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Agilent and the University of Leeds open terahertz measurement research lab

October 30, 2012
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Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the opening, at the University of Leeds, of the first Agilent-equipped terahertz measurement laboratory in Europe. The new laboratory will enable research on devices, components, circuits and systems at much higher frequencies than any other institution in the region has been able to do before.

The lab is set up in memory of professor Roger Pollard, former dean of engineering at the University of Leeds and a long-time friend of Agilent, who passed away at the end of last year. The Agilent 1.1-THz PNA network analyzer is the centrepiece of the new lab.

Peter Jimack, dean of engineering at the university, and Greg Peters, general manager of Agilent’s component test division, formally opened the laboratory. Featured guest speaker professor Giles Davies delivered a keynote presentation on terahertz technology.

“Roger Pollard had a long history of collaboration with Agilent, spanning more than 30 years, and held the Agilent Technologies chair in high-frequency measurements,” said professor Peter Jimack. “We are extremely grateful to Agilent for its continued support and, in particular, for the generous sponsorship of this exceptionally well-equipped laboratory in recognition of Roger’s contribution to Agilent’s success.”

The PNA THz network analyser supports a broad range of projects in nanoelectronics, complemented by a new electron-beam lithography facility. In the new field of graphene, the network analyser will allow the university staff to perform on-wafer terahertz measurements of transistors, THz biosensors, magnetic storage elements, THz spin-switches and novel acoustoelectric devices. It will also be used to characterise THz passive components such as filters, waveguides, fibres and antennas.

“This laboratory is a fitting tribute to Roger,” said Graham Newton, district manager, UK, for Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group, “ both in terms of providing a location for cutting-edge research as well as reflecting the close relationship Roger had with us over so many years.”

 “Roger’s technical brilliance contributed to many innovations in network analyzers, calibration, and measurement science that Agilent brought to the marketplace,” said Henri Komrij, business manager, Component Test Division, Agilent. “His leadership abilities motivated engineers to be more creative, collaborative and innovative. Roger absolutely loved development – of engineering and people. A high-frequency lab named for Dr. Pollard at Leeds, an esteemed university, is a truly appropriate honor for a well-regarded colleague.”  

  

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