ForLab: SmartBeam

Type of Funding: Federal and State Funding, BMBF


Signals in the terahertz range can be used in many ways. They are used for extremely broadband wireless information transmission, but also for material recognition and analysis, high-precision radar measurement, and imaging in medicine and security technology. But so far, the widespread industrial and commercial use of terahertz applications is not possible as low-cost and high-performance THz components are not yet available.

The Microelectronics Research Laboratory for Radio Frequency Beam Forming at the University of Duisburg-Essen is working to end this unsatisfactory state of affairs. The scientists led by Professors Dr. Nils Weimann and Dr. Andreas Stöhr at the Center for Semiconductor Technology and Optoelectronics (ZHO) at UDE want to develop efficient sources and receivers in the terahertz range.

The ForLab SmartBeam enables research on complex electronic and photonic chips. For example, more powerful components are to improve environment monitoring for autonomous automobiles. High-resolution sensor technology is to be combined with information processing for precise and reliable environment detection. This is of enormous importance to industry: autonomously operating systems such as vehicles or robots open up entirely new possibilities for Germany as a location of production.

Project Website

Contact Person at UA Ruhr:
Prof. Dr. Nils Weimann, University of Duisburg-Essen

UA Ruhr Researchers:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Stöhr, University of Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Nils Weimann, University of Duisburg-Essen

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