Broadband and energetic terahertz (THz) pulses can be remotely generated in air through filamentation. We review such THz generation and detection in femtosecond Ti-sapphire laser induced remote filaments. New results are presented on the direct relationship between THz generation in a two color filament and induced N2 fluorescence through population trapping during molecular alignment and revival in air. This further supports the new technique of remote THz detection in air through the sensitive measurement of N2 fluorescence.
© 2013 Chinese Optics Letters
Tie-Jun Wang, Shuai Yuan, Yanping Chen, and See Leang Chin, "Intense broadband THz generation from femtosecond laser filamentation," Chin. Opt. Lett. 11, 011401- (2013)