2016 Terahertz Devices and Systems

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Graduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Kawano Yukio 
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Tue5-6(S223)  Fri5-6(S223)  
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Course description and aims

Terahertz (THz) technology is nowadays in strong demand in a wide variety of fields, ranging from basic science to practical areas such as high-speed wireless communication, medicine, and security. However, because terahertz frequency region is located between the electronic and photonic bands, even basic components like detectors and sources have not been fully developed, compared to the other frequency regions.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of terahertz devices and systems, giving students tips for technical breakthroughs in this area.

Student learning outcomes

Terahertz (THz) technology can be developed by either electronics or photonics. This course enables students to acquire a wide range of knowledge regarding devices and systems based on electrons, electromagnetic waves, and lights.


Terahertz, Source, Detector, Spectroscopy, Imaging

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Discussions among students and presentation by students will be performed together with lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Understand the background of terahertz technology
Class 2 Source I Learn terahertz sources based on electronics
Class 3 Source II Learn terahertz sources based on photonics
Class 4 Detector I Learn terahertz detectors based on electronics
Class 5 Detector II Learn terahertz detectors based on photonics
Class 6 Components (antenna, filter, etc.) Learn terahertz components such as antennas and filters
Class 7 Test level of understanding with exercise problems Test level of understanding for classes 1–6
Class 8 Spectroscopy I Learn terahertz spectroscopy
Class 9 Spectroscopy II Learn terahertz spectroscopy
Class 10 Imaging I Learn terahertz imaging
Class 11 Imaging II Learn terahertz imaging
Class 12 Applications of terahertz technology I Learn applications of terahertz technology to sensing and analysis
Class 13 Applications of terahertz technology II Learn applications of terahertz technology to wireless communication
Class 14 Advanced development Understand cutting-edge technologies
Class 15 Summary and review Summarize and review classes 1–14



Reference books, course materials, etc.

斗内 政吉、『テラヘルツ技術』オーム社 ISBN: 978-4274202414 (Japanese)
深澤 亮一、『分析・センシングのためのテラヘルツ波技術』日刊工業新聞社 ISBN: 978-4526071232 (Japanese)
Handbook of Terahertz Technologies: Devices and Applications, edited by Ho-Jin Song and Tadao Nagatsuma, ISBN: 978-9814613088
Handbook of Terahertz Technology for Imaging, Sensing and Communications, edited by D. Saeedkia, ISBN: 978-0-85709-235-9

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' level of understanding will be assessed.
Presentation and discussion 30%, Exercise problems 30%, Final report 40%

Related courses

  • EEE.D211 : Semiconductor Physics
  • EEE.D351 : Electron Devices I
  • EEE.D352 : Electron Devices II
  • EEE.D331 : Optical and Electromagnetic Property in Semiconductors

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students preferably have completed the above related courses.


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