Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Abstract-Terahertz Sensing of Chlorpyrifos-methyl using Metamaterials
Wendao Xua, Lijuan Xiea, Jianfei Zhub, Wei Wangc, Zunzhong Yea, Yungui Mab, Chao-Yin Tsaid, Su-Ming Chend, Yibin Yinga,
By squeezing electromagnetic energy into small volumes near a metal-dielectric interface, plasmonics provide many routes to enhance and manipulate light-matter interactions, which presents new strategies for signal enhancing technologies. As an extension of the ideas of plasmonics to the terahertz (THz) range, metamaterials have shown great potential in sensing applications. In this study, terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) combined with metamaterials was used to detect chlorpyrifos-methyl (CM), which is one type of the broad-spectrum organophosphorus pesticides. The results demonstrate that sensitivity is greatly improved using THz metamaterials, with the limit of detection (LOD) of CM reaching 0.204 mg L-1, which is lower than the World Health Organization’s provisional guideline limit for CM in vegetables (1 mg L-1). The results indicated that THz spectroscopy combined with metamaterials could be a valuable method for highly sensitive THz applications, presenting a new strategy for food quality and safety control in the future.