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THz Technology and Instrumentation




Miguel Navarro-Cía


Miguel Navarro-Cía (IEEE S’08–M’10-SM’15) received the MEng and PhD degrees in Telecommunication Engineering, and MRes degree in Introduction to Research in Communications from Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain, in 2006, 2010 and 2007, respectively.
He is a Birmingham Fellow at University of Birmingham, UK. He is also affiliated with Imperial College London and University College London as a Visiting Researcher. Previously, he was a Research & Teaching Assistant at Universidad Pública de Navarra (2010-2011), a Research Associate at Imperial College London (2011-2012) and University College London (2012) and a Junior Research Fellow at Imperial College London (2012-2015). He worked as a Visiting Researcher at University of Pennsylvania (2010), Imperial College London (2008, 2009 and 2010), and Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center (2008).
He is the coauthor of 2 chapter books (one of them, ‘Principles of THz generation’, published by Wiley-IEEE Press in 2015), 95+ journal papers, and 250+ conferences papers. He is an editorial board member for 'IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation', 'Advanced Electromagnetics', and 'Radiophysics and Electronics'. He has been a TPC member for several conferences including CIAP'18 and '17, Metamaterials’2018 and ’2017, IEEE AP-S/URSI 2016, and EMN Meeting on THz 2016.
His current research interests are THz spectroscopy/microscopy, quasi-optics, plasmonics, metamaterials, antennas and frequency selective surfaces.



This Short Course aims to provide an opportunity for attendees to familiarize with THz technology (CW and pulsed). The storyline of the Short Course will build upon the presenter’s research in THz devices and experience with the commercial instruments ABmm VNA (CW), Keysight N5247B PNA-X with VDI extenders (CW), TPS Spectra 3000 from Teraview (pulsed) and all fibre-coupled TERA K15 from Menlo Systems (pulsed), and with an in-house (University College London) near-field TDS system. Presentations, youtube videos and group discussions will be used in this Short Course. It intends to assist participants to:
- Acquire an understanding of different THz sources (CW and pulsed) and detectors
- Become more insightful about the commercially available test instruments
- Become aware of the challenges in designing THz components
Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Short Course participants will be better able to:
- Classify the different commercial THz instruments according to their THz generation and detection
- Reflect upon the attendee’ beliefs about the challenges in THz technology
- Assess the suitability of time-domain (pulsed) vs. frequency-domain (CW) approach to test components
- Adopt a critical attitude towards scaling down/up microwave/optical designs for THz
- Follow-up topics introduced in this Short Course by participating in other specialized Short Courses on THz


Course Outline


- Why THz now? Historic introduction of THz science and technology. Current applications, trends and potential opportunities. Challenges from the material point of view. Considerations for modelling/simulations. [~45 min]
- THz technology: Passive components. THz sources (thermal, electrical and optical/laser based). THz detectors (thermal, coherent, others). Commercial instruments. My own experience: ABmm, TPS Spectra 3000, TERA K15 and non-commercial near-field TDS. [~1h 30 min]
- TDS: generation & detection. [~45 min]



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