- High-bandwidth communication via higher carrier frequencies
- Data links > 120 GHz have been demonstrated
- Possible scenarios: High-res movie download, satellite communication
- Ongoing research on terahertz fiber cables / transmission lines
The communications sector represents another terahertz market with significant potential. Wireless communication systems continue to strive for higher bandwidths – and faster data transfer requires higher carrier frequencies. Present-day systems like Bluetooth or WLANs employ bandwidths between a few MHz and several GHz. However, judging from the ever-increasing growth in data rates, it is obvious that these frequency bands will not suffice in the long run, when transfer rates of several 10 Gigabits/second will be needed .
Admittedly, technical challenges have to be met - there are, for instance, no suitable transmission lines, i.e. no terahertz equivalents to fiber-optics - but free-space communication channels (inter-satellite communication, or "hot spots" for wireless download of high-data videos) at frequencies of 100 GHz and above can certainly be envisaged.
During the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, scientists from Osaka University and NTT Corp. already demonstrated a 120 GHz data link to transmit uncompressed high-definition images of the game stadiums from the International Broadcasting Center to the Beijing Media Center, across a distance of 1 km .
For researchers in the field of terahertz communication, TOPTICA’s cw packages offer a perfect testbed, as the terahertz frequency can be set to any value between 50 and 1800 GHz. In particular, InP-based terahertz emitters unite a high frequency selectivity and record power levels on the µW scale.
 Terahertz Communication Lab, Technical University of Braunschweig
 Y. Kado and T. Nagatsuma, PIERS Proceedings, Beijing, 42 (2009).
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