The Technical University Darmstadt has recently been awarded 750,000 euros by the UN under the “Horizon 2020” initiative in support of it’s ITN CELTA Terahertz Research project. The project aims to build bridges between optical and electronic high-frequency technology in order to enable new applications.
The focus of the ITN CELTA project* is the development of technologies for imaging, sensors, spectroscopy and communications technology in the terahertz frequency range. The wavelength in this frequency range is between 3 mm and 30 µm and thus between infra-red radiation and microwaves.
note: * ITN = Innovative Training Network, CELTA = Convergence of Electronics and Photonics Technologies for Enabling Terahertz Applications.
The joint project with eleven European universities and 14 industrial partners is being supported with total funding of €3.8 million from the EU “Horizon 2020” funding programme.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ETIT) at the TU Darmstadt received the funding for three new PhD positions working in the area of terahertz system technology, photonics and optical communications technology and microwave technology. The project is coordinated by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
To date, Terahertz technology has been based mostly on purely optical or purely electronic approaches, i.e. complementary technical approaches. The ITN CELTA project aims to accelerate the development of terahertz research in Europe by building new bridges between optical and high frequency technology.
The Darmstadt PhD research project will deal primarily with graph-based applications for the scanner, the development of a front-end architecture for a photo mixer which generates a terahertz signal from an optical signal, and real time measurement of the beam control of a terahertz signal.
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