An empirical analysis of noise in pulsed terahertz systems

J. W. Handley*, Netta Cohen, R. D. Boyle, Elizabeth Berry

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Terahertz pulsed imaging systems use broadband pulses of sub-millimetre wavelength radiation for spectroscopy and imaging. This Letter demonstrates that a four parameter stable distribution models the observed noise of the pulses, with two of the parameters dependent on material type and thickness. We additionally show that this noise is not characterised by either Gaussian or Gaussian-mixture models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L65-L76
JournalFluctuation and Noise Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Noise models
  • Stable distributions
  • Terahertz pulsed imaging


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