Ultra-high dynamic range electro-optic sampling for detecting millimeter and sub-millimeter radiation
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CitationIbrahim, Akram, Denis Férachou, Gargi Sharma, Kanwarpal Singh, Marie Kirouac-Turmel, and Tsuneyuki Ozaki. 2016. “Ultra-high dynamic range electro-optic sampling for detecting millimeter and sub-millimeter radiation.” Scientific Reports 6 (1): 23107. doi:10.1038/srep23107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep23107.
AbstractTime-domain spectroscopy using coherent millimeter and sub-millimeter radiation (also known as terahertz radiation) is rapidly expanding its application, owing greatly to the remarkable advances in generating and detecting such radiation. However, many current techniques for coherent terahertz detection have limited dynamic range, thus making it difficult to perform some basic experiments that need to directly compare strong and weak terahertz signals. Here, we propose and demonstrate a novel technique based on cross-polarized spectral-domain interferometry to achieve ultra-high dynamic range electro-optic sampling measurement of coherent millimeter and sub-millimeter radiation. In our scheme, we exploit the birefringence in a single-mode polarization maintaining fiber in order to measure the phase change induced by the electric field of terahertz radiation in the detection crystal. With our new technique, we have achieved a dynamic range of 7 × 106, which is 4 orders of magnitude higher than conventional electro-optic sampling techniques, while maintaining comparable signal-to-noise ratio. The present technique is foreseen to have great impact on experiments such as linear terahertz spectroscopy of optically thick materials (such as aqueous samples) and nonlinear terahertz spectroscopy, where the higher dynamic range is crucial for proper interpretation of experimentally obtained results.
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