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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

Congratulations to the winners of the Poster competition at the recent Terabotics Consortium Meeting (November 2023)

First prize of a £100 Amazon voucher was awarded to Anubhav Dogra (University of Warwick), presented in his absence by Ben Page, for the poster entitled: "Robotic Platform for In Vivo Skin Assessment Using Contact THz Probe”.

Second prize of a £50 Amazon voucher was awarded to Harry Penketh (University of Exeter) for the poster entitled: “Microwave super-resolution imaging for cancer margin measurement”.

Congratulations to both and thanks to all who presented a poster.

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