Dual-band submillimeter-wave kinetic inductance bolometers and an imaging system for contraband object detection

Juha Hassel, Shahab Oddin Dabironezare, Erio Gandini, Leif Grönberg, Hannu Sipola, Anssi Rautiainen, Aleksi Tamminen, Mikko Leivo, Hannu Lindström, Hannu Vasama, Arttu Luukanen, Nuria Llombart

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Kinetic inductance bolometer (KIB) technology is a candidate for scalable submillimeter wave imaging systems, particularly suitable for person security screening applications. We have previously shown that the basic figures of merit are compatible with room-temperature radiometric imaging applications, and demonstrated the functionality of kilo-pixel detector arrays. In this article, we report on our imaging system based on 8208 KIBs organized on a 2D focal plane. We provide an overview on the basic components, including the detectors, optics, and cryogenics, and describe aspects relevant in system integration. Moreover, we demonstrate the capacity in actual concealed object detection by presenting datasets revealing metallic and dielectric objects hidden under the clothes of a test person.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPassive and Active Millimeter-Wave Imaging XXI
EditorsDavid A. Wikner, Duncan A. Robertson
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA
ISBN (Electronic)9781510617803
ISBN (Print)9781510617797
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSPIE Defense and Security 2018 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 15 Apr 201819 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Electronic)0277-786X


ConferenceSPIE Defense and Security 2018
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Contraband detection
  • kinetic inductance
  • radiometry
  • submillimeter
  • superconductor
  • THz


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