Distinguished Microwave Lecturers

Millimeter-wave and Terahertz Applications Enabled by Photonics

DML 2016-2018 Tadao Nagatsuma

Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, 1-3 Machikaneyama, Toyonaka, 560-8531, Japan

This lecture presents how effectively photonics technologies are implemented not only in generation, detection and transmission of continuous millimetre waves (MMW) and terahertz (THz) waves, but also in system applications such as communications, measurements, spectroscopy and imaging to efficiently enhance their performance. After briefly reviewing key devices and components, first, wireless communications applications are discussed aiming at a data rate of terabit/s. Next, frequency-domain spectroscopy systems are presented, in particular focusing on the approach to increasing a measurement sensitivity, and a similar technique is successfully applied to visualization of MMW/THz electric-field radiation and propagation, which is crucial for the characterization of devices and systems. Finally, in order to make MMW/THz systems more compact and cost-effective, recent challenges in photonic integration technologies are described, which include monolithically integrated photonic signal generators, and hybrid integration schemes using, for example, photonic crystal platforms.