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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2012
  • pp: 899–901

Scaling submillimeter single-cycle transients toward megavolts per centimeter field strength via optical rectification in the organic crystal OH1

Clemens Ruchert, Carlo Vicario, and Christoph P. Hauri  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 5, pp. 899-901 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.000899


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Abstract

We present the generation of high-power single-cycle terahertz (THz) pulses in the organic salt crystal 2-[3-(4-hydroxystyryl)-5.5-dimethylcyclohex-2-enylidene]malononitrile or OH1. Broadband THz radiation with a central frequency of 1.5 THz (λc=200μm) and high electric field strength of 440kV/cm is produced by optical rectification driven by the signal of a powerful femtosecond optical parametric amplifier. A 1.5% pump to THz energy conversion efficiency is reported, and pulse energy stability better than 1% RMS is achieved. An approach toward the realization of higher field strength is discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 22, 2011
Published: February 24, 2012

Citation
Clemens Ruchert, Carlo Vicario, and Christoph P. Hauri, "Scaling submillimeter single-cycle transients toward megavolts per centimeter field strength via optical rectification in the organic crystal OH1," Opt. Lett. 37, 899-901 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-5-899


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