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Terahertz imaging through self-mixing in a quantum cascade laser


Dean, Paul; Lim, Yah Leng; Valavanis, Alex; Kliese, Russell; Nikolić, Milan; Khanna, Suraj P; Lachab, Mohammad; Indjin, Dragan; Ikonić, Zoran; Harrison, Paul; Rakić, Aleksandar D; Linfield, Edmund H; Davies, A Giles (2011). Terahertz imaging through self-mixing in a quantum cascade laser. Optics Letters, 36(13):2587-2589.

Abstract

We demonstrate terahertz (THz) frequency imaging using a single quantum cascade laser (QCL) device for both generation and sensing of THz radiation. Detection is achieved by utilizing the effect of self-mixing in the THz QCL, and, specifically, by monitoring perturbations to the voltage across the QCL, induced by light reflected from an external object back into the laser cavity. Self-mixing imaging offers high sensitivity, a potentially fast response, and a simple, compact optical design, and we show that it can be used to obtain high-resolution reflection images of exemplar structures.

Abstract

We demonstrate terahertz (THz) frequency imaging using a single quantum cascade laser (QCL) device for both generation and sensing of THz radiation. Detection is achieved by utilizing the effect of self-mixing in the THz QCL, and, specifically, by monitoring perturbations to the voltage across the QCL, induced by light reflected from an external object back into the laser cavity. Self-mixing imaging offers high sensitivity, a potentially fast response, and a simple, compact optical design, and we show that it can be used to obtain high-resolution reflection images of exemplar structures.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neuroradiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:06 Sep 2012 08:40
Last Modified:23 Nov 2017 07:49
Publisher:Optical Society of America (OSA)
ISSN:0146-9592
Additional Information:This paper was published in Optics Letters and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.002587. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.002587
PubMed ID:21725488

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