Electrical and Computer Engineering ETDs

Author

Douglas Brown

Publication Date

2-8-2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords

terahertz, radiator, switched oscillator

Document Type

Thesis

Language

English

Degree Name

Electrical Engineering

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Christodoulou, Christos

First Committee Member (Chair)

Schamiloglu, Edl

Second Committee Member

Baum, Carl

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