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Title: New terahertz dielectric spectroscopy for the study of aqueous solutions

We present the development of a high precision, tunable far-infrared (terahertz) frequency-domain dielectric spectrometer for studying the dynamics of biomolecules in aqueous solutions in the gigahertz-to-terahertz frequency. As an important benchmark system, we report on the measurements of the absorption and refractive index for liquid water in the frequency range from 5 GHz to 1.12 THz (0.17–37.36 cm{sup −1} or 0.268–60 mm). The system provides a coherent radiation source with power up to 20 mW in the gigahertz-to-terahertz region. The dynamic range of our instrument reaches 10{sup 12} and the system achieves a spectral resolution of less than 100 Hz. The temperature of samples can be controlled precisely with error bars of ±0.02 °C from 0 °C to 90 °C. Given these attributes, our spectrometer provides unique capabilities for the accurate measurement of even very strongly absorbing materials such as aqueous solutions.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22482629
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 86; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ACCURACY; AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS; BENCHMARKS; COHERENT RADIATION; DIELECTRIC MATERIALS; ERRORS; GHZ RANGE; REFRACTIVE INDEX; RESOLUTION; SPECTROMETERS; SPECTROSCOPY; WATER