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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 8 — Apr. 9, 2012
  • pp: 8784–8790

Bandwidth tunable THz wave generation in large-area periodically poled lithium niobate

Caihong Zhang, Yuri Avetisyan, Andreas Glosser, Iwao Kawayama, Hironaru Murakami, and Masayoshi Tonouchi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 8, pp. 8784-8790 (2012)

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A new scheme of optical rectification (OR) of femtosecond laser pulses in a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal, which generates high energy and bandwidth tunable multicycle THz pulses, is proposed and demonstrated. We show that the number of the oscillation cycles of the THz electric field and therefore bandwidth of generated THz spectrum can easily and smoothly be tuned from a few tens of GHz to a few THz by changing the pump optical spot size on PPLN crystal. The minimal bandwidth is 17 GHz that is smallest ever of reported in scheme of THz generation by OR at room temperature. Similar to the case of Cherenkov-type OR in single-domain LiNbO3, the spectrum of THz generation extends from 0.1 THz to 3 THz when laser beam is focused to a size close to half-period of PPLN structure. The energy spectral density of narrowband THz generation is almost independent of the bandwidth and is typically 220 nJ/THz for ~1 W pump power at 1 kHz repetition rate.

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OCIS Codes
(040.2235) Detectors : Far infrared or terahertz
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: January 3, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 5, 2012
Published: April 2, 2012

Caihong Zhang, Yuri Avetisyan, Andreas Glosser, Iwao Kawayama, Hironaru Murakami, and Masayoshi Tonouchi, "Bandwidth tunable THz wave generation in large-area periodically poled lithium niobate," Opt. Express 20, 8784-8790 (2012)

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