Summary: Center Reports
Center for Terahertz Science and Technology
Annual Report for July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004.
The field of Terahertz science and technology is gaining international
prominence as a result of a confluence of factors. First, there have been
recent breakthroughs in the development of compact, solid-state sources of
THz radiation, including notable progress at UCSB (see research highlights).
Second, a number of accelerator facilities and accelerator-based light
sources have discovered that they can relatively easily generate copious
quantities of THz radiation. Third, there is a current interest and intensive
research into imaging with THz radiation, with potential applications ranging
from medicine to industrial quality control to security screening.
UCSB is extremely well-positioned in this field with respect to both basic
science and applications. Faculty directly involved in Terahertz research
include Jim Allen (Physics), Elliott Brown (Electrical and Computer
Engineering), Andrew Cleland (Physics), Art Gossard (Materials and ECE),
Phil Lubin (Physics), Kevin Plaxco (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Mark
Rodwell (ECE), and Mark Sherwin (Physics).
This year, I co-organized with Phil Bucksbaum (Physics Dept., University of
Michigan) and Charles Schmuttenmaer (Chemistry Dept., Yale) a Workshop