Fast and accurate terahertz characterisation for medical applications

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Physics


In this PhD project, applications of real-time THz imaging of skin will be investigated and developed by the student. For example, it may be possible to use THz to detect early stages of skin cancer, or the lateral extent of tumours that are beneath the skin's surface, but are not yet visible to the eye. Recent work in Dr MacPherson's group has shown the sensitivity of THz imaging to the water content of the outermost layer of the skin, which can be tracked in real time. The student will exploit recent improvements in instrumentation and analysis methods made by the group to utilise THz spectroscopic imaging for biomedical applications. This work is in partnership with medical partners at UHCW for clinical trials, Teraview Ltd (Cambridge) for expert guidance and mentorship with an industry-leading developer of THz spectroscopy and imaging techniques, and Lubrizol for work on THz imaging of sunscreen retention in skin. Teraview have offered in-kind support (estimated at above £50k, letter of support available) of access to test equipment and software, staff/engineer time to test components or ideas for new THz imaging systems, and to host the student for up to 6 months including access to a prototype medical probe. The student will therefore have excellent opportunities to interact with industry both on the technique and the applications side. The work is well within the Industrial Strategy Fund's healthcare themes.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/S515681/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2022
2110922 Studentship EP/S515681/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2022 Xavier Ramirez Barker