Research Interests

Terahertz science and technology

Our research involves the use of radiation in the terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum.  This range lies between the microwave and infrared, at the boundary between electronics and photonics.  The techniques for generating, manipulating, and detecting terahertz radiation are less mature than those of the microwave, infrared, or visible ranges, although much progress has been made in recent years.  As a result, there are many new opportunities and exciting possibilities in science, technology, and applications.  Our work spans this range, including recent activities in a variety of areas:

Terahertz wireless communications

It is becoming clear that future generations of wireless technology will need to exploit the spectral range between 100 GHz and 1 THz, in order to keep up with the global skyrocketing demand for bandwidth.  However, few of the physical layer components necessary for constructing such a system exist.  As a result, the parameters which will define the system architecture and network protocols remain unclear.  Our group contributes to this fascinating emerging challenge by exploring new device concepts for wave guiding, modulation, multiplexing, beam steering, and wavefront engineering.

Terahertz spectroscopic studies of condensed matter

New techniques for producing very high intensity terahertz pulses have opened the door to a rich array of physical phenomena in this spectral range.  We are exploring the use of these techniques to study novel materials including soft condensed matter systems and complex metal oxides.  In addition, we are pushing the frontiers of spectroscopic techniques with new capabilities for pressure-dependent terahertz spectroscopy and terahertz magneto-optics.

Terahertz near-field probes

Our group has been interested for some time in techniques for probing materials and imaging surfaces using terahertz fields on a sub-wavelength scale. Several groups have recently demonstrated powerful new tools based on AFM and STM techniques.  We are now developing a terahertz emission microscope which relies on an apertureless near-field tip. This should enable emission measurements with sub-100-nanometer resolution.

 More information about our research can be found here: Group Publications

A few useful THz-related links:

Weekly meeting schedule


Rabi 11:30
Zhaoji 1:15
Yasith 1:45
Angela 2:15