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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2008
  • pp: 2767–2769

Phase-locked generation and field-resolved detection of widely tunable terahertz pulses with amplitudes exceeding 100 MV cm

Alexander Sell, Alfred Leitenstorfer, and Rupert Huber  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 23, pp. 2767-2769 (2008)

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Phase-locked terahertz transients with peak electric fields of 108 MV cm and center frequencies continuously tunable from 10   to   72 THz are generated via difference-frequency mixing of two parametrically amplified pulse trains from a single white-light seed. Free space electro-optic sampling with 8 fs gating pulses from a two-branch Er:fiber laser allows us to monitor all transients directly in the time domain. We identify extreme terahertz nonlinearities in the detector crystal with subcycle resolution.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 18, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 16, 2008
Published: November 19, 2008

Alexander Sell, Alfred Leitenstorfer, and Rupert Huber, "Phase-locked generation and field-resolved detection of widely tunable terahertz pulses with amplitudes exceeding 100 MV/cm," Opt. Lett. 33, 2767-2769 (2008)

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