Analysis of terahertz generation by beamlet superposition
Author(s)Ravi, Koustuban; Ofori-Okai, Benjamin Kwasi; Nelson, Keith Adam; Kaertner, Franz X
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A theory of terahertz generation using a superposition of beamlets is developed. It is shown how such an arrangement produces a distortion-free tilted pulse front. We analytically show how a superposition of beamlets produces terahertz radiation with greater efficiency and spatial homogeneity compared to tilted pulse fronts generated by diffraction gratings. The advantages are particularly notable for large pump bandwidths and beam sizes, suggesting better performance in the presence of cascading effects and for high energy pumping. Closed-form expressions for terahertz spectra and transients in three spatial dimensions are derived. Conditions for obtaining performance better than conventional tilted pulse fronts and bounds for optimal pump parameters are furnished.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Research Laboratory of Electronics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemistry
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Koustuban Ravi et al. "Analysis of terahertz generation by beamlet superposition," Optics Express 27, 19 (September 2019): 26547-26568 © 2019 Optical Society of America
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