Technical Conference:
13 – 18 May 2018
15 – 17 May 2018

SC424 - Optical Terahertz Science and Technology

Monday, 15 May
09:00 - 12:00

Short Course Level: Advanced Beginner

Instructor: David G. Cooke; Dept. of Physics, McGill University, Canada

Short Course Description:

The purpose of this short course is to introduce time-domain optical techniques based on femtosecond lasers for generating, manipulating and detecting light in the 0.1 – 10 THz region, and demonstrate how this interesting part of the spectrum can be used to improve our understanding of materials. I will discuss THz imaging and sensing applications that are driving the development of this technology and discuss new physics that can be probed with short pulses of THz light.

Course outline:

  • The THz spectrum

  • Optical methods for THz generation

  • Techniques for THz detection

  • Optics for THz light

  • THz waveguides

  • THz imaging

  • THz time-domain spectroscopy

  • Applications of THz light

Short Course Benefits:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain methods for the generation and detection of coherent terahertz radiation

  • Explain and apply methods for terahertz time - domain spectroscopy

  • Understand the physical phenomena taking place on the picosecond - time scale

  • Gain hands-on experience with advanced experimental equipment and numerical tools

  • Understand and explain the pump - probe techniques for time-resolved spectroscopic measurements in the terahertz range

  • Explain and interpret experimental measurements based on the theoretical models

Short Course Audience:

This course is aimed at graduate students interested in the field of time-domain THz spectroscopy and imaging techniques. Basic knowledge of electromagnetic waves and condensed matter systems is suggested.

Instructor Biography:

David Cooke received his Ph. D. at the University of Alberta in the group of Frank Hegmann in 2006 and did a postdoc at the Technical University of Denmark as an H. C. Oersted Fellow with Peter Uhd Jepsen where he later become an associate professor. In 2011 he became a professor of physics at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He has over 14 years of experience in THz science and techniques, authored and co-authored over 30 journal articles in journal such as Phys. Rev. Lett. and Nano Letters. He is the past and current CLEO sub-committee chair for Terahertz Technologies and Applications (S&I 5) in 2014 and 2015.

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