OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters

| RAPID, SHORT PUBLICATIONS ON THE LATEST IN OPTICAL DISCOVERIES

  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2587–2589

Terahertz imaging through self-mixing in a quantum cascade laser

Paul Dean, Yah Leng Lim, Alex Valavanis, Russell Kliese, Milan Nikolić, Suraj P. Khanna, Mohammad Lachab, Dragan Indjin, Zoran Ikonić, Paul Harrison, Aleksandar D. Rakić, Edmund H. Linfield, and A. Giles Davies  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 13, pp. 2587-2589 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.002587


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (329 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

We demonstrate terahertz (THz) frequency imaging using a single quantum cascade laser (QCL) device for both generation and sensing of THz radiation. Detection is achieved by utilizing the effect of self-mixing in the THz QCL, and, specifically, by monitoring perturbations to the voltage across the QCL, induced by light reflected from an external object back into the laser cavity. Self-mixing imaging offers high sensitivity, a potentially fast response, and a simple, compact optical design, and we show that it can be used to obtain high-resolution reflection images of exemplar structures.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(040.2235) Detectors : Far infrared or terahertz
(110.6795) Imaging systems : Terahertz imaging
(250.5960) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor lasers

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: April 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 31, 2011
Published: July 1, 2011

Citation
Paul Dean, Yah Leng Lim, Alex Valavanis, Russell Kliese, Milan Nikolić, Suraj P. Khanna, Mohammad Lachab, Dragan Indjin, Zoran Ikonić, Paul Harrison, Aleksandar D. Rakić, Edmund H. Linfield, and A. Giles Davies, "Terahertz imaging through self-mixing in a quantum cascade laser," Opt. Lett. 36, 2587-2589 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-13-2587


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. R. Köhler, A. Tredicucci, F. Beltram, H. E. Beere, E. H. Linfield, A. G. Davies, D. A. Ritchie, R. C. Iotti, and F. Rossi, Nature 417, 156 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. B. Williams, Nat. Photon. 1, 517 (2007). [CrossRef]
  3. B. Williams, S. Kumar, Q. Hu, and J. L. Reno, Electron. Lett. 42, 89 (2006). [CrossRef]
  4. C. Walther, M. Fischer, G. Scalari, R. Terazzi, N. Hoyler, and J. Faist, Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 131122 (2007). [CrossRef]
  5. A. W. M. Lee, Q. Qin, S. Kumar, B. S. Williams, Q. Hu, and J. L. Reno, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 141125 (2006). [CrossRef]
  6. S. Kumar, Q. Hu, and J. L. Reno, Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 131105 (2009). [CrossRef]
  7. A. W. M. Lee, B. S. Williams, S. Kumar, Q. Hu, and J. L. Reno, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 1415 (2006). [CrossRef]
  8. S. Barbieri, J. Alton, C. Baker, T. Lo, H. E. Beere, and D. Ritchie, Opt. Express 13, 6497 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  9. K. L. Nguyen, M. L. Johns, L. F. Gladden, C. H. Worrall, P. Alexander, H. E. Beere, M. Pepper, D. A. Ritchie, J. Alton, S. Barbieri, and E. H. Linfield, Opt. Express 14, 2123 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. P. Dean, M. U. Shaukat, S. P. Khanna, M. Lachab, A. Burnett, A. G. Davies, E. H. Linfield, and S. Chakraborty, Opt. Express 16, 5997 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  11. P. Dean, N. K. Saat, S. P. Khanna, M. Salih, A. Burnett, J. Cunningham, E. H. Linfield, and A. G. Davies, Opt. Express 17, 20631 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  12. T. Bosch, C. Bes, L. Scalise, and G. Plantier, in Encyclopedia of Sensors, C.A.Grimes, E.C.Dickey, and M.V.Pishko, eds. (American Scientific, 2006), Vol.  X, pp. 1–20.
  13. S. Donati, Electro-Optical Instrumentation: Sensing and Measuring with Lasers (Prentice Hall, 2004).
  14. R. P. Green, J. H. Xu, L. Mahler, A. Tredicucci, F. Beltram, G. Giuliani, H. E. Beere, and D. A. Ritchie, Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 071106 (2008). [CrossRef]
  15. S. Donati, Photodetectors (Prentice Hall, 1999).
  16. S. Donati and M. Sorel, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 8, 405 (1996). [CrossRef]
  17. G. Scalari, L. Ajili, J. Faist, H. Beere, E. H. Linfield, D. Ritchie, and G. Davies, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 3165 (2003). [CrossRef]
  18. D. Indjin, P. Harrison, R. W. Kelsall, and Z. Ikonic, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 1347 (2003). [CrossRef]
  19. Y. L. Lim, R. Kliese, K. Bertling, K. Tanimizu, P. A. Jacobs, and A. D. Rakić, Opt. Express 18, 11720 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  20. S. Barbieri, J. Alton, H. E. Beere, J. Fowler, E. H. Linfield, and D. A. Ritchie, Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 1674 (2004). [CrossRef]
  21. K. Rochford and A. Rose, Opt. Lett. 20, 2105 (1995). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  22. J. R. Tucker, A. D. Rakic, C.J. O’Brien, and A. V. Zvyagin, Appl. Opt. 46, 611 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

Figures

Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3
 

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited