IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society

Terahertz Systems Workshop  

Wednesday, October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 2005, 7:00–9:30 PM
Located at MIT Lincoln Laboratory – 244 Wood Street, Lexington, MA, 02420, USA

The Terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum, which spans from 300 GHz to 10 THz, has attracted a lot of attention in recent years due to potential applications in the commercial, scientific, and government arenas. The following list is just a sample of the areas where terahertz imaging and sensing can yield new technical capability and new business opportunities:

• Food and Medicine: Mammography, Dentistry (detection of tooth decay), Medical diagnostics (early detection of skin cancer, bone density), Endoscopy, Food industry process control (moisture detection), Pharmaceutical process control (pill inspection)

• Government: Home land Security - concealed weapon identification, detection of suicide bombers, biological threat detection, NASA - detection of voids in the space shuttle foam, Air Force - high rate and secure data transfer, flame analysis (rocket or jet engine burn optimization), Army - seeing through sand storms, TSA - passenger screening, hidden weapons detection, contraband detection

• Scientific: Earth remote sensing, Astrophysics (THz astronomy), Chemistry, Environmental sensing (pollution detection), Plasma diagnostics, Biochemistry (DNA analysis)

The workshop’s technical level is intended for a general scientific audience. The speakers are selected from academia, industry and government, and who will be covering topics in terahertz generation, detection, and its applications.

Target Audience:
The workshop is targeted towards working engineers and scientists, local industry professionals, and graduate students unfamiliar with the Terahertz field, who want to learn more about the technologies and potential applications of this rapidly growing field.

Printed copies of the speakers Power Point slides will be provided to all registered attendees in advance of the talks.

October 12, 2005

Terahertz Transceivers & Potential Applications Slides

Dr. Eric Mueller, Coherent Inc, Santa Clara, CA

Chemical Recognition & Remote Sensing in the Terahertz Region Slides

Dr. Mark G. Allen, Physical Science Inc., Andover, MA

October 19, 2005

Terahertz Radiation in Ferroelectric Crystals: Spectroscopy, Coherent Control, Polaritonics, and Applications Slides

Dr. David Ward, Harvard University

Terahertz Sensing Technology Slides

Prof. Michael S. Shur, Rensselaer Polytechnic

Terahertz Devices for Imaging and Sensing Slides

Prof. James Kolodzey, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

October 26, 2005

Generating, Guiding, and Detecting Terahertz Radiation Slides

Dr. Jason Deibel, Rice University, Houston, TX

DOD Terahertz Applications Slides

Dr. Sumanth Kaushik, MIT Lincoln Lab, Lexington, MA

November 2, 2005

Low-Noise Terahertz Receivers for Space Science and Terrestrial Imaging Applications Slides

Prof. K. S. Yngvesson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Measurement Aspects of Terahertz Technologies Slides

Dr. Eyal Gerecht, NIST, Boulder, CO

High Power THz Generation Slides

Dr. Gwyn Williams, Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA

November 9, 2005

Terahertz Technology in Outer and Inner Space Slides

Dr. Peter H. Siegel, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers Slides

Prof. Qing Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

For more information on the technical content of the workshop, contact either:
1) Matt Emsley (, Central New England LEOS Chapter Chair
2) Farhad Hakimi (, Terahertz Systems Workshop-Technical Program Committee Chair
3) Bill Nelson (, Terahertz Systems Workshop-Technical Program Committee Co-Chair