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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 17 — Aug. 13, 2012
  • pp: 19484–19492

Giant tunable Faraday effect in a semiconductor magneto-plasma for broadband terahertz polarization optics

Takashi Arikawa, Xiangfeng Wang, Alexey A. Belyanin, and Junichiro Kono  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 17, pp. 19484-19492 (2012)

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We report on a giant Faraday effect in an electron plasma in n-InSb probed via polarization-resolved terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy. Polarization rotation angles and ellipticities reach as large as π/2 and 1, respectively, over a wide frequency range (0.3-2.5 THz) at magnetic fields of a few Tesla. The experimental results together with theoretical simulations show its promising ability to construct broadband and tunable THz polarization optics, such as a circular polarizer, half-wave plate, and polarization modulators.

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OCIS Codes
(230.2240) Optical devices : Faraday effect
(300.6495) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, teraherz

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: June 8, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 31, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 31, 2012
Published: August 10, 2012

Takashi Arikawa, Xiangfeng Wang, Alexey A. Belyanin, and Junichiro Kono, "Giant tunable Faraday effect in a semiconductor magneto-plasma for broadband terahertz polarization optics," Opt. Express 20, 19484-19492 (2012)

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