results obtained on a panel of volunteer's redness faces are presented.

  1. Apollo 17 Soil Characterization for Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Taylor, L. A.; Pieters, C.; Patchen, A.; Morris, R. V.; Keller, L. P.; Wentworth, S.; McKay, D. S.

    1999-01-01

    It is the fine fractions that dominate the observed spectral signatures of bulk lunar soil, and the next to the smallest size fractions are the most similar to the overall properties of the bulk soil. Thus, our Lunar Soil Characterization Consortium has concentrated on understanding the inter-relations of compositional, mineralogical, and optical properties of the <45-micron size fraction and its component sizes (20-44 micron, 10-20 micron, and <10 micron size fractions). To be able to generalize our results beyond the particular sample set studied, it is necessary to quantitatively identify the observed effects of space weathering and evaluate the processes involved. For this, it is necessary to know the chemistry of each size fraction, modal abundances of each phase, average compositions of the minerals and glasses, I(sub s)/FeO values, reflectance spectra, and the physical makeup of the individual particles and their patinas. This characterization includes the important dissection of the pyroxene minerals into four separate populations, with data on both modes and average chemical compositions. Armed with such data, it should be possible to effectively isolate spectral effects of space weathering from spectral properties related to mineral and glass chemistry. Four mare soils from the Apollo 17 site were selected for characterization based upon similarities in bulk composition and their contrasting maturities, ranging from immature to submature to mature. The methodology of our characterization has been discussed previously. Results of the Apollo 17 mare soils, outlined herein, are being prepared for publication in MAPS. As shown, with decreasing grain size, the agglutinitic (impact) glass content profoundly increases. This is the most impressive change for the mare soils. In several soils we have examined, there is an over two-fold increase in the agglutinitic glass contents between the 90-150- micron and the 10-20-micron size fractions. Accompanying this increase in agglutinitic glass is a definite decrease in pyroxenes and to lesser extents, the oxides (ilmenite), volcanic glass, and olivine. Unexpectedly, however, the absolute plagioclase abundances stay relatively constant throughout the different grain sizes, although the abundance of plagioclase relative to the mafic minerals increases with decreasing particle size. These soils were chosen for study based upon their similarities in FeO and Ti02 content, allowing for direct comparisons between evolutions of chemistry between size fractions and among different maturities of soils. The bulk chemistry of these fractions was determined by EMP analyses of fused glass beads. In contrast to the systematic variations in bulk chemistry discussed below, the relatively uniform composition of agglutinitic glass with grain size and soil maturity is illustrated. The composition of the bulk fraction of each size fraction becomes more feldspathic with increasing maturity, with the effect being most pronounced for the finest fractions. The composition of the agglutinitic glass, however, is relatively invariant and more feldspathic (i.e., rich in Al2O3) than even the <10-micron fraction. This relation not only strengthens the "fusion of the finest fraction" (F(sup 3)) hypothesis, but also highlights the important role of plagioclase in the formation of agglutinitic glass. With decreasing grain size, FeO, MgO, and TiO2 contents decrease, whereas CaO, Na2O, and Al2O3 (plag components) increase for all soils. These chemical variations would appear to be coupled with the significant increase in agglutinitic glass and decrease in oxide (ilmenite),pyroxene, and volcanic glass. These changes in chemistry do not appear to be due to distinct changes in the compositions of individual phases but to their abundances. Values of I(sub s)/FeO increase with decreasing grain size, even though the bulk FeO contents decrease. That is, the percentage of the total Fe that is present as nanophase Fe(sup O) has increased substantially in the smaller size fraction. Note that the increase in nanophase FeO in smaller size fractions is significantly greater than the increase in agglutinitic glass content, with its single-domain FeO component. This would seem to indicate that at least some of the FeO is surface correlated. To illustrate this effect, if it is assumed that the nanophase FeO is entirely surface correlated, then equal masses of 15-micron and 6-micron spheres should have about 3x as much FeO in the finer fraction. The recent findings of Kelleret al. of the major role of vapor-deposited, nanophase FeO-containing patinas on most soil particles is a major breakthrough in our understanding of the distribution of FeO within agglutinitic glass and upon grain surfaces. Bidirectional reflectance spectra for a representative Apollo 17 soil (70181) are shown. The size separates all have similar albedo in the blue and follow a regular sequence in which the continuum slope increases, ferrous bands weaken, and albedo, increases with decreasing particle size. The bulk <45-micron soil is typically close to the 10-20 micron spectrum. It is important to note that although the finest fraction (<10 micron) is close in composition to the abundant agglutinitic glass in each size fraction, this size fraction is relatively featureless and does not dominate the spectrum of the bulk <45-micron soil. It has long been suspected that agglutinitic glass, to a large extent, is the product of melting of the finest fraction of the soils, with a dominance of plagioclase. Given the low abundance of pyroxene in the finest fractions of each soil the source of the FeO in these Apollo 17 agglutinitic glasses is not fully identified. We suspect the abundant volcanic glass in these samples may be a significant contributor and this hypothesis will be tested with the suite under study from other Apollo sites.

  2. Strong optical reflection of rare-earth garnets in the terahertz regime by reststrahlen bands

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    Adachi, Masaki; Yamahara, Hiroyasu; Kawabe, Shunsuke; Matsui, Hiroaki; Tabata, Hitoshi

    2014-05-01

    The reststrahlen bands of rare-earth garnets were investigated in the terahertz regime. Through this, it was found that the crystal orientation and light polarization directly influence the reststrahlen-related dielectric absorptions of Gd3Ga5O12 (GGG), which is attributed to restriction in the vibrational motion of Gd ions. A theoretical fit to the dielectric absorption revealed that the phonon-polariton frequency in GGG crystals at around 85.5 cm-1 exhibits a narrow spectral width of 100 GHz at room temperature, as estimated using a Lorentz oscillator model. In addition, it was found that the reststrahlen bands can be readily manipulated within a range of 0.7-3.7 THz by changing the chemical composition of the garnet.

  3. Terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) of hydrated biomolecular polymers and monomers

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    Glancy, Paul Michael

    Terahertz Time Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) was utilized to obtain the complex dielectric spectra of hydrated biomolecules, betwixt the frequency range of 50 GHz to 2 THz. Two biological systems are observed; nucleic acid and carbohydrates. Monomers and polymers will be of interest for both. Utilizing both the Debye relaxation model and the suspension model, we observed both the mobility of biomolecules in solution as well as the influence they have on their surrounding water. Nucleotides and glucose (monomers) were found to have a small part in the overall dynamics of the polymers. Hydrated nucleotides were shown to form transition materials. The pyrimidine nucleotides act much like an ion where they break up the original structure of water and set up a less complicated structure (smaller main relaxation times than water) than water. Purine nucleotides act more like a hydrogen bond building material they set up a more complex hydrogen bond network (larger main relaxation times than water) than water. These nucleotides were shown to have an influence in water out to four water layers. The concentration studies that were preformed on native DNA, shows that concentration in the hydrated state is an important factor in the dielectric response. In addition, it was found that impurities in our samples did not play an important role in the dielectric response of our DNA solutions. Native DNA was shown to have a reach of six hydration layers. The influence temperature has on DNA solutions was observed, temperature has a large influence on hydrated DNA. It was found that hydrated DNA is more susceptible to change in temperature then that of bulk water. The main relaxation time increases at a much larger proportion to that of water. Using two synthetic DNA molecules with the same structure but different compositions and two carbohydrates with different structures but the same composition we found that the structure of a biopolymer is the most domination factor, rather than that of composition. It was determined that the length of the synthetic DNA was more important than that of the composition. Similarly, for the hydrated carbohydrate structures the amount of helices determines the amount hydrophobic dielectric behavior.

  4. Apollo 17 Soil Characterization for Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Taylor, L. A.; Pieters, C.; Patchen, A.; Morris, R. V.; Keller, L. P.; Wentworth, S.; McKay, D. S.

    1999-01-01

    It is the fine fractions that dominate the observed spectral signatures of bulk lunar soil, and the next to the smallest size fractions are the most similar to the overall properties of the bulk soil. Thus, our Lunar Soil Characterization Consortium has concentrated on understanding the inter-relations of compositional, mineralogical, and optical properties of the <45-micron size fraction and its component sizes (20-44 micron, 10-20 micron, and <10 micron size fractions). To be able to generalize our results beyond the particular sample set studied, it is necessary to quantitatively identify the observed effects of space weathering and evaluate the processes involved. For this, it is necessary to know the chemistry of each size fraction, modal abundances of each phase, average compositions of the minerals and glasses, I(sub s)/FeO values, reflectance spectra, and the physical makeup of the individual particles and their patinas. This characterization includes the important dissection of the pyroxene minerals into four separate populations, with data on both modes and average chemical compositions. Armed with such data, it should be possible to effectively isolate spectral effects of space weathering from spectral properties related to mineral and glass chemistry. Four mare soils from the Apollo 17 site were selected for characterization based upon similarities in bulk composition and their contrasting maturities, ranging from immature to submature to mature. The methodology of our characterization has been discussed previously. Results of the Apollo 17 mare soils, outlined herein, are being prepared for publication in MAPS. As shown, with decreasing grain size, the agglutinitic (impact) glass content profoundly increases. This is the most impressive change for the mare soils. In several soils we have examined, there is an over two-fold increase in the agglutinitic glass contents between the 90-150- micron and the 10-20-micron size fractions. Accompanying this increase in agglutinitic glass is a definite decrease in pyroxenes and to lesser extents, the oxides (ilmenite), volcanic glass, and olivine. Unexpectedly, however, the absolute plagioclase abundances stay relatively constant throughout the different grain sizes, although the abundance of plagioclase relative to the mafic minerals increases with decreasing particle size. These soils were chosen for study based upon their similarities in FeO and Ti02 content, allowing for direct comparisons between evolutions of chemistry between size fractions and among different maturities of soils. The bulk chemistry of these fractions was determined by EMP analyses of fused glass beads. In contrast to the systematic variations in bulk chemistry discussed below, the relatively uniform composition of agglutinitic glass with grain size and soil maturity is illustrated. The composition of the bulk fraction of each size fraction becomes more feldspathic with increasing maturity, with the effect being most pronounced for the finest fractions. The composition of the agglutinitic glass, however, is relatively invariant and more feldspathic (i.e., rich in Al2O3) than even the <10-micron fraction. This relation not only strengthens the "fusion of the finest fraction" (F(sup 3)) hypothesis, but also highlights the important role of plagioclase in the formation of agglutinitic glass. With decreasing grain size, FeO, MgO, and TiO2 contents decrease, whereas CaO, Na2O, and Al2O3 (plag components) increase for all soils. These chemical variations would appear to be coupled with the significant increase in agglutinitic glass and decrease in oxide (ilmenite),pyroxene, and volcanic glass. These changes in chemistry do not appear to be due to distinct changes in the compositions of individual phases but to their abundances. Values of I(sub s)/FeO increase with decreasing grain size, even though the bulk FeO contents decrease. That is, the percentage of the total Fe that is present as nanophase Fe(sup O) has increased substantially in the smaller size fraction. Note that the incre

  5. Terahertz spectroscopy with a holographic Fourier transform spectrometer plus array detector using coherent synchrotron radiation

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    Nikolay I. Agladz, John Klopf, Gwyn Williams, Albert J. Sievers

    2010-06-01

    By use of coherent terahertz synchrotron radiation, we experimentally tested a holographic Fourier transform spectrometer coupled to an array detector to determine its viability as a spectral device. Somewhat surprisingly, the overall performance strongly depends on the absorptivity of the birefringent lithium tantalate pixels in the array detector.

  6. Efficient generation of charges via below-gap photoexcitation of polymer-fullerene blend films investigated by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Parkinson, P.; Lloyd-Hughes, J.; Johnston, M. B.; Herz, L. M.

    2008-09-01

    Using optical-pump terahertz-probe spectroscopy, we have investigated the time-resolved conductivity dynamics of photoexcited polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunction blends for two model polymers: poly[3-hexylthiophene] (P3HT) and poly[2-methoxy-5-( 3,7 -dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMO-PPV) blended with [6,6]-phenyl- C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). The observed terahertz-frequency conductivity is characteristic of dispersive charge transport for photoexcitation both at the ?-?? absorption peak (560 nm for P3HT) and significantly below it (800 nm). The photoconductivity at 800 nm is unexpectedly high, which we attribute to the presence of a charge-transfer complex. We report the excitation-fluence dependence of the photoconductivity over more than four orders of magnitude, obtained by utilizing a terahertz spectrometer based upon on either a laser oscillator or an amplifier source. The time-averaged photoconductivity of the P3HT:PCBM blend is over 20 times larger than that of P3HT, indicating that long-lived hole polarons are responsible for the high photovoltaic efficiency of polymer:fullerene blends. At early times (ps) the linear dependence of photoconductivity upon fluence indicates that interfacial charge transfer dominates as an exciton decay pathway, generating charges with mobility of at least 0.1cm2V-1s-1 . At later times, a sublinear relationship shows that carrier-carrier recombination effects influence the conductivity on a longer time scale (>1?s) with a bimolecular charge annihilation constant for the blends that is approximately two to three orders of magnitude smaller than that typical for neat polymer films.

  7. Polarization orientation dependence of the far infrared spectra of oriented single crystals of 1,3,5,-trinitro-s-triazine (RDX) using terahertz-time-domain spectroscopy

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    Whitley, Von H; Hooks, Dan E; Ramos, Kyle J; O' Hara, John F; Azad, A K; Taylor, A J; Barber, J; Averitt, R D

    2008-01-01

    The far infrared spectra of (100), (010), and (001)-oriented RDX single crystals were measured as the crystal was rotated about the axis perpendicular to the polarization plane of the incident radiation. Absorption measurements were taken at temperatures of both 20 K and 295 K for all rotations using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. A number of discrete absorptions were found ranging from 10-100 cm(-1) (0.3-3 THz). The absorptions are highly dependent on the orientation of the terahertz polarization with respect to crystallographic axes.

  8. Analytical study of spacecraft deposition contamination by internal reflection spectroscopy

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    Mookherji, T.

    1972-01-01

    Infrared absorption spectra of ten individual contaminant materials and four binary mixtures of these have been studied using the internal reflection spectroscopy technique. The effect of ultraviolet radiation on these contaminants has also been studied. It has been observed that all siloxanes, silanes, and esters are drastically affected by ultraviolet irradiation. In most cases polymerization and tar formation results.

  9. Estimating a soil quality index with VNIR reflectance spectroscopy

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    Sensor-based approaches to assessment and quantification of soil quality are important to facilitate cost-effective, site-specific soil management. The objective of this research was to evaluate the ability of visible, near-infrared (VNIR) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy to estimate multiple soil q...

  10. Instrumentation for Reflectance Spectroscopy and Microspectroscopy with Application to Astrobiology

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    Mouroulis, Pantazis; Blaney, Diana L.; Green, Robert O.

    2008-01-01

    We present instrument concepts for in-situ reflectance spectroscopy over a spatial resolution range from several meters to tens of micrometers. These have been adapted to the low mass and power requirements of rover or similar platforms. Described are a miniaturized imaging spectrometer for rover mast, a combined mast and arm point spectrometer, and an imaging microspectrometer for the rover arm.

  11. Attenuated Total Reflection FTIR spectroscopy of Ultrathin Dielectrics Films

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    Liu, Ran

    2003-03-01

    Characterization of ultrathin dielectric films and surface layers becomes extremely crucial in the semiconductor industry. Although the standard transmission and reflection Fourier Transformed Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy provides rich structural and chemical information, the lack of sensitivity in comparison with other surface techniques such as X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) calls for application of new IR sampling technique for ultrathin layer analysis. This paper will demonstrate the powerfulness of Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) as a unique FTIR probing method that is capable of analyzing dielectric films with thickness down to 1 nm. Examples will be given in areas of characterization of regular (SiO_2, SiON), low-k (SiOF), and high-k (HfO_2, HfSiO_x, SrTiO_3) films on Si.

  12. Coherent broadband continuous-wave terahertz spectroscopy on solid-state samples

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    Roggenbuck, A.; Schmitz, H.; Deninger, A.; Cmara Mayorga, I.; Hemberger, J.; Gsten, R.; Grninger, M.

    2010-04-01

    Measuring the complex dielectric function ?(?)=?1+i?2 of solid-state samples in the terahertz frequency range with high spectral resolution remains difficult. Using a continuous-wave terahertz spectrometer based on photomixing in the frequency range from 60 GHz to 1.8 THz, we obtain the most precise data of ?(?) reported to date for the well-studied example of ?-lactose monohydrate. We are able to determine both ?1 and ?2 due to coherent detection and show that the results are Kramers-Kronig consistent. Our analysis is based on scanning an interference pattern in frequency and relies on the high spectral resolution in the MHz range. This enables us to avoid mechanically moving parts such as a delay stage. Moreover, we show that the optical data can be used to determine both ?(?) and the sample thickness d independently.

  13. Conformational characteristics of chiral and racemic naproxen molecules investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Du, Yong; Zhao, Rongjiao; Hao, Guohui; Guo, Changsheng; Hong, Zhi

    2012-03-01

    Absorption spectra in the terahertz region between 6 and 66 cm-1 (0.2 ~ 2.0 THz) were measured for S-(+)-, R-(-) and RS-naproxen pharmaceutical molecules in crystalline form using time-domain terahertz spectroscopic (THz-TDS) technique at room temperature. Different absorption features were observed for the racemic RS-naproxen and its corresponding enantiomers (S-(+)- and R-(-)-naproxen). The observed THz absorption bands are strikingly sensitive to the change of subtle conformational structures despite that the isostructurality exists within such crystal molecules. The results show that the THz-TDS technique can be definitely used for distinguishing between chiral and racemic compounds in pharmaceutical and biological fields.

  14. Conformational characteristics of chiral and racemic naproxen molecules investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Du, Yong; Zhao, Rongjiao; Hao, Guohui; Guo, Changsheng; Hong, Zhi

    2011-11-01

    Absorption spectra in the terahertz region between 6 and 66 cm-1 (0.2 ~ 2.0 THz) were measured for S-(+)-, R-(-) and RS-naproxen pharmaceutical molecules in crystalline form using time-domain terahertz spectroscopic (THz-TDS) technique at room temperature. Different absorption features were observed for the racemic RS-naproxen and its corresponding enantiomers (S-(+)- and R-(-)-naproxen). The observed THz absorption bands are strikingly sensitive to the change of subtle conformational structures despite that the isostructurality exists within such crystal molecules. The results show that the THz-TDS technique can be definitely used for distinguishing between chiral and racemic compounds in pharmaceutical and biological fields.

  15. Ultra-broadband terahertz spectroscopy of InP wafer using coherent heterodyne time domain spectrometer

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    Xu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Liangliang; Zhang, Cunlin

    2015-08-01

    Indium Phosphide (InP) has attracted great physical interest because of its unique characteristics and is indispensable to both optical and electronic devices. In this paper, we study the optical properties of undoped (100) InP wafer in the ultra-broad terahertz frequency range (0.5-18 THz) by using air-biased-coherent-detection (ABCD) system. It is observed that InP wafer is opaque at the frequencies spanning from 6.7 THz to 12.1 THz. In the frequency regions of 0.8-6.7 THz and 12.1-18 THz it has relatively low absorption coefficient. Meanwhile, the refractive index increases monotonously in the 0.8-6.7 THz region and 12.1-18 THz region. These findings will contribute to the design of InP based component for nonlinear terahertz devices.

  16. Broadband microwave and time-domain terahertz spectroscopy of chemical vapor deposition grown graphene

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    Liu, W.; Valds Aguilar, R.; Hao, Yufeng; Ruoff, R. S.; Armitage, N. P.

    2011-10-01

    We report a study of the complex AC impedance of chemical vapor deposition grown graphene. We measure the explicit frequency dependence of the complex impedance and conductance over the microwave and terahertz range of frequencies using our recently developed broadband microwave Corbino and time domain terahertz spectrometers (TDTS). We demonstrate how one may resolve a number of technical difficulties in measuring the intrinsic impedance of the graphene layer that this frequency range presents, such as distinguishing contributions to the impedance from the substrate. From our microwave measurements, the AC impedance has little dependance on temperature and frequency down to liquid helium temperatures. The small contribution to the imaginary impedance comes from either a remaining residual contribution from the substrate or a small deviation of the conductance from the Drude form.

  17. Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy of Freon-11 (CCl 3F, CFC-11) at room temperature

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    Altan, H.; Yu, B. L.; Alfano, S. A.; Alfano, R. R.

    2006-08-01

    The rotational spectrum for the lowest vibrational mode for CCl 3F has been measured in the 0.1-2 THz frequency range using a compact time-resolved terahertz spectrometer. The peak of the population spectrum for the ground state rotational manifold was observed at 0.3 THz. The observed absorption profile was modeled with rotational and vapor pressure parameters. The limits of detectivity of the compact THz system are discussed in context of atmospheric sensing.

  18. [Identification of pearl powder using microscopic infrared reflectance spectroscopy].

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    Zhang, Xuan; Hu, Chao; Yan, Yan; Yang, Hai-Feng; Li, Jun-Fang; Bai, Hua; Xi, Guang-Cheng; Liao, Jie

    2014-09-01

    Pearl is a precious ornament and traditional Chinese medicine, which application history in China is more than 2000 years. It is well known that the chemical ingredients of shell and pearl are very similar, which all of them including calcium carbonate and various amino acids. Generally, shell powders also can be used as medicine; however, its medicinal value is much lower than that of pearl powders. Due to the feature similarity between pearl powders and shell powders, the distinguishment of them by detecting chemical composition and morphology is very difficult. It should be noted that shell powders have been often posing as pearl powders in markets, which seriously infringes the interests of consumers. Identification of pearl powder was investigated by microscopic infrared reflectance spectroscopy, and pearl powder as well as shell powder was calcined at different temperatures for different time before infrared reflectance spectroscopy analysis. The experimental results indicated that when calcined at 400 °C for 30 minutes under atmospheric pressure, aragonite in pearl powder partly transformed into calcite, while aragonite in shell powder completely transformed into calcite. At the same time, the difference in phase transition between the pearl powders 'and shell powders can be easily detected by using the microscopic infrared reflectance spectroscopy. Therefore, based on the difference in their phase transition process, infrared reflectance spectroscopy can be used to identify phase transformation differences between pearl powder and shell powder. It's more meaningfully that the proposed infrared reflectance spec- troscopy method was also investigated for the applicability to other common counterfeits, such as oyster shell powders and abalone shell powders, and the results show that the method can be a simple, efficiently and accurately method for identification of pearl powder. PMID:25532338

  19. Optical Fiber Sensing Based on Reflection Laser Spectroscopy

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    Gagliardi, Gianluca; Salza, Mario; Ferraro, Pietro; Chehura, Edmond; Tatam, Ralph P.; Gangopadhyay, Tarun K.; Ballard, Nicholas; Paz-Soldan, Daniel; Barnes, Jack A.; Loock, Hans-Peter; Lam, Timothy T.-Y.; Chow, Jong H.; De Natale, Paolo

    2010-01-01

    An overview on high-resolution and fast interrogation of optical-fiber sensors relying on laser reflection spectroscopy is given. Fiber Bragg-gratings (FBGs) and FBG resonators built in fibers of different types are used for strain, temperature and acceleration measurements using heterodyne-detection and optical frequency-locking techniques. Silica fiber-ring cavities are used for chemical sensing based on evanescent-wave spectroscopy. Various arrangements for signal recovery and noise reduction, as an extension of most typical spectroscopic techniques, are illustrated and results on detection performances are presented. PMID:22294902

  20. Nonresonant ionization of oxygen molecules by femtosecond pulses: Plasma dynamics studied by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy

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    Mics, Zoltan; Kadlec, Filip; Kuzel, Petr; Jungwirth, Pavel; Bradforth, Stephen E.; Apkarian, V. Ara

    2005-09-08

    We show that optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy is a direct experimental tool for exploring laser-induced ionization and plasma formation in gases. Plasma was produced in gaseous oxygen by focused amplified femtosecond pulses. The ionization mechanisms at 400- and 800-nm excitation wavelengths differ significantly being primarily of a multiphoton character in the former case and a strong-field process in the latter case. The generation of the plasma in the focal volume of the laser and its expansion on subnanosecond time scale is directly monitored through its density-dependent susceptibility. A Drude model used to evaluate the plasma densities and electron-scattering rates successfully captures the observations for a wide range of pump intensities. In addition, rotational fingerprints of molecular and ionic species were also observed in the spectra.

  1. Investigation of pharmaceutical drugs and caffeine-containing foods using Fourier and terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    KaraliÅ«nas, Mindaugas; Venckevičius, Rimvydas; Kašalynas, Irmantas; Puc, Uroš; Abina, Andreja; Jeglič, Anton; Zidanšek, Aleksander; Valušis, Gintaras

    2015-08-01

    Several pharmaceutical drugs, such as alprazolam, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, activated carbon and others, and caffeine-containing foods were tested using terahertz (THz) time domain spectroscopy in the range from 0.3 to 2 THz. The dry powder of pharmaceutical drugs was mixed with HDPE and pressed into the pellets using hydraulic press. The coffee grounds were also pressed into the pellets after ball-milling and mixing with HDPE. The caffeine containing liquid foods were dried out on the paper strips of various stacking. Experiments allow one to determine characteristic spectral signatures of the investigated substances within THz range caused by active pharmaceutical ingredients, like in the case of caffeine, as well as supporting pharmaceutical ingredients. Spectroscopic THz imaging approach is considered as a possible option to identify packaged pharmaceutical drugs. The caffeine spectral features in the tested caffeine containing foods are difficult to observed due to the low caffeine concentration and complex caffeine chemical surrounding.

  2. New Insights into the Diverse Electronic Phases of a Novel Vanadium Dioxide Polymorph: A Terahertz Spectroscopy Study

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    Lourembam, James; Srivastava, Amar; La-o-vorakiat, Chan; Rotella, H.; Venkatesan, T.; Chia, Elbert E. M.

    2015-01-01

    A remarkable feature of vanadium dioxide is that it can be synthesized in a number of polymorphs. The conductivity mechanism in the metastable layered polymorph VO2(B) thin films has been investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). In VO2(B), a critical temperature of 240 K marks the appearance of a non-zero Drude term in the observed complex conductivity, indicating the evolution from a pure insulating state towards a metallic state. In contrast, the THz conductivity of the well-known VO2(M1) is well fitted only by a modification of the Drude model to include backscattering. We also identified two different THz conductivity regimes separated by temperature in these two polymorphs. The electronic phase diagram is constructed, revealing that the width and onset of the metal-insulator transition in the B phase develop differently from the M1 phase. PMID:25777320

  3. New Insights into the Diverse Electronic Phases of a Novel Vanadium Dioxide Polymorph: A Terahertz Spectroscopy Study

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    Lourembam, James; Srivastava, Amar; La-O-Vorakiat, Chan; Rotella, H.; Venkatesan, T.; Chia, Elbert E. M.

    2015-03-01

    A remarkable feature of vanadium dioxide is that it can be synthesized in a number of polymorphs. The conductivity mechanism in the metastable layered polymorph VO2(B) thin films has been investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). In VO2(B), a critical temperature of 240 K marks the appearance of a non-zero Drude term in the observed complex conductivity, indicating the evolution from a pure insulating state towards a metallic state. In contrast, the THz conductivity of the well-known VO2(M1) is well fitted only by a modification of the Drude model to include backscattering. We also identified two different THz conductivity regimes separated by temperature in these two polymorphs. The electronic phase diagram is constructed, revealing that the width and onset of the metal-insulator transition in the B phase develop differently from the M1 phase.

  4. Attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy with chirped-pulse upconversion.

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    Shirai, Hideto; Duchesne, Constance; Furutani, Yuji; Fuji, Takao

    2014-12-01

    Chirped-pulse upconversion technique has been applied to attenuated total reflectance (ATR) infrared spectroscopy. An extremely broadband infrared pulse was sent to an ATR diamond prism and the reflected pulse was converted to the visible by using four-wave mixing in krypton gas. Absorption spectra of liquids in the range from 200 to 5500 cm(-1) were measured with a visible spectrometer on a single-shot basis. The system was applied to observe the dynamics of exchanging process of two solvents, water and acetone, which give clear vibrational spectral contrast. We observed that the exchange was finished within ∼ 10 ms. PMID:25606893

  5. Inspection of mechanical and electrical properties of silicon wafers using terahertz tomography and spectroscopy

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    Arnold, Thomas; Muehleisen, Wolfgang; Schicker, Johannes; Hirschl, Christina

    2015-05-01

    Two different THz applications in the semiconductor industry were explored and validated against established reference measurement techniques and simulations. The first application investigated the possibility of measuring mechanical deformation behaviour of silicon wafers. Time-domain THz tomography mapping scans were carried out to measure wafer thickness and flatness, both in the native state and under different external mechanical loads. These measurements were carried out for a variety of wafers, and the ensuing deformation maps used to validate newly developed numerical simulation models for wafer deformation, and vice versa. In the second part of this paper, carrier dynamics of optically injected charges were investigated by THz spectroscopy. THz pump/probe measurements were carried out in transmission and reflection arrangements on silicon wafers illuminated by a metal halide light source. The light source generates free charge carriers in the semiconductor material that affect the transmission and reflection properties of the semiconductor material. The results of the THz measurements are compared to established standard techniques, like microwave-detected photo-conductance decay (MWPCD) or quasi-steady-state photo conductance (QSSPC) measurements. The defective areas identified with the THz measurements are in good agreement with the defective areas identified by the reference methods. A common benefit of time-domain THz measurements is that the wafer thickness, which is an important measure for the interaction volume of the THz radiation with the semiconductor material, can be calculated from the time- domain signals. The results indicate that THz spectroscopy and imaging can be valuable tools for defect analysis and quality control of silicon wafers, especially since the measurement is fully contact-free and can determine mechanical and electrical properties within a single modality.

