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  1. Fabrication of a multilevel THz Fresnel lens by femtosecond laser ablation

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    Komlenok, M S; Kononenko, T V; Kononenko, V V; Konov, V I; Volodkin, B O; Tukmakov, K N; Knyazev, B A; Choporova, Yu Yu; Soifer, V A; Pavel'ev, V S

    2015-10-31

    The possibility of fabricating a silicon diffractive fourlevel THz Fresnel lens by laser ablation is studied. For a microrelief to be formed on the sample surface, use is made of a femtosecond Yb : YAG laser with a high pulse repetition rate (f = 200 kHz). Characteristics of the diffractive optical element are investigated in the beam of a 141-mm free-electron laser. The measured diffraction efficiency of the lens is in good agreement with the theoretical estimate. (laser technologies)

  2. Fabrication of a multilevel THz Fresnel lens by femtosecond laser ablation

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    Komlenok, M. S.; Volodkin, B. O.; Knyazev, B. A.; Kononenko, T. V.; Kononenko, V. V.; Konov, V. I.; Soifer, V. A.; Pavel'ev, V. S.; Tukmakov, K. N.; Choporova, Yu Yu

    2015-10-01

    The possibility of fabricating a silicon diffractive fourlevel THz Fresnel lens by laser ablation is studied. For a microrelief to be formed on the sample surface, use is made of a femtosecond Yb : YAG laser with a high pulse repetition rate (f = 200 kHz). Characteristics of the diffractive optical element are investigated in the beam of a 141-mm free-electron laser. The measured diffraction efficiency of the lens is in good agreement with the theoretical estimate.

  3. Generation of efficient THz radiation by optical rectification in DAST crystal using tunable femtosecond laser pulses

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    Venkatesh, Mottamchetty; Thirupugalmani, K.; Rao, K. S.; Brahadeeswaran, S.; Chaudhary, A. K.

    2017-03-01

    We report the efficient THz generation by optical rectification from an indigenously grown organic DAST crystal using the 140 fs oscillator laser pulses tunable in between 780 and 850 nm. The generated THz pulse profile and powers have been measured using the photoconductive (PC) antennas and pyroelectric detector, respectively. The highest THz peak amplitude and power is obtained at 825 nm central wavelength. We have theoretically explained the enhancement of THz radiation based on the matching of average optical group refractive index and average THz refractive index of the DAST crystal at 825 nm. In addition, the dependence of THz peak amplitude and THz power on laser power have been carried out. The measured quantum conversion efficiency (QCE) of 0.5 and 1.5 THz bands are of the order 3.7 × 10-3, 1.4 × 10-3, respectively. Finally, an attempt has been made to study the effect of polarizations on generated THz signal.

  4. High degree of molecular orientation by a combination of THz and femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kitano, Kenta; Ishii, Nobuhisa; Itatani, Jiro

    2011-11-15

    We propose a method for achieving molecular orientation by two-step excitation with intense femtosecond laser and terahertz (THz) pulses. First, the femtosecond laser pulse induces off-resonant impulsive Raman excitation to create rotational wave packets. Next, a delayed intense THz pulse effectively induces resonant dipole transition between neighboring rotational states. By controlling the intensities of both the pulses and the time delay, we can create rotational wave packets consisting of states with different parities in order to achieve a high degree of molecular orientation under a field-free condition. We numerically demonstrate that the highest degree of orientation of >0.8 in HBr molecules is feasible under experimentally available conditions.

  5. Spectral-temporal encoding and decoding of the femtosecond pulses sequences with a THz repetition rate

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    Tcypkin, A. N.; Putilin, S. E.

    2017-01-01

    Experimental and numerical modeling techniques demonstrated the possibilities of the spectral-time encoding and decoding for time division multiplexing sequence of femtosecond subpulses with a repetition rate of up to 6.4 THz. The sequence was formed as a result of the interference of two phase-modulated pulses. We report the limits of the application of the developed method of controlling formed sequence at the spectral-temporal coding.

  6. Characterization of femtosecond electron bunches from a laser-wakefield accelerator using THz radiation

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    van Tilborg, Jeroen

    2005-10-01

    We report on the temporal characterization of laser-plasma-produced electron bunches, indicating ultra-short sub-50 fs charge structure. In the LOASIS laboratory at LBNL, the electron bunches are produced through the interaction of an intense (>10^19 Wcm-2) laser pulse with an underdense (˜10^19 cm-3) Helium plasma. The femtosecond multi-nanoCoulomb bunches have relativistic energies, with a 100% energy spread. As the bunch exits the plasma-vacuum interface, coherent transition radiation is emitted. Since the electron bunch is still dense and compact at the emission interface, the coherent spectrum of the intense radiation pulse covers the THz regime. Spectral and temporal measurements on the THz pulse are performed and correlated to the temporal properties of the electron bunch. Detection techniques such as Michelson interferometry, semiconductor switching, and electro-optic sampling are applied. The latter technique, where the THz electric field versus time is mapped out, provides detailed temporal structure of the radiation pulse, and by inference the electron bunch. The measurements indicate that THz radiation is emitted by a skewed bunch with a sub-50 fs rise time and a ˜600 fs tail (half-width-at-half-maximum), which is consistent with ballistic debunching of 100%-energy-spread beams during propagation. The electro-optic time resolution of the method was limited by the crystal properties. The Michelson interferometry and semiconductor switching experiments confirmed the femtosecond nature of the electron bunches. The electro-optic measurement also demonstrates shot-to-shot stability of the laser-wakefield accelerator (LWFA) as well as femtosecond synchronization between the electron bunch and the probe beam. This highlights the applicability of the LWFA in pump-probe experiments, where synchronized emission of x-rays, gamma rays, THz waves, NIR beams, and electron bunches is available. This work is supported by DoE under contract DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  7. High-power THz to IR emission by femtosecond laser irradiation of random 2D metallic nanostructures

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    Zhang, Liangliang; Mu, Kaijun; Zhou, Yunsong; Wang, Hai; Zhang, Cunlin; Zhang, X.-C.

    2015-07-01

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopic sensing and imaging has identified its potentials in a number of areas such as standoff security screening at portals, explosive detection at battle fields, bio-medical research, and so on. With these needs, the development of an intense and broadband THz source has been a focus of THz research. In this work, we report an intense (~10 mW) and ultra-broadband (~150 THz) THz to infrared (IR) source with a Gaussian wavefront, emitted from nano-pore-structured metallic thin films with femtosecond laser pulse excitation. The underlying mechanism has been proposed as thermal radiation. In addition, an intense coherent THz signal was generated through the optical rectification process simultaneously with the strong thermal signal. This unique feature opens up new avenues in biomedical research.

  8. High-power THz to IR emission by femtosecond laser irradiation of random 2D metallic nanostructures.

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    Zhang, Liangliang; Mu, Kaijun; Zhou, Yunsong; Wang, Hai; Zhang, Cunlin; Zhang, X-C

    2015-07-24

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopic sensing and imaging has identified its potentials in a number of areas such as standoff security screening at portals, explosive detection at battle fields, bio-medical research, and so on. With these needs, the development of an intense and broadband THz source has been a focus of THz research. In this work, we report an intense (~10 mW) and ultra-broadband (~150 THz) THz to infrared (IR) source with a Gaussian wavefront, emitted from nano-pore-structured metallic thin films with femtosecond laser pulse excitation. The underlying mechanism has been proposed as thermal radiation. In addition, an intense coherent THz signal was generated through the optical rectification process simultaneously with the strong thermal signal. This unique feature opens up new avenues in biomedical research.

  9. Study on the THz spectrum of methamphetamine

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    Ning, Li; Shen, Jingling; Jinhai, Sun; Laishun, Liang; Xu, Xiaoyu; Lu, Meihong; Yan, Jia

    2005-09-01

    The spectral absorption features of methamphetamine (MA), one of the most widely consumed illicit drugs in the world, are studied experimentally by Terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS), and the characteristic absorption spectra are obtained in the range of 0.2 to 2.6 THz. The vibrational frequencies are calculated using the density functional theory (DFT). Theoretical results show significant agreement with experimental results, and identification of vibrational modes are given. The calculated results further confirm that the characteristic frequencies come from the collective vibrational modes. The results suggest that use of the THz-TDS technique can be an effective way to inspect for illicit drugs.

  10. ``Molecular spectrometers'' in the condensed phase: local THz-FIR response from femtosecond fluorescence

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    Ernsting, Nikolaus

    2011-03-01

    We examine dye molecules whose color depends on the polarity of the environment. Following fast optical excitation, their fluorescence band typically red-shifts by 0.5 eV on femtosecond to nanosecond time scales. This ``dynamic Stokes shift'' reflects the joint molecular and environmental reorganisation of the system. Solvation dynamics has been studied for decades in the hope that the dynamics of the environment itself can be extracted. We contribute with two research lines: (1) development of rigid polar solvation probes whose vibrational response is removed from that of water, for example, and (2) fluorescence techniques which measure the dynamic Stokes shifts more precisely. Two results will be shown. The frequency-dependent permittivity ɛ (ω) of water surrounding N-Methyl-6-Quinolone is extracted up to about 100 cm-1 from the time-resolved fluorescence shift R(t). The key consists in an analytical connection ɛ (ω) --> R(t) which is needed for data fitting. Measurements with the cryoprotectant disaccharide trehalose in water serve to establish the method. Its unique feature is locality, i . e . the possibility to measure ɛ (ω) around a supramolecular structure with a covalently connected or embedded probe. THz vibrational activity of a biopolymer is thus measured locally, on the effective length scale for polar solvation, with an embedded molecular probe. For this purpose 2-hydroxy-7-nitro-fluorene was linked into a 13mer duplex opposite an abasic site. The NMR solution structure shows that the fluorene moiety occupies a well-defined position in place of a base-pair. The dynamic Stokes shifts for solution in H2 O and D2 O are quantified. Their difference is much larger than expected for free water, suggesting that only bound water is observed. A weak 26 cm-1 spectral oscillation of the emission band is observed which is not present when the probe is free in solution, and is therefore caused by the supramolecular structure (DNA and hydration water).

  11. Design of Coherent Femto-Second THz Radiation Source Using 60-MeV Electron Linac

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    Kang, H. S.; Lim, C. M.; Kang, T. H.; Choi, J.; Ko, I. S.

    2007-01-01

    A coherent femto-second THz radiation source using 60-MeV electron linac is under construction at PAL. The linac consists of an S-band photocathode RF-gun, two S-band accelerating structures (AC1 and AC2), two chicane bunch compressors (Chicane-1 and Chicane-2), and a 1-m long planar undulator. Chicane 1 will be located between AC1 and AC2, and Chicane-2 after AC2. Two kinds of radiation sources will be prepared: optical transition radiation (OTR) after Chicane-2, and undulator radiation at the end of linac. The PARMELA code simulation result shows that the beam with 0.2 nC charge can be compressed down to a few tens of femto-second by Chicane-2 for OTR and also by Chicane-1 for undulator radiation. Beam dynamics design was also done for higher charge of 0.5nC, and the bunch length is expected to be about one hundred femto-seconds.

  12. THz generation by two-color femtosecond filaments with complex polarization states: four-wave mixing versus photocurrent contributions

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    Fedorov, V. Yu; Koulouklidis, A. D.; Tzortzakis, S.

    2017-01-01

    Two-color filamenation in gases is known to produce intense and broadband THz radiation. There are two physical mechanisms responsible for the THz generation in this scheme: four-wave mixing and emission from the induced plasma currents. The case when the main and second harmonic are linearly polarized is well studied including the impact from each of the above mechanisms. However, for the cases when the two-color fields have complex polarization states the role of the four-wave mixing and plasma mechanisms in the formation of the THz polarization is still under-explored. Here we use both the four-wave mixing and photocurrent models in order to consider the THz generation by two-color fields with arbitrary polarizations. We show that under specific polarizations of the two-color field components it is possible to determine which of the mechanisms is responsible for the THz polarization formation.

  13. Wakefields in THz cylindrical dielectric lined waveguides driven by femtosecond electron bunches

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    Nie, Yuancun

    2015-01-01

    This paper reports the wakefield effects driven by a high-intensity relativistic electron bunch in a dielectric lined waveguide (DLW). A state-of-the-art electron bunch is employed to serve as the drive bunch, which has an rms length of 10 μm, i.e. 33 fs, and a charge of 200 pC. Such bunch parameters are comparable to those of DESY's FLASH and SLAC's LCLS and FACET facilities. It is demonstrated that coherent Cherenkov radiation (CCR) at the fundamental mode with frequency above 1 THz and accelerating gradient as high as 2 GV/m can be obtained in a single layer cylindrical diamond-DLW structure, as long as the geometrical parameters of the DLW are properly selected to match the drive bunch. Wakefield-induced energy modulations on the drive bunch itself are studied as well, which can be used to reduce its energy spread or to produce microbunches with much shorter length from it. The simulated results agree well with the theoretical predictions. Such wakefields can be used to accelerate or modulate electron bunches with ultra-high gradients, and produce high power THz radiations directly. These properties have potential applications in the fields of compact colliders and advanced radiation sources.

  14. A Study of Electron and Phonon Dynamics by Broadband Two-Dimensional THz Time-Domain Spectroscopy

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    Fu, Zhengping

    Terahertz (THz) wave interacts with semiconductors in many ways, such as resonant excitation of lattice vibration, intraband transition and polaron formation. Different from the optical waves, THz wave has lower photon energy (1 THz = 4.14 meV) and is suitable for studying dynamics of low-energy excitations. Recently the studies of the interaction of THz wave and semiconductors have been extending from the linear regime to the nonlinear regime, owing to the advance of the high-intensity THz generation and detection methods. Two-dimensional (2D) spectroscopy, as a useful tool to unravel the nonlinearity of materials, has been well developed in nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared region. However, the counterpart in THz region has not been well developed and was only demonstrated at frequency around 20 THz due to the lack of intense broadband THz sources. Using laser-induced plasma as the THz source, we developed collinear broadband 2D THz time-domain spectroscopy covering from 0.5 THz to 20 THz. Broadband intense THz pulses emitted from laser-induced plasma provide access to a variety of nonlinear properties of materials. Ultrafast optical and THz pulses make it possible to resolve the transient change of the material properties with temporal resolution of tens of femtoseconds. This thesis focuses on the linear and nonlinear interaction of the THz wave with semiconductors. Since a great many physical processes, including vibrational motion of lattice and plasma oscillation, has resonant frequency in the THz range, rich physics can be studies in our experiment. The thesis starts from the linear interaction of the THz wave with semiconductors. In the narrow band gap semiconductor InSb, the plasma absorption edge, Restrahlen band and dispersion of polaritons are observed. The nonlinear response of InSb in high THz field is verified in the frequency-resolved THz Z-scan experiment. The third harmonic generations due to the anharmonicity of plasma oscillation and the

  15. [Study on THz spectra of nicotinic acid, nicotinamide and nicotine].

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    Yu, Bin; Huang, Zhen; Wang, Xiao-yan; Zhao, Guo-zhong

    2009-09-01

    The terahertz (THz) spectra of nicotinic acid, nicotinamide and nicotine were studied at room temperature. The time-domain THz spectra were measured. The frequency-domain spectra were obtained by fast Fourier transform (FFT). The spectral response and the dispersive relationship of refractive index in THz spectral range were obtained. The results show that the samples have obvious spectral response in THz spectral range except nicotine. The corresponding stimulated spectra were given by using density functional theory (DFT) method for both nicotinamide and nicotinic acid. The origin of the absorption peaks of nicotinic acid and nicotinamide was explored. It is thought that the absorption peak of nicotinic acid is caused by the torsion and wagging of the molecule, but the absorption peaks of nicotinamide (except 1.93 THz) are caused by intermolecular or phonon mode. It was shown that the molecule structure and vibrational modes of nicotinic acid and nicotinamide can be analyzed by the combination of simulation and experimental results.

  16. THz spectroscopy of polar liquids

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    Libon, Imke. H.; Hempel, M.; Seitz, S.; Hecker, Nancy E.; Feldmann, Jochen; Hayd, A.; Zundel, G.; Mittleman, Daniel; Koch, M.

    1999-04-01

    The mesoscopic structure of water has long been a subject of discussion. We postulate that, on the mesoscopic scale, liquid water forms nm-size ice-like crystals and that his structure is responsible for absorption in the THz-frequency range. However, until the recent development of Thz-time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS), it was difficult to determine the optical constants in this frequency range with a good signal-to-noise ratio and hence to study the absorption properties of water. Here we report on the optical properties of water in the frequency range 0.05-1.4 THz and discuss the mesoscopic structure of water. We use THz-TDS based on photoconductive dipole antennas gated by a 150 femtosecond laser pulses to generate and detect the THz- frequency pulses. A new theoretical approach is also presented which were use to explain the absorption behavior in the measured THz frequency range. In this theory, molecular plasma oscillations of H3O2 complexes, that are distinctly separate from the H5O2+ complexes which form an underlying crystalline lattice, are assumed to be responsible for absorption in the THz- frequency range. This model provides good agreement to our data.

  17. The study of gas species on THz generation from laser-induced air plasma

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    Zhao, Ji; Zhang, LiangLiang; Wu, YiJian; Wu, Tong; Yuan, Hui; Zhang, CunLin; Zhao, YueJin

    2015-08-01

    Intense Terahertz waves generated from air-induced plasma and serving as broadband THz source provide a promising broadband source for innovative technology. Terahertz generation in selected gases has attracted more and more researchers' interests in recent years. In this research, the THz emission from different atoms is described, such as nitrogen, argon and helium in Michelson. The THz radiation is detected by a Golay Cell equipped with a 6-mm-diameter diamond-inputting window. It can be seen in the first time that when the pump power lies at a stable level, the THz generation created by the femtosecond laser focusing on the nitrogen is higher than which focusing on the helium, and lower than that produced in the argon gas environment. We believe that the THz intensity is Ar > N > Ne because of its atomic mass, which is Ar > N > Ne as well. It is clear that the Gas molecular decides the release of free electrons ionized from ultra short femtosecond laser through the electronic dynamic analysis. The higher the gas mass is, the stronger the terahertz emission will be. We further explore the THz emission at the different laser power levels, and the experimental results can be commendably quadratic fitted. It can be inferred that THz emission under different gas medium environment still complies with the law of four-wave mixing (FWM) process and has nothing to do with the gas environment: the radiation energy is proportional to the quadratic of incident laser power.

  18. Femtosecond LIBS studies of nitropyrazoles

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    Nageswara Rao, E.; Sunku, Sreedhar; Tewari, Surya P.; Manoj Kumar, G.; Venugopal Rao, S.

    2013-05-01

    We present our initial experimental results from the LIBS studies of pyrazole, 1-nitropyrazole, 3-nitropyrazole, 3,4- dinitropyrazole and 1-methyl- 3,4,5 trinitro pyrazole recorded with femtosecond pulses and performed in argon atmosphere. CN molecular bands in three different spectral regions of 357 nm-360 nm, 384 nm-389 nm and 414 nm -423 nm, C2 swan bands near 460 nm-475 nm, 510 nm- 520 nm and 550 nm-565 nm were observed. The C peak at 247.82 nm, H peak at 656.2 nm have also been observed along with several peaks of O and N. CN/C2, CN/C, C2/C and C2/N ratios were measured from the average of 25 spectra obtained in argon. The effect of number of nitro groups on the atomic and molecular emission has been evaluated. A gate delay of 100 ns and a gate width of 800 ns were used for collecting the spectra.

  19. Dielectric Study of Alcohols Using Broadband Terahertz Time Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS).

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    Sarkar, Sohini; Saha, Debasis; Banerjee, Sneha; Mukherjee, Arnab; Mandal, Pankaj

    2016-06-01

    Broadband Terahertz-Time Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) (1-10 THz) has been utilized to study the complex dielectric properties of methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, and 1-octanol. Previous reports on dielectric study of alcohols were limited to 5 THz. At THz (1 THz = 33.33 wn = 4 meV) frequency range (0.1 to 15 THz), the molecular reorientation and several intermolecular vibrations (local oscillation of dipoles) may coexist and contribute to the overall liquid dynamics. We find that the Debye type relaxations barely contribute beyond 1 THz, rather three harmonic oscillators dominate the entire spectral range. To get insights on the modes responsible for the observed absorption in THz frequency range, we performed all atom molecular dynamics (MD) using OPLS force field and ab initio quantum calculations. Combined experimental and theoretical study reveal that the complex dielectric functions of alcohols have contribution from a) alkyl group oscillation within H-bonded network ( 1 THz), b) intermolecular H-bond stretching ( 5 THz) , and c) librational motions in alcohols. The present work, therefore, complements all previous studies on alcohols at lower frequencies and provides a clear picture on them in a broad spectral range from microwave to 10 THz.

  20. Study of Application of Thz Time Domainspectroscopy in Food Safet

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    Lang, Liying; Cai, Na

    In this paper, a new spectroscopy technology named terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is introduced, which is used in food safety. We describe a coherent subpicosecond THz spectroscopy system based on nonresonant optical rectification for the generation of THz radiation. As an example, we measured absorption spectrum of water vapor by THz-TDS in frequency from 0.5 to 2.5 THz, The experiment demonstrated that the spectroscopy resolution of system was up to 0.0001THz, which can be measured vegetable pesticide residual, for it neither need sample pretreatment nor cause pollution.

  1. Time-resolved THz studies of carrier dynamics in semiconductors, superconductors, and strongly-correlated electron materials

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    Kaindl, Robert A.; Averitt, Richard D.

    2006-11-14

    materials occur at lower energies. The terahertz (THz) regime is particularly rich in such fundamental resonances. This includes ubiquitous lattice vibrations and low-energy collective oscillations of conduction charges. In nanoscale materials, band structure quantization also yields novel infrared and THz transitions, including intersubband absorption in quantum wells. The formation of excitons in turn leads to low-energy excitations analogous to inter-level transitions in atoms. In transition-metal oxides, fundamental excitation gaps arise from charge pairing into superconducting condensates and other correlated states. This motivates the use of ultrafast THz spectroscopy as a powerful tool to study light-matter interactions and microscopic processes in nanoscale and correlated-electron materials.A distinct advantage of coherent THz pulses is that the amplitude and phase of the electric field can be measured directly, as the THz fields are coherent with the fs pulses from which they are generated. Using THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS), both the real and imaginary parts of the response functions (such as the dielectric function) are obtained directly without the need for Kramers?Kronig transforms. The THz response can also be expressed in terms of absorption and refractive index, or as the optical conductivity. The optical conductivity describes the current response of a many-body system to an electric field, an ideal tool to study conducting systems. A second important advantage is the ultrafast time resolution that results from the short temporal duration of the THz time-domain sources. In particular, optical-pump THz-probe spectroscopy enables a delicate probe of the transient THz conductivity after optical photoexcitation. These experiments can provide insight into quasiparticle interactions, phase transitions, or nonequilibrium dynamics. In this chapter we will provide many such examples. Since THz spectroscopy of solids is a quickly expanding field

  2. A feasibility study on femtosecond laser thrombolysis.

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    Bidinger, Johannes; Ackermann, Roland; Cattaneo, Giorgio; Kammel, Robert; Nolte, Stefan

    2014-01-01

    In this feasibility study, we investigate possible femtosecond laser thrombolysis. Because of low pulse energies, femtosecond laser surgery inherently minimizes side effects on the surrounding tissue. Moreover, current femtosecond laser sources as well as fiber technology allow consideration of catheter-based treatments. Two femtosecond laser systems (λ=800 nm, λ=1030 nm) along with a three dimensional (3D) scanner system (NA ~0.1) were used in this study. In vitro experiments were performed on porcine thrombi and blood vessels. Ablation thresholds were determined in air, by determining the pulse energy at which single shot ablation was visible under the optical microscope. Ablation rates were determined in physiological saline. Additionally, ablation of thrombi and blood vessels was monitored by means of a fiber spectrometer. Depending upon the scan velocity, typical ablation rates for thrombi were ~0.04 mm(3)/sec. Ablation thresholds of thrombi and blood vessels differ by factors of 3 and 1.5 at laser wavelengths of 800 and 1030 nm, respectively. At a distance of 5 mm above the surface, second harmonic generation was observed in blood vessels, but not within thrombi. The results show that a typical thrombus volume can be destroyed within a reasonable time frame. Because of the higher threshold difference of thrombi and blood vessels, the use of a laser wavelength of 800 nm is preferable. Furthermore, the detection of the second harmonic could provide a feedback mechanism to protect the vascular wall from mechanical and laser damage.

  3. THz spectroscopic studies of materials using the FTIR technique: experiment and simulation

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    Lepodise, Lucia Malebogo

    2014-04-01

    Terahertz (THz) radiation has remained the least developed part of the electromagnetic spectrum for quite a long time and thus it was traditionally known as the 'terahertz gap'. The progress of research in this field has been hindered by lack of powerful sources and detectors as compared to both the sources and detectors for the electronic and optical sides of the terahertz radiation region. However, the research on the THz field has intensified in recent years due to a number of emerging interesting technologies and owing to its unique properties. It has several advantages over its counterparts like X-ray and hence it has attracted much interest in a variety of applications scientifically and commercially. THz work has been recently focused in the low frequency region (0.1-3 THz). This is the region where most of the THz spectral features of many materials lie. Studies in this frequency range have been seen revolutionizing the THz field giving it a pool of potential applications which are still yet to be realized. The low frequency THz region (0.1-3 THz) is accessible through the use of the THz-TDS technique and this technique is the mostly used to date. The value of this method is evident throughout the work published in terahertz research and thus its use prevails over other techniques. Many materials show some spectral features in the much higher frequency region (up to 21 THz), but however this frequency range has not attracted much attention in comparison to the low frequency range which of course is more rich in THz spectral features. Furthermore, although the low frequency THz region has been quite extensively studied, the concentration has been at room temperature with a few temperature-dependence studies mostly done at particular temperatures rather than over a wide range.

