NYU series tackles next spectrum frontier: terahertz

The folks who conducted pioneering research into millimeter wave (mmWave) technology are now looking at what might be the next big thing: terahertz electromagnetic spectrum.

A series of seminars organized by the New York University Wireless research center and NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department this fall will feature foremost scientists and engineers in the field. The series, conducted at the school’s Brooklyn, N.Y., campus, will be streamed for the public to view and archived for later viewing.

For those not in the know, just what is terahertz spectrum exactly? Generally, it’s above 100 GHz and goes all the way up to 540 GHz or so. But here’s a more detailed answer from Professor Ted Rappaport in response to FierceWirelessTech’s query:

“Technically, the THz band is 300 GHz to 3000 GHz, but due to the molecular make up of air, the spectrum that is implied by ‘THz’ in the circuits and sensing and communications realm is, practically speaking, in the range of from 100 GHz to 540 GHz or so, and the term ‘THz’ is now being loosely used to describe frequencies ‘above 100 GHz.’ Technically, the term ‘sub-THz’ is more accurate for the 100–300 GHz range, but ‘millimeter wave’ is technically 30–300 GHz, although practically it has been described as ‘above 10 GHz’ for practical discussions.”

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