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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2009
  • pp: 2195–2197

Peeling adhesive tape emits electromagnetic radiation at terahertz frequencies

J. Horvat and R. A. Lewis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 14, pp. 2195-2197 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002195


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Abstract

An unusual concept for a simple and inexpensive terahertz source is presented: unpeeling adhesive tape. The observed spectrum of this terahertz radiation exhibits a peak at 2 THz and a broader peak at 18 THz. The radiation is not polarized. The mechanism of terahertz radiation is tribocharging of the adhesive tape and subsequent discharge, possibly bremsstrahlung with absorption or energy density focusing during the dielectric breakdown of a gas. The accompanying optical emission is also a consequence of tribocharging.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2170) General : Equipment and techniques
(000.2190) General : Experimental physics
(000.3110) General : Instruments, apparatus, and components common to the sciences
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources
(350.5610) Other areas of optics : Radiation
(300.6495) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, teraherz

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: April 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 16, 2009
Published: July 13, 2009

Citation
J. Horvat and R. A. Lewis, "Peeling adhesive tape emits electromagnetic radiation at terahertz frequencies," Opt. Lett. 34, 2195-2197 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-14-2195

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