  4. Comparative Study of Solar Bursts at Sub-THz Frequencies

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    Fernandes, L. O. T.; Kaufmann, P.; Correia, E.; Marun, A.; Pereyra, P.; Raulin, J.-P.; Valio, A. B. M.

    2016-04-01

    We analyze a large set of 17 solar radio bursts observed at sub-THz (0.2 and 0.4 THz) in 2012-2014 together with the new solar patrol radio telescopes (45 and 90 GHz), operated at El Leoncito, in the Argentinean Andes, allowing the derivation of complete burst spectra in this unexplored range of frequencies. We discuss the uncertainties in sub-THz flux estimates caused by calibration techniques and the corrections for atmospheric transmission. The burst spectra were completed with microwave bursts data obtained by the Radio Solar Telescope Network - RSTN. The events selection was based on GOES soft X-rays burst reported for classes stronger then C. Nearly 50 percent of the bursts exhibited a frequency increasing sub-THz spectral component. The results suggest that the THz component might be always present, with the minimum turn-over frequencies shifting to higher frequencies for larger energies of the electrons producing the emissions.

  5. Femtosecond laser studies of ultrafast intramolecular processes

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    Hayden, C.

    1993-12-01

    The goal of this research is to better understand the detailed mechanisms of chemical reactions by observing, directly in time, the dynamics of fundamental chemical processes. In this work femtosecond laser pulses are used to initiate chemical processes and follow the progress of these processes in time. The authors are currently studying ultrafast internal conversion and subsequent intramolecular relaxation in unsaturated hydrocarbons. In addition, the authors are developing nonlinear optical techniques to prepare and monitor the time evolution of specific vibrational motions in ground electronic state molecules.

  6. SYNCHROTRON RADIATION, FREE ELECTRON LASER, APPLICATION OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY, ETC.: Study on the characteristics of linac based THz light source

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    Zhu, Xiong-Wei; Wang, Shu-Hong; Chen, Sen-Yu

    2009-10-01

    There are many methods based on linac for THz radiation production. As one of the options for the Beijing Advanced Light, an ERL test facility is proposed for THz radiation. In this test facility, there are 4 kinds of methods to produce THz radiation: coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR), synchrotron radiation (SR), low gain FEL oscillator, and high gain SASE FEL. In this paper, we study the characteristics of the 4 kinds of THz light sources.

  7. Quantitative study of rectangular waveguide behavior in the THz.

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    Rowen, Adam M.; Nordquist, Christopher Daniel; Wanke, Michael Clement

    2009-10-01

    This report describes our efforts to quantify the behavior of micro-fabricated THz rectangular waveguides on a configurable, robust semiconductor-based platform. These waveguides are an enabling technology for coupling THz radiation directly from or to lasers, mixers, detectors, antennas, and other devices. Traditional waveguides fabricated on semiconductor platforms such as dielectric guides in the infrared or co-planar waveguides in the microwave regions, suffer high absorption and radiative losses in the THz. The former leads to very short propagation lengths, while the latter will lead to unwanted radiation modes and/or crosstalk in integrated devices. This project exploited the initial developments of THz micro-machined rectangular waveguides developed under the THz Grand Challenge Program, but instead of focusing on THz transceiver integration, this project focused on exploring the propagation loss and far-field radiation patterns of the waveguides. During the 9 month duration of this project we were able to reproduce the waveguide loss per unit of length in the waveguides and started to explore how the loss depended on wavelength. We also explored the far-field beam patterns emitted by H-plane horn antennas attached to the waveguides. In the process we learned that the method of measuring the beam patterns has a significant impact on what is actually measured, and this may have an effect on most of the beam patterns of THz that have been reported to date. The beam pattern measurements improved significantly throughout the project, but more refinements of the measurement are required before a definitive determination of the beam-pattern can be made.

  8. Experimental and Theoretical Study of Carnosine in THz Range

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    Yan, Hai-Tao; Wang, Wei-Ning

    2005-12-01

    The characteristic fingerprints of carnosine from 0.2 to 2.6 THz are first measured by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy at room temperature. For the pure carnosine, the refractive index varies between 1.79 and 1.85 with the average value 1.84, while for the carnosine-polyethylene mixture, four absorption peaks centred at 1.37, 1.56, 1.85 and 2.49 THz are detected. A comparison of the theoretical predictions using the density functional theory with the experimental results shows satisfactory agreement except somewhat blue shift.

  9. Atmospheric propagation of THz radiation.

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    Wanke, Michael Clement; Mangan, Michael A.; Foltynowicz, Robert J.

    2005-11-01

    In this investigation, we conduct a literature study of the best experimental and theoretical data available for thin and thick atmospheres on THz radiation propagation from 0.1 to 10 THz. We determined that for thick atmospheres no data exists beyond 450 GHz. For thin atmospheres data exists from 0.35 to 1.2 THz. We were successful in using FASE code with the HITRAN database to simulate the THz transmission spectrum for Mauna Kea from 0.1 to 2 THz. Lastly, we successfully measured the THz transmission spectra of laboratory atmospheres at relative humidities of 18 and 27%. In general, we found that an increase in the water content of the atmosphere led to a decrease in the THz transmission. We identified two potential windows in an Albuquerque atmosphere for THz propagation which were the regions from 1.2 to 1.4 THz and 1.4 to 1.6 THz.

  10. Xanthines Studied via Femtosecond Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

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    Changenet-Barret, Pascale; Kovács, Lajos; Markovitsi, Dimitra; Gustavsson, Thomas

    2016-12-03

    Xanthines represent a wide class of compounds closely related to the DNA bases adenine and guanine. Ubiquitous in the human body, they are capable of replacing natural bases in double helices and give rise to four-stranded structures. Although the use of their fluorescence for analytical purposes was proposed, their fluorescence properties have not been properly characterized so far. The present paper reports the first fluorescence study of xanthine solutions relying on femtosecond spectroscopy. Initially, we focus on 3-methylxanthine, showing that this compound exhibits non-exponential fluorescence decays with no significant dependence on the emission wavelength. The fluorescence quantum yield (3 × 10(-4)) and average decay time (0.9 ps) are slightly larger than those found for the DNA bases. Subsequently, we compare the dynamical fluorescence properties of seven mono-, di- and tri-methylated derivatives. Both the fluorescence decays and fluorescence anisotropies vary only weakly with the site and the degree of methylation. These findings are in line with theoretical predictions suggesting the involvement of several conical intersections in the relaxation of the lowest singlet excited state.

  11. Production of high power femtosecond terahertz radiation

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    Neil, George R.; Carr, G.L.; Gubeli III, Joseph F.; Jordan, K.; Martin, Michael C.; McKinney, Wayne R.; Shinn, Michelle; Tani, Masahiko; Williams, G.P.; Zhang, X.-C.

    2003-07-11

    The terahertz (THz) region of the electromagnetic spectrum is attracting interest for a broad range of applications ranging from diagnosing electron beams to biological imaging. Most sources of short pulse THz radiation utilize excitation of biased semiconductors or electro-optic crystals by high peak power lasers. For example, this was done by using an un-doped InAs wafer irradiated by a femtosecond free-electron laser (FEL) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Microwatt levels of THz radiation were detected when excited with FEL pulses at 1.06 mm wavelength and 10W average power. Recently substantially higher powers of femtosecond THz pulses produced by synchrotron emission were extracted from the electron beamline. Calculations and measurements confirm the production of coherent broadband THz radiation from relativistic electrons with an average power of nearly 20W, a world record in this wavelength range by a factor of 10,000. We describe the source, presenting theoretical calculations and their experimental verification. Potential applications of this exciting new source include driving new non-linear phenomena, performing pump-probe studies of dynamical properties of novel materials, and studying molecular vibrations and rotations, low frequency protein motions, phonons, superconductor band gaps, electronic scattering, collective electronic excitations (e.g., charge density waves), and spintronics.

  12. Quenching Plasma Waves in Two Dimensional Electron Gas by a Femtosecond Laser Pulse

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    Shur, Michael; Rudin, Sergey; Greg Rupper Collaboration; Andrey Muraviev Collaboration

    Plasmonic detectors of terahertz (THz) radiation using the plasma wave excitation in 2D electron gas are capable of detecting ultra short THz pulses. To study the plasma wave propagation and decay, we used femtosecond laser pulses to quench the plasma waves excited by a short THz pulse. The femtosecond laser pulse generates a large concentration of the electron-hole pairs effectively shorting the 2D electron gas channel and dramatically increasing the channel conductance. Immediately after the application of the femtosecond laser pulse, the equivalent circuit of the device reduces to the source and drain contact resistances connected by a short. The total response charge is equal to the integral of the current induced by the THz pulse from the moment of the THz pulse application to the moment of the femtosecond laser pulse application. This current is determined by the plasma wave rectification. Registering the charge as a function of the time delay between the THz and laser pulses allowed us to follow the plasmonic wave decay. We observed the decaying oscillations in a sample with a partially gated channel. The decay depends on the gate bias and reflects the interplay between the gated and ungated plasmons in the device channel. Army Research Office.

  13. Design study of a 0.4 THz 100 kW pulsed gyrotron

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    Choi, E.M.

    2011-07-01

    We present a status of development of a 0.4 THz, 100 kW pulsed gyrotron at UNIST 0.4 THz, 100 kW gyrotron is currently under design for a remote radioactive material detection. A magnetic injection gun (MIG) is used for the electron gun with a beam voltage of 70 kV and beam current of 10 A with a pulse duration of 10 usec. A second harmonic cavity for the gyrotron interaction is considered for the high power THz gyrotron. Numerical optimization of the electron gun design and the cavity is performed in the study. In this paper, we briefly report the design study of the gyrotron. (author)

  14. Femtosecond Studies of Electrons at Interfaces

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    Harris, Charles

    2000-03-01

    Binding energies and ultrafast relaxation dynamics of image electrons reflect the nature of the electronic interaction with both the substrate and the adsorbed layer[1,2]. We demonstrate that a positive(attractive) affinity materials, such as Xe overlayers, lead to quantum well states at the interface. Negative(repulsive) affinity materials, such a n-alkane overlayers, present a tunneling barrier that dominates the energies and lifetimes of the image electrons. With the time- and angle-resolved two-photon photoemission technique(TPPE), it is possible to directly observe the dynamics of interfacial electrons with specific energy and parallel momentum. Oscillation in the lifetime of image state electrons as a function of Xe layer thickness is attributed to a quantum size effect and the formation of quantum wells at the Xe/Ag(111) interface[3]. Binding energy measurements as a function of Xe layer thickness in combination with parallel dispersion measurements allow the mapping of the three dimensional electronic structure of bulk Xe. At the n-alkane/Ag(111) interface, image electrons become spatially localized and self-trap into a small polaron state within a few hundred femtosecond[4]. The energy dependence of the self-trapping rate has been modeled with a theory analogous to electron transfer theory. Finally, the immediate extension of this research to study other electron dynamic processes, such as two dimensional electron solvation at interfaces, will be discussed. [1] Fauster, T.; Steinmann, W. Two-Photon Photoemission Spectroscopy of Image States. In Photonic Probes of Surfaces; Halevi, P., Ed.; Elsevier: Amsterdam, 1995; pp. 346-411. [2] Harris, C.B.; Ge, N.-H.; Lingle, Jr., R.L.; McNeill, J.D.; Wong, C.M. Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 1997, 48, 711. [3] McNeill, J.D.; Lingle, R.L.,Jr.; Ge, N.-H.; Wong, C.M.; Jordan, R.E.; Harris, C.B. Phys. Rev. Lett. 1997, 79, 4645. [4] Ge, N.-H.; Wong, C.M.; Lingle, R.L., Jr.; McNeill, J.D.; Gaffney, K.J.; Harris, C.B. Science 1998

  15. Dielectric response of pure and doped-GaSe crystals studied by an indigenously developed broadband THz-TDS system

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    Das, Amit C.; Bhattacharya, S.; Mandal, K. C.; Mondal, S.; Jewariya, M.; Ozaki, T.; Bhaktha, S. N. B.; Datta, P. K.

    2016-04-01

    Publisher's Note: This paper, originally published on 12 July 2016, was replaced with a corrected/revised version on 26 July 2016. If you downloaded the original PDF but are unable to access the revision, please contact SPIE Digital Library Customer Service for assistance. We have developed a terahertz time domain spectroscopy system (THz TDS). For THz generation, optical rectification process and for detection, electro-optic sampling processes are used. Identical < 110 > cut ZnTe crystals are used for both generation and detection of THz radiation.This spectroscopy system can be used for the noninvasive and contactless electrical and optical characterizations of various samples. In this work spectroscopic measurements of pure, Chromium and Indium doped GaSe crystals within 0.4 THz to 3 THz range are taken by the developed set-up to study the dielectric response of the samples.

  16. Collective hydration dynamics in some amino acid solutions: A combined GHz-THz spectroscopic study

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    Samanta, Nirnay; Das Mahanta, Debasish; Choudhury, Samiran; Barman, Anjan; Kumar Mitra, Rajib

    2017-03-01

    A detailed understanding of hydration of amino acids, the building units of protein, is a key step to realize the overall solvation processes in proteins. In the present contribution, we have made a combined GHz (0.2-50) to THz (0.3-2.0) experimental spectroscopic study to investigate the dynamics of water at room temperature in the presence of different amino acids (glycine, L-serine, L-lysine, L-tryptophan, L-arginine, and L-aspartic acid). The THz absorption coefficient, α(ν), of amino acids follows a trend defined by their solvent accessible surface area. The imaginary and real dielectric constants obtained in GHz and THz regions are fitted into multiple Debye model to obtain various relaxation times. The ˜100 ps time scale obtained in the GHz frequency region is attributed to the rotational motion of the amino acids. In the THz region, we obtain ˜8 ps and ˜200 fs time scales which are related to the cooperative dynamics of H-bond network and partial rotation or sudden jump of the under-coordinated water molecules. These time scales are found to be dependent on the amino acid type and the cooperative motion is found to be dependent on both the hydrophobic as well as the hydrophilic residue of amino acids.

  17. Studies on spectroscopy of glycerol in THz range using microfluidic chip-integrated micropump

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    Su, Bo; Han, Xue; Wu, Ying; Zhang, Cunlin

    2014-11-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is a detection method of biological molecules with label-free, non-ionizing, non-intrusive, no pollution and real-time monitoring. But owing to the strong THz absorption by water, it is mainly used in the solid state detection of biological molecules. In this paper, we present a microfluidic chip technique for detecting biological liquid samples using the transmission type of THz-TDS system. The microfluidic channel of the microfluidic chip is fabricated in the quartz glass using Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) technology and sealed with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) diaphragm. The length, width and depth of the microfluidic channel are 25mm, 100μm and 50μm, respectively. The diameter of THz detection zone in the microfluidic channel is 4mm. The thicknesses of quartz glass and PDMS diaphragm are 1mm and 250μm, individually. Another one of the same quartz glass is used to bond with the PDMS for the rigidity and air tightness of the microfluidic chip. In order to realize the automation of sampling and improve the control precise of fluid, a micropump, which comprises PDMS diaphragm, pump chamber, diffuser and nozzle and flat vibration motor, is integrated on the microfluidic chip. The diffuser and nozzle are fabricated on both sides of the pump chamber, which is covered with PDMS diaphragm. The flat vibration motor is stuck on the PDMS diaphragm as the actuator. We study the terahertz absorption spectroscopy characteristics of glycerol with the concentration of 98% in the microfluidic chip by the aid of the THz-TDS system, and the feasibility of the microfluidic chip for the detection of liquid samples is proved.

  18. Molecular vibrational dynamics in ethanol studied by femtosecond CARS

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    Zhao, Yang; Zhang, Sheng; Zhang, Zhibin; Dong, Zhiwei; Chen, Deying; Zhang, Zhonghua; Xia, Yuanqin

    2015-01-01

    Femtosecond time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) is utilized to study the ultrafast vibrational dynamics in ethanol at room temperature. The beat wavenumbers between Raman modes of Csbnd H stretch modes (from 2800 cm-1 to 3000 cm-1) in ethanol are excited and detected by varying wavelengths of the laser pulses and detection window. The coherence relaxation times of the Csbnd H stretch mode in ethanol are measured.

  19. Numerical study on a 0.4 THz second harmonic gyrotron with high power

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    Chaojun, Lei; Sheng, Yu; Hongfu, Li; Yinghui, Liu; Xinjian, Niu; Qixiang, Zhao

    2013-07-15

    Terahertz and sub-terahertz science and technology are promising topics today. However, it is difficult to obtain high power source of terahertz wave. In this paper, the mode competition and beam-wave interaction in a gradually tapered cavity are studied to achieve high efficiency of a 0.4THz second harmonic gyrotron in practice. In order to attain high power and stable radiation, the TE{sub 32,5} mode is selected as the operating mode of the desired gyrotron to realize single mode oscillation. The issues of studying on the high-order mode gyrotrons are solved effectively by transforming the generalized telegraphist's equations. The efficiency and output power of the gyrotron under different conditions have been calculated by the code, which is based on the transformed equations. Consequently, the results show that single mode second harmonic radiation with power of over 150 kW at frequency of 0.4 THz could be achieved.

  20. Intraocular Lens Fragmentation Using Femtosecond Laser: An In Vitro Study

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    Bala, Chandra; Shi, Jeffrey; Meades, Kerrie

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To transect intraocular lenses (IOLs) using a femtosecond laser in cadaveric human eyes. To determine the optimal in vitro settings, to detect and characterize gasses or particles generated during this process. Methods: A femtosecond laser was used to transect hydrophobic and hydrophilic acrylic lenses. The settings required to enable easy separation of the lens fragment were determined. The gasses and particles generated were analysed using gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GC-MS) and total organic carbon analyzer (TOC), respectively. Results: In vitro the IOL fragments easily separated at the lowest commercially available energy setting of 1 μJ, 8-μm spot, and 2-μm line separation. No particles were detected in the 0.5- to 900-μm range. No significant gasses or other organic breakdown by products were detected at this setting. At much higher energy levels 12 μJ (4 × 6 μm spot and line separation) significant pyrolytic products were detected, which could be harmful to the eye. In cadaveric explanted IOL capsule complex the laser pulses could be applied through the capsule to the IOL and successfully fragment the IOL. Conclusion: IOL transection is feasible with femtosecond lasers. Further in vivo animal studies are required to confirm safety. Translational Relevance: In clinical practice there are a number of large intraocular lenses that can be difficult to explant. This in-vitro study examines the possibility of transecting the lasers quickly using femtosecond lasers. If in-vivo studies are successful, then this innovation could help ophthalmic surgeons in IOL explantation. PMID:26101721

  1. Theoretical study on a 0.6 THz third harmonic gyrotron

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    Yuan, Xuesong; Lan, Ying; Ma, Chunyan; Han, Yu; Yan, Yang

    2011-10-01

    A theoretical study on a 0.6 THz third harmonic TE37 mode gyrotron oscillator is reported in this paper in order to develop a compact, reliable, and high power terahertz radiation source. An output power of 4 kW can be generated in the TE37 mode (0.6 THz) at a resonant magnetic field of 7.86 T by the gyrotron oscillator operating at 55 kV/2 A with an electron beam radius of 0.32 mm. A magnetron injection gun (MIG) with high compression ratio has been designed. The simulation results of MIG show that the velocity ratio α is 1.37, and the perpendicular velocity spread and parallel velocity spread are 6.1% and 8.9%, respectively.

  2. Theoretical study on a 0.6 THz third harmonic gyrotron

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    Yuan Xuesong; Ma Chunyan; Han Yu; Yan Yang; Lan Ying

    2011-10-15

    A theoretical study on a 0.6 THz third harmonic TE{sub 37} mode gyrotron oscillator is reported in this paper in order to develop a compact, reliable, and high power terahertz radiation source. An output power of 4 kW can be generated in the TE{sub 37} mode (0.6 THz) at a resonant magnetic field of 7.86 T by the gyrotron oscillator operating at 55 kV/2 A with an electron beam radius of 0.32 mm. A magnetron injection gun (MIG) with high compression ratio has been designed. The simulation results of MIG show that the velocity ratio {alpha} is 1.37, and the perpendicular velocity spread and parallel velocity spread are 6.1% and 8.9%, respectively.

  3. [Study on THz spectra and vibrational modes of benzoic acid and sodium Benzoate].

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    Zheng, Zhuan-Ping; Fan, Wen-Hui; Yan, Hui; Liu, Jia; Xu, Li-Min

    2013-03-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy was employed to measure the terahertz absorption spectra of benzoic acid and sodium benzoate at room temperature. The origins of the measured features of benzoic acid were summarized based on previous study. Density functional theory was used to compute and analyze the molecular structure and vibrational modes of sodium benzoate in monomer. Based on the obtained results, the authors found that the THz spectral features can be used to distinguish benzoic acid and sodium benzoate totally; the essential reason for the THz spectral difference between benzoic acid and sodium benzoate is that the electrovalent bond of sodium benzoate affects the values of covalent bond lengths and bond angles, as well as the molecular interactions and arrangement in unit cell; the measured features of benzoic acid and sodium benzoate come from the collective vibrations except the peaks located at 107 cm-1 of benzoic acid and 54 cm-1 of sodium benzoate.

  4. Femtosecond optical engineering

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    Li, Peng

    Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm has been studied and the number of iterations for phase element design is optimized. The temporal and spatial properties of femtosecond laser pulses during beam shaping are studied. This study is expected to benefit many industrial, medical and military applications where specified beam shaping profiles are desirable. The last part of this dissertation is terahertz (THz) generation by optical rectification of femtosecond laser pulses. A method using optical rectification of supercontinuum is proposed to improve the conversion efficiency over a broadband range. Highly efficient broadband terahertz will accelerate the development of terahertz technologies and their applications to areas such as biomedical imaging and remote security screening.

  5. Morphological study of human sweat ducts for the investigation of THz-wave interaction (Conference Presentation)

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    Kawase, Kodo; Tripathi, Saroj R.

    2016-03-01

    Recently, some studies reported that the sweat ducts act as a low-Q-factor helical antenna due to their helical structure, and resonate in the terahertz frequency range according to their structural parameters. According to the antenna theory, when the duct works as a helical antenna, the dimension of the helix plays a key role to determine the frequency of resonance. Therefore, the accurate determination of structural parameters of sweat duct is crucially important to obtain the reliable frequency of resonance and modes of operations. Therefore, here we performed the optical coherence tomography (OCT) of human subjects on their palm and foot to investigate the density, distribution and morphological features of sweat ducts. Moreover, we measured the dielectric properties of stratum corneum using terahertz time domain spectroscopy and based upon this information, we determined the frequency of resonance. We recruited 32 subjects for the measurement and the average duct diameter was 95±11μm. Based upon this information on diameter of duct and THz dielectric properties of stratum corneum (ɛ=5.1±1.3), we have calculated the frequency of resonance of sweat duct. Finally, we determined that the center frequency of resonance was 442±76 GHz. We believe that these findings will facilitate further investigation of the THz-skin interaction and provide guidelines for safety levels with respect to human exposure. We will also report on the EEG measurement while being shined by micro watt order THz waves.

  6. A comparative study of the plasmon effect in nanoelectrode THz emitters: Pulse vs. continuous-wave radiation

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    Moon, Kiwon; Lee, Eui Su; Lee, Il-Min; Han, Sang-Pil; Kim, Hyun-Soo; Park, Kyung Hyun; Choi, Jeongyong; Lee, Donghun

    2016-08-15

    Plasmonic field enhancement in terahertz (THz) generation is one of the recently arisen techniques in the THz field that has attracted considerable interest. However, the reported levels of enhancement of THz output power in the literature are significantly different from each other, from less than two times to about two orders of magnitude of enhancement in power, which implies the existence of other major limiting factors yet to be revealed. In this work, the contribution of the plasmonic effect to the power enhancement of THz emitters is revisited. We show that the carrier collection efficiency in a THz emitter with plasmonic nanostructures is more critical to the device performance than the plasmonic field enhancement itself. The strong reverse fields induced by the highly localized plasmonic carriers in the vicinity of the nanoelectrodes screen the carrier collections and seriously limit the power enhancement. This is supported by our experimental observations of the significantly enhanced power in a plasmonic nanoelectrode THz emitter in continuous-wave radiation mode, while the same device has limited enhancement with pulsed radiation. We hope that our study may provide an intuitive but practical guideline in adopting plasmonic nanostructures with an aim of enhancing the efficiency of optoelectronic devices.

  7. A comparative study of the plasmon effect in nanoelectrode THz emitters: Pulse vs. continuous-wave radiation

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    Moon, Kiwon; Lee, Eui Su; Choi, Jeongyong; Lee, Donghun; Lee, Il-Min; Han, Sang-Pil; Kim, Hyun-Soo; Park, Kyung Hyun

    2016-08-01

    Plasmonic field enhancement in terahertz (THz) generation is one of the recently arisen techniques in the THz field that has attracted considerable interest. However, the reported levels of enhancement of THz output power in the literature are significantly different from each other, from less than two times to about two orders of magnitude of enhancement in power, which implies the existence of other major limiting factors yet to be revealed. In this work, the contribution of the plasmonic effect to the power enhancement of THz emitters is revisited. We show that the carrier collection efficiency in a THz emitter with plasmonic nanostructures is more critical to the device performance than the plasmonic field enhancement itself. The strong reverse fields induced by the highly localized plasmonic carriers in the vicinity of the nanoelectrodes screen the carrier collections and seriously limit the power enhancement. This is supported by our experimental observations of the significantly enhanced power in a plasmonic nanoelectrode THz emitter in continuous-wave radiation mode, while the same device has limited enhancement with pulsed radiation. We hope that our study may provide an intuitive but practical guideline in adopting plasmonic nanostructures with an aim of enhancing the efficiency of optoelectronic devices.

