The Center for Terahertz Research
and Applications (CENTERA) project
is carried out within the 'International Research Agendas' programme
of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union
under the European Regional Development Fund.
Founders of CENTERA
Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Knap obtained his master and PhD degrees from Faculty of Physics – University of Warsaw Poland. His PhD concerned the Terahertz (Far infrared) properties of narrow gap semiconductors HgTe and InSb. After his PhD degree (1985) he obtained the position of permanent assistant professor at the University of Warsaw in the Department of Solid State Physics. In 1987 he moved to France to work as the assistant professor at the University of Montpellier, Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Toulouse Pulsed High Magnetic Field Laboratory. In 1992 he obtained a permanent position at French National Centre for Scientific Research - CNRS – Montpellier. He worked as a visiting researcher at joined USA–Japan Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY and Tohoku University Sendai Japan.
Prof. dr hab. eng. Thomas Skotnicki was working for France Telecom from 1985 till 1999 when he joined STMicroelectronics. He became the first STMicroelectronics Company Fellow and Technical Vice-President. He invented the UTBB FDSOI structure (in production at STMicroelectronics, GF and Samsung). Today he is the Co-Leader of the CENTERA project (International Research Agenda funded by Foundation for Polish Science) and Professor at the Institute of High Pressure Physics PAS, His PhD concerned the Terahertz (far-infrared), as well as in Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.