Frequency doubling and tripling of terahertz radiation in a GaAs/AlAs superlattice due to frequency modulation of Bloch oscillations

Winnerl, S.; Schomburg, E.; Brandl, S.; Kus, O.; Renk, K. F.; Wanke, M. C.; Allen, S. J.; Ignatov, A. A.; Ustinov, V.; Zhukov, A.; Kop'ev, P. S.
August 2000
Applied Physics Letters;8/28/2000, Vol. 77 Issue 9
Academic Journal
We report on frequency doubling and tripling of THz radiation in a voltage-biased GaAs/AlAs superlattice. By use of a corner cube antenna system, radiation from the Santa Barbara free-electron laser (frequency 0.7 THz) was guided into a superlattice mesa element and the second and third harmonic were coupled out of the mesa. Without bias only radiation of the third harmonic was generated, while the biased superlattice emitted radiation of both the second and third harmonic. We attribute the harmonic generation to frequency modulation of damped Bloch oscillations of the miniband electrons in the superlattice. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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