THz Optics

Artist's impression of the JUICE mission.
Artist's impression of the JUICE mission. Image Credit: ESA/AOES

The research of the THz Optics group concerns the development, measurement and application of quasi-optical components and systems at submillimeter wavelengths for atmospheric and astrophysical research. Numerical simulations and measurements in amplitude and phase are used to optimize the performance of components and instruments up to the terahertz range.

We are currently engaged in the electromagnetic design and characterization of the on-board blackbody calibration targets for the Ice Cloud Imager (ICI) and Microwave Sounder (MWS) instruments of the MetOp-SG mission of the European Space Agency (ESA).  For the Submillimeter Wave Instrument (SWI) of ESA's Jupiter mission JUICE we are developing the optical design and the calibration target, as well as performing the radiometric tests of the receiver unit at cryogenic temperatures.