Monday, January 6, 2014

Distinguished Seminar Series: "Past, present, and future of THz science and technology" by X.-C. Zhang 1.14.14/11:00am-12:00pm/ CREOL Room 102

Distinguished Seminar Series: "Past, present, and future of THz science and technology" by X.-C. Zhang
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CREOL Room 102

 X.-C. Zhang
The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

Historically, THz technologies were mainly used within the astronomy community for searching far-infrared radiation (cosmic background), and the laser fusion community for the diagnostics of plasmas. Since the first demonstration of THz wave time-domain spectroscopy in the late 80’s, there has been a series of significant advances (particularly in recent years) on the development of intense sources and sensitive detectors.
THz photonics involves the interaction of intense femtosecond laser pulses with matters (solid, liquid, air, and plasma). I will review THz wave generation and detection techniques using air as emitter and sensor. Also, I will explore the remaining challenges and future opportunities for this rapidly evolving area of research that transcends the "gap" once existing between optics and electronics. I will also highlight their potentials.

Dr. Xi-Cheng Zhang – Director and Parker Givens Chair at The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester. He is a Fellow of AAAS, APS, IEEE, and OSA. His recent awards include 2014 International Society of IRMMW-THz Button Prize; 2012 OSA William F. Meggers Award; 2011 IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award; and 2009 Rensselaer William H. Wiley Award. He holds several professorships in foreign countries, including Distinguished Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China), and Honorable Professor at Moscow University (Russia). Dr. Zhang has received 28 US patents, authored or co-authored over 300 refereed scientific papers. His h-index is 68, with 23,000 total citation. Dr. Zhang is the new Editor-in-Chief of OSA Optics Letters (2014-2016).

For additional information:
Dr. Bahaa E. A. Saleh
Dean & Director, Professor of Optics
besaleh @ creol . ucf . edu

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