Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After successful completion of this course, the student can:

  • Explain the fields and modes inside waveguides and calculate wave propagation parameters.
  • Select the appropriate waveguide for a given application.
  • Understand the working principles of direct detection.
  • Explain how THz radiation is generated and detected via photonic means.
  • Understand how the imaging applications benefit from THz technology and how application requirements drive technology development.
  • Explain some basic THz electronic devices.
  • Explain the operation of some basic THz antennas and quasi-optical components.
  • Explain the relevant measurement techniques at THz frequencies.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 16.04.2024 - 04.06.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Juha Ala-Laurinaho, Juha Mallat, Aleksi Tamminen, Zachary Taylor

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The lecture topics cover generation of THz radiation (0.1 - 10 THz) with electronic and photonic means, antennas, waveguiding, quasioptics, detection, measurement techniques, and applications.

    • Hollow rectangular and circular waveguides
    • Direct detection concepts
    • THz multipliers, mixers, and amplifiers
    • THz antennas and quasioptics
    • Photonic THz technologies
    • Measurements with a vector-network analyzer 
    • THz material characterization
    • Antenna measurements
    • THz imaging and medical imaging

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Homework exercises, laboratory exercise(s), seminar presentation, and final exam.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact hours 36 h (4 h + 2 h per week, 6 weeks). Independent work 99 h.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    G. Carpintero, L.E. Garcia Munoz, S. Preu, H. Hartnagel, and A.V. Räisänen (eds.), "Semiconductor THz Technology: From Components to Systems", John Wiley & Sons, 2015, 450 pages.

    Paul F. Goldsmith, "Quasioptical Systems: Gaussian Beam Quasioptical Propogation and Applications"  Wiley-IEEE Press, 1997, 432 Pages.


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    4 Quality Education

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 No teaching
    2023-2024 Spring V

    Enrollment :

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