Terahertz Sensing and Imaging Research Team

Team Leader

Chiko Otani


Chiko Otani


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otani [at] riken.jp

Terahertz Sensing and Imaging Research Team,
RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics

519-1399 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0845 Japan

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Terahertz (THz) waves, characterized by their ability to easily pass through various substances and to exhibit specific absorption spectra (fingerprint spectra), present great potential for future research and industrial applications. Our team will take full advantage of THz waves as a probing medium to advance the development of new technologies and the cultivation not only of research but also new application possibilities. In particular, we will focus our efforts on the development of new THz sensing and imaging devices, imaging diagnostic technology, high-precision spectroscopic analysis technology, and spectroscopic and imaging systems, while at the same time pursuing research on subjects such as excitation of gases and molecules and areas hitherto left unexplored using other means of measurement such as the behavior of surface waves of materials and novel non-destructive diagnostics of industrial products.


Terahertz Engineering, Terahertz Spectroscopy, Superconducting Electronics


terahertz sensing and imaging, broadband terahertz spectroscopy, superconducting quantum devices, soft materials, industrial applications


  1. R&D and applications of high-speed spectroscopic imaging technologies using beam steering technique
  2. R&D and applications of THz functional devices for measurements of biological samples and molecules
  3. R&D and applications of superconducting THz imaging devices for space science
THz spectra of polymers

THz spectra of polymers


Chiko OtaniTeam Leader
Masatsugu YamashitaSenior Scientist
Hiromichi HoshinaSenior Scientist
Satoru MimaResearch Scientist
Yoshiaki SasakiTechnical Scientist
Isao YoshiminePostdoctoral Researcher
Noriko YaekashiwaContract Researcher
Shota YamazakiSpecial Postdoctoral Researcher
Shugo OguriSpecial Postdoctoral Researcher
Kodo KawaseSenior Visiting Scientist