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Guest Seminar: Terahertz radiation from Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 interlayer Josephson junctions: progress and future strategies

Dr Tim Benseman from Argonne National Labs (USA)
When Feb 28, 2013
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Mike Horton Suite, 5th Floor, London Centre for Nanotechnology
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At present, no bright compact sources of coherent radiation exist in the range from approximately 0.5 THz to 1.3 THz. This region is of particular interest for a range of scientific, medical, and security-related applications. Stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions in extremely anisotropic high-temperature superconductors are one of the most promising candidate devices in this frequency range. In order to generate practically useful levels of power from these stacks, it is necessary to obtain efficient phase-synchronised emission from the largest possible number of individual Josephson junctions. I will discuss recent progress made at Argonne towards this goal, and possible approaches for generating power levels in the milliwatt range, which are necessary for most applications.