  6. Terahertz plasmonic Bessel beamformer

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    Monnai, Yasuaki; Shinoda, Hiroyuki; Jahn, David; Koch, Martin; Withayachumnankul, Withawat

    2015-01-12

    We experimentally demonstrate terahertz Bessel beamforming based on the concept of plasmonics. The proposed planar structure is made of concentric metallic grooves with a subwavelength spacing that couple to a point source to create tightly confined surface waves or spoof surface plasmon polaritons. Concentric scatterers periodically incorporated at a wavelength scale allow for launching the surface waves into free space to define a Bessel beam. The Bessel beam defined at 0.29?THz has been characterized through terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. This approach is capable of generating Bessel beams with planar structures as opposed to bulky axicon lenses and can be readily integrated with solid-state terahertz sources.

  7. The quantitative monitoring of mechanochemical reaction between solid L-tartaric acid and sodium carbonate monohydrate by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Liu, Xiaohong; Liu, Guifeng; Zhao, Hongwei; Zhang, Zengyang; Wei, Yongbo; Liu, Min; Wen, Wen; Zhou, Xingtai

    2011-11-01

    The solid-state reaction of chiral tartaric acid and alkali carbonate was studied by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). The sodium tartrate dihydrate was synthesized with high efficiency by mechanical grinding in the solid-state without waste that is particularly sustainable and environmentally benign. Distinct THz absorptions were observed for reactants and products. It indicates that THz spectroscopy is sensitive to different materials and crystal structures. The characteristic THz absorption peak at 1.09 THz of L (+)-Tartaric acid was selected for quantitative analysis. The reaction kinetics could be expressed by the Second-order equation and the Jander equation, which is consistent with a three-dimensional diffusion mechanism. The combination of multi-techniques including synchrotron radiation X-ray powder diffraction (SRXRPD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to investigate the grinding process and presented supporting evidences. The results demonstrate that THz spectroscopy technique has great potential applications in process monitoring and analysis in pharmaceutical and chemical synthesis industry.

  8. Screening mail for powders using terahertz technology

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    Kemp, Mike

    2011-11-01

    Following the 2001 Anthrax letter attacks in the USA, there has been a continuing interest in techniques that can detect or identify so-called 'white powder' concealed in envelopes. Electromagnetic waves (wavelengths 100-500 ?m) in the terahertz frequency range penetrate paper and have short enough wavelengths to provide good resolution images; some materials also have spectroscopic signatures in the terahertz region. We report on an experimental study into the use of terahertz imaging and spectroscopy for mail screening. Spectroscopic signatures of target powders were measured and, using a specially designed test rig, a number of imaging methods based on reflection, transmission and scattering were investigated. It was found that, contrary to some previous reports, bacterial spores do not appear to have any strong spectroscopic signatures which would enable them to be identified. Imaging techniques based on reflection imaging and scattering are ineffective in this application, due to the similarities in optical properties between powders of interest and paper. However, transmission imaging using time-of-flight of terahertz pulses was found to be a very simple and sensitive method of detecting small quantities (25 mg) of powder, even in quite thick envelopes. An initial feasibility study indicates that this method could be used as the basis of a practical mail screening system.

  9. Nondestructive monitoring of aircraft composites using terahertz radiation

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    Balbekin, Nikolay S.; Novoselov, Evgenii V.; Pavlov, Pavel V.; Bespalov, Victor G.; Petrov, Nikolay V.

    2015-03-01

    In this paper we consider using the terahertz (THz) time domain spectroscopy (TDS) for non destructive testing and determining the chemical composition of the vanes and rotor-blade spars. A versatile terahertz spectrometer for reflection and transmission has been used for experiments. We consider the features of measured terahertz signal in temporal and spectral domains during propagation through and reflecting from various defects in investigated objects, such as voids and foliation. We discuss requirements are applicable to the setup and are necessary to produce an image of these defects, such as signal-to-noise ratio and a method for registration THz radiation. Obtained results indicated the prospects of the THz TDS method for the inspection of defects and determination of the particularities of chemical composition of aircraft parts.

  10. Nanostructured gold films as broadband terahertz antireflection coatings

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    Thoman, Andreas; Kern, Andreas; Helm, Hanspeter; Walther, Markus

    2008-05-01

    The potential of nanometer-thick, randomly nanostructured gold films as broadband wave impedance-matching coatings for nondispersive substrates in the terahertz frequency range is demonstrated. Based on a wave impedance approach and the specific non-Drude conductivity of our films, we model the reflectivity at the coated interface between silicon and air and show that nanostructured films offer a considerably better broadband performance than conventional bulk metallic layers. The predictions from the theoretical model are verified in experimental studies of different gold nanostructures investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in the frequency range of 0.2-2.2THz . An extension of a previously developed subgridding scheme for the finite-difference time-domain method allows us to simulate terahertz-pulse propagation through uncoated and coated samples and to follow attenuation and reshaping of the internally reflected pulse when the film thickness is varied with subnanometer precision.

  11. Reflectance spectroscopy for noninvasive evaluation of hair follicle stage.

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    Liu, Caihua; Guan, Yue; Wang, Jianru; Zhong, Xiewei; Liu, Xiuli; Zhu, Dan

    2015-05-01

    Hair follicle offers an excellent model for systems biology and regenerative medicine. So far, the stages of hair follicle growth have been evaluated by histological examination. In this work, a noninvasive spectroscopy was proposed by measuring the diffuse reflectance of mouse skin and analyzing the melanin value. Results show that the skin diffuse reflectance was relatively high when hair follicles were at the telogen stage and at the beginning of the anagen stage, and decreased with the progression of the anagen stage. When the hair follicle entered into the catagen stage, the diffuse reflectance gradually increased. The changes in the melanin content of skin had contrary dynamics. Substages of the hair follicle cycle could be distinguished by comparing the changes in melanin value with the histological examination. This study provided a new method for noninvasive evaluation of the hair follicle stage, and should be valuable for basic and therapeutic investigations on hair regeneration. PMID:25428579

  12. Reflectance spectroscopy for noninvasive evaluation of hair follicle stage

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    Liu, Caihua; Guan, Yue; Wang, Jianru; Zhong, Xiewei; Liu, Xiuli; Zhu, Dan

    2015-05-01

    Hair follicle offers an excellent model for systems biology and regenerative medicine. So far, the stages of hair follicle growth have been evaluated by histological examination. In this work, a noninvasive spectroscopy was proposed by measuring the diffuse reflectance of mouse skin and analyzing the melanin value. Results show that the skin diffuse reflectance was relatively high when hair follicles were at the telogen stage and at the beginning of the anagen stage, and decreased with the progression of the anagen stage. When the hair follicle entered into the catagen stage, the diffuse reflectance gradually increased. The changes in the melanin content of skin had contrary dynamics. Substages of the hair follicle cycle could be distinguished by comparing the changes in melanin value with the histological examination. This study provided a new method for noninvasive evaluation of the hair follicle stage, and should be valuable for basic and therapeutic investigations on hair regeneration.

  13. Identification of Unknown Substances by Terahertz Spectroscopy and Multivariate Data Analysis

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    Pohl, Andreas; Demann, Nils; Dutzi, Katja; Hbers, Heinz-Wilhelm

    2016-02-01

    The identification of various substances by multivariate data analysis of terahertz transmittance spectra is demonstrated. Transmittance spectra were obtained by the use of a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. By means of principal component analysis and partial least squares regression, the spectral data were analyzed in order to identify substances and mixtures of several substances. With only three principal components, detection and identification of substances are possible with high accuracy. Using these methods, concentration ratios of substances in mixtures of two substances can be determined with an accuracy of 10 %. It is shown that the method is robust against disturbances in the spectra such as standing waves. This is particularly important for practical applications.

  14. Reflective mesoscopic spectroscopy for noninvasive detection of reflective index alternations at nano-scale

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    Tao, Yuanhao; Ding, Zhihua

    2011-01-01

    Cancer has been one of the most serious threats to human life. However, there is no substantial improvement in overall treatment of cancer patients. One of the key reasons is the unavailability of convenient method to detect cellular alterations in ultra-early stage of carcinogenesis processes, where genetic aberrations at nano-scale have not yet resulted in histological changes. In this paper, we described an optical method based on reflective mesoscopic spectroscopy for ultra-early cancer detection. According to mesoscopic light transport theory, photons propagating in one dimension (1D) within a weakly disordered medium have the non-self-averaging effect. Reflected signal after 1D propagating is sensitive to any length scale of refractive index fluctuations due to multiple interferences of light waves travelling along 1D trajectory. The principle of mesoscopic spectroscopy for perceiving reflective index fluctuations at length scale of nanometers is introduced. A system for the measurement of reflective mesoscopic spectroscopy based on spatial-incoherence broadband source and spectrometer is established. Simulations on light propagation in cell-emulating model with controlled refractive index distribution are done by finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) approach.

  15. Determination of carrier concentration dependent electron effective mass and scattering time of n-ZnO thin film by terahertz time domain spectroscopy

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    Tang, J.; Tay, C. B.; Deng, L. Y.; Zhang, X. H.; Chai, J. W.; Qin, H.; Liu, H. W.; Venkatesan, T.; Chua, S. J.

    2014-01-21

    We demonstrated a novel and widely accessible method for determining the electron effective mass and scattering time of ZnO films with different carrier concentrations by combining terahertz time-domain spectroscopy with Hall measurement. The terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) transmission spectra (0.12THz) were well described by Drude model. It is found that electron effective mass varied from 0.23m{sub 0} to 0.26m{sub 0} as the electron concentration changes from 5.9??10{sup 17}?cm{sup ?3} to 4.0??10{sup 19}?cm{sup ?3}. The carrier concentration dependent characteristic is ascribed to the non-parabolicity of conduction band. Free carrier localization mechanism explained the discrepancy in mobilities obtained from THz-TDS and Hall measurements.

  16. Modulation of the Hydration Water Around Monoclonal Antibodies on Addition of Excipients Detected by Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy.

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    Wallace, Vincent P; Ferachou, Denis; Ke, Peng; Day, Katie; Uddin, Shahid; Casas-Finet, Jose; Van Der Walle, Christopher F; Falconer, Robert J; Zeitler, J Axel

    2015-12-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) has been shown to detect overlapping extended hydration layers around proteins. Here, we used THz-TDS to detect modulation of the extended hydration layer around monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) by the introduction of commonly used excipients. Proline and sucrose altered the hydration layer around a mAb (mAb1), which was observed as a negative shift in the plateau in absorbance above ?100 mg/mL mAb1 (?70,000 water molecules per mAb); arginine had no effect. At lower concentrations of ?10 mg/mL mAb1 (?700,000 water molecules per mAb) proline and arginine modulated the hydration layer, which was observed as a negative shift in the relative absorbance, whereas sucrose had no effect. The changes in the extended hydration layer were not translated to shifts in the thermal stability or protein:protein interaction parameter. The hydration layer of a second mAb (mAb2) was further shown to be modulated by more complex formulations composed of two or more excipients; although the differences in terahertz absorbance were not predictive of viscosity or long-term stability. THz-TDS promises to be a useful tool for understanding a protein's interaction with excipients in solution and the challenge will be to determine how to apply this knowledge to protein formulation. 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association J Pharm Sci 104:4025-4033, 2015. PMID:26344202

  17. Terahertz absorption and reflection imaging of carcinoma-affected colon tissues embedded in paraffin

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    Wahaia, Faustino; Kasalynas, Irmantas; Venckevicius, Rimvydas; Seliuta, Dalius; Valusis, Gintaras; Urbanowicz, Andrzej; Molis, Gediminas; Carneiro, Fatima; Carvalho Silva, Catia D.; Granja, Pedro L.

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, dehydrated human colon tissues embedded in paraffin were studied at THz frequency. A compact THz imaging system with high numerical aperture optics was developed for the analysis of adenocarcinoma-affected colon sections, in transmission and reflection geometry. A comprehensive analysis of the THz images revealed a contrast up to 23% between the neoplastic and control tissues. Absorption and reflection THz images demonstrated the possibility to distinguish adenocarcinoma-affected areas even without water in the tissue, as the main contrast mechanism in THz measurements has been observed to be water absorption in in vivo or freshly excised tissues. The present results corroborate with previous histologic findings in the same tissues, and confirm that the contrast prevails even in dehydrated tissues.

  18. Double-modulation reflection-type terahertz ellipsometer for measuring the thickness of a thin paint coating.

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    Iwata, Tetsuo; Uemura, Hiroaki; Mizutani, Yasuhiro; Yasui, Takeshi

    2014-08-25

    We constructed a double-modulation, reflection-type terahertz (THz) ellipsometer for precise measurement of the thickness of a paint film which is coated on a metal surface and which is not transparent to visible or mid-infrared light. The double-modulation technique enabled us to directly obtain two ellipsometric parameters, ?(?) and ?(?), as a function of angular frequency, ?, with a single measurement while reducing flicker noise due to a pump laser. The bias voltage of a photoconductive antenna (PCA) used as a THz pulse emitter was modulated at 100 kHz, and a first lock-in amplifier (LA1) was connected to the output of an electro-optic (EO) signal-sampling unit. In addition, a wire-grid polarizer (WGP) was rotated at 100 Hz to conduct polarization modulation with a frequency of 200 Hz. The output signal from LA1 was fed into a second lock-in amplifier (LA2) that worked in synchronization with the rotating WGP (RWGP). By operating LA2 in a quadrature phase-detection mode, we were able to obtain in-phase and out-of-phase signals simultaneously, from which the two ellipsometric parameters for an isotropic sample could be derived at the same time while cancelling common-mode noise. The lower detection limit of the thickness measurement and the relative standard deviation (RSD) of a black paint film coated on an aluminum substrate were 4.3 m and 1.4%, respectively. The possibility of determining all elements of the Jones matrix for an anisotropic material is also discussed. PMID:25321264

  19. Effect of in-material losses on terahertz absorption, transmission, and reflection in photonic crystals made of polar dielectrics

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    Serebryannikov, Andriy E.; Nojima, S.; Alici, K. B.; Ozbay, Ekmel

    2015-10-01

    The effect of the material absorption factor on terahertz absorption (A), transmittance (T), and reflectance (R) for slabs of PhC that comprise rods made of GaAs, a polar dielectric, is studied. The main goal was to illustrate how critical a choice of the absorption factor for simulations is and to indicate the importance of the possible modification of the absorption ability by using either active or lossy impurities. The spectra of A, T, and R are strongly sensitive to the location of the polaritonic gap with respect to the photonic pass and stop bands connected with periodicity that enables the efficient combination of the effects of material and structural parameters. It will be shown that the spectra can strongly depend on the utilized value of the material absorption factor. In particular, both narrow and wide absorption bands may appear owing to a variation of the material parameters with a frequency in the vicinity of the polaritonic gap. The latter are often achieved at wideband suppression of transmission, so that an ultra-wide stop band can appear as a result of adjustment of the stop bands having different origin. The results obtained at simultaneous variation of the absorption factor and frequency, and angle of incidence and frequency, indicate the possibility of the existence of wide ranges of tolerance, in which the basic features do remain. This allows for mitigating the accuracy requirements for the absorption factor in simulations and promises the efficient absorption of nonmonochromatic waves and beams with a wide angular spectrum. Suppression of narrowband effects in transmission is demonstrated at rather large values of the absorption factor, when they appear due to either the defect modes related to structural defects or dispersion inspired variations of the material parameters in the vicinity of the polaritonic gap. Comparison with auxiliary structures helps one to detect the common features and differences of homogeneous slabs and slabs of a PhC, which are made of GaAs.

  20. Characteristics of HfO2 and SiO2 on p-type silicon wafers using terahertz spectroscopy

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    Altan, H.; Sengupta, A.; Pham, D.; Grebel, H.; Federici, J. F.

    2007-05-01

    The effect of high-? dielectric HfO2 films on 200 mm diameter p-type silicon substrates was investigated and compared with conventional dielectric material, SiO2. We employed all-optical characterization methods using terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy and visible cw pump/THz probe spectroscopy. Measurements were performed on two sets of samples, each set containing both HfO2 and SiO2 coated wafers with varying thickness of oxide layer. One set had a protective coating of either photoresist or Si3N4 deposition above the oxide layer which in turn was on a heavily doped p+ layer on p-type silicon. The samples exhibited similar linear transmission in the THz frequency range studied. However, when using an Ar+-ion laser as an optical pump source, differential measurements (with and without the pump source) showed that the transmission was far smaller for the high-? dielectric HfO2 films than its conventional dielectric SiO2 counterparts, indicating the presence of large photo-generated carrier density in the p-type substrate.

  1. Synthesis, structure, terahertz spectroscopy and luminescent properties of copper(I) complexes with mercaptan ligands and triphenylphosphine

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    Qiu, Qi-Ming; Liu, Min; Li, Zhong-Feng; Jin, Qiong-Hua; Huang, Xu; Zhang, Zhen-Wei; Zhang, Cun-Lin; Meng, Qing-Xuan

    2014-03-01

    The reactions of copper(I) halides with triphenylphosphine (PPh3) and mercaptan ligand [2-mercapto-6-nitrobenzothiazole (HMNBT), 2-amino-5-mercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazole (HAMTD) and 2-mercapto-5-methyl-benzimidazole (MMBD)] yielded seven complexes, [CuCl(HMNBT)(PPh3)2] (1), [CuX(HMNBT)(PPh3)]2 (X = Cl, Br) (2-3), [Cu(MNBT)(HMNBT)(PPh3)2] (4), [CuBr(HAMTD)(PPh3)2]·CH3OH (5) and [CuX(MMBD)(PPh3)2]·2CH3OH (X = Br, I) (6-7). These complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction, 1H NMR and 31P NMR spectroscopy. In these complexes the mercaptan ligands act as monodentate or bridged ligand with S as the coordination atom. In complexes 1 and 4, hydrogen bonds CH⋯X and weak interactions CH⋯π lead to the formation of chains and 2D network respectively, while complexes 2 and 3 are dinuclear. In 5-7, intramolecular hydrogen bonds link the [CuX(thione)(PPh3)2] molecules and the solvated methanol molecules into centrosymmetric dimers. Complexes 1-5 represent first copper(I) halide complexes of HMNBT and HAMTD. The complexes 1, 5, 6 and 7 exhibit interesting fluorescence in the solid state at room temperature and their terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy was also studied.

  2. Depth sensitive oblique polarized reflectance spectroscopy of oral epithelial tissue

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    Jimenez, Maria K.; Lam, Sylvia; Poh, Catherine; Sokolov, Konstantin

    2014-05-01

    Identifying depth-dependent alterations associated with epithelial cancerous lesions can be challenging in the oral cavity where variable epithelial thicknesses and troublesome keratin growths are prominent. Spectroscopic methods with enhanced depth resolution would immensely aid in isolating optical properties associated with malignant transformation. Combining multiple beveled fibers, oblique collection geometry, and polarization gating, oblique polarized reflectance spectroscopy (OPRS) achieves depth sensitive detection. We report promising results from a clinical trial of patients with oral lesions suspected of dysplasia or carcinoma demonstrating the potential of OPRS for the analysis of morphological and architectural changes in the context of multilayer, epithelial oral tissue.

  3. Pancreatic tumor margin detection by oblique incidence diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Garcia-Uribe, Alejandro; Chang, Cheng-Chung; Zou, Jun; Banerjee, Bhaskar; Kuczynski, John; Wang, Lihong V.

    2011-03-01

    In surgical treatment of pancreatic cancers, the effectiveness of the procedures largely depends on the ability to completely and precisely remove the malignant tumors. We present the ex-vivo use of oblique incidence diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (OIRDS) to detect and differentiate normal from neoplastic tissue. An OIRDS probe has been constructed to provide scattering and absorption information of the pancreatic tissue. To reveal the physiological origin of the difference in these optical signatures, the optical scattering coefficients were extracted along the pancreatic duct with 1-cm spacing. Experimental results show that OIDRS was able to successfully determinate the tumor margins based on the higher optical scattering on malignant tissue.

  4. Analysis of remote reflection spectroscopy to monitor plant health

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    Woodhouse, R.; Heeb, M.; Berry, W.; Hoshizaki, T.; Wood, M.

    1994-11-01

    Remote non-contact reflection spectroscopy is examined as a method for detecting stress in Controlled Ecological Life Support System CELSS type crops. Lettuce (Latuca Sativa L. cv. Waldmans Green) and wheat (Triticum Aestivum L. cv. Yecora Rojo) were grown hydroponically. Copper and zinc treatments provided toxic conditions. Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium treatments were used for deficiency conditions. Water stress was also induced in test plants. Reflectance spectra were obtained in the visible and near infrared (400nm to 2600nm) wavebands. Numerous effects of stress conditions can be observed in the collected spectra and this technique appears to have promise as a remote monitor of plant health, but significant research remains to be conducted to realize the promise.

  5. Dipolar resonances in conductive carbon micro-fibers probed by near-field terahertz spectroscopy

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    Khromova, I.; Navarro-Cía, M.; Brener, I.; Reno, J. L.; Ponomarev, A.; Mitrofanov, O.

    2015-07-13

    In this study, we observe dipole resonances in thin conductive carbon micro-fibers by detecting an enhanced electric field in the near-field of a single fiber at terahertz (THz) frequencies. Time-domain analysis of the electric field shows that each fiber sustains resonant current oscillations at the frequency defined by the fiber's length. Strong dependence of the observed resonance frequency and degree of field enhancement on the fibers' conductive properties enable direct non-contact probing of the THz conductivity in single carbon micro-fibers. We find the conductivity of the fibers to be within the range of 1– 5∙104 S/m. This approach is suitable for experimental characterization of individual doped semiconductor resonators for THz metamaterials and devices.

  6. Dipolar resonances in conductive carbon micro-fibers probed by near-field terahertz spectroscopy

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    Khromova, I.; Navarro-Cía, M.; Brener, I.; Reno, J. L.; Ponomarev, A.; Mitrofanov, O.

    2015-07-13

    In this study, we observe dipole resonances in thin conductive carbon micro-fibers by detecting an enhanced electric field in the near-field of a single fiber at terahertz (THz) frequencies. Time-domain analysis of the electric field shows that each fiber sustains resonant current oscillations at the frequency defined by the fiber's length. Strong dependence of the observed resonance frequency and degree of field enhancement on the fibers' conductive properties enable direct non-contact probing of the THz conductivity in single carbon micro-fibers. We find the conductivity of the fibers to be within the range of 1– 5∙104 S/m. This approach is suitablemore » for experimental characterization of individual doped semiconductor resonators for THz metamaterials and devices.« less

  7. An automatic detection software for differential reflection spectroscopy

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    Yuksel, Seniha Esen; Dubroca, Thierry; Hummel, Rolf E.; Gader, Paul D.

    2012-06-01

    Recent terrorist attacks have sprung a need for a large scale explosive detector. Our group has developed differential reflection spectroscopy which can detect explosive residue on surfaces such as parcel, cargo and luggage. In short, broad band ultra-violet and visible light is shone onto a material (such as a parcel) moving on a conveyor belt. Upon reflection off the surface, the light intensity is recorded with a spectrograph (spectrometer in combination with a CCD camera). This reflected light intensity is then subtracted and normalized with the next data point collected, resulting in differential reflection spectra in the 200-500 nm range. Explosives show spectral finger-prints at specific wavelengths, for example, the spectrum of 2,4,6, trinitrotoluene (TNT) shows an absorption edge at 420 nm. Additionally, we have developed an automated software which detects the characteristic features of explosives. One of the biggest challenges for the algorithm is to reach a practical limit of detection. In this study, we introduce our automatic detection software which is a combination of principal component analysis and support vector machines. Finally we present the sensitivity and selectivity response of our algorithm as a function of the amount of explosive detected on a given surface.

  8. Assessing human skin with diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and colorimetry

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    Seo, InSeok; Liu, Yang; Bargo, Paulo R.; Kollias, Nikiforos

    2012-02-01

    Colorimetry has been used as an objective measure of perceived skin color by human eye to document and score physiological responses of the skin from external insults. CIE color space values (L*, a* and b*) are the most commonly used parameters to correlate visually perceived color attributes such as L* for pigment, a* for erythema, and b* for sallowness of the skin. In this study, we investigated the relation of Lab color scale to the amount of major skin chromophores (oxy-, deoxyhemoglobin and melanin) calculated from diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Thirty two healthy human subjects with ages from 20 to 70 years old, skin types I-VI, were recruited for the study. DRS and colorimetry measurements were taken from the left and right cheeks, and on the right upper inner arm. The melanin content calculated from 630-700 nm range of DRS measurements was shown to correlate with the lightness of skin (L*) for most skin types. For subjects with medium-to-light complexion, melanin measured at the blue part spectrum and hemoglobin interfered on the relation of lightness of the skin color to the melanin content. The sallowness of the skin that is quantified by the melanin contribution at the blue part spectrum of DRS was found to be related to b* scale. This study demonstrates the importance of documenting skin color by assessing individual skin chromophores with diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, in comparison to colorimetry assessment.

  9. Autofluorescence and diffuse reflectance patterns in cervical spectroscopy

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    Marin, Nena Maribel

    Fluorescence and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy are two new optical technologies, which have shown promise to aid in the real time, non-invasive identification of cancers and precancers. Spectral patterns carry a fingerprint of scattering, absorption and fluorescence properties in tissue. Scattering, absorption and fluorescence in tissue are directly affected by biological features that are diagnostically significant, such as nuclear size, micro-vessel density, volume fraction of collagen fibers, tissue oxygenation and cell metabolism. Thus, analysis of spectral patterns can unlock a wealth of information directly related with the onset and progression of disease. Data from a Phase II clinical trial to assess the technical efficacy of fluorescence and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy acquired from 850 women at three clinical locations with two research grade optical devices is calibrated and analyzed. Tools to process and standardize spectra so that data from multiple spectrometers can be combined and analyzed are presented. Methodologies for calibration and quality assurance of optical systems are established to simplify design issues and ensure validity of data for future clinical trials. Empirically based algorithms, using multivariate statistical approaches are applied to spectra and evaluated as a clinical diagnostic tool. Physically based algorithms, using mathematical models of light propagation in tissue are presented. The presented mathematical model combines a diffusion theory in P3 approximation reflectance model and a 2-layer fluorescence model using exponential attenuation and diffusion theory. The resulting adjoint fluorescence and reflectance model extracts twelve optical properties characterizing fluorescence efficiency of cervical epithelium and stroma fluorophores, stromal hemoglobin and collagen absorption, oxygen saturation, and stromal scattering strength and shape. Validations with Monte Carlo simulations show that adjoint model extracted optical properties of the epithelium and the stroma can be estimated accurately. Adjoint model is applied to 926 clinical measurements from 503 patients. Mean values of extracted optical properties have demonstrated to characterize the biological changes associated with dysplastic progression. Finally, penalized logistic regression algorithms are applied to discriminate dysplastic stages in tissue based on extracted optical features. This work provides understandable and interpretable information regarding predictive and generalization ability of optical spectroscopy in neoplastic changes using a minimum subset of optical measurements. Ultimately these methodologies would facilitate the transfer of these optical technologies into clinical practice.

  10. Birefringence of wood at terahertz frequencies

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    Todoruk, Tara M.; Schneider, Jon; Hartley, Ian D.; Reid, Matthew

    2008-06-01

    Fibre content of solid wood plays an important role in the wood products industry in terms of value. Additionally, fibre structure in composite wood products such as Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and paper products plays an important role in terms of strength properties. The effect of moisture content on wood properties is important in the manufacturing process and final product performance, and therefore its effect on the birefringence is of considerable interest. Since solid wood exhibits strong birefringence at terahertz frequencies, there may be potential applications of terahertz spectroscopy to fibre content and structure sensing. There are two potential sources for this strong birefringence: (i) form birefringence resulting from the porous structure of solid wood and (ii) intrinsic birefringence resulting from the dielectric properties of the material itself. In this report, the variability of birefringence within and between species, the dependence of the birefringence on moisture content and the relative contributions from form and intrinsic birefringence are examined. In order to clarify the role of these contributions to the measured birefringence, polarized terahertz reflection spectroscopy is examined and compared to the results obtained in a transmission geometry. Comparison of the birefringence measured in transmission and reflection geometries suggests that form birefringence may dominate.

  11. Surface-enhanced, multi-dimensional attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy

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    Kraack, Jan Philip; Lotti, Davide; Hamm, Peter

    2015-08-01

    Ultrafast two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2D IR) spectroscopy is performed in attenuated total reflectance (ATR) geometry with the Kretschmann configuration in order to measure femtosecond to picosecond dynamics of self-assembled monolayers on gold-coated solid-liquid interfaces. In the monolayers low-absorbing (<200 M-1 cm-1) nitrile functional groups are used as local vibrational probes to monitor vibrational relaxation and spectral diffusion in dependence of different environments of the nitrile group. By comparing spectral diffusion dynamics of the vibrational probe in bulk solution and in the monolayer we find that the dynamics are slowed down by more than a factor of 20 upon immobilization of the sample. Moreover, spectral diffusion dynamics are affected by the local environment within the monolayers as evidenced by 2D ATR IR experiments on mixed monolayers with different aliphatic and aromatic co-adsorbates. The results are interpreted in terms of absent excitation energy-transfer as well as solvation dynamics around the nitrile vibrational probe. Our results demonstrate that 2D ATR IR spectroscopy offers the possibility to obtain ultrafast dynamics from sub-monolayer coverages of even low-absorbing vibrational probes such as nitrile functional groups.

  12. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy combined with fuzzy rule-building expert system and fuzzy optimal associative memory applied to diagnosis of cervical carcinoma.

