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RRY070 - Millimeter wave and THz technology
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPWPS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Written and oral assignments 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   16 Dec 2013 am V

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Docent  Vincent Desmaris
Professor  Victor Belitsky

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in radio and microwave engineering.


This course aims to introduce students to the problems of guiding, detecting and generating electromagnetic radiation at millimeter wavelengths (MM-waves) and at Terahertz frequencies. Through the course, students will receive lectures on the subjects outlined above and will additionally perform laboratory work to acquire practical skills. A project work guided by teachers will focus students' studies on a deeper understanding of a selected problem within the course subject. The course goal is to provide students with a wide introduction to millimeter and sub-millimeter (Terahertz) technology for industrial applications, instrumentation in radio astronomy, environmental science and other applications.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- understand principals of building and methods of characterization of low-noise receivers for millimeter and Terahertz bands;
- understand limitations and advantages of MMIC, bolometric and heterodyne receivers and choose technology suitable for particular frequency band and application;
- understand basic principals of operation of superconducting detector and mixer components such as TES, HEB, SIS;
- understand basic principals of building cryogenic HEMT amplifiers and perform Y-factor measurements of amplifier noise temperature;
- understand principals of Gaussian beam technique and be able to simulate basic schemes of millimeter and Terahertz receiver coupling with antenna beam; understand basic principles, limitations and advantages of using Terahertz waveguides;
- understand principals of generation of MM-wave and Terahertz radiation;
- use knowledge on low-noise receiver technology for applications, e.g. radio astronomy, environmental science observations, or other applications;


The course largely relies on and uses the pre-required knowledge of microwave techniques, theory of transmission lines, and general understanding of physics. The course material covers the following topics:

- Noise and receiver properties at mm and submm frequencies, cryogenically operated receivers;
- Antenna - receiver coupling: Gaussian beam technique, Terahertz waveguides;
- Receiver types, e.g. direct detection (bolometric) and heterodyne, quasi-optical and waveguide-based; basics of operation for different type of receivers, schemes and applications;
- Bolometric receivers: theory, practical designs, examples;
- Heterodyne SIS receivers: theory, design, examples. Superconducting tuning circuitries;
- HEB heterodyne receivers: theory, design, examples.
- Terahertz MMICs: theory, design, examples.
- Generation of mm and submm waves: sources for local oscillators.
- HEMT cryogenic amplifiers: theory, design, examples.
- Superconductivity and thin-film processing for cryogenic and superconducting components: review of methods and technology.


The course includes about 19 lectures, laboratory work (measuring the noise temperature of a cryogenic HEMT amplifier using Y-factor method), the course project made individually by every student (list of project topics will be offered to allow deeper studies on selected course material, e.g., design a quasi-optic coupling scheme with specified properties, propose and choose technology for environmental experiment with limb-sounder, etc.). All course events are compulsory and require student attendance.


The list of recommended literature to cover a wide course material, including journal papers and books will be provided via direct links to pdf files or links via Chalmers Library access. The Course RRY070 - MM-wave and Terahertz Technology (THzTech) details including the actual time schedule, literature, laboratory (tutorial) and Project could be found at the course web-page


The assessment includes three steps: through the Course, students are tested by written mini-tests run at the beginning of every lecture (with result giving up to 10 point total), written course project (10 points); the laboratory work with report is compulsory for performing examination. A written examination completes the Course assessment (additional 40 points). The grade 3 is given for total collected points of 24-35, the grade 4 for total collected points of 36-47 and the grade 5 is given for more than 48 collected points.

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