THEIA is a project of the european union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7)  Marie Skłodowska-Curie action, Career-Integration Grant (REA grant agreement n! [630833])

The ancient Greeks believed that eyes are the source of beams of light that allow human beings to see. In Greek mythology THEIA, Titan goddess of sight, was in fact the mother of the Sun, Moon, and Dawn. Gaining from this inspiration, this research plan focuses on the development of accessible technologies to exploit the probing capabilities demonstrated by Terahertz (THz) waves, targeting applications in fields like medicine, biology, material science. In particular, it explores the capability of the so-called reflective-THz spectroscopy proposing key-enabling solutions (e.g. the use of waveguide technologies) to the several technological and practical constrains that currently limit its applications in real world scenarios.


Marie Curie Ambassador at Brighton Cafe Scientifique

Marco Peccianti of #EPic_sussex @PhysicsAtSussex Marie Curie Ambassador and ERC-COG holder @ERC_Research presents an outreach talk about the Science of Ultrafast Photonics in Brighton.


  The Science of Ultrafast Photonics with Prof Marco Peccianti

 A pulse of light can be compressed in time down to scales where even electrons look still and electromagnetic waves appear to move in slow motion. Pulses of fairly ordinary energies, when constrained into such a brief existence, show intensities like that on the surface of a star. Light itself becomes so strong that is able to expel electrons from matter, inhibiting the natural bonding between atoms. This world is rich in frontier physics and new forms of radiation that can now be harnessed.

Marco Peccianti is professor of photonics at the University of Sussex (UK) and co-director of the Emergent Photonics Lab He is editor for the Optical Society of America, chair and member of several scientific committees, and author of about 100 journal publications, 200 conference papers, book chapters and patents with several thousands of citations in literature. He is the recipient of multi-million research grants at the national and European level, and of several personal prizes and fellowships. His current research interests include the experimental investigation of terahertz physics and ultrafast nonlinear optics.

Wednesday 14 March, 7:30 for 8:00 start at the Latest Musicbar




Micro-combs: A novel generation of optical sources

A. Pasquazi, M. Peccianti, L. Razzari, D. J. Moss, S. Coen, M. Erkintalo, Y. K. Chembo, T. Hansson, S. Wabnitz, P. Del’Haye, X. Xue, A. M. Weiner, and R. Morandotti, "Micro-combs: A novel generation of optical sources," Physics Reports 729, 1–81 (2018).


Solid-state-biased coherent detection of ultra-broadband terahertz pulses

A. Tomasino, A. Mazhorova, M. Clerici, M. Peccianti, S.-P. Ho, Y. Jestin, A. Pasquazi, A. Markov, X. Jin, R. Piccoli, S. Delprat, M. Chaker, A. Busacca, J. Ali, L. Razzari, and R. Morandotti, "Solid-state-biased coherent detection of ultra-broadband terahertz pulses," Optica 4(11), 1358 (2017).

Marie Curie Ambassador at the UoS Induction Week

Marco Peccianti introduces the Emergent Photonics Lab offer for MSc projects. We seek young scientists to join the THEIA project and the upcoming ERC project TIMING.

Optical Pump Rectification Emission: Route to Terahertz Free-Standing Surface Potential Diagnostics


L. Peters, J. Tunesi, A. Pasquazi, and M. Peccianti, "Optical Pump Rectification Emission: Route to Terahertz Free-Standing Surface Potential Diagnostics," Scientific Reports 7(1), 9805 (2017).