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Nearly Single-Cycle Terahertz Pulse Generation in Aperiodically Poled Lithium Niobate

Version 1 : Received: 21 December 2018 / Approved: 24 December 2018 / Online: 24 December 2018 (15:33:58 CET)

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Avetisyan, Y.; Tonouchi, M. Nearly Single-Cycle Terahertz Pulse Generation in Aperiodically Poled Lithium Niobate. Photonics 2019, 6, 9. Avetisyan, Y.; Tonouchi, M. Nearly Single-Cycle Terahertz Pulse Generation in Aperiodically Poled Lithium Niobate. Photonics 2019, 6, 9.

Journal reference: Photonics 2019, 6, 9
DOI: 10.3390/photonics6010009

Abstract

In present work an opportunity of nearly single-cycle THz pulse generation in aperiodically poled lithium niobate (APPLN) crystal is studied. A radiating antenna model is used to simulate the THz generation from chirped APPLN crystal pumped by a sequence of femtosecond laser pulses with chirped delays m (m = 1, 2, 3 …) between adjacent pulses. It is shown that by appropriative choosing m it is possible to obtain temporally overlap of all THz pulses generated from positive (or negative) domains. It results in the formation of a nearly single-cycle THz pulse, if the chirp rate of domain length  in the crystal is sufficiently large. In opposite case, a few cycle THz pulses are generated with the number of the cycles depending on . The closed form expression for THz pulse form is obtained. The peak THz electric field strength of 0.3 MV/cm is predicted for APPLN crystal pumped by the sequence of laser pulses with peak intensity of the separate pulse in the sequence about 20 GW/cm2. By focusing the THz beam and by increasing the pump power the field strength can reach values of an order of few MV/cm.

Subject Areas

terahertz; ultrafast photonics; nonlinear optics; lithium niobate

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