This is a guest post and part of our ongoing Student Life series

By Sunchao Huang, PhD Candidate, School of Physics

Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz) is a worldwide conference, which gathers several communities of physicists, academics and industrials. This year, around 900 people attended the conference, held in Paris, France, 1-6 September.

The conference covered many topics, such as High field THz generation and nonlinear physics, Ultrafast phenomena. These two themes are exactly aligned to my research topics. I submitted two abstracts namely: ‘Bandgap Dependence of Hot-Electron Relaxation in Three Dimensional Dirac Semi-Metals’ and ‘Strong Anisotropic Photo-mixing Effect of Semi-Dirac Materials in the Terahertz Regime’, which were accepted as posters. During the poster session, Jack Zuber and I presented an explanation of our work to the participants.
The first talk, Passion Extreme Light was presented by Gérard Mourou who was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018. An inspiring speaker, his presentation made me reflect on my own research, and I am now working with a clearer idea of my research, understanding what stage my work is at and focusing on how it contributes to the research society and how to continue my work.

There were many presentations that were closely related to my research and this fruitful conference has inspire me to continue my work, I learnt a lot from attending.