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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 20 — Sep. 24, 2012
  • pp: 22627–22635

Enhanced coherent terahertz Smith-Purcell superradiation excited by two electron-beams

Yaxin Zhang and Liang Dong  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 20, pp. 22627-22635 (2012)

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This paper presents the studies on the enhanced coherent THz Smith-Purcell superradiation excited by two pre-bunched electron beams that pass through the 1-D sub-wavelength holes array. The Smith-Purcell superradiation has been clearly observed. The radiation emitting out from the system has the radiation angle matching the 2nd harmonic frequency component of the pre-bunched electron beams. The results show that the two electron beams can be coupled with each other through the holes array so that the intensity of the radiated field has been enhanced about twice higher than that excited by one electron beam. Consequently superradiation at the frequency of 0.62 THz can be generated with 20A/cm2 current density of electron beam based on above mechanism. The advantages of low injection current density and 2nd harmonic radiation promise the potential applications in the development of electron-beam driven THz sources.

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OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(350.5610) Other areas of optics : Radiation
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: May 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 7, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 24, 2012
Published: September 19, 2012

Yaxin Zhang and Liang Dong, "Enhanced coherent terahertz Smith-Purcell superradiation excited by two electron-beams," Opt. Express 20, 22627-22635 (2012)

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