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    Qi, Na; Zhang, Zhuoyong; Xiang, Yuhong; Yang, Yuping; Harrington, Peter de B

    2015-01-01

    Combined with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, the feasibility of fast and reliable diagnosis of cervical carcinoma by a fuzzy rule-building expert system (FuRES) and a fuzzy optimal associative memory (FOAM) had been studied. The terahertz spectra of 52 specimens of cervix were collected in the work. The original data of samples were preprocessed by Savitzky-Golay first derivative (?derivative), principal component orthogonal signal correction (PC-OSC) and emphatic orthogonal signal correction to improve the performance of FuRES and FOAM models. The effect of the different pretreating methods to improve prediction accuracy was evaluated. The FuRES and FOAM models were validated using bootstrapped Latin-partition method. The obtained results showed that the FuRES and FOAM model optimized with the combination S-G first derivative and PC-OSC method had the better predictive ability with classification rates of 92.90.4 and 92.50.4%, respectively. The proposed procedure proved that terahertz spectroscopy combined with fuzzy classifiers could supply a technology which has potential for diagnosis of cancerous tissue. PMID:25433946

  13. Multispectral terahertz sensing with highly flexible ultrathin metamaterial absorber

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    Yahiaoui, Riad; Tan, Siyu; Cong, Longqing; Singh, Ranjan; Yan, Fengping; Zhang, Weili

    2015-08-01

    We report the simulation, fabrication, and experimental characterization of a multichannel metamaterial absorber with the aim to be used as a label-free sensing platform in the terahertz regime. The topology of the investigated resonators deposited on a thin flexible polymer by means of optical lithography is capable of supporting multiple resonances over a broad frequency range due to the individual contribution of each sub-element of the unit cell. In order to explore the performance of the chosen structure in terms of sensing phenomenon, the reflection feature is monitored upon variation of the refractive index and the thickness of the analyte. We achieve numerically maximum frequency sensitivity of about 139.2 GHz/refractive index unit. Measurements carried out using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy show good agreement with the numerical predictions. The results are very promising, suggesting a potential use of the metamaterial absorber in wide variety of multispectral terahertz sensing applications.

  14. Transient terahertz spectroscopy of excitons and unbound carriers in quasi two-dimensional electron-hole gases

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    Kaindl, Robert A.; Hagele, D.; Carnahan, M.A.; Chemla, D.S.

    2008-09-11

    We report a comprehensive experimental study and detailed model analysis of the terahertz (THz) dielectric response and density kinetics of excitons and unbound electron-hole pairs in GaAs quantum wells. A compact expression is given, in absolute units, for the complex-valued THz dielectric function of intra-excitonic transitions between the 1s and higher-energy exciton and continuum levels. It closely describes the THz spectra of resonantly generated excitons. Exciton ionization and formation are further explored, where the THz response exhibits both intra-excitonic and Drude features. Utilizing a two-component dielectric function, we derive the underlying exciton and unbound pair densities. In the ionized state, excellent agreement is found with the Saha thermodynamic equilibrium, which provides experimental verification of the two-component analysis and density scaling. During exciton formation, in turn, the pair kinetics is quantitatively described by a Saha equilibrium that follows the carrier cooling dynamics. The THz-derived kinetics is, moreover, consistent with time-resolved luminescence measured for comparison. Our study establishes a basis for tracking pair densities via transient THz spectroscopy of photoexcited quasi-2D electron-hole gases.

  15. Electronic properties of GaAs, InAs and InP nanowires studied by terahertz spectroscopy.

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    Joyce, Hannah J; Docherty, Callum J; Gao, Qiang; Tan, H Hoe; Jagadish, Chennupati; Lloyd-Hughes, James; Herz, Laura M; Johnston, Michael B

    2013-05-31

    We have performed a comparative study of ultrafast charge carrier dynamics in a range of III-V nanowires using optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy. This versatile technique allows measurement of important parameters for device applications, including carrier lifetimes, surface recombination velocities, carrier mobilities and donor doping levels. GaAs, InAs and InP nanowires of varying diameters were measured. For all samples, the electronic response was dominated by a pronounced surface plasmon mode. Of the three nanowire materials, InAs nanowires exhibited the highest electron mobilities of 6000 cm V? s?, which highlights their potential for high mobility applications, such as field effect transistors. InP nanowires exhibited the longest carrier lifetimes and the lowest surface recombination velocity of 170 cm s?. This very low surface recombination velocity makes InP nanowires suitable for applications where carrier lifetime is crucial, such as in photovoltaics. In contrast, the carrier lifetimes in GaAs nanowires were extremely short, of the order of picoseconds, due to the high surface recombination velocity, which was measured as 5.4 10?? cm s?. These findings will assist in the choice of nanowires for different applications, and identify the challenges in producing nanowires suitable for future electronic and optoelectronic devices. PMID:23619012

  16. Quantification of residual crystallinity in ball milled commercially sourced lactose monohydrate by thermo-analytical techniques and terahertz spectroscopy.

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    Smith, Geoff; Hussain, Amjad; Bukhari, Nadeem Irfan; Ermolina, Irina

    2015-05-01

    The quantification of crystallinity is necessary in order to be able to control the milling process. The use of thermal analysis for this assessment presents certain challenges, particularly in the case of crystal hydrates. In this study, the residual crystallinity on ball milling of lactose monohydrate (LMH), for periods up to 90min, was evaluated by thermo-analytical techniques (TGA, DSC) and terahertz spectroscopy (THz). In general, the results from one of the DSC analysis and the THz measurements agree showing a monotonous decrease in relative residual crystallinity with milling time (?80% reduction after 60min milling) and a slight increase at the 90min time point. However, the estimates from TGA and two other methods of analyzing DSC curve do not agree with the former techniques and show variability with significantly higher estimates for crystallinity. It was concluded that, the thermal techniques require more complex treatment of the data in the evaluation of changes in crystallinity of a milled material (in particular to account for the de-vitrification and mutarotation of the material that inevitably occurs during the measurement cycle) while the analysis of THz data is more straightforward, with the measurement having no impact on the native state of the material. PMID:25784570

  17. Evaluation of Penicillium digitatum sterilization using non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Hiraoka, Takehiro; Ebizuka, Noboru; Takeda, Keigo; Ohta, Takayuki; Kondo, Hiroki; Ishikawa, Kenji; Kawase, Kodo; Ito, Masafumi; Sekine, Makoto; Hori, Masaru

    2011-10-01

    Recently, the plasma sterilization has attracted much attention as a new sterilization technique that takes the place of spraying agricultural chemicals. The conventional methods for sterilization evaluation, was demanded to culture the samples for several days after plasma treatment. Then, we focused on Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). At the THz region, vibrational modes of biological molecules and fingerprint spectra of biologically-relevant molecules were also observed. In this study, our purpose was measurement of the fingerprint spectrum of the Penicillium digitatum (PD) spore and establishment of sterilization method by THz-TDS. The sample was 40mg/ml PD spore suspensions which dropped on cover glass. The atmospheric pressure plasma generated under the conditions which Ar gas flow was 3slm, and alternating voltage of 6kV was applied. The samples were exposed the plasma from 10mm distance for 10 minutes. We could obtain the fingerprint spectrum of the PD spore from 0.5 to 0.9THz. This result indicated the possibility of in-situ evaluation for PD sterilization using THz-TDS.

  18. Determination of the optical properties of melanin-pigmented human skin equivalents using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Lipscomb, Dawn; Echchgadda, Ibtissam; Peralta, Xomalin G.; Wilmink, Gerald J.

    2013-02-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) methods have been utilized in previous studies in order to characterize the optical properties of skin and its primary constituents (i.e., water, collagen, and keratin). However, similar experiments have not yet been performed to investigate whether melanocytes and the melanin pigment that they synthesize contribute to skin's optical properties. In this study, we used THz-TDS methods operating in transmission geometry to measure the optical properties of in vitro human skin equivalents with or without normal human melanocytes. Skin equivalents were cultured for three weeks to promote gradual melanogenesis, and THz time domain data were collected at various time intervals. Frequency-domain analysis techniques were performed to determine the index of refraction (n) and absorption coefficient (μa) for each skin sample over the frequency range of 0.1-2.0 THz. We found that for all samples as frequency increased, n decreased exponentially and the μa increased linearly. Additionally, we observed that skin samples with higher levels of melanin exhibited greater n and μa values than the non-pigmented samples. Our results indicate that melanocytes and the degree of melanin pigmentation contribute in an appreciable manner to the skin's optical properties. Future studies will be performed to examine whether these contributions are observed in human skin in vivo.

  19. New Insights into the Diverse Electronic Phases of a Novel Vanadium Dioxide Polymorph: A Terahertz Spectroscopy Study

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    Lourembam, James; Srivastava, Amar; La-O-Vorakiat, Chan; Rotella, Helene; Venkatesan, Thirumalai; Chia, Elbert

    2015-03-01

    A remarkable feature of vanadium dioxide is that it can be synthesized in a number of polymorphs. The conductivity mechanism in the metastable layered polymorph VO2 (B) thin films has been investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). In VO2 (B) , a critical temperature of 240 K marks the appearance of a non-zero Drude term in the observed complex conductivity, indicating the evolution from a pure insulating state towards a metallic state. In contrast, the THz conductivity of the well-known VO2 (M 1) is well fitted only by a modification of the Drude model to include backscattering. We also identified two different THz conductivity regimes separated by temperature in these two polymorphs. The electronic phase diagram is constructed, revealing that the width and onset of the metal-insulator transition in the B phase develop differently from the M1 phase. We thank National Research Foundation (NRF), Singapore, under the Competitive Research Program (CRP) and Ministry of Education, Singapore.

  20. Terahertz and Infrared Spectroscopy of Room-Temperature Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids.

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    Yamada, Toshiki; Tominari, Yukihiro; Tanaka, Shukichi; Mizuno, Maya

    2015-12-24

    The terahertz- and infrared-frequency vibrational modes of various room-temperature imidazolium-based ionic liquids with molecular anions were examined extensively. We found that the molar-concentration-normalized absorption coefficient spectra in the low-wavenumber range for imidazolium cations with different alkyl-chain lengths were nearly identical for the same anion. Regarding the overall view of a wide range of imidazolium-based ionic liquids, we found that the reduced mass of the combination of an imidazolium-ring cation and the anion and the force constant play significant roles in determining the central frequency of the broad absorption band. In addition to these findings, we also discuss the correlation between the (+)C-H stretching vibrational modes in the 3000-3300 cm(-1) range of the infrared spectra and the intermolecular vibrational band in the low-wavenumber range. Finally, we describe some interesting characteristics of the intermolecular vibrational band observed in a wide range of imidazolium-based ionic liquids. PMID:26625193

  1. Reduction of effective terahertz focal spot size by means of nested concentric parabolic reflectors

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    Neumann, V. A.; Laurita, N. J.; Pan, LiDong; Armitage, N. P.

    2015-09-01

    An ongoing limitation of terahertz spectroscopy is that the technique is generally limited to the study of relatively large samples of order 4 mm across due to the generally large size of the focal beam spot. We present a nested concentric parabolic reflector design which can reduce the terahertz focal spot size. This parabolic reflector design takes advantage of the feature that reflected rays experience a relative time delay which is the same for all paths. The increase in effective optical path for reflected light is equivalent to the aperture diameter itself. We have shown that the light throughput of an aperture of 2 mm can be increased by a factor 15 as compared to a regular aperture of the same size at low frequencies. This technique can potentially be used to reduce the focal spot size in terahertz spectroscopy and enable the study of smaller samples.

  2. Laboratory Studies of Organic Compounds With Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Curchin, J. M.; Clark, R. N.; Hoefen, T. M.

    2007-12-01

    In order to properly interpret reflectance spectra of any solar system surface from the earth to the Oort cloud, laboratory spectra of candidate materials for comparative analysis are needed. Although the common cosmochemical species (H2O, CO2, CO, NH3, and CH4) are well represented in the spectroscopic literature, comparatively little reflectance work has been done on organics from room to cryogenic temperatures at visible to near infrared wavelengths. Reflectance spectra not only enhance weak or unseen transmission features, they are also more analogous to spectra obtained by spacecraft that are imaging such bodies as giant planet moons, kuiper belt objects, centaurs, comets and asteroids, as well as remote sensing of the earth. The USGS Spectroscopy Laboratory is measuring reflectance spectra of organic compounds from room to cryogenic temperatures over the spectral range of 0.35 to 15.5 microns. This region encompasses the fundamental absorptions and many overtones and combinations of C, H, O, and N molecular bonds. Because most organic compounds belong to families whose members have similar structure and composition, individual species identification within a narrow wavelength range may be ambiguous. By measuring spectral reflectance of the pure laboratory samples from the visible through the near and mid-infrared, absorption bands unique to each can be observed, cataloged, and compared to planetary reflectance data. We present here spectra of organic compounds belonging to five families: the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatics, and cyanides. Common to all of these are the deep C-H stretch fundamental absorptions, which shift shortward from 3.35+ microns in alkanes to 3.25+ microns in aromatics, to 3.2+ microns in alkenes, and down to 3.0+ microns in alkynes. Mid-IR absorptions due to C-H bending deformations at 6.8+ and 7.2+ microns are also identified. In the near infrared these stretching and bending fundamentals yield a diagnostic set of combination absorptions at approximately 2.3 microns, as well as the first C-H stretching overtones at 1.6 to 1.7 microns, and even the second stretching overtones at 1.2+ microns. Additionally, the spectral properties of these organic materials have applications to remote sensing of terrestrial environments, including hazardous waste and disaster site characterization.

  3. Time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy of electrically conductive metal-organic frameworks doped with redox active species

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    Alberding, Brian G.; Heilweil, Edwin J.

    2015-09-01

    Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are three-dimensional coordination polymers that are well known for large pore surface area and their ability to adsorb molecules from both the gaseous and solution phases. In general, MOFs are electrically insulating, but promising opportunities for tuning the electronic structure exist because MOFs possess synthetic versatility; the metal and organic ligand subunits can be exchanged or dopant molecules can be introduced into the pore space. Two such MOFs with demonstrated electrical conductivity are Cu3(1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylate)2, a.k.a HKUST-1, and Cu[Ni(pyrazine-2,3-dithiolate)2]. Herein, these two MOFs have been infiltrated with the redox active species 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) and iodine under solution phase conditions and shown to produce redox products within the MOF pore space. Vibrational bands assignable to TCNQ anion and triiodide anion have been observed in the Mid-IR and Terahertz ranges using FTIR Spectroscopy. The MOF samples have been further investigated by Time-Resolved Terehertz Spectroscopy (TRTS). Using this technique, the charge mobility, separation, and recombination dynamics have been followed on the picosecond time scale following photoexcitation with visible radiation. The preliminary results show that the MOF samples have small inherent photoconductivity with charge separation lifetimes on the order of a few picoseconds. In the case of HKUST-1, the MOF can also be supported by a TiO2 film and initial results show that charge injection into the TiO2 layer occurs with a comparable efficiency to the dye sensitizer N3, [cis-Bis(isothiocyanato)-bis(2,2'-bipyridyl-4,4'-dicarboxylato ruthenium(II)], and therefore this MOF has potential as a new light absorbing and charge conducting material in photovoltaic devices.

  4. Total internal reflection photoacoustic spectroscopy for the detection of ?-hematin.

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    Goldschmidt, Benjamin S; Sudduth, Amanda S M; Samson, Edward B; Whiteside, Paul J D; Bhattacharyya, Kiran D; Viator, John A

    2012-06-01

    Evanescent field sensing methods are currently used to detect many different types of disease markers and biologically important chemicals such as the HER2 breast cancer receptor. Hinoue et al. used Total Internal Reflection Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (TIRPAS) as a method of using the evanescent field to detect an optically opaque dye at a sample interface. Although their methods were successful at detecting dyes, the results at that time did not show a very practical spectroscopic technique, which was due to the less than typical sensitivity of TIRPAS as a spectroscopy modality given the low power (? 1 to 2 W) lasers being used. Contrarily, we have used an Nd:YAG laser with a five nanosecond pulse that gives peak power of 1 MW coupled with the TIRPAS system to increase the sensitivity of this technique for biological material sensing. All efforts were focused on the eventual detection of the optically absorbing material, hemozoin, which is created as a byproduct of a malarial infection in blood. We used an optically analogous material, ?-hematin, to determine the potential for detection in the TIRPAS system. In addition, four properties which control the sensitivity were investigated to increase understanding about the sensor's function as a biosensing method. PMID:22734742

  5. Total internal reflection photoacoustic spectroscopy for the detection of ?-hematin

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    Goldschmidt, Benjamin S.; Sudduth, Amanda S. M.; Samson, Edward B.; Whiteside, Paul J. D.; Bhattacharyya, Kiran D.; Viator, John A.

    2012-06-01

    Evanescent field sensing methods are currently used to detect many different types of disease markers and biologically important chemicals such as the HER2 breast cancer receptor. Hinoue et al. used Total Internal Reflection Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (TIRPAS) as a method of using the evanescent field to detect an optically opaque dye at a sample interface. Although their methods were successful at detecting dyes, the results at that time did not show a very practical spectroscopic technique, which was due to the less than typical sensitivity of TIRPAS as a spectroscopy modality given the low power (~1 to 2 W) lasers being used. Contrarily, we have used an Nd:YAG laser with a five nanosecond pulse that gives peak power of 1 MW coupled with the TIRPAS system to increase the sensitivity of this technique for biological material sensing. All efforts were focused on the eventual detection of the optically absorbing material, hemozoin, which is created as a byproduct of a malarial infection in blood. We used an optically analogous material, ?-hematin, to determine the potential for detection in the TIRPAS system. In addition, four properties which control the sensitivity were investigated to increase understanding about the sensor's function as a biosensing method.

  6. Terahertz sources and detectors

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    Crowe, Thomas W.; Porterfield, David W.; Hesler, Jeffrey L.; Bishop, William L.; Kurtz, David S.; Hui, Kai

    2005-05-01

    Through the support of the US Army Research Office we are developing terahertz sources and detectors suitable for use in the spectroscopy of chemical and biological materials as well as for use in imaging systems to detect concealed weapons. Our technology relies on nonlinear diodes to translate the functionality achieved at microwave frequencies to the terahertz band. Basic building blocks that have been developed for this application include low-noise mixers, frequency multipliers, sideband generators and direct detectors. These components rely on planar Schottky diodes and integrated diode circuits and are therefore easy to assemble and robust. They require no mechanical tuners to achieve high efficiency and broad bandwidth. This paper will review the range of performance that has been achieved with these terahertz components and briefly discuss preliminary results achieved with a spectroscopy system and the development of sources for imaging systems.

  7. Resonant Reflection Spectroscopy of Biomolecular Arrays in Muscle

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    Young, Kevin W.; Radic, Stojan; Myslivets, Evgeny; O’Connor, Shawn M.; Lieber, Richard L.

    2014-01-01

    Sarcomeres, the functional units of contraction in striated muscle, are composed of an array of interdigitating protein filaments. Direct interaction between overlapping filaments generates muscular force, which produces animal movement. When filament length is known, sarcomere length successfully predicts potential force, even in whole muscles that contain billions of sarcomere units. Inability to perform in vivo sarcomere measurements with submicrometer resolution is a long-standing challenge in the muscle physiology field and has hampered studies of normal muscle function, adaptation, injury, aging, and disease, particularly in humans. Here, we develop theory and demonstrate the feasibility of to our knowledge a new technique that measures sarcomere length with submicrometer resolution. In this believed novel approach, we examine sarcomere structure by measuring the multiple resonant reflections that are uniquely defined by Fourier decomposition of the sarcomere protein spatial framework. Using a new supercontinuum spectroscopic system, we show close agreement between sarcomere lengths measured by resonant reflection spectroscopy and laser diffraction in an ensemble of 10 distinct muscles. PMID:25418304

  8. Hydration and hydrogen bond network of water around hydrophobic surface investigated by terahertz spectroscopy

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    Shiraga, K.; Suzuki, T.; Kondo, N.; Ogawa, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Water conformation around hydrophobic side chains of four amino acids (glycine, L-alanine, L-aminobutyric acid, and L-norvaline) was investigated via changes in complex dielectric constant in the terahertz (THz) region. Each of these amino acids has the same hydrophilic backbone, with successive additions of hydrophobic straight methylene groups (-CH2-) to the side chain. Changes in the degree of hydration (number of dynamically retarded water molecules relative to bulk water) and the structural conformation of the water hydrogen bond (HB) network related to the number of methylene groups were quantitatively measured. Since dielectric responses in the THz region represent water relaxations and water HB vibrations at a sub-picosecond and picosecond timescale, these measurements characterized the water relaxations and HB vibrations perturbed by the methylene apolar groups. We found each successive straight -CH2- group on the side chain restrained approximately two hydrophobic hydration water molecules. Additionally, the number of non-hydrogen-bonded (NHB) water molecules increased slightly around these hydrophobic side chains. The latter result seems to contradict the iceberg model proposed by Frank and Evans, where water molecules are said to be more ordered around apolar surfaces. Furthermore, we compared the water-hydrophilic interactions of the hydrophilic amino acid backbone with those with the water-hydrophobic interactions around the side chains. As the hydrophobicity of the side chain increased, the ordering of the surrounding water HB network was altered from that surrounding the hydrophilic amino acid backbone, thereby diminishing the fraction of NHB water and ordering the surrounding tetrahedral water HB network.

  9. Prediction of iron oxide contents using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Marques, Jos, Jr.; Arantes Camargo, Livia

    2015-04-01

    Determining soil iron oxides using conventional analysis is relatively unfeasible when large areas are mapped, with the aim of characterizing spatial variability. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) is rapid, less expensive, non-destructive and sometimes more accurate than conventional analysis. Furthermore, this technique allows the simultaneous characterization of many soil attributes with agronomic and environmental relevance. This study aims to assess the DRS capability to predict iron oxides content -hematite and goethite - , characterizing their spatial variability in soils of Brazil. Soil samples collected from an 800-hectare area were scanned in the visible and near-infrared spectral range. Moreover, chemometric calibration was obtained through partial least-squares regression (PLSR). Then, spatial distribution maps of the attributes were constructed using predicted values from calibrated models through geostatistical methods. The studied area presented soils with varied contents of iron oxides as examples for the Oxisols and Entisols. In the spectra of each soil is observed that the reflectance decreases with the content of iron oxides present in the soil. In soils with a high content of iron oxides can be observed more pronounced concavities between 380 and 1100 nm which are characteristic of the presence of these oxides. In soils with higher reflectance it were observed concavity characteristics due to the presence of kaolinite, in agreement with the low iron contents of those soils. The best accuracy of prediction models [residual prediction deviation (RPD) = 1.7] was obtained for goethite within the visible region (380-800 nm), and for hematite (RPD = 2.0) within the visible near infrared (380-2300 nm). The maps of goethite and hematite predicted showed the spatial distribution pattern similar to the maps of clay and iron extracted by dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate, being consistent with the iron oxide contents of soils present in the study area. These results confirm the value of DRS in the mapping of iron oxides in large areas at detailed scale.

  10. Quantitative Analysis of Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5, Triazine/Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (RDX-PETN) Mixtures by Terahertz Time Domain Spectroscopy.

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    Sleiman, Joyce Bou; Bousquet, Bruno; Palka, Norbert; Mounaix, Patrick

    2015-12-01

    Absorption spectra of explosives such as hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), and mixtures of both were measured by terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Chemometrics was applied to quantitative analysis of terahertz absorbance spectra obtained in transmission mode to predict the relative amounts of RDX and PETN in samples containing pure components or their mixtures. This analysis was challenging because significant spectral overlap prevented identification of each product fingerprint. Partial least squares (PLS) regression models were thus applied to the terahertz spectra. A comparison between the so-called PLS1 and PLS2 algorithms was performed to predict the PETN concentrations in mixture samples. PLS2 demonstrated better predictive ability than PLS1 with RMSE value lower than 3.5 mg for 400 mg total weight pellets. Moreover, the influence of the highly overlapping spectral frequency band was investigated by reducing the original 0.2-3 THz (6-100 cm(-1)) spectral band to 1.8-3 THz (60-100 cm(-1)). The predictive ability was quite similar in both cases, highlighting the excellent ability of chemometrics to perform quantitative analysis when applied to THz-TDS data, even in the case of highly overlapping spectra. PMID:26556760

  11. Sub-terahertz frequency-domain spectroscopy reveals single-grain mobility and scatter influence of large-area graphene.

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    Cervetti, Christian; Heintze, Eric; Gorshunov, Boris; Zhukova, Elena; Lobanov, Svyatoslav; Hoyer, Alexander; Burghard, Marko; Kern, Klaus; Dressel, Martin; Bogani, Lapo

    2015-04-24

    The response of individual domains in wafer-sized chemical vapor deposition graphene is measured by contactless sub-terahertz interferometry, observing the intrinsic optical conductance and reaching very high mobility values. It is shown that charged scatterers limit the mobility, validating previous theoretical predictions, and sub-terahertz quality assessment is demonstrated, as necessary for large-scale applications in touchscreens, as well as wearable and optoelectronic devices. PMID:25787669

  12. Terahertz metamaterials

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    Chen, Hou-tong; Taylor, Antoineete J; Azad, Abul K; O' Hara, John F

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we present our recent developments in terahertz (THz) metamaterials and devices. Planar THz metamaterials and their complementary structures fabricated on suitable substrates have shown electric resonant response, which causes the band-pass or band-stop property in THz transmission and reflection. The operational frequency can be further tuned up to 20% upon photoexcitation of an integrated semiconductor region in the splitring resonators as the metamaterial elements. On the other hand, the use of semiconductors as metamaterial substrates enables dynamical control of metamaterial resonances through photoexcitation, and reducing the substrate carrier lifetime further enables an ultrafast switching recovery. The metamaterial resonances can also be actively controlled by application of a voltage bias when they are fabricated on semiconductor substrates with appropriate doping concentration and thickness. Using this electrically driven approach, THz modulation depth up to 80% and modulation speed of 2 MHz at room temperature have been demonstrated, which suggests practical THz applications.

  13. Inter/intra molecular dynamics in gases and liquids studied by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Xin, Xuying

    This thesis presents a description of the low-frequency terahertz (THz) absorption spectrum of a variety of materials that are of interest to many biological and chemical processes. The work described here encompasses the development of time-domain THz spectrometers, based on amplified Ti: Sapphire lasers systems as well as mode-locked Erbium doped fiber lasers as the driving source. These systems were applied to characterize the absorption spectrum of liquid water and water vapor, heavy water vapor, methanol vapor and tryptophan in the 0.2-2.2THz frequency range. The absorption profiles observed are closely related to the intermolecular or intramolecular motions in the materials of interest. In liquid water, the absorption profile shows evidence for modes due to large-scale structure amongst individual water molecules. The effects on the overall absorption profile are further deduced by the addition of various solutes which can enhance or break the formation of molecule networks. Various solutions are examined such as KCl in liquid water. Ions can change the strength of hydrogen bond in liquid water in the similar way as temperature does. Both K+ and Cl- are considered to be strong "structure breakers" in terms of their functions as softening the strength of hydrogen bond in liquid water. Theoretically, this will cause a red shift of some mode frequencies, reducing the absorption intensity at those frequencies and, at the same time, increasing the absorption at non-mode frequencies toward the vicinity of the low frequencies. For liquid water, the vapor phase was also examined, where for varying concentrations (humidity) Beer's Law does not hold to explain the observed absorption profiles. Again the reduced absorption of certain modes is explained by interactions between water monomers and their nature due to hydrogen spins. There are two species of water molecules in terms of the nuclear spin effect of hydrogen atoms in water molecule, ortho-water and para-water. The two types of water molecules present significantly different properties, e.g. different surface adsorption on metals. The effects of para-water and ortho-water on the THz absorption profile are discussed. Finally, I discuss the absorption profile of methanol vapor and tryptophan. In methanol vapor we observe coherent echoes after absorption by a THz transient and attribute it to the relaxation of the molecule due to the regularly spaced rotational manifold. In tryptophan two distinct absorption modes are observed due to torsional modes. These "soft-modes" are calculated and attributed to intramolecular motions between various atoms. The results of this body of work are discussed in the context of applications ranging from medicine, pharmaceuticals and the cosmetics industries.

  14. Investigating skin barrier function utilizing reflectance NIR spectroscopy.

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    Qassem, M; Kyriacou, P A

    2014-01-01

    Near Infrared Spectroscopy is seen as a potentially valuable technique for skin analysis, and has been employed by many previous studies to measure skin hydration, since it is competent of providing information regarding various functional groups including OH, CH and NH bands. The aim of this study was to investigate the capability of further utilizing this method by attempting to analyze skin barrier function as well as water content, through the evaluation of skin water uptake on two test sites, one untreated, and another treated with a high lipid moisturizer for a period of 7 days. Reflectance NIRS measurements were supported by capacitance readings obtained using the Corneometer CM 825. Baseline recordings taken on the first day following treatment showed that more differences were observed between the treated and untreated sites in the regions belonging to, or are influenced by CH and NH groups rather than purely on the water bands. On the hand, moisture levels measured after placing a wet patch on the skin remained nearly equal for both sites but second derivative spectra showed that a clear contrast existed between absorbance heights at the water bands of the treated and untreated, suggesting that moisturizer use could have limited water uptake to a more superficial layer of the skin, whereas for the untreated site, the opposite would have been true and water was able to penetrate deeper. Overall, results here suggest that NIR spectroscopy can possibly provide valuable information not only on skin water contents but perhaps on other skin parameters such as barrier function. PMID:25570803

  15. Imaging of ex vivo nonmelanoma skin cancers in the optical and terahertz spectral regions optical and terahertz skin cancers imaging.

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    Joseph, Cecil S; Patel, Rakesh; Neel, Victor A; Giles, Robert H; Yaroslavsky, Anna N

    2014-05-01

    We tested the hypothesis that polarization sensitive optical and terahertz imaging may be combined for accurate nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) delineation. Nine NMSC specimens were imaged. 513 ?m and 440 nm wavelengths were used for terahertz and optical imaging, respectively. Histopathology was processed for evaluation. Terahertz reflectance of NMSC was quantified. Our results demonstrate that cross-polarized terahertz images correctly identified location of the tumours, whereas cross-polarized and polarization difference optical images accurately presented morphological features. Cross-polarized terahertz images exhibited lower reflectivity values in cancer as compared to normal tissue. Combination of optical and terahertz imaging shows promise for intraoperative delineation of NMSC. PMID:22987857

  16. Suivi du changement de phase CO{2} supercritique par spectroscopie TeraHertz femtoseconde

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    Mounaix, P.; Le Boiteux, S.; Moustakim, M.; Wunenburger, R.; Delville, Jp.; Sarger, L.

