Abstract by Zac Zaccardi
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research into crystal growth methods
Access to the terahertz spectrum is providing researchers opportunities to develop new technologies in optics and electronics, such as airports body scanning, reading ancient texts without opening them, and improving processing power of computers. Non-linear organic crystals offer an excellent way of converting infrared light into terahertz radiation. However, getting these crystals to grow properly is a challenge that has caused major setbacks to progress in this field of research because of the many specifications that need to be met for successful terahertz generation, such as high quality and exact thickness. Our research into crystal growth and processing are offering new techniques to reach broader terahertz spectrums with greater intensity at a fraction of the time as compared to traditional crystal growth methods.