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227-0455-00L  Terahertz: Technology & Applications

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersK. Sankaran
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

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AbstractThis course will provide a solid foundation for understanding physical principles of THz applications. We will discuss various building blocks of THz technology - components dealing with generation, manipulation, and detection of THz electromagnetic radiation. We will introduce THz applications in the domain of imaging, communications, and energy harvesting.
ObjectiveThis is an introductory course on Terahertz (THz) technology and applications. Devices operating in THz frequency range (0.1 to 10 THz) have been increasingly studied in the recent years. Progress in nonlinear optical materials, ultrafast optical and electronic techniques has strengthened research in THz application developments. Due to unique interaction of THz waves with materials, applications with new capabilities can be developed. In theory, they can penetrate somewhat like X-rays, but are not considered harmful radiation, because THz energy level is low. They should be able to provide resolution as good or better than magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), possibly with simpler equipment. Imaging, very-high bandwidth communication, and energy harvesting are the most widely explored THz application areas. We will study the basics of THz generation, manipulation, and detection. Our emphasis will be on the physical principles and applications of THz in the domain of imaging, communication and energy harvesting.
Chapter 1: Introduction to THz Physics
Chapter 2: Components of THz Technology

Chapter 3: THz Generation
Chapter 4: THz Detection
Chapter 5: THz Manipulation

Chapter 6: THz Imaging
Chapter 7: THz Communication
Chapter 8: THz Energy Harvesting
Literature- Yun-Shik Lee, Principles of Terahertz Science and Technology, Springer 2009
- Ali Rostami, Hassan Rasooli, and Hamed Baghban, Terahertz Technology: Fundamentals and Applications, Springer 2010

Whenever we deviate from the main material discussed in these books, softcopy of lectures notes will be provided.
Prerequisites / NoticeGood foundation in electromagnetics & knowledge of microwave or optical communication is helpful.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersK. Sankaran
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationEvaluation is based on 30 minutes oral examination

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227-0455-00 VTerahertz: Technology & Applications2 hrs
Wed15-17ETZ K 91 »
K. Sankaran


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