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Appl Opt. 2001 Mar 20;40(9):1423-6.

Arrayed silicon prism coupler for a terahertz-wave parametric oscillator.

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  • 1Photodynamics Research Center, RIKEN, 519-1399 Aramaki-Aoba, Sendai 980-0845, Japan.


Using room-temperature parametric oscillation of a LiNbO3 crystal pumped by a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser with a simple configuration, we have realized a widely tunable coherent terahertz- (THz-) wave source in the range between 1 and 3 THz. Inasmuch as the THz wave is affected by total internal reflection at the crystal edge, we used a Si prism coupler to couple out the THz wave. We introduce an arrayed Si-prism coupler that increases the efficiency and decreases the diffraction angle. By use of the arrayed-prism coupler, there is a sixfold increase in coupling efficiency and a 40% decrease in the far-field beam diameter, compared with the use of a single-prism coupler. We discuss the negative effect of the free carriers at the Si-prism surface that is excited by the scattered pump beam, and the positive effect of cavity rotation on the unidirectional radiation of the THz wave from a Si prism.

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