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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2014
  • pp: 4096–4099

Polarization-dependent study of THz air-biased coherent detection

Jing Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 14, pp. 4096-4099 (2014)

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We present an investigation of the polarization dependence of THz air-biased coherent detection (ABCD) on the polarization directions of fundamental waves. The intensity, ellipticity, and polarization angle of the THz-field-induced second-harmonic are affected by the air plasma birefringence and can be predicted by cross-phase modulation theory. Due to the plasma birefringence, the polarization state of THz waves cannot be determined by the polarization state of the second harmonic with the traditional polarization measurement method. It would be inaccurate to measure arbitrary THz-wave polarization in a single scan with THz ABCD when the birefringence effect is significant.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(040.2235) Detectors : Far infrared or terahertz
(280.5395) Remote sensing and sensors : Plasma diagnostics

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Original Manuscript: April 24, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 6, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 10, 2014
Published: July 4, 2014

Jing Zhang, "Polarization-dependent study of THz air-biased coherent detection," Opt. Lett. 39, 4096-4099 (2014)

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