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dc.contributor.advisorFranz X. Kä̈rtner and Erich P. Ippen.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHuang, Wenqian Ronnyen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-13T22:35:17Z
dc.date.available2014-06-13T22:35:17Z
dc.date.copyright2014en_US
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/87946
dc.descriptionThesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2014.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 51-55).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe great difficulty of producing high intensity radiation in the terahertz (THz) spectral region by conventional electronics has stimulated interest in development of sources based on photonics. Optical rectification in lithium niobate is an attractive approach, because it supports high generation efficiencies, uses low cost, bulk LN crystals, and is powered by common Yb-doped lasers at wavelengths of around 1 Pm. In this work, a theoretical framework for THz generation by optical rectification is developed. Several novel methods for optimizing the generation efficiency are shown, including pump beam imaging, pump pulse optimization, cryogenic cooling, and THz antirefiection coating. Finally, experimental results will be presented showing a THz generation efficiency of 3.7%, which is 10x higher than current state-of-the-art. The generated few-cycle THz pulses can be used for coherent control of electrons, setting the stage for compact, table-top accelerators.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Wenqian Ronny Huang.en_US
dc.format.extent55 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectElectrical Engineering and Computer Science.en_US
dc.titleHigh field, high efficiency terahertz pulse generation by optical rectificationen_US
dc.title.alternativeHigh field, high efficiency THz pulse generation by optical rectificationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
dc.identifier.oclc880414792en_US


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