  8. Terahertz waves radiated from two noncollinear femtosecond plasma filaments

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    Du, Hai-Wei; Hoshina, Hiromichi; Otani, Chiko; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2015-11-23

    Terahertz (THz) waves radiated from two noncollinear femtosecond plasma filaments with a crossing angle of 25° are investigated. The irradiated THz waves from the crossing filaments show a small THz pulse after the main THz pulse, which was not observed in those from single-filament scheme. Since the position of the small THz pulse changes with the time-delay of two filaments, this phenomenon can be explained by a model in which the small THz pulse is from the second filament. The denser plasma in the overlap region of the filaments changes the movement of space charges in the plasma, thereby changing the angular distribution of THz radiation. As a result, this schematic induces some THz wave from the second filament to propagate along the path of the THz wave from the first filament. Thus, this schematic alters the direction of the THz radiation from the filamentation, which can be used in THz wave remote sensing.

  9. Bi-Plasma Interactions on Femtosecond Time-Scales

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    Not Available

    2011-06-22

    Ultrafast THz radiation has important applications in materials science studies, such as characterizing transport properties, studying the vibrational response of materials, and in recent years, controlling materials and elucidating their response in intense electromagnetic fields. THz fields can be generated in a lab setting using various plasma-based techniques. This study seeks to examine the interaction of two plasmas in order to better understand the fundamental physics associated with femtosecond filamentation processes and to achieve more efficient THz generation in a lab setting. The intensity of fluorescence in the region of overlap was measured as a function of polarization, power, and relative time delay of the two plasma-generating laser beams. Results of time dependent intensity studies indicate strikingly similar behaviors across polarizations and power levels; a sudden intensity spike was observed at time-zero, followed by a secondary maxima and subsequent decay to the initial plasma intensity. Dependence of the intensity on the power through either beam arm was also observed. Spectral studies of the enhanced emission were also carried out. Although this physical phenomenon is still not fully understood, future studies, including further spectral analysis of the fluorescence overlap, could yield new insight into the ultrafast processes occurring at the intersection of femtosecond filaments, and would provide a better understanding of the mechanisms for enhanced THz production.

  10. Structure and dynamics of aqueous 2-propanol: a THz-TDS, NMR and neutron diffraction study.

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    McGregor, James; Li, Ruoyu; Zeitler, J Axel; D'Agostino, Carmine; Collins, James H P; Mantle, Mick D; Manyar, Haresh; Holbrey, John D; Falkowska, Marta; Youngs, Tristan G A; Hardacre, Christopher; Stitt, E Hugh; Gladden, Lynn F

    2015-11-11

    Aqueous liquid mixtures, in particular, those involving amphiphilic species, play an important role in many physical, chemical and biological processes. Of particular interest are alcohol/water mixtures; however, the structural dynamics of such systems are still not fully understood. Herein, a combination of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and NMR relaxation time analysis has been applied to investigate 2-propanol/water mixtures across the entire composition range; while neutron diffraction studies have been carried out at two specific concentrations. Excellent agreement is seen between the techniques with a maximum in both the relative absorption coefficient and the activation energy to molecular motion occurring at ∼90 mol% H2O. Furthermore, this is the same value at which well-established excess thermodynamic functions exhibit a maximum/minimum. Additionally, both neutron diffraction and THz-TDS have been used to provide estimates of the size of the hydration shell around 2-propanol in solution. Both methods determine that between 4 and 5 H2O molecules per 2-propanol are found in the 2-propanol/water clusters at 90 mol% H2O. Based on the acquired data, a description of the structure of 2-propanol/water across the composition range is presented.

  11. Study of the possibility of diagnostic cataract in the THz range

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    Ezerskaya, A.; Smolyanskaya, O.; Goncharenko, A.; Geyko, I.

    2013-03-01

    It was revealed correlation between the optical density of the lens's nucleus in terahertz range with its density, determined according to the L. Buratti classification. Consolidation of the lens fibers caused by senile cataract, increases the reflectivity of the lens in the THz range. The temporal structure of reflected THz signals allows to determine the spatial distribution of density in the lens.

  12. A New Far-IR (THz) and IR Spectrometer for the Study of Astrochemical Ices

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    Allodi, Marco A.; Ioppolo, Sergio; McGuire, Brett A.; Kelley, Matthew J.; Blake, Geoffrey A.

    2013-06-01

    Far-IR (THz) spectroscopy provides a powerful technique capable of identifying solid phase molecules in the interstellar medium (ISM). Thus, laboratory data of ices in the THz region of the electromagnetic spectrum have the potential to support astronomical observations in the identification of complex organic molecules in the solid phase. In addition to providing a spectral fingerprint, THz spectroscopy probes the phonon modes of a solid. As such, the absorptions of ices in the THz region give insights into the structural dynamics of species in the solid phase. This work will describe a new instrument capable of investigating ices in both the THz and Mid-IR. THz light is generated via plasma filamentation and detected via electro-optic sampling. The ability to collect spectra of ices in the Mid-IR using a commercial FTIR spectrometer allows us to compare the ices we create in the lab to the existing body of literature while building up a database of THz spectra of ices to aid in astronomical observations.

  13. Vibrational signatures in the THz spectrum of 1,3-DNB: A first-principles and experimental study

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    Ahmed, Towfiq; Azad, Abul K.; Chellappa, Raja; Higginbotham-Duque, Amanda; Dattelbaum, Dana M.; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Moore, David; Graf, Matthias J.

    2016-05-01

    Understanding the fundamental processes of light-matter interaction is important for detection of explosives and other energetic materials, which are active in the infrared and terahertz (THz) region. We report a comprehensive study on electronic and vibrational lattice properties of structurally similar 1,3-dinitrobenzene (1,3-DNB) crystals through first-principles electronic structure calculations and THz spectroscopy measurements on polycrystalline samples. Starting from reported x-ray crystal structures, we use density-functional theory (DFT) with periodic boundary conditions to optimize the structures and perform linear response calculations of the vibrational properties at zero phonon momentum. The theoretically identified normal modes agree qualitatively with those obtained experimentally in a frequency range up to 2.5 THz and quantitatively at much higher frequencies. The latter frequencies are set by intra-molecular forces. Our results suggest that van der Waals dispersion forces need to be included to improve the agreement between theory and experiment in the THz region, which is dominated by intermolecular modes and sensitive to details in the DFT calculation. An improved comparison is needed to assess and distinguish between intra- and intermolecular vibrational modes characteristic of energetic materials.

  14. A quantitative study for determination of sugar concentration using attenuated total reflectance terahertz (ATR-THz) spectroscopy

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    Suhandy, Diding; Suzuki, Tetsuhito; Ogawa, Yuichi; Kondo, Naoshi; Ishihara, Takeshi; Takemoto, Yuichiro

    2011-06-01

    The objective of our research was to use ATR-THz spectroscopy together with chemometric for quantitative study in food analysis. Glucose, fructose and sucrose are main component of sugar both in fresh and processed fruits. The use of spectroscopic-based method for sugar determination is well reported especially using visible, near infrared (NIR) and middle infrared (MIR) spectroscopy. However, the use of terahertz spectroscopy for sugar determination in fruits has not yet been reported. In this work, a quantitative study for sugars determination using attenuated total reflectance terahertz (ATR-THz) spectroscopy was conducted. Each samples of glucose, fructose and sucrose solution with different concentrations were prepared respectively and their absorbance spectra between wavenumber 20 and 450 cm-1 (between 0.6 THz and 13.5 THz) were acquired using a terahertz-based Fourier Transform spectrometer (FARIS-1S, JASCO Co., Japan). This spectrometer was equipped with a high pressure of mercury lamp as light source and a pyroelectric sensor made from deuterated L-alanine triglycine sulfate (DLTGS) as detector. Each spectrum was acquired using 16 cm-1 of resolution and 200 scans for averaging. The spectra of water and sugar solutions were compared and discussed. The results showed that increasing sugar concentration caused decreasing absorbance. The correlation between sugar concentration and its spectra was investigated using multivariate analysis. Calibration models for glucose, fructose and sucrose determination were developed using partial least squares (PLS) regression. The calibration model was evaluated using some parameters such as coefficient of determination (R2), standard error of calibration (SEC), standard error of prediction (SEP), bias between actual and predicted sugar concentration value and ratio prediction to deviation (RPD) parameter. The cross validation method was used to validate each calibration model. It is showed that the use of ATR-THz

  15. THz imaging studies of painted samples to guide cultural heritage investigations at the Enkleistra of St. Neophytos in Paphos, Cyprus

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    Radpour, Roxanne; Bajwa, Neha; Garritano, James; Sung, Shijun; Balonis-Sant, Magdalena; Tewari, Priyamvada; Grundfest, Warren; Kakoulli, Ioanna; Taylor, Zachary

    2014-09-01

    Terahertz (THz) imaging is a relatively new non-destructive analytical technique that is transitioning from established application research areas such as defense and biomedicine to studies of cultural heritage artifacts. Our research adopts a THz medical imaging system, originally designed for in vivo tissue hydration sensing, to acquire high contrast imagery of painted plaster samples in order to assess the ability of the system to image the Byzantine wall paintings at the Enkleistra of St. Neophytos in Paphos, Cyprus. The original 12th century paintings show evidence of later painting phases overlapping earlier iconography. A thin layer of lead white (2PbCO3·Pb(OH)2) underlies, in parts, later wall paintings, concealing the original painting scheme beneath. Traditional imaging modalities have been unable to image the underlying iconography due to a combination of absorption and scattering. We aim to use THz imaging and novel optical design to probe beyond the visible surface and perform in situ analysis of iconography beneath the lead white layer. Imaging results of painted plaster mock-ups covered with a thin layer of lead white and/or chalk, as well as of a painted wooden panel with obscured writing, are presented, and from these images sufficient contrast for feature identification is demonstrated. Preliminary results from the analysis of these mock-ups confirmed the utility of this technique and its potential to image concealed original paintings in the Enkleistra of St. Neophytos. The results encourage analysis of THz scattering within paint and plaster materials to further improve spatial resolution and penetration depth in THz imaging systems.

  16. Interaction of a relativistic electron beam with radiation in the THz frequency range

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    Sung, Chieh

    The ability to generate a train of microbunches that are only typically tens of femtosecond wide and are separated by a picosecond is a topic of contemporary interest in the field of free electron lasers and plasma based accelerators. Moreover the usefulness of the high gradients present in plasma accelerators will depend on the ability to obtain mono-energetic relativistic electrons. This means that in addition to being prebunched on a scale shorter than the plasma wavelength the externally injected electron beam must be phase-locked to the accelerating plasma wave structure. In this thesis we investigate two techniques, Free Electron Laser interaction (FEL) and the Inverse Free Electron Laser interaction (IFEL), by which a medium energy electron beam can be prebunched into a series of microbunches with the same periodicity as a plasma wave and is phase locked to it. Using full-scale, 3-D simulations we show in this thesis that when a relativistic electron beam and an electromagnetic wave propagate collinearly through a magnetic undulator, FEL and IFEL interactions have the capability to form electron microbunches with periodicity 300-100 mum (1-3 THz range), which contain 50% of electrons within a small fraction of the ponderomotive buckets. Such a bunched beam is suitable for injection into plasma densities in the range 1016-1017 cm-3, respectively. Microbunching using the FEL mechanism requires a narrowband THz radiation source to act as a seed whereas the IFEL mechanism requires, in addition, such a source to be high power. In this thesis the generation of THz radiation in the Neptune Laboratory by mixing of two CO2 laser lines in a non-collinearly phase matched GaAs at room temperature is described A high-power THz pulse with up to 2 MW of peak power in a 250 ps pulse was generated using a TW class CO2 laser pulse. Such high power THz radiation is needed for the IFEL approach to microbunching. We also produced a high repetition rate THz source tunable in the

  17. Enhancing the low frequency THz resonances (< 1 THz) of organic molecules via electronegative atom substitution

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    Dash, Jyotirmayee; Ray, Shaumik; Pesala, Bala

    2015-03-01

    Terahertz (THz) technology is an active area of research with various applications in non-intrusive imaging and spectroscopy. Very few organic molecules have significant resonances below 1 THz. Understanding the origin of low frequency THz modes in these molecules and their absence in other molecules could be extremely important in design and engineering molecules with low frequency THz resonances. These engineered molecules can be used as THz tags for anti-counterfeiting applications. Studies show that low frequency THz resonances are commonly observed in molecules having higher molecular mass and weak intermolecular hydrogen bonds. In this paper, we have explored the possibility of enhancing the strength of THz resonances below 1 THz through electronegative atom substitution. Adding an electronegative atom helps in achieving higher hydrogen bond strength to enhance the resonances below 1 THz. Here acetanilide has been used as a model system. THz-Time Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) results show that acetanilide has a small peak observed below 1 THz. Acetanilide can be converted to 2-fluoroacetanilide by adding an electronegative atom, fluorine, which doesn't have any prominent peak below 1 THz. However, by optimally choosing the position of the electronegative atom as in 4-fluoroacetanilide, a significant THz resonance at 0.86 THz is observed. The origin of low frequency resonances can be understood by carrying out Density Functional Theory (DFT) simulations of full crystal structure. These studies show that adding an electronegative atom to the organic molecules at an optimized position can result in significantly enhanced resonances below 1 THz.

  18. Generation of THz Radiation by Excitation of InAs with a Free Electron Laser

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    Mashiko Tani; Shunsuke Kono; Ping Gu; Kiyomi Sakai; Mamoru Usami; Michelle D. Shinn; Joseph F. Gubeli; George Neil; Jingzhou Xu; Roland Kersting; X.-C. Zhang

    2001-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) radiation is generated by exciting an un-doped InAs wafer with a femtosecond free-electron laser (FEL) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. A microwatt level of THz radiation is detected from the unbiased InAs emitter when it is excited with the femtosecond FEL pulses operated at a wavelength of 1.06 {mu}-m and 10 W average power.

  19. Theoretical studies on stability and feasibility of 0.34 THz EIK

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    Li, Shuang; Wang, Jianguo; Wang, Guangqiang; Wang, Dongyang

    2017-05-01

    The stability of the circuit and the tolerance during the manufacture process are theoretically studied in the design of 0.34 THz extended interaction klystron, which are helpful to increase the feasibility of the device. By using the small signal theory, the beam-loading conductance is studied to increase the efficiency of the beam-wave interaction. Combined with the study of start current for oscillation modes, the analysis of stability in multi-gap cavity is proposed, leading to the optimization of cavity. As a crucial factor affecting the ultimate performance of device, the inaccuracy during the fabrication process is researched. The acceptable tolerance is summarized through discussion of various geometrical dimensions' influences on cavity's characteristics. The study of power loss in the conductive wall is presented and the copper is believed to be adapted in making the device practicable with low attenuation. The physical design is simulated and verified by the particle-in-cell (PIC) method, and the results show that the output power of 142 W can be reached steadily at the frequency of 347.7 GHz, approaching the gain of 37.9 dB.

  20. Temperature-dependent time-domain THz spectroscopic study of spinel NiCo2O4 thin films

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    Silwal, Punam; Shan, Tianqi; Kim, Daeho; Talbayev, Diyar

    2013-03-01

    The unique combination of electrical conductivity, infrared transparency, electro catalytic activity, and ferrimagnetic order makes the spinel NiCo2O4 an attractive material for various technological applications. Our previous study showed that high quality epitaxial spinel NiCo2O4 films on MgAl2O4 (001) substrate exhibit metallic behavior accompanied by ferrimagnetic order. The electrical properties of these films can be tuned from metallic to insulating by changing the growth temperature. The comprehensive understanding of the microscopic details of carrier transport in these films requires the study of frequency-dependent optical properties. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz TDS) can determine the frequency dependent complex dielectric constant, refractive index, and optical conductivity. We used THz TDS to measure the optical properties of NiCo2O4 in the 0.2 - 2.7 THz spectral region. The complex conductivities display a Drude-type frequency response. The extrapolated DC conductivity is consistent with our previous work. The temperature- and growth-condition dependent Drude parameters provide further insight in the metal-insulator transition in these materials.

  1. Femtosecond studies of Coulomb explosion utilizing covariance mapping

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    Card, Dennis Alan

    2000-10-01

    The studies presented herein elucidate details of the Coulomb explosion event initiated through the interaction of molecular clusters with an intense femtosecond laser beam (>=1 PW/cm2). Clusters studied include ammonia, titanium-hydrocarbon, pyridine, and 7-azaindole. Covariance analysis is presented as a general technique to study the dynamical processes in clusters and to discern whether the fragmentation channels are competitive. Positive covariance determinations identify concerted processes such as the concomitant explosion of protonated cluster ions of asymmetrical size. Anti- covariance mapping is exploited to distinguish competitive reaction channels such as the production of highly charged nitrogen atoms formed at the expense of the protonated members of a cluster ion ensemble. This technique is exemplified in each cluster system studied. Kinetic energy analyses, from experiment and simulation, are presented to fully understand the Coulomb explosion event. A cutoff study strongly suggests that a Coulomb explosion create ions with two different energies, a direct result of an incomplete Coulomb explosion. A peak analysis implies a strong mass-to-charge dependence on the KER. Taken together, the two studies suggest a duality in the elastic and inelastic contributions to the energy released in a Coulomb explosion. Finally, backward-ejected ions were found capable of arriving before the ion expelled without energy from a Coulomb explosion. Gradient, clustering, and microchannel plate studies confirm the chaotic nature of the Coulomb explosion and the effect clusters have on the event. Backward-ejected protons are found to impact the repeller and eject adsorbed protons from the surface. Moreover, delayed fragmentation is suggested by proton time-of-flights. A cluster study demonstrates the need for clusters at low intensities. Conceptually, the dynamic charge resonance enhanced ionization (CREI) model explains these results of heterocyclic Coulomb explosion

  2. Study of transmittance and reflectance spectra of the cornea and the sclera in the THz frequency range

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    Iomdina, Elena N.; Goltsman, Gregory N.; Seliverstov, Sergey V.; Sianosyan, Alisa A.; Teplyakova, Kseniya O.; Rusova, Anastasia A.

    2016-09-01

    An adequate water balance (hydration extent) is one of the basic factors of normal eye function, including its external shells: the cornea and the sclera. Adequate control of corneal and scleral hydration is very important for early diagnosis of a variety of eye diseases, stating indications for and contraindications against keratorefractive surgeries and the choice of contact lens correction solutions. THz systems of creating images in reflected beams are likely to become ideal instruments of noninvasive control of corneal and scleral hydration degrees. This paper reports on the results of a study involving transmittance and reflectance spectra for the cornea and the sclera of rabbit and human eyes, as well as those of the rabbit eye, in the frequency range of 0.13 to 0.32 THz. The dependence of the reflectance coefficient of these tissues on water mass percentage content was determined. The experiments were performed on three corneas, three rabbit scleras, two rabbit eyes, and three human scleras. The preliminary results demonstrate that the proposed technique, based on the use of a continuous THz radiation, may be utilized to create a device for noninvasive control of corneal and scleral hydration, which has clear potential of broad practical application.

  3. THz Sources for Space

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    Siegel, Peter H.; Ward, John; Maiwald, Frank; Mehdi, Imran

    2007-01-01

    Terahertz is the primary frequency for line and continuum radiation from cool (5-100K) gas (atoms and molecules) and dust. This viewgraph presentation reviews the reasons for the interest in Terahertz Space Applications; the Terahertz Space Missions: in the past, present and planned for the future, Terahertz source requirements and examples of some JPL instruments; and a case study for a flight deliverable: THz Local Oscillators for ESA s Herschel Space Telescope

  4. Fe-implanted InGaAs photoconductive terahertz detectors triggered by 1.56 μm femtosecond optical pulses

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    Suzuki, Masato; Tonouchi, Masayoshi

    2005-04-01

    Performance of InGaAs photoconductive antennas at an excitation wavelength of 1.56μm has been studied as a terahertz (THz) detector. THz waves in time domain are successfully detected, triggered with 1.56μm femtosecond optical pulses, owing to Fe implantation and annealing at 400 and 580 °C. The peak amplitudes of the THz detected waves by the as-implanted and the low-temperature-annealed detectors saturate with increasing the excitation power. The thermal annealing affects both the frequency component and the amplitude of the THz detected waveforms. In particular, annealing at 580 °C induces twice the increase in the amplitude of the signals.

  5. Study of femtosecond laser spectrally resolved interferometry distance measurement based on excess fraction method

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    Ji, Rongyi; Hu, Kun; Li, Yao; Gao, Shuyuan; Zhou, Weihu

    2017-02-01

    Spectrally resolved interferometry (SRI) technology is a high precision laser interferometry technology, whose short non-ambiguity range (NAR) increases the precision requirement of pre-measurement in absolute distance measurement. In order to improve NAR of femtosecond laser SRI, the factors affecting NAR are studied in measurement system, and synthetic NAR method is presented based on excess fraction method to solve this question. A theoretical analysis is implemented and two Fabry-Perot Etalons with different free spectral range are selected to carry out digital simulation experiments. The experiment shows that NAR can be improved using synthetic NAR method and the precision is the same with that of fundamental femtosecond laser SRI.

  6. Efficient power combiner for THz radiation

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    Seidfaraji, Hamide Fuks, Mikhail I.; Christodoulou, Christos; Schamiloglu, Edl

    2016-08-15

    Most dangerous explosive materials, both toxic and radioactive, contain nitrogen salts with resonant absorption lines in the frequency range 0.3-10 THz. Therefore, there has been growing interest in remotely detecting such materials by observing the spectrum of reflected signals when the suspicious material is interrogated by THz radiation. Practical portable THz sources available today generate only 20–40 mW output power. This power level is too low to interrogate suspicious material from a safe distance, especially if the material is concealed. Hence, there is a need for sources that can provide greater power in the THz spectrum. Generating and extracting high output power from THz sources is complicated and inefficient. The efficiency of vacuum electronic microwave sources is very low when scaled to the THz range and THz sources based on scaling down semiconductor laser sources have low efficiency as well, resulting in the well known “THz gap.” The reason for such low efficiencies for both source types is material losses in the THz band. In this article an efficient power combiner is described that is based on scaling to higher frequencies a microwave combiner that increases the output power in the THz range of interest in simulation studies. The proposed power combiner not only combines the THz power output from several sources, but can also form a Gaussian wavebeam output. A minimum conversion efficiency of 89% with cophased inputs in a lossy copper power combiner and maximum efficiency of 100% in a Perfect Electric Conductor (PEC)-made power combiner were achieved in simulations. Also, it is shown that the TE{sub 01} output mode is a reasonable option for THz applications due to the fact that conductive loss decreases for this mode as frequency increases.

  7. Construction and performance of the magnetic bunch compressor for the THz facility at Chiang Mai University

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    Saisut, J.; Kusoljariyakul, K.; Rimjaem, S.; Kangrang, N.; Wichaisirimongkol, P.; Thamboon, P.; Rhodes, M. W.; Thongbai, C.

    2011-05-01

    The Plasma and Beam Physics Research Facility at Chiang Mai University has established a THz facility to focus on the study of ultra-short electron pulses. Short electron bunches can be generated from a system that consists of a radio-frequency (RF) gun with a thermionic cathode, an alpha magnet as a magnetic bunch compressor, and a linear accelerator as a post-acceleration section. The alpha magnet is a conventional and simple instrument for low-energy electron bunch compression. With the alpha magnet constructed in-house, several hundred femtosecond electron bunches for THz radiation production can be generated from the thermionic RF gun. The construction and performance of the alpha magnet, as well as some experimental results, are presented in this paper.

  8. Experimental femtosecond laser photodisruption of rabbit sclera for minimally invasive laser sclerostomy: An in vitro study

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    Yang, Xiaobo; Dai, Nengli; Long, Hua; Lu, Peixiang; Li, Wan; Jiang, Fagang

    2010-07-01

    Femtosecond laser technology, used as a minimally invasive tool in intrastromal refractive surgery, may also have potential as a useful instrument for glaucoma filtration surgery. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of minimally invasive laser sclerostomy by femtosecond laser photodisruption and seek the appropriate patterns of laser ablation and relevant laser parameters. A femtosecond laser (800 nm/50 fs/1 kHz), focused by a 0.1 numerical aperture (NA) objective lens, with different pulse energies and exposure times was applied to ablate hydrated rabbit sclera in vitro. The irradiated samples were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). By moving a three-dimensional, computer-controlled translation stage to which the sample was attached, the femtosecond laser could produce three types of ablation patterns, including linear ablation, cylindrical aperture and rectangular cavity. With pulse energies ranging from 37.5 to 150 μJ, the linear lesions were consistently observed at the inner surface of sclera, whereas it failed to make any photodisruption if pulse energy was below the threshold value of 31.25 μJ, with the corresponding threshold intensity of 4.06×10 14 W/cm 2. The depths of the linear lesions increased linearly with both pulse energy (37.5-150 μJ) and exposure time (0.1-0.4 s). Histological examination showed the incisions produced by femtosecond laser photodisruption had precise geometry and the edges were sharp and smooth, with no evidence of collateral damage to the surrounding tissue. Our results predict the potential application of femtosecond laser pulses in minimally invasive laser sclerostomy for glaucoma treatment.

  9. Terahertz (THz) Wireless Systems for Space Applications

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    Hwu, Shian U.; deSilva, Kanishka B.; Jih, Cindy T.

    2013-01-01

    NASA has been leading the Terahertz (THz) technology development for the sensors and instruments in astronomy in the past 20 years. THz technologies are expanding into much broader applications in recent years. Due to the vast available multiple gigahertz (GHz) broad bandwidths, THz radios offer the possibility for wireless transmission of high data rates. Multi-Gigabits per second (MGbps) broadband wireless access based on THz waves are closer to reality. The THz signal high atmosphere attenuation could significantly decrease the communication ranges and transmittable data rates for the ground systems. Contrary to the THz applications on the ground, the space applications in the atmosphere free environment do not suffer the atmosphere attenuation. The manufacturing technologies for the THz electronic components are advancing and maturing. There is great potential for the NASA future high data wireless applications in environments with difficult cabling and size/weight constraints. In this study, the THz wireless systems for potential space applications were investigated. The applicability of THz systems for space applications was analyzed. The link analysis indicates that MGbps data rates are achievable with compact sized high gain antennas.