    2004-11-01

    Une exprience de spectroscopie THz rsolue en temps nous a permis d'tudier l'volution des proprits optiques du CO{2} dans les phases liquide, gazeuse et critique. Cette volution est directement relie celle des interactions dans le milieu et leur analyse prsente de multiples intrts tant en physique fondamentale qu'en physique applique.

  17. Asymmetric planar terahertz metamaterials

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    Singh, Ramjan; Al - Naib, Ibraheem A. I.; Koch, Martin; Zhang, Weili

    2010-01-01

    Using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, we report an experimental observation of three distinct resonances in split ring resonators (SRRs) for both vertical and horizontal electric field polarizations at normal incidence. Breaking the symmetry in SRRs by gradually displacing the capacitive gap from the centre towards the comer of the ring allows for an 85% modulation of the fundamental inductive-capacitive (LC) resonance. Increasing asymmetry leads to the evolution of an otherwise inaccessible high quality factor electric quadrupole resonance that can be exploited for bio-sensing applications in the terahertz region.

  18. Probing skin interaction with hydrogen peroxide using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Zonios, George; Dimou, Aikaterini; Galaris, Dimitrios

    2008-01-01

    Hydrogen peroxide is an important oxidizing agent in biological systems. In dermatology, it is frequently used as topical antiseptic, it has a haemostatic function, it can cause skin blanching, and it can facilitate skin tanning. In this work, we investigated skin interaction with hydrogen peroxide, non-invasively, using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. We observed transient changes in the oxyhaemoglobin and deoxyhaemoglobin concentrations as a result of topical application of dilute H2O2 solutions to the skin, with changes in deoxyhaemoglobin concentration being more pronounced. Furthermore, we did not observe any appreciable changes in melanin absorption properties as well as in the skin scattering properties. We also found no evidence for production of oxidized haemoglobin forms. Our observations are consistent with an at least partial decomposition of hydrogen peroxide within the stratum corneum and epidermis, with the resulting oxygen and/or remaining hydrogen peroxide inducing vasoconstriction to dermal blood vessels and increasing haemoglobin oxygen saturation. An assessment of the effects of topical application of hydrogen peroxide to the skin may serve as the basis for the development of non-invasive techniques to measure skin antioxidant capacity and also may shed light onto skin related disorders such as vitiligo.

  19. In situ monitoring of crystal growth by reflectance difference spectroscopy

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    Colas, E.; Aspnes, D. E.; Bhat, R.; Studna, A. A.; Harbison, J. P.; Florez, L. T.; Koza, M. A.; Keramidas, V. G.

    1991-01-01

    Reflectance difference spectroscopy (RDS) is a surface analysis technique that was invented in 1985 by Aspnes. Here, we give a summary of its application to crystal growth techniques which gave new and valuable real time information about the growth process. Also, this information was obtained in-situ, in molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and organometallic chemical vapor deposition (OMCVD) crystal growing setups which are routinely used to produce high quality device structures. The application of RDS to OMCVD allowed us to develop a "textbook" like model of growth kinetics, which includes two independent microscopic mechanisms, i.e. adsorption (at -26 kcal/mol) of the reacting molecule (trimethylgallium (TMG) in the case of GaAs), followed by its decomposition (at 39 kcal/mol) on the growing GaAs surface. Our model includes an effect called steric hindrance, associated with the large size of the TMG molecule. This study represents the first direct quantitative evaluation of the catalytic effect of the GaAs surface for the decomposition of TMG. We discuss implications of the model both for growth in the ALE mode as well as for conventional OMCVD growth and comment on the relative importance of surface and gas phase reactions. The application of RDS to MBE revealed remarkable details about the complex intermediate steps that surfaces undergo during growth and enabled to extract directly surface dielectric functions. Finally, applications of the technique as well as results obtained in a number of laboratories where RDS is currently being developed are discussed.

  20. Reflection difference spectroscopy for MBE and OMCVD growth

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    Colas, Etienne G.

    1990-08-01

    Reflectance difference spectroscopy (RDS) is a surface analysis technique that was invented in 1985 by Aspnes. Here, we give a summary of its application to crystal growth techniques which gave new and valuable real tinw information about the growth process. Also, this information was obtained in-situ, in molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and organometallic chemical vapor deposition (OMCVD) crystal growing setups which are routinely used to produce high quality device structures. The application of RDS to OMCVD allowed us to develop a "textbook" like model of growth kinetics, which includes two independent microscopic mechanisms, i.e. adsorption (at -26 kcal I mole) of the reacting molecule (trimethylgallium (TMG) in the case of GaAs), followed by its decomposition (at 39 kcal/mole) on the growing GaAs surface. Our model includes an effect called steric hindrance, associated with the large size of the TMG molecule. This study represents the first direct quantitative evaluation of the catalytic effect of the GaAs surface for the decomposition of TMG. We discuss implications of the model both for growth in the ALE mode as well as for conventional OMCVD growth and comment on the relative importance of surface and gas phase reactions. The application of RDS to MBE revealed remarkable details about the complex intermediate steps that surfaces undergo during growth and enabled to extract directly surface dielectric functions. Finally, applications of the technique as well as results obtained in a number of laboratories where RDS is currently being developed are discussed.

  1. Intramyocardial oxygen transport by quantitative diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in calves

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    Lindbergh, Tobias; Larsson, Marcus; Szab, Zoltn; Casimir-Ahn, Henrik; Strmberg, Tomas

    2010-03-01

    Intramyocardial oxygen transport was assessed during open-chest surgery in calves by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy using a small intramuscular fiber-optic probe. The sum of hemo- and myoglobin tissue fraction and oxygen saturation, the tissue fraction and oxidation of cytochrome aa3, and the tissue fraction of methemoglobin were estimated using a calibrated empirical light transport model. Increasing the oxygen content in the inhaled gas, 21%-50%-100%, in five calves (group A) gave an increasing oxygen saturation of 19+/-4%, 24+/-5%, and 28+/-8% (p<0.001, ANOVA repeated measures design) and mean tissue fractions of 1.6% (cytochrome aa3) and 1.1% (hemo- and myoglobin). Cardiac arrest in two calves gave an oxygen saturation lower than 5%. In two calves (group B), a left ventricular assistive device (LVAD pump) was implanted. Oxygen saturation in group B animals increased with LVAD pump speed (p<0.001, ANOVA) and with oxygen content in inhaled gas (p<0.001, ANOVA). The cytochrome aa3 oxidation level was above 96% in both group A and group B calves, including the two cases involving cardiac arrest. In conclusion, the estimated tissue fractions and oxygenation/oxidation levels of the myocardial chromophores during respiratory and hemodynamic provocations were in agreement with previously presented results, demonstrating the potential of the method.

  2. Noninvasive measurements of carotenoids in bovine udder by reflection spectroscopy

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    Klein, Julia; Darvin, Maxim E.; Müller, Kerstin E.; Lademann, Jürgen

    2012-10-01

    For a long time, the antioxidative status in cattle has been discussed as an indicator for stress conditions resulting from disease or exertion. Until now, invasive approaches have been necessary to obtain blood samples or biopsy materials and gain insights into the antioxidative status of cattle. Due to these efforts and the costs of the analyses, serial sampling is feasible in an experimental setting, but not for measurements on a routine basis. The present study focuses on the feasibility of an innovative, noninvasive spectroscopic technique that allows in vivo measurements of carotenoids in the skin by reflection spectroscopy. To this end, in a first trial, repeated measurements of the carotenoid concentration of the udder skin were performed on 25 healthy cattle from different breeds. Carotenoid concentrations showed highly significant differences between individual animals (P<0.001), although they were kept under the same environmental conditions and received the same diet. The carotenoid concentrations in "sensitive" and "robust" cows (evaluated by a temperament test) differed significantly (P<0.005), with higher concentrations observed in robust cows.

  3. Far- and Deep-UV Spectroscopy of Semiconductor Nanoparticles Measured Based on Attenuated Total Reflectance spectroscopy.

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    Tanabe, Ichiro; Yamada, Yosuke; Ozaki, Yukihiro

    2016-02-01

    Far- and deep-ultraviolet spectra (150-300?nm) of semiconductor nanoparticles (zinc oxide and zinc sulfide) are successfully measured by using attenuated total reflectance (ATR) spectroscopy, and analyzed using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. The obtained spectra show good consistency with earlier synchrotron-radiation spectra and with theoretical calculations. The FDTD simulation results show that the present system collected the correct spectra. In the present system, the obtained spectra are affected by the real part n of the complex refractive index more strongly than the imaginary part k. It is also revealed both experimentally and theoretically that spectral intensities of the semiconductor nanoparticles are approximately one tenth those of liquid samples. These results provide insights into the far- and deep-ultraviolet spectroscopy based on the ATR system, and show the general applicability of our original ATR spectroscopy to semiconductor nanoparticles. The system needs neither high vacuum nor much space, and enables rapid and systematic investigation of the electronic states of various materials. PMID:26691240

  4. Direct MD Simulations of Terahertz Absorption and 2D Spectroscopy Applied to Explosive Crystals.

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    Katz, G; Zybin, S; Goddard, W A; Zeiri, Y; Kosloff, R

    2014-03-01

    A direct molecular dynamics simulation of the THz spectrum of a molecular crystal is presented. A time-dependent electric field is added to a molecular dynamics simulation of a crystal slab. The absorption spectrum is composed from the energy dissipated calculated from a series of applied pulses characterized by a carrier frequency. The spectrum of crystalline cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX) and triacetone triperoxide (TATP) were simulated with the ReaxFF force field. The proposed direct method avoids the linear response and harmonic approximations. A multidimensional extension of the spectroscopy is suggested and simulated based on the nonlinear response to a single polarized pulse of radiation in the perpendicular polarization direction. PMID:26274066

  5. Portable terahertz scanner for imaging and spectroscopy using InP-related devices

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    Park, Kyung Hyun; Kim, Namje; Lee, Il-Min; Moon, Kiwon; Lee, Eui Su; Ko, Hyunsung; Lee, Won-Hui; Han, Sang-Pil

    2015-03-01

    Our recent studies in regards of developing portable THz scanner for imaging and spectroscopy systems are presented. In the course, high power tunable continuous wave (CW) THz emitter and high sensitivity THz receiver platforms are presented. Those platforms can be realized with tunable optical beating source, broadband photomixer, arrayed photomixer and Schottky barrier diode, evanescently-coupled photodiodes with high saturation current, and semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) integrated optical beating source. On the system level, our recent THz thickness measurement systems and the THz line scanner imaging system are presented.

  6. Concentration-based measurement studies of L-tryptophan using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS).

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    zer, Zeynep; Gk, Seher; Altan, Hakan; Severcan, Feride

    2014-01-01

    L-Tryptophan is an extremely important amino acid for a variety of biological functions in living organisms. In this study we were able to measure changes in the concentration of L-tryptophan when incorporated into pellets with polyethylene as a host. The changes were measured both through the characteristic absorption bands of the C11 and C12 bonds in the low terahertz frequency range and using changes in the refractive index where pellets with higher concentrations of L-tryptophan showed higher refractive indices. The volumetric concentration of L-tryptophan in the polyethylene pellet was accurately determined with a simple model that explains the contribution to the complex refractive index for the resultant sample due to the two constituent materials. These measurements show that terahertz time-domain techniques can be applied to detect variation in concentration of certain amino acids rapidly by examining the relative phase delay and amplitude change of the terahertz transients. PMID:24405959

  7. Point contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy for measuring spin polarization

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    Faiz, Muhammad Muzummal

    The Co-Pt systems have been extensively studied because of their potential applications in spintronic devices. We have experimentally measured transport spin polarization (PC) using Point Contact Andreev Reflection (PCAR) spectroscopy and magnetic properties of Co1-xPt x alloys. All films with x varying from 0 to 100% and a thickness of 1000 A were grown on Si substrates covered with 250 A of SiO 2 by magnetron sputtering (Ref. [1]). We have also performed band-structure calculations of the spin polarization in the same Co-Pt system. We have demonstrated that the experimental and theoretical results are in reasonably good agreement. We have compared the PCAR results with the tunneling spin polarization (TSP) values recently reported by Kaiser et al. (Ref. [1]) and showed that the overall trend of PCAR spin polarization is almost the same as for TSP with Al 2O3 barrier, but it is very different from the TSP with ALN barrier. We have performed X-ray Diffraction (XRD) experiments on these alloys and found that they, in general, exhibited face centered cubic crystallographic structure. Furthermore, our results renounce the idea of a direct relationship between the spin polarization and the magnetic moment for these alloys. We were surprised to find that pure Pt films showed obvious magnetic signatures both from PCAR spectroscopy and magnetization measurements, while TSP was found to be zero for pure Pt electrodes (Ref. [1]). The Co-based Heusler alloys are also of special interest for possible spintronic applications due to their high Curie temperatures and high magnetic moment per unit cell. Co2FeSi is especially promising as a candidate half-metal as it has a Curie temperature of approximately 1100 K and the integer magnetic moment of 6 muB per unit cell (Ref. [2]). The samples have been prepared by arc melting of stoichiometric quantities of pure metals in argon atmosphere followed by annealing in sealed quartz tubes at 1300 K. We have experimentally measured PC in Co2FeSi and Co2Mn0.5Fe0.5Si using PCAR spectroscopy. We found that spin polarization for these two alloys was significantly lower than that predicted by theoretical studies. We have attributed this reduction in spin polarization to the defects and disorder in the crystallographic structure within the Heusler alloys. Moreover, we have also experimentally demonstrated that doping with Mn in Co2FeSi did not improve spin polarization for this alloy. Spin diffusion length (Lsf) is of fundamental importance for spin dependent transport and spintronic devices. So far, most of the measurements of Lsf in nonmagnetic metals have been done in the lateral non-local geometry, with the chemical potential difference characterizing the spin imbalance. We have experimentally demonstrated spin transport studies in Heusler/Au bilayers using PCAR spectroscopy. Variable thickness Au films were deposited on top of the Heusler alloys and the PCAR spectroscopy was then used to probe PC on the Au side. In our approach Lsf was measured directly with PCAR spectroscopy. A spin polarized current was injected from a ferromagnetic electrode, Co2Mn0.5Fe0.5Si Heusler alloy, into Au films of variable thickness. The spin current, which gradually decays with the increased thickness of the film, was measured with a superconducting Nb tip. We developed a phenomenological theory which allowed us to determine Lsf in such a system. We found L sf in Au to be on the order of 312+/-36 nm at 4 K, comparable to the results obtained by other techniques using conventional ferromagnetic spin injectors. Similar results were obtained with a Gd single crystal. One of the potential advantages of this new technique, however, is the ability to do the point contact measurements on the side of the normal electrode, which should allow one to do the complete measurement of spin diffusion length by consequentially measuring the spin polarization in a normal metal as a function of thickness in a single sample. This experimental demonstration may be considered as the first step in this direction. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) [1] Kaiser et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 247203 (2005). [2] Wurmehl et al., J. Appl. Phys. 99, 08J103 (2006).

  8. Lifetime, mobility, and diffusion of photoexcited carriers in ligand-exchanged lead selenide nanocrystal films measured by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy.

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    Guglietta, Glenn W; Diroll, Benjamin T; Gaulding, E Ashley; Fordham, Julia L; Li, Siming; Murray, Christopher B; Baxter, Jason B

    2015-02-24

    Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals have been used as building blocks for electronic and optoelectronic devices ranging from field-effect transistors to solar cells. Properties of the nanocrystal films depend sensitively on the choice of capping ligand to replace the insulating synthesis ligands. Thus far, ligands leading to the best performance in transistors result in poor solar cell performance, and vice versa. To gain insight into the nature of this dichotomy, we used time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy measurements to study the mobility and lifetime of PbSe nanocrystal films prepared with five common ligand-exchange reagents. Noncontact terahertz spectroscopy measurements of conductivity were corroborated by contacted van der Pauw measurements of the same samples. The films treated with different displacing ligands show more than an order of magnitude difference in the peak conductivities and a bifurcation of time dynamics. Inorganic chalcogenide ligand exchanges with sodium sulfide (Na2S) or ammonium thiocyanate (NH4SCN) show high mobilities but nearly complete decay of transient photocurrent in 1.4 ns. In contrast, ligand exchanges with 1,2-ethylenediamine (EDA), 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT), and tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI) show lower mobilities but longer carrier lifetimes, resulting in longer diffusion lengths. This bifurcated behavior may explain the divergent performance of field-effect transistors and photovoltaics constructed from nanocrystal building blocks with different ligand exchanges. PMID:25644854

  9. Nonlinear terahertz coherent excitation of vibrational modes of liquids

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    Allodi, Marco A.; Finneran, Ian A.; Blake, Geoffrey A.

    2015-12-01

    We report the first coherent excitation of intramolecular vibrational modes via the nonlinear interaction of a TeraHertz (THz) light field with molecular liquids. A terahertz-terahertz-Raman pulse sequence prepares the coherences with a broadband, high-energy, (sub)picosecond terahertz pulse, that are then measured in a terahertz Kerr effect spectrometer via phase-sensitive, heterodyne detection with an optical pulse. The spectrometer reported here has broader terahertz frequency coverage, and an increased sensitivity relative to previously reported terahertz Kerr effect experiments. Vibrational coherences are observed in liquid diiodomethane at 3.66 THz (122 cm-1), and in carbon tetrachloride at 6.50 THz (217 cm-1), in exact agreement with literature values of those intramolecular modes. This work opens the door to 2D spectroscopies, nonlinear in terahertz field, that can study the dynamics of condensed-phase molecular systems, as well as coherent control at terahertz frequencies.

  10. Nonlinear terahertz coherent excitation of vibrational modes of liquids.

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    Allodi, Marco A; Finneran, Ian A; Blake, Geoffrey A

    2015-12-21

    We report the first coherent excitation of intramolecular vibrational modes via the nonlinear interaction of a TeraHertz (THz) light field with molecular liquids. A terahertz-terahertz-Raman pulse sequence prepares the coherences with a broadband, high-energy, (sub)picosecond terahertz pulse, that are then measured in a terahertz Kerr effect spectrometer via phase-sensitive, heterodyne detection with an optical pulse. The spectrometer reported here has broader terahertz frequency coverage, and an increased sensitivity relative to previously reported terahertz Kerr effect experiments. Vibrational coherences are observed in liquid diiodomethane at 3.66 THz (122 cm(-1)), and in carbon tetrachloride at 6.50 THz (217 cm(-1)), in exact agreement with literature values of those intramolecular modes. This work opens the door to 2D spectroscopies, nonlinear in terahertz field, that can study the dynamics of condensed-phase molecular systems, as well as coherent control at terahertz frequencies. PMID:26696055

  11. Terahertz Spectroscopy as a non contact estimation technique of defect states in high dielectric constant materials

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    Sengupta, Amartya; Bandyopadhyay, Aparajita; Altan, Hakan; Federici, John; Grebel, Haim

    2006-03-01

    A large number of gate dielectric materials have been examined during the past few years to replace Silicon dioxide in the MOSFET industry to reduce gate leakage currents for microfabrication of devices. Among them, Hafnium based materials have become a very promising candidate. In the reported work, the effect of Hafnium dioxide films on p-type silicon substrates has been investigated and compared with conventional dielectric material, Silicon dioxide, using CW visible pump/THz probe spectroscopy. Drude analysis of the experimentally obtained differential transmission spectra evaluates the electric permittivity of the interfacial layer and the calculated defect density is found to be higher for HfO2 than for SiO2 which agrees with Hall measurements. Additional measurements on Silicon Nitride deposition and photoresist coated p+ Silicon on p-type silicon wafers without any oxide gave an interfacial defect density 50 times higher than that of SiO2/p+ interface. Results indicate that the mobility of the layer underneath Hafnium is less than that of Silicon. Hence the present study emphasizes the advantage of THz spectroscopy as a non-contact tool for semiconductor metrological applications.

  12. Mid- Versus Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy for On-Site Determination of Soil Carbon

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    Research has demonstrated that the determination of soil C diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) is often more accurate and produces more robust calibrations than near-infrared (NIR) reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) when analyzing ground, dry soils. DRIFTS is also not ...

  13. Near- and Mid-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy for the Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Agricultural Products

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    For several decades near-infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) has been used to determine the composition of a variety of agricultural products. More recently, diffuse reflectance Fourier transform mid-infrared spectroscopy (DRIFTS) has similarly been shown to be able to determine the co...

  14. Study of paraffin-embedded colon cancer tissue using terahertz spectroscopy

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    Wahaia, Faustino; Kasalynas, Irmantas; Seliuta, Dalius; Molis, Gediminas; Urbanowicz, Andrzej; Carvalho Silva, Catia D.; Carneiro, Fatima; Valusis, Gintaras; Granja, Pedro L.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, samples of non-neoplastic and adenocarcinoma-affected human colon tissue samples were analyzed using multipoint transmission time-domain THz spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to sort out the contrast-contributing factors other than water, the main contrast mechanism factor in in-vivo or in freshly excised bio-tissue. Solving the electromagnetic inverse problem through THz-TDS and, analyzing the transmittance spectra that yielded the frequency-dependent absorption coefficient α and refractive index n of non-neoplastic and neoplastic tissues, we show that it is possible to distinguish between non-neoplastic and neoplastic regions in paraffin-embedded dehydrated. Results and discussion are presented.

  15. Simultaneous time and wavelength resolved spectroscopy under two-colour near infrared and terahertz excitation

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    Bhattacharyya, J.; Wagner, M.; Zybell, S.; Winnerl, S.; Stehr, D.; Helm, M.; Schneider, H.

    2011-10-01

    Time and wavelength resolved spectroscopy requires optical sources emitting very short pulses and a fast detection mechanism capable of measuring the evolution of the output spectrum as a function of time. We use table-top Ti:sapphire lasers and a free-electron laser (FEL) emitting ps pulses as excitation sources and a streak camera coupled to a spectrometer for detection. One of the major aspects of this setup is the synchronization of pulses from the two lasers which we describe in detail. Optical properties of the FEL pulses are studied by autocorrelation and electro-optic sampling measurements. We discuss the advantages of using this setup to perform photoluminescence quenching in semiconductor quantum wells and quantum dots. Carrier redistribution due to pulsed excitation in these heterostructures can be investigated directly. Sideband generation in quantum wells is also studied where the intense FEL pulses facilitate the detection of the otherwise weak nonlinear effect.

  16. Terahertz spectroscopy of 2,4-dinitrotoluene over a wide temperature range (7-245 K).

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    Lepodise, Lucia M; Horvat, Joseph; Lewis, R A

    2015-01-15

    Previous THz spectroscopy of the TNT explosive precursor, 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), has been restricted to room temperature (apart from one set of data at 11 K). Here, for the first time, we investigate the spectrum as the temperature is systematically varied, from 7 to 245 K. Many new features appear in the spectrum on cooling below room temperature. As well as the five absorption lines observed previously, we observe five additional lines. In addition, a new room-temperature line at 8.52 THz (281 cm(-1)) is observed. Six of the lines red-shift with temperature and four of them blue-shift. The blue shift is explained by interplay between intramolecular and intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The variation in line width and line intensity with temperature is not systematic, although a conspicuous decrease in line intensity with temperature is observed in all cases. Modeling with hybrid PBE0 and TPSSh functionals helps identify absorption modes. PMID:25565292

  17. Simultaneous time and wavelength resolved spectroscopy under two-colour near infrared and terahertz excitation.

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    Bhattacharyya, J; Wagner, M; Zybell, S; Winnerl, S; Stehr, D; Helm, M; Schneider, H

    2011-10-01

    Time and wavelength resolved spectroscopy requires optical sources emitting very short pulses and a fast detection mechanism capable of measuring the evolution of the output spectrum as a function of time. We use table-top Ti:sapphire lasers and a free-electron laser (FEL) emitting ps pulses as excitation sources and a streak camera coupled to a spectrometer for detection. One of the major aspects of this setup is the synchronization of pulses from the two lasers which we describe in detail. Optical properties of the FEL pulses are studied by autocorrelation and electro-optic sampling measurements. We discuss the advantages of using this setup to perform photoluminescence quenching in semiconductor quantum wells and quantum dots. Carrier redistribution due to pulsed excitation in these heterostructures can be investigated directly. Sideband generation in quantum wells is also studied where the intense FEL pulses facilitate the detection of the otherwise weak nonlinear effect. PMID:22047280

  18. Dynamic coupling-decoupling crossover in the current-driven vortex-state in Tl[sub 2]Ba[sub 2]CaCu[sub 2]O[sub 8]studied using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Thorsmlle, V. K.; Averitt, R. D.; Aranson, I. S.; Maley, M. P.; Bulaevski?, L. N.; Taylor, Antoinette J.,

    2004-01-01

    Employing terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in transmission, they have measured the Josephson plasma resonance in Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} high-T{sub c} thin films, and studied the current-driven coupling-decoupling crossover in the driven vortex lattice.

  19. Terahertz imaging of burned tissue

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    Dougherty, Joseph P.; Jubic, Gregory D.; Kiser, William L., Jr.

    2007-02-01

    There are over 2 million reported burn injuries each year in the United States with 75,000 of these incidents resulting in hospitalization. Current medical imaging modalities have limited capabilities to assess initial burn damage and monitor healing progress. Some of these limitations can be attributed to modality occlusion from bandages, dried tissue and/or blood and inflammation. Since terahertz radiation can see through textiles and bandages1, previous studies 2,3 suggested that terahertz radiation, in a reflectance configuration, could be used for non-invasive analysis of tissue thermal damage and healing status. In this study, we perform an analysis of the terahertz absorption and reflection properties of the tissue constituents comprising a wound area, and provide a feasibility assessment of the capabilities of terahertz imaging to provide a clinical tool for initial burn analysis and healing progress.

  20. Note: Inverted time-ordering in two-dimensional-Raman-terahertz spectroscopy of water

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    Hamm, Peter; Savolainen, Janne; Ono, Junichi; Tanimura, Yoshitaka

    2012-06-01

    In a previous paper [P. Hamm and J. Savolainen, J. Chem. Phys. 136, 094516 (2012)], 10.1063/1.3691601, we have studied the 2D-Raman-THz response of liquid water, based on an all-atom molecular dynamics simulation. In the pulse sequence we investigated a near-infraredlaser pulse excites a vibrational coherence through a Raman process that switches it into another coherence by a THz pulse after some time, and finally read out by the emission of a THz field.In the present note, we explore the inverted time-ordered pulse sequence, in which the first coherence is generated by a direct THz excitation, while the switching of coherences is achieved by a Raman interaction. Since the dependence of the polarizibility on the nuclear coordinates is more nonlinear compared to that of the dipole moment, this pulse sequence reveals more of the couplings and correlations between the various degrees of freedom of water. Compared to 2D-Raman spectroscopy and the original pulse sequence, this pulse sequence reveals the clearest signature of a photon echo.

  1. Terahertz/mm wave imaging simulation software

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    Fetterman, M. R.; Dougherty, J.; Kiser, W. L., Jr.

    2006-10-01

    We have developed a mm wave/terahertz imaging simulation package from COTS graphic software and custom MATLAB code. In this scheme, a commercial ray-tracing package was used to simulate the emission and reflections of radiation from scenes incorporating highly realistic imagery. Accurate material properties were assigned to objects in the scenes, with values obtained from the literature, and from our own terahertz spectroscopy measurements. The images were then post-processed with custom Matlab code to include the blur introduced by the imaging system and noise levels arising from system electronics and detector noise. The Matlab code was also used to simulate the effect of fog, an important aspect for mm wave imaging systems. Several types of image scenes were evaluated, including bar targets, contrast detail targets, a person in a portal screening situation, and a sailboat on the open ocean. The images produced by this simulation are currently being used as guidance for a 94 GHz passive mm wave imaging system, but have broad applicability for frequencies extending into the terahertz region.

  2. Determination of plant silicon content with near infrared reflectance spectroscopy

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    Smis, Adriaan; Ancin Murguzur, Francisco Javier; Struyf, Eric; Soininen, Eeva M.; Herranz Jusdado, Juan G.; Meire, Patrick; Brthen, Kari Anne

    2014-01-01

    Silicon (Si) is one of the most common elements in the earth bedrock, and its continental cycle is strongly biologically controlled. Yet, research on the biogeochemical cycle of Si in ecosystems is hampered by the time and cost associated with the currently used chemical analysis methods. Here, we assessed the suitability of Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS) for measuring Si content in plant tissues. NIR spectra depend on the characteristics of the present bonds between H and N, C and O, which can be calibrated against concentrations of various compounds. Because Si in plants always occurs as hydrated condensates of orthosilicic acid (Si(OH)4), linked to organic biomolecules, we hypothesized that NIRS is suitable for measuring Si content in plants across a range of plant species. We based our testing on 442 samples of 29 plant species belonging to a range of growth forms. We calibrated the NIRS method against a well-established plant Si analysis method by using partial least-squares regression. Si concentrations ranged from detection limit (0.24 ppmSi) to 7.8% Si on dry weight and were well predicted by NIRS. The model fit with validation data was good across all plant species (n = 141, R2 = 0.90, RMSEP = 0.24), but improved when only graminoids were modeled (n = 66, R2 = 0.95, RMSEP = 0.10). A species specific model for the grass Deschampsia cespitosa showed even slightly better results than the model for all graminoids (n = 16, R2 = 0.93, RMSEP = 0.015). We show for the first time that NIRS is applicable for determining plant Si concentration across a range of plant species and growth forms, and represents a time- and cost-effective alternative to the chemical Si analysis methods. As NIRS can be applied concurrently to a range of plant organic constituents, it opens up unprecedented research possibilities for studying interrelations between Si and other plant compounds in vegetation, and for addressing the role of Si in ecosystems across a range of Si research domains. PMID:25309567

  3. Hydration kinetics of cement composites with varying water-cement ratio using terahertz spectroscopy

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    Ray, Shaumik; Dash, Jyotirmayee; Devi, Nirmala; Sasmal, Saptarshi; Pesala, Bala

    2015-03-01

    Cement is mixed with water in an optimum ratio to form concrete with desirable mechanical strength and durability. The ability to track the consumption of major cement constituents, viz., Tri- and Dicalcium Silicates (C3S, C2S) reacting with water along with the formation of key hydration products, viz., Calcium-Silicate-Hydrate (C-S-H) which gives the overall strength to the concrete and Calcium Hydroxide (Ca(OH)2), a hydration product which reduces the strength and durability, using an efficient technique is highly desirable. Optimizing the amount of water to be mixed with cement is one of the main parameters which determine the strength of concrete. In this work, THz spectroscopy has been employed to track the variation in hydration kinetics for concrete samples with different water-cement ratios, viz., 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 and 0.6. Results show that for the sample with water-cement ratio of 0.3, significant amount of the C3S and C2S remain unreacted even after the initial hydration period of 28 days while for the cement with water-cement ratio of 0.6, most of the constituents get consumed during this stage. Analysis of the formation of Ca(OH)2 has been done which shows that the concrete sample with water-cement ratio of 0.6 produces the highest amount of Ca(OH)2 due to higher consumption of C3S/C2S in presence of excess water which is not desirable. Samples with water-cement ratio of 0.4 and 0.5 show more controlled reaction during the hydration which can imply formation of an optimized level of desired hydration products resulting in a more mechanically strong and durable concrete.

