research group

Terahertz Sensing (THZ)

Department of Microelectronics

Area: THz UWB front-ends and advanced antenna architectures for THz sensing instruments

The Tera-Hertz portion of the spectrum presents unique potentials for advanced applications. Time domain sensing of the THz spectrum promises to be the ideal tool for the diagnosis of skin cancers, for the evaluation of the quality of the air, and for the detection of concealed weapons.

The THz spectrum will reveal the mechanisms at the origin of our universe, by facilitating the study of the cosmic background radiation, and will provide the means to monitor the health of our planet via satellite based sensing of critical gases responsible for global warming.

In the long term, the THz spectrum will enable wireless internet links million of times faster than now. Presently, due to lack of power sources and sensitive receivers, systems in the THz regime are extremely expensive.

Consequently the THz spectrum is still the domain of only niche (expensive) scientific applications. The unused bandwidth is the only widely available resource in the THz regime that in the future can compensate for the lack of power/sensitivity. But, so far, when scientists try to really use the bandwidth, they run into an insurmountable physical limit: dispersion.

Mission

The mission of the group is to introduce breakthrough antenna technology that will revolutionize THz imaging, time-domain sensing, and spectroscopic space science. In the long term the research will enable multi terabit wireless communications.

Education

The group is involved in the following courses:
EE1L11 EPO1Booming Bass5 ECdetails
EE1P21Electricity and Magnetism5 ECdetails
EE3120TUGuided and wireless EM transfer5 ECdetails
EE3345TUIntroduction to Physics of Electronics1 ECdetails
EE3350TUIntroduction to Radio Astronomy3 ECdetails
EE3360TUTransmission Lines4 ECdetails
EE3385TUPhased Steering System5 ECdetails
EE3P11Electromagnetics5 ECdetails
EE4510Advanced electromagnetics5 ECdetails
EE4580Quasi optical systems4 ECdetails
EE4620Spectral Domain Methods in Electromagnetics4 ECdetails
EE4635Superconducting Astronomical Instrumentation4 ECdetails
EE4C02Systems Engineering3 ECdetails
EE4C05Electromagnetics5 ECdetails
ET-Mi-201Minor “Electronics for Robotics”30 ECdetails
ET3033TUCircuit analysis3 ECdetails

Projects

The group is involved in the following projects:
3D-Antenna3D Elements For Phased Array Systemsdetails
AD-HOCArtificial Dielectrics for High-frequency On-Chip antennasdetails
ADL GUIAnalytical Tool for Artificial Dielectric Layersdetails
CONSORTISConcealed Objects Stand-Off Real-Time Imaging for Securitydetails
DESHIMADESHIMAdetails
DOT7Dotsevendetails
ESA-WAIMAntenna user terminal with Wide Angle Impedance Matching (WAIM) metamaterial radomedetails
GO/FOGeometrical Optics / Fourier Optics Tool for Analyzing Quasi-optical Componentsdetails
LAA-THz-CCSTG-ERC Lens Antenna Arrays for THz Coherent Camerasdetails
MATLAB toolCharacterization of Printed Transmission Lines at High Frequencies, Software Tool (MATLAB tool)details
MBAMulti-Beam Antenna arraysdetails
MOSAICMulti Object Spectrometer with an Array of superconducting Integrated Circuitsdetails
SPACEKIDSKinetic Inductance Detectors: a new imaging technology for observations in and from spacedetails
TANDEMTerahertz Astronomy with Novel DiElectric Materialsdetails
ThalesConnected arrays for multi-function radarsdetails
TiCAMTHz silicon-integrated camera for low-cost imaging applicationsdetails
TiCAM_2THz silicon-Integrated CAMera for low-cost imaging applicationsdetails
TIPPSITHz Imaging Phenomenology Platforms for Stand-off IED Detection funded by the European Defense Agencydetails
UNB-LAUNB-Lens-Arraysdetails
VENIEfficient on-chip antennas for terahertz applicationsdetails
WhALEWAtt LEvel transmitters at mm-wavesdetails