High power and spectral purity continuous-wave photonic THz source tunable from 1 to 4.5 THz for nonlinear molecular spectroscopy
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New J. Phys.
OPTICAL PARAMETRIC OSCILLATOR; TERAHERTZ SOURCE; GAAS; GENERATION; Physics, Multidisciplinary
We report a diffraction-limited photonic terahertz (THz) source with linewidth < 10 MHz that can be used for nonlinear THz studies in the continuous wave (CW) regime with uninterrupted tunability in a broad range of THz frequencies. THz output is produced in orientation-patterned (OP) gallium arsenide (GaAs) via intracavity frequency mixing between the two closely spaced resonating signal and idler waves of an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) operating near lambda = 2 mu m. The doubly resonant type II OPO is based on a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) pumped by a single-frequency Yb:YAG disc laser at 1030 nm. We take advantage of the enhancement of both optical fields inside a high-finesse OPO cavity: with 10 W of 1030 nm pump, 100 W of intracavity power near 2 mu m was attained with GaAs inside cavity. This allows dramatic improvement in terms of generated THz power, as compared to the state-of-the art CW methods. We achieved > 25 mu W of single-frequency tunable CW THz output power scalable to > 1 mW with proper choice of pump laser wavelength.
New Journal of Physics
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