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Large-scan-area sub-terahertz imaging system for nondestructive food quality inspection
- Ok, Gyeongsik, Shin, Hee Jun, Lim, Min-Cheol, Choi, Sung-Wook
- Food control 2019 v.96 pp. 383-389
- Panax, chocolate, edible seaweed, food quality, image analysis, walnuts
- A subwavelength transmission imaging system based on Bessel–Gauss beam focusing in the 140 GHz frequency band (λ = 2.14 mm) was constructed for food quality inspection purposes. The system employed a low-cost beam source for imaging via mechanical raster scanning, and the high resolution (0.75 λ) focusing module had an extended depth of focus (12.6 λ) and supported a large scan area (800 × 400 mm2, 30 min scan time). The performance of the proof-of-concept system was nondestructively investigated by using a variety of food products, such as chocolate bars, dried laver, red ginseng, and walnuts.