Characterisation of Attenuation by Sand in Low-THz Band

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Research to quantify the attenuation of 150 GHz and 300 GHz EM waves in sand has been conducted and the results are presented in this paper to investigate the performance of low-THz sensing for outdoor applications when an antenna
radome might be contaminated by sand, which is one of the most common types of contaminant in outdoor environments. The signal power deviation has been studied as a function of sand thickness and granule size. Five kinds of granule-size-calibrated silica sands and natural sand were used in the experiment. While
the results confirms expected greater attenuation at 300 GHz than that at 150 GHz, it has also been shown that sand composed of coarser particles provide greater attenuation than that of finer particles, which challenges some previously reported results.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf)
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jul 2017
Event2017 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2017 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 8 May 201712 May 2017


Conference2017 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarConf 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Low-THz wave , transmissivity , sand , automotive