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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 20 — Oct. 6, 2003
  • pp: 2486–2496

Terahertz waveform synthesis via optical rectification of shaped ultrafast laser pulses

J. Ahn, A. V. Efimov, R. D. Averitt, and A. J. Taylor  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 20, pp. 2486-2496 (2003)

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We demonstrate the use of optical pulse-shaping technique in conjunction with difference frequency generation in a non-linear optoelectronic crystal for generating synthesized waveforms at terahertz frequencies. Spectral phase modulations, programmed using Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm and prepared in a spatial light Fourier filter, produce tailored terahertz pulses, including chirped pulses, zero-area pulses, and trains of multiple pulses for tunable narrow-band terahertz radiation up to 2.0 THz.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: August 12, 2003
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2003
Published: October 6, 2003

J. Ahn, A. Efimov, R. Averitt, and A. Taylor, "Terahertz waveform synthesis via optical rectification of shaped ultrafast laser pulses," Opt. Express 11, 2486-2496 (2003)

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