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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2005
  • pp: 673–675

Effect of spherical aberration and surface waves on propagation of lens-coupled terahertz pulses

M. T. Reiten and R. A. Cheville  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 6, pp. 673-675 (2005)

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Spatiotemporal measurements of a near-single-cycle terahertz pulse emitted from a photoconductive switch terahertz (THz) source show the effects of spherical aberration and surface waves on the pulse shape. The measured phase front has a swallow-tail shape described by catastrophe theory that contributes to the concentric ring structure of THz beam profiles. A time-of-flight model shows that the pulse shape is due to propagation along a cusp caustic and enhancement of the wings of the swallow-tail pulse is caused by surface waves.

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OCIS Codes
(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(260.3090) Physical optics : Infrared, far
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

M. T. Reiten and R. A. Cheville, "Effect of spherical aberration and surface waves on propagation of lens-coupled terahertz pulses," Opt. Lett. 30, 673-675 (2005)

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