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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Abstract-Free-space terahertz radiation from a LT-GaAs-on-quartz large-area photoconductive emitter
Free-space terahertz radiation from a LT-GaAs-on-quartz large-area photoconductive emitter
David R. Bacon, Andrew D. Burnett, Matthew Swithenbank, Christopher Russell, Lianhe Li, Christopher D. Wood, John Cunningham, Edmund H. Linfield, A. Giles Davies, Paul Dean, and Joshua R. Freeman
We report on large-area photoconductive terahertz (THz) emitters with a low-temperature-grown GaAs (LT-GaAs) active layer fabricated on quartz substrates using a lift-off transfer process. These devices are compared to the same LT-GaAs emitters when fabricated on the growth substrate. We find that the transferred devices show higher optical-to-THz conversion efficiencies and significantly larger breakdown fields, which we attribute to reduced parasitic current in the substrate. Through these improvements, we demonstrate a factor of ~8 increase in emitted THz field strength at the maximum operating voltage. In addition we find improved performance when these devices are used for photoconductive detection, which we explain through a combination of reduced parasitic substrate currents and reduced space-charge build-up in the device.
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