  10. Terahertz beam steering using interference of femtosecond optical pulses.

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    Uematsu, Koji; Maki, Ken-ichiro; Otani, Chiko

    2012-09-24

    A terahertz (THz) beam steering method is demonstrated by applying the characteristic of grating lobe (GL) radiation from a linear array antenna and the interference of femtosecond optical pulses. A photoconductive device is illuminated by two femtosecond laser beams combined at an angle of less than 0.5°. Considering the interference pattern as a THz point source array, THz GL radiation is generated through the superposition of radiation emitted from all point sources and steered by varying the interval of the interference pattern. The THz beam direction could be changed by 20° at 0.93THz by varying the relative incidence angle of the pump beams by 0.033°.

  11. Initial lattice studies for the Berkeley Femtosecond X-ray Light Source

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    Zholents, A.; Reichel, I.; Robin, D.; Tanabe, J.; Wan, W.

    2002-05-01

    We present lattice studies for a proposed femtosecond synchrotron radiation X-ray source based on a recirculating accelerator. After a general description, we cover specific aspects of the lattice that are relevant to this type of machine and show preliminary results of particle tracking and briefly describe a new code developed for a comprehensive particle tracking in recirculating accelerators.

  12. Laser optoacoustic tomography for the study of femtosecond laser filaments in air

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    Bychkov, A. S.; Cherepetskaya, E. B.; Karabutov, A. A.; Makarov, V. A.

    2016-08-01

    We propose to use optoacoustic tomography to study the characteristics of femtosecond laser filamentation in air and condensed matter. The high spatial resolution of the proposed system, which consists of an array of broadband megahertz piezoelectric elements, ensures its effectiveness, despite the attenuation of ultrasonic waves in air.

  13. THz radiation as a bunch diagnostic forlaser-wakefield-accelerated electron bunches

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    van Tilborg, J.; Schroeder, C.B.; Filip, C.V.; Toth, Cs.; Geddes,C.G.R.; Fubiani, G.; Esarey, E.; Leemans, W.P.

    2006-02-15

    Experimental results are reported from two measurementtechniques (semiconductor switching and electro-optic sampling) thatallow temporal characterization of electron bunches produced by alaser-driven plasma-based accelerator. As femtosecond electron bunchesexit the plasma-vacuum interface, coherent transition radiation (at THzfrequencies) is emitted. Measuring the properties of this radiationallows characterization of the electron bunches. Theoretical work on theemission mechanism is represented, including a model that calculates theTHz waveform from a given bunch profile. It is found that the spectrum ofthe THz pulse is coherent up to the 200 mu m thick crystal (ZnTe)detection limit of 4 THz, which corresponds to the production of sub-50fs (root-mean-square) electron bunch structure. The measurementsdemonstrate both the shot-to-shot stability of bunch parameters that arecritical to THz emission (such as total charge and bunch length), as wellas femtosecond synchrotron between bunch, THz pulse, and laserbeam.

  14. THz generation via optical rectification with ultrashort laser pulse focused to a line

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    Stepanov, A. G.; Hebling, J.; Kuhl, J.

    2005-07-01

    We report on efficient THz pulse generation via optical rectification with femtosecond laser pulses focused to a line by a cylindrical lens. This configuration provides phase-matched conditions in the superluminal regime. 35 pJ THz pulses have been generated with this technique in a stoichiometric LiNbO3 crystal pumped by 2 μJ femtosecond laser pulses at room temperature. An unusual superquadratic rise of the THz pulse energy with the laser pulse energy has been observed at high laser energies. This extraordinary energy dependence of the THz generation efficiency is explained by self-focusing of the laser beam in the crystal. Z-scan measurements and comparison of the THz pulse spectra created with laser pulses having different energies confirm this interpretation.

  15. Spoof plasmon waveguide enabled ultrathin room temperature THz GaN quantum cascade laser: a feasibility study.

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    Sun, Greg; Khurgin, Jacob B; Tsai, Din Ping

    2013-11-18

    We propose and study the feasibility of a THz GaN/AlGaN quantum cascade laser (QCL) consisting of only five periods with confinement provided by a spoof surface plasmon (SSP) waveguide for room temperature operation. The QCL design takes advantages of the large optical phonon energy and the ultrafast phonon scattering in GaN that allow for engineering favorable laser state lifetimes. Our analysis has shown that the waveguide loss is sufficiently low for the QCL to reach its threshold at the injection current density around 6 kA/cm2 at room temperature.

  16. Investigating the ocular temperature rise during femtosecond laser lens fragmentation: an in vitro study.

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    Mencucci, Rita; Matteoli, Sara; Corvi, Andrea; Terracciano, Luca; Favuzza, Eleonora; Gherardini, Stefano; Caruso, Filippo; Bellucci, Roberto

    2015-12-01

    To investigate the trend of temperature variation during lens fragmentation simulated by a femtosecond laser on an in vitro eye model. In our experimental study, a convex cylinder of gelatinous material, usually employed in femtosecond laser calibration, was used to simulate both an anterior segment and a crystalline lens during fragmentation performed with the Victus femtosecond laser (Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH, Germany; Bausch + Lomb Incorporated, USA). Two radiated energies (7000 nJ and 9000 nJ) and three cutting patterns (crosses, circles and cross + circle) were applied. Trends of temperature variation as a function of time were obtained using a T-type thermocouple. The maximum value of temperature rise during lens fragmentation ranged from 3.53 to 5.13 °C; the rise was directly proportional to the intensity of the radiated energy (7000 nJ or 9000 nJ) and the cutting pattern performed. This behavior was experimentally represented by an asymmetric function with a characteristic bell curve shape, whereas it was mathematically described by a transport diffusive model. Since the temperature rise at the fragmentation volume base resulted to be around 5 °C in our in vitro study, lens fragmentation performed using the Victus femtosecond laser might be considered safe form a thermal point of view.

  17. Ultra-Short Electron Beam Compression and Phase Locking Using an Inverse Free Electron Laser Interaction in the THz Regime

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    Moody, J. T.; Musumeci, P.; Scoby, C. M.; To, H.; Marcoux, C.

    2010-11-04

    The concept of a THz-based IFEL compressor at the UCLA Pegasus photoinjector laboratory is explored. A 3.5 MeV sub-picosecond electron beam generated in the photoinjector blowout regime can be compressed to femtosecond timescales by a THz IFEL interaction.

  18. Ultra-Short Electron Beam Compression and Phase Locking Using an Inverse Free Electron Laser Interaction in the THz Regime

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    Moody, J. T.; Musumeci, P.; Scoby, C. M.; To, H.; Marcoux, C.

    2010-11-01

    The concept of a THz-based IFEL compressor at the UCLA Pegasus photoinjector laboratory is explored. A 3.5 MeV sub-picosecond electron beam generated in the photoinjector blowout regime can be compressed to femtosecond timescales by a THz IFEL interaction.

  19. Study of a THz IFEL prebuncher for laser-plasma accelerators

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    Sung, C.; Tochitsky, S. Ya.; Musumeci, P.; Ralph, J.; Rosenzweig, J. B.; Pellegrini, C.; Joshi, C.

    2004-12-01

    For monoenergetic acceleration of electrons, the injected particles need to be bunched with the same periodicity as the accelerating structure. In a laser-driven plasma beatwave accelerator, the accelerating structure (plasma wave) is phase-locked to the CO2 beat-wave used to drive it. Using the same beat-wave to generate high power FIR radiation via difference frequency mixing in GaAs ensures that the radiation has the same phase relationship as the plasma wave before it saturates and detunes from the pump. Therefore, this radiation can be used to prebunch an existing electron beam based on an Inverse Free Electron Laser (IFEL) concept. Here we report the progress on the proposed THz microbunching experiment in the Neptune laboratory. A 50 cm long prebuncher is optimized using simulation codes for minimum FIR power required. The injected 5ps long electron beam is expected to form a series of 45 μm long microbunches containing over 40% of the injected current after 1.6 m drift space following the undulator. Preliminary experimental results on THz generation are also presented.

  20. Magnetic Field Assisted sub-THz Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Wade, A.; Kim, Y.; Smirnov, D.; Kumar, S.; Hu, Q.; Williams, B. S.; Reno, J.

    2009-03-01

    In THz QCLs radiative transitions take place between closely-spaced 2D electronic subbands (1THz ˜ 4meV) of a multi-QW semiconductor system. THz quantum cascade lasers now cover the frequency range from 1.2 THz to 5 THz, though cryogenic cooling is still required. Further progress towards the realization of devices emitting at longer wavelengths (sub-THz QCLs) and higher temperatures may be realized in a system with additional lateral confinement. Here we use strong magnetic fields to achieve quasi-0D confinement in THz QCL based on the resonance phonon design. We studied two designs: (a) 2-well injector/2 well active region, emitting at 3 THz at B=0; and (b) 1-well injector/3-well active region, emitting at 2 THz at B=0 T. By applying the appropriate electrical bias and strong magnetic fields, we achieved laser emission at 0.8-0.9 THz at B>16 T [1], and 0.6 THz at B˜17 T, from devices a and b respectively. The ability to achieve sub-THz lasing is due to magnetic field enhanced population inversion in a quasi-0D QCL. [1] Wade, A et. al., Magnetic field assisted Terahertz quantum cascade laser operating up to 225K, Accepted for publication Nature Photonics (2009)

  1. THz spectra of cortisone and the related medicine

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    Ma, Shihua; Ge, Min; Liu, Guifeng; Song, Xiyu; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Wenfeng

    2009-07-01

    THz-TDS are used to study four kinds of drug: cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone and prednisolone. The THz spectra of them are obtained and analyzed from 0.2 - 1.6 THz. The experimental results shows the four samples have the different THz spectra. Cortisone has a peak at 1.5 THz and a broad absorption peak at 0.96 THz, while hydrocortisone has a weak absorption peak that lies at 1.27 THz. At the same time the prednisone has the stronger absorption peaks than the others, and its two peaks shows at 1.24 THz and 1.5 THz. Prednisolone has a weak broad peak at 1.43 THz. The results of the theoretical calculation were performed using Gaussian 03 software with Density Functional Theory at the basis set of 6-31+G (d, p). The theoretical vibrational frequencies are compared with the experimental results, and the deviations are discussed. The THz spectra of the medicine show THz technique may be help to distinguish some different chemical bond and functional group.

  2. Theoretical study on the interference pattern of femtosecond pulses diffracted by a phase mask

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    Bueno, A.; Kinet, D.; Chah, K.; Mégret, P.; Caucheteur, C.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we describe a theoretical study on the interference created by a phase mask when a femtosecond laser is used. The limitations of the phase mask-to-fiber distance are discussed and the optimal inscription range is established. Femtosecond lasers have the unique feature of short coherence length and thus the diffraction orders do not interfere after a certain distance travelled from the phase mask even if the phase mask has a poor zero order suppression. The equation describing this behaviour is presented and simulations are included for validation. The intensity profile of the overlapping +/-1 diffraction orders after the phase mask is also studied for 1st order (1070 nm pitch) and for 2nd order (2140 nm pitch) phase masks.

  3. THz remote sensing for water vapor and cloud observation

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    Kasai, Yasuko; Ochiai, Satoshi; Mendrok, Jana; Baron, Philippe; Seta, Takamasa; Irimajiri, Yoshihisa

    Terahertz (THz) region (0.1-20 THz; 3.3-650 cm-1 ) plays important role for the Earth's radiation budget, for example, 1) Up to 75% of atmospheric OLR is beyond 650 cm-1 (19.5 THz). 2) Up to 50% of basic greenhouse effect, mainly due to the water vapor, is in THz/Far-IR. 3) Clear-sky cooling of free troposphere occurs in THz/far-IR. 4) Upper tropospheric H2O radiative feedback occurs THz/far-IR. Atmospheric radiation in THz-wave region is characterised by the emission from water vapour. In other word, THz radiation is favorable frequency for the remote sensing observation of water vapor. Furthermore, THz-wave might be powerful method to observe ice cloud because of the sensitivity of ice cloud in this frequency, example, the average size of the ice cloud -100micron is consistent to 3THz. Despite the importance for water vapor and ice cloud observation, there are not many observation so far, and still poor knowledge in the atmosphere. Main reason was the lack of the THz technology for the remote sensing observation in this frequency region. We are developing an NICT THz-wave remote sensing system to observe planetary atmosphere. Three researches are currently in progress: 1) Development of the THz-wave radiative transfer model both for clear and cloudy sky including laboratory experiment. 2) Feasibility study for satellite system 3) Development of the ground-based observation system for the demonstration in the city air. We will present the recent status of the THz remote sensing project in NICT, particularly the feasibility study for the water vapor and cloud observation system in THz-wave region from ground-based, air-borne, and satellite born system.

  4. Femtosecond Raman induced polarization spectroscopy studies of coherent rotational dynamics in molecular fluids

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    Morgen, Michael Mark

    1997-05-01

    We develop a polarization-sensitive femtosecond pump probe technique, Raman induced polarization spectroscopy (RIPS), to study coherent rotation in molecular fluids. By observing the collisional dephasing of the coherently prepared rotational states, we are able to extract information concerning the effects of molecular interactions on the rotational motion. The technique is quite sensitive because of the zero background detection method, and is also versatile due to its nonresonant nature.

  5. Femtosecond Raman-induced Kerr effect study of polar solvent dynamics: Amides

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    Chang, Yong Joon; Castner, E.W. Jr.

    1993-07-01

    We have measured the ultrafast pure solvent dynamics of highly power liquids, formamide (FA), N-methylformamide (NMF), N-methylacetamide (NMA), N-methylpropioamide (NMP) and N,N{prime}-dimethylformamide (DMF) using femtosecond optical-heterodyne-detected Raman-induced Kerr effect spectroscopy (OHD-RIKES). The effects of deuteration and temperature-dependence were studied to characterize in detail both the inertial (or non-diffusive) and diffusive intermolecular motions in these liquids.

  6. Dielectric Anisotropy of Human Bone and CERABONE® in the Terahertz Spectral Range 0.2 to 2.5 THz

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    Nikoghosyan, A. S.; Ting, H.; Shen, J.; Martirosyan, R. M.; Kazaryan, M. A.; Tunyan, M. Yu.; Papikyan, A. V.; Papikyan, A. A.

    2017-04-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) was applied to study properties of a human jawbone in transmission geometry. The fiber femtosecond laser (Fx-100, IMRA) with a pulse width of 113 fs, a central wavelength of 800 nm and an average power of 120 mW was used as a laser source for pumping and detecting terahertz pulses. The refractive indices n(ω) and absorption coefficients α(ω) of the human jawbone and bone substitute Cerabone® were determined in vitro by the THz-TDS in a wide frequency range from 0.2 to 2.5 THz. It is shown that the refractive index of the human jawbone changes between the values of 2.24 and 2.36, and Cerabone® between 2.4 and 2.65. The absorption coefficient of the human jawbone depending on frequency increases from 1.7 cm-1 to 178.5 cm -1, showing several resonance absorption lines after 1.6 THz. The absorption coefficient of Cerabone® increases from zero to 80 cm-1, and the resonance absorption occurs at 1.7 THz. The experimental results indicate that n(f) and α(f) of a human jawbone change with the alteration of the direction of the linear polarization vector of the electric field of THz pulse relative to the axis of the plate of the human jawbone. The obtained results allowed us to determine the proximity of the physical properties of the Cerabone® with the natural bone matrix.

  7. Dynamics of ultrafast internal conversion processes studied by femtosecond time-delayed photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Cyr, D.R.; Hayden, C.C.

    1995-08-01

    The authors have studied the dynamics of ultrafast internal conversion processes using femtosecond time-resolved photoionization and photoelectron spectroscopy. In hexatriene, following femtosecond pulse excitation at 250 nm, they use time-delayed photoionization to observe the formation and decay of an intermediate species on the subpicosecond time scale. With time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, the rapid evolution of vibrational excitation in this intermediate is observed, as electronic energy is converted to vibrational energy in the molecule. The photodynamics of cis and trans isomers of hexatriene are compared and found to be surprisingly different on the 2-3 psec time scale. These results are important for understanding the fundamental photochemical processes in linear polyenes, which have served as models for the active chromophores of many biological photosystems.

  8. Solid-state Raman spectra of non-centrosymmetric crystals - Theoretical vs. experimental study towards an application in THz-regime

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    Ivanova, Bojidarka B.

    2012-05-01

    Experimental and theoretical solid-state Raman spectroscopic study of five model derivatives of amino acids (AAs), crystallizing in the non-centrosymmetric space groups, with the number molecules per unit cell Z = 1-8 were studied. The self-assembly association effects within the frame of crystals with P21, Pca21, and P212121, space groups and their effect on the Raman frequencies, within 10-0.3 THz were discussed. The assignment of the spectroscopic properties and the hydrogen bond interactions, depending of the crystal packing of the model tyramine hemihydrate was performed. The paper aims to make a bridge between the methods for analysis of the optical phenomena within the THz-region, such as far-IR, Raman and THz-spectroscopy. The observed individual characteristic excitations of materials within THz-region, provided unique opportunity for chemical identification in solid-state. The specific advantages of each of the methods provided unique combination allowing both qualitative and quantitative analysis, especially of macro-components, and achievement of the analytical information at an extremely high degree of certainty towards the individual characteristics of each of the studied chemicals as properties of evidence, and would contributed in varying degrees to the evidence in the field of forensic chemical analysis.

  9. Substrate independence of THz vibrational modes of polycrystalline thin films of molecular solids in waveguide THz-TDS

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    Harsha, S. Sree; Melinger, Joseph. S.; Qadri, S. B.; Grischkowsky, D.

    2012-01-01

    The influence of the metal substrate on the measurement of high resolution THz vibrational modes of molecular solids with the waveguide THz-TDS technique is investigated. The sample film of salicylic acid is studied using waveguide THz-TDS on three different metal substrates and two-surface passivated substrates. The independence of the observed THz vibrational modes to the metal substrate is demonstrated. Independently, surface passivation is presented as a viable experimental addition to the waveguide THz-TDS technique to aid the characterization of samples with known reactivity to metal surfaces.

  10. Femtosecond laser machining for characterization of local mechanical properties of biomaterials: a case study on wood.

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    Jakob, Severin; Pfeifenberger, Manuel J; Hohenwarter, Anton; Pippan, Reinhard

    2017-01-01

    The standard preparation technique for micro-sized samples is focused ion beam milling, most frequently using Ga(+) ions. The main drawbacks are the required processing time and the possibility and risks of ion implantation. In contrast, ultrashort pulsed laser ablation can process any type of material with ideally negligible damage to the surrounding volume and provides 4 to 6 orders of magnitude higher ablation rates than the ion beam technique. In this work, a femtosecond laser was used to prepare wood samples from spruce for mechanical testing at the micrometre level. After optimization of the different laser parameters, tensile and compressive specimens were produced from microtomed radial-tangential and longitudinal-tangential sections. Additionally, laser-processed samples were exposed to an electron beam prior to testing to study possible beam damage. The specimens originating from these different preparation conditions were mechanically tested. Advantages and limitations of the femtosecond laser preparation technique and the deformation and fracture behaviour of the samples are discussed. The results prove that femtosecond laser processing is a fast and precise preparation technique, which enables the fabrication of pristine biological samples with dimensions at the microscale.

  11. Efficient femtosecond driven SOX 17 delivery into mouse embryonic stem cells: differentiation studies

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    Thobakgale, Lebogang; Manoto, Sello Lebohang; Lemboumba, Satuurnin Ombinda; Maaza, Malik; Mthunzi-Kufa, Patience

    2017-02-01

    Embryonic stem cells have great promise in regenerative medicine because of their ability to self-renew and differentiate into various cell types. Delivery of therapeutic genes into cells has already been achieved using of chemical agents and viral vectors with high transfection efficiencies. However, these methods have also been documented as toxic and in the latter case they can cause latent cell infections. In this study we use femtosecond laser pulses to optically deliver genetic material in mouse embryonic stem cells. Femtosecond laser pulses in contrast to the conventional approach, minimises the risk of unwanted side effects because photons are used to create transient pores on the membrane which allow free entry of molecules with no need for delivery agents. Using an Olympus microscope, fluorescence imaging of the samples post irradiation was performed and decreased expression of stage specific embryonic antigen one (SSEA-1) consistent with on-going cellular differentiation was observed. Our results also show that femtosecond laser pulses were effective in delivering SOX 17 plasmid DNA (pSOX17) which resulted in the differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells into endoderm cells. We thus concluded that laser transfection of stem cells for the purpose of differentiation, holds potential for applications in tissue engineering as a method of generating new cell lines.

  12. Crystallization and vitrification of cryoprotectants studied by Raman scattering, Brillouin scattering and THz-TDS

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    Ike, Yuji; Seshimo, Yuichi; Kojima, Seiji

    2009-04-01

    We examine one of the best candidates of cryoprotectant, ethylene glycol aqueous solutions by using Raman and Brillouin scattering and Terahertz time domain spectroscopy. The molecular structure can be determined by Raman scattering and the EG aqueous solutions were investigated to characterize the conformations of molecular structure. The intermediate concentrations of EG solutions easily undergo glass transitions, while the crystallization occurs in the solutions of low and high concentrations of EG. The structural configuration of EG in a crystalline phase in pure EG shows only gauche OCCO form of EG which is the lowest energy conformers, while gauche and trans forms exist in a liquid phase. The dynamical properties from gigahertz to terahertz frequency range are investigated by using Raman scattering, Brillouin scattering and terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). In the present frequency range, the relaxation and vibrational modes coexist. It is shown that the combination of giga to terahertz spectroscopy is a powerful tool to provide information on fast dynamics of bioprotective solutions.

  13. Femtosecond Spectroscopy of LuMnO3

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    Lou, Shitao; Zimmermann, Frank M.; Bartynski, Robert A.; Hur, Namjun; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2006-03-01

    Hexagonal LuMnO3 manganite is a ferroelectric and strongly frustrated antiferromagnetic crystal. Strong coupling between lattice, electronic, and magnetic degrees of freedom makes it a promising electronic material. We have used femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy to study the interaction of electron excitations with lattice vibrations in real time. Optical excitation of a Mn d(x^2-y^2),(xy)->d(3z^2-r^2)transition served as the primary excitation step. With both pump and probe beam polarization perpendicular to the c axis, the probe reflectivity shows a sharp drop due to saturation of the transition, recovering on a timescale of 1 ps. We also observed displacive excitation of a coherent optical phonon vibration at 3.6 THz, which is assigned to an A1 symmetry mode involving Lu ion motion along the c axis. This mode was excited in longitudinal (LO) and transverse mode (TO) geometries. While the LO-TO frequency splitting is small (<0.1 THz), a remarkable phase reversal of the reflectivity curve was observed. This is attributed to a large linear electro-optic effect (Pockels effect), induced by the THz electric field associated with the LO mode.

  14. THz Radiation from Intracavity Saturable Bragg Reflector in Magnetic Field with Self-Started Mode-Locking by Strained Saturable Bragg Reflector

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    Liu, Tze-An; Huang, Kai-Fung; Pan, Ci-Ling; Liu, Zhenlin; Ono, Shingo; Ohtake, Hideyuki; Sarukura, Nobuhiko

    1999-11-01

    We demonstrate a new configuration for intracavity generation of THz radiation. A magnetic-field-biased saturable Bragg reflector (SBR) located inside the femtosecond laser cavity is the emitter, while a strained saturable Bragg reflector (SSBR) achieves self-started mode-locking without focusing. The calibrated power of the emitted THz radiation is estimated to be approximately 45 nW with a peak frequency at 0.72 THz and width of approximately 0.7 THz under a 0.88 T magnetic field. The quadratic dependence of THz-radiation power by the SBR on the magnetic field is also observed for the first time.

  15. Production and Characterization of High Repetition Rate Terahertz Radiation in Femtosecond-Laser-Induced Air Plasma

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    2009-03-01

    20 3.1 Verdi -Pumped Femtosecond Laser System...current which then produces the observed THz pulse [9]. 20 III. EQUIPMENT 3.1 VERDI -PUMPED FEMTOSECOND LASER SYSTEM The laser used in...this research is a Coherent fs pulsed laser system as shown schematically in figure 4. The 18 W Verdi beam pumps the 76 MHz MIRA, which produces 50

  16. Sub-THz radiation from dielectric capillaries with reflectors

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    Lekomtsev, K.; Aryshev, A.; Tishchenko, A. A.; Shevelev, M.; Ponomarenko, A. A.; Karataev, P.; Terunuma, N.; Urakawa, J.

    2017-07-01

    In this report we present experimental investigations of the THz radiation generated from a corrugated and a non-corrugated capillary with reflectors, using a femtosecond electron beam of LUCX accelerator at KEK, Japan. We discuss measurements of the radiation angular distributions and their comparison with Particle In Cell simulations, and also investigate an off-central propagation of the beam in the capillaries based on experimental measurements and simulations.

  17. Experimental and numerical study of surface alloying by femtosecond laser radiation

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    Gurevich, E. L.; Kittel, S.; Hergenröder, R.

    2012-01-01

    Here we report on experimental studies of femtosecond laser induced surface metal alloying. We demonstrate that layers of different metals can be mixed in a certain range of laser pulse energies. Numeric simulations demonstrate that the sub-surface melting and mixing is advantaged through the difference in the electron-phonon coupling constants of the metals in the multi-layer system. Dependence of the depth of the mixed layer on the number of laser pulses per unit area is studied. Numeric simulations illustrate physical picture of the laser alloying process.

