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K. A. Moldosanov, A. V. Bykov, N. Z. Kairyev, M. K. Khodzitsky, G. I. Kropotov, V. M. Lelevkin, I. V. Meglinski, A. V. Postnikov, A. A. Shakhmin, and O. Sieryi "Terahertz-to-infrared converter based on the polyvinylchloride matrix with embedded gold nanoparticles", Proc. SPIE 11868, Emerging Imaging and Sensing Technologies for Security and Defence VI, 118680S (12 September 2021);

Terahertz-to-infrared converter based on the polyvinylchloride matrix with embedded gold nanoparticles

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Author: Moldosanov, K.A.1; Bykov, A.V.2; Kairyev, N.Z.1;
Organizations: 1Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Tydex LLC, Saint Petersburg, Russia
4Université de Lorraine, LCP-A2MC, Metz, France
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Language: English
Published: SPIE, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-03-15


Prospects for the development of devices for visualizing terahertz (THz) radiation sources can be associated with the use of the results of old studies (1965–1978) on the absorption of THz radiation by metal nanoparticles. This “renaissance” demonstrates that metallic nanoparticles can be used as nanotransducers of invisible THz radiation to infrared (IR) radiation detectable by a commercial IR camera. The investigated THz-to-IR converters are matrices that are transparent both in the THz radiation range to be visualized and in the operating range of the IR camera; matrices contain embedded metal nanoparticles. The latter, when irradiated with THz rays, convert the energy of THz photons into heat and become nanosources of IR radiation for the IR camera. In metal nanoparticles, the mechanisms of absorption of THz radiation and its conversion into heat are realized through dissipation of the energy of THz photons due to multiple scattering of electrons, as well as because of excitation of two types of phonons (transverse and longitudinal ones). The conversion of THz energy into the energy of transverse phonons occurs directly, while dissipation and excitation of longitudinal phonons occurs indirectly, through the excitation of Fermi electrons. Polyvinylchloride (PVC) was chosen as the matrix material, and gold nanoparticles were chosen as nanoparticles-fillers.

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Series: Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN: 0277-786X
ISSN-E: 1996-756X
ISSN-L: 0277-786X
ISBN: 978-1-5106-4581-3
ISBN Print: 978-1-5106-4580-6
Article number: 118680S
DOI: 10.1117/12.260208
Host publication: Emerging Imaging and Sensing Technologies for Security and Defence VI 202
Host publication editor: Buller, Gerald S.
Hollins, Richard C.
Lamb, Robert A.
Laurenzis, Martin
Conference: Emerging Imaging and Sensing Technologies for Security and Defence
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 114 Physical sciences
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