Distributed active radiation for THz signal generation

Kaushik Sengupta, Ali Hajimiri

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Despite the aggressive scaling of silicon-based IC's over the past few decades, the transistor characteristics have yet to improve so that the 'THz'-range (∼300GHz-to-3THz) circuits can be effectively designed using the conventional techniques. This has led the few attempts at signal generation at these frequencies in CMOS to produce very small power levels (e.g., tens of nano-watts)[1,2]. The broad range of applications that could benefit from efficient power generation justifies novel approaches that allow high power generation and efficient radiation in CMOS. This can be achieved by removing the artificial boundaries between levels of abstraction such as electromagnetics, antenna, propagation and circuits; when we can truly leverage the advantages of the new design space that lies in the confluence of these separate treatments leading to more optimal design [3].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference - Digest of Technical Papers, ISSCC 2011
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781612843001
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2011 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 20 2011Feb 24 2011

Publication series

NameDigest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference
ISSN (Print)0193-6530


Other2011 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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