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Compact cw terahertz spectrometer pumped at 1.5 m wavelength

: Stanze, D.; Deninger, A.; Roggenbuck, A.; Schindler, S.; Schlak, M.; Sartorius, B.


Journal of infrared, millimeter, and terahertz waves 32 (2011), No.2, pp.225-232
ISSN: 1866-6892
ISSN: 1866-6906
Journal Article
Fraunhofer HHI ()

A compact and low-cost continuous wave terahertz spectrometer operating at an optical wavelength of 1.5 m is presented. The spectrometer employs high power distributed feedback (DFB) laser diodes in integrated " butterfly" packages. No further optical amplification of the beating signal is required. An integrated photodiode antenna with an output power of 5 m at 500 GHz is used as efficient terahertz emitter. Employing low-temperature grown (LT-) InGaAs/InAlAs photoconductive receivers as coherent detectors, SNR values of the terahertz power up to 75 dB are attained at an integration time of 300 ms. Accurate characterization of the thermal tuning behavior of the DFBs and precise thermal control yield an absolute accuracy of 1 GHz and a resolution of better than 5 MHz, without any on-line monitoring of the optical frequency. Due to the high frequency resolution no delay line is needed to vary the terahertz phase.