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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 14839–14850

Comparison of the lowest-order transverse-electric (TE1) and transverse-magnetic (TEM) modes of the parallel-plate waveguide for terahertz pulse applications

Rajind Mendis and Daniel M. Mittleman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 14839-14850 (2009)

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We present a comprehensive experimental study comparing the propagation characteristics of the virtually unknown TE1 mode to the well-known TEM mode of the parallel-plate waveguide (PPWG), for THz pulse applications. We demonstrate that it is possible to overcome the undesirable effects caused by the TE1 mode’s inherent low-frequency cutoff, making it a viable THz wave-guiding option, and that for certain applications, the TE1 mode may even be more desirable than the TEM mode. This study presents a whole new dimension to the THz technological capabilities offered by the PPWG, via the possible use of the TE1 mode.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 29, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 31, 2009
Published: August 6, 2009

Rajind Mendis and Daniel M. Mittleman, "Comparison of the lowest-order transverse-electric (TE1) and transverse-magnetic (TEM) modes of the parallel-plate waveguide for terahertz pulse applications," Opt. Express 17, 14839-14850 (2009)

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