Terahertz photonics consortium formed by international organizations

The International Consortium of THz Photonics and Optoelectronics was established on December 16, in Moscow, by 71 partners.

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(FIGURE: Members of the newly formed International Consortium of THz Photonics and Optoelectronics met in Moscow.)

The International Consortium of THz Photonics and Optoelectronics was established on December 17, in Moscow, by 71 partners from 15 countries. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by the parties, represented at the inagural meeting by Vladislav Panchenko, President of Russian Foundation of Basic Research; Victor Antonovich Sadovnichy, Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University, and X.-C. Zhang, Director of The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.

The MOU outlined the intent by the participants to further relations among them to implement international scientific, technological, and educational cooperation related to the properties and possible applications of terahertz (THz) photonics and optoelectronics. The paticipants agreed to establish long-term partnerships and take concerted actions for joint fundamental and applied research on topics of mutual interest.

Among the main goals of the consortium is cooperation in developing a long-term strategy and implementing specific actions aimed at scientific cooperation and coordination of R&D, fostering improved communication and consultation among the members, and assisting in the development of educational programs and publications.

Dr. Alexander Shkurinov from M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University was elected as Secretary of the Consortium. For further information about the Consortium or becoming a member, please contact him at the Department of Physics and International Laser Center: ashkurinov@physics.msu.ru.

(FIGURE: Shaking hands on the newly formed International Consortium of THz Photonics and Optoelectronics are, left to right, Vladislav Panchenko, President of Russian Foundation of Basic Research; Victor Antonovich Sadovnichy, Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University, and X.-C. Zhang, Director of The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.)

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