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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2008
  • pp: 3120–3133

Three-dimensional imaging of optically opaque materials using nonionizing terahertz radiation

Vincent P. Wallace, Emma MacPherson, J. Axel Zeitler, and Caroline Reid  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 12, pp. 3120-3133 (2008)

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Terahertz electromagnetic radiation has already been shown to have a wide number of uses. We consider specific applications of terahertz time-domain imaging that are inherently three-dimensional. This paper highlights the ability of terahertz radiation to reveal subsurface information as we exploit the fact that the radiation can penetrate optically opaque materials such as clothing, cardboard, plastics, and to some extent biological tissue. Using interactive science publishing tools, we concentrate on full three-dimensional terahertz data from three specific areas of application, namely, security, pharmaceutical, and biomedical.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(100.6890) Image processing : Three-dimensional image processing
(170.6920) Medical optics and biotechnology : Time-resolved imaging
(110.6795) Imaging systems : Terahertz imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: July 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 30, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 31, 2008
Published: November 26, 2008

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Vincent P. Wallace, Emma MacPherson, J. Axel Zeitler, and Caroline Reid, "Three-dimensional imaging of optically opaque materials using nonionizing terahertz radiation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 3120-3133 (2008)

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