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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 20 — Sep. 24, 2012
  • pp: 21896–21904

Terahertz vector beam generation using segmented nonlinear optical crystals with threefold rotational symmetry

Ryo Imai, Natsuki Kanda, Takuya Higuchi, Zhu Zheng, Kuniaki Konishi, and Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 20, pp. 21896-21904 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.021896


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Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a simple method for cylindrical vector beam generation in the terahertz frequency region using optical rectification in segmented nonlinear crystals with threefold rotational symmetry. We used segmented GaP(111) plates to generate the terahertz cylindrical vector beam, and obtained clear evidence of the beam generation with a terahertz camera. By this method, a broadband terahertz cylindrical vector beam can be generated, and the radial and azimuth modes can be easily switched. We also report on the direct observation of the longitudinal electric field components at the focal point using a terahertz time-domain spectroscopy technique.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.3090) Physical optics : Infrared, far
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 3, 2012
Published: September 10, 2012

Citation
Ryo Imai, Natsuki Kanda, Takuya Higuchi, Zhu Zheng, Kuniaki Konishi, and Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami, "Terahertz vector beam generation using segmented nonlinear optical crystals with threefold rotational symmetry," Opt. Express 20, 21896-21904 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-20-21896


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