Performance of combined <100 >-<110 > ZnTe crystals in an amplified THz time-domain spectrometer

Dmitry Turchinovich, Jaap I. Dijkhuis

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In this work we report on the performance of combined index-matched ZnTe left angle bracket1 1 0right-pointing angle bracket–left angle bracket1 0 0right-pointing angle bracket THz emitters and detectors for reduction of etalon effects in a nonlinear crystal-based THz time-domain spectrometer, driven by an amplified femtosecond laser. We demonstrate that the application of a combined electrooptic detector crystal reduces the strength of the first etalon and the average spectral dynamic range oscillations by a factor of two. We also show that even in a simple emitter configuration the emitter-related etalon is significantly reduced due to the transient dielectric effects of carriers created by two-photon absorption in the emitter.
Keyword: Optical rectification,Terahertz spectroscopy,Electrooptic sampling
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)96-99
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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