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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

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

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

Dr. Arturo Hernandez Serrano will be presenting 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 will be presenting 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.

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