Abstract by Natalie Green
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Improving Terahertz Generation Output Through Layered Containment Structures
Demand for high-efficiency terahertz (THz) generation is ever-increasing due to its many advanced applications. THz can be generated through optical rectification, which involves sending femtosecond infrared laser pulses through a nonlinear crystal. We engineer structures which improve the crystal environment by reducing reflective losses, and therefore improve the THz output. These structures allow for a more gradual change in refractive index by use of glass and polymer layers. This work centers on the growth of HMQ-TMS on functionalized glass slides and and forming polymers around the crystal for optimal contact.