Terahertz (THz) application in food contamination detection

Aifeng Ren, Adnan Zahid, Xiaodong Yang, Akram Alomainay, Muhammad Ali Imran, Qammer H. Abbasi

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This chapter mainly focuses on various sensing technologies that have been employed to detect food and water contamination. It has been found that these conventional sensing technologies appear to be unfeasible and impractical to meet with the challenging growth of population. In this aspect, THz sensing is discussed in detail and deemed to be more effective due to its strong penetration feature, high resolution, and sensitivity to monitor the molecular changes in fruits. This chapter also introduces a novel technique of fruits contamination detection by monitoring MC and observe the transmission and path loss response of fruits. It also investigates an important parameter such as the absorption coefficient and shows some significant results and correlation of MC with transmission response and absorption coefficient. Upon close analysis, these results give meaningful information about the composites present in fruits such as carbohydrates and proteins. Toward the end, this chapter emphasizes on the advancement and development of terahertz technology applications and found that the THz sensing is a promising candidate and has a potential to change a paradigm in the plant science sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNano-Electromagnetic Communication at Terahertz and Optical Frequencies
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Applications
PublisherScitech Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9781785619045
ISBN (Print)9781785619038
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


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