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An Optical System for Body Imaging from a Distance Using near-TeraHertz Frequencies



William Duncan, Robert E. Schwall, Kent D. Irwin, James A. Beall, Carl D. Reintsema, W.Bertrand (Randy) Doriese, Hsiao-Mei Cho, Brian Estey, Goutam Chattopadhyay, Peter Ade, Carole Tucker


We present the outline of the optical design of a TeraHertz (THz) imager for the detection of shrapnel-loaded improvised explosive devices (IED''s) at ''stand-off'' distances of 14 - 26 meters. The system will use 4 antenna-coupled TES detector arrays of 16 by 16 pixels cooled in a cryogen-free system with microwave readout to see beneath clothing at non-lethal detonation distances. A spatial resolution of 10mm and close to video frame rates is anticipated.
Proceedings Title
Journal Of Low Temperature Physics
Conference Dates
July 23-27, 2007
Conference Location
Paris, 1, FR
Conference Title
12th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors


clothing, IED, imager, stand-off, TeraHertz


Duncan, W. , Schwall, R. , Irwin, K. , Beall, J. , Reintsema, C. , Doriese, W. , Cho, H. , Estey, B. , Chattopadhyay, G. , Ade, P. and Tucker, C. (2008), An Optical System for Body Imaging from a Distance Using near-TeraHertz Frequencies, Journal Of Low Temperature Physics, Paris, 1, FR (Accessed December 7, 2023)
Created January 25, 2008, Updated October 12, 2021