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Appl Opt. 2011 Mar 10;50(8):1082-6. doi: 10.1364/AO.50.001082.

Influence of magnetic field on terahertz wave generation in photorefractive periodically poled lithium niobate crystal.

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Department of Physics, Shanghai University, China.


By employing femtosecond pump-probe configuration, we successfully realized narrowband terahertz wave generation and detection in both photorefractive periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) and periodically poled Mg:LiNb(3) (PP-Mg:LN) crystal. Using an applied magnetic field, we achieved modulation of the terahertz wave in a photorefractive PPLN crystal. The terahertz wave depends strongly on the magnitude of the applied magnetic field in the photorefractive PPLN crystal. Terahertz wave independence of the magnetic field in PP-Mg:LN crystal was also identified. The interaction of the magnetic field and photorefractive PPLN crystal is believed to occur due to the Lorentz force, which results in the buildup of a space-charge field in a photorefractive PPLN crystal.

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