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Numerical simulation of terahertz generation and detection based on ultrafast photoconductive antennas
Author(s): Long-chao Chen; Wen-hui Fan
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Paper Abstract

The numerical simulation of terahertz generation and detection in the interaction between femtosecond laser pulse and photoconductive material has been reported in this paper. The simulation model based on the Drude-Lorentz theory is used, and takes into account the phenomena that photo-generated electrons and holes are separated by the external bias field, which is screened by the space-charge field simultaneously. According to the numerical calculation, the terahertz time-domain waveforms and their Fourier-transformed spectra are presented under different conditions. The simulation results indicate that terahertz generation and detection properties of photoconductive antennas are largely influenced by three major factors, including photo-carriers' lifetime, laser pulse width and pump laser power. Finally, a simple model has been applied to simulate the detected terahertz pulses by photoconductive antennas with various photo-carriers' lifetimes, and the results show that the detected terahertz spectra are very different from the spectra radiated from the emitter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8195, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011: Terahertz Wave Technologies and Applications, 81950K (12 August 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.900319
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Long-chao Chen, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Wen-hui Fan, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8195:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011: Terahertz Wave Technologies and Applications

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