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Nondestructive defect identification with terahertz time-of-flight tomography

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7 Author(s)
Hua Zhong ; Center for Terahertz Res., Rensselaer Polytech. Inst., Troy, NY, USA ; Jingzhou Xu ; Xu Xie ; Tao Yuan
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We demonstrate the application of terahertz (THz) time-of-flight tomographic imaging to identify the distribution of defects in foam materials. Based on THz time-domain spectroscopy technology, THz imaging probes targets with picosecond pulses of broad-band radiation in the frequency range from 100 GHz to 3 THz. The reflected THz wave from the target is measured using electrooptic sampling, which provides two-dimensional images with phase and amplitude information, as well as the spectroscopic properties of the object. The depth information is recorded in the THz time-domain waveform. Several reconstruction models are developed for tomographic imaging of defects inside foam. Foam insulation of space shuttle fuel tanks, with prebuilt defects, are investigated with THz tomographic imaging. Most prebuilt defects are pinpointed and models used to identify different kinds of defects are discussed.

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IEEE Sensors Journal  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 2 )