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EPSRC Reference: EP/J017671/1
Title: COherent Terahertz Systems (COTS)-opening up the terahertz spectrum for widespread application
Principal Investigator: Seeds, Professor AJ
Other Investigators:
Ritchie, Professor DA Renaud, Dr C Pepper, Professor Sir M
Aeppli, Professor G Linfield, Professor EH Davies, Professor AG
Mitrofanov, Dr O
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Aerospace and Defence KTN Agilent Technologies Ltd Airbus Group Limited
Bio Nano Centre Ltd Home Office IBM
III-V Lab Nat. Inst. of Info & Communication Tech Roke Manor Research Ltd
Rutgers State University of New Jersey Smiths-Detection T R L Technology Ltd
Teraview Ltd University of Cambridge University of Kassel
Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: UCL
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 01 May 2012 Ends: 31 October 2017 Value (£): 6,568,979
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Optical Communications Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics Communications
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
02 Feb 2012 Programme Grant Interviews - 2 February 2012 (ICT) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The terahertz (THz) frequency region within the electromagnetic spectrum, covers a frequency range of about one hundred times that currently occupied by all radio, television, cellular radio, Wi-Fi, radar and other users and has proven and potential applications ranging from molecular spectroscopy through to communications, high resolution imaging (e.g. in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors) and security screening. Yet, the underpinning technology for the generation and detection of radiation in this spectral range remains severely limited, being based principally on Ti:sapphire (femtosecond) pulsed laser and photoconductive detector technology, the THz equivalent of the spark transmitter and coherer receiver for radio signals. The THz frequency range therefore does not benefit from the coherent techniques routinely used at microwave/optical frequencies. Our programme grant will address this. We have recently demonstrated optical communications technology-based techniques for the generation of high spectral purity continuous wave THz signals at UCL, together with state-of-the-art THz quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology at Cambridge/Leeds. We will bring together these internationally-leading researchers to create coherent systems across the entire THz spectrum. These will be exploited both for fundamental science (e.g. the study of nanostructured and mesoscopic electron systems) and for applications including short-range high-data-rate wireless communications, information processing, materials detection and high resolution imaging in three dimensions.
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