27 March 2013 A tunable continuous-wave terahertz generator based on 1.3-μm dual-mode laser diode and travelling-wave photodiode
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We demonstrate the tunable continuous-wave (CW) terahertz generator based on the λ/4 phase-shifted 1.3 μm dual-mode laser diode (DML) and travelling-wave photodiode (TWPD). The DML and TWPD operate as an optical beat source and terahertz photomixer, respectively. The laser diodes (LDs) operating at the 1.3 μm have more suitable characteristics as optical beat sources than the LDs operating at 1.55 μm because of their high efficiency and better thermal stability. The micro-heaters are integrated on top of each DFB LD for mode beat frequency tuning. The fabricated DML was continuously tuned from 230 GHz to 1485 GHz by increasing the temperature of each DFB section independently via integrated micro-heaters. The high-speed TWPD with an InGaAs absorber was designed and fabricated to efficiently generate the photomixing terahertz CW. A complementary log-periodic antenna was integrated with the TWPD to radiate the generated terahertz wave with minimum reflection in the wide frequency range. The terahertz characteristics of the tunable CW terahertz generator based on the DML and TWPD were measured in a fiber-coupled, homodyne terahertz photomixing system. Our results of the tunable CW terahertz generator show the feasibility of a compact and highly efficient CW terahertz spectrometer and imager.
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Han-Cheol Ryu, Han-Cheol Ryu, Namje Kim, Namje Kim, Jung-Woo Park, Jung-Woo Park, Sang-Pil Han, Sang-Pil Han, Hyunsung Ko, Hyunsung Ko, Kiwon Moon, Kiwon Moon, Min Yong Jeon, Min Yong Jeon, Kyung Hyun Park, Kyung Hyun Park, } "A tunable continuous-wave terahertz generator based on 1.3-μm dual-mode laser diode and travelling-wave photodiode", Proc. SPIE 8624, Terahertz, RF, Millimeter, and Submillimeter-Wave Technology and Applications VI, 862407 (27 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2001964; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2001964
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