Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Mehmet Ünlü, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University

Topic: "Tera-Nano: Novel Terahertz Components Using Nanotechnology"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: The research on the so-called "terahertz gap", which includes the wavelengths between 30‑3000 µm of the electromagnetic spectrum, have attracted significant attention in the past two decades. Laying between the infrared and millimeter-wave wavelengths, the terahertz waves bring unique behavior that can be achieved neither with infrared, nor with millimeter-wave wavelengths, offering novel applications in medical imaging, spectroscopy, and high-speed communications. The terahertz waves can penetrate all the materials except for water and metals, while they can propagate on a light line with minimal spreading, just like the infrared waves, thanks to their small wavelengths. With these combined properties, unprecedented applications such as high-resolution imaging behind obstacles, remote detection of explosives and other materials using spectroscopy, and very high-speed wireless communications (>100 Gbps) become possible using terahertz waves.

Bio: Mehmet Unlu received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 2001, 2003, and 2009, respectively.  He served as a research scientist at Cornell University Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility, Ithaca, NY for Utah State University, Logan, UT between 2009 and 2011.  He joined the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 2011 as a postdoctoral research fellow.  Since 2012, he is serving as a faculty member at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara, Turkey. His major research interests are the terahertz technology, plasmonics, optoelectronics, and NEMS.

Dr. Unlu received the "TUBITAK Ph.D. Scholarship" between 2003 and 2009, the "Prof. Mustafa N. Parlar Education and Research Foundation-METU Thesis of the Year Award" in 2009 for his Ph.D. dissertation, "Best Student Paper Award (2nd place) in IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation" and "Best Student Paper Award (3rd place) in IEEE International Microwave Symposium"  in 2013, "Prof. Mustafa N. Parlar Education and Research Foundation Research Encouragement Award" in 2013, "International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award" in 2014, and "Turkish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist Award" in 2015.

  Date and Time




  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey
  • Co-sponsored by URSI-TR


Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University


Tera-Nano: Novel Terahertz Components Using Nanotechnology



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