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Metamaterials-Based Device for Generation of Broadband Terahertz Radiation
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For Information, Contact:
Craig Forney
Commercialization Manager, Chemistry and Materials Sciences
515-294-4740
licensing@iastate.edu
Web Published:
2/22/2016
ISURF #
4109
Summary:
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a metamaterials-based terahertz emitter that could drastically improve communication speeds and imaging resolution.

Development Stage:
Description:
The terahertz gap, which lies between the infrared and millimeter spectral regions (from approximately 100 GHz to 15THz) poses one of the most demanding challenges for technology and fundamental science today. The lack of efficient light sources and detectors makes THz physics one of the least explored parts of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. This is despite the underlying demand in the fields of communication and sensing, to push the gigahertz switching speed limit of today’s logic/memory/wireless communication devices into the terahertz range and to extend the conventional visible/infrared spectrum of today’s security and medical imaging devices into the THz spectrum, which provides more transparency and has more distinct spatial signatures suitable for non-invasive and label-free imaging.

ISU researchers have accomplished efficient broadband, single-cycle THz pulse generation by developing a novel THz emitter from metamaterials. This efficient and compact THz source is extremely useful for many applications including integrated nano-photonics and nano-electronic circuits, high-speed information and communication technology and ultra-small, non-invasive biological and medical evaluation.

Advantage:
• Faster communication/computing speeds
• Further miniaturization of devices
• Improved resolution imaging
• Label-free evaluation
• Metamaterial-based emitter outperforms thin film and crystal-based emitters

Application:
Imaging (medical and security), Communication, Manufacturing and Scientific
Patent Information:
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Country Serial No. Patent No. Issued Date
United States 14/989,565 9,684,221* 6/20/2017


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