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Lens Antenna Arrays for Coherent THz Cameras

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Project "LAA-THz-CC" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STEVINWEG 1
city: DELFT
postcode: 2628 CN

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 1˙497˙500 €
 EC max contribution 1˙497˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) coordinator 1˙497˙500.00


 Project objective

The THz region was limited to applications in radio astronomy and space science. In recent years, THz systems have expanded into many more areas of science, defence, security, and non-destructive industrial applications. Microwave based THz cameras have demonstrated the highest sensitivity at large distances. However, their current state of the art is comparable to the first analog photographic cameras characterized by long exposition times. Two fundamental problems have to be addressed to change this situation: technologically, there is the lack of integrated coherent arrays with high power and sensitivity; and theoretically, a field representation to characterize analytically these systems is missing.

I propose to tackle the technological problem by exploiting the coherency between small antenna arrays coupled to actuated lenses to overcome the sensitivity problem and achieve instantaneous refocusing (i.e. zooming). The proposed antenna technology is based on a recent breakthrough that I pioneered: micro-lenses excited by leaky waves with seamless integration in silicon technology. This antenna enables the fabrication of large fly’s eye cameras in just two wafers, and promises one order of magnitude better scanning performances than previous solutions. An analytical model to investigate the electromagnetic response of coherent THz arrays is the enabling tool for optimizing the camera performances. I will develop this tool by combining advance spectral antenna techniques with coherent Fourier Optics. This model will not only be used in new beamforming techniques, but also for the characterization of future THz telecommunication links. This project will make the first significant strides in developing the next generation of coherent THz imaging cameras. The outcome of this project will be instrumental in pushing today's costly THz niche applications into the main stream, and possibly pole vault THz systems into the 21st century communication society.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 J. Bueno, O. Yurduseven, S. J. C. Yates, N. Llombart, V. Murugesan, D. J. Thoen, A. M. Baryshev, A. Neto, J. J. A. Baselmans
Full characterisation of a background limited antenna coupled KID over an octave of bandwidth for THz radiation
published pages: 233503, ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063/1.4985060
Applied Physics Letters 110/23 2020-02-12
2018 Ozan Yurduseven, Juan Bueno, Stephen Yates, Andrea Neto, Jochem Baselmans, Nuria Llombart
Incoherent Detection of Orthogonal Polarizations via an Antenna Coupled MKID: Experimental Validation at 1.55 THz
published pages: 1-1, ISSN: 2156-342X, DOI: 10.1109/TTHZ.2018.2873890
IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology 2020-02-12
2016 N Llombart
Wide Field of View THz Imaging Cameras
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
European Conference of Antennas and Propagation 2016, Davos, Switzerland 2020-02-12
2017 Sven van Berkel, Ozan Yurduseven, Angelo Freni, Andrea Neto, Nuria Llombart
THz Imaging Using Uncooled Wideband Direct Detection Focal Plane Arrays
published pages: 481-492, ISSN: 2156-342X, DOI: 10.1109/TTHZ.2017.2736338
IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology 7/5 2020-02-12
2017 Stephen J. C. Yates, Andrey M. Baryshev, Ozan Yurduseven, Juan Bueno, Kristina K. Davis, Lorenza Ferrari, Willem Jellema, Nuria Llombart, Vignesh Murugesan, David J. Thoen, Jochem J. A. Baselmans
Surface Wave Control for Large Arrays of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors
published pages: 789-799, ISSN: 2156-342X, DOI: 10.1109/TTHZ.2017.2755500
IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology 7/6 2020-02-12
2018 Lorenza Ferrari, Ozan Yurduseven, Nuria Llombart, Stephen J. C. Yates, Juan Bueno, Vignesh Murugesan, David J. Thoen, Akira Endo, Andrey M. Baryshev, Jochem J. A. Baselmans
Antenna Coupled MKID Performance Verification at 850 GHz for Large Format Astrophysics Arrays
published pages: 127-139, ISSN: 2156-342X, DOI: 10.1109/TTHZ.2017.2764378
IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology 8/1 2020-02-12
2018 Alessandro Garufo, Giorgio Carluccio, Joshua R. Freeman, David R. Bacon, Nuria Llombart, Edmund H. Linfield, Alexander G. Davies, Andrea Neto
Norton Equivalent Circuit for Pulsed Photoconductive Antennas—Part II: Experimental Validation
published pages: 1646-1659, ISSN: 0018-926X, DOI: 10.1109/TAP.2018.2800704
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 66/4 2020-02-12
2018 Erio Gandini, Aleksi Tamminen, Arttu Luukanen, Nuria Llombart
Wide Field of View Inversely Magnified Dual-Lens for Near-Field Submillimeter Wavelength Imagers
published pages: 541-549, ISSN: 0018-926X, DOI: 10.1109/TAP.2017.2778016
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 66/2 2020-02-12
2018 Andrea Neto, Nuria Llombart, Angelo Freni
The Observable Field for Antennas in Reception
published pages: 1736-1746, ISSN: 0018-926X, DOI: 10.1109/TAP.2018.2809427
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 66/4 2020-02-12
2017 Erio Gandini, Jan Svedin, Tomas Bryllert, Nuria Llombart
Optomechanical System Design for Dual-Mode Stand-Off Submillimeter Wavelength Imagers
published pages: 393-403, ISSN: 2156-342X, DOI: 10.1109/TTHZ.2017.2700759
IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology 7/4 2020-02-12

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