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Lake Shore Cryotronics to speak on rugged THz photomixer package at IRMMW-THz

August 21, 2012
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Lake Shore Cryotronics Inc., a manufacturer of scientific sensors, instruments, and systems for precise measurement and control, announces that it will be speaking about a rugged terahertz (THz) photomixer package specifically developed for cryogenic operation, at the International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz). The conference will be held Sept. 23-28, 2012, in Wollongong, Australia.

Dr.David Daughtonwill present “Coherent THz spectroscopy with photomixers in cryogenic environments.” His presentation focuses on the development and testing of fiber-coupled, low temperature-grown Gallium Arsenide (LT-GaAs) photomixers designed for variable temperature THz spectroscopy. Lake Shore’s specially-designed terahertz photomixer packages reliably operate over a range of temperatures from 4 K to room temperature. The company is incorporating these devices into a new, non-contact characterization system that will enable scientists to better study novel semiconductors, unconventional spin materials, organic materials, and other electronic and magnetic materials with resonances in the THz regime.

The continuing demand for computing and communications devices with ever-higher levels of performance drives research ofthese novel and previously-unexplored materials. Interesting properties of these materialscan be revealed undervariable (and extreme) temperatures and magnetic fields, while simultaneously stimulating the material using terahertz frequencyradiation. Terahertz is emerging as the new frontier for materialsscience, and reliable commercial measurement solutions using THz are become increasingly essential to this industry. Supported in part by a grant from the State of Ohio, Lake Shore has been developing such a turn-key system for the past year, with plans to release it for sale in 2013.

At this upcoming conference, Dr. Daughton will discuss the characteristics of their compact THz photomixer emitter and detector devices when operatedat cryogenic temperatures,including illumination and bias conditions for optimal THz performance. He will also address Lake Shore’s overall application direction for its forthcoming THz-based materials characterization system.

Dr. Daughton received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University for scanning tunneling and optical studies of carbon-based electronic materials. He joined Lake Shore in 2011 as an Applications Scientist to develop and support electronic and magnetic material characterization platforms.

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