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Combless broadband terahertz generation with conventional laser diodes

: Molter, D.; Wagner, A.; Weber, S.; Jonuscheit, J.; Beigang, R.

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Optics Express 19 (2011), Nr.6, S.5290-5296
ISSN: 1094-4087
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IPM ()
time domain spectroscopy; terahertz-generation

We present a novel technique to generate a continuous, combless broadband Terahertz spectrum with conventional low-cost laser diodes. A standard time-domain spectroscopy system using photoconductive antennas is pumped by the output of two tunable diode lasers. Using fine tuning for one laser and fine and coarse tuning for the second laser, difference frequency generation results in a continuous broadband THz spectrum. Fast coarse-tuning is achieved by a simple spatial light modulator introduced in an external cavity. The results are compared to multi-mode operation for THz generation.