  18. Surgical applications of femtosecond lasers.

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    Chung, Samuel H; Mazur, Eric

    2009-10-01

    Femtosecond laser ablation permits non-invasive surgeries in the bulk of a sample with submicrometer resolution. We briefly review the history of optical surgery techniques and the experimental background of femtosecond laser ablation. Next, we present several clinical applications, including dental surgery and eye surgery. We then summarize research applications, encompassing cell and tissue studies, research on C. elegans, and studies in zebrafish. We conclude by discussing future trends of femtosecond laser systems and some possible application directions.

  19. THz Plasma Diagnostics: an evolution from FIR and Millimeter waves historical applications

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    Bombarda, F.; Doria, A.; Galatola Teka, G.; Giovenale, E.; Zerbini, M.

    2016-08-01

    Extremely broadband (100 GHz-30 THz) single cycle THz pulses are routinely generated with femtosecond laser for Time Domain Spectroscopy applications (TDS). The wide frequency range has an unquestionable diagnostic potential for Tokamak plasmas and not surprisingly THz TDS finds a natural field of application in this area, which is an evolution of the FIR and millimeter waves diagnostics, where ENEA Frascati holds historical expertise. By illuminating the plasma with a THz beam, phase, intensity and polarization of both reflected and transmitted beams can be detected, devising a single diagnostic instrument capable of measuring multiple plasma parameters. We will describe and discuss the laboratory work now in progress to realise a tailored THz-TDS spectrometer with design parameters optimised for the requirements of Tokamak plasmas and the tests of optical fibers and quasioptical couplers to optimise access to plasma. ENEA Frascati and the Photonics group of Physics Dept. of Oxford University are collaborating on this subject [1].

  20. Metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization and femtosecond laser spectroscopic studies

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    Mohamed, Mona Bakr

    The optical properties and the femtosecond relaxation dynamics of metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles and their dependence on the particle shapes were studied. Metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles were synthesized and characterized using optical absorption and emission spectroscopy as well as the Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The ultrafast relaxation dynamics and the transient absorption spectra have been monitored using femtosecond pump-probe experiment. Regarding the shape dependent optical properties of metallic nanoparticles, gold nanospheres show surface plasmon absorption at 520 nm, however gold nanorods show two plasmon absorption bands due to the oscillation of the surface electrons along the transverse and the longitudinal modes. New absorption features appear, which are assigned to quadrupole resonance absorption along the short axis perpendicular to the triangular or hexagonal nanoplatelets. One of the most unique properties of gold nanorods is that they fluoresce with quantum yield enhancement one million times than the gold bulk due to the local field effect created by the longitudinal surface plasmon absorption (lightning nanorod effect). To study the effect of the surrounding matrix on the electron-phonon and phononphonon ultrafast relaxation dynamics of gold particles, the relaxation dynamics of the gold particles embedded in hydrogel and in organic gels have been compared. A large decrease in the phonon-phonon relaxation time was observed in the organic gel due to their lower thermal conductivity compared to water. The chemical interaction between the solvent molecules trapped inside the gel network and the gold particles surface enhances the rate of the heat transfer between the particles and the bath, giving rise a faster rate of relaxation. Shape dependent optical and ultrafast electron dynamics of semiconductor CdSe nanocrystals was studied. The femtosecond transient absorption spectra of CdSe nanorods show more spectral

  1. Femtosecond stimulated Raman study of the photoactive flavoprotein AppABLUF

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    Hall, Christopher R.; Heisler, Ismael A.; Jones, Garth A.; Frost, James E.; Gil, Agnieszka A.; Tonge, Peter J.; Meech, Stephen R.

    2017-09-01

    Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) is applied to study the photocycle of a blue light using flavin (BLUF) domain photoreceptor, AppABLUF. It is shown that FSRS spectra are sensitive to the light adapted state of the protein and probe its excited state dynamics. The dominant contribution to the most sensitive excited state Raman active modes is from flavin ring modes. However, TD-DFT calculations for excited state structures indicate that reproduction and assignment of the experimentally observed spectral shift will require high level calculations on the flavin in its specific protein environment.

  2. Femtosecond laser pulse control of multidimensional vibrational dynamics: Computational studies on the pyrazine molecule

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    Wang, Luxia; Meyer, Hans-Dieter; May, Volkhard

    2006-07-01

    The multiconfiguration time-dependent Hartree (MCTDH) method is combined with the optimal control theory (OCT) to study femtosecond laser pulse control of multidimensional vibrational dynamics. Simulations are presented for the widely discussed three-electronic-level vibronic coupling model of pyrazine either in a three or four vibrational coordinate version. Thus, for the first time OCT is applied to a four-coordinate system. Different control tasks are investigated and also some general aspects of the OCT-MCTDH method combination are analyzed.

  3. THz generation from elliptically-focused two-color laser pulses at 1 kHz

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    Yoo, Yungjun; Kuk, Donghoon; Zhong, Zheqiang; Kim, Ki-Yong

    2017-01-01

    We have generated high-power terahertz (THz) radiation by elliptical focusing of two-color femtosecond laser pulses in air at a 1-kHz repetition rate. Elliptical focusing produces a 2-dimensional plasma sheet, emitting two diverging THz radiation lobes in the far field. Such radiation is collimated and refocused by a combination of cylindrical and off-axis parabolic mirrors. Here the distances between the 2-D plasma sheet, cylindrical mirror, and off-axis parabolic mirror are carefully adjusted to minimize the THz spot size at the refocus. The refocused THz field strength is estimated by measuring the THz energy, beam spot size, and waveform. Here an uncooled microbolometer camera with real-time lock-in imaging is used to monitor and measure the focused THz beam profiles with a high signal-to-noise ratio at a broad range of THz (1 40 THz) frequencies. High-pressure gas (N2 and Ar) jets puffed in air are also tested as laser targets to boost the output THz energy even further. This material is based upon work supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under Award Number FA9550-16-1-0163.

  4. Generation, transport, and detection of linear accelerator based femtosecond-terahertz pulses.

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    Park, Jaehun; Kim, Changbum; Lee, Jongseok; Yim, Changmook; Kim, Chul Hoon; Lee, Junghwa; Jung, Seonghoon; Ryu, Jaehyun; Kang, Heung-Sik; Joo, Taiha

    2011-01-01

    The generation and detection of intense terahertz (THz) radiation has drawn a great attention recently. The dramatically enhanced energy and peak electric field of the coherent THz radiation can be generated by coherent superposition of radiated fields emitted by ultrafast electron bunches. The femtosecond (fs)-THz beamline construction at the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL) was completed in the end of 2009. The fs-THz beamline at PAL can supply ultrafast and intense fs-THz radiation from a 75 MeV linear accelerator. The radiation is expected to have frequency up to 3 THz (∼100 cm(-1)) and the pulse width of <200 fs with pulse energy up to 10 μJ. This intense THz source has great potential for applications in nonlinear optical phenomena and fields such as material science, biomedical science, chemistry, and physics, etc.

  5. Adaptive sampling dual terahertz comb spectroscopy using dual free-running femtosecond lasers

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    Yasui, Takeshi; Ichikawa, Ryuji; Hsieh, Yi-Da; Hayashi, Kenta; Cahyadi, Harsono; Hindle, Francis; Sakaguchi, Yoshiyuki; Iwata, Tetsuo; Mizutani, Yasuhiro; Yamamoto, Hirotsugu; Minoshima, Kaoru; Inaba, Hajime

    2015-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) dual comb spectroscopy (DCS) is a promising method for high-accuracy, high-resolution, broadband THz spectroscopy because the mode-resolved THz comb spectrum includes both broadband THz radiation and narrow-line CW-THz radiation characteristics. In addition, all frequency modes of a THz comb can be phase-locked to a microwave frequency standard, providing excellent traceability. However, the need for stabilization of dual femtosecond lasers has often hindered its wide use. To overcome this limitation, here we have demonstrated adaptive-sampling THz-DCS, allowing the use of free-running femtosecond lasers. To correct the fluctuation of the time and frequency scales caused by the laser timing jitter, an adaptive sampling clock is generated by dual THz-comb-referenced spectrum analysers and is used for a timing clock signal in a data acquisition board. The results not only indicated the successful implementation of THz-DCS with free-running lasers but also showed that this configuration outperforms standard THz-DCS with stabilized lasers due to the slight jitter remained in the stabilized lasers. PMID:26035687

  6. Adaptive sampling dual terahertz comb spectroscopy using dual free-running femtosecond lasers.

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    Yasui, Takeshi; Ichikawa, Ryuji; Hsieh, Yi-Da; Hayashi, Kenta; Cahyadi, Harsono; Hindle, Francis; Sakaguchi, Yoshiyuki; Iwata, Tetsuo; Mizutani, Yasuhiro; Yamamoto, Hirotsugu; Minoshima, Kaoru; Inaba, Hajime

    2015-06-02

    Terahertz (THz) dual comb spectroscopy (DCS) is a promising method for high-accuracy, high-resolution, broadband THz spectroscopy because the mode-resolved THz comb spectrum includes both broadband THz radiation and narrow-line CW-THz radiation characteristics. In addition, all frequency modes of a THz comb can be phase-locked to a microwave frequency standard, providing excellent traceability. However, the need for stabilization of dual femtosecond lasers has often hindered its wide use. To overcome this limitation, here we have demonstrated adaptive-sampling THz-DCS, allowing the use of free-running femtosecond lasers. To correct the fluctuation of the time and frequency scales caused by the laser timing jitter, an adaptive sampling clock is generated by dual THz-comb-referenced spectrum analysers and is used for a timing clock signal in a data acquisition board. The results not only indicated the successful implementation of THz-DCS with free-running lasers but also showed that this configuration outperforms standard THz-DCS with stabilized lasers due to the slight jitter remained in the stabilized lasers.

  7. Time-resolved study of femtosecond laser induced micro-modifications inside transparent brittle materials

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    Hendricks, F.; Matylitsky, V. V.; Domke, M.; Huber, Heinz P.

    2016-03-01

    Laser processing of optically transparent or semi-transparent, brittle materials is finding wide use in various manufacturing sectors. For example, in consumer electronic devices such as smartphones or tablets, cover glass needs to be cut precisely in various shapes. The unique advantage of material processing with femtosecond lasers is efficient, fast and localized energy deposition in nearly all types of solid materials. When an ultra-short laser pulse is focused inside glass, only the localized region in the neighborhood of the focal volume absorbs laser energy by nonlinear optical absorption. Therefore, the processing volume is strongly defined, while the rest of the target stays unaffected. Thus ultra-short pulse lasers allow cutting of the chemically strengthened glasses such as Corning Gorilla glass without cracking. Non-ablative cutting of transparent, brittle materials, using the newly developed femtosecond process ClearShapeTM from Spectra-Physics, is based on producing a micron-sized material modification track with well-defined geometry inside. The key point for development of the process is to understand the induced modification by a single femtosecond laser shot. In this paper, pump-probe microscopy techniques have been applied to study the defect formation inside of transparent materials, namely soda-lime glass samples, on a time scale between one nanosecond to several tens of microseconds. The observed effects include acoustic wave propagation as well as mechanical stress formation in the bulk of the glass. Besides better understanding of underlying physical mechanisms, our experimental observations have enabled us to find optimal process parameters for the glass cutting application and lead to better quality and speed for the ClearShapeTM process.

  8. Cytogenetic observations in human peripheral blood leukocytes following in vitro exposure to THz radiation: a pilot study.

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    Zeni, O; Gallerano, G P; Perrotta, A; Romanò, M; Sannino, A; Sarti, M; D'Arienzo, M; Doria, A; Giovenale, E; Lai, A; Messina, G; Scarfì, M R

    2007-04-01

    Emerging technologies are considering the possible use of Terahertz radiation in different fields ranging from telecommunications to biology and biomedicine. The study of the potential effects of Terahertz radiation on biological systems is therefore an important issue in order to safely develop a variety of applications. This paper describes a pilot study devoted to determine if Terahertz radiation could induce genotoxic effects in human peripheral blood leukocytes. For this purpose, human whole blood samples from healthy donors were exposed for 20 min to Terahertz radiation. Since, to our knowledge, this is the first study devoted to the evaluation of possible genotoxic effects of such radiation, different electromagnetic conditions were considered. In particular, the frequencies of 120 and 130 GHz were chosen: the first one was tested at a specific absorption rate (SAR) of 0.4 mW g-1, while the second one was tested at SAR levels of 0.24, 1.4, and 2 mW g-1. Chromosomal damage was evaluated by means of the cytokinesis block micronucleus technique, which also gives information on cell cycle kinetics. Moreover, human whole blood samples exposed to 130 GHz at SAR levels of 1.4 and 2 mW g-1 were also tested for primary DNA damage by applying the alkaline comet assay immediately after exposure. The results obtained indicate that THz exposure, in the explored electromagnetic conditions, is not able to induce either genotoxicity or alteration of cell cycle kinetics in human blood cells from healthy subjects.

  9. THz Detection and Imaging using Rydberg Atoms

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    Wade, Christopher; Sibalic, Nikola; Kondo, Jorge; de Melo, Natalia; Adams, Charles; Weatherill, Kevin

    2016-05-01

    Atoms make excellent electromagnetic field sensors because each atom of the same isotope is identical and has well-studied, permanent properties allowing calibration to SI units. Thus far, atoms have not generally been exploited for terahertz detection because transitions from the atomic ground state are constrained to a limited selection of microwave and optical frequencies. In contrast, highly excited `Rydberg' states allow us access to many strong, electric dipole transitions from the RF to THz regimes. Recent advances in the coherent optical detection of Rydberg atoms have been exploited by a number of groups for precision microwave electrometry Here we report the demonstration of a room-temperature, cesium Rydberg gas as a THz to optical interface. We present two configurations: First, THz-induced fluorescence offers non-destructive and direct imaging of the THz field, providing real-time, single shot images. Second, we convert narrowband terahertz photons to infrared photons with 6% quantum efficiency allowing us to use nano-Watts of THz power to control micro-Watts of laser power on microsecond timescales. Exploiting hysteresis and a room-temperature phase transition in the response of the medium, we demonstrate a latching optical memory for sub pico-Joule THz pulses.

  10. Reflective THz and MR imaging of burn wounds: a potential clinical validation of THz contrast mechanisms

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    Bajwa, Neha; Nowroozi, Bryan; Sung, Shijun; Garritano, James; Maccabi, Ashkan; Tewari, Priyamvada; Culjat, Martin; Singh, Rahul; Alger, Jeffry; Grundfest, Warren; Taylor, Zachary

    2012-10-01

    Terahertz (THz) imaging is an expanding area of research in the field of medical imaging due to its high sensitivity to changes in tissue water content. Previously reported in vivo rat studies demonstrate that spatially resolved hydration mapping with THz illumination can be used to rapidly and accurately detect fluid shifts following induction of burns and provide highly resolved spatial and temporal characterization of edematous tissue. THz imagery of partial and full thickness burn wounds acquired by our group correlate well with burn severity and suggest that hydration gradients are responsible for the observed contrast. This research aims to confirm the dominant contrast mechanism of THz burn imaging using a clinically accepted diagnostic method that relies on tissue water content for contrast generation to support the translation of this technology to clinical application. The hydration contrast sensing capabilities of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), specifically T2 relaxation times and proton density values N(H), are well established and provide measures of mobile water content, lending MRI as a suitable method to validate hydration states of skin burns. This paper presents correlational studies performed with MR imaging of ex vivo porcine skin that confirm tissue hydration as the principal sensing mechanism in THz burn imaging. Insights from this preliminary research will be used to lay the groundwork for future, parallel MRI and THz imaging of in vivo rat models to further substantiate the clinical efficacy of reflective THz imaging in burn wound care.

  11. Submillimeter wave GaAs Schottky diode application based study and optimization for 0.1-1.5 THz

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    Jenabi, Sarvenaz; Malekabadi, Ali; Deslandes, Dominic; Boone, Francois; Charlebois, Serge A.

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, a design and optimization method for submillimeter-wave Schottky diode is proposed. Parasitic capacitance is significantly reduced to under 20% of the total capacitance of the diode. The parasitic capacitance value is measured to be 0.6 fF for 1 μm anode radius which increased the cut-off frequency to 1.5 THz. A corresponding microfabrication process that provides higher degrees of freedom for the anode diameter, air-bridge dimensions and distance to the substrate is introduced and implemented. The DC and RF measurements are provided and compared with the simulations. In order to provide a better understanding of the diode behavior, the limiting factors of the cut-off frequency for different applications are studied and compared. For the mixer/multiplier mode, an improved and expanded formulation for calculation of the cut-off frequency is introduced. It is shown that the usable voltage bias range (with acceptable cut-off frequency) is limited by the exponential reduction of junction resistance, Rj , in mixer/multiplier mode.

  12. Femtosecond infrared studies of solvation by directly probing the solvent

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    Yang, H.; Lian, T.; Asplund, M.

    1996-12-31

    In this paper, we report studies of solvation dynamics by directly probing solvent vibrational motions. The IR spectral changes in the CN stretching mode region of a series of nitrile solvents were studied after excitation of solute dye molecules from the S{sub 0} to S{sub 1} state. For LDS750 molecules that have a large dipole moment change from the ground to excited state, the observed signal consists of (1) a time-dependent spectral shift of the CN stretching band, and (2) a broad feature with an instrument response limited rise and multiexponential decays. The decay time constants correspond well to the solvation times of these solvents. However, these solvent spectral changes were not observed for dye molecules that have small dipole moment changes such as R6G, or short lived (<1 ps) excited states such as phenol blue. We assign these signals to the change of solvent vibrational spectra in response to the change of solute dipole field, although the origin of these solvents modes is still not clear. Presently, these solvent responses are being studied by molecular dynamics simulations that include solvent vibrational modes.

  13. Study of ambient air ionization with femtosecond laser pulses

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    Wang, Yi; Wang, Xiaolei; Zhang, Nan; Zhai, Hongchen; Zhu, Xiaonong

    2005-01-01

    The laser induced ionization of ambient air is studied experimentally with laser pulses whose durations range from 50 fs up to 10 ps at 800 nm. It is found that the minimum pulse energy for detectable air ionization follows the scaling law of ɛth varies direct as tpx, with 0.23 < x < 0.5, and x tends to rise for longer pulses within the range of 50 fs - 500 fs. For laser pulses from 0.7 ps to 10 ps, however, x is approximately equal to 0.8. The dependence of the critical intensity for air ionization on the beam spot size is also examined with a variety of focused laser beam spot sizes in the experiments.

  14. Femtosecond transient dichroism/birefringence studies of solute- solvent friction and solvent dynamics

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    Chang, Y.J.; Castner, E.W. Jr.; Konitsky, W.; Waldeck, D.H.

    1994-02-01

    Ultrafast, heterodyne, polarization spectroscopies are used to measure solute-solvent frictional coupling and characterize the neat solvent`s relaxation dynamics on femtosecond and picosecond timescales.

  15. Longitudinal terahertz wave generation from an air plasma filament induced by a femtosecond laser

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    Minami, Yasuo; Kurihara, Takayuki; Yamaguchi, Keita; Nakajima, Makoto; Suemoto, Tohru

    2013-04-01

    We have generated and detected a longitudinally polarized (Z-polarized) terahertz (THz) wave by focusing a conically propagating THz beam generated from a plasma filament induced by a femtosecond laser pulse. In the experiment, we observed a radially polarized field in a collimated region and Z-polarized field at focus in the time domain. The maximum value of the Z-polarized THz electric field reached 1.0 kV/cm. It was also quantitatively discussed about the Z-polarized field and the radial field at the focal point. We expect this technique to find application in THz time domain spectroscopy.

  16. Femtosecond probe-probe transmission studies of LT-grown GaAs near the band edge

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    Radousky, H.B.; Bello, A.F.; Erskine, D.J.; Dinh, L.N.; Bennahmias, M.J.; Perry, M.D.; Ditmire, T.R.; Mariella, R.P. Jr.

    1993-12-01

    We have studied the near-edge optical response of a LT-grown GaAs sample which was deposited at 300{degrees}C on a Si substrate, and then annealed at 600{degrees}C. The Si was etched away to leave a 1 micron free standing GaAs film. Femtosecond transmission measurements were made using an equal pulse technique at four wavelengths between 825 and 870 nm. For each wavelength we observe both a multipicosecond relaxation time, as well as a shorter relaxation time which is less than 100 femtoseconds.

  17. Femtosecond photodichroism studies of isolated photosystem II reaction centers.

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    Wiederrecht, G P; Seibert, M; Govindjee; Wasielewski, M R

    1994-09-13

    Photosynthetic conversion of light energy into chemical potential begins in reaction center protein complexes, where rapid charge separation occurs with nearly unit quantum efficiency. Primary charge separation was studied in isolated photosystem II reaction centers from spinach containing 6 chlorophyll a, 2 pheophytin a (Pheo), 1 cytochrome b559, and 2 beta-carotene molecules. Time-resolved pump-probe kinetic spectroscopy was carried out with 105-fs time resolution and with the pump laser polarized parallel, perpendicular, and at the magic angle (54.7 degrees) relative to the polarized probe beam. The time evolution of the transient absorption changes due to the formation of the oxidized primary electron donor P680+ and the reduced primary electron acceptor Pheo- were measured at 820 nm and 545 nm, respectively. In addition, kinetics were obtained at 680 nm, the wavelength ascribed to the Qy transition of the primary electron donor P680 in the reaction center. At each measured probe wavelength the kinetics of the transient absorption changes can be fit to two major kinetic components. The relative amplitudes of these components are strongly dependent on the polarization of the pump beam relative to that of the probe. At the magic angle, where no photoselection occurs, the amplitude of the 3-ps component, which is indicative of the charge separation, dominates. When the primary electron acceptor Pheo is reduced prior to P680 excitation, the 3-ps component is eliminated.

  18. Femtosecond photodischroism studies of isolated photosystem II reaction centers

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    Wiederrecht, G.P.; Wasielewski, M.R.; Siebert, M.; Govindjee

    1994-09-13

    Photosynthetic conversion of light energy into chemical potential begins in reaction center protein complexes, where rapid charge separation occurs with nearly unit quantum efficiency. Primary charge separation was studied in isolated photosystem II reaction centers from spinach containing 6 chlorophyll a, 2 pheophytin a (Pheo), 1 cytochrome b{sub 559}, and 2 {beta}-carotene molecules. Time-resolved pump-probe kinetic spectroscopy was carried out with 105-fs time resolution and with the pump laser polarized parallel, perpendicular, and at the magic angle (54.7{degrees}) relative to the polarized probe beam. The time evolution of the oxidized primary electron donor P680{sup +} and the reduced primary electron acceptor Pheo{sup {minus}} were measured at 820 nm and 545 nm, respectively. In addition, kinetics were obtained at 680 nm, the wavelength ascribed to the Q{sub y} transition of the primary electron donor P680 in the reaction center. At each measured probe wavelength the kinetics of the transient absorption changes can be fit to two major kinetic components. The relative amplitudes of these components are strongly dependent on the polarization of the pump beam relative to that of the probe. At the magic angle, where no photoselection occurs, the amplitude of the 3-ps component, which is indicative of the charge separation, dominates. When the primary electron acceptor Pheo is reduced prior to P680 excitation, the 3-ps component is eliminated. 48 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Case study of concealed weapons detection at stand-off distances using a compact, large field-of-view THz camera

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    Marchese, Linda E.; Terroux, Marc; Dufour, Denis; Bolduc, Martin; Chevalier, Claude; Généreux, Francis; Jerominek, Hubert; Bergeron, Alain

    2014-06-01

    The detection of concealed weapons in crowd situations is a critical need and solutions are being sought after by security agencies at the federal, state and municipal levels. Millimeter waves have been evaluated for these kinds of applications, but the currently available technologies are typically too large and bulky to allow for widespread deployment. Alternatively soft X-rays have been considered but safety issues hinder their acceptance. Terahertz technology is ideally suited for such an application as it has the ability to see through clothing, and offers higher resolution than in the millimeter band, also being more compact. THz photons have lower energy than infrared and do not show the ionizing properties of X-ray radiation. The longer Terahertz waves penetrate deeper into various materials then their visible and infrared counterparts. Though the wavelength is longer it has been shown that high resolution in a small form factor can be obtained in the THz wavebands thanks to the use of small pixel pitch detectors. In this paper, a case study for the use of a compact THz camera for active see-through imaging at stand-off distances is presented. More specifically, the cases of seeing through packages and clothing are analyzed in the perspective of concealed weapons detection. The paper starts with a review of the characteristics of a high resolution THz camera exhibiting small pixel size and large field-of-view. Some laboratory results of concealed object imaging along with details of a concept for live surveillance using a compact see-through imaging system are reviewed.

