Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Abstract-Metamaterial based terahertz imaging
Escorcia Carranza, Ivonne - Grant, James - Gough, John - Cumming, David R.S. -
This article presents the design of an innovative, low-cost, uncooled, metamaterial based terahertz (THz) focal plane array (FPA). A single pixel is composed of a resonant metamaterial absorber and micro-bolometer sensor integrated in a standard 180 nm CMOS process. The metamaterial is made directly in the metallic and insulating layers available in the six metal layer CMOS foundry process. THz absorption is determined by the geometry of the metamaterial absorber which can be customized for different frequencies. The initial prototype consists of a 5 x 5 pixel array with a pixel size of 30 µm x 30 µm and is readily scalable to more commercially viable array sizes. The FPA imaging capability is demonstrated in a transmission and reflection mode experiment by scanning a metallic object hidden in a manila envelope.