Velocity-matched terahertz generation by optical rectification in an organic nonlinear optical crystal using a Ti:sapphire laser

Brunner, Fabian D. J.; Schneider, Arno; Günter, Peter
February 2009
Applied Physics Letters;2/9/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 6, pN.PAG
Academic Journal
Broadband terahertz pulses have been generated in 2-cyclooctylamino-5-nitropyridine (COANP) single crystals by optical rectification of 150 fs laser pulses from an amplified Ti:sapphire laser operating at 776 nm. Due to better velocity-matching and a higher figure of merit, COANP allows more efficient terahertz generation between 0.2 and 2.4 THz than the benchmark electro-optic crystal ZnTe at this laser wavelength. The peak amplitude of the terahertz signal obtained in COANP was 2.5 times larger in the time-domain and 2.1 times larger in the frequency-domain compared to ZnTe. We achieved a 4.3 times higher energy conversion efficiency in COANP than in ZnTe.


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