Terahertz (THz) imaging is emerging as a potentially powerful method of detecting explosive devices, even in the presence of occluding materials. However, the characteristic spectral signatures of pure explosive materials may be altered or obscured by electromagnetic scattering caused by their granular nature. This paper presents THz transmission measurements of granular systems representative of explosives and presents results from dense media theory that accurately explain the observed scattering response.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 9, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 16, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 19, 2007
Published: August 17, 2007
Lisa M. Zurk, Brian Orlowski, Dale P. Winebrenner, Eric I. Thorsos, Megan R. Leahy-Hoppa, and L. Michael Hayden, "Terahertz scattering from granular material," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2238-2243 (2007)