Plasmon Enhanced Terahertz Electron Paramagnetic Resonance — PETER 

Horizon 2020 - FET OPEN - GA#767227

Highly original, visionary, essential for society's needs and development. These are the conditions which must be met by the project submitted to the prestigious Future Emerging Technology (FET) research project category. The team from CEITEC BUT has not only succeeded in this category with 2 to 3 % chance of success, but also for the first time in Czech history becomes the project's coordinator. With budget 2.89 mil. EUR the project will focus on the unique innovation of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).

Goals of the project:

  • Establishing a brand novel terahertz-frequency EPRmicro-spectroscopic technique based on a combination of plasmonic-based magnetic field enhancement and scanning probe microscopy.
    • Developed THz EPR micro-spectroscope will offer unprecedented sensitivity (several orders higher than conventional EPR instruments) and spatial resolution below 1 µm (approx. 1/300th of used wavelength).


    • First magnetic field enhancement with plasmonic antennas
    • First scanning probe HFEPR
    • Closing of the THz gap

    If successful, PE THz EPR micro-spectroscopy will mean a revolution in the field of EPR by opening new possibilities to in-situ study of wide variety of materials for scientific, technological and medical purposes.

    Our PETER project results by Lorenzo Tesi and PETER published in Small Methods. 30 times better SNR. Potentially 7500.

    This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 767227.