Terahertz and mm-Wave Electronics: Reaching the Fundamental Limits

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Friday, October 12, Giedt Hall 1003, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Speaker: Omeed Momeni
University of California, Davis

Host: Professor Bevan Baas


There is a growing interest in terahertz and mm-wave systems for compact, low cost and energy efficient imaging, spectroscopy and high data rate communication. Detection of concealed weapons, human detection, cancer diagnosis and food quality control are among many examples that will rapidly flourish if compact and on-chip terahertz systems are realized. Unfortunately, today's solid-state technologies including silicon and compound semiconductors can barley cover the lower part of the terahertz band. In order to overcome these problems facing the semiconductor technology, we have introduced systematic methodologies for designing circuits and components operating close to and beyond the conventional limits of the devices. These circuit blocks can effectively generate, combine, and process signals from multiple devices to achieve performances orders of magnitude better than the state of the art. The proposed techniques are general and can be used in any technology, including CMOS processes.



Omeed Momeni, Omeed Momeni received the B.Sc. degree from Isfahan Universityof Technology, Isfahan, Iran, the M.S. degree from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, and the Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, all in Electrical Engineering, in 2002, 2006, and 2011, respectively. He joined the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, Davis in 2011. He was a visiting professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at University of California, Irvine from 2011 to 2012. From 2004 to 2006, he was with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), to design L-band transceivers for synthetic aperture radars (SAR) and high power amplifiers for Mass Spectrometer applications. His research interests include mm-wave and terahertz integrated circuits and systems. Prof. Momeni is the recipient of the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from the Cornell ECE Department in 2011, the Outstanding Graduate Award from Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH) in 2011, the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Workshop on Microwave Passive Circuits and Filters in 2010, the Cornell University Jacob's fellowship in 2007 and the NASA-JPL fellowship in 2003.

About the seminar:
This seminar is part of the Fall EEC 290 seminar series and is open to all.