Noncontact detection of the location of buried conductive grids with pulsed THz wave

Yun Ching Chang, Yaohui Gao, Chao Wang, Jimmy Yao, Jiping Cheng, Stuart Yin, Paul Ruffin, Christina Brantley, Eugene Edwards, Claire Luo

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In this article, a new method for precisely measuring the location of buried conductive grid based on time-domain pulsed terahertz (THz) reflectometry is presented. The location of the buried conductive grid is determined by the time difference of reflected THz pulses between the front surface and the buried conductive grid. Since the wavelength of THz wave is usually larger than the roughness of unpolished optical surface and the period of conductive grid, the proposed method is insensitive to the surface condition. Furthermore, this is a non-contact and real-time measurement technique. The experimental result indicates that the accuracy of the measurement is at least on the order of 10 μm. Such kind of technique will be very helpful for enhancing the quality and reduce the cost of fabricating electro-optic windows with embedded conductive grids and/or wires. It can also be beneficial for some other applications. For example, since there are often embedded conductive wires in explosive devices, it can be used to detect the explosive devices because the proposed method can remotely determine the dimensions and locations of conductive wires embedded in dielectric enclosures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1135-1138
Number of pages4
JournalMicrowave and Optical Technology Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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