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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 14 — Jul. 7, 2008
  • pp: 10427–10433

Design of a continuous-wave tunable terahertz source using waveguide-phase-matched GaAs

Alireza Marandi, Thomas E. Darcie, and Poman P.M. So  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 14, pp. 10427-10433 (2008)

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A novel source of continuous-wave terahertz radiation based on difference frequency generation (DFG) in GaAs crystal is proposed. Phase matching is provided using integration of appropriate optical and terahertz waveguides based on dispersive properties of GaAs. The output frequency can be tuned between 0–3.5 THz by tuning the incident wavelengths in the range of 1.5–1.6 µm.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 25, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 19, 2008
Published: June 27, 2008

Alireza Marandi, Thomas E. Darcie, and Poman P. M. So, "Design of a continuous-wave tunable terahertz source using waveguide-phase-matched GaAs," Opt. Express 16, 10427-10433 (2008)

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