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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 11 — Nov. 26, 2007

High-power terahertz-wave generation using DAST crystal and detection using mid-infrared powermeter

Koji Suizu, Katsuhiko Miyamoto, Tomoyu Yamashita, and Hiromasa Ito  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 19, pp. 2885-2887 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.002885


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Abstract

The exact power output of a table-top-sized terahertz (THz)-wave source using a nonlinear optical process has not been clarified because detectors for these experiments [Si bolometer, deuterated triglycine sulfate (DTGS), etc.] are not calibrated well. On the other hand, powermeters for the mid-infrared (mid-IR) region are well established and calibrated. We constructed a high-power dual-wavelength optical parametric oscillator with two KTP crystals as a light source for difference frequency generation. The obtained powers of dual waves were 21 mJ at 1300 nm , ten times higher than that of the previous measurement. The device provides high-power THz-wave generation with 100 times greater output power than that reported in previous works. A well-calibrated mid-IR powermeter at 27 THz detected the generated THz wave; its measured energy was 2.4 μ J . Although the powermeter had no sensitivity in the lower-frequency range (below 20 THz ), the pulse energy at such a low-frequency region was estimated in reference to the output spectrum obtained using a DTGS detector: the energy would be from about the submicrojoule level to a few microjoules in the THz-wave region.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 6, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 6, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 27, 2007
Published: September 28, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Koji Suizu, Katsuhiko Miyamoto, Tomoyu Yamashita, and Hiromasa Ito, "High-power terahertz-wave generation using DAST crystal and detection using mid-infrared powermeter," Opt. Lett. 32, 2885-2887 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-19-2885


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