Considerable interest exists for sensing and imaging technologies in the terahertz (THz) spectral range, in particular for the interrogation of materials of an organic or biological nature. Development in THz quantum cascade lasers is seeing higher operating temperatures and peak output powers in pulsed mode, accentuating their place as the preferred source of coherent THz frequency radiation. Technological development of interferometric sensing schemes continues to take advantage of practical improvements in THz quantum cascade lasers. In this Summary, we give a brief overview of some recent developments in this regard.
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