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Terahertz radiation is invaluable in spectroscopy and imaging due to its nondestructive nature. It has become a key focus for those wishing to develop sensors capable of detecting weapons and narcotics unobtrusively and at a distance. An ultrafast pulsed (femtoseconds) laser incident on a superconducting ring causes the emission of terahertz (THz) radiation. It is theorized that the radiation is a result of the supercurrent being modulated by the breaking and recombining of Cooper pairs on the order of picoseconds, where the time scale determines the frequency of the emitted radiation. We propose to investigate the terahertz emission from Yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) superconducting ring arrays of various geometries. Specifically, we will investigate the dependence of the time dynamics of the terahertz radiation, the ultrafast femtosecond laser pump power dependence and time dynamics, the antenna geometry, and the efficiency of the system. The theoretical work completed thus far anticipates high power and bandwidth in the terahertz regime. Furthermore, a complete characterization of the emitted radiation will provide insight into the microscopic properties of the superconductor's supercarriers.

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High Power Pulsed Terahertz Light Generation from Superconducting Antenna Arrays