3 November 2016 High-repetition-rate, widely tunable terahertz generation in GaSe pumped by a dual-wavelength KTP-OPO
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High-repetition-rate, monochromatic and tunable terahertz (THz) source is demonstrated. We use an orthogonally polarized dual-wavelength intracavity OPO to complete the type-II phase-matched collinear difference-frequency generation in GaSe. A high average-power 2 μm laser with 12 W output power and good beam quality based on an intracavity KTP OPO is experimentally designed. The KTP OPO is intracavity pumped by an acousto-optical Q-switched side-pumped Nd:YAG with the repetition rate of 10 kHz. Two identical KTP crystals were 7 × 8 × 15 mm3 in size, cut at θ = 51.2°, φ = 0°, which were tuned in the x-z plane to achieve type-II phase-matching. The KTP OPO consists of two identical KTP crystals to reduce the walk-off effect and improve the beam overlap area of the output signal and idler waves. The pulse-width of the 2-μm KTP OPO laser is about 11 ns with the linewidth about 0.8 nm. The focused OPO beam is injected into the uncoated GaSe with the length of 8 mm, and the generated THz wave is detected with a 4.2-K Si-bolometer after focusing with a polyethylene lens. The tunable and coherent radiation from 0.2 to 3 THz has been achieved based on the type-II phase-matching DFG when the two pump waves are in the range of 2.1064 - 2.1272 μm and 2.1516 - 2.1304 μm while symmetrically tuning the phase-matching angle of the KTPs. The maximum output THz average power can reach μW-level around 1.48 THz.
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Dexian Yan, Degang Xu, Yuye Wang, Wei Shi, Kai Zhong, Pengxiang Liu, Chao Yan, Quan Sheng, Jialin Mei, Jia Shi, Jianquan Yao, "High-repetition-rate, widely tunable terahertz generation in GaSe pumped by a dual-wavelength KTP-OPO", Proc. SPIE 10030, Infrared, Millimeter-Wave, and Terahertz Technologies IV, 100300B (3 November 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2245522; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2245522
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