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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2012
  • pp: 4191–4193

Tunable source of terahertz radiation using molecular modulation

D. D. Yavuz and J. J. Weber  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 20, pp. 4191-4193 (2012)

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We describe a source of terahertz (THz) radiation that is based on Raman down-shifting of an infrared laser beam using highly coherent molecular vibrations. The source can operate in either the pulsed or the continuous wave (CW) regime and is tunable over much of the THz region of the spectrum (1–10 THz). In the pulsed regime, we predict average output powers of order 10 mW and peak powers approaching 1 MW. In the CW regime, average powers exceeding 100 μW with spectral linewidths at the hertz level are achievable.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect
(290.5910) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Raman

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 7, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 5, 2012
Published: October 3, 2012

D. D. Yavuz and J. J. Weber, "Tunable source of terahertz radiation using molecular modulation," Opt. Lett. 37, 4191-4193 (2012)

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