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Prospects for quantum cascade lasers as transmitters and local oscillators in coherent terahertz transmitter/receiver systems
Author(s): Jerry Waldman; Andriy A Danylov; Thomas M. Goyette; Michael J. Coulombe; Robert H. Giles; Andrew J. Gatesman; William D. Goodhue; Jin Li; Kurt J. Linden; William E. Nixon
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Paper Abstract

Coherent terahertz radar systems, using CO2 laser-pumped molecular lasers have been used during the past decade for radar scale modeling applications, as well as proof-of-principle demonstrations of remote detection of concealed weapons. The presentation will consider the potential for replacement of molecular laser sources by quantum cascade lasers. While the temporal and spatial characteristics of current THz QCLs limit their applicability, rapid progress is being made in resolving these issues. Specifications for satisfying the requirements of coherent short-range THz radars will be reviewed and the feasibility of incorporating existing QCL devices into such systems will be described.

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Date Published: 12 February 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7215, Terahertz Technology and Applications II, 72150C (12 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.808009
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Jerry Waldman, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Andriy A Danylov, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Thomas M. Goyette, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Michael J. Coulombe, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Robert H. Giles, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Andrew J. Gatesman, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
William D. Goodhue, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Jin Li, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Kurt J. Linden, Spire Corp. (United States)
William E. Nixon, U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7215:
Terahertz Technology and Applications II
Kurt J. Linden; Laurence P. Sadwick; Créidhe M. O'Sullivan, Editor(s)

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