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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2009
  • pp: A90–A94

Terahertz wave generation in nitrogen gas using shaped optical pulses

Masashi Yamaguchi and Jayashis Das  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 9, pp. A90-A94 (2009)

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We demonstrate the control of terahertz (THz) wave generation in nitrogen gas using shaped optical pulses with a spatial light modulator (SLM). We employ a genetic optimization algorithm to optimize the optical excitation pulses for the THz wave generation. A comparison of the optimization processes using THz power and second harmonics intensity as fitness functions is given. We also show that THz pulse trains with variable separation of pulses can be generated by using a series of periodic rectangular optical phases in Fourier space.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena

Original Manuscript: February 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 30, 2009
Published: July 8, 2009

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Masashi Yamaguchi and Jayashis Das, "Terahertz wave generation in nitrogen gas using shaped optical pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, A90-A94 (2009)

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