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Sensors 2016, 16(4), 432; doi:10.3390/s16040432

Spectroscopic Terahertz Imaging at Room Temperature Employing Microbolometer Terahertz Sensors and Its Application to the Study of Carcinoma Tissues

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Department of Optoelectronics, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanoriu Ave. 231, Vilnius 02300, Lithuania
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Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Trzaska 25, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
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Instituto de Investigacao e Inovacao em Saudeand, Instituto de Engenharia Biomedica, University of Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 823, Porto 4150-180, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Dragan Indjin and Vincenzo Spagnolo
Received: 6 February 2016 / Revised: 4 March 2016 / Accepted: 18 March 2016 / Published: 25 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Infrared and THz Sensing and Imaging)
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A terahertz (THz) imaging system based on narrow band microbolometer sensors (NBMS) and a novel diffractive lens was developed for spectroscopic microscopy applications. The frequency response characteristics of the THz antenna-coupled NBMS were determined employing Fourier transform spectroscopy. The NBMS was found to be a very sensitive frequency selective sensor which was used to develop a compact all-electronic system for multispectral THz measurements. This system was successfully applied for principal components analysis of optically opaque packed samples. A thin diffractive lens with a numerical aperture of 0.62 was proposed for the reduction of system dimensions. The THz imaging system enhanced with novel optics was used to image for the first time non-neoplastic and neoplastic human colon tissues with close to wavelength-limited spatial resolution at 584 GHz frequency. The results demonstrated the new potential of compact RT THz imaging systems in the fields of spectroscopic analysis of materials and medical diagnostics. View Full-Text
Keywords: compact THz sensors and components; THz imaging systems; multispectral THz imaging; medical THz imaging compact THz sensors and components; THz imaging systems; multispectral THz imaging; medical THz imaging
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Kašalynas, I.; Venckevičius, R.; Minkevičius, L.; Sešek, A.; Wahaia, F.; Tamošiūnas, V.; Voisiat, B.; Seliuta, D.; Valušis, G.; Švigelj, A.; Trontelj, J. Spectroscopic Terahertz Imaging at Room Temperature Employing Microbolometer Terahertz Sensors and Its Application to the Study of Carcinoma Tissues. Sensors 2016, 16, 432.

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