Terahertz Imaging With Dynamic Aperture


A method of improving spatial resolution of a pump-probe terahertz (THz) imaging system for producing an image of an object. The method provides a chopped optical gating beam focused on a semiconductive layer that is either part of the object or a discrete layer placed over the object. The gating beam is focused on a gating pulse focal spot having a diameter effective to cause measurable modulation in transmission of a THz beam through the semiconductive layer when the gating pulse is on as compared to when the gating pulse is off, creating alternating modulated THz beams for detection and processing. Systems for performing the method in transmission and reflection modes are also described.

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  • Publication: May 11, 2004
  • Application: Jan 25, 2002
    US US 5686602 A
  • Priority: Jan 25, 2002
    US US 5686602 A
  • Priority: Jan 25, 2001
    US US 26372201 P

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