  4. Probing Photoexcited Carriers in a Few-Layer MoS2 Laminate by Time-Resolved Optical Pump-Terahertz Probe Spectroscopy.

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    Kar, Srabani; Su, Y; Nair, R R; Sood, A K

    2015-12-22

    We report the dynamics of photoinduced carriers in a free-standing MoS2 laminate consisting of a few layers (1-6 layers) using time-resolved optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy. Upon photoexcitation with the 800 nm pump pulse, the terahertz conductivity increases due to absorption by the photoinduced charge carriers. The relaxation of the non-equilibrium carriers shows fast as well as slow decay channels, analyzed using a rate equation model incorporating defect-assisted Auger scattering of photoexcited electrons, holes, and excitons. The fast relaxation time occurs due to the capture of electrons and holes by defects via Auger processes, resulting in nonradiative recombination. The slower relaxation arises since the excitons are bound to the defects, preventing the defect-assisted Auger recombination of the electrons and the holes. Our results provide a comprehensive understanding of the non-equilibrium carrier kinetics in a system of unscreened Coulomb interactions, where defect-assisted Auger processes dominate and should be applicable to other 2D systems. PMID:26516987

  5. Reflectance spectroscopy: quantitative analysis techniques for remote sensing applications.

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    Clark, R.N.; Roush, T.L.

    1984-01-01

    Several methods for the analysis of remotely sensed reflectance data are compared, including empirical methods and scattering theories, both of which are important for solving remote sensing problems. The concept of the photon mean path length and the implications for use in modeling reflectance spectra are presented.-from Authors

  6. Reflectance spectroscopy in planetary science: Review and strategy for the future

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    Mccord, Thomas B. (Editor)

    1987-01-01

    Reflectance spectroscopy is a remote sensing technique used to study the surfaces and atmospheres of solar system bodies. It provides first-order information on the presence and amounts of certain ions, molecules, and minerals on a surface or in an atmosphere. Reflectance spectroscopy has become one of the most important investigations conducted on most current and planned NASA Solar System Exploration Program space missions. This book reviews the field of reflectance spectroscopy, including information on the scientific technique, contributions, present conditions, and future directions and needs.

  7. Review of Terahertz Tomography Techniques

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    Guillet, J. P.; Recur, B.; Frederique, L.; Bousquet, B.; Canioni, L.; Manek-Hnninger, I.; Desbarats, P.; Mounaix, P.

    2014-04-01

    Terahertz and millimeter waves penetrate various dielectric materials, including plastics, ceramics, crystals, and concrete, allowing terahertz transmission and reflection images to be considered as a new imaging tool complementary to X-Ray or Infrared. Terahertz imaging is a well-established technique in various laboratory and industrial applications. However, these images are often two-dimensional. Three-dimensional, transmission-mode imaging is limited to thin samples, due to the absorption of the sample accumulated in the propagation direction. A tomographic imaging procedure can be used to acquire and to render three-dimensional images in the terahertz frequency range, as in the optical, infrared or X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this paper, after a brief introduction to two dimensional millimeter waves and terahertz imaging we establish the principles of tomography for Terahertz Computed tomography (CT), tomosynthesis (TS), synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and time-of-flight (TOF) terahertz tomography. For each technique, we present advantages, drawbacks and limitations for imaging the internal structure of an object.

  8. Use of Finite Difference Time Domain Simulations and Debye Theory for Modelling the Terahertz Reflection Response of Normal and Tumour Breast Tissue

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    Fitzgerald, Anthony J.; Pickwell-MacPherson, Emma; Wallace, Vincent P.

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the capabilities of Debye theory combined with Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) methods to simulate the terahertz (THz) response of breast tissues. Being able to accurately model breast tissues in the THz regime would facilitate the understanding of image contrast parameters used in THz imaging of breast cancer. As a test case, the model was first validated using liquid water and simulated reflection pulses were compared to experimental measured pulses with very good agreement (p = 1.00). The responses of normal and cancerous breast tissues were simulated with Debye properties and the correlation with measured data was still high for tumour (p = 0.98) and less so for normal breast (p = 0.82). Sections of the time domain pulses showed clear differences that were also evident in the comparison of pulse parameter values. These deviations may arise from the presence of adipose and other inhomogeneities in the breast tissue that are not accounted for when using the Debye model. In conclusion, the study demonstrates the power of the model for simulating THz reflection imaging; however, for biological tissues extra Debye terms or a more detailed theory may be required to link THz image contrast to physiological composition and structural changes of breast tissue associated with differences between normal and tumour tissues. PMID:25010734

  9. Use of finite difference time domain simulations and Debye theory for modelling the terahertz reflection response of normal and tumour breast tissue.

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    Fitzgerald, Anthony J; Pickwell-MacPherson, Emma; Wallace, Vincent P

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the capabilities of Debye theory combined with Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) methods to simulate the terahertz (THz) response of breast tissues. Being able to accurately model breast tissues in the THz regime would facilitate the understanding of image contrast parameters used in THz imaging of breast cancer. As a test case, the model was first validated using liquid water and simulated reflection pulses were compared to experimental measured pulses with very good agreement (p = 1.00). The responses of normal and cancerous breast tissues were simulated with Debye properties and the correlation with measured data was still high for tumour (p = 0.98) and less so for normal breast (p = 0.82). Sections of the time domain pulses showed clear differences that were also evident in the comparison of pulse parameter values. These deviations may arise from the presence of adipose and other inhomogeneities in the breast tissue that are not accounted for when using the Debye model. In conclusion, the study demonstrates the power of the model for simulating THz reflection imaging; however, for biological tissues extra Debye terms or a more detailed theory may be required to link THz image contrast to physiological composition and structural changes of breast tissue associated with differences between normal and tumour tissues. PMID:25010734

  10. Tethered bilayer lipid membranes studied by simultaneous attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    Erbe, Andreas; Bushby, Richard J.; Evans, Stephen D.; Jeuken, Lars J. C.

    2013-01-01

    The formation of tethered lipid bilayer membranes (tBLMs) from unilamelar vesicles of egg yolk phosphatidylcholine (EggPC) on mixed self–assembled monolayers (SAMs) from varying ratios of 6-mercaptohexanol and EO3Cholesteryl on gold has been monitored by simultaneous attenuated total reflectance fourier transform infrared (ATR–FTIR) spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The influence of the lipid orientation (and hence the anisotropy) of lipids on a gold film on the dichroic ratio was studied by simulations of spectra with a matrix method for anisotropic layers. It is shown that for certain tilt angles of the dielectric tensor of the adsorbed anisotropic layer dispersive and negative absorption bands are possible. The experimental data indicates that the structure of the assemblies obtained varies with varying SAM composition. On SAMs with a high content of EO3Cholesteryl, tBLMs with reduced fluidity are formed. For SAMs with high content of 6-mercaptohexanol, the results are consistent with the adsorption of flattened vesicles, while spherical vesicles have been found in a small range of surface compositions. The kinetics of the adsorption process is consistent with the assumption of spherical vesicles as long–living intermediates for surfaces of high 6-mercaptohexanol content. No long–living spherical vesicles have been detected for surfaces with large fraction of EO3Cholesteryl tethers. The observed differences between the surfaces suggest that for the formation of tBLMs (unlike supported BLMs) no critical surface coverage of vesicles is needed prior to lipid bilayer formation. PMID:17388505

  11. Terahertz metamaterials

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    Peralta, Xomalin Guaiuli; Brener, Igal; O'Hara, John; Azad, Abul; Smirnova, Evgenya; Williams, John D.; Averitt, Richard D.

    2014-08-12

    Terahertz metamaterials comprise a periodic array of resonator elements disposed on a dielectric substrate or thin membrane, wherein the resonator elements have a structure that provides a tunable magnetic permeability or a tunable electric permittivity for incident electromagnetic radiation at a frequency greater than about 100 GHz and the periodic array has a lattice constant that is smaller than the wavelength of the incident electromagnetic radiation. Microfabricated metamaterials exhibit lower losses and can be assembled into three-dimensional structures that enable full coupling of incident electromagnetic terahertz radiation in two or three orthogonal directions. Furthermore, polarization sensitive and insensitive metamaterials at terahertz frequencies can enable new devices and applications.

  12. Pattern conversion prediction about low water content water-oil flow based on terahertz time domain spectroscopy

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    Chen, Shaohua; Wang, Wei; Wang, Aifan; Wei, Yunfei; Hao, He; Sun, Shining; Zhao, Kun

    2015-11-01

    This paper aims at presenting an approach for the experimental flow pattern conversion prediction. The water-diesel mixture flowed in the horizontal square tube with water contents of 0, 0.7%, 1.5%, 2.0% and 2.3%, respectively. After the mixture flowed steadily, the sample cell, in horizontal direction, was transmitted by the terahertz radiation and the terahertz time domain spectra were obtained for all the water-diesel mixtures. There is a critical velocity VT to all of the mixtures. If the flow rate is slower than VT, the mixtures flow with water bubbly pattern, however, the mixtures will flow with the water foggy pattern and the loss of the THz ray increased rapidly when the rate is faster than VT. Consequently, the mixture pattern conversion can be predicted by detecting the turning point of the THz ray loss.

  13. On Ultrafast Time-Domain TeraHertz Spectroscopy in the Condensed Phase: Linear Spectroscopic Measurements of Hydrogen-Bond Dynamics of Astrochemical Ice Analogs and Nonlinear TeraHertz Kerr Effect Measurements of Vibrational Quantum Beats

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    Allodi, Marco A.

    Much of the chemistry that affects life on planet Earth occurs in the condensed phase. The TeraHertz (THz) or far-infrared (far-IR) region of the electromagnetic spectrum (from 0.1 THz to 10 THz) has been shown to provide unique possibilities in the study of condensed-phase processes. The goal of this work is to expand the possibilities available in the THz region and undertake new investigations of fundamental interest to chemistry. Since we are fundamentally interested in condensed-phase processes, this thesis focuses on two areas where THz spectroscopy can provide new understanding: astrochemistry and solvation science. To advance these fields, we had to develop new instrumentation that would enable the experiments necessary to answer new questions in either astrochemistry or solvation science. We first developed a new experimental setup capable of studying astrochemical ice analogs in both the TeraHertz (THz), or far-Infrared (far-IR), region (0.3 - 7.5 THz; 10 - 250 wavenumbers) and the mid-IR (400 - 4000 wavenumbers). The importance of astrochemical ices lies in their key role in the formation of complex organic molecules, such as amino acids and sugars in space. Thus, the instruments are capable of performing variety of spectroscopic studies that can provide especially relevant laboratory data to support astronomical observations from telescopes such as the Herschel Space Telescope, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). The experimental apparatus uses a THz time-domain spectrometer, with a 1750/875 nm plasma source and a GaP detector crystal, to cover the bandwidth mentioned above with 10 GHz (0.3 wavenumber) resolution. Using the above instrumentation, experimental spectra of astrochemical ice analogs of water and carbon dioxide in pure, mixed, and layered ices were collected at different temperatures under high-vacuum conditions with the goal of investigating the structure of the ice. We tentatively observe a new feature in both amorphous solid water and crystalline water at 33 wavenumbers (1 THz). In addition, our studies of mixed and layered ices show how it is possible to identify the location of carbon dioxide as it segregates within the ice by observing its effect on the THz spectrum of water ice. The THz spectra of mixed and layered ices are further analyzed by fitting their spectra features to those of pure amorphous solid water and crystalline water ice to quantify the effects of temperature changes on structure. From the results of this work, it appears that THz spectroscopy is potentially well suited to study thermal transformations within the ice. To advance the study of liquids with THz spectroscopy, we developed a new ultrafast nonlinear THz spectroscopic technique: heterodyne-detected, ultrafast THz Kerr effect (TKE) spectroscopy. We implemented a heterodyne-detection scheme into a TKE spectrometer that uses a stilbazoium-based THz emitter, 4-N,N-dimethylamino-4-N-methyl-stilbazolium 2,4,6-trimethylbenzenesulfonate (DSTMS), and high numerical aperture optics which generates THz electric field in excess of 300 kV/cm, in the sample. This allows us to report the first measurement of quantum beats at terahertz (THz) frequencies that result from vibrational coherences initiated by the nonlinear, dipolar interaction of a broadband, high-energy, (sub)picosecond THz pulse with the sample. Our instrument improves on both the frequency coverage, and sensitivity previously reported; it also ensures a backgroundless measurement of the THz Kerr effect in pure liquids. For liquid diiodomethane, we observe a quantum beat at 3.66 THz (122 wavenumbers), in exact agreement with the fundamental transition frequency of the lowest energy vibration of the molecule. This result provides new insight into dipolar vs. Raman selection rules at terahertz frequencies. To conclude we discuss future directions for the nonlinear THz spectroscopy in the Blake lab. We report the first results from an experiment using a plasma-based THz source for nonlinear spectroscopy that has the potential to enable nonlinear THz spectra with a sub-100 fs temporal resolution, and how the optics involved in the plasma mechanism can enable THz pulse shaping. Finally, we discuss how a single-shot THz detection scheme could improve the acquisition of THz data and how such a scheme could be implemented in the Blake lab. The instruments developed herein will hopefully remain a part of the group's core competencies and serve as building blocks for the next generation of THz instrumentation that pushes the frontiers of both chemistry and the scientific enterprise as a whole.

  14. Reflectance spectroscopy of pigmented cutaneous benign and malignant lesions

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    Borisova, E.; Jeliazkova, Al.; Pavlova, E.; Troyanova, P.; Kundurdjiev, T.; Pavlova, P.; Avramov, L.

    2014-10-01

    For the DRS measurements of skin benign, dysplastic and malignant lesions in vivo we applied halogen lamp (LS-1, OceanOptics Inc, Dunedin, Fl, USA) as a continuous light source in the region of 400-900 nm, optical probe (6+1 fibers) for the delivery of illumination and diffuse reflected light from the skin investigated and microspectrometer USB4000 (OceanOptics Inc., Dunedin, Fl, USA) for a storage and display of the spectra detected. As a diffuse reflectance standard Spectralon® plate was used to calibrate the spectrometer. The reflectance spectra obtained from normal skin in identical anatomic sites of different patients have similar spectral shape features, slightly differ by the reflectance intensity at different wavelengths, depending on the particular patient' skin phototype. One could find diagnostically important spectral features, related to specific intensity changes for a given wavelength due to specific pigments appearance, slope changes by value and sign for the reflectance spectra curves in a specific spectral range, disappearance or manifestation of minima, related to hemoglobin absorption at 410-420 nm, 543, 575 nm. Based on the observed peculiarities multispectral analysis of the reflectance spectra of the different lesions was used and diagnostically specific features are found. Discrimination using the DRS data obtained between benign compound and dermal nevi (45 cases), dysplastic nevi (17 cases) and pigmented malignant melanoma (41 cases) lesions is achieved with a diagnostic accuracy of 96 % for the benign nevi vs. MM, and 90 % for the dysplastic nevi vs. MM.

  15. Detection of Organics in Fine Grained Sediments Using Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Kaplan, H. H.; Milliken, R. E.; Knoll, A. H.

    2014-07-01

    Fine-grained sediments are analyzed with reflectance spectroscopy to understand the relationship between organic carbon and absorption feature strength. Spectral modeling is used to separate overlapping carbonate and organic features.

  16. Employing time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to analyze carrier dynamics in thin-film Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} absorber layers

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    Guglietta, Glenn W.; Baxter, Jason B.; Choudhury, Kaushik Roy; Caspar, Jonathan V.

    2014-06-23

    We report the application of time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy (TRTS) to measure photoexcited carrier lifetimes and mobility, and to determine recombination mechanisms in Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} (CZTSSe) thin films fabricated from nanocrystal inks. Ultrafast time resolution permits tracking the evolution of carrier density to determine recombination rates and mechanisms. The carrier generation profile was manipulated by varying the photoexcitation wavelength and fluence to distinguish between surface, Shockley-Read-Hall (SRH), radiative, and Auger recombination mechanisms and determine rate constants. Surface and SRH recombination are the dominant mechanisms for the air/CZTSSe/SiO{sub 2}/Si film stack. Diffusion to, and then recombination at, the air-CZTSSe interface occurred on the order of 100 picoseconds, while SRH recombination lifetimes were 1–2 nanoseconds. TRTS measurements can provide information that is complementary to conventional time-resolved photoluminescence measurements and can direct the design of efficient thin film photovoltaics.

  17. Interfacial and bulk polaron masses in Zn{sub 1?x}Mg{sub x}O/ZnO heterostructures examined by terahertz time-domain cyclotron spectroscopy

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    Lloyd-Hughes, J. Failla, M.; Ye, J.; Jones, S. P. P.; Teo, K. L.; Jagadish, C.

    2015-05-18

    The cyclotron resonance of polarons in Zn{sub 1?x}Mg{sub x}O/ZnO heterostructures (with 0.15terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. Low-temperature magnetoconductivity spectra of the 2D electron gas at the Zn{sub 1?x}Mg{sub x}O/ZnO interface determined the polaron density, mass, and scattering rate. The cyclotron mass of 2D polarons was found to increase significantly with magnetic field B from 0.24?m{sub e} at B?=?2?T to 0.37?m{sub e} at B?=?7.5?T. A nonlinear cyclotron frequency with B was also observed for 3D polarons in ZnO. The findings are discussed in the context of polaron mass renormalization driven by the electron-LO-phonon and electron-acoustic phonon interactions.

  18. Terahertz time-domain-spectroscopy system based on 1.55 μm fiber laser and photoconductive antennas from dilute bismides

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    Urbanowicz, A.; Pačebutas, V.; Geižutis, A.; StanionytÄ--, S.; Krotkus, A.

    2016-02-01

    We describe a terahertz time-domain-spectroscopy system that is based on photoconductive components fabricated from (GaIn)(AsBi) epitaxial layers and activated by femtosecond 1.55 μm pulses emitted by an Er-doped fiber laser. (GaIn)(AsBi) alloy grown on GaAs substrates contained 12.5%In and 8.5%Bi - a composition corresponding to a symmetrical approach of the conduction and valence band edges to each other. The layers were photosensitive to 1.55 μm wavelength radiation, had relatively large resistivities, and subpicosecond carrier lifetimes - a set of material parameters necessary for fabrication of efficient ultrafast photoconductor devices. The frequency limit of this system was 4.5 THz, its signal-to-noise ratio 65 dB. These parameters were comparable to their typical values for much bulkier solid-state laser based systems.

  19. Softening of infrared-active mode of perovskite BaZrO{sub 3} proved by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Helal, M. A.; Mori, T.; Kojima, S.

    2015-05-04

    The low-frequency infrared-active optical modes were studied in a barium zirconate, BaZrO{sub 3}, single crystal with the perovskite structure using terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy (TDS). The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constants were accurately determined in the frequency range between 0.2 and 2.7 THz. Upon cooling from room temperature to 8?K, the lowest-frequency TO1 mode at 2.32 THz showed a pronounced softening to 1.94 THz. The real part of the dielectric constant at 0.5 THz determined by THz-TDS obeys Barrett's relation, and the existence of a plateau confirms that the quantum effects lead to saturation of the soft mode frequencies of the TO1 and TO2 modes below ?20?K. This is reminiscent of incipient ferroelectrics with the perovskite structure such as CaTiO{sub 3}.

  20. Low-frequency vibrational properties of crystalline and glassy indomethacin probed by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and low-frequency Raman scattering.

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    Shibata, Tomohiko; Mori, Tatsuya; Kojima, Seiji

    2015-11-01

    In order to clarify the intermolecular vibrations, the low-frequency modes of the glassy and crystalline states of model pharmaceutical indomethacin have been studied using broadband terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and low-frequency Raman scattering. In the crystalline ?-form, the center of symmetry was suggested by the observation of the exclusion principle of the infrared (IR) and Raman selection rules in the frequency range between 0.2 and 6.5 THz. In addition, a boson peak of the glassy state was observed in both IR and Raman spectra and their frequency showed apparent discrepancy. The intermediate correlation length of the glassy structure was estimated to be about 2.5 nm. The existence of hydrogen bonded cyclic dimers in a glassy state was suggested by the observation of the infrared active intermolecular vibrational mode of the hydrogen bonded cyclic dimers as a broad peak at 3.0 THz in the IR spectrum. PMID:26051642

  1. Photoinduced insulator-metal phase transition and the metallic phase propagation in VO2 films investigated by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy

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    Xue, Xin; Jiang, Meng; Li, Gaofang; Lin, Xian; Ma, Guohong; Jin, Ping

    2013-11-01

    The particle size and film thickness dependence of the photoinduced insulator-metal phase transition in VO2 films has been studied systematically by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy at room temperature. It is found that the dynamical photoinduced phase transition from insulator to metal consists of two processes: a 1.7 ps fast process and a slow process with a typical time constant of 40 ps. Both of the two processes show particle size independence. The 40 ps slow process is revealed to arise from the longitudinal propagation of the metallic phase from the photoexcited surface to the interior of the VO2 film. A phase boundary propagation speed with a magnitude of 2400 m/s is obtained, which is close to the velocity of sound in solid materials and coincides with the prediction of diffusionless phase transformation. Our experimental results clearly establish the entire procedure of photoinduced phase change in the VO2 film.

  2. Temperature and carrier-density dependence of electron-hole scattering in silicon investigated by optical-pump terahertz-probe spectroscopy

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    Terashige, T.; Yada, H.; Matsui, Y.; Miyamoto, T.; Kida, N.; Okamoto, H.

    2015-06-01

    We measured the optical conductivity ? (? ) spectra of photodoped silicon by optical-pump terahertz-probe spectroscopy and analyzed them with a two-carrier Drude model. Taking into account the values of electron (hole)-phonon scattering rates previously reported in chemically doped silicon, we evaluated the electron-hole scattering rates ?e -h. From 293 to 90 K , the magnitudes and temperature dependence of ?e -h were successfully reproduced by a theoretical model including the effects of Rutherford scattering, Coulomb screening, and Pauli exclusion. This suggests that these three factors dominate electron-hole scattering processes in silicon. Below 90 K , ?e -h becomes larger than that of the theoretical curve, which is attributable to a prolongation of the relaxation time of hot carriers.

  3. Terahertz pulsed imaging in vivo

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    Pickwell-MacPherson, E.

    2011-03-01

    Terahertz (1012 Hz) pulsed imaging is a totally non-destructive and non-ionising imaging modality and thus potential applications in medicine are being investigated. In this paper we present results using our hand-held terahertz probe that has been designed for in vivo use. In particular, we use the terahertz probe to perform reflection geometry in vivo measurements of human skin. The hand-held terahertz probe gives more flexibility than a typical flat-bed imaging system, but it also results in noisier data and requires existing processing methods to be improved. We describe the requirements and limitations of system geometry, data acquisition rate, image resolution and penetration depth and explain how various factors are dependent on each other. We show how some of the physical limitations can be overcome using novel data processing methods.

  4. Terahertz time-domain reflectometry of multilayered systems

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    Jackson, J. Bianca

    Presented in this work are applications of terahertz pulse ranging, spectroscopy and imaging to the nondestructive evaluation of three disparate multilayer systems for the detection and measurement of hidden layers, as well as the extraction of system information that will aid in its maintenance, repair or replacement. Thermal protection systems for turbine engine components were investigated. Thermal barrier coatings (TBC) and thermally-grown oxide (TGO) thicknesses were determined with 10 micron resolution using time-of-flight and refractive index calculations. Two alternative methods of monitoring TGO growth using reflection amplitudes and spectral shifts were proposed for the prediction of TBC failure. Laser-machined defects as narrow as 50 microns were resolved in one- and two-dimensional images. The light and dark rings of trees, which reflect the changes in tree growth density over the course of a year, are measurable using pulsed terahertz beams. Tree-rings of bare and painted wood specimen were laterally and axially tomographically imaged in order to facilitate the dendrochronological cross-dating of artifacts. Comparisons were made between photographs and terahertz images to demonstrate the reliability of the technique. Historically, numerous unique artworks have been lost through the act of being covered over time. Samples of paintings, drawings and mosaics were imaged beneath layers of paint and plaster using pulsed-terahertz techniques to demonstrate the efficacy of the technique for art history and restoration. Sketch materials and pigments were measured, between 0.05 and 1.0 THz, to help identify colors in spectroscopic images. Other computational and processing methods were used to optimize the distinction between color domains. Additional time-domain terahertz applications for the examination of artwork and other artifacts were proposed.

  5. Doppler-shifted reflections of X rays in beamfoil spectroscopy

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    Bernstein, E. M.; Mcintyre, L. C., Jr.

    1976-01-01

    Carbon foils were positioned at roughly 10 deg to the conventional perpendicular position so that the spectrometer would view the beam on emergence from the foil, with no radiation shielded by a bowed or wrinkled foil or by the foil holder. Extraneous peaks due to reflected radiation were detected in the spectrum obtained with the tilted foil. A large satellite appears longward of the spectral line and is attributed to Doppler-shifted radiation reflected from the foil surface. Special tests arranged to validate the origin of the satellites are described. The relative intensity of the reflected radiation compared with the direct radiation observed is at variance with the relative intensities reported for longer wavelengths. The reasons for this, possible effects of spectrometer geometry, and applications in the investigation or generation of polarization remain to be investigated

  6. RAPID PREDICTION OF ENERGY, DERIVED FROM FAT, IN CEREAL FOODS BY NEAR-INFRARED REFLECTANCE SPECTROSCOPY

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    Previous work established NIR reflectance spectroscopy as an accurate method for the determination of gross energy and available energy in diverse cereal food products.* The current study investigates the potential of NIR spectroscopy for the evaluation of energy derived from fat*. Using NIR refle...

  7. Determination of styrene-butadiene rubber composition by attenuated total internal reflection infrared spectroscopy

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    Orlov, A. S.; Kiselev, S. A.; Kiseleva, E. A.; Budeeva, A. V.; Mashukov, V. I.

    2013-03-01

    A rapid method for determining the composition of styrene-butadiene rubber using attenuated total internal reflection infrared spectroscopy was proposed. PMR and 13C NMR spectroscopy and infrared transmission spectroscopy were used as absolute techniques for determining the compositions of calibration samples. It was shown that the method was applicable to a wide range of styrene-butadiene rubbers, did not require additional sample preparation, and was easily reproducible.

  8. Terahertz Surface Waves Propagating on Metals with Sub-wavelength Structure and Grating Reliefs

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    Nazarov, M.; Coutaz, J.-L.

    2011-10-01

    Due to their long propagation length at a metal surface in the far infrared, surface plasmons make potentially feasible the design and realization of 2D integrated terahertz systems over a metallic substrate. In this article, we present a review of recent works dedicated to surface plasmon properties on structured metallic surfaces. We study excitation, propagation, diffraction and reflection of terahertz surface plasmon on shallow gratings and of spoof plasmons on deep sub-wavelength structures. The analysis of the experimental data supplied by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy allows us to point out the main parameters that govern this diffraction process and the propagation of a surface plasmon over a flat or corrugated metal surface.

  9. Frequency selective terahertz retroreflectors

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    Williams, Richard James

    The use of novel optical structures operating at terahertz frequencies in industrial and military applications continues to grow. Some of these novel structures include gratings, frequency selective surfaces, metamaterials and metasurfaces, and retroreflectors. A retroreflector is a device that exhibits enhanced backscatter by concentrating the reflected wave in the direction of the source. Retroreflectors have applications in a variety of diverse fields such as aviation, radar systems, antenna technology, communications, navigation, passive identification, and metrology due to their large acceptance angles and frequency bandwidth. This thesis describes the design, fabrication, and characterization of a retroreflector designed for terahertz frequencies and the incorporation of a frequency selective surface in order to endow the retroreflector with narrow-band frequency performance. The radar cross section of several spherical lens reflectors operating at terahertz frequencies was investigated. Spherical lens reflectors with diameters ranging from 2 mm to 8 mm were fabricated from fused silica ball lenses and their radar cross section was measured at 100 GHz, 160 GHz, and 350 GHz. Crossed-dipole frequency selective surfaces exhibiting band-pass characteristics at 350 GHz fabricated from 12 um-thick Nickel screens were applied to the apertures of the spherical lens reflectors. The radar cross section of the frequency selective retroreflectors was measured at 160 GHz and 350 GHz to demonstrate proof-of-concept of narrow-band terahertz performance.

