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Gradziel M.;White D.;Trappe N.;Mahon R.;Finn T.;Withington S.;Murphy A.;O'Sullivan C.
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Modelling of millimetre-wave and Terahertz imaging systems
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Gaussian Beam Modes MODAL Modelling Parallel processing Physical Optics Quasi-optical Terahertz
In order to improve the design and analyse the performance of efficient terahertz optical systems, novel quasi-optical components along with dedicated software tools are required. At sub-millimetre wavelengths, diffraction dominates the propagation of radiation within quasi-optical systems and conventional geometrical optics techniques are not adequate to accurately guide the beams or assess optical efficiency. In fact, in general Optical design in the terahertz waveband suffers from a lack of dedicated commercial software packages for modelling the range of electromagnetic propagation regimes that are important in such systems. In this paper we describe the physical basis for efficient CAD software tools we are developing to specifically model long wavelength systems. The goal is the creation of a user-friendly package for optical engineers allowing potential systems to be quickly simulated as well as also providing an analytical tool for verification of existing optical systems. The basic approach to modelling such optical trains is the application of modal analysis,1,2 which we have extended to include scattering at common off-axis conic reflectors. Other analytical techniques are also included within the CAD software framework such as plane wave decomposition and full physical optics. We also present preliminary analytical methods for characterising standing waves that can occur in terahertz systems and report on novel binary optical components for this wavelength range. Much of this development work has been applied to space instrumentation but is relevant for all Terahertz Imaging systems.
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