High power broadband terahertz source

This improves NMR through dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP)


Terahertz (THz) radiation lies between microwaves and infrared frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum and has not previously been exploited. Terahertz radiation can improve upon the sensitivity of existing applications currently using neighbouring regions of the electromagnetic spectrum and has exciting applications in spectroscopic imaging, sensing and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).


Scientists at Strathclyde have created a gyro-device prototype using high power broadband terahertz for improved NMR through dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP).   

DNP can enhance the signal level of NMR to produce a significantly higher contrast and sensitivity. Applying this frequency could give rise to many potentially valuable applications including structure elucidation, chemical composition determination, molecular fingerprinting, compound identification, protein folding, analysis of   inter- and intra-molecular exchange processes, and reaction kinetics/mechanism investigation amongst others.

Key benefits

  • unique device with higher power, contrast and sensitivity
  • ability to tune to a wide range of frequencies while maintaining high power

Markets & applications

We're currently simulating the effect of applying THz radiation to a Diffusion Ordered Spectroscopy (DOSY) NMR spectrum of a complex natural product mixture to determine whether the system can detect the minor components undetectable by standard systems.

Licensing & development

We're seeking a commercial partner to accelerate the development of this technology. For more information, please contact the RKES team.