CELTA enables Europe to take a leading role in the area of utilizing Terahertz technology

Industry is facing a lot of challenges. Many of those could be solved through Terahertz Photonics and Electronics for application in sensing, imaging and communications. On December 12th 15 early-stage PhD researchers from 13 different countries gathered at TU/e in the CELTA Mid-Term Review Meeting to discuss about the first application.

CELTA is the acronym for Convergence of Electronics and Photonics Technologies for Enabling Terahertz Applications. CELTA aims to produce the next generation of researchers who will enable Europe to take a leading role in the multidisciplinary area of utilizing Terahertz technology for applications involving components and complete systems for sensing, instrumentation, imaging, spectroscopy, and communications. All these technologies are keys to tackling challenges and creating solutions in a large number of focus areas relevant for the societal challenges identified in the Horizon 2020 program. To achieve this objective, CELTA is comprised of 11 leading research institutions and has assembled a comprehensive research training program for all the 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs). CELTA integrates multidisciplinary scientific expertise, complementary skills, and experience working in academia and industry to empower ESRs to work in interdisciplinary teams, integrate their activities, share expertise, and promote a vision of a converged co-design and common engineering language between electronics and photonics for Terahertz technologies. The Photonic Integration Technology Center (PITC) of TU/e is building bridges between knowledge and industry.Within the CELTA project, already 14 partner organizations take part as associate partners providing training for the PhD students as part of their industrial secondments.

CELTA will introduce the strategy of converged electronics and photonics co-design in its research program and makes a special effort on establishing a common engineering language in its training program across the electronics, photonics and applications disciplines. We believe this common engineering language and converged co-design is mandatory to make the next logical step towards efficient and innovative solutions that can reach the market. The detailed compendium of lectures on state-of-the-art technology, soft skills and entrepreneurship is accompanied by a research program that focuses on THz key technologies. CELTA ESRs will develop 3 demonstrators: beam steering technology for communication applications, a photonic vector analyzer for spectroscopy and materials characterization, and a THz imager for sensing. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 675683