25 February 2016 Broadband frequency-chirped terahertz-wave signal generation using periodically-poled lithium niobate for frequency-modulated continuous-wave radar application
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We have proposed a method by using a nonlinear optical technique to generate frequency-modulated (FM) signals in the terahertz (THz) band with much broader bandwidth. Periodically-poled lithium niobates (PPLNs) are excited by ultrashort pulses, and linearly frequency-chirped THz pulses are obtained by changing the periodicity of the PPLN gradually. The bandwidth achieved is approximately 1 THz at a center frequency of 1.5 THz. Using this wave in a FM continuous (CW) radar system is expected to result in a range resolution of ~150 μm. This FM-THz signal generation technique will thus be useful in or future civil safety applications requiring high-resolution ranging or imaging.
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Junichi Hamazaki, Junichi Hamazaki, Yoh Ogawa, Yoh Ogawa, Norihiko Sekine, Norihiko Sekine, Akifumi Kasamatsu, Akifumi Kasamatsu, Atsushi Kanno, Atsushi Kanno, Naokatsu Yamamoto, Naokatsu Yamamoto, Iwao Hosako, Iwao Hosako, } "Broadband frequency-chirped terahertz-wave signal generation using periodically-poled lithium niobate for frequency-modulated continuous-wave radar application", Proc. SPIE 9747, Terahertz, RF, Millimeter, and Submillimeter-Wave Technology and Applications IX, 97471J (25 February 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2210936; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2210936
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