In this work, we study THz generation and detection using cadmium telluride (CdTe) crystals pumped by amplified (1.025 μm wavelength) and oscillator (1.045 μm wavelength) ytterbium (Yb) lasers. For each laser, we compare the performances of the CdTe THz emitter and detector to those of GaP crystals. Under optimum conditions, we demonstrate that the former shows 3 and 5 times better performances compared with the latter for detection and generation, respectively. When pumped by an amplified Yb laser, we find that the CdTe crystal is more efficient than the GaP crystal for emission at optical fluences lower than 250 μJ/cm2. Although CdTe has some limitations in comparison with GaP, such as high THz absorption above 1 THz and the appearance of two-photon absorption at relatively low optical intensity, our findings demonstrate the potential of this crystal to be used as the emitter and detector in combination with the Yb laser.

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