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Emma MacPherson's Terahertz Research Group

Emma MacPherson's Terahertz Research Group

Research areas

Our research focusses on:

Terahertz medical imaging and spectroscopy

  • In vivo skin imaging
  • Characterisation of skin conditions
  • Evaluation of skin products


  • Novel techniques to speed up terahertz acquisition
  • THz ellipsometry
  • Robotic THz probe development

Terahertz optical devices

  • Spatial light modulation
  • Efficient low-cost polarizers
  • 3D printed devices


  • Use of genetical algorithms for improved classification
  • Modelling of human skin
  • Compressive sensing

Updates and events

See us at IRMMW-THz 2023!

See our presentations 17-22 Sept at IRMMW-THz 23Link opens in a new window in Montreal!

Huiliang Ou: 13:45 Tu-PM1-1-2 "Simultaneous Measurement of Orthogonal Terahertz Fields Enabled via A THz MODEM (modulator/demodulator) Scheme"

Arturo Hernandez 17:15 Tu-PM2-5-5 "In-vivo Stratum Corneum Hydration Inspection Using A Non-invasive Terahertz Hand-held Scanner"

Jacob Young 15:15 Th-PM1-5-8 "Optical Alignment for Non-contact in-vivo THz Sensing"

Xuefei Ding 16:00 Tu-PM2-5-1 "Retrieving the Dynamic Hydration Profile of Skin in vivo with a Handheld THz Probe"

Goncalo Costa Poster Session 2 Mo-P2-59 "Terahertz Time-domain Spectroscopy for the Analysis of Latex Film Formation"

IRMMW-THz, Delft, The Netherlands, 28th Aug - 2nd Sept 2022

The Warwick THz team will be attending the 47th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz), which will be held in Delft, The Netherlands, from 28 August to 2 September 2022.


Jacob Young: Tuesday 30th August, talk titled 'Convolutional Neural Network Approach to THz reflection Alignment'.

Goncalo Costa: Thursday 1st September, talk titled 'Using THz-TDS for Assessing the Effects of Transdermal Drug Delivery Methods on Skin'


Monday 29th August:

Huiliang Ou: 'Rapid S- & P- Polarised THz Spectroscopy for In-Vivo Measurements Using a Handheld Scanner'

Tuesday 30th August:

Sophie Ding: 'Flow Rate Effect on THz-TDS of Thin-Film Fluid in Microfluidic Device'

Arturo Hernandez Serrano: 'Dielectric Response Characterization of In vivo Skin Areas Using a Handheld THz Probe'

Rayko Stantchev: 'Equipment Optimisation for Time-Domain THz Single-Pixel Imaging'

Thursday 1st September:

Xavier Barker: 'Finite Rate of Innovation Theory Applied to Terahertz Signal Processing'

The Terahertz team attended the 9th International Conference on Optical Terahertz Science and Technology (OTST 2022)

Prof. Emma MacPherson presented a talk at this event on Tuesday 21st June 2022 at 4pm.

Dr. Arturo Hernandez Serrano presented a poster entitled "Development and testing of a THz-TDS handheld probe for in vivo detection of skin cancer" on 21st June at 5pm.

Sophie Ding presented a poster named "Variables affecting accurate THz measurements with compact microfluidic device" on 22nd June at 10.45am.

More details about the event can be found here. Below are some photos from the event.



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