Terahertz Free Electron Laser Group

The Terahertz free electron laser is based on an electrostatic Van-de-Graf accelerator using a novel recirculating beam system that was developed by Elias. This device has been transported from the University of Central Florida to the UH where its installation is pending construction of a facility that will house it.  The FEL will be operate as a user facility generating high power, highly coherent output in the range 0.6 – 1.3 THz.

The THz FEL group is working closely with the UH FEL group.  The research plans for this activity includes:
The recirculating CW THz FEL
• Study the interaction of THz radiation with molecular, biological and solid-state systems

• Develop solid state sensors and devices in the THz region

• Develop plasma gating techniques which can be used to generate short THz pulses

• Use the Lienard-Wiechert to conduct theoretical studies of the generation of coherent FEL radiation in the time domain.

• Development of CW FELs

• Development of a short pulse THz FEL based on the Mark III thermionic RF gun.

• Detection of THz signals from hazardous substances.





THz Conferences and Workshops 2009