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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 12 — Dec. 8, 1997
  • pp: 376–384

Quasi-half-cycle terahertz pulse generation via optical rectification in quantum wells using shaped optical pulses

D. S. Citrin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 1, Issue 12, pp. 376-384 (1997)

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It is shown that optical rectification in biased quantum wells using specially shaped optical pulses can be used to generate quasi-half-cycle THz electromagnetic pulses. Namely, we investigate THz generation by pulses incorporating a rapid π phase shift. We further explore the potential of this scheme for high-repetition-rate quasi-half-cycle THz pulse generation.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.7130) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in condensed matter, including semiconductors

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Focus Issue: Coherent Phenomena in Solids

Original Manuscript: September 30, 1997
Published: December 8, 1997

David Citrin, "Quasi-half-cycle terahertz pulse generation via optical rectification in quantum wells using shaped optical pulses," Opt. Express 1, 376-384 (1997)

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