Terahertz Transmitter Developed at TU Darmstadt Shows Promise for Medical Applications

January 24, 2012 – 12:20 pm

A tiny terahertz (THz) transmitter developed at the Technische Universität Darmstadt Institute for Microwave Technology and Photonics achieves the highest frequency on record for a device of this kind and can operate at room temperature.

Typically used to nondestructively inspect materials, THz transmitters have found limited adoption because of their cost and size. However, researchers at TU Darmstadt have built a resonance tunnel diode that can generate THz electromagnetic radiation using relatively conventional semiconductor manufacturing technologies in a size of less than 1 sq mm. The device has numerous potential applications, including in vivo detection of diseased tissue, according to the researchers.

To learn more about the technology, read the post about the tiny transmitter on the Medtech Pulse blog.

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