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Intracavity terahertz generation inside a high-energy ultrafast soliton fiber laser

: Matthäus, G.; Ortac, B.; Limpert, J.; Nolte, S.; Hohmuth, R.; Voitsch, M.; Richter, W.; Pradarutti, B.; Tünnermann, A.


Applied Physics Letters 93 (2008), No.26, Art. 261105, 3 pp.
ISSN: 0003-6951
ISSN: 1077-3118
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IOF ()

Intracavity terahertz emission inside a high-energy ultrafast Yb-doped fiber laser is presented. The terahertz radiation is generated by a transient photocurrent induced at the surface of a saturable InGaAs multiquantum well grown by molecular beam epitaxy on top of a semiconductor Bragg reflector. This device simultaneously works as the saturable absorber mirror for initiating and managing the passive mode locking required for the ultrashort pulse operation of the laser system. The maximum terahertz average power achieved is 4.2 mu W, which reveals a net conversion efficiency of 3.1x10(-5).