THz Measurement Facility


Welcome to a one-of-kind THz measurement facility for the global expansion of knowledge of THz devices, circuits, systems, radio propagation and channel modeling, sponsored by the 2022 NSF MRI Program and through collaboration with NYU, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and Florida International University.

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The Terahertz (THz) Measurement Facility, a collaboration between New York University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Florida International University, is a laboratory to support basic measurements of devices, circuits, materials, and radio propagation channels at the highest reaches of the radio spectrum. While today’s cellular telephones and wi-fi networks operate at frequencies below 100 GHz, there is great promise for greater download speeds and vast new wireless applications by moving up to the underexplored sub-THz and THz frequency bands – frequencies from 100 to 500 GHz. This MRI grant provides a facility to explore wireless components and systems at these new frequencies.

This grant supports three areas of measurement: a) Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) measurements, b) radio propagation and channel modeling, and c) metrology and calibration, over the contiguous frequency range of 75 GHz to 500 GHz. A unique concept of this facility is the loan of equipment, where institutions may borrow THz components to conduct remote field measurements for wireless communications, propagation, and sensing. Evolving semiconductors and integrated circuits, as well as the next-generation electronics based on layered materials (e.g., graphene), will be measured at THz bands using the RFIC probe station.

This facility will have a broad impact on the future of communications, materials, and devices. The creation of new calibration and metrology approaches are vital for accurate and repeatable measurements throughout the US research community in this underexplored range of frequencies. The study of nanotechnology devices using the RFIC probe station will unleash new capabilities in sensing, communications, and computing that may have a transformative impact on society. The radio propagation measurement systems offer vital knowledge for researchers in industry, academia and international standard bodies who will design future high-speed wireless networks for 6G, 7G and beyond. Students using this facility will gain knowledge at these new frequency bands.

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Research Results

[1] O. Kanhere, H. Poddar, Y. Xing, D. Shakya, S. Ju and T. S. Rappaport, "A Power Efficiency Metric for Comparing Energy Consumption in Future Wireless Networks in the Millimeter Wave and Terahertz bands," in IEEE Wireless Communications, doi: 10.1109/MWC.005.2200083.

[2] D. Shakya, T. Wu, M. E. Knox and T. S. Rappaport, "A Wideband Sliding Correlation Channel Sounder in 65 nm CMOS: Evaluation Board Performance," in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, vol. 68, no. 9, pp. 3043-3047, Sept. 2021, doi: 10.1109/TCSII.2021.3087032.

[3] D. Shakya, T. Wu and T. S. Rappaport, "A Wideband Sliding Correlator based Channel Sounder in 65 nm CMOS: An Evaluation Board Design," GLOBECOM 2020 - 2020 IEEE Global Communications Conference, 2020, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/GLOBECOM42002.2020.9322622.





PI: Prof. Theodore S. Rappaport 
David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering,
Founding Director of NYU WIRELESS,
Professor of Computer Science at NYU Courant,
Professor of Radiology, NYU School of Medicine



Co-PI: Prof. Davood Shahrjerdi 
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Tandon,
NYU NanoFab Faculty Director,



Senior Personnel: Prof. Michael E. Knox
Industry Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering,
NYU Tandon Faculty Advisory Committee, NYU MakerSpace



Co-PI: Prof. Zoya Popovic
Distinguished Professor, Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
Lockheed Martin Endowed Chair in RF Engineering



Co-PI: Prof. Shuai Nie
Assistant Professor, School of Computing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Co-PI: Prof. Arjuna Madanayake
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University



Advisor: Prof. Hua Wang
Professur für Elektronik, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH Zurich






Ph.D. Students

Dipankar Shakya,
Advisor: Prof. Theodore S. Rappaport

Miguel Manzo-Perez,
Advisor: Prof. Davood Shahrjerdi