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The combination of ultrafast laser pulses with atomic resolution microscopy has been actively pursued for the last few decades. Its achievement unlocks a new age in modern science where the fundamental interactions between individual atoms and molecules can be investigated at their intrinsic...
Over the last 5 years, tilted pulse-front terahertz (THz) generation has opened the door to new studies of nonlinear dynamics in a variety of materials. With access to strong electric fields that turn on and off over picosecond timescales exciting new possibilities exist to control light-matter...
Terahertz spectroscopy is a powerful non-contact technique to study the optical and electric properties of materials at sub-picosecond time scales. In this study, ultrafast time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy was performed on both silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) and iron pyrite (FeS2) nano-crystalline...
Ultrafast terahertz (THz) microscopy is an emerging field of research that leverages the imaging of picosecond electric field transients to explore free carrier responses from a near-field perspective. This thesis presents the first effort made to use an electro-optic imaging system to probe the...