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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3151–3160

Detection of terahertz frequency radiation via the photothermoelastic response of zincblende crystals

Paul Dean, Aziati H. Awang, Iman Kundu, Raed Alhathlool, Suraj P. Khanna, Lianhe H. Li, Andrew Burnett, Edmund H. Linfield, and A. Giles Davies  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 30, Issue 12, pp. 3151-3160 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.30.003151


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Abstract

We present experimental evidence for a photothermoelastic response in zincblende crystals illuminated by quantum cascade laser sources in the frequency range 2.2–2.9 THz. Results obtained using an optically balanced sampling arrangement indicate a mechanism whereby the stress distribution established through localized heating of the crystal induces a change in optical birefringence via the photoelastic response of the crystal. A full mathematic model of this photothermoelastic mechanism in (110)-orientated crystals is presented, and shown to agree well with experimental measurements of the magnitude, and the orientational and spatial dependencies of the sampled signal in ZnTe and GaP crystals.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(350.5340) Other areas of optics : Photothermal effects
(040.2235) Detectors : Far infrared or terahertz
(140.5965) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers, quantum cascade

ToC Category:
Detectors

History
Original Manuscript: August 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 14, 2013
Published: November 7, 2013

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Paul Dean, Aziati H. Awang, Iman Kundu, Raed Alhathlool, Suraj P. Khanna, Lianhe H. Li, Andrew Burnett, Edmund H. Linfield, and A. Giles Davies, "Detection of terahertz frequency radiation via the photothermoelastic response of zincblende crystals," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 3151-3160 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-30-12-3151


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