IRG 2: Hybrid Quantum Materials
with Emergent Terahertz Functionalities (HQ-METs)
Motivation and Impact
Emergent THz functionality through controlled interactions between THz excitations
Opportunities for the terahertz are limited by technologies that lag other wavelength ranges (i.e. RF and photonic technologies).
Material platforms tend to be well-suited for one THz functionality (e.g. sources, waveguides, detectors) and poorly suited for others.
Understanding and controlling materials integration allows transduction of excitations across the interfaces (Aim 1), control of emergent THz functionality (Aim 2), and creation of hybridized states with fundamentally new properties (Aim 3).
THz frequency photonic integrated circuits would enable new technologies but are hampered by limitations in crucial components and integration challenges.