  10. Calibration Methods for Soil Property Estimation Using Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Optical diffuse reflectance sensing is a potential approach for rapid and reliable on-site estimation of soil properties. One issue with this sensing approach is whether additional calibration is necessary when the sensor is applied under conditions (e.g., soil types or soil moisture conditions) dif...

  11. Monitoring bruise age using visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    McMurdy, John W.; Duffy, Susan; Crawford, Gregory P.

    2007-02-01

    The ability to determine the age of a bruise of unknown age mechanism is important in matters of domestic and child abuse and forensics. While physicians are asked to make clinical judgment on the age of a bruise using color and tenderness, studies have shown that a physicians estimate is highly inaccurate and in cases no better than chance alone. We present here the temporal progression of reflection spectrum collected from accidentally inflicted contusions in adult and child study participants with a synopsis of the observed phenomena. Reflection spectra collected using a portable fiber optic reflection spectrometer can track the increase in extravasated hemoglobin from trauma caused blood vessel rupture and subsequent removal of this hemoglobin occurring concurrent with an increase in the absorption attributed to the breakdown product bilirubin. We hypothesize that this time dependent pattern can be used to determine the age of an unknown bruise in an individual provided rate constant information for the patient can be determined in a controlled calibration bruise. Using reflection spectra to estimate bruise age can provide a rapid and noninvasive method to improve the ability of physicians in dating the age of a contusion.

  12. Three-dimensional invisibility cloaks functioning at terahertz frequencies

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    Cao, Wei; Zhou, Fan; Liang, Dachuan; Gu, Jianqiang; Han, Jiaguang; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Weili

    2014-05-01

    Quasi-three-dimensional invisibility cloaks, comprised of either homogeneous or inhomogeneous media, are experimentally demonstrated in the terahertz regime. The inhomogeneous cloak was lithographically fabricated using a scalable Projection Microstereolithography process. The triangular cloaking structure has a total thickness of 4.4 mm, comprised of 220 layers of 20 ?m thickness. The cloak operates at a broad frequency range between 0.3 and 0.6 THz, and is placed over an ?-lactose monohydrate absorber with rectangular shape. Characterized using angular-resolved reflection terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, the results indicate that the terahertz invisibility cloak has successfully concealed both the geometrical and spectroscopic signatures of the absorber, making it undetectable to the observer. The homogeneous cloaking device made from birefringent crystalline sapphire features a large concealed volume, low loss, and broad bandwidth. It is capable of hiding objects with a dimension nearly an order of magnitude larger than that of its lithographic counterpart, but without involving complex and time-consuming cleanroom processing. The cloak device was made from two 20-mm-thick high-purity sapphire prisms. The cloaking region has a maximum height 1.75 mm with a volume of approximately 5% of the whole sample. The reflected TM beam from the cloak shows nearly the same profile as that reflected by a flat mirror.

  13. Cavity enhanced terahertz modulation

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    Born, N.; Scheller, M.; Moloney, J. V.; Koch, M.

    2014-03-10

    We present a versatile concept for all optical terahertz (THz) amplitude modulators based on a Fabry-Pérot semiconductor cavity design. Employing the high reflectivity of two parallel meta-surfaces allows for trapping selected THz photons within the cavity and thus only a weak optical modulation of the semiconductor absorbance is required to significantly damp the field within the cavity. The optical switching yields to modulation depths of more than 90% with insertion efficiencies of 80%.

  14. NEAR-INFRARED TRANSMISSION AND REFLECTANCE SPECTROSCOPY FOR DETERMINATION OF DIETARY FIBER IN BARLEY

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    Near-infrared (NIR) transmission and reflectance spectroscopy were investigated as rapid screening tools to evaluate the total dietary fiber content of barley. The Foss Grainspec Rice Analyzer and the NIR Systems 6500 monochromator were used to obtain transmission and reflectance spectra, respectiv...

  15. ChemCam Passive Reflectance Spectroscopy at Gale Crater, Mars

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    Johnson, J. R.; Bell, J. F.; Cloutis, E.; Bender, S.; Blaney, D. L.; Ehlmann, B. L.; Gasnault, O.; Kinch, K. M.; Le Mouelic, S.; Rice, M. S.; Wiens, R. C.; DeFlores, L.; Team, M.

    2013-12-01

    The Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectrometer (LIBS) portion of the ChemCam instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover uses 3 dispersive spectrometers to cover the ultraviolet (240-342 nm), visible (382-469 nm) and visible/near-infrared (474-906 nm) spectral regions at high spectral (<0.5nm) and spatial (0.65mrad) resolution. In active LIBS mode, light emitted from a laser-generated plasma is dispersed onto these spectrometers and used to detect elemental emission lines. Typical observations include 3 msec-exposure 'dark' spectra (acquired with the LIBS laser off) used to remove the background signal from the LIBS measurement. Similar 'passive' observations of the ChemCam calibration target holder can be made at similar times of day and at identical exposure times (to minimize variations from dark current). Because this target exhibits ~95% flat reflectance in the ~400-900 nm region, radiance spectra ratios (surface/calibration target) can be normalized to known calibration target lab spectra to produce relative reflectance spectra (400-900 nm) with an estimated accuracy of 10-20%. Initial results replicated the known spectral shape and overall reflectance values of the ChemCam calibration targets and green color chip on the Mastcam calibration target. Dust contamination was evident, although dust on the ChemCam calibration targets is minimized by their tilted placement on the rover deck. All ChemCam targets that were sunlit during LIBS acquisition (~80% of all measurements) provide 'dark' spectra for which relative reflectance spectra can be obtained. Owing to the dusty nature of the Gale landing sites, passive spectra observed to date exhibit spectral shapes indicative of ferric phases, similar to spectra of palagonitic soils. Most spectra are bracketed in reflectance by typical 'bright' and 'dark' spectra from the OMEGA and CRISM orbital spectrometers. Preliminary Mastcam reflectance spectra are similar, providing additional confidence regarding the first-order calibration of the ChemCam spectra. The spectral similarity to palagonitic soils is consistent with the results from the CheMin instrument for Rocknest sands. Changes in the 535 nm band depth are likely indicative of differences in the relative amount of ferric iron in crystalline phases. More strongly negative spectral slopes > 600 nm are typical of lower-reflectance, less dusty rock surfaces, whereas positive slopes < 600 nm are consistent with higher-reflectance, dustier surfaces. ChemCam elemental detections of Ca- and S-bearing veins correlate to high reflectance targets with some dust contamination. Spectra of the John_Klein and Cumberland drill tailings, as well as brushed and broken rock surfaces in the Yellowknife Bay area, exhibit much less 'red' spectral features, including inflections near 550 nm that are consistent with a number of ferrous and ferric iron-bearing clay mineral phases, similar to CheMin results. Ongoing work with ChemCam passive spectra will include efforts to utilize the UV spectral range (sensitive to iron content), investigate photometric effects of illumination variations on the calibration targets, and dust mitigation efforts. As Curiosity traverses toward Mt. Sharp, passive spectra will be used as an additional tool to remotely track variations in surface chemistry and mineralogy, particularly for iron-bearing sulfate, oxide, and clay minerals.

  16. Far infrared (terahertz) spectroscopy of a series of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and application to structure interpretation of asphaltenes and related compounds

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    Cataldo, Franco; Angelini, Giancarlo; García-Hernández, D. A.; Manchado, Arturo

    2013-07-01

    A series of 33 different polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were studied by far infrared spectroscopy (terahertz spectroscopy) in the spectral range comprised between 600 and 50 cm-1. In addition to common PAHs like naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene, picene, pyrene, benzo[α]pyrene, and perylene, also quite unusual PAHs were studied like tetracene, pentacene, acenaphtene, acenaphtylene, triphenylene, and decacyclene. A series of alkylated naphthalenes and anthracenes were studied as well as methypyrene. Partially or totally hydrogenated PAHs were also object of the present investigation, ranging from tetrahydronaphthalene (tetralin) to decahydronaphthalene (decalin), 9,10-dihydroanthracene, 9,10-dihydrophenanthrene, hexahydropyrene, and dodecahydrotriphenylene. Finally, the large and quite rare PAHs coronene, quaterrylene, hexabenzocoronene, and dicoronylene were studied by far infrared spectroscopy. The resulting reference spectra were used in the interpretation of the chemical structure of asphaltenes (as extracted from a heavy petroleum fraction and from bitumen), the chemical structures of other petroleum fractions known as DAE (distillate aromatic extract) and RAE (residual aromatic extract), and a possible interpretation of components of the chemical structure of anthracite coal. Asphaltenes, heavy petroleum fractions, and coal were proposed as model compounds for the interpretation of the emission spectra of certain proto-planetary nebulae (PPNe) with a good matching in the mid infrared between the band pattern of the PPNe emission spectra and the spectra of these oil fractions or coal. Although this study was finalized in an astrochemical context, it may find application also in the petroleum and coal chemistry.

  17. Far infrared (terahertz) spectroscopy of a series of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and application to structure interpretation of asphaltenes and related compounds.

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    Cataldo, Franco; Angelini, Giancarlo; Garca-Hernndez, D Anbal; Manchado, Arturo

    2013-07-01

    A series of 33 different polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were studied by far infrared spectroscopy (terahertz spectroscopy) in the spectral range comprised between 600 and 50 cm(-1). In addition to common PAHs like naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene, picene, pyrene, benzo[?]pyrene, and perylene, also quite unusual PAHs were studied like tetracene, pentacene, acenaphtene, acenaphtylene, triphenylene, and decacyclene. A series of alkylated naphthalenes and anthracenes were studied as well as methypyrene. Partially or totally hydrogenated PAHs were also object of the present investigation, ranging from tetrahydronaphthalene (tetralin) to decahydronaphthalene (decalin), 9,10-dihydroanthracene, 9,10-dihydrophenanthrene, hexahydropyrene, and dodecahydrotriphenylene. Finally, the large and quite rare PAHs coronene, quaterrylene, hexabenzocoronene, and dicoronylene were studied by far infrared spectroscopy. The resulting reference spectra were used in the interpretation of the chemical structure of asphaltenes (as extracted from a heavy petroleum fraction and from bitumen), the chemical structures of other petroleum fractions known as DAE (distillate aromatic extract) and RAE (residual aromatic extract), and a possible interpretation of components of the chemical structure of anthracite coal. Asphaltenes, heavy petroleum fractions, and coal were proposed as model compounds for the interpretation of the emission spectra of certain proto-planetary nebulae (PPNe) with a good matching in the mid infrared between the band pattern of the PPNe emission spectra and the spectra of these oil fractions or coal. Although this study was finalized in an astrochemical context, it may find application also in the petroleum and coal chemistry. PMID:23603577

  18. Catheter based mid-infrared reflectance and reflectance generated absorption spectroscopy

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    Holman, Hoi-Ying N

    2013-10-29

    A method of characterizing conditions in a tissue, by (a) providing a catheter that has a light source that emits light in selected wavenumbers within the range of mid-IR spectrum; (b) directing the light from the catheter to an area of tissue at a location inside a blood vessel of a subject; (c) collecting light reflected from the location and generating a reflectance spectra; and (d) comparing the reflectance spectra to a reference spectra of normal tissue, whereby a location having an increased number of absorbance peaks at said selected wavenumbers indicates a tissue inside the blood vessel containing a physiological marker for atherosclerosis.

  19. [Application of near infrared reflectance spectroscopy to predict meat chemical compositions: a review].

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    Tao, Lin-Li; Yang, Xiu-Juan; Deng, Jun-Ming; Zhang, Xi

    2013-11-01

    In contrast to conventional methods for the determination of meat chemical composition, near infrared reflectance spectroscopy enables rapid, simple, secure and simultaneous assessment of numerous meat properties. The present review focuses on the use of near infrared reflectance spectroscopy to predict meat chemical compositions. The potential of near infrared reflectance spectroscopy to predict crude protein, intramuscular fat, fatty acid, moisture, ash, myoglobin and collagen of beef, pork, chicken and lamb is reviewed. This paper discusses existing questions and reasons in the current research. According to the published results, although published results vary considerably, they suggest that near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy shows a great potential to replace the expensive and time-consuming chemical analysis of meat composition. In particular, under commercial conditions where simultaneous measurements of different chemical components are required, near infrared reflectance spectroscopy is expected to be the method of choice. The majority of studies selected feature-related wavelengths using principal components regression, developed the calibration model using partial least squares and modified partial least squares, and estimated the prediction accuracy by means of cross-validation using the same sample set previously used for the calibration. Meat fatty acid composition predicted by near-infrared spectroscopy and non-destructive prediction and visualization of chemical composition in meat using near-infrared hyperspectral imaging and multivariate regression are the hot studying field now. On the other hand, near infrared reflectance spectroscopy shows great difference for predicting different attributes of meat quality which are closely related to the selection of calibration sample set, preprocessing of near-infrared spectroscopy and modeling approach. Sample preparation also has an important effect on the reliability of NIR prediction; in particular, lack of homogeneity of the meat samples influenced the accuracy of estimation of chemical components. In general the predicting results of intramuscular fat, fatty acid and moisture are best, the predicting results of crude protein and myoglobin are better, while the predicting results of ash and collagen are less accurate. PMID:24555369

  20. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy of pre- and post-treated oral submucous fibrosis: an in vivo study

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    Sivabalan, S.; Ponranjini Vedeswari, C.; Jayachandran, S.; Koteeswaran, D.; Pravda, C.; Aruna, P.; Ganesan, S.

    2010-02-01

    Oral submucous fibrosis (OSF) is a high risk precancerous condition characterized by changes in the connective tissue fibers of the lamina propria and deeper parts leading to stiffness of the mucosa and restricted mouth opening, fibrosis of the lining mucosa of the upper digestive tract involving the oral cavity, oro- and hypo-pharynx and the upper two-thirds of the oesophagus. Optical reflectance measurements have been used to extract diagnostic information from a variety of tissue types, in vivo. We apply diffuse reflectance spectroscopy to quantitatively monitor tumour response to chemotherapy. Twenty patients with submucous fibrosis were diagnosed with diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and treated with the chemotherapy drug, Dexamethasone sodium phosphate and Hyaluronidase injection for seven weeks and after the treatment they were again subjected to the diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The major observed spectral alterations on pre and post treated submucous fibrosis is an increase in the diffuse reflectance from 450 to 600 nm. Normal mucosa has showed higher reflectance when compared to the pre and post-treated cases. The spectral changes were quantified and correlated to conventional diagnostic results viz., maximum mouth opening, tongue protrusion and burning sensation. The results of this study suggest that the diffuse reflectance spectroscopy may also be considered as complementary optical techniques to monitor oral tissue transformation.

  1. Understanding the composition of the lunar mare through reflectance spectroscopy

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    Denevi, Brett Wilcox

    2007-08-01

    In order to quantify the spectral behavior of maturity variations in the mare, spectral trends of nearly 10,000 craters in six mare regions are examined. Radiative transfer theory is used to model these trends in order to better understand their causes. The maturity trends are confirmed to be more parallel than radial as previously suggested, and this fact is exploited to develop a new algorithm for determination of iron content in mare regions. This new mare iron algorithm better compensates for maturity than previous methods, and uncertainties due to maturity variations are less than 0.5 wt% FeO. Measured optical constants of synthetic glasses of lunar-like compositions are used to predict the optical constants of any glass of an arbitrary combination of FeO and TiO 2 content. These optical constants are employed along with radiative transfer theory to determine composition from telescopic spectra of three regional lunar pyroclastic deposits which are likely to contain large amounts of glass: the Aristarchus Plateau, Mare Humorum, and Sulpicius Gallus. The imaginary coefficient of the complex index of refraction ( k ) is derived from reflectance spectra of 30 pyroxenes. Modified Gaussian modeling is applied to these k spectra to obtain two continuum parameters and nine Gaussian parameters that describe the 1, 2, and 1.2 mm crystal field absorptions. Multiple regression results indicate that the continuum and Gaussian parameters are well predicted by pyroxene FeO and CaO contents; thus, a method to predict a complete pyroxene k spectrum from its FeO and CaO concentrations is developed. The ability of radiative transfer modeling to reproduce reflectance spectra of known composition, and extract compositional information from reflectance spectra, is examined. This model is tested using spectra of mineral mixtures, nine lunar mare soil samples studied by the Lunar Soil Characterization Consortium, and the Apollo 11 landing site. The model is able to accurately reproduce reflectance spectra of mineral mixtures, and can accurately predict mineral abundances, mineral chemistry, and particle size. Modeling of lunar spectra suggests pyroxene chemistry can have as large an effect on spectral shape as mineral abundance, and improved methods for modeling agglutinates and some pyroxenes are necessary.

  2. Early detection and differentiation of venous and arterial occlusion in skin flaps using visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and autofluorescence spectroscopy

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    Zhu, Caigang; Chen, Shuo; Chui, Christopher Hoe-Kong; Tan, Bien-Keem; Liu, Quan

    2016-01-01

    Our previous preclinical study demonstrated that both visible diffuse reflectance and autofluorescence spectroscopy, each of which yields a different set of physiological information, can predict skin flap viability with high accuracy in a MacFarlane rat dorsal skin flap model. In this report, we further evaluated our technique for the early detection and differentiation of venous occlusion and arterial occlusion in a rat groin flap model. We performed both diffuse reflectance and autofluorescence measurements on the skin flap model and statistically differentiated between flaps with and without occlusions as well as between flaps with venous occlusion and those with arterial occlusion based on these non-invasive optical measurements. Our preliminary results suggested that visible diffuse reflectance and autofluorescence spectroscopy can be potentially used clinically to detect both venous and arterial occlusion and differentiate one from the other accurately at an early time point. PMID:26977363

  3. Total reflection X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy as a semiconductor lubricant elemental analysis method

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    Alshehabi, Abbas; Sasaki, Nobuharu; Kawai, Jun

    2015-12-01

    Photoelectron spectra from a typical hard disk storage media device (HDD) were measured at total reflection and non-total reflection at unburnished, acetone-cleaned, and argon-sputtered conditions. F, O, N, and C usually making the upper layer of a typical hard disk medium were detected. Enhancement of the photoelectron emission of the fluorocarbon lubricant was observed at total reflection. Pt and Co were only found by non-total X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) because they are constituents of a deeper region than the top and interface regions. Argon-sputtered, ultrasonic acetone-cleaned, and unburnished top layers were compared at total and non-total reflection conditions. Total reflection X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (TRXPS) is demonstrated to be a powerful tool for storage media lubrication layer chemical state analysis, reliable for industrial quality control application , and reproducible.

  4. Thermal infrared reflectance and emission spectroscopy of quartzofeldspathic glasses

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    Byrnes, J.M.; Ramsey, M.S.; King, P.L.; Lee, R.J.

    2007-01-01

    This investigation seeks to better understand the thermal infrared (TIR) spectral characteristics of naturally-occurring amorphous materials through laboratory synthesis and analysis of glasses. Because spectra of glass phases differ markedly from their mineral counterparts, examination of glasses is important to accurately determine the composition of amorphous surface materials using remote sensing datasets. Quantitatively characterizing TIR (5-25 ??m) spectral changes that accompany structural changes between glasses and mineral crystals provides the means to understand natural glasses on Earth and Mars. A suite of glasses with compositions analogous to common terrestrial volcanic glasses was created and analyzed using TIR reflectance and emission techniques. Documented spectral characteristics provide a basis for comparison with TIR spectra of other amorphous materials (glasses, clays, etc.). Our results provide the means to better detect and characterize glasses associated with terrestrial volcanoes, as well as contribute toward understanding the nature of amorphous silicates detected on Mars. Copyright 2007 by the American Geophysical Union.

  5. Study on reflection of human skin with liquid paraffin as the penetration enhancer by spectroscopy.

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    Chen, Kun; Liang, Yanmei; Zhang, Yuan

    2013-10-01

    Optical clearing agents can improve tissue optical transmittance by reducing the diffuse reflection. The reflection on in vivo human skin before and after applying anhydrous glycerol and 30 to 50% liquid paraffin glycerol mixed solution are investigated in this paper. From their visible and near-infrared reflection spectroscopy, all of their diffuse reflections are reduced after applying the agents. It is found that the three mixed solutions show stronger effect than that of anhydrous glycerol. These results further prove liquid paraffin can enhance the percutaneous penetration of glycerol and take synergistically optical clearing effect with glycerol over visible and near-infrared wave bands. PMID:24091625

  6. Weathering Grade Classification of Granite Stone Monument Using Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Hyun, C.; Roh, T.; Choi, M.; Park, H.

    2009-05-01

    Stone monument has been placed in field and exposed to rain and wind. This outdoor environment and air pollution induced weathering of stone monument. Weathering grade classification is necessary to manage and conserve stone monuments. Visual interpretation by geologist and laboratory experiments using specimens fallen off from the monument to avoid damage on the monument have been applied to classify weathering grade conventionally. Rocks and minerals absorb some particular wavelength ranges of electromagnetic energy by electronic process and vibrational process of composing elements and these phenomena produce intrinsic diagnostic spectral reflectance curve. Non-destructive technique for weathering degree assessment measures those diagnostic absorption features of weathering products and converts the depths of features related to abundance of the materials to relative weathering degree. We selected granite outcrop to apply conventional six folded weathering grade classification method using Schmidt hammer rebound teste. The correlations between Schmidt hammer rebound values and absorption depths of iron oxides such as ferric oxide in the vicinity of 0.9 micrometer wavelength and clay minerals such as illite and kaolinite in the vicinity of 2.2 micrometer wavelength, representative weathering products of granite, were analyzed. The Schmidt hammer rebound value decreased according to increase of absorption depths induced from those weathering products. Weathering grade classification on the granite stone monument was conducted by using absorption depths of weathering products This research is supported from National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and we appreciate for this.

  7. The view of AGN-host alignment via reflection spectroscopy

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    Middleton, Matthew J.; Parker, Michael L.; Reynolds, Christopher S.; Fabian, Andrew C.; Lohfink, Anne M.

    2016-04-01

    The fuelling of active galactic nuclei (AGN) - via material propagated through the galactic disc or via minor mergers - is expected to leave an imprint on the alignment of the sub-pc disc relative to the host galaxy's stellar disc. Determining the inclination of the inner disc usually relies on the launching angle of the jet; here instead we use the inclination derived from reflection fits to a sample of AGN. We determine the distorting effect of unmodelled Fe XXV/XXVI features and, via extensive simulations, determine the difference in disc inclination resulting from the use of RELXILL compared to REFLIONX. We compare inner disc inclinations to those for the host galaxy stellar disc derived from the Hubble formula and, via Monte Carlo simulations, find a strong lack of a correlation (at ≫5σ) implying either widespread feeding via mergers if we assume the sample to be homogeneous, or that radiative disc warps are distorting our view of the emission. However, we find that by removing a small (˜1/5) subset of AGN, the remaining sample is consistent with random sampling of an underlying 1:1 correlation (at the 3σ level). A heterogenous sample would likely imply that our view is not dominated by radiative disc warps but instead by different feeding mechanisms with the majority consistent with coplanar accretion (although this may be the result of selection bias), whilst a smaller but not insignificant fraction may have been fuelled by minor mergers in the recent history of the host galaxy.

  8. Applications of Ultrafast Terahertz Pulses for Intra-ExcitonicSpectroscopy of Quasi-2D Electron-Hole Gases

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    Kaindl, Robert A.; Carnahan, Marc A.; Hagele, Daniel; Chemla, D.S.

    2006-09-02

    Excitons are of fundamental interest and of importance foropto-electronic applications of bulk and nano-structured semiconductors.This paper discusses the utilization of ultrafast terahertz (THz) pulsesfor the study of characteristic low-energy excitations of photoexcitedquasi 2D electron-hole (e-h) gases. Optical-pump THz-probe spectroscopyat 250-kHz repetition rate is employed to detect characteristic THzsignatures of excitons and unbound e-h pairs in GaAs quantum wells.Exciton and free-carrier densities are extracted from the data using atwo-component model. We report the detailed THz response and pairdensities for different photoexcitation energies resonant to heavy-holeexcitons, light-hole excitons, or the continuum of unbound pairs. Suchexperiments can provide quantitative insights into wavelength, time, andtemperature dependence of the low-energy response and composition ofoptically excited e-h gases in low-dimensionalsemiconductors.

  9. Time-Domain Terahertz Spectroscopy (0.3 - 7.5 THz) of Molecular Ices of Simple Alcohols

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    McGuire, Brett A.; Ioppolo, Sergio; Allodi, Marco A.; de Vries, Xander; Finneran, Ian; Carroll, Brandon; Blake, Geoffrey

    2014-06-01

    We have recently constructed a time-domain TeraHertz (THz) spectrometer for the study of molecular ices in the far-infrared. Here, we present the results of a study of amorphous and crystalline ices of simple alcohols from methanol (CH_3OH) through butanol (CH_3(CH_2)_3OH) in the region of 0.3 - 7.5 THz. We examine the effects of the length and degree of branching of the carbon chain on the observed spectra arising from the bulk, large-amplitude motions which are prominent in this spectral region. We also discuss these results in an astrochemical context: the application of these spectra to astronomical observations of interstellar ices with Herschel PACS/SPIRE and SOFIA.

  10. Crystal structure and terahertz spectroscopy of ?,?,??,??-tetrabromo-p-xylene modeled using solid-state density functional theory

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    Pellizzeri, Steven; Smith, Tiffany M.; Delaney, Sean P.; Korter, Timothy M.; Zubieta, Jon

    2014-01-01

    The previously unknown crystal structure of ?,?,??,??-tetrabromo-p-xylene has been determined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and it was discovered that the molecular packing primarily involves electrostatic interactions between neighboring molecules. Due to the unusual nature of the packing in this system, the vibrational motions were investigated. The low energy lattice and molecular vibrations unique to molecular crystals were measured in the terahertz (THz) region (10-100 cm-1). These vibrational motions were then reproduced using solid-state density functional theory (DFT) as implemented in CRYSTAL09, and it was found that the majority of the motions in this region involve either whole molecular translation or molecular scissoring.

  11. Terahertz spectroscopy in the pseudo-Kagome system Cu3Bi(SeO3)2O2Br

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    Wang, Zhe; Schmidt, M.; Goncharov, Y.; Tsurkan, V.; Krug von Nidda, H.-A.; Loidl, A.; Deisenhofer, J.

    2012-11-01

    Terahertz (THz) transmission spectra have been measured as a function of temperature and magnetic field on single crystals of Cu3Bi(SeO3)2O2Br. In time-domain THz spectra without magnetic field, two resonance absorptions are observed below the magnetic ordering temperature TN27.4 K. The corresponding resonance frequencies increase with decreasing temperature and reach energies of 1.28 and 1.23 meV at 3.5 K. Multifrequency electron spin resonance transmission spectra as a function of the applied magnetic field show the field dependence of four magnetic resonance modes, which can be modeled as a ferromagnetic resonance including demagnetization and anisotropy effects.

  12. [Application of near-infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy to the detection and identification of transgenic corn].

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    Rui, Yu-kui; Luo, Yun-bo; Huang, Kun-lun; Wang, Wei-min; Zhang, Lu-da

    2005-10-01

    With the rapid development of the GMO, more and more GMO food has been pouring into the market. Much attention has been paid to GMO labeling under the controversy of GMO safety. Transgenic corns and their parents were scanned by continuous wave of near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy range of 12000-4000 cm(-1); the resolution was 4 cm(-1); scanning was carried out for 64 times; BP algorithm was applied for data processing. The GMO food was easily resolved. Near-infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy is unpolluted and inexpensive compared with PCR and ELISA, so it is a very promising detection method for GMO food. PMID:16395887

  13. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy: a clinical study of tuberculin skin tests reading

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    Koenig, Anne; Grande, Sophie; Dahel, Karima; Planat-Chrétien, Anne; Poher, Vincent; Goujon, Catherine; Dinten, Jean-Marc

    2013-02-01

    Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy is a technique widely used to determine optical properties of tissues: scattering and absorption coefficients. In this study, we present the development of a low-cost optical instrument usable in a clinical environment based upon the spatially resolved diffuse reflectance spectroscopy approach. This instrument has been used in a clinical study to support the diagnosis of tuberculosis. The idea is to establish a new scanning method for an early detection of inflammation due to a reagent injection, before the onset of visual signs. Results comparing the instrumental and classical clinical readings are presented.

  14. In vivo soft tissue differentiation by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy: preliminary results

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    Zam, Azhar; Stelzle, Florian; Tangermann-Gerk, Katja; Adler, Werner; Nkenke, Emeka; Neukam, Friedrich Wilhelm; Schmidt, Michael; Douplik, Alexandre

    Remote laser surgery does not provide haptic feedback to operate layer by layer and preserve vulnerable anatomical structures like nerve tissue or blood vessels. The aim of this study is identification of soft tissue in vivo by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy to set the base for a feedback control system to enhance nerve preservation in oral and maxillofacial laser surgery. Various soft tissues can be identified by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in vivo. The results may set the base for a feedback system to prevent nerve damage during oral and maxillofacial laser surgery.

  15. In situ anodization of aluminum surfaces studied by x-ray reflectivity and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    Bertram, F. Evertsson, J.; Messing, M. E.; Mikkelsen, A.; Lundgren, E.; Zhang, F.; Pan, J.; Carlà, F.; Nilsson, J.-O.

    2014-07-21

    We present results from the anodization of an aluminum single crystal [Al(111)] and an aluminum alloy [Al 6060] studied by in situ x-ray reflectivity, in situ electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and ex situ scanning electron microscopy. For both samples, a linear increase of oxide film thickness with increasing anodization voltage was found. However, the slope is much higher in the single crystal case, and the break-up of the oxide film grown on the alloy occurs at a lower anodization potential than on the single crystal. The reasons for these observations are discussed as are the measured differences observed for x-ray reflectivity and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  16. Polarization-dependent differential reflectance spectroscopy for real-time monitoring of organic thin film growth.

