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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2007
  • pp: 6283–6290

Comparison of parallel-plate and in-plane poled polymer films for terahertz sensing

Colin V. McLaughlin, Xuemei Zheng, and L. Michael Hayden  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 25, pp. 6283-6290 (2007)

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We have performed calculations and measurements of the efficacy of two poling geometries of poled electro-optic (EO) polymer films for use in sensing terahertz (THz) radiation via EO sampling. Taking reflective and absorptive losses into consideration, we find that a parallel-plate (PP) poled film has a sensitivity maximum when oriented at 55° to the incident probe and THz beams. In addition, we show that our in-plane (IP) poled polymer films are comparable in sensitivity to PP-poled films and discuss the potential for improving IP-poled polymer devices.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.4890) Materials : Organic materials
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(250.2080) Optoelectronics : Polymer active devices

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Original Manuscript: May 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 29, 2007
Published: August 23, 2007

Colin V. McLaughlin, Xuemei Zheng, and L. Michael Hayden, "Comparison of parallel-plate and in-plane poled polymer films for terahertz sensing," Appl. Opt. 46, 6283-6290 (2007)

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