MITEPHO (MIcrowave and TErahertz PHOtonics) is an Initial Training Network that seeks to investigate and optimize photonic sources for CW signal generation at Microwave and Terahertz frequencies. The main objective is to integrate these two disciplines, usually addressed separately, through the development of techniques based on the photonic oscillator concept, a rather new technique for generating low-phase noise signals at the targeted frequency ranges. This approach uses two optical frequencies from a dual-mode laser source which are down-converted in a photomixer generating a beat tone with a frequency given by the difference between the two optical signals. These research objectives belong to an innovative multidisciplinary field that combines different technologies. MITEPHO takes advantage of the different core expertise of partners in W and THz fields from device design to signal generation to integrate those techniques in a common environment to exploit intrinsic synergies. The researchers trained within MITEPHO will be involved in this multidisciplinary environment, where radiofrequency techniques meet photonics, and where research activities combine device design, fabrication and characterization, to the development of applications - all within a consortium formed by academia, research labs, a leading company in the field (Thales, FR), and the participation of several companies as Associated Partners. MITEPHO has set-up a sophisticated and well coordinated training programme in Microwave and Terahertz Photonics at the European level. The programme training activities include on-site courses, joint laboratory training platforms, common training courses at summer schools as well as short courses. As the cooperation between academia and industry is a MITEPHO priority, Thales and associated partners (Companies & Technological Center) will actively participate in the training activities to give the students a complete view of industry environment and needs.
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