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Friday, October 23, 2015
Abstract-Spectral characteristics of terahertz radiation from plasmonic photomixers
We present a comprehensive analysis of spectral characteristics of terahertz radiation from plasmonic photomixers. We fabricate plasmonic photomixer prototypes with plasmonic contact electrode gratings on a low temperature grown GaAs substrate and characterize the spectral properties of the generated terahertz radiation by use of a heterodyne detection scheme. Our analysis shows that linewidth, stability, and frequency tuning range of the generated terahertz radiation are directly determined by linewidth, stability, and wavelength tuning range of optical pump beam and not affected by device geometry, substrate properties, optical pump power level and other operational settings. Our study indicates the crucial role of optical sources in realizing high performance terahertz spectroscopy and wireless communication systems based on plasmonic photomixers.