402-0415-62L  Modern Topics in Terahertz Science

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersS. Johnson
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

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AbstractThis course reviews current research topics in Terahertz Science with a strong focus on scientific applications in physics, chemistry and biology, as well as the emerging field of nonlinear THz optics.
ObjectiveTerahertz frequency electromagnetic radiation lies at the border between electronics and optics, and as such has many unique properties that make it well-suited to study the electronic, magnetic and structural properties of many materials. The course objective is to give students the ability to identify problems of current interest in physics, chemistry, materials science and biology that can be potentially addressed using terahertz photonics and to design potential experimental solutions.

The course will focus predominantly on understanding research conducted over the last 4-5 years at the forefront of this developing field, with a strong emphasis on nonlinear THz science which has only recently become possible. This in particular has generated excitement as it offers potential new ways to control chemical reactions and/or phase transitons in materials.
ContentTopics to be discussed in the class include:

1) Overview of THz & interactions with matter
2) THz generation and detection
3) Linear THz spectroscopies
4) Imaging
5) Nonlinear THz interactions
Lecture notesScripts will be distributed via moodle.
LiteratureThe readings for the course will draw mostly on current journal articles that will be distributed in class/via moodle. There is also a general textbook listed below available electronically via the ETH library system. You can also order a black-and-white paperback via an "on-demand" system for a pretty reasonable price.

Principles of Terahertz Science and Technology, Yun-Shick Lee (Springer, 2008).
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequqisites: Quantum electronics.

The former course title of this course is "Terahertz Technology and Applications".

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersS. Johnson
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 20 minutes
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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402-0415-62 VModern Topics in Terahertz Science2 hrs
Fri10-12HIT J 52 »
S. Johnson
402-0415-62 UModern Topics in Terahertz Science1 hrs
Fri12-13HIT J 52 »
S. Johnson


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