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    Navarro-Quezada, A; Aiglinger, M; Ghanbari, E; Wagner, Th; Zeppenfeld, P

    2015-11-01

    By monitoring the reflectance of a sample surface during deposition of a thin organic film, one can obtain information with submonolayer resolution in real-time. A special kind of optical spectroscopy is Differential Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS), which compares the reflectance before and during deposition of a thin film or any other change of the surface optical properties. In this work, we present an extended DRS setup that allows monitoring simultaneously both linear polarization states (s and p) of the reflected light. We implement polarization-dependent DRS to monitor the growth of perflouropentacene thin films on a Ag(110) single crystal. The setup allows us to deduce the optical anisotropy of the sample and, in particular, the preferred orientation of the molecules on the surface. PMID:26628122

  17. Visible and infrared reflectance imaging spectroscopy of paintings: pigment mapping and improved infrared reflectography

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    Delaney, John K.; Zeibel, Jason G.; Thoury, Mathieu; Littleton, Roy; Morales, Kathryn M.; Palmer, Michael; de la Rie, E. Ren

    2009-07-01

    Reflectance imaging spectroscopy, the collection of images in narrow spectral bands, has been developed for remote sensing of the Earth. In this paper we present findings on the use of imaging spectroscopy to identify and map artist pigments as well as to improve the visualization of preparatory sketches. Two novel hyperspectral cameras, one operating from the visible to near-infrared (VNIR) and the other in the shortwave infrared (SWIR), have been used to collect diffuse reflectance spectral image cubes on a variety of paintings. The resulting image cubes (VNIR 417 to 973 nm, 240 bands, and SWIR 970 to 1650 nm, 85 bands) were calibrated to reflectance and the resulting spectra compared with results from a fiber optics reflectance spectrometer (350 to 2500 nm). The results show good agreement between the spectra acquired with the hyperspectral cameras and those from the fiber reflectance spectrometer. For example, the primary blue pigments and their distribution in Picasso's Harlequin Musician (1924) are identified from the reflectance spectra and agree with results from X-ray fluorescence data and dispersed sample analysis. False color infrared reflectograms, obtained from the SWIR hyperspectral images, of extensively reworked paintings such as Picasso's The Tragedy (1903) are found to give improved visualization of changes made by the artist. These results show that including the NIR and SWIR spectral regions along with the visible provides for a more robust identification and mapping of artist pigments than using visible imaging spectroscopy alone.

  18. Terahertz antireflection coatings using metamaterials

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    Chen, Hou-tong; Zhou, Jiangfeng; O' Hara, John F; Azad, Abul K; Chen, Frank; Taylor, Antoinette J

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate terahertz metamaterial antireflection coatings (ARCs) that significantly reduce the reflection and enhance the transmission at an interface of dielectric media. They are able to operate over a wide range of incidence angles for both TM and TE polarizations. Experiments and finite-element simulations will be presented and discussed.

  19. Terahertz Technology: A Boon to Tablet Analysis

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    Wagh, M. P.; Sonawane, Y. H.; Joshi, O. U.

    2009-01-01

    The terahertz gap has a frequency ranges from ∼0.3 THz to ∼10 THz in the electromagnetic spectrum which is in between microwave and infrared. The terahertz radiations are invisible to naked eye. In comparison with x-ray they are intrinsically safe, non-destructive and non-invasive. Terahertz spectroscopy enables 3D imaging of structures and materials, and the measurement of the unique spectral fingerprints of chemical and physical forms. Terahertz radiations are produced by a dendrimer based high power terahertz source and spectroscopy technologies. It resolves many of the questions left unanswered by complementary techniques, such as optical imaging, Raman and infrared spectra. In the pharmaceutical industries it enables nondestructive, internal, chemical analysis of tablets, capsules, and other dosage forms. Tablet coatings are a major factor in drug bioavailability. Therefore tablet coatings integrity and uniformity are of crucial importance to quality. Terahertz imaging gives an unparalleled certainty about the integrity of tablet coatings and the matrix performance of tablet cores. This article demonstrates the potential of terahertz pulse imaging for the analysis of tablet coating thickness by illustrating the technique on tablets. PMID:20490288

  20. Terahertz traveling-wave microtube

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    Velazco, Jose E.; Ceperley, Peter H.; Foshee, James F.

    2004-09-01

    Microwave Technologies is developing a revolutionary miniature terahertz traveling-wave microtube (TTM) that will provide sub-millimeter wave radiation for many civilian and military applications. This new concept uses a dielectric microtube in conjunction with a microscopic electron beam. The electron beam is produced by a single micron-sized emitter, which lies underneath the microtube to produce high-power terahertz electromagnetic radiation. The TTM should be easily fabricated using state-of-the-art solid-state technology, and will be a pioneering step towards combining vacuum tube technology with solid-state microfabrication technology. Some of the applications for these exciting new devices include terahertz high-resolution radar, THz chemical and biological sensing, commercial THz line-of-sight networking and ultrahigh-speed computers. A key application of the device under development will be as a miniature terahertz source for biological and chemical spectroscopy. We present detailed numerical and computational analysis of this concept. We also present initial experimental testing of a dielectric microtube designed to operate at 0.1 THz. Once successfully developed, TTMs will be the basis for a new generation of high power terahertz sources capable of producing ultrahigh frequency radiation with high efficiency in an amazingly compact and lightweight package.

  1. Terahertz optical properties of the cornea

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    Liu, Wen-Quan; Lu, Yuan-Fu; Jiao, Guo-Hua; Chen, Xian-Feng; Li, Jin-Ying; Chen, Si-Hai; Dong, Yu-Ming; Lv, Jian-Cheng

    2016-01-01

    We present a study aimed at developing a terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system for detection of the optical properties of ex vivo rabbit corneal tissues with different water content at terahertz frequencies (0.1-0.3 THz). The refractive index decreased with frequency while the absorption coefficient increased with frequency. Our experimental results matched the theoretical calculation very well revealing that both the absorption coefficient and the refractive index of a hydrated cornea were much larger than that of a dehydrated cornea and the terahertz properties depended on the hydrate conditions of the biosamples.

  2. Reflectance and Thermal Infrared Spectroscopy of Mars: Relationship Between ISM and TES for Compositional Determinations

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    Boyce, Joseph (Technical Monitor); Mustard, John

    2004-01-01

    Reflectance spectroscopy has demonstrated that high albedo surfaces on Mars contain heavily altered materials with some component of hematite, poorly crystalline ferric oxides, and an undefined silicate matrix. The spectral properties of many low albedo regions indicate crystalline basalts containing both low and high calcium pyroxene, a mineralogy consistent with the basaltic SNC meteorites. The Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) experiment on the Mars Geochemical Surveyor has acquired critical new data relevant to surface composition and mineralogy, but in a wavelength region that is complementary to reflectance spectroscopy. The essence of the completed research was to analyze TES data in the context of reflectance data obtained by the French ISM imaging spectrometer experiment in 1989. This approach increased our understanding of the complementary nature of these wavelength regions for mineralogic determinations using actual observations of the martian surface. The research effort focused on three regions of scientific importance: Syrtis Major-Isidis Basin, Oxia Palus-Arabia, and Valles Marineris. In each region distinct spatial variations related to reflectance, and in derived mineralogic information and interpreted compositional units were analyzed. In addition, specific science questions related to the composition of volcanics and crustal evolution, soil compositions and pedogenic processes, and the relationship between pristine lithologies and weathering provided an overall science-driven framework for the work. The detailed work plan involved colocation of TES and ISM data, extraction of reflectance and emissivity spectra from areas of known reflectance variability, and quantitative analysis using factor analysis and statistical techniques to determine the degree of correspondence between these different wavelength regions. Identified coherent variations in TES spectroscopy were assessed against known atmospheric effects to validate that the variations are due to surface properties. With this new understanding of reflectance and emission spectroscopy, mineralogic interpretations were derived and applied to the science objectives of the three regions.

  3. Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy of Human Skin Using a Commercial Fiber Optic Spectrometer

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    Atencio, J. A. Delgado; Rodriguez, M. Cunill; Montiel, S. Vazquez y; Castro, Jorge; Rodriguez, A. Cornejo; Gutierrez, J. L.; Martinez, F.; Gutierrez, B.; Orozco, E.

    2008-08-11

    Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy is a reliable and easy to implement technique in human tissue characterization. In this work we evaluate the performance of the commercial USB4000 miniature fiber optic spectrometer in the in-vivo measurement of the diffuse reflectance spectra of different healthy skin sites and lesions in a population of 54 volunteers. Results show, that this spectrometer reproduces well the typical signatures of skin spectra over the 400-1000 nm region. Remarkable spectral differences exist between lesions and normal surrounding skin. A diffusion-based model was used to simulate reflectance spectra collected by the optical probe of the system.

  4. Optical characterization of pigments by reflectance spectroscopy in support of UV laser cleaning treatments

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    Acquaviva, S.; D'Anna, E.; de Giorgi, M. L.; Della Patria, A.; Pezzati, L.

    2008-07-01

    The study of optical properties of artwork materials is of fundamental importance for laser-based restoration techniques. In this work, reflectance spectroscopic measurements and colorimetric analyses of painted wooden models were performed to discriminate between pigments on the basis of their spectral features. In particular, the spectral reflection factors of different white pigments were recorded with a fibre optics reflectance spectroscopy module, both before and after excimer laser (248 nm) irradiation. Colour data were obtained and monitored with an integrating sphere spectrophotometer and expressed with the CIE L*a*b* colour coordinates. Moreover, the laser-induced morphological changes of the samples were investigated by scanning electron microscopy.

  5. Phonon Mode Transformation Across the Orthohombic-Tetragonal Phase Transition in a Lead Iodide Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3: A Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy Approach.

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    La-O-Vorakiat, Chan; Xia, Huanxin; Kadro, Jeannette; Salim, Teddy; Zhao, Daming; Ahmed, Towfiq; Lam, Yeng Ming; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Marcus, Rudolph A; Michel-Beyerle, Maria-Elisabeth; Chia, Elbert E M

    2016-01-01

    We study the temperature-dependent phonon modes of the organometallic lead iodide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 thin film across the terahertz (0.5-3 THz) and temperature (20-300 K) ranges. These modes are related to the vibration of the Pb-I bonds. We found that two phonon modes in the tetragonal phase at room temperature split into four modes in the low-temperature orthorhombic phase. By use of the Lorentz model fitting, we analyze the critical behavior of this phase transition. The carrier mobility values calculated from the low-temperature phonon mode frequencies, via two theoretical approaches, are found to agree reasonably with the experimental value (?2000 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)) from a previous time-resolved THz spectroscopy work. Thus, we have established a possible link between terahertz phonon modes and the transport properties of perovskite-based solar cells. PMID:26633131

  6. Analysis of moisture content, total oil and fatty acid composition by NIR reflectance spectroscopy: a review

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    Near Infrared (NIR) Reflectance spectroscopy has established itself as an important analytical technique in the field of food and agriculture. It is quicker and easier to use and does not require processing the samples with corrosive chemicals such as acids or hydroxides. However, for a long time t...

  7. Prediction of olive quality using FT-NIR spectroscopy in reflectance and transmittance modes

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    The objective of this research was to use FT-NIR spectroscopy to predict the firmness, oil content and color of two olive (Olea europaea L) varieties (‘Ayvalik’ and ‘Gemlik’). Spectral measurements were performed on the intact olives for the wavelengths of 780-2500 nm in reflectance and for 800-1725...

  8. Nondestructive Olive Quality Detection Using FT-NIR Spectroscopy in Reflectance Mode

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    Quality features (firmness, oil content and color in terms of hue and chroma) of two olive (Olea europaea L) varieties (‘Ayvalik’ and ‘Gemlik’) were predicted using Fourier transform near-infrared (FT-NIR) spectroscopy. Reflectance measurements of intact olives were performed using a bifurcated fibe...

  9. Absorption and Scattering Coefficients: A Biophysical-Chemistry Experiment Using Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Cordon, Gabriela B.; Lagorio, M. Gabriela

    2007-01-01

    A biophysical-chemistry experiment, based on the reflectance spectroscopy for calculating the absorption and scattering coefficients of leaves is described. The results show that different plants species exhibit different values for both the coefficients because of their different pigment composition.

  10. Cis and trans fatty acid determination directly in ground cereal products by NIR reflectance spectroscopy

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    The potential of near infrared (NIR) reflectance spectroscopy for prediction of cis- and trans-fatty acids directly in ground cereal products was investigated. NIR spectra (400-2498 nm) of ground cereal products were obtained with a dispersive spectrometer and trans-fatty acids, cis-fatty acids an...

  11. Measurement of Trans-Fatty Acids in Cereal Products Without Oil Extraction Using NIR Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Near infrared (NIR) reflectance spectroscopy was evaluated as a rapid technique, to determine the trans-fatty acid content of ground cereal products. NIR spectra were obtained with a dispersive spectrometer and trans-fatty acids determined by modified AOAC Method 996.01. First derivative PLS1 mode...

  12. Analysis of Total Oil and Fatty Acids Composition by Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy in Edible Nuts

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    Near Infrared (NIR) Reflectance spectroscopy has established itself as an important tool in quantifying water and oil present in various food materials. It is rapid and nondestructive, easier to use, and does not require processing the samples with corrosive chemicals that would render them non-edib...

  13. Near-infrared transmission and reflectance spectroscopy for the measurement of dietary fiber in barley

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    Near-infrared (NIR) transmission and reflectance spectroscopy were investigated as rapid screening tools to evaluate the total dietary fiber content of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cultivars. A Foss Grainspec Rice Analyzer and an NIR Systems 6500 spectrometer were used to obtain transmission and ref...

  14. Real time, in-situ temperature monitoring using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Booth, J.L.; Beard, B.T.; Pearsall, T.P.; Wang, Z.Z.; Stevens, J.E.; Blain, M.G.; Meisenheimer, T.L.

    1996-11-01

    Real time temperature measurements have been performed on both GaAs and silicon substrates during wafer processing using a technique based upon diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Good temperature resolution ({+-}O.4 {degrees}C) and rapid updates have enabled the process control potential of the device to be demonstrated.

  15. FAECAL NEAR INFRARED REFLECTANCE SPECTROSCOPY TO PREDICT DIET QUALITY FOR SHEEP

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    Faecal near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) is a non-invasive method to determine diet quality in herbivores, but has not been reported for sheep (Ovis aries) in the US. A diet reference chemistry:faecal near infrared spectra calibration (n = 78) was developed to determine if faecal NIRS c...

  16. INVESTIGATING ULTRASONIC DIFFRACTION GRATING SPECTROSCOPY AND REFLECTION TECHNIQUES FOR CHARACTERIZING SLURRY PROPERTIES

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    The objectives of the project are to investigate the use of (1) ultrasonic diffraction grating spectroscopy (UDGS) for measuring the particle size of a slurry and (2) shear wave reflection techniques to measure the viscosity of a slurry. For the first topic, the basic principle...

  17. Polymer stabilized liquid crystal phase shifter for terahertz waves.

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    Altmann, Kristian; Reuter, Marco; Garbat, Katarzyna; Koch, Martin; Dabrowski, Roman; Dierking, Ingo

    2013-05-20

    We propose an electrically tunable phase shifter for terahertz frequencies. The device is based on a polymer stabilized liquid crystal which allows for a simple device geometry. The polymer stabilized liquid crystal enables continuous tuning of the introduced phase shift with only one pair of electrodes. By characterizing the device with terahertz time-domain spectroscopy we demonstrate a phase shift up to 2.5 terahertz, only slightly changed properties of the neat liquid crystal and significantly reduced response times. PMID:23736457

  18. Active terahertz metamaterials

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    Chen, Hou-tong; O' Hara, John F; Taylor, Antoinette J

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we present an overview of research in our group in terahertz (THz) metamaterials and their applications. We have developed a series of planar metamaterials operating at THz frequencies, all of which exhibit a strong resonant response. By incorporating natural materials, e.g. semiconductors, as the substrates or as critical regions of metamaterial elements, we are able to effectively control the metamaterial resonance by the application of external stimuli, e.g., photoexcitation and electrical bias. Such actively controllable metamaterials provide novel functionalities for solid-state device applications with unprecedented performance, such as THz spectroscopy, imaging, and many others.

  19. Terahertz study of 1,3,5-trinitro-s-triazine by time-domain and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

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    Huang, Feng; Schulkin, Brian; Altan, Hakan; Federici, John F.; Gary, Dale; Barat, Robert; Zimdars, David; Chen, Minghan; Tanner, D. B.

    2004-12-01

    This letter describes the use of THz time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) applied in transmission to the secondary explosive 1,3,5 trinitro-s-triazine. Samples were also subjected to Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy over the same range for comparison. A detailed spectroscopy study is presented. General agreement between results from both methods confirms the absorption features found. A comparison study with computer molecular simulations shows that THz-TDS is sensitive to collective modes or vibrational modes of material.

  20. Theory of terahertz pulse generation through optical rectification in a nonlinear optical material with a finite size

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    Schneider, Arno

    2010-09-15

    The full analytical solutions for plane terahertz waves generated through optical rectification in a slab of a nonlinear optical material are calculated. Terahertz dispersion, absorption of both optical and terahertz waves, and multiple reflections are considered. The results are valid for an arbitrary difference between the optical group index and the terahertz refractive index, including equal indices. It is demonstrated that the full terahertz wave is freely propagating and has no contribution of a 'forced' pulse.

  1. Terahertz response of acoustically driven optical phonons

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    Poolman, R. H.; Muljarov, E. A.; Ivanov, A. L.

    2010-06-01

    The manipulation of transverse-optical (TO)-phonon polaritons and the associated terahertz (THz) light field by means of an ultrasound acoustic wave is proposed and illustrated by calculating the TO-phonon-mediated THz response of acoustically pumped CuCl and TlCl crystals. We show the high-contrast acoustically induced change in the THz reflectivity and multiple THz Bragg replicas, which are associated with the far-infrared-active TO-phonon resonance driven by the ultrasonic wave. The effect, which stems from phonon anharmonicity and deals with the resonantly enhanced acousto-optical susceptibilities, refers to an operating acoustic intensity Iac1-100kW/cm2 and frequency ?ac0.1-1GHz . Due to the anomalously small interaction length between the acoustic and optical fields, possible applications of the effect are in THz spectroscopy and THz acousto-optic devices.

  2. Synthesis, structure, terahertz spectroscopy and luminescent properties of copper (I) complexes with bis(diphenylphosphino)methane and N-donor ligands

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    Fan, Wei-Wei; Li, Zhong-Feng; Li, Jiao-Bao; Yang, Yu-Ping; Yuan, Yuan; Tang, Han-Qin; Gao, Ling-Xiao; Jin, Qiong-Hua; Zhang, Zhen-Wei; Zhang, Cun-Lin

    2015-11-01

    The reactions of copper(I) salts CuX [X=Cl, OTf (OTf=CF3SO3) and ClO4] and bis(diphenylphosphino)methane (dppm) with 4,4-bipyridine (4,4-bipy), 2,2-bipyridine (2,2-bipy), isoquinoline (i-C9H7N) and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) lead to five new copper(I) complexes: [CuCl(dppm)(i-C9H7N)]2 (1), {[CuCl(dppm)(phen)]25H2O}n (2), [Cu2Cl2(dppm)2(4,4-bipy)]4CH3CN (3), [Cu(dppm)(2,2-bipy)]2(OTf)2 (4), {[Cu2Cl(dppm)2(4,4-bipy)](ClO4)}n (5). Complexes 1, 3 and 4 are of dinuclear structure with eight-membered Cu2P4C2 rings. The structure of compound 2 can be simplified as three-dimensional topology. Complex 5 is of infinite chain structure linked by 4,4-bipy. All these complexes are characterized by IR, elemental analyses, single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, luminescence, NMR and terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

  3. New insights into the role of water in biological function: studying solvated biomolecules using terahertz absorption spectroscopy in conjunction with molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Conti Nibali, Valeria; Havenith, Martina

    2014-09-17

    In life science, water is the ubiquitous solvent, sometimes even called the "matrix of life". There is increasing experimental and theoretical evidence that solvation water is not a passive spectator in biomolecular processes. New experimental techniques can quantify how water interacts with biomolecules and, in doing so, differs from "bulk" water. Terahertz (THz) absorption spectroscopy has turned out to be a powerful tool to study (bio)molecular hydration. The main concepts that have been developed in the recent years to describe the underlying solute-induced sub-picosecond dynamics of the hydration shell are discussed herein. Moreover, we highlight recent findings that show the significance of hydrogen bond dynamics for the function of antifreeze proteins and for molecular recognition. In all of these examples, a gradient of water motion toward functional sites of proteins is observed, the so-called "hydration funnel". By means of molecular dynamics simulations, we provide new evidence for a specific water-protein coupling as the cause of the observed dynamical heterogeneity. The efficiency of the coupling at THz frequencies is explained in terms of a two-tier (short- and long-range) solute-solvent interaction. PMID:25127002

  4. Estimation of Crystallinity of Nifedipine-Polyvinylpyrrolidone Solid Dispersion by Usage of Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy and of X-Ray Powder Diffractometer.

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    Takeuchi, Issei; Shimakura, Kemmaro; Kuroda, Hideki; Nakajima, Takehisa; Goto, Satoru; Makino, Kimiko

    2015-12-01

    Crystalline state of pharmaceutical materials is of great importance in preparation of pharmaceutics, because their physicochemical properties affect bioavailability, quality of products, therapeutic level and manufacturing process. In this study, we have estimated time-dependent changes of nifedipine in nifedipine-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) solid dispersion by measuring terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and by X-ray powder diffractometry (XRPD), and compared their correlativity. Crystallinity of nifedipine-PVP solid dispersion was changed by storing the amorphous sample at 25C-75C and relative humidity of over 80% for 0.25-24.00 h. To compare the results of two types of measurements, we have used a general method of linear regression analysis. Crystallinities estimated using THz-TDS were plotted on the x-axis and that of XRPD were on the y-axis. From the result of the calculation, the correlativity of them was confirmed. THz-TDS has the capability of becoming the replacement of XRPD. 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association J Pharm Sci 104:4307-4313, 2015. PMID:26461839

  5. Dielectric relaxation and underlying dynamics of electrolyte solutions and solvent-molten salt mixtures using terahertz time-domain transmission spectroscopy

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    Asaki, Melanie Lynette Thongs

    Terahertz (THz) transmission spectroscopy is used to obtain the frequency dependent complex dielectric constants of water, methanol, and propylene carbonate, and solutions of lithium salts in these solvents, as well as mixtures of acetonitrile and a room-temperature molten salt. The behavior of the pure solvents is modeled with either two (water and acetonitrile) or three (methanol and propylene carbonate) Debye relaxations. For solutions of lithium salts, the effects of ionic solvation on the relaxation behavior of the solvents is discussed in terms of modifications to the values of the Debye parameters of the pure solvents. In this way we obtain estimates for numbers of irrotationally bound solvent molecules, the numbers of bonds broken or formed, and the effects of ions on the higher frequency relaxations. The same information was obtained for molten salt-acetonitrile systems. In addition, it was determined that at low molten salt concentrations, the mixtures behave like electrolyte solutions of a crystalline salt dissolved in a solvent. At higher molten salt concentrations, the behavior is that of a mixture of two liquids.

  6. In vivo detection of epileptic brain tissue using static fluorescence and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Yadav, Nitin; Bhatia, Sanjiv; Ragheb, John; Mehta, Rupal; Jayakar, Prasanna; Yong, William; Lin, Wei-Chiang

    2013-02-01

    Diffuse reflectance and fluorescence spectroscopy are used to detect histopathological abnormalities of an epileptic brain in a human subject study. Static diffuse reflectance and fluorescence spectra are acquired from normal and epileptic brain areas, defined by electrocorticography (ECoG), from pediatric patients undergoing epilepsy surgery. Biopsy specimens are taken from the investigated sites within an abnormal brain. Spectral analysis reveals significant differences in diffuse reflectance spectra and the ratio of fluorescence and diffuse reflectance spectra from normal and epileptic brain areas defined by ECoG and histology. Using these spectral differences, tissue classification models with accuracy above 80% are developed based on linear discriminant analysis. The differences between the diffuse reflectance spectra from the normal and epileptic brain areas observed in this study are attributed to alterations in the static hemodynamic characteristics of an epileptic brain, suggesting a unique association between the histopathological and the hemodynamic abnormalities in an epileptic brain.

  7. Terahertz radar cross section measurements.

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    Iwaszczuk, Krzysztof; Heiselberg, Henning; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2010-12-01

    We perform angle- and frequency-resolved radar cross section (RCS) measurements on objects at terahertz frequencies. Our RCS measurements are performed on a scale model aircraft of size 5-10 cm in polar and azimuthal configurations, and correspond closely to RCS measurements with conventional radar on full-size objects. The measurements are performed in a terahertz time-domain system with freely propagating terahertz pulses generated by tilted pulse front excitation of lithium niobate crystals and measured with sub-picosecond time resolution. The application of a time domain system provides ranging information and also allows for identification of scattering points such as weaponry attached to the aircraft. The shapes of the models and positions of reflecting parts are retrieved by the filtered back projection algorithm. PMID:21164990

  8. Scanning Terahertz Heterodyne Imaging Systems

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    Siegel, Peter; Dengler, Robert

    2007-01-01

    Scanning terahertz heterodyne imaging systems are now at an early stage of development. In a basic scanning terahertz heterodyne imaging system, (see Figure 1) two far-infrared lasers generate beams denoted the local-oscillator (LO) and signal that differ in frequency by an amount, denoted the intermediate frequency (IF), chosen to suit the application. The LO beam is sent directly to a mixer as one of two inputs. The signal beam is focused to a spot on or in the specimen. After transmission through or reflection from the specimen, the beams are focused to a spot on a terahertz mixer, which extracts the IF outputs. The specimen is mounted on a translation stage, by means of which the focal spot is scanned across the specimen to build up an image.

  9. Terahertz techniques for solar cell imaging

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    Minkevi?ius, L.; Suzanovi?ien--, R.; Molis, G.; Krotkus, A.; Balakauskas, S.; Venckevi?ius, R.; Kaalynas, I.; imkien--, I.; Valuis, G.; Tamoiūnas, V.

    2013-12-01

    Rapid development in fabrication of solar cells requires innovations in characterization of the layers. Particular attention deserves structural imperfections which cannot be directly investigated by optical methods in a visible range. In this paper, we present two terahertz (THz) imaging approaches - Terahertz-Time Domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS)-based and continuous wave (CW) -based THz imaging - which can successfully serve as powerful experimental tool for versatile characterization of the solar cells.

  10. Investigation of the mineralization process of biosystems by IR diffuse reflection spectroscopy methods

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    Zolotarev, V. M.

    2014-04-01

    Particular features of the application of Fourier-transform IR diffuse reflection spectroscopy methods to the in situ investigation of spectra of porous rough objects have been considered. The reciprocal influence of the scattering and absorption of porous objects on the formation of the impurity-band contour in the diffuse reflection spectrum when the impurity center is in the vicinity of the fundamental IR absorption band has been analyzed. Using methods of Fourier-transform IR diffuse reflection spectroscopy, processes of mineralization of fragments of mammoth tusks from a multilayer paleolithic site at Yudinovo (Bryansk oblast, Russia) and fragments of mammoth tusks from Yakutia (Russia) have been investigated. Particular features of mineralization processes (carbonate formation and silicification) on the surface and in the volume of objects at different conditions of their burial (humidity, temperature, soil acidity) have been studied.

  11. Examination of Phencyclidine Hydrochloride via Cryogenic Terahertz Spectroscopy, Solid-State Density Functional Theory, and X-ray Diffraction

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    Hakey, Patrick M.; Hudson, Matthew R.; Allis, Damian G.; Ouellette, Wayne; Korter, Timothy M.

    2009-10-01

    The terahertz (THz) spectrum of phencyclidine hydrochloride from 7.0 to 100.0 cm-1 has been measured at cryogenic (78.4 K) temperature. The complete structural analysis and vibrational assignment of the compound have been performed employing solid-state density functional theory utilizing eight generalized gradient approximation density functionals and both solid-state and isolated-molecule methods. The structural results and the simulated spectra display the substantial improvement obtained by using solid-state simulations to accurately assign and interpret solid-state THz spectra. A complete assignment of the spectral features in the measured THz spectrum has been completed at a VWN-BP/DNP level of theory, with the VWN-BP density functional providing the best-fit solid-state simulation of the experimentally observed spectrum. The cryogenic THz spectrum contains eight spectral features that, at the VWN-BP/DNP level, consist of 15 infrared-active vibrational modes. Of the calculated modes, external crystal vibrations are predicted to account for 42% of the total spectral intensity.

  12. Terahertz Spectroscopy of Linear Triatomic CCC: High Precision Laboratory Measurement and Analysis of the Ro-Vibrational Bending Transitions

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    Gendriesch, Ralf; Pehl, Kai; Giesen, Thomas; Winnewisser, Gisbert; Lewen I., Frank

    2003-03-01

    We report concise measurements of the bending vibration transition (0,11,0) ? (0,00,0) near 63.416529(40) cm-1 of the carbon cluster CCC in the electronic ground state (X1?+g ). The ?2 vibration- rotation spectrum consists of P-, Q-, and R-branch transitions. A total of ten ro-vibrational transitions have been measured with the Cologne Sideband Spectrometer for Terahertz Applications, COSSTA. It is essentially a Backward Wave Oscillator (BWO) based, and frequency stabilized sideband spectrometer. The essential feature of COSSTA is the absolute frequency accuracy of the measurements. Absolute frequency calibration is better than 5 kHz at 2 THz, i. e. COSSTA reaches microwave accuracy. The band centre frequency was determined to be 1.901181506(162) THz: The derived molecular parameters are: (0,00,0) : B = 12908.242(142) MHz; D = 44.30(40) kHz; H = 4.068(184) Hz; (0,11,0) : B = 13262.946(109) MHz; D = 70.33(39) kHz; H = 7.71(38).