  20. Femtosecond spectroscopic study of photochromic reactions of bacteriorhodopsin and visual rhodopsin.

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    Feldman, Tatiana B; Smitienko, Olga A; Shelaev, Ivan V; Gostev, Fedor E; Nekrasova, Oksana V; Dolgikh, Dmitriy A; Nadtochenko, Victor A; Kirpichnikov, Mikhail P; Ostrovsky, Mikhail A

    2016-11-01

    Photochromic ultrafast reactions of bacteriorhodopsin (H. salinarum) and bovine rhodopsin were conducted with a femtosecond two-pump probe pulse setup with the time resolution of 20-25fs. The dynamics of the forward and reverse photochemical reactions for both retinal-containing proteins was compared. It is demonstrated that when retinal-containing proteins are excited by femtosecond pulses, dynamics pattern of the vibrational coherent wave packets in the course of the reaction is different for bacteriorhodopsin and visual rhodopsin. As shown in these studies, the low-frequencies that form a wave packets experimentally observed in the dynamics of primary products formation as a result of retinal photoisomerization have different intensities and are clearer for bovine rhodopsin. Photo-reversible reactions for both retinal proteins were performed from the stage of the relatively stable photointermediates that appear within 3-5ps after the light pulse impact. It is demonstrated that the efficiency of the reverse phototransition K-form→bacteriorhodopsin is almost five-fold higher than that of the Batho-intermediate→visual rhodopsin phototransition. The results obtained indicate that in the course of evolution the intramolecular mechanism of the chromophore-protein interaction in visual rhodopsin becomes more perfect and specific. The decrease in the probability of the reverse chromophore photoisomerization (all-trans→11-cis retinal) in primary photo-induced rhodopsin products causes an increase in the efficiency of the photoreception process. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Femtosecond laser-fabricated biochip for studying symbiosis between Phormidium and seedling root

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    Ishikawa, Nobuaki; Hanada, Yasutaka; Ishikawa, Ikuko; Sugioka, Koji; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2015-06-01

    We present the fabrication of a waveguide-like structure in a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymer substrate using a femtosecond laser to study the mechanism of symbiosis between filamentous cyanobacteria, Phormidium, and a seedling root. While symbiosis occurring underground promotes the growth of vegetable seedlings, the details of the mechanism remain unclear. Understanding the mechanisms of Phormidium gliding to the seedling root will facilitate improving the mat formation of Phormidium, which will lead to increased vegetable production. We assumed a symbiosis mechanism in which sunlight propagates through the seedling root and is scattered underground to guide the Phormidium gliding. Once attached to the root, Phormidium uses the scattered light for photosynthesis. Photosynthetic products, in turn, promote an increase in Phormidium mat formation and vegetable growth. To verify this assumption, the optical characteristics of the seedling root were investigated. A waveguide-like structure with the same optical characteristics of the root was subsequently fabricated by femtosecond laser in PDMS polymer to assess the light illumination effect on Phormidium behavior.

  2. Substrate Independence of THz Vibrational Modes of Polycrystalline Thin Films of Molecular Solids in Waveguide THz-TDS

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    2012-01-01

    THz-TDS technique is investigated. The sample film of salicylic acid is studied using waveguide THz-TDS on three different metal substrates and two...vibrational modes with wave- guide THz-TDS. The investigation of substrate dependence is performed using salicylic acid as the test molecule. This...Al and a self assembled monolayer (SAM) on Au. Salicylic acid is first characterized in the pel- let form and then compared to the absorption features

  3. THz Local Oscillator Technology

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    Mehdi, Imran

    2004-01-01

    The last decade has seen a number of technological advancements that have now made it possible to implement fully solid state local oscillator chains up to 2 THz. These chains are composed of cascaded planar multiplier stages that are pumped with W-band high power sources. The high power W-band sources are achieved by power combining MMIC amplifiers and can provide in access of 150 mW with about 10% bandwidth. Planar diode technology has also enabled novel circuit topologies that can take advantage of the high input power and demonstrate significant efficiencies well into the THz range. Cascaded chains to 1.9 THz have now been demonstrated with enough output power to successfully pump hot-electron bolometer mixers in this frequency range. An overview of the current State-of-the-Art of the local oscillator technology will be presented along with highlighting future trends and challenges.

  4. Dissociation of D2+ by UV and THz light pulses

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    Xu, Tian-Yu; He, Feng

    2013-10-01

    The dissociation of D2+ in the few-cycle UV and THz light pulses is studied by numerically simulating the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. With only the UV pulse, we find the dissociation probability does not increase monotonously with the increasing of the UV pulse intensity or duration. The UV-triggered dissociation is streaked by the time-delayed THz light pulse, i.e., the nuclear momentum oscillates with the half of the THz period when the UV-THz time delay or the carrier envelope phase of the THz pulse is scanned. The difference of the maximum and minimum nuclear momenta equals the THz laser vector potential. The classical calculation of the Newtonian equation for a mass point moving on the THz light-modified molecular potential curves reproduces the quantum simulation results and therefore intuitively explores the physical scenario: The nuclear wave packets propagate along the THz field-dressed molecular potential curves adiabatically but make a fully diabatic transition, while the THz electric field changes direction. This study offers a visual angle to understand the molecular dissociation in the strong laser field with very long wavelengths.

  5. THz Emission Spectroscopy for THz Spintronics

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    Jarik Huisman, Thomas; Rasing, Theo

    2017-01-01

    Spintronics is used as the standard for the readout of magnetically stored data and also has commercial applications for writing data. The generation, control and detection of spin-polarized currents, spin-dependent electric transport, and pure spin currents on the subpicosecond (10-12 s) timescale are the next challenges in spintronics. Terahertz (THz, 1012 Hz) emission spectroscopy has proven to be an excellent tool for investigating these challenges. In this short review, we outline the functioning of this spectroscopic technique and its recent applications to spintronics.

  6. Terahertz (THZ) Imaging

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    2006-03-01

    beam or by moving the sample around. THz TDS is by no means confined to transmission data. It is possible to get reflective data from samples by slight...Wallace, V.P.; Fitzgerald, A.J.; Cole, B.C.; Pye , R.J.; Arnone, D.D., “Biomedical applications of THz imaging” Microwave Symposium Digest, 2004 IEEE MTT-S...2002. A perspective on state of art. 13. Wallace, V.P.; Arnone, D.A.; Woodward, R.M.; Pye RJ; “Biomedical applications of terahertz pulse

  7. What's new in the proton transfer reaction from pyranine to water? A femtosecond study of the proton transfer dynamics

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    Prayer, C.; Gustavsson, T.; Tran-Thi, T.-H.

    1996-04-01

    The proton transfer from excited pyranine to water is studied by the femtosecond fluorescence upconversion technique. It is shown for the first time that the proton transfer reaction in water proceeds by three successive steps: the solvent cage relaxation, the specific solute-solvent hydrogen-bond formation and finally the ion pair dissociation/diffusion.

  8. Femtosecond electron diffraction and spectroscopic studies of a solid state organic chemical reaction

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    Jean-Ruel, Hubert

    Photochromic diarylethene molecules are excellent model systems for studying electrocyclic reactions, in addition to having important technological applications in optoelectronics. The photoinduced ring-closing reaction in a crystalline photochromic diarylethene derivative was fully resolved using the complementary techniques of transient absorption spectroscopy and femtosecond electron crystallography. These studies are detailed in this thesis, together with the associated technical developments which enabled them. Importantly, the time-resolved crystallographic investigation reported here represents a highly significant proof-of-principle experiment. It constitutes the first study directly probing the molecular structural changes associated with an organic chemical reaction with sub-picosecond temporal and atomic spatial resolution---to follow the primary motions directing chemistry. In terms of technological development, the most important advance reported is the implementation of a radio frequency rebunching system capable of producing femtosecond electron pulses of exceptional brightness. The temporal resolution of this newly developed electron source was fully characterized using laser ponderomotive scattering, confirming a 435 +/- 75 fs instrument response time with 0.20 pC bunches. The ultrafast spectroscopic and crystallographic measurements were both achieved by exploiting the photoreversibility of diarylethene. The transient absorption study was first performed, after developing a novel robust acquisition scheme for thermally irreversible reactions in the solid state. It revealed the formation of an open-ring excited state intermediate, following photoexcitation of the open-ring isomer with an ultraviolet laser pulse, with a time constant of approximately 200 fs. The actual ring closing was found to occur from this intermediate with a time constant of 5.3 +/- 0.3 ps. The femtosecond diffraction measurements were then performed using multiple crystal

  9. Advances in femtosecond laser technology

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    Callou, Thais Pinheiro; Garcia, Renato; Mukai, Adriana; Giacomin, Natalia T; de Souza, Rodrigo Guimarães; Bechara, Samir J

    2016-01-01

    Femtosecond laser technology has become widely adopted by ophthalmic surgeons. The purpose of this study is to discuss applications and advantages of femtosecond lasers over traditional manual techniques, and related unique complications in cataract surgery and corneal refractive surgical procedures, including: LASIK flap creation, intracorneal ring segment implantation, presbyopic treatments, keratoplasty, astigmatic keratotomy, and intrastromal lenticule procedures. PMID:27143847

  10. Model of THz Magnetization Dynamics

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    Bocklage, Lars

    2016-01-01

    Magnetization dynamics can be coherently controlled by THz laser excitation, which can be applied in ultrafast magnetization control and switching. Here, transient magnetization dynamics are calculated for excitation with THz magnetic field pulses. We use the ansatz of Smit and Beljers, to formulate dynamic properties of the magnetization via partial derivatives of the samples free energy density, and extend it to solve the Landau-Lifshitz-equation to obtain the THz transients of the magnetization. The model is used to determine the magnetization response to ultrafast multi- and single-cycle THz pulses. Control of the magnetization trajectory by utilizing the THz pulse shape and polarization is demonstrated. PMID:26956997

  11. Photodissociation and charge transfer dynamics of negative ions studied with femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Zanni, Martin Thomas

    1999-12-01

    This dissertation presents studies aimed at understanding the potential energy surfaces and dynamics of isolated negative ions, and the effects of solvent on each. Although negative ions play important roles in atmospheric and solution phase chemistry, to a large extent the ground and excited state potential energy surfaces of gas phase negative ions are poorly characterized, and solvent effects even less well understood. In an effort to fill this gap, the author's coworkers and the author have developed a new technique, anion femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy, and applied it to gas phase photodissociation and charge transfer processes. Studies are presented that (1) characterize the ground and excited states of isolated and clustered anions, (2) monitor the photodissociation dynamics of isolated and clustered anions, and (3) explore the charge-transfer-to-solvent states of atomic iodide clustered with polar and non-polar solvents.

  12. Quantum dynamical study of femtosecond photodesorption of CO from TiO2(110).

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    Asplund, Erik; Klüner, Thorsten

    2014-08-28

    The photodesorption of CO from TiO2(110) by femtosecond pulses is investigated with the Surrogate Hamiltonian approach. The aim of the study is to resolve the relaxation mechanism and forecast the lifetime of the exited state based on a microscopic description of the excitation and relaxation processes. The parameters characterizing the system are obtained from ab initio and Density Functional Theory-calculations with one parameter estimated from physical considerations and convergence studies. Two electronic states are considered and the relaxation is assumed to be due to the interaction of the excited adsorbate with electron hole pairs in the surface. Desorption probabilities and velocity distributions of the desorbing molecules are calculated and an exited state lifetime is predicted. Throughout this paper atomic units, i.e., ℏ = me = e = a0 = 1, have been used unless otherwise stated.

  13. Quantum dynamical study of femtosecond photodesorption of CO from TiO{sub 2}(110)

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    Asplund, Erik Klüner, Thorsten

    2014-08-28

    The photodesorption of CO from TiO{sub 2}(110) by femtosecond pulses is investigated with the Surrogate Hamiltonian approach. The aim of the study is to resolve the relaxation mechanism and forecast the lifetime of the exited state based on a microscopic description of the excitation and relaxation processes. The parameters characterizing the system are obtained from ab initio and Density Functional Theory-calculations with one parameter estimated from physical considerations and convergence studies. Two electronic states are considered and the relaxation is assumed to be due to the interaction of the excited adsorbate with electron hole pairs in the surface. Desorption probabilities and velocity distributions of the desorbing molecules are calculated and an exited state lifetime is predicted. Throughout this paper atomic units, i.e., ℏ = m{sub e} = e = a{sub 0} = 1, have been used unless otherwise stated.

  14. Using Femtosecond Laser Subcellular Surgery as a Tool to Study Cell Biology

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    Shen, N; Colvin, M E; Huser, T

    2007-02-27

    Research on cellular function and regulation would be greatly advanced by new instrumentation using methods to alter cellular processes with spatial discrimination on the nanometer-scale. We present a novel technique for targeting submicrometer sized organelles or other biologically important regions in living cells using femtosecond laser pulses. By tightly focusing these pulses beneath the cell membrane, we can vaporize cellular material inside the cell through nonlinear optical processes. This technique enables non-invasive manipulation of the physical structure of a cell with sub-micrometer resolution. We propose to study the role mitochondria play in cell proliferation and apoptosis. Our technique provides a unique tool for the study of cell biology.

  15. Lasing dynamics study by femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence non-collinear optical parametric amplification spectroscopy

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    Wei, Dang; Qing, Liao; Peng-Cheng, Mao; Hong-Bing, Fu; Yu-Xiang, Weng

    2016-05-01

    Femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence non-collinear optical parametric amplification spectroscopy (FNOPAS) is a versatile technique with advantages of high sensitivity, broad detection bandwidth, and intrinsic spectrum correction function. These advantages should benefit the study of coherent emission, such as measurement of lasing dynamics. In this letter, the FNOPAS was used to trace the lasing process in Rhodamine 6G (R6G) solution and organic semiconductor nano-wires. High-quality transient emission spectra and lasing dynamic traces were acquired, which demonstrates the applicability of FNOPAS in the study of lasing dynamics. Our work extends the application scope of the FNOPAS technique. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 20925313 and 21503066), the Innovation Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. KJCX2-YW-W25), the Postdoctoral Project of Hebei University, China, and the Project of Science and Technology Bureau of Baoding City, China (Grant No. 15ZG029).

  16. Perspective: Ultrafast magnetism and THz spintronics

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    Walowski, Jakob; Münzenberg, Markus

    2016-10-14

    This year the discovery of femtosecond demagnetization by laser pulses is 20 years old. For the first time, this milestone work by Bigot and coworkers gave insight directly into the time scales of microscopic interactions that connect the spin and electron system. While intense discussions in the field were fueled by the complexity of the processes in the past, it now became evident that it is a puzzle of many different parts. Rather than providing an overview that has been presented in previous reviews on ultrafast processes in ferromagnets, this perspective will show that with our current depth of knowledge the first applications are developed: THz spintronics and all-optical spin manipulation are becoming more and more feasible. The aim of this perspective is to point out where we can connect the different puzzle pieces of understanding gathered over 20 years to develop novel applications. Based on many observations in a large number of experiments. Differences in the theoretical models arise from the localized and delocalized nature of ferromagnetism. Transport effects are intrinsically non-local in spintronic devices and at interfaces. We review the need for multiscale modeling to address the processes starting from electronic excitation of the spin system on the picometer length scale and sub-femtosecond time scale, to spin wave generation, and towards the modeling of ultrafast phase transitions that altogether determine the response time of the ferromagnetic system. Today, our current understanding gives rise to the first usage of ultrafast spin physics for ultrafast magnetism control: THz spintronic devices. This makes the field of ultrafast spin-dynamics an emerging topic open for many researchers right now.

  17. Perspective: Ultrafast magnetism and THz spintronics

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    Walowski, Jakob; Münzenberg, Markus

    2016-10-01

    This year the discovery of femtosecond demagnetization by laser pulses is 20 years old. For the first time, this milestone work by Bigot and coworkers gave insight directly into the time scales of microscopic interactions that connect the spin and electron system. While intense discussions in the field were fueled by the complexity of the processes in the past, it now became evident that it is a puzzle of many different parts. Rather than providing an overview that has been presented in previous reviews on ultrafast processes in ferromagnets, this perspective will show that with our current depth of knowledge the first applications are developed: THz spintronics and all-optical spin manipulation are becoming more and more feasible. The aim of this perspective is to point out where we can connect the different puzzle pieces of understanding gathered over 20 years to develop novel applications. Based on many observations in a large number of experiments. Differences in the theoretical models arise from the localized and delocalized nature of ferromagnetism. Transport effects are intrinsically non-local in spintronic devices and at interfaces. We review the need for multiscale modeling to address the processes starting from electronic excitation of the spin system on the picometer length scale and sub-femtosecond time scale, to spin wave generation, and towards the modeling of ultrafast phase transitions that altogether determine the response time of the ferromagnetic system. Today, our current understanding gives rise to the first usage of ultrafast spin physics for ultrafast magnetism control: THz spintronic devices. This makes the field of ultrafast spin-dynamics an emerging topic open for many researchers right now.

  18. THz identification and Bayes modeling

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    Sokolnikov, Andre

    2017-05-01

    THz Identification is a developing technology. Sensing in the THz range potentially gives opportunity for short range radar sensing because THz waves can better penetrate through obscured atmosphere, such as fog, than visible light. The lower scattering of THz as opposed to the visible light results also in significantly better imaging than in IR spectrum. A much higher contrast can be achieved in medical trans-illumination applications than with X-rays or visible light. The same THz radiation qualities produce better tomographical images from hard surfaces, e.g. ceramics. This effect comes from the delay in time of reflected THz pulses detection. For special or commercial applications alike, the industrial quality control of defects is facilitated with a lower cost. The effectiveness of THz wave measurements is increased with computational methods. One of them is Bayes modeling. Examples of this kind of mathematical modeling are considered.

  19. Understanding Ultrafast Dynamics of Conformation Specific Photo-Excitation: A Femtosecond Transient Absorption and Ultrafast Raman Loss Study.

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    Roy, Khokan; Kayal, Surajit; Ravi Kumar, Venkatraman; Beeby, Andrew; Ariese, Freek; Umapathy, Siva

    2017-09-07

    Excited state ultrafast conformational reorganization is recognized as an important phenomenon that facilitates light-induced functions of many molecular systems. This report describes the femtosecond and picosecond conformational relaxation dynamics of middle-ring and terminal ring twisted conformers of the acetylene π-conjugated system bis(phenylethynyl)benzene, a model system for molecular wires. Through excitation wavelength dependent, femtosecond-transient absorption measurements, we found that the middle-ring and terminal ring twisted conformers relax at femtosecond (400-600 fs) and picosecond (20-24 ps) time scales, respectively. Actinic pumping into the red flank of the absorption spectrum leads to excitation of primarily planar conformers, and results in very different excited state dynamics. In addition, ultrafast Raman loss spectroscopic studies revealed the vibrational mode dependent relaxation dynamics for different excitation wavelengths. To corroborate our experimental findings, DFT and time-dependent DFT calculations were carried out. The Franck-Condon simulation indicated that the vibronic structure observed in the electronic absorption and the fluorescence spectra are due to progressions and combinations of several vibrational modes corresponding to the phenyl ring and the acetylenic groups. Furthermore, the middle ring torsional rotation matches the room-temperature electronic absorption, in stark contrast to the terminal ring torsional rotation. Finally, we show that the middle-ring twisted conformer undergoes femtosecond torsional planarization dynamic, whereas the terminal rings relax on a few tens of picosecond time scale.

  20. Study of nanostructure growth with nanoscale apex induced by femtosecond laser irradiation at megahertz repetition rate

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    2013-01-01

    Leaf-like nanostructures with nanoscale apex are induced on dielectric target surfaces by high-repetition-rate femtosecond laser irradiation in ambient conditions. We have recently developed this unique technique to grow leaf-like nanostructures with such interesting geometry without the use of any catalyst. It was found to be possible only in the presence of background nitrogen gas flow. In this synthesis method, the target serves as the source for building material as well as the substrate upon which these nanostructures can grow. In our investigation, it was found that there are three possible kinds of nanotips that can grow on target surfaces. In this report, we have presented the study of the growth mechanisms of such leaf-like nanostructures under various conditions such as different laser pulse widths, pulse repetition rates, dwell times, and laser polarizations. We observed a clear transformation in the kind of nanotips that grew for the given laser conditions. PMID:23607832

  1. Non-equilibrium phonon dynamics studied by grazing-incidence femtosecond X-ray crystallography.

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    Johnson, S L; Beaud, P; Vorobeva, E; Milne, C J; Murray, E D; Fahy, S; Ingold, G

    2010-03-01

    The timescales for structural changes in a single crystal of bismuth after excitation with an intense near-infrared laser pulse are studied with femtosecond pump-probe X-ray diffraction. Changes in the intensity and reciprocal-lattice vector of several reflections give quantitative information on the structure factor and lattice strain as a function of time, with a resolution of 200 fs. The results indicate that the majority of excess carrier energy that remains near the surface is transferred to vibrational modes on a timescale of about 10 ps, and that the resultant increase in the variance of the atomic positions at these times is consistent with the overall magnitude of lattice strain that develops.

  2. Femtosecond laser-generated high-energy-density states studied by x-ray FELs

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    Nakatsutsumi, M.; Appel, K.; Baehtz, C.; Chen, B.; Cowan, T. E.; Göde, S.; Konopkova, Z.; Pelka, A.; Priebe, G.; Schmidt, A.; Sukharnikov, K.; Thorpe, I.; Tschentscher, Th; Zastrau, U.

    2017-01-01

    The combination of powerful optical lasers and an x-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) provides unique capabilities to study the transient behaviour of matter in extreme conditions. The high energy density science instrument (HED instrument) at the European XFEL will provide the experimental platform on which an unique x-ray source can be combined with various types of high-power optical lasers. In this paper, we highlight selected scientific examples together with the associated x-ray techniques, with particular emphasis on femtosecond (fs)-timescale pump-probe experiments. Subsequently, we present the current design status of the HED instrument, outlining how the experiments could be performed. First user experiments will start at the beginning of 2018, after which various optical lasers will be commissioned and made available to the international scientific community.

  3. Femtosecond time-resolved EUV photoion imaging studies of pure helium nanodroplets

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    Buenermann, Oliver; Kornilov, Oleg; Gessner, Oliver; Leone, Stephen R.; Neumark, Daniel M.

    2010-03-01

    Helium nanodroplets provide a cryogenic, weakly interacting matrix for the isolation and spectroscopy of molecules and clusters. The relaxation dynamics of electronically excited helium nanodroplets are investigated by femtosecond time resolved photoion imaging studies. The droplets are excited into a broad absorption band centered at 23.8 eV. The electronic and nuclear dynamics following this excitation are monitored by photoionization with a 785nm probe pulse. A Wiley-McLaren time of flight spectrometer equipped with a time- and position sensitive delay line detector facilitates the measurement of mass selective ion kinetic energy distributions. First measurements reveal differences in the kinetic energy release of the Helium monomer, dimer and trimer ions. Furthermore, the pump-probe time-delay dependent ion spectra exhibit several features evolving on various timescales. The combination of these results with previously recorded photoelectron imaging measurements allows for a new level of insight into the electronic and nuclear dynamics of electronically excited helium nanodroplets.

  4. Large-amplitude spin dynamics driven by a THz pulse in resonance with an electromagnon

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    Johnson, Steven

    With femtosecond time resolution, x-ray diffraction offers unique capabilities to observe directly the dynamics of long range order. When the x-ray energy is tuned near a core-level transition is is possible in many systems to selectively study the dynamics of long-range order of valence properties such as orbital ordering or magnetic spin. Here I discuss show how resonantly enhanced magnetic scattering can be used to quantitatively measure the character and magnitude of spin motion in a coherent electromagnon in TbMnO3 driven by a THz frequency electromagnetic field. We observe a 4° rotation of the antiferromagnetically ordered spin spiral plane, a result consistent with a previously published model that suggests this may be a viable route for ultrafast domain switching in multiferroics.

  5. Antenna Enhanced Graphene THz Emitter and Detector.

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    Tong, Jiayue; Muthee, Martin; Chen, Shao-Yu; Yngvesson, Sigfrid K; Yan, Jun

    2015-08-12

    Recent intense electrical and optical studies of graphene have pushed the material to the forefront of optoelectronic research. Of particular interest is the few terahertz (THz) frequency regime where efficient light sources and highly sensitive detectors are very challenging to make. Here we present THz sources and detectors made with graphene field effect transistors (GFETs) enhanced by a double-patch antenna and an on-chip silicon lens. We report the first experimental observation of 1-3 THz radiation from graphene, as well as more than 3 orders of magnitude performance improvements in a half-edge-contacted GFET thermoelectric detector operating at ∼2 THz. The quantitative analysis of the emitting power and its unusual charge density dependence indicate significant nonthermal noise contribution from the GFET. The polarization resolved detection measurements with different illumination geometries allow for detailed and quantitative analysis of various factors that contribute to the overall detector performance. Our experimental results represent a significant advance toward practically useful graphene THz devices.

  6. Spectral Trends of Solar Bursts at Sub-THz Frequencies

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    Fernandes, L. O. T.; Kaufmann, P.; Correia, E.; Giménez de Castro, C. G.; Kudaka, A. S.; Marun, A.; Pereyra, P.; Raulin, J.-P.; Valio, A. B. M.

    2017-01-01

    Previous sub-THz studies were derived from single-event observations. We here analyze for the first time spectral trends for a larger collection of sub-THz bursts. The collection consists of a set of 16 moderate to small impulsive solar radio bursts observed at 0.2 and 0.4 THz by the Solar Submillimeter-wave Telescope (SST) in 2012 - 2014 at El Leoncito, in the Argentinean Andes. The peak burst spectra included data from new solar patrol radio telescopes (45 and 90 GHz), and were completed with microwave data obtained by the Radio Solar Telescope Network, when available. We critically evaluate errors and uncertainties in sub-THz flux estimates caused by calibration techniques and the corrections for atmospheric transmission, and introduce a new method to obtain a uniform flux scale criterion for all events. The sub-THz bursts were searched during reported GOES soft X-ray events of class C or larger, for periods common to SST observations. Seven out of 16 events exhibit spectral maxima in the range 5 - 40 GHz with fluxes decaying at sub-THz frequencies (three of them associated to GOES class X, and four to class M). Nine out of 16 events exhibited the sub-THz spectral component. In five of these events, the sub-THz emission fluxes increased with a separate frequency from that of the microwave spectral component (two classified as X and three as M), and four events have only been detected at sub-THz frequencies (three classified as M and one as C). The results suggest that the THz component might be present throughout, with the minimum turnover frequency increasing as a function of the energy of the emitting electrons. The peculiar nature of many sub-THz burst events requires further investigations of bursts that are examined from SST observations alone to better understand these phenomena.

