The QuickTera project will investigate the properties of THz absorbing nanocrystals (NCs). While semiconductor NCs have been extensively studied in the visible and near InfraRed (IR) range, they remain mostly unexplored in the far-IR (THz) range even though they also offer interesting properties such as spectral tunability, strong light absorption, easy processing and transferability, and possibly topological states. The project spans from material synthesis to photonic integration of the material, including a deep investigation of the electronic structure through experimental and theoretical methods.
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Mercury Chalcogenide Quantum Dots: Material Perspective for DeviceIntegration, C. Gréboval et al, Chem. Rev. 121, 3627 (2021)