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General description

The Institute of High-Frequency and Quantum Electronics, located at the University of Siegen, Germany, has over 15 years experience in THz technology through Prof. Dr. P. Haring Bolivar. The institute is further known for its RF antenna design expertise which is supplemented through the excellent reputation and interdisciplinary character of the Center for Sensor Systems (ZESS) located at the same site. The University Siegen is a member of the “TeraNova” integrated project (16 industrial and academic partners) and “MetaMorphose” network of excellence (24 industrial and academic partners) funded by the European Sixth Framework Program. The TeraNova integrated project is targeting novel terahertz sensing and imaging systems for biotechnology, healthcare, security, and process monitoring. In this context most advanced THz sources (quantum cascade lasers, photomixers) will be made available for circuit test and measurements. Several national, EU and ESA projects fund research on THz security applications (e.g. TeraCam) and biotechnology (ULTRA).


Role/activity in the project

In DotFive, the UoS will set up a mmWave imaging system and report on images taken with circuits designed by the UoW at about 1/3 of the fT, e.g. at about 160 GHz for security applications like non-invasive imaging and weapon detection systems.



Prof. Dr. P. Haring Bolìvar
Prorektor für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs
Inst. für Höchstfrequenztechnik und Quantenelektronik
Universität Siegen
Hölderlinstr. 3 / Herrengarten
D-57068 Siegen
+49 271 740 4423 / 2157
+49 271 740 2410

People involved in the project

Peter Haring Bolivar was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1969. He studied 1987-1992 electrical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. During his thesis, he made the first observation of Bloch oscillations, a fundamental phenomenon predicted since the beginnings of the 20th century. 1992-93 he was head of the Rescue Equipment division at Nautica Diesel Europea in Mexico-City. He worked 1993-1996 as a scientific assistant at the Institut fьr Halbleitertechnik II of the RWTH Aachen on conjugated polymers and femtosecond dynamics in semicoductors. His Ph.D. work was awarded with a Heinrich Hertz fellowship from the science and research ministry of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia and the Wilhelm Borchers medallion of the RWTH Aachen. From 1997-2001 he was head of ultrahigh-frequency research at the Institut of Semiconductor Electronics at the RWTH Aachen where he directed applied and fundamental scientific research on coherent Terahertz spectroscopy, and ultrahigh-frequency optical characterization of electronic GHz-devices. From 2001-2004 he was head of research at the same institution with ample activities in the fields of optoelectronics, ultrafast science, ultrahigh frequency devices, optical data storage and nanotechnology, earning the Friedrich Wilhelm price of the RWTH Aachen. Currently he is head of the Institute for High Frequency and Quantum Electronics at the University of Siegen. He holds three patents, five book contributions and over 70 peer-review publications.


Recent publication

P. de Maagt, P. Haring Bolivar and C. Mann, Terahertz science, engineering and systems-from space to earth applications, Encyclopedia of RF and Microwave Engineering, Ed. by K. Chang, pp. 5175-5194 (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005) ISBN 0-471-27053-9.

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