  7. THz optics and metamaterials: Design, fabrication and characterization

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    Turaga, Shuvan Prashant

    In the past decade, terahertz(THz) based optics and metamaterials have been extensively researched to create components and devices in the frequency range of 0.1 to 5 THz also known as 'THz gap'. Metamaterials, in particular, have realized concepts such as negative refraction, slow light and superlensing through artificially engineered media. The naturally available materials have very weak interaction of terahertz light. Therefore, the design of THz metamaterials to manipulate THz radiation is an important task towards furthering the usage of terahertz light for practical applications. The thesis involved the development of two lab facilities for fabrication and characterization. A state-of-the-art two photon lithography( TPL) system was developed which enables us to manufacture 3D structures with sub-diffraction limit resolution(280nm at 800 nm wavelength). The software was written to enable easy fabrication of multiple structures with different algorithms. For characterizing our metamaterial structures in the terahertz regime, a THz time-domain spectroscopy(THz-TDS) and imaging system was built. This transmission based spectrometer has a dynamic range of 50 dB at 0.5 THz and a bandwidth of about 2.5 THz. To demonstrate the application of these home-built facilities, the metamaterials in the THz regime were fabricated using TPL and UV lithography. To investigate conductive coupling effects in meta-atoms, a new design was proposed, fabricated and characterized. As an application of TPL, free standing polymer helices were fabricated and coated with silver electroless plating. These silver helical metamaterials have potential application as circular polarizers in the MIR and THz regimes. The aspect ratio effects of these helical metamaterials were also studied in order to improve their polarizing performance.

  8. Windowing of THz time-domain spectroscopy signals: A study based on lactose

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    Vázquez-Cabo, José; Chamorro-Posada, Pedro; Fraile-Peláez, Francisco Javier; Rubiños-López, Óscar; López-Santos, José María; Martín-Ramos, Pablo

    2016-05-01

    Time-domain spectroscopy has established itself as a reference method for determining material parameters in the terahertz spectral range. This procedure requires the processing of the measured time-domain signals in order to estimate the spectral data. In this work, we present a thorough study of the properties of the signal windowing, a step previous to the parameter extraction algorithm, that permits to improve the accuracy of the results. Lactose has been used as sample material in the study.

  9. The Effect of Femtosecond Laser Treatment on the Effectiveness of Resin-Zirconia Adhesive: An In Vitro Study

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    Vicente Prieto, María; Gomes, Ana Luisa Caseiro; Montero Martín, Javier; Alvarado Lorenzo, Alfonso; Seoane Mato, Vicente; Albaladejo Martínez, Alberto

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: When aesthetics is compromised, dental ceramics are excellent materials for dental restorations; owing to their optical properties and biocompatibility, zirconia ceramics are particularly interesting. Self-adhesive resin cements are the most suitable for bonding to zirconia ceramics, but traditional adhesive chemistry is ineffective and surface treatments are required to improve the adhesive bonding between resin and zirconia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of femtosecond laser treatment on the shear bond strength (SBS) of self-adhesive resin cement on zirconia surfaces and to contrast it with other different surface conditioning methods. Methods: Sixty square-shaped zirconia samples were divided randomly into four groups (n = 15) according to their surface conditioning method: the NT group - no surface treatment; the APA25 group - airborne abrasion with 25 μm alumina particles; the TSC group - tribochemical silica coating, and the FS group - femtosecond laser irradiation (800 nm, 4 mJ, 40 fs/pulse, 1 kHz). Self-adhesive resin cements were bonded at the centre of samples, and after 72 hours, they were tested for SBS with a universal testing machine at a crosshead speed of 0.5 mm/min, until fracture. Five zirconia surfaces for each group were subjected to a surface morphology analysis by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The failure modes were noted and a third of the specimens were prepared to morphological analysis. Results: The NT group showed lower SBS values than the other groups. Femtosecond laser treatment demonstrated higher values than the control and APA25 groups and similar values to those of the TSC group. In the APA25 group, the surface conditioning method had values close to those of the TSC group, but lower than those obtained with femtosecond laser treatment. Conclusion: The treatment of zirconia with femtosecond laser irradiation created a consistent and profound surface roughness, improving the adhesive

  10. Identifying the distinct phases of THz waves from K-valley electrons in graphite

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    Irfan, Muhammad; Yim, Jong-Hyuk Jho, Young-Dahl; Kim, Changyoung

    2013-12-04

    The polarity change of THz electromagnetic waves radiated from single-crystalline graphite and polycrystalline graphite films has been studied to identify the main generation mechanism in conventional reflective THz time-domain spectroscopy scheme. The excitation wavelength variation around the K-valley produces no significant changes in THz field strength. We further found that THz waves become fully dispersed without polarity change in lateral detection geometry.

  11. Efficient THz emission from a topological insulator surface

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    Zhu, Li-Guo; Kubera, Brian; Mak, Kin Fai; Shan, Jie

    2012-02-01

    Bi2Se3 is a 3D topological insulator (TI) recently confirmed by the ARPES.ootnotetextHsieh et al. Nature 460, 1101 (2009). Direct optical probe of its metallic surface states is, however, hindered by the remnant Drude response of the bulk material. Second-order nonlinear optical techniques with their surface specificity provide unique opportunities for studying surface electronic transitions in TIs such as Bi2Se3 with bulk inversion symmetry.ootnotetextHsieh et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 057401 (2011). Here we demonstrate efficient THz emission from the surface of Bi2Se3 under the excitation of a femtosecond optical pulse. The emission arises from optical rectification of the optical pulse at the TI surface and the transient current within the surface depletion region. By spectrally resolving the emission under different pump and emission polarizations, we separate the different contributions. Effects arising from just a few atomic layers of the sample surface due to resonance enhancement of the quasi-real optical transitions between the surface electronic states will be discussed.

  12. Comparative study of femtosecond and nanosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of depleted uranium

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    Emmert, Luke A.; Chinni, Rosemarie C.; Cremers, David A.; Jones, C. Randy; Rudolph, Wolfgang

    2011-01-20

    We present spectra of depleted uranium metal from laser plasmas generated by nanosecond Nd:YAG (1064 nm) and femtosecond Ti:sapphire (800 nm) laser pulses. The latter pulses produce short-lived and relatively cool plasmas in comparison to the longer pulses, and the spectra of neutral uranium atoms appear immediately after excitation. Evidence for nonequilibrium excitation with femtosecond pulses is found in the dependence of spectral line intensities on the pulse chirp.

  13. Perspective: On the relevance of slower-than-femtosecond time scales in chemical structural-dynamics studies.

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    Coppens, Philip

    2015-03-01

    A number of examples illustrate structural-dynamics studies of picosecond and slower photo-induced processes. They include molecular rearrangements and excitations. The information that can be obtained from such studies is discussed. The results are complementary to the information obtained from femtosecond studies. The point is made that all pertinent time scales should be covered to obtain comprehensive insight in dynamic processes of chemical and biological importance.

  14. THz spectroscopy for THz spintronics (Conference Presentation)

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    Huisman, Thomas

    2016-10-01

    Controlling currents using circularly polarized light and spin-orbit coupling could lead to the development of ultrafast spintronic devices driven by laser pulses and operating at the femtosecond timescale. Here we demonstrate that such a helicity dependent photocurrent can be generated in metallic heterostructures consisting of a single ferromagnetic layer and a non-magnetic one. In particular, using terahertz emission spectroscopy we show that the direction of the generated ultrafast photocurrent is controlled by the helicity of light, the magnetization of the ferromagnetic layer and the growth direction of the layers. We argue that the helicity and magnetization dependent photocurrent in metallic multilayers originates from a combination of the spin-orbit interaction and a lack of center of symmetry at the interface.

  15. THz time-domain spectroscopy for tokamak plasma diagnostics

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    Causa, F.; Zerbini, M.; Buratti, P.; Gabellieri, L.; Pacella, D.; Romano, A.; Tuccillo, A. A.; Tudisco, O.; Johnston, M.; Doria, A.; Gallerano, G. P.; Giovenale, E.

    2014-08-21

    The technology is now becoming mature for diagnostics using large portions of the electromagnetic spectrum simultaneously, in the form of THz pulses. THz radiation-based techniques have become feasible for a variety of applications, e.g., spectroscopy, imaging for security, medicine and pharmaceutical industry. In particular, time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) is now being used also for plasma diagnostics in various fields of application. This technique is promising also for plasmas for fusion applications, where plasma characteristics are non-uniform and/or evolve during the discharge This is because THz pulses produced with femtosecond mode-locked lasers conveniently span the spectrum above and below the plasma frequency and, thus, can be used as very sensitive and versatile probes of widely varying plasma parameters. The short pulse duration permits time resolving plasma characteristics while the large frequency span permits a large dynamic range. The focus of this work is to present preliminary experimental and simulation results demonstrating that THz TDS can be realistically adapted as a versatile tokamak plasma diagnostic technique.

  16. THz time-domain spectroscopy for tokamak plasma diagnostics

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    Causa, F.; Zerbini, M.; Johnston, M.; Buratti, P.; Doria, A.; Gabellieri, L.; Gallerano, G. P.; Giovenale, E.; Pacella, D.; Romano, A.; Tuccillo, A. A.; Tudisco, O.

    2014-08-01

    The technology is now becoming mature for diagnostics using large portions of the electromagnetic spectrum simultaneously, in the form of THz pulses. THz radiation-based techniques have become feasible for a variety of applications, e.g., spectroscopy, imaging for security, medicine and pharmaceutical industry. In particular, time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) is now being used also for plasma diagnostics in various fields of application. This technique is promising also for plasmas for fusion applications, where plasma characteristics are non-uniform and/or evolve during the discharge This is because THz pulses produced with femtosecond mode-locked lasers conveniently span the spectrum above and below the plasma frequency and, thus, can be used as very sensitive and versatile probes of widely varying plasma parameters. The short pulse duration permits time resolving plasma characteristics while the large frequency span permits a large dynamic range. The focus of this work is to present preliminary experimental and simulation results demonstrating that THz TDS can be realistically adapted as a versatile tokamak plasma diagnostic technique.

  17. Aligned copper nanorod arrays for highly efficient generation of intense ultra-broadband THz pulses

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    Mondal, S.; Wei, Q.; Ding, W. J.; Hafez, H. A.; Fareed, M. A.; Laramée, A.; Ropagnol, X.; Zhang, G.; Sun, S.; Sheng, Z. M.; Zhang, J.; Ozaki, T.

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate an intense broadband terahertz (THz) source based on the interaction of relativistic-intensity femtosecond lasers with aligned copper nanorod array targets. For copper nanorod targets with a length of 5 μm, a maximum 13.8 times enhancement in the THz pulse energy (in ≤20 THz spectral range) is measured as compared to that with a thick plane copper target under the same laser conditions. A further increase in the nanorod length leads to a decrease in the THz pulse energy at medium frequencies (≤20 THz) and increase of the electromagnetic pulse energy in the high-frequency range (from 20–200 THz). For the latter, we measure a maximum energy enhancement of 28 times for the nanorod targets with a length of 60 μm. Particle-in-cell simulations reveal that THz pulses are mostly generated by coherent transition radiation of laser produced hot electrons, which are efficiently enhanced with the use of nanorod targets. Good agreement is found between the simulation and experimental results.

  18. Aligned copper nanorod arrays for highly efficient generation of intense ultra-broadband THz pulses.

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    Mondal, S; Wei, Q; Ding, W J; Hafez, H A; Fareed, M A; Laramée, A; Ropagnol, X; Zhang, G; Sun, S; Sheng, Z M; Zhang, J; Ozaki, T

    2017-01-10

    We demonstrate an intense broadband terahertz (THz) source based on the interaction of relativistic-intensity femtosecond lasers with aligned copper nanorod array targets. For copper nanorod targets with a length of 5 μm, a maximum 13.8 times enhancement in the THz pulse energy (in ≤20 THz spectral range) is measured as compared to that with a thick plane copper target under the same laser conditions. A further increase in the nanorod length leads to a decrease in the THz pulse energy at medium frequencies (≤20 THz) and increase of the electromagnetic pulse energy in the high-frequency range (from 20-200 THz). For the latter, we measure a maximum energy enhancement of 28 times for the nanorod targets with a length of 60 μm. Particle-in-cell simulations reveal that THz pulses are mostly generated by coherent transition radiation of laser produced hot electrons, which are efficiently enhanced with the use of nanorod targets. Good agreement is found between the simulation and experimental results.

  19. Aligned copper nanorod arrays for highly efficient generation of intense ultra-broadband THz pulses

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    Mondal, S.; Wei, Q.; Ding, W. J.; Hafez, H. A.; Fareed, M. A.; Laramée, A.; Ropagnol, X.; Zhang, G.; Sun, S.; Sheng, Z. M.; Zhang, J.; Ozaki, T.

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate an intense broadband terahertz (THz) source based on the interaction of relativistic-intensity femtosecond lasers with aligned copper nanorod array targets. For copper nanorod targets with a length of 5 μm, a maximum 13.8 times enhancement in the THz pulse energy (in ≤20 THz spectral range) is measured as compared to that with a thick plane copper target under the same laser conditions. A further increase in the nanorod length leads to a decrease in the THz pulse energy at medium frequencies (≤20 THz) and increase of the electromagnetic pulse energy in the high-frequency range (from 20–200 THz). For the latter, we measure a maximum energy enhancement of 28 times for the nanorod targets with a length of 60 μm. Particle-in-cell simulations reveal that THz pulses are mostly generated by coherent transition radiation of laser produced hot electrons, which are efficiently enhanced with the use of nanorod targets. Good agreement is found between the simulation and experimental results. PMID:28071764

  20. THz pulse emission from InAs-based epitaxial structures grown on InP substrates

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    Nevinskas, I.; Butkutė, R.; Stanionytė, S.; Bičiūnas, A.; Geižutis, A.; Krotkus, A.

    2016-11-01

    Undoped InAs and InAs p-n junction epitaxial layers were grown on (100)-cut InP substrates with molecular beam epitaxy. The lattice difference between the substrate and the InAs layers was matched with a graded AlInAs buffer layer. The alloy composition, structural characteristics and carrier mobility of the structures were determined from the high-resolution x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and Hall-effect measurements, respectively. The optical parameters of the layers were characterized by the emission of terahertz (THz) pulses when the samples were illuminated with femtosecond laser pulses. It has been found that the built-in electric field in the p-n junction enhances the THz emission. Registering THz signals in the quasi-reflection direction, the p-n junction emits more intense radiation in comparison to an undoped bulk InAs. At excitation wavelengths >1.8 μm the InAs p-n junction provides stronger THz pulses than those from (111)-cut p-InAs, the best surface THz emitter known to date. The epitaxial layers were also exposed to a constant magnetic field from neodymium permanent magnets, which further enhances THz emission and allows registering THz radiation in the line-of-sight terahertz time-domain-spectroscopy geometry.

  1. Corrugated capillary as THz Cherenkov Smith-Purcell radiator

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    Lekomtsev, K. V.; Aryshev, A. S.; Tishchenko, A. A.; Ponomarenko, A. A.; Sukharev, V. M.; Terunuma, N.; Urakawa, J.; Strikhanov, M. N.

    2016-07-01

    In this article we discussed Particle In Cell electromagnetic simulations and mechanical design of dielectric capillaries that produce THz Cherenkov Smith-Purcell radiation (ChSPR), arising when a femtosecond electron multi-bunch beam propagates through corrugated and non-corrugated dielectric capillaries with metallic radiation reflectors. We investigated the influence of the four-bunch beam on the SPR field spectrum and on the ChSPR power spectrum, and the influence of the non-central beam propagation on the ChSPR power spectrum. We also discussed the design and assembly of the capillaries, constructed as sets of cylindrical rings.

  2. A femtosecond study of photoinduced electron transfer from dimethylaniline to coumarin dyes in a cetyltrimethylammonium bromide micelle

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    Ghosh, Subhadip; Sahu, Kalyanasis; Mondal, Sudip Kumar; Sen, Pratik; Bhattacharyya, Kankan

    2006-08-07

    Ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer (PET) from N,N-dimethylaniline to coumarin dyes in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) micelle is studied using femtosecond upconversion spectroscopy. The rate of PET in a CTAB micelle is found to be highly nonexponential with components much faster ({approx}10 ps) than the slow components of solvation dynamics. The ultrafast components of electron transfer exhibits a bell-shaped dependence on the free energy change which is similar to the Marcus inversion.

  3. Pseudophakic astigmatism reduction with femtosecond laser-assisted corneal arcuate incisions: a pilot study

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    Blehm, Clayton; Potvin, Richard

    2017-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the Verion-LenSx guided arcuate incision technique to reduce refractive astigmatism in a pseudophakic population. Patients and methods A prospective single-arm study was conducted in which one or both eyes of subjects required reduction of 1.0–2.0 D of refractive astigmatism after previous cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. The surgeon used the refractive cylinder in the eye and the Woodcock astigmatism nomogram for preoperative planning, while the LenSx femtosecond laser with the Verion Image Guided System was used to create all arcuate incisions. The primary outcome measure was the uncorrected monocular distance visual acuity (UCVA). Secondary outcome measures included the change in corneal astigmatism, the change in refractive astigmatism, the best-corrected visual acuity and spectacle independence at distance from preoperative stage to 1 month and 2 months postoperatively. Results Twenty-eight eyes of 18 subjects were treated. The best-corrected visual acuity at the 2-month postoperative (PO) stage was not statistically significantly different from the preoperative visual acuity (0.02 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution [logMAR] in both cases, P>0.05). Uncorrected visual acuity was statistically significantly better at the 2-month PO stage relative to the preoperative value (0.14 versus 0.34 logMAR, P<0.01). The mean change in refractive cylinder from the preoperative stage to the 2-month PO stage was 1.0 D. At the 2-month PO stage, two-thirds of the subjects (12/18) reported that they did not use glasses for distance vision and that their spectacle use for distance vision at 2 months was “lower” or “much lower” than the preoperative stage; in 71% of eyes (20/28), the residual refractive cylinder was ≤0.50 D. Vector changes in keratometric astigmatism were weakly associated with changes in refractive cylinder. Conclusion Arcuate incisions made with a femtosecond

  4. Pseudophakic astigmatism reduction with femtosecond laser-assisted corneal arcuate incisions: a pilot study.

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    Blehm, Clayton; Potvin, Richard

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the Verion-LenSx guided arcuate incision technique to reduce refractive astigmatism in a pseudophakic population. A prospective single-arm study was conducted in which one or both eyes of subjects required reduction of 1.0-2.0 D of refractive astigmatism after previous cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. The surgeon used the refractive cylinder in the eye and the Woodcock astigmatism nomogram for preoperative planning, while the LenSx femtosecond laser with the Verion Image Guided System was used to create all arcuate incisions. The primary outcome measure was the uncorrected monocular distance visual acuity (UCVA). Secondary outcome measures included the change in corneal astigmatism, the change in refractive astigmatism, the best-corrected visual acuity and spectacle independence at distance from preoperative stage to 1 month and 2 months postoperatively. Twenty-eight eyes of 18 subjects were treated. The best-corrected visual acuity at the 2-month postoperative (PO) stage was not statistically significantly different from the preoperative visual acuity (0.02 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution [logMAR] in both cases, P>0.05). Uncorrected visual acuity was statistically significantly better at the 2-month PO stage relative to the preoperative value (0.14 versus 0.34 logMAR, P<0.01). The mean change in refractive cylinder from the preoperative stage to the 2-month PO stage was 1.0 D. At the 2-month PO stage, two-thirds of the subjects (12/18) reported that they did not use glasses for distance vision and that their spectacle use for distance vision at 2 months was "lower" or "much lower" than the preoperative stage; in 71% of eyes (20/28), the residual refractive cylinder was ≤0.50 D. Vector changes in keratometric astigmatism were weakly associated with changes in refractive cylinder. Arcuate incisions made with a femtosecond laser to treat moderate levels of residual refractive

  5. A review on the sub-THz/THz gyrotrons

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    Kumar, Nitin; Singh, Udaybir; Bera, Anirban; Sinha, A. K.

    2016-05-01

    A review on the sub-THz/THz gyrotrons is performed in this manuscript. The present development status of gyrotrons can be divided into three streams for the sake of better understanding: 1. low frequency (<35 GHz), medium power (<100 kW), small size and easy to handle gyrotrons for industrial applications, 2. very high power (1 MW or more), medium frequency (100-200 GHz) gyrotrons for plasma fusion applications, 3. low power (few tens of watt to kW), high frequency (>200 GHz) gyrotrons for various innovative applications. In this manuscript, the third stream of gyrotron development is reviewed. In last few decades several innovative applications are searched in sub-THz/THz band where the gyrotrons could be used as an efficient source of RF radiation. The applications of sub-THz/THz gyrotrons including the futuristic scope of the device are also discussed in this article. Further, several criticalities arise in the design and development when the gyrotron operation shifts toward the high frequency band. Various such design and technological challenges are also discussed here. Finally the development status of sub-THz/THz gyrotrons as per the use in various scientific and technological applications is also discussed.

  6. Femtosecond two-photon photoassociation of hot magnesium atoms: A quantum dynamical study using thermal random phase wavefunctions

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    Amaran, Saieswari; Kosloff, Ronnie; Tomza, Michał; Skomorowski, Wojciech; Pawłowski, Filip; Moszynski, Robert; Rybak, Leonid; Levin, Liat; Amitay, Zohar; Berglund, J. Martin; Reich, Daniel M.; Koch, Christiane P.

    2013-10-28

    Two-photon photoassociation of hot magnesium atoms by femtosecond laser pulses, creating electronically excited magnesium dimer molecules, is studied from first principles, combining ab initio quantum chemistry and molecular quantum dynamics. This theoretical framework allows for rationalizing the generation of molecular rovibrational coherence from thermally hot atoms [L. Rybak, S. Amaran, L. Levin, M. Tomza, R. Moszynski, R. Kosloff, C. P. Koch, and Z. Amitay, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 273001 (2011)]. Random phase thermal wavefunctions are employed to model the thermal ensemble of hot colliding atoms. Comparing two different choices of basis functions, random phase wavefunctions built from eigenstates are found to have the fastest convergence for the photoassociation yield. The interaction of the colliding atoms with a femtosecond laser pulse is modeled non-perturbatively to account for strong-field effects.

  7. The Study of 0.34 THz Monolithically Integrated Fourth Subharmonic Mixer Using Planar Schottky Barrier Diode

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    Tong, Xiaodong; Li, Qian; An, Ning; Wang, Wenjie; Deng, Xiaodong; Zhang, Liang; Liu, Haitao; Zeng, Jianping; Li, Zhiqiang; Tang, Hailing; Xiong, Yong-Zhong

    2015-11-01

    A planar Schottky barrier diode with the designed Schottky contact area of approximately 3 μm2 is developed on gallium arsenide (GaAs) material. The measurements of the developed planar Schottky barrier diode indicate that the zero-biased junction capacitance Cj0 is 11.0 fF, the parasitic series resistance RS is 3.0 Ω, and the cut off frequency fT is 4.8 THz. A monolithically integrated fourth subharmonic mixer with this diode operating at the radio frequency (RF) signal frequency of 0.34 THz with the chip area of 0.6 mm2 is implemented. The intermediate frequency (IF) bandwidth is from DC to 40 GHz. The local oscillator (LO) bandwidth is 37 GHz from 60 to 97 GHz. The RF bandwidth is determined by the bandwidth of the on chip antenna, which is 28 GHz from 322 to 350 GHz. The measurements of the mixer demonstrated a conversion loss of approximately 51 dB.

  8. Study of beam transverse properties of a thermionic electron gun for application to a compact THz free electron laser

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    Hu, Tongning E-mail: yjpei@ustc.edu.cn; Qin, Bin; Tan, Ping; Chen, Qushan; Yang, Lei; Pei, Yuanji E-mail: yjpei@ustc.edu.cn; Li, Ji

    2014-10-15

    A novel thermionic electron gun adopted for use in a high power THz free electron laser (FEL) is proposed in this paper. By optimization of the structural and radiofrequency (RF) parameters, the physical design of the gun is performed using dynamic calculations. Velocity bunching is used to minimize the bunch's energy spread, and the dynamic calculation results indicate that high quality beams can be provided. The transverse properties of the beams generated by the gun are also analyzed. The novel RF focusing effects of the resonance cavity are investigated precisely and are used to establish emittance compensation, which enables the injector length to be reduced. In addition, the causes of the extrema of the beam radius and the normalized transverse emittance are analyzed and interpreted, respectively, and slice simulations are performed to illustrate how the RF focusing varies along the bunch length and to determine the effects of that variation on the emittance compensation. Finally, by observation of the variations of the beam properties in the drift tube behind the electron gun, prospective assembly scenarios for the complete THz-FEL injector are discussed, and a joint-debugging process for the injector is implemented.

  9. Study of beam transverse properties of a thermionic electron gun for application to a compact THz free electron laser

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    Hu, Tongning; Pei, Yuanji; Qin, Bin; Tan, Ping; Chen, Qushan; Yang, Lei; Li, Ji

    2014-10-01

    A novel thermionic electron gun adopted for use in a high power THz free electron laser (FEL) is proposed in this paper. By optimization of the structural and radiofrequency (RF) parameters, the physical design of the gun is performed using dynamic calculations. Velocity bunching is used to minimize the bunch's energy spread, and the dynamic calculation results indicate that high quality beams can be provided. The transverse properties of the beams generated by the gun are also analyzed. The novel RF focusing effects of the resonance cavity are investigated precisely and are used to establish emittance compensation, which enables the injector length to be reduced. In addition, the causes of the extrema of the beam radius and the normalized transverse emittance are analyzed and interpreted, respectively, and slice simulations are performed to illustrate how the RF focusing varies along the bunch length and to determine the effects of that variation on the emittance compensation. Finally, by observation of the variations of the beam properties in the drift tube behind the electron gun, prospective assembly scenarios for the complete THz-FEL injector are discussed, and a joint-debugging process for the injector is implemented.

