BIMTH16-Terahertz Technology

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr John Bowen

Email: j.bowen@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The terahertz region is the last part of the electromagnetic spectrum to be explored, but is important in a wide variety of applications, from the detection of concealed weapons to the imaging of hidden paintings, from astronomy to medical imaging, and from radar to communications. This module will cover the applications of terahertz technology and the devices and techniques used for the generation, detection and analysis of terahertz radiation. By the end of the module you will be able to design and analyse terahertz systems for a wide variety of applications. The assessment is purely by open book exam.


Aims:
To provide good understanding of the applications of terahertz technology and the devices and techniques used for the generation, detection and analysis of terahertz radiation.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module the student should be able to design and analyse terahertz systems for a wide variety of applications. They should be able to explain the design and operation of terahertz systems, sub-systems and components, how terahertz technology can be applied in different application areas, and be able to specify the most appropriate technological approach for a given application.

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Outline content:
Overview and applications of Terahertz technology. Reflectometer case study. Quasi-optical networks, polarising beam-splitters, Jones matrices. Beam-modes, beam control, quasi-optical systems design. Feed antennas, beam-mode analysis. Waveguides and transmission lines. Coherent sources, noice sources. Detectors and mixers. Two beam interferometers. Diplexers. Radiometry. Fast-pulse systems. Imaging.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module comprises 2 lectures per week and a revision tutorial.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 1
Guided independent study 79
       
Total hours by term 99.00 1.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
Two hours

Requirements for a pass:
MEng 50% overall module mark
MSc 50% overall module mark

Reassessment arrangements:
Examination only.
One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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