AP3 Transceiver Technologies

Lead: Fraunhfoer FHR, Dr. Jan Wessel

The three cross-cutting themes in Figure 1 have varying application-specific requirements. However, they can be served by a common hardware pool of components since both communication and sensing rely on classical RF (radio frequency) and optical components. The goal of this work package is to develop components and materials for the THz (terahertz) range beyond the state of the art, enabling the construction of transceivers and systems and exploring fundamental concepts for future transceiver technologies. The required assemblies represent a significant research and development effort at the targeted frequencies, necessitating consideration of the properties of both new and conventional materials and resulting design aspects. The development of these technologies allows terahertz.NRW to access new collaborations, research projects, and industrial contracts. An essential goal is to increase the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of THz technologies. This means not only increasing performance but also improving reliability, minimizing form factor, and reducing energy consumption. In particular, the development of hybrid circuit concepts, such as the fusion of optical and electronic components, or the development of new materials, such as metamaterials for antenna concepts, are central research topics in this context.