4 January 2008 Study of optimal gas pressure in optically pumped D2O gas terahertz laser
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Heavy water vapor (D2O gas) which owns special structure properties, can generate terahertz (THz) radiation by optically pumped technology, and its 385 μm wavelength radiation can be widely used. In this research, on the base of semi-classical density matrix theory, we set up a three-level energy system as its theoretical model, a TEA-CO2 laser 9R (22) output line (λ=9.26 μm) acted as pumping source, D2O gas molecules were operating medium, the expressions of pumping absorption coefficient Gp and THz signal gain coefficient Gs were deduced , It was shown that the gain of THz signal was related with the energy-level parameters of operating molecules and some operating parameters of the THz laser cavity, mainly including gas pressure, temperature etc.; By means of iteration method, the output power density of THz pulse signal was calculated numerically as its initial power density was known; Changing the parameter of gas pressure and keeping others steady, the relationship curve between the output power intensity (Is) of Tera-Hz pulse laser and the operating D2O gas pressure (P) was obtained. The curve showed that the power intensity (Is) increased with gas pressure (P) in a certain range, but decreased when the pressure (P) exceeded some value because of the bottleneck effect, and there was an optimal gas pressure for the highest output power. We used a grating tuned TEA-CO2 laser as pumping power and a sample tube of 97cm length as THz laser operating cavity to experiment. The results of theoretical calculation and experiment matched with each other.
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Zhihong He, Zhihong He, Jianquan Yao, Jianquan Yao, Xia Ren, Xia Ren, Yang Yang, Yang Yang, Xizhang Luo, Xizhang Luo, Peng Wang, Peng Wang, } "Study of optimal gas pressure in optically pumped D2O gas terahertz laser", Proc. SPIE 6840, Terahertz Photonics, 684004 (4 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.754865; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.754865

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