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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 22 — Oct. 26, 2009
  • pp: 20266–20271

Terahertz wave polarization analyzer using birefringent materials

Liangliang Zhang, Hua Zhong, Chao Deng, Cunlin Zhang, and Yuejin Zhao  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 22, pp. 20266-20271 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.020266


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Abstract

We present a terahertz wave polarization analysis method to extract the polarization rotation angle with respect to the horizontal direction. A quartz crystal is used as the polarization analyzer with the optical axis of the crystal fixed at 45° orientation. The polarization angle of the terahertz waves generated from two-color laser-induced gas plasma is extracted by measuring the transmitted ordinary and extraordinary beams. This work demonstrates that low-absorbance birefringent materials are good candidates for terahertz polarization analysis.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: September 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 20, 2009
Published: October 22, 2009

Citation
Liangliang Zhang, Hua Zhong, Chao Deng, Cunlin Zhang, and Yuejin Zhao, "Terahertz wave polarization analyzer using birefringent materials," Opt. Express 17, 20266-20271 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-22-20266


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