  13. Terahertz spectroscopy and solid-state density functional theory calculation of anthracene: Effect of dispersion force on the vibrational modes

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    Zhang, Feng; Tominaga, Keisuke E-mail: tominaga@kobe-u.ca.jp; Hayashi, Michitoshi E-mail: tominaga@kobe-u.ca.jp Wang, Houng-Wei; Kambara, Ohki; Sasaki, Tetsuo; Nishizawa, Jun-ichi E-mail: tominaga@kobe-u.ca.jp

    2014-05-07

    The phonon modes of molecular crystals in the terahertz frequency region often feature delicately coupled inter- and intra-molecular vibrations. Recent advances in density functional theory such as DFT-D{sup *} have enabled accurate frequency calculation. However, the nature of normal modes has not been quantitatively discussed against experimental criteria such as isotope shift (IS) and correlation field splitting (CFS). Here, we report an analytical mode-decoupling method that allows for the decomposition of a normal mode of interest into intermolecular translation, libration, and intramolecular vibrational motions. We show an application of this method using the crystalline anthracene system as an example. The relationship between the experimentally obtained IS and the IS obtained by PBE-D{sup *} simulation indicates that two distinctive regions exist. Region I is associated with a pure intermolecular translation, whereas region II features coupled intramolecular vibrations that are further coupled by a weak intermolecular translation. We find that the PBE-D{sup *} data show excellent agreement with the experimental data in terms of IS and CFS in region II; however, PBE-D{sup *} produces significant deviations in IS in region I where strong coupling between inter- and intra-molecular vibrations contributes to normal modes. The result of this analysis is expected to facilitate future improvement of DFT-D{sup *}.

  14. Influence of terahertz waves on the fiber direction of CFRP composite laminates

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    Im, Kwang-Hee; Hsu, David K.; Chiou, Chien-Ping; Barnard, Daniel J.; Yang, In-Young; Park, Je-Woong

    2013-01-01

    The importance of Carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) are widely utilized due to more high performance in engineering structures. It was well known that a nondestructive technique would be very beneficial. A new terahertz radiation has been recognized for their importance in technological applications. Recently, T-ray (terahertz ray) advances of technology and instrumentation has provided a probing field on the electromagnetic spectrum. The THz-TDS can be considered as a useful tool using general non-conducting materials; however it is quite limited to conducting materials. In order to solve various material properties, the index of refraction (n) and the absorption coefficient (?) are derived in reflective and transmission configuration using the terahertz time domain spectroscopy. However, the T-ray is limited in order to penetrate a conducting material to some degree. Here, the T-ray would not go through easily the CFRP composite laminates since carbon fibers are electrically conducting while the epoxy matrix is not. So, investigation of terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz TDS) was made and reflection and transmission configurations were studied for a 48-ply thermoplastic PPS (poly-phenylene sulfide)-based CFRP solid laminate. It is found that the electrical conductivity of CFRP composites depends on the direction of unidirectional fibers. Also, the T-ray could penetrate a CFRP composite laminate a few ply based on the E-filed (Electrical field) of carbon fibers. The terahertz scanning images were made at the angles ranged from 0 to 180 with respect to the nominal fiber axis. So, the images were mapped out based on the electrical field (E-field) direction in the CFRP solid laminates. Also, using two-dimensional spatial Fourier transform, interface C-scan images were transformed into quantitatively angular distribution plots to show the fiber orientation information therein and to predict the orientation of the ply.

  15. Numeric analysis of terahertz wave propagation in familiar packaging materials

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    Zhang, Lihong; Yang, Guang

    2015-10-01

    To assess the potential application of terahertz waves in security examination, the transmission characteristics of terahertz waves in packaging materials should be studied. This paper simulates the propagation of terahertz waves in cloth and paper, studies the changes of shape and position of crest of terahertz waves before and after these materials, and gets the law of these changes, which has potential applications in thickness measurement for the thin insulated materials; gives reflected and transmitted wave of terahertz waves, and computes reflected and transmitted coefficient, indicates the good transmission properties of these materials for terahertz waves, which provides the theoretical basis for the realization of contactless security examination of packaged post, package and people pass the important passageway (such as airport and station).

  16. Ultra-broadband terahertz time-domain ellipsometric spectroscopy utilizing GaP and GaSe emitters and an epitaxial layer transferred photoconductive detector

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    Yamashita, Masatsugu Takahashi, Hideki; Otani, Chiko; Ouchi, Toshihiko

    2014-02-03

    We present a reflection-type ultra-broadband terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopic ellipsometry system covering the frequency range of 0.530 THz. GaP (110) and z-cut GaSe crystals are used as emitters to generate the THz and mid-infrared pulses, respectively, and a photoconductive antenna switch using a low-temperature grown GaAs epitaxial layer transferred on Si substrate was used as a detector. By changing the emitter between the GaP and GaSe crystals, the measurable frequency range can be easily switched from the 0.57.8 THz range to the 7.830 THz range without additional optical alignment. We demonstrated the measurement of the dielectric function in a p-type InAs wafer and the optical conductivity of an indium tin oxide (ITO) thin film. The obtained carrier density and the mobility of the ITO thin film show good agreement with that obtained by the Hall measurement.

  17. Tunable terahertz fishnet metamaterial

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    Chang, Cheng-Ling; Wang, Wei-Chih; Lin, Hong-Ren; Ju Hsieh, Feng; Pun, Yue-Bun; Chan, Chi-Hou

    2013-04-01

    This paper describes and demonstrates a terahertz (THz) frequency tunable fishnet metamaterial (TFMM) using an electrically controlled polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) matrix. In contrast to other PDLC-based devices, the TFMM employs a novel method for encapsulating PDLC using a thin (1.5 μm) polyimide "skin layer" to form a uniform surface for metal electrodes while minimizing the Fabry-Perot effect of the skin layer on the TFMM measurements. The tunability was verified by measuring the frequency shift in the reflection coefficient (0.01 THz), with an observed minimum negative refractive index of -15 at 0.55 THz.

  18. Time-dependent diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for in vivo characterization of pediatric epileptogenic brain lesions

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    Oh, Sanghoon; Ragheb, John; Bhatia, Sanjiv; Sandberg, David; Johnson, Mahlon; Fernald, Bradley; Lin, Wei-Chiang

    2008-02-01

    Optical spectroscopy for in vivo tissue diagnosis is performed traditionally in a static manner; a snap shot of the tissue biochemical and morphological characteristics is captured through the interaction between light and the tissue. This approach does not capture the dynamic nature of a living organ, which is critical to the studies of brain disorders such as epilepsy. Therefore, a time-dependent diffuse reflectance spectroscopy system with a fiber-optic probe was designed and developed. The system was designed to acquire broadband diffuse reflectance spectra (240 ~ 932 nm) at an acquisition rate of 33 Hz. The broadband spectral acquisition feature allows simultaneous monitoring of various physiological characteristics of tissues. The utility of such a system in guiding pediatric epilepsy surgery was tested in a pilot clinical study including 13 epilepsy patients and seven brain tumor patients. The control patients were children undergoing suregery for brain tumors in which measurements were taken from normal brain exposed during the surgery. Diffuse reflectance spectra were acquired for 12 seconds from various parts of the brain of the patients during surgery. Recorded spectra were processed and analyzed in both spectral and time domains to gain insights into the dynamic changes in, for example, hemodynamics of the investigated brain tissue. One finding from this pilot study is that unsynchronized alterations in local blood oxygenation and local blood volume were observed in epileptogenic cortex. These study results suggest the advantage of using a time-dependent diffuse reflectance spectroscopy system to study epileptogenic brain in vivo.

  19. Reflectance spectroscopy of palagonite and iron-rich montmorillonite clay mixtures: Implications for the surface composition of Mars

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    Orenberg, J. B.; Handy, J.

    1991-01-01

    Because of the power of remote sensing reflectance spectroscopy in determining mineralogy, it was used as the major method of identifying possible mineral analogs of the Martian surface. A summary of proposed Martian surface compositions from reflectance spectroscopy before 1979 was presented. Since that time, iron-rich montmorillonite clay, nanocrystalline or nanophase hematite, and palagonite were suggested as Mars soil analog materials.

  20. Terahertz polarization imaging for colon cancer detection

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    Doradla, Pallavi; Alavi, Karim; Joseph, Cecil S.; Giles, Robert H.

    2014-03-01

    Continuous wave terahertz (THz) imaging has the potential to offer a safe, noninvasive medical imaging modality for delineating colorectal cancer. The terahertz reflectance measurements of fresh 3 - 5 mm thick human colonic excisions were acquired using a continuous-wave polarization imaging technique. A CO2 optically pumped Far- Infrared molecular gas laser operating at 584 GHz was used to illuminate the colon tissue, while the reflected signals were detected using a liquid Helium cooled silicon bolometer. Both co-polarized and cross-polarized remittance from the samples was collected using wire grid polarizers in the experiment. The experimental analysis of 2D images obtained from THz reflection polarization imaging techniques showed intrinsic contrast between cancerous and normal regions based on increased reflection from the tumor. Also, the study demonstrates that the cross-polarized terahertz images not only correlates better with the histology, but also provide consistent relative reflectance difference values between normal and cancerous regions for all the measured specimens.

  1. Sub-terahertz spectroscopy reveals that proteins influence the properties of water at greater distances than previously detected

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    Sushko, Oleksandr; Dubrovka, Rostyslav; Donnan, Robert S.

    2015-02-07

    The initial purpose of the study is to systematically investigate the solvation properties of different proteins in water solution by terahertz (THz) radiation absorption. Transmission measurements of protein water solutions have been performed using a vector network analyser-driven quasi-optical bench covering the WR-3 waveguide band (0.220–0.325 THz). The following proteins, ranging from low to high molecular weight, were chosen for this study: lysozyme, myoglobin, and bovine serum albumin (BSA). Absorption properties of solutions were studied at different concentrations of proteins ranging from 2 to 100 mg/ml. The concentration-dependent absorption of protein molecules was determined by treating the solution as a two-component model first; then, based on protein absorptivity, the extent of the hydration shell is estimated. Protein molecules are shown to possess a concentration-dependent absorptivity in water solutions. Absorption curves of all three proteins sharply peak towards a dilution-limit that is attributed to the enhanced flexibility of protein and amino acid side chains. An alternative approach to the determination of hydration shell thickness is thereby suggested, based on protein absorptivity. The proposed approach is independent of the absorption of the hydration shell. The derived estimate of hydration shell thickness for each protein supports previous findings that protein-water interaction dynamics extends beyond 2-3 water solvation-layers as predicted by molecular dynamics simulations and other techniques such as NMR, X-ray scattering, and neutron scattering. According to our estimations, the radius of the dynamic hydration shell is 16, 19, and 25 Å, respectively, for lysozyme, myoglobin, and BSA proteins and correlates with the dipole moment of the protein. It is also seen that THz radiation can serve as an initial estimate of the protein hydrophobicity.

  2. Sub-terahertz spectroscopy reveals that proteins influence the properties of water at greater distances than previously detected

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    Sushko, Oleksandr; Dubrovka, Rostyslav; Donnan, Robert S.

    2015-02-01

    The initial purpose of the study is to systematically investigate the solvation properties of different proteins in water solution by terahertz (THz) radiation absorption. Transmission measurements of protein water solutions have been performed using a vector network analyser-driven quasi-optical bench covering the WR-3 waveguide band (0.220-0.325 THz). The following proteins, ranging from low to high molecular weight, were chosen for this study: lysozyme, myoglobin, and bovine serum albumin (BSA). Absorption properties of solutions were studied at different concentrations of proteins ranging from 2 to 100 mg/ml. The concentration-dependent absorption of protein molecules was determined by treating the solution as a two-component model first; then, based on protein absorptivity, the extent of the hydration shell is estimated. Protein molecules are shown to possess a concentration-dependent absorptivity in water solutions. Absorption curves of all three proteins sharply peak towards a dilution-limit that is attributed to the enhanced flexibility of protein and amino acid side chains. An alternative approach to the determination of hydration shell thickness is thereby suggested, based on protein absorptivity. The proposed approach is independent of the absorption of the hydration shell. The derived estimate of hydration shell thickness for each protein supports previous findings that protein-water interaction dynamics extends beyond 2-3 water solvation-layers as predicted by molecular dynamics simulations and other techniques such as NMR, X-ray scattering, and neutron scattering. According to our estimations, the radius of the dynamic hydration shell is 16, 19, and 25 , respectively, for lysozyme, myoglobin, and BSA proteins and correlates with the dipole moment of the protein. It is also seen that THz radiation can serve as an initial estimate of the protein hydrophobicity.

  3. Terahertz and far-infrared synchrotron spectroscopy and global modeling of methyl mercaptan, CH3(32)SH.

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    Xu, Li-Hong; Lees, R M; Crabbe, G T; Myshrall, J A; Mller, H S P; Endres, C P; Baum, O; Lewen, F; Schlemmer, S; Menten, K M; Billinghurst, B E

    2012-09-14

    In this work, terahertz and Fourier transform far-infrared (FTFIR) synchrotron spectra of methyl mercaptan, CH(3)SH, have been investigated in order to provide new laboratory information for enhanced observations of this species in interstellar molecular clouds and star-forming regions. Like its methanol cousin, methyl mercaptan has particularly rich spectra associated with its large-amplitude internal rotation that extend throughout the THz and FIR regions. We have recorded new spectra for CH(3)SH from 1.1-1.5 and 1.790-1.808 THz at the University of Cologne as well as high-resolution FTFIR synchrotron spectra from 50-550 cm(-1) at 0.001 cm(-1) resolution on the far-IR beam-line at the Canadian Light Source. Assignments are reported for rotational quantum numbers up to J ? 40 and K ? 15, and torsional states up to v(t) = 2 for the THz measurements and v(t) = 3 for the FTFIR observations. The THz and FTFIR measurements together with literature results have been combined in a global analysis of a dataset comprising a total of 1725 microwave and THz frequencies together with ~18000 FTFIR transitions, ranging up to v(t) = 2 and J(max) = 30 for MW?THz and 40 for FTFIR. The global fit employs 78 torsion-rotation parameters and has achieved a weighted standard deviation of ~1.1. A prediction list (v(t) ? 2, J ? 45 and K ? 20) has been generated from the model giving essentially complete coverage of observable CH(3)(32)SH transitions within the bandwidths of major new astronomical facilities such as HIFI (Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared) on the Herschel Space Observatory, ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array), SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy) and APEX (Atacama Pathfinder Experiment) to close to spectroscopic accuracy. PMID:22979865

  4. Terahertz spectroscopic investigation of four kinds of vitamins

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    Zhao, Guozhong; Yu, Bin; Zhang, Cunlin

    2009-11-01

    The terahertz spectra of four kinds of vitamins are presented. The refractive index and absorption spectra of these vitamins are obtained by the terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The full-geometry optimizations and frequency calculations using the density functional theory are applied to obtain the structure and vibration frequencies of these vitamin molecules. The calculated vibration frequencies are compared with the experimental data. The results show that there are terahertz fingerprint absorptions for all of four kinds of vitamins. The terahertz absorbance spectra of vitamins result from not only the intramolecular vibration modes, but also the intermolecular interaction or phonon modes.

  5. Reflectance spectroscopy for evaluating optical clearing efficacy of skin in vivo

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    Zhong, Xiewei; Wang, Jing; Shi, Rui; Zhu, Dan

    2013-02-01

    Chemical agents with high refractive index, hyperosmotic, and biocompatibility are introduced into tissue, which will reduce the scattering of tissue, and enhance the penetration of light in tissue. Diffuse reflectance, as a common method, has been applied to assess optical clearing of skin in vivo, but the scattering characteristic during the in-vivo optical clearing process has not been valuated quantitatively. In this work, a diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, based on a lookuptable (LUT) based inverse model, is applied to calculate the reduced scattering coefficient and absorption coefficient of skin. Optical clearing agents (OCAs) were topically treated on mouse skin in vivo. The diffuse reflectance during optical clearing was recorded, and the optical properties can be extracted by the reflectance spectroscopy. The results show that the diffuse reflectance spectra and the reduced scattering coefficient are decreased obviously, whilst the absorption coefficient is increased after the application of OCAs. This study provides evident directly for explore the mechanisms of optical clearing of skin in vivo.

  6. Diagnostics of pigmented skin tumors based on laser-induced autofluorescence and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Borisova, E; Avramov, L; Troyanova, P; Pavlova, P

    2008-06-30

    Results of investigation of cutaneous benign and malignant pigmented lesions by laser-induced autofluorescence spectroscopy (LIAFS) and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) are presented. The autofluorescence of human skin was excited by a 337-nm nitrogen laser. A broadband halogen lamp (400-900 nm) was used for diffuse reflectance measurements. A microspectrometer detected in vivo the fluorescence and reflectance signals from human skin. The main spectral features of benign (dermal nevi, compound nevi, dysplastic nevi) and malignant (melanoma) lesions are discussed. The combined usage of the fluorescence and reflectance spectral methods to determine the type of the lesion, which increases the total diagnostic accuracy, is compared with the usage of LIAFS or DRS only. We also applied colorimetric transformation of the reflectance spectra detected and received additional evaluation criteria for determination of type of the lesion under study. Spectra from healthy skin areas near the lesion were detected and changes between healthy and lesion skin spectra were revealed. The influence of the main skin pigments on the detected spectra is discussed and evaluation of possibilities for differentiation between malignant and benign lesions is performed based on their spectral properties. This research shows that the non-invasive and high-sensitive in vivo detection by means of appropriate light sources and detectors should be possible, related to the real-time determination of existing pathological conditions. (special issue devoted to application of laser technologies in biophotonics and biomedical studies)

  7. Development of techniques for advanced optical contamination measurement with internal reflection spectroscopy, phase 1, volume 1

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    Hayes, J. D.

    1972-01-01

    The feasibility of monitoring volatile contaminants in a large space simulation chamber using techniques of internal reflection spectroscopy was demonstrated analytically and experimentally. The infrared spectral region was selected as the operational spectral range in order to provide unique identification of the contaminants along with sufficient sensitivity to detect trace contaminant concentrations. It was determined theoretically that a monolayer of the contaminants could be detected and identified using optimized experimental procedures. This ability was verified experimentally. Procedures were developed to correct the attenuated total reflectance spectra for thick sample distortion. However, by using two different element designs the need for such correction can be avoided.

  8. Surface damage assessment of nanometre finish substrates using differential reflectance spectroscopy

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    Gordon-Smith, David; Lowe, David Henry

    1998-06-01

    Differential reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) is a comparative technique that measures the normalized difference in reflectivity between samples in the UV to near IR region of the spectrum. We apply the technique to gallium arsenide substrates that have undergone different processing treatment. Spectral features are observed that can be assigned to critical point energies of the band structure. It is suggested that these features arise from strain in the crystal lattice and that DRS is a possible candidate for monitoring process-induced damage in substrate preparation.

  9. Monitoring of (reactive) ion etching (RIE) with reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS) equipment

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    Barzen, Lars; Richter, Johannes; Fouckhardt, Henning; Wahl, Michael; Kopnarski, Michael

    2015-02-01

    Experimental results on the application of reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS) to the monitoring of (reactive) ion etching of monocrystalline semiconductor samples are described. To show the potential of this technique RAS signals collected during etching of GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs multilayer samples are compared to RAS data obtained before during molecular-beam epitaxial (MBE) growth of these very samples. A change of the RIE-RAS spectrum can be attributed to a change of material composition. And the current etch depth can be monitored with an accuracy at least down to several tens of nanometers - f. e. by recording the average reflected intensity.

  10. [Near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) and its application in the determination for the quality of animal feed and products].

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    Wang, Li; Meng, Qing-Xiang; Ren, Li-Ping; Yang, Jian-Song

    2010-06-01

    Near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) has been the most rapidly developing and noticeable spectrographic analytical technique in recent years. The determining principle and progresses of near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy are presented briefly. It mainly includes the progresses in pre-processing technique and analyzing model of near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy. Two pre-processing techniques, including differential coefficient-dealt with technique, the signal-smoothing technique, and four analyzing models of near-infrared spectroscopy, including the multiplied lined regression (MLR), principal component analysis (PCA), partial least squares (PLS), and artificial nerve network (ANN). The application of near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy to the first time. The investigation of reviewed papers shows that the near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy is widely applied in feed analysis and animal products analysis because of its rapidness, non-destruction and non-pollution. The near infrared reflectance spectroscopy has been used to determine the feed common ingredient, such as dry matter, crude protein, crude fiber, crude fat and so on, micro-components including amino acid, vitamin, and noxious components, and to determine the physical and chemical properties of animal products which including egg, mutton, beef and pork. Details of the analytical characteristics of feed and animal products described in the reviewed papers are given. New trends and limits to the application of near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy in these fields are also discussed. PMID:20707134

  11. Analysis of Fungal Pellets by UV-Visible Spectrum Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy

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    Letan, Domen; Podgornik, Helena; Perdih, Anton

    1993-01-01

    The application of the UV-visible spectrum diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for the determination of intracellular pH in vivo, for determination of cytochrome content, and for the noninvasive in vivo detection of the redox state of fungal mitochondrial cytochromes in filamentous fungi is introduced. The time course of the intracellular pH values, mitochondrial cytochromes, and CO-binding pigments content and the correlations between the actual redox state of cytochrome aa3 and saturation of growth medium with oxygen in pellets of the basidiomycete Phanerochaete chrysosporium were determined. As the test microorganism, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae was used. UV-visible spectrum diffuse reflectance spectroscopy proved to be a promising method for the quick and simple analysis of light-impermeable biological structures for which the classical transmittance spectrophotometric methods are difficult to implement. PMID:16349122

  12. Subdiffusion reflectance spectroscopy to measure tissue ultrastructure and microvasculature: model and inverse algorithm

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    Radosevich, Andrew J.; Eshein, Adam; Nguyen, The-Quyen; Backman, Vadim

    2015-09-01

    Reflectance measurements acquired from within the subdiffusion regime (i.e., lengthscales smaller than a transport mean free path) retain much of the original information about the shape of the scattering phase function. Given this sensitivity, many models of subdiffusion regime light propagation have focused on parametrizing the optical signal through various optical and empirical parameters. We argue, however, that a more useful and universal way to characterize such measurements is to focus instead on the fundamental physical properties, which give rise to the optical signal. This work presents the methodologies that used to model and extract tissue ultrastructural and microvascular properties from spatially resolved subdiffusion reflectance spectroscopy measurements. We demonstrate this approach using ex-vivo rat tissue samples measured by enhanced backscattering spectroscopy.

  13. Monitoring of landfill leachate dispersion using reflectance spectroscopy and ground-penetrating radar.

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    Splajt, T; Ferrier, G; Frostick, L E

    2003-09-15

    The utility of ground-penetrating radar and reflectance spectroscopy in the monitoring of landfill sites has been investigated. Strong correlations between red edge inflection position and chlorophyll and heavy metal concentrations have been demonstrated from grassland species affected by leachate contamination of the soil adjacent to the landfill test site. This study demonstrated that reflectance spectroscopy can identify vegetation affected by leachate-contaminated soil at a range of spatial resolutions. To identify the vegetation affected by leachate contamination, the spectroradiometer must have contiguous bands at sufficient spectral resolution over the critical wave range that measures chlorophyll absorption and the red edge (between 650 and 750 nm). The utility of ground-penetrating radar data to identify leachate escaping from breakout points in the contaminant wall has also been demonstrated. An integrated approach using these techniques, combined with field and borehole sampling and contaminant migration modeling, offers a possible cost-effective monitoring approach for landfill sites. PMID:14524467

  14. Application of Diffuse Reflectance FT-IR Spectroscopy for the Surface Study of Kevlar Fibers

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    Chatzi, E. G.; Ishida, H.; Koenig, J. L.

    1985-12-01

    The surfaces of Kevlar-49 aramid fibers, being used in high-performance composite materials, have been characterized by diffuse reflectance Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Enhancement of the surface selectivity of the technique has been achieved using KBr overlayers. The water absorbed by both the skin and the core of the fibers has been characterized by using this technique and the accessibility of the fiber functional groups has been evaluated.

  15. TOTAL INTERNAL REFLECTION WITH FLUORESCENCE CORRELATION SPECTROSCOPY: APPLICATIONS TO SUBSTRATE-SUPPORTED PLANAR MEMBRANES

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    Thompson, Nancy L.; Wang, Xiang; Navaratnarajah, Punya

    2009-01-01

    In this review paper, the conceptual basis and experimental design of total internal reflection with fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (TIR-FCS) is described. The few applications to date of TIR-FCS to supported membranes are discussed, in addition to a variety of applications not directly involving supported membranes. Methods related, but not technically equivalent, to TIR-FCS are also summarized. Future directions for TIR-FCS are outlined. PMID:19269331

  16. Development of magnetic system with high-anisotropy localized magnetic field for terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Azbite, Solveyga E.; Denisultanov, Alaudi K.; Khodzitsky, Mikhail K.

    2015-08-01

    In this paper magnetic system with a localized high-intensity magnetic field due to giant magnetic anisotropy magnets was proposed for THz time-domain spectroscopy. The magnetic system consists of two hemispheres which are made from two types of magnets. The both hemispheres will be used for an improvement of THz generation and one hemisphere will be used for investigation of spectral and optical properties of an object at strong magnetic field. The proposed magnetic system was numerically calculated in COMSOL MultiPhysics using AC/DC Module. These results may be used for development of real magnetic THz time-domain spectroscopy system.

  17. Titanium-silicon oxide film structures for polarization-modulated infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy

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    Dunlop, Iain E.; Zorn, Stefan; Richter, Gunther; Srot, Vesna; Kelsch, Marion; van Aken, Peter A.; Skoda, Maximilian; Gerlach, Alexander; Spatz, Joachim P.; Schreiber, Frank

    2010-01-01

    We present a titanium-silicon oxide film structure that permits polarization modulated infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy on silicon oxide surfaces. The structure consists of a ~6 nm sputtered silicon oxide film on a ~200 nm sputtered titanium film. Characterization using conventional and scanning transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray reflectometry is presented. We demonstrate the use of this structure to investigate a selectively protein-resistant self-assembled monolayer (SAM) consisting of silane-anchored, biotin-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). PEG-associated IR bands were observed. Measurements of protein-characteristic band intensities showed that this SAM adsorbed streptavidin whereas it repelled bovine serum albumin, as had been expected from its structure. PMID:20418963

  18. Quantitative reflectance spectroscopy of buddingtonite from the Cuprite mining district, Nevada

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    Felzer, B.; Hauff, P.; Goetz, A.F.H.

    1994-02-01

    Buddingtonite, an ammonium-bearing feldspar diagnostic of volcanic-hosted alteration, can be identified and, in some cases, quantitatively measured using short-wave infrared (SWIR) reflectance spectroscopy. In this study over 200 samples from Cuprite, Nevada, were evaluated by X ray diffraction, chemical analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and SWIR reflectance spectroscopy with the objective of developing a quantitative remote-sensing technique for rapid determination of the amount of ammonium or buddingtonite present, and its distribution across the site. Based upon the Hapke theory of radiative transfer from particulate surfaces, spectra from quantitative, physical mixtures were compared with computed mixture spectra. We hypothesized that the concentration of ammonium in each sample is related to the size and shape of the ammonium absorption bands and tested this hypothesis for samples of relatively pure buddingtonite. We found that the band depth of the 2.12-micron NH4 feature is linearly related to the NH4 concentration for the Cuprite buddingtonite, and that the relationship is approximately exponential for a larger range of NH4 concentrations. Associated minerals such as smectite and jarosite suppress the depth of the 2.12-micron NH4 absorption band. Quantitative reflectance spectroscopy is possible when the effects of these associated minerals are also considered.

  19. Prediction of erodibility in Oxisols using iron oxides, soil color and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Arantes Camargo, Livia; Marques, Jos, Jr.

    2015-04-01

    The prediction of erodibility using indirect methods such as diffuse reflectance spectroscopy could facilitate the characterization of the spatial variability in large areas and optimize implementation of conservation practices. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prediction of interrill erodibility (Ki) and rill erodibility (Kr) by means of iron oxides content and soil color using multiple linear regression and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) using regression analysis by least squares partial (PLSR). The soils were collected from three geomorphic surfaces and analyzed for chemical, physical and mineralogical properties, plus scanned in the spectral range from the visible and infrared. Maps of spatial distribution of Ki and Kr were built with the values calculated by the calibrated models that obtained the best accuracy using geostatistics. Interrill-rill erodibility presented negative correlation with iron extracted by dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate, hematite, and chroma, confirming the influence of iron oxides in soil structural stability. Hematite and hue were the attributes that most contributed in calibration models by multiple linear regression for the prediction of Ki (R2 = 0.55) and Kr (R2 = 0.53). The diffuse reflectance spectroscopy via PLSR allowed to predict Interrill-rill erodibility with high accuracy (R2adj = 0.76, 0.81 respectively and RPD> 2.0) in the range of the visible spectrum (380-800 nm) and the characterization of the spatial variability of these attributes by geostatistics.

  20. Single nanowire photoconductive terahertz detectors.

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    Peng, Kun; Parkinson, Patrick; Fu, Lan; Gao, Qiang; Jiang, Nian; Guo, Ya-Nan; Wang, Fan; Joyce, Hannah J; Boland, Jessica L; Tan, Hark Hoe; Jagadish, Chennupati; Johnston, Michael B

    2015-01-14

    Spectroscopy and imaging in the terahertz (THz) region of the electromagnetic spectrum has proven to provide important insights in fields as diverse as chemical analysis, materials characterization, security screening, and nondestructive testing. However, compact optoelectronics suited to the most powerful terahertz technique, time-domain spectroscopy, are lacking. Here, we implement single GaAs nanowires as microscopic coherent THz sensors and for the first time incorporated them into the pulsed time-domain technique. We also demonstrate the functionality of the single nanowire THz detector as a spectrometer by using it to measure the transmission spectrum of a 290 GHz low pass filter. Thus, nanowires are shown to be well suited for THz device applications and hold particular promise as near-field THz sensors. PMID:25490548