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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2008
  • pp: 818–824

Generation of terahertz pulses from tightly focused single near-infrared pulses in double-plasmon waveguides

Vladimir A. Kukushkin  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 5, pp. 818-824 (2008)

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The difference-frequency (DF) nonlinear mixing terahertz (THz) pulse generation from Fourier components of a single tightly focused near-infrared pump pulse in a double-plasmon waveguide is considered. Under an appropriate choice of its parameters, such a waveguide ensures an efficient transverse confinement of the THz field and provides low dispersion of the THz mode refraction index. As a result, the generation of short powerful single-cycle THz pulses becomes possible. In comparison with traditional (without waveguiding) schemes of DF THz pulse generation from a single pump pulse (optical rectification), the proposed method allows one to significantly (by 50 times) reduce the pump pulse power while providing the same THz pulse output intensity and pump-THz conversion efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 15, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2008
Published: April 28, 2008

Vladimir A. Kukushkin, "Generation of terahertz pulses from tightly focused single near-infrared pulses in double-plasmon waveguides," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 818-824 (2008)

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