At present, the utilization of the terahertz band for communications remains a hypothetical scenario. This thesis presents a design for a communications setup for terahertz frequencies of kilometer range distances using a reflector antenna design. The primary focus is the terahertz radiating element of the system. Building upon published experimental work a simulation based approach is developed that duplicates experimental work. Next, this simulation setup is used with a new proposed design methodology is used to develop the primary radiators. A structure intended to be used with a photoconductive switch is selected and various design parameters are studied. The summation of the study concludes with a proposed experimental design that will be built and studied.
terahertz, radiator, switched oscillator
Level of Degree
Electrical and Computer Engineering
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Brown, Douglas. "Optimization of a Terahertz Radiator." (2011). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ece_etds/41