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Analysis of standing waves in submillimeter-wave optics
Author(s): Neil Trappe D.D.S.; Stuart Kehoe; Eoin Butler; J. Anthony Murphy; Tim Finn; Stafford Withington; Willem Jellema
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we continue to investigate a theoretical framework based on Gaussian Beam Mode Analysis for modelling standing waves in submillimetre optical systems with experimental verification. Standing waves or multiple reflections have been traditionally difficult to model but this analytical method proves to be very versatile in first order predictions. In previous papers we reported on the underlining theory and described some important examples including reflections between a feed horn and telescope secondary mirror and also reflections between two coupled corrugated horns. This technique can in addition be applied to reflections between components such as lenses and apertures [1], [2]. As our method uses a full multi-moded scattering matrix description of the corrugated horn, which is then transformed to equivalent free space Gaussian modes, multiple reflections between the source/detector device, located at the back of the horn, and any arbitrary surface in the optical path can be accurately analysed. An overview of the technique is presented including experimental measurements to try to verify our theoretical methods. We investigate mechanisms to reduce standing wave ripples experimentally and theoretically often present in submillimeter optics and try to understand more deeply the form and structure of the reflected power component.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6472, Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics VI, 64720B (1 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.699074
Show Author Affiliations
Neil Trappe D.D.S., National Univ. of Ireland/Maynooth (Ireland)
Stuart Kehoe, National Univ. of Ireland/Maynooth (Ireland)
Eoin Butler, National Univ. of Ireland/Maynooth (Ireland)
J. Anthony Murphy, National Univ. of Ireland/Maynooth (Ireland)
Tim Finn, National Univ. of Ireland/Maynooth (Ireland)
Stafford Withington, Cavendish Lab. (United Kingdom)
Willem Jellema, Space Research Organisation Netherlands (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6472:
Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics VI
Kurt J. Linden; Laurence P. Sadwick, Editor(s)

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