  10. Comparison of two photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy using light pulses in femtosecond regime: an animal study

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    Grecco, Clóvis; Pratavieira, Sebastião.; Bagnato, Vanderlei; Kurachi, Cristina

    2016-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy is a therapeutic modality for cancer treatment based on the interaction of light with a sensitizer agent and molecular oxygen present into the target cells. The aim of this study is the evaluation of photodynamic therapy using pulsed light source in the femtosecond regime through necrosis induced in healthy rat liver. The induced necrosis profile with CW laser and pulsed laser were evaluated in animal model, which received Photodithazine (chlorine e6 derivative). The light sources used in these studies were a 660 nm CW diode laser and a Ti:Sapphire Regenerative Amplifier laser (1 kHz repetition rate and 100 fs pulse width) associated with an optical parametric amplifier (OPA) to convert to 660 nm. The results were compared with a previous study when was used a hematoporphyrin derivative (Photogem) as a sensitizer. The induced necrosis with Photogen was greater with pulsed laser (2.0 +/- 0.2 mm) in comparison with CW laser (1.0 ± 0.2 mm), while in Photodithazine the induced necrosis with was greater with CW laser (2.9 +/- 0.2 mm) comparing the pulsed laser (2.0 +/- 0.2 mm). These results indicate dependence of PDT mechanisms with photosensitizer and the light regime applied.

  11. Very High Power THz Radiation Sources.

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    Carr, G L; Martin, M C; McKinney, W R; Jordan, K; Neil, G R; Williams, G P

    2003-06-01

    We report the production of high power (20watts average, ∼ 1 Megawatt peak) broadbandTHz light based on coherent emission fromrelativistic electrons. Such sources areideal for imaging, for high power damagestudies and for studies of non-linearphenomena in this spectral range. Wedescribe the source, presenting theoreticalcalculations and their experimentalverification. For clarity we compare thissource with one based on ultrafast lasertechniques.

  12. Study of the formation of 3-D titania nanofibrous structure by MHz femtosecond laser in ambient air

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    Tavangar, Amirhossein; Venkatakrishnan, K.; Tan Bo

    2013-01-14

    In this study, we describe the formation mechanism of web-like three-dimensional (3-D) titania nanofibrous structures during femtosecond laser ablation of titanium (Ti) targets in the presence of background air. First, we demonstrate the mechanism of ablation of Ti targets by multiple femtosecond laser pulses at ambient air in an explicit analytical form. The formulas for evaporation rates and the number of ablated particles, which is analogous to the deposition rate of the synthesized nanofibers, for the ablation by a single pulse and multiple pulses as a function of laser parameters, background gas, and material properties are predicted and compared to experimental results. Afterwards, the formation of nanofibrous structures is demonstrated by applying an existing simplified kinetic model to Ti targets and ambient conditions. The predicted theory provides nanofiber diameter dependency with the combination of laser parameters, target properties, and ambient gas characteristics. Experimental studies are then performed on titania nanofibrous structures synthesized by laser ablation of Ti targets using MHz repletion-rate femtosecond laser at ambient air. The models' predictions are then compared with the experimental results, where nanostructures with different morphologies are manufactured by altering laser parameters. Our results indicate that femtosecond laser ablation of Ti targets at air background yields crystalline titania nanostructures. The formation of crystalline titania nanostructures is preceded by thermal mechanism of nucleation and growth. The results point out that laser pulse repetition and dwell time can control the density, size, and pore size of the engineered nanofibrous structure. As the deposition rate of nanostructures is analogous to the ablation rate of the target, higher density of nanofibrous structure is seen at greater laser fluences. The predicted theory can be applied to predict ablation mechanism and nanofiber formation of different

  13. Dielectric THz waveguides

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    Dupuis, Alexandre

    In this thesis we have explored a wide variety of dielectric waveguides that rely on many different waveguiding mechanisms to guide THz (far-infrared) radiation. We have explored both theoretically and experimentally a large number of waveguide designs with the aim of reducing propagation and bending losses. The different waveguides can be classified into two fundamentally different strategies for reducing the propagation loss: small-core single-mode evanescent-field fibers or large hollow-core multi-mode tubes. Our focus was first set on exploring the small-core evanescent-field fiber strategy for reducing propagation losses. Following initial theoretical work in our group, much effort was spent on the fabrication and measurement of evanescent porous subwavelength diameter plastic fibers, in an attempt to further reduce the propagation losses. The fabrication of such fibers is a challenge and many novel techniques were devised to enable fiber drawing without hole collapse. The first method sealed the holes of an assembly of polymer tubes and lead to fibers of relatively low porosity (˜25% air within the core) due to reduction in hole size during fiber drawing. The second method was a novel sacrificial polymer technique whereby drawing a completely solid fiber prevented any hole collapse and the subsequent dissolution of the sacrificial polymer revealed the holes in the fiber. The third method was a combination of preform casting using glass molds and drawing with pressurized air within the holes. This led to fibers of record porosity (86% air). The measurement of these porous fibers began with a collaboration with a group from the university of Sherbrooke. At the time, the only available detector was a frequency integrating liquid-helium-cooled bolometer (powermeter). A novel directional coupler method for measuring the losses of subwavelength fibers was developed whereby an evanescent coupler is formed by bringing a probe fiber in proximity to the sample fiber

  14. Photosensitivity study of GeS2 chalcogenide glass under femtosecond laser pulses irradiation

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    Ayiriveetil, Arunbabu; Sabapathy, Tamilarasan; Kar, Ajoy K.; Asokan, Sundarrajan

    2015-07-01

    The present study discusses the photosensitivity of GeS2 chalcogenide glass in response to irradiation with femtosecond pulses at 1047 nm. Bulk GeS2 glasses are prepared by conventional melt quenching technique and the amorphous nature of the glass is confirmed using X-ray diffraction. Ultrafast laser inscription technique is used to fabricate the straight channel waveguides in the glass. Single scan and multi scan waveguides are inscribed in GeS2 glasses of length 0.65 cm using a master oscillator power amplifier Yb doped fiber laser (IMRA μjewel D400) with different pulse energy and translation speed. Diameters of the inscribed waveguides are measured and its dependence on the inscription parameters such as translation speed and pulse energy is studied. Butt coupling method is used to characterize the loss measurement of the inscribed optical waveguides. The mode field image of the waveguides is captured using CCD camera and compared with the mode field image of a standard SMF-28 fibers.

  15. Femtosecond studies of exciton dynamics in a novel main chain chiral conjugated poly(arylenevinylene)

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    Zhang, J. Z.; Kreger, M. A.; Hu, Q.-S.; Vitharana, D.; Pu, L.; Brock, P. J.; Scott, J. C.

    1997-03-01

    The formation and decay dynamics of photogenerated excitons in an optically active poly(arylenevinylene), PAV, in solution have been studied using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Photoexcitation initially creates hot excitons which quickly (<200 fs) relax geometrically towards the equilibrium position in the excited state. The exciton subsequently decays following a double exponential with time constants of 6.5 and 420 ps in toluene. The decays become faster (5 and 250 ps) in pyridine, indicating a dependence of the relaxation process on the solvent environment. The fast decay is attributed to vibrational relaxation and internal conversion (recombination) of the exciton from the excited to the ground electronic state through tunneling or thermal-activated barrier crossing before thermalization. The slow decay is assigned to conversion of the thermalized exciton to the ground state through both radiative and nonradiative pathways. Anisotropy decay shows a fast component (6 ps in toluene and 10 ps in pyridine) and an offset which persists up to 650 ps. Possible explanations for the fast decay include internal conversion, vibrational relaxation, conformational change, and exciton migration. The offset may decay on a longer time scale through local reorientation of the conjugation segments, exciton migration, or rotational diffusion of the polymer. Comparison to a well-studied system, MEH-PPV [poly(2-methoxy, 5-(2-ethylhexoxy)-p-phenylenevinylene], provides further insight into the relaxation mechanism of photoexcitations in this PAV polymer.

  16. Femtosecond pump-probe studies of actinic-wavelength dependence in aqueous chlorine dioxide photochemistry

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    Bixby, Teresa J.; Bolinger, Joshua C.; Patterson, Joshua D.; Reid, Philip J.

    2009-04-21

    The actinic or photolysis-wavelength dependence of aqueous chlorine dioxide (OClO) photochemistry is investigated using femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. Following photoexcitation at 310, 335, and 410 nm the photoinduced evolution in optical density is measured from the UV to the near IR. Analysis of the optical-density evolution illustrates that the quantum yield for atomic chlorine production ({Phi}{sub Cl}) increases with actinic energy, with {Phi}{sub Cl}=0.16{+-}0.02 for 410 nm excitation and increasing to 0.25{+-}0.01 and 0.54{+-}0.10 for 335 and 310 nm excitations, respectively. Consistent with previous studies, the production of Cl occurs through two channels, with one channel corresponding to prompt (<5 ps) Cl formation and the other corresponding to the thermal decomposition of ClOO formed by OClO photoisomerization. The partitioning between Cl production channels is dependent on actinic energy, with prompt Cl production enhanced with an increase in actinic energy. Limited evidence is found for enhanced ClO production with an increase in actinic energy. Stimulated emission and excited-state absorption features associated with OClO populating the optically prepared {sup 2}A{sub 2} surface decrease with an increase in actinic energy suggesting that the excited-state decay dynamics are also actinic energy dependent. The studies presented here provide detailed information on the actinic-wavelength dependence of OClO photochemistry in aqueous solution.

  17. Femtosecond pump-probe studies of actinic-wavelength dependence in aqueous chlorine dioxide photochemistry

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    Bixby, Teresa J.; Bolinger, Joshua C.; Patterson, Joshua D.; Reid, Philip J.

    2009-04-01

    The actinic or photolysis-wavelength dependence of aqueous chlorine dioxide (OClO) photochemistry is investigated using femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. Following photoexcitation at 310, 335, and 410 nm the photoinduced evolution in optical density is measured from the UV to the near IR. Analysis of the optical-density evolution illustrates that the quantum yield for atomic chlorine production (ΦCl) increases with actinic energy, with ΦCl=0.16±0.02 for 410 nm excitation and increasing to 0.25±0.01 and 0.54±0.10 for 335 and 310 nm excitations, respectively. Consistent with previous studies, the production of Cl occurs through two channels, with one channel corresponding to prompt (<5 ps) Cl formation and the other corresponding to the thermal decomposition of ClOO formed by OClO photoisomerization. The partitioning between Cl production channels is dependent on actinic energy, with prompt Cl production enhanced with an increase in actinic energy. Limited evidence is found for enhanced ClO production with an increase in actinic energy. Stimulated emission and excited-state absorption features associated with OClO populating the optically prepared A22 surface decrease with an increase in actinic energy suggesting that the excited-state decay dynamics are also actinic energy dependent. The studies presented here provide detailed information on the actinic-wavelength dependence of OClO photochemistry in aqueous solution.

  18. Nanowires for THz Spectroscopy

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    2013-10-01

    03-D-0009 Mansoor Sheik- Bahae Prepared by: OVPR/ University Strategic Partnership MSC02 1660 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New...Z39.18 00-10-2013 Technical 07/21/2010 - 04/30/2012 Nanowires for THz Spectroscopy HDTRA1-03-D-0009 Mansoor Sheik- Bahae 3 26 OVPR/University Strategic...kilogram (C/kg) second (s) kilogram (kg) kilo pascal (kPa) 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS: I . Introduction ………....…………………………………………………… 01 II

  19. Comparative Study of the Dissociative Ionization of 1,1,1-Trichloroethane Using Nanosecond and Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    du Plessis, Anton; Strydom, Christien; Botha, Lourens

    2010-01-01

    Changes in the laser induced molecular dissociation of 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCE) were studied using a range of intensities and standard laser wavelengths with nanosecond and femtosecond pulse durations. TCE contains C-H, C-C and C-Cl bonds and selective bond breakage of one or more of these bonds is of scientific interest. Using laser ionization time of flight mass spectrometry, it was found that considerable variation of fragment ion peak heights as well as changes in relative peak ratios is possible by varying the laser intensity (by attenuation), wavelength and pulse duration using standard laser sources. The nanosecond laser dissociation seems to occur via C-Cl bond breakage, with significant fragmentation and only a few large mass ion peaks observed. In contrast, femtosecond laser dissociative ionization results in many large mass ion peaks. Evidence is found for various competing dissociation and ionization pathways. Variation of the nanosecond laser intensity does not change the fragmentation pattern, while at high femtosecond intensities large changes are observed in relative ion peak sizes. The total ionization yield and fragmentation ratios are presented for a range of wavelengths and intensities, and compared to the changes observed due to a linear chirp variation. PMID:20480004

  20. ED50 study of femtosecond terawatt laser pulses on porcine skin

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    Kumru, Semih; Cain, Clarence P.; Noojin, Gary; Imholte, Michelle; Cox, Duane; Crane, Carrie; Rockwell, Benjamin

    2005-04-01

    We report on our measurements of the Minimum Visible Lesion (MVL) thresholds for porcine skin [Yucatan mini-pig (Sus scrofa domestica)] for laser exposures at 810 nm and sub-50 femtosecond (fs) laser pulses. In this study we measured the ED50 skin thresholds from laser pulses that produced multiple self-focusing filaments while propagating from the laser to the skin. These high-powered (1-2 terawatt) filaments were focused on the flank of mini-pig and three trained readers determined the number of lesions becoming visible at 1-hour and 24-hour post-exposure. The observed damage patterns on the skin surface indicated the number of filaments in the laser pulse and these were photographed for future reference. Histological sections were obtained after both readings and the results will be reported later for sub-surface damage. The threshold using preliminary data at 1-hour was 9 mJ of energy and increased to 25 mJ after 24 hours. This increase in threshold indicated that many of the laser pulses produced only superficial damage (erthemia) that disappeared in 24 hours and that nearly 3 times the pulse energy was required to cause subsurface or cellular damage.

  1. Study of acyl group migration by femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy and computational chemistry.

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    Pritchina, Elena A; Gritsan, Nina P; Burdzinski, Gotard T; Platz, Matthew S

    2007-10-25

    The primary photophysical and photochemical processes in the photochemistry of 1-acetoxy-2-methoxyanthraquinone (1a) were studied using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Excitation of 1a at 270 nm results in the population of a set of highly excited singlet states. Internal conversion to the lowest singlet npi* excited state, followed by an intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) process, proceeds with a time constant of 150 +/- 90 fs. The 1npi* excited state undergoes very fast intersystem crossing (ISC, 11 +/- 1 ps) to form the lowest triplet pipi* excited state which contains excess vibrational energy. The vibrational cooling occurs somewhat faster (4 +/- 1 ps) than ISC. The primary photochemical process, migration of acetoxy group, proceeds on the triplet potential energy surface with a time constant of 220 +/- 30 ps. The transient absorption spectra of the lowest singlet and triplet excited states of 1a, as well as the triplet excited state of the product, 9-acetoxy-2-methoxy-1,10-anthraquinone (2a), were detected. The assignments of the transient absorption spectra were supported by time-dependent DFT calculations of the UV-vis spectra of the proposed intermediates. All of the stationary points for acyl group migration on the triplet and ground state singlet potential energy surfaces were localized, and the influence of the acyl group substitution on the rate constants of the photochemical and thermal processes was analyzed.

  2. The geometry relaxation and intersystem crossing of quaterthiophene studied by femtosecond spectroscopy.

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    Sun, Si-mei; Zhang, Song; Liu, Kai; Wang, Ya-ping; Zhang, Bing

    2015-04-01

    Quaterthiophene is used as a fluorescent marker for biological applications, but the intrinsic excited state dynamics for its high triplet-formation yield are still under debate due to the complexity of the molecule structure and the undetermined energy level order. In this work, ultrafast geometry relaxation and intersystem crossing of quaterthiophene in 1,4-dioxane are studied by femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy combined with quantum calculations. Transient absorption spectra at a pump wavelength of 400 nm are completely recorded up to the delay time of 1 ns. The kinetic traces of excited state absorption indicate that geometry relaxation occurs on the S1 potential energy surface with a time constant of ∼70 ps. Two triplet-triplet absorption bands centered at 563 nm and 600 nm show a direct dynamical conversion. The intersystem crossing is determined to be ∼398 ps. The high triplet yield is measured as ∼0.7 via the efficient intersystem crossing. On the basis of quantum chemical calculations, a general mechanism is proposed to describe the geometry relaxation and intersystem crossing processes.

  3. Femtosecond infrared studies of the dissociation and dynamics of transition metal carbonyls in solution

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    Lian, T.; Bromberg, S.E.; Asplund, M.C.; Yang, H.; Harris C.B. |

    1996-07-18

    The ultrafast dynamics of the dissociation of M(CO){sub 6} (M = Cr, W, Mo) in alkane solutions were studied by femtosecond IR spectroscopy. After UV photolysis at 295 nm, both the bleach of the parent molecules and the absorption of the pentacarbonyl intermediate were probed with 240 fs time resolution. Oscillatory perturbed free induction decay signals before t = 0 were observed and well characterized by realistic parameters of the system. The bleach recovery dynamics were found to be wavelength dependent, indicating that hot parent molecules are formed and that the bleach recovery time is determined by the vibrational cooling time. The measured percentage bleach recovery in n-heptane is less than the expected value calculated from the photosubstitution quantum yield measurements, suggesting that the initial recovery of the bleach is faster than our time resolution. The kinetics in the A{sub 1} vibrational mode region of the pentacarbonyl species have been measured to probe the formation and decay of the nascent product. The absorption of the product rises with an instrument response limited rate indicating that the formation of the product is much faster than 240 fs. The long time kinetics in this region reflect the vibrational cooling of the product. A fast decay with time constant of less than 300 fs is present in all the wavelengths probed, and its spectrum appears to resemble the early time spectrum of the hot pentacarbonyl species. 44 refs., 8 figs.

  4. Studies of Ultrafast Femtosecond-Laser-Generated Strain Fields with Coherent X-rays

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    Dufresne, Eric M.; Adams, Bernhard; Landahl, Eric C.; Khounsary, Ali M.; Reis, David; Fritz, David M.; Lee, SooHeyong

    2007-01-19

    In its 324 bunch-mode of operation, the Advanced Photon Source (APS) has opened new avenues of femtosecond-laser science and techniques. In this new mode, if one uses the tightly focused low-pulse energy (nJ), high repetition rate fs-laser Ti:sapphire oscillator (88 MHz) on beamline 7ID, every laser pulse and X-ray bunch can be overlapped and delayed with respect to each other, resulting in a high-repetition rate pump-probe experiment that uses all the APS X-ray bunches. This paper describes an example of how coherent X-ray experiments may be used to study laser-generated strain fields in semiconductors. With an oscillator beam focused to 6 {mu}m onto GaAs, we have observed coherent X-ray diffraction patterns with a high-resolution camera. We have developed two techniques to observe the strain field, a topographic technique and a coherent diffraction technique. The topographic technique is quite useful to achieve a coarse spatial overlap of the the laser and X-ray beams. The coherent X-ray technique allows one to push the alignment to a few microns. This paper focuses solely on the latter technique. This experiment may help to develop techniques that will be used at the future free electron laser sources, where coherent and pump-probe experiments can be done simultaneously.

  5. [Study on the Supercontinuum Generation with Femtosecond Pulse in Photonic Crystal Fiber].

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    Wei, Yuan-fei; Zhao, Fu-li; Shen, Peng-gao; Wu, Shi-qiang

    2015-12-01

    Physical mechanism of supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fiber by femtosecond laser pulse has been investigated experimentally. In this study, we used the tunable output wavelength Ti: sapphire optical parametric amplifier as the pump source and the fiber spectrometer acquired the spectrogram of supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fiber under different power and wavelength conditions, then we normalized the spectrograms and make a comparison of them. PCF supercontinuum differences affected by physical mechanisms were analyzed. We found that when increasing the incident pump pulse power, the spectral width will be gradually widened, there are more peaks, part of the energy will transfer in to the short-wave- length region; as long as it reaches a certain intensity, width of supercontinuum finally saturated, the shape of supercontinuum was also stabilized. As the incident power was settled at 300 milliwatt and the length of PCF was settled at 105 millimeter, experimental results show that width and shape of supercontinuum are affected by the wavelength of pump pulse, in the range of 760 to 840 nm, there appears more and more peaks with the increase of incident wavelength; at anomalous dispersion the spectrogram of supercontinuum generation will be more flat and more wider as the wavelength of pump pulse closer to zero point.

  6. Experimental study on 800 nm femtosecond laser ablation of fused silica in air and vacuum

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    Xu, Shi-zhen; Yao, Cai-zhen; Liao, Wei; Yuan, Xiao-dong; Wang, Tao; Zu, Xiao-tao

    2016-10-01

    Ablation rates of fused silica were studied as a function of femtosecond laser pulse fluences (0.7-41 J/cm2) in air and vacuum. The experiment was conducted by using a Ti:sapphire laser that emits radiation at 800 nm with a pulse width of 35 fs and a repetition rate of 10 Hz. The morphology and ablation depth of laser-induced damage crater were evaluated by using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Ablation rates were calculated from the depth of craters induced by multiple laser pulses. Results showed that two ablation regimes, i.e. non-thermal and thermal ablation co-existed in air and vacuum at low and moderate fluences. A drop of ablation rate was observed at high fluence (higher than 9.5 J/cm2) in air. While in vacuum, the ablation rate increased continuously with the increasing of laser fluence and much higher than that in air. The drop of ablation rate observed at high fluence in air was due to the strong defocusing effects associated with the non-equilibrium ionization of air. Furthermore, the laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT), which was determined from the relationship between crater area and the logarithm of laser energy, was found to depend on the number of incident pulses on the same spot, and similar phenomenon was observed in air and vacuum.

  7. Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy of the cyclobutane thymine dimer repair mechanism: a computational study.

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    Ando, Hideo; Fingerhut, Benjamin P; Dorfman, Konstantin E; Biggs, Jason D; Mukamel, Shaul

    2014-10-22

    Cyclobutane thymine dimer, one of the major lesions in DNA formed by exposure to UV sunlight, is repaired in a photoreactivation process, which is essential to maintain life. The molecular mechanism of the central step, i.e., intradimer C-C bond splitting, still remains an open question. In a simulation study, we demonstrate how the time evolution of characteristic marker bands (C═O and C═C/C-C stretch vibrations) of cyclobutane thymine dimer and thymine dinucleotide radical anion, thymidylyl(3'→5')thymidine, can be directly probed with femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS). We construct a DFT(M05-2X) potential energy surface with two minor barriers for the intradimer C₅-C₅' splitting and a main barrier for the C₆-C₆' splitting, and identify the appearance of two C₅═C₆ stretch vibrations due to the C₆-C₆' splitting as a spectroscopic signature of the underlying bond splitting mechanism. The sequential mechanism shows only absorptive features in the simulated FSRS signals, whereas the fast concerted mechanism shows characteristic dispersive line shapes.

  8. THz stark spectroscopy (Conference Presentation)

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    Feurer, Thomas; Rohwer, Egmont; Akbarimoosavi, Maryam

    2016-09-01

    Stark spectroscopy has been pioneered many decades ago and is a unique tool to extract information on molecular constants such as changes of dipole moments or polarizabilities upon excitation. Here we introduce a new twist, i.e. THz Stark spectroscopy. In THz fields the electric field vector oscillates on time scales of picoseconds and thus much faster than in conventional Stark spectroscopy. It therefore may allow to distinguish between different electric field contributions by analyzing the dynamics of the THz response. We first demonstrate that conventional THz sources can be boosted by combination with field enhancement structures, reaching field strength of GV/m driving several different materials into the nonlinear response regime. Then we discuss THz fields influencing charge transfer in different molecules.

  9. Strong-Field THz Interactions with Wavepackets

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    Bucksbaum, Philip H.

    1998-03-01

    Intense THz radiation from photoconducting antennas are particularly useful for manipulating the structure and dynamics of atomic and molecular Rydberg states. We have used sub-picosecond ``half-cycle'' field pulses to follow both the radial(C. Raman, C.W.S. Conover, C.I. Sukenik, and P. H. Bucksbaum, Physical Review Letters 76), 2436 (1996). and angular motion(C.S. Raman, T.C. Weinacht, and P.H. Bucksbaum, Physical Review A 55), R3995-8 (1997). of wavepackets. The impulse imparted to an atomic electron by these pulses can also be used to produce or alter wavepacket motion. The THz radiation can be shaped by modulating optical radiation which photo-excites the antenna.(A. S. Weling et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 64), 137, 1994. In this way we have produced intense tunable narrow-band THz radiation, which was employed to study population transfer in strongly driven Rydberg systems.(C. Raman, M. F. DeCamp and P. H. Bucksbaum, Optics Express 1) 186 (1997). The same techniques is used to arbitrarily adjust the intensity envelope of the THz pulse, alter its central frequency over a wide range, and to produce and control dispersion. When combined with active pulse-shaping and adaptive feedback techniques, wavepacket shapes and dispersion properties can be controlled.

  10. Ultrafast properties of femtosecond-laser-ablated GaAs and its application to terahertz optoelectronics.

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    Madéo, Julien; Margiolakis, Athanasios; Zhao, Zhen-Yu; Hale, Peter J; Man, Michael K L; Zhao, Quan-Zhong; Peng, Wei; Shi, Wang-Zhou; Dani, Keshav M

    2015-07-15

    We report on the first terahertz (THz) emitter based on femtosecond-laser-ablated gallium arsenide (GaAs), demonstrating a 65% enhancement in THz emission at high optical power compared to the nonablated device. Counter-intuitively, the ablated device shows significantly lower photocurrent and carrier mobility. We understand this behavior in terms of n-doping, shorter carrier lifetime, and enhanced photoabsorption arising from the ablation process. Our results show that laser ablation allows for efficient and cost-effective optoelectronic THz devices via the manipulation of fundamental properties of materials.

  11. THz time-domain spectroscopy on plant oils and animal fats

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    Hu, Ying; Guo, Lantao; Wang, Xiaohong; Zhang, Xi Cheng

    2005-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) radiation, generated by ultra short laser pulses, occupies a broad band on electromagnetic spectrum chart. This radiation band belongs to far-infrared. It is a new research field of studying THz radiation interacting with materials especially with biomaterials. The paper shows experimental results of five plant oil samples from different kind of plants and two kinds of animal fat samples by using THz-TDS (THz time