Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
20 - 24 April 2015
Conference st104
Terahertz Physics, Devices, and Systems IX: Advanced Applications in Industry and Defense
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Abstract Due:
6 October 2014

Author Notification:
15 December 2014

Manuscript Due Date:
23 March 2015

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Program Committee
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Additional Conference
BEST PAPER AWARDS: The Conference Chairs and Program Committee would like to recognize pioneers in the field with a Best Paper Award. Two candidates will be selected: one winner for the Best Paper Award ($1,000 USD) and a Runner-up ($500 USD). This award is open to all authors who present in this conference. Please see the Best Paper Awards page for complete award eligibility requirements.
Call for
Radiation in the terahertz range, loosely defined as 0.1 - 10 THz, spans the relatively undeveloped gap between electronics at the low end of the spectrum, and optics at the high frequency end. The goal of the conference is to bring researchers active in the general area of THz and related research to report their latest research findings and by providing a platform for the mutual exchange of ideas. The conference will address topics directed toward the fundamental understanding and advancement of the state of the art of the terahertz and millimeter and sub-millimeter portions of the spectrum emphasizing applications in industry, security, and military.

Initially, THz radiation was used exclusively by astrophysicists for applications such as the detection of antimatter. However, this extremely expansive and spectrally unique portion of the EM spectrum was initially of high interest for such applications as space-based communications, upper atmospheric sensing and communications, and potentially for short-range terrestrial communications and non-intrusive package screening. More recently, radiation in the THz range has been identified as ideal for an extremely wide range of applications from security to medical systems. Moreover, the realization of THz transistors and the use of negative index materials and more recently its use in counterfeit integrated circuit detection may revolutionize THz technology.

Terahertz radiation can be transmitted nearly transparently through most non-metallic and non-polar materials. This enables extremely accurate and noninvasive detection of concealed weapons and other contraband substances through clothing, cardboard, and other typical packing materials. Also, biological and chemical agents have been shown to exhibit a strong "fingerprint" response to THz radiation, leading to possible uses from early warning systems to the deployment of biological and chemical weapons. Because THz radiation is non-destructive to living tissue, it is a promising alternative to radiation in existing medical systems (x-ray, MRI, etc.) for non-destructive imaging and medical diagnostics. Furthermore, cancer cells specifically have been shown to strongly resonate when exposed to THz waves.

Terahertz imaging shows promising use in characterizing fundamental semiconductor growth processes as well as assessing the trustworthiness of modern VLSI circuits and systems; manufacture of other materials such as plastics. Additionally, the successful realization of metamaterials, plasmonic, quantum cascade lasers and nanoelectronics-based THz devices and systems and their integration with conventional devices and systems may allow novel applications.

There remain significant phenomenological and technological challenges that will need to be resolved for many applications. In terms of defense/security applications, the refinement of THz and sub- and millimeter wave systems is needed to enable very near-term payoffs such as security screening and the detailed characterization of materials such as explosives, pharmaceuticals or modern VLSI systems. Significant advancements are needed in THz source and detector technology to enable medium-range applications such as identification of biological and chemical agents; and new breakthroughs in sensing science phenomenology and sensor architectures will be required for enabling far-future applications such as detailed spectroscopic characterizations of biological molecules and nanoscale systems.

We invite papers and technical presentations in the following general areas of THz and millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelengths:

  • terahertz devices: electronics/photonics/plasmonics
  • terahertz generation, propagation, and interaction
  • passive components and materials issues in terahertz
  • terahertz imaging
  • terahertz sources, detectors and receivers
  • terahertz system architectures and distributed networks
  • terahertz diagnostics
  • terahertz nanoelectronics
  • terahertz spectroscopy
  • terahertz systems
  • advanced materials and concepts (e.g., metamaterials, memristor)
  • novel concepts (e.g., plasmonic THz, quantum cascade lasers)
  • terahertz to optical metamaterials, assemblies, and systems
  • new frontiers and recent breakthroughs in terahertz research
  • novel applications
    • VLSI trustworthiness and inspection – Counterfeit IC Detection
    • industrial inspection
    • security and military
    • biomedical
    • information processing and computing
    • electronics/information/communication systems
    • integration of advanced materials with conventional devices and systems.

Who Should Attend
This meeting will bring together researchers working on all aspects of THz radiation, from the coherent generation, transmission, and detection of THz waves to the individual opto-electronic devices needed to integrate them into viable systems. To further promote multidisciplinary interactions, we will recruit leading researchers from academia, government, and industry.
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