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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2011
  • pp: 3633–3635

All-optical ultrafast polarization switching of terahertz radiation by impulsive molecular alignment

Min Li, Haifeng Pan, Yuqi Tong, Cheng Chen, Yi Shi, Jian Wu, and Heping Zeng  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 18, pp. 3633-3635 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.003633


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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate ultrafast polarization switching of terahertz (THz) radiation generated by dual-color driving pulses composed of orthogonally polarized fundamental and second-harmonic waves, which can be controlled by field-free molecular alignment in air by modulating the relative phase between the two field components as a transient dynamic wave plate. By fine-tuning the time delay to properly match the molecular alignment revivals, a significant polarization modulation of the THz radiation is observed and both linearly and elliptically polarized THz radiations can be obtained.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2011
Published: September 14, 2011

Citation
Min Li, Haifeng Pan, Yuqi Tong, Cheng Chen, Yi Shi, Jian Wu, and Heping Zeng, "All-optical ultrafast polarization switching of terahertz radiation by impulsive molecular alignment," Opt. Lett. 36, 3633-3635 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-18-3633

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