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Terahertz technology for space exploration and data communications
Author(s): Michael S. Shur
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Paper Abstract

For the last 500,000 years, progress of human civilization has been linked to exploration of electromagnetic spectrum. Photonic devices progressed from torches to candles, from gas lamps to electric bulbs, and finally to visible, infrared, and UV lasers and light emitting diodes. Electronic devices, such as High Electron Mobility Transistors and Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors, reached into the sub-terahertz range. The terahertz range (0.3 THz to 30 THz) is in between the spectral ranges dominated by electronic and photonic device. In this paper, we review applications of terahertz technology for space exploration and data communications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6776, Broadband Access Communication Technologies II, 67760D (10 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.752266
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Michael S. Shur, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6776:
Broadband Access Communication Technologies II
Raj Jain; Benjamin B. Dingel; Shozo Komaki; Shlomo Ovadia, Editor(s)

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