Terahertz Engineering Laboratory

Terahertz spectrum

The terahertz spectrum is loosely defined between 0.1 and 10 THz, or between the microwave and infrared regions. Terahertz technology holds great potential for a wide range of applications in sensing, imaging, radar, and communications. Until recently, the spectrum has been relatively underused owing to a number of research challenges.

Laboratory capabilities

The Terahertz Engineering Laboratory is a research group associated with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Adelaide. The Laboratory has been established in 2018 under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant LE180100003 with co-contributions from The University of Adelaide, RMIT University, University of Wollongong, and The University of Sydney.

The Terahertz Engineering Laboratory hosts a wide range of terahertz electronics-based components and systems. They include vector analyser extension modules, signal generator extender, spectrum analyser extender, terahertz detectors, high-power terahertz sources, and peripheral components (antennas, waveguides, probes). Being successors to bulky optical-based systems, these components and systems are modular, highly customisable, and are direct precursors to future terahertz integrated systems.

Looking forward

Our research activities emphasise engineering aspects of terahertz technology towards practicalities. Research challenges are informed by practical requirements and restrictions. We consolidate techniques from both the microwave and optics worlds towards terahertz integrated platforms. The laboratory is set to cover activities in device characterisation, beyond-5G communications, short-range radar, molecular spectroscopy, and non-destructive evaluation.


We would like to acknowledge these agencies for their financial and in-kind contributions. The views expressed in our research are those of our group and are not necessarily those of the sponsors.