Imperial College London

Professor Stepan Lucyszyn

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professor of Millimetre-wave Systems



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Mrs Jay Sahote +44 (0)20 7594 6215




602Electrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Hu, F and Lucyszyn, S},
doi = {10.1007/s10762-014-0130-8},
journal = {Journal of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves},
pages = {350--367},
title = {Modelling Miniature Incandescent Light Bulbs for Thermal Infrared ‘THz Torch’ Applications},
url = {},
volume = {36},
year = {2015}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - The ‘THz Torch’ concept is an emerging technology that was recently introduced by the authors for implementing secure wireless communications over short distances within the thermal infrared (20-100 THz, 15 μm to 3 μm). In order to predict the band-limited output radiated power from ‘THz Torch’ transmitters, for the first time, this paper reports on a detailed investigation into the radiation mechanisms associated with the basic thermal transducer. We demonstrate how both primary and secondary sources of radiation emitted from miniature incandescent light bulbs contribute to the total band-limited output power. The former is generated by the heated tungsten filament within the bulb, while the latter is due to the increased temperature of its glass envelope. Using analytical thermodynamic modelling, the band-limited output radiated power is calculated, showing good agreement with experimental results. Finally, the output radiated power to input DC power conversion efficiency for this transducer is determined, as a function of bias current and operation within different spectral ranges. This modelling approach can serve as an invaluable tool for engineering solutions that can achieve optimal performances with both single and multi-channel ‘THz Torch’ systems.
AU - Hu,F
AU - Lucyszyn,S
DO - 10.1007/s10762-014-0130-8
EP - 367
PY - 2015///
SN - 1866-6892
SP - 350
TI - Modelling Miniature Incandescent Light Bulbs for Thermal Infrared ‘THz Torch’ Applications
T2 - Journal of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves
UR -
UR -
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VL - 36
ER -