Friday, July 1, 2016

Abstract-Terahertz electro-optic detection using a ⟨012⟩-cut chalcopyrite ZnGeP2 crystal

B. N. Carnio1,a)S. R. Greig1C. J. Firby1K. T. Zawilski2P. G. Schunemann2 and A. Y. Elezzabi

The electro-optic detection capabilities of a 〈012〉-cut chalcopyrite ZnGeP (ZGP) crystal is investigated in the terahertz (THz) frequency regime. Our experiments attest that ZGP exhibits low THz losses and dispersion, and that phonon-polariton effects are too weak to perturb the THz pulse. Additionally, ZGP is shown to have excellent phase matching between an optical probe pulse and a THz pulse. For a 1080 m thick ZGP crystal, this phase matching yields a detection bandwidth 1.3 times greater than ZnTe and 4.8 times greater than ZnSe and GaP. Thus, ZGP has promising applications in THz time-domain spectroscopy.

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