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The International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz), begun in 1974, is the oldest and largest continuous forum specifically devoted to the field of ultra high frequency electronics and applications. In 2004 the original conference series – International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves (IRMMW) joined up with the International Conference on THz Electronics to form the Joint 29th International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves and the 12th International Conference on Terahertz Electronics (IRMMW-THz 2004). In 2008 the conference name was shortened to the 33rd International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves, keeping the same general acronym: IRMMW-THz 20XX. In 2009 the conference series was formally incorporated into a mutual benefit science society registered in the state of California, USA.  The society was granted full non-profit status as a US 501c3 corporation in May 2016.  The International Society of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz) has the mission statement: “Promoting the worldwide collection, dissemination and exchange of scientific and technical knowledge in the areas and disciplines involving infrared, millimeter, and terahertz waves.” The IRMMW-THz Society has a permanent Board of Directors, official By-Laws, and independent financial resources, and will assure the continuation of the conference series for the foreseeable future.

The IRMMW conference and its long standing accompanying monthly publication, The Journal of Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, were among the very first scientific outlets for the burgeoning field of far infrared components and instruments that arose in the mid 1970s. The scope of the conference extends from millimeter wave devices, components and systems to far-infrared detectors and instruments, and encompasses micro- and nano-scale structures to large-scale accelerators and Tokamaks and their applications. In 2011 a new focused THz journal, IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology was added to the list of linked technical outlets for members of the IRMMW-THz Society.

The international organizing committee is composed of world-recognized experts from eleven countries. The conference typically alternates between the USA, Asia and Europe on a three year cycle. Past conferences have been supported by US agencies such as IEEE, APS, DOE and DoD and dozens of local societies within the hosting countries. In 2003 both the IRMMW and THz Electronics conferences were held sequentially in Japan. Total attendees for both events was 520 registrants from 18 countries with 340 submitted papers. After 2003 the two conferences joined and attendance in 2004 (Karlsruhe, Germany) exceeded 450 scientists from 28 countries with over 400 contributed papers. The 2005 conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, hosted 300 scientists from 23 countries with more than 375 contributed papers. In Shanghai, China in 2006 more than 550 papers were submitted representing 28 countries and regions, the largest venue in recent memory. The 2007 conference in Cardiff, Wales, UK ended with more than 430 participants from 18 countries and 550 submitted papers. The 2008 conference in Pasadena had over 460 papers from 32 countries. The 2009 venue in Busan, Korea had over 535 attendees from 43 countries. In 2010 the conference in Rome hosted the largest crowd to date, with 640 participants from around the world. From 2011 through 2015 the attendance stayed above 550 with a peak paper submission count above 840 in Copenhagen in 2016. The conference continues to thrive and grow with the THz field.

Sandwiched between the optical on the short wavelength side and radio on the long wavelength extreme, the Terahertz or Far-Infrared has long been considered the last remaining scientific gap in the electromagnetic spectrum. Due to the historic role the IRMMW conference has played in bridging this gap by bringing together international researchers in many diverse fields – from space science to nuclear fusion – and recently chemistry and biology, the organizing committees would again like to reach out to scientists in adjacent fields who can benefit from recent developments in the far-IR.

In the last few years interest in terahertz imaging and spectroscopy from the biology, security, ultra-fast chemistry and health science communities has grown exponentially as new instrumentation and techniques have begun to make their way into many laboratories world-wide. This is especially the case in Europe and Japan, both of which have thriving cross-disciplinary programs supporting new applications in this frequency domain.

As a consequence the conference organizing committees have significantly expanded the scope and the participating research communities. They have now included a special focus on terahertz techniques and applications, including both the traditional radio frequency domain, and the new fast pulse time domain approaches to generating, detecting and using high frequency energy. The conference offers the attendee a chance to hear and participate in a wide range of topic areas that span all aspects of Infrared, Terahertz and Millimeter-Wave (IR, THz, and MMW) technology and applications from quantum physics, chemistry, and biology to radio astronomy, plasma physics and security.

Over the coming years we are looking forward to very well attended and internationally supported cross-disciplinary conference venues that will set IRMMW-THz up as the pre-eminent conference for information exchange in the “Terahertz Gap.”


