Journal of Undergraduate Research


incommensurate wave components, terahertz radiation, electromagnetic radiation


Life Sciences


Chemistry and Biochemistry


Electromagnetic radiation is a wave composed of an electric field and a magnetic field. Examples of electromagnetic radiation include visible light, ultraviolet light, Xrays, infrared light, microwaves, and more. Electromagnetic radiation is an indispensable tool for both controlling and studying matter and is applied to countless fields such as electronics manufacturing and medical imaging. Over the past two decades terahertz (THz) radiation, a form of electromagnetic radiation, has become an intense area of research. This surge in activity in due in part to technological advances in generating THz radiation, but is also due to the myriad of potential applications of THz radiation. For example, THz radiation has current and proposed applications in security imaging, 1 biomolecule identification, 2 cancer and tumor imaging, 3,4 and semiconductor and material characterization. 5,6 Furthermore, THz radiation is completely harmless to biological tissue. However, THz technology and application is limited by the ability to produce, control, and detect THz radiation. 7,8 Our experiment involves producing THz radiation and may provide interesting insights into the mechanism of THz generation.