Tutorial

Michael Shur

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Michael Shur received the M.S.E.E. degree from the St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, the Ph.D. degree in mathematics and physics and D.Sc. degree (habilitation) in mathematics and physics from the A.F. Ioffe Institute of Physics and Technology. He is the Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts Professor of Solid State Electronics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Shur is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, SPIE, and Fellow of OSA, SPIE, IET, AAAS, MRS, WIF, and ECS.  He is Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of High-Speed Electronics and Systems. His awards include the Tibbetts Award for Technology Commercialization, Honorary Doctorates from the St. Petersburg Technical University and University of Vilnius, IEEE EDS Ebers Award, Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Donald Fink Award, IEEE Kirchmayer Award, Gold Medal of the Russian Ministry of Education, van der Ziel Award, Senior Humboldt Research Award, Pioneer Award, RPI Engineering Research Award, several Best Paper Awards, and Distinguished Lecturer awards from the IEEE EDS, MTT, and Sensors Council.  He is Foreign Member of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Sensing using THz radiation
The emerging application of sub-THz and THz technology for 6G communications (including future 6G Wi-Fi) has focused attention on the THz sensing and detection technology.  This tutorial will cover
  • THz detection for 6G communications (in sub- THz and THz atmospheric windows)
  • THz sensing of biological and chemical hazardous agents
  • THz cancer detection and other medical applications
  • THz homeland security applications
  • THz sensing in radioastronomy and space research
  • THz sensing for industrial control
  • THz scanning detection for VLSI yield and reliability control
  • THz scanning for hardware cyber security.
The  overview of the THz sensing technology will include the state-of-the-art THz sources. These sources range from traditional pulsed THz sources and frequency multipliers using IMPATT and Gunn diodes to Quantum Cascade lasers and THz plasmonic arrays. I will then discuss the THz detectors including emerging Si, III-V, III-N, and graphene plasmonic TeraFETs and spectroscopic and line-of-sight vector THz detection.  The THz detection for 6G communications in the 300 GHz range could be implemented using  Si CMOS with the 20 nm SOI technology node being a prime candidate for this application.

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