Conference Chair
Shenggang LIU
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

Conference Vice Chairs
Yirong WU
Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Peiheng WU
Nanjing University, China
Songlin ZHUANG
University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China
Tiejun CUI
Southeast University, China

Local Organizing Committee

Jun HU
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

Executive Chairs
Xun WANG,   Renbin ZHONG,  Qingying YI,  
Diwei LIU,  Min HU,   Zhenhua WU
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

Shigao ZHAO,  Tao ZHAO,   Wei WANG,
Kaichun ZHANG,   Jun ZHOU
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Technical Program Committee

Xi Cheng ZHANG
University of Rochester, USALocal Co-chair
Min HU
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
IRMMW-THz Society Board Members and International Organizing Committee
Enrique Castro-Camus, Center for Research in Optics, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
David Cooke, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Gregory Denisov, Inst. of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Gian Piero Gallerano, ENEA-Frascati, Rome, Italy (Former Chair)
Martina Havenith, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany
Frank Hegmann, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Qing Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States
John Jelonnek, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Peter Uhd Jepsen, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark (Vice-Chair)
Nuria LLombart-Juan, TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Jean-Francois Lampin, IEMN, Univ. of Lille, Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex, France
Roger Lewis, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Wei Lu, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Shanghai, China
Emma MacPherson, Warwick University, Coventry, United Kingdom
Andrea Markelz, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, United States
Daniel Mittleman, Brown University, Providence, United States (Chair)
Taiichi Otsuji, Tohoku University, Japan
Gun-Sik Park, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea (Former Chair)
Alexander Shkurinov, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Peter Siegel, Caltech, California, United States (General Secretary, Treasurer, Former Chair)
Jan Stake, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Masahiko Tani, Fukui University, Japan
Richard Temkin, MIT, Cambridge, United States (Former Chair)
Jerome Tignon, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Masayoshi Tonouchi, Osaka Univercsity, Osaka, Japan
Miriam Serena Vitiello, NEST, CNR – Istituto Nanoscienze and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
Axel Zeitler, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Xi-Cheng Zhang, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, United States
Yiming Zhu, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China

Emeritus IOC Members (ADVISORY)
Rene Beigang, University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Trevor Bird, CSIRO, Sydney, Australia
Martyn Chamberlain, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom
Jean-Louis Coutaz, University of Savoie, Paris, France
Bruce Danly, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C., United States
Toshitaka Idehara, Fukui University, Fukui, Japan
Kodo Kawase, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
Fritz Keilmann, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Martin Koch, Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Marburg, Germany
Jean Leotin, LNCMI/CNRS, Toulouse, France
Alexander Litvak, Inst. of Applied Physics Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia
Shenggang Liu, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China
Bob Miles, Leeds Univ., Leeds, United Kingdom
Koji Mizuno, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (Former Chair)
Mitsuhiro Motokawa, Tohoku Univ., Sendai, Japan
George Neil, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, United States
Gregory Nusinovich, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, United States
Michael von Ortenberg, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Terence Parker, University of Essex, Essex, United Kingdom (Former Chair)
Kiyomi Sakai, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
Xue-Chu Shen, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Shanghai, China
Manfred Thumm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Minh Quang Tran, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Ken Wood, QMC Instruments Ltd., Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Peiheng Wu, RISE, Nanjing Univ., Nanjing, China
Yirong Wu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Chao Zhang, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia

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Submission Topics

Major Topic Areas

The following is a representative list of topics typically covered at the conference:

  1. New IR, THz and MMW applications in Biology and Medicine
  2. IR, THz and MMW Imaging, especially biomedical applications
  3. Ultra-fast Components and Measurements in Chemistry and Physics
  4. IR, THz and MMW Astronomy, Atmospheric and Environmental Science Applications
  5. IR, THz and MMW Spectroscopy, Instrumentation and Material Properties
  6. IR, THz and MMW Applications in Security and Defense
  7. MMW Telecommunication and Industrial Applications
  8. Ultra High Speed MMW Digital Devices
  9. MMW and Submillimeter-Wave Radar and Communications
  10. MMW systems, Transmission Lines and Antennas
  11. Gyro-Oscillators and Amplifiers
  12. Free Electron Lasers and Synchrotron Radiation
  13. Plasma Diagnostics
  14. Novel devices and Instruments for IR, THz and MMW applications
  15. THz Devices, Components and Instruments; Frequency and Time Domain.
  16. IR, THz, and MMW Sources, Detectors and Receivers
  17. IR, THZ and MMW Future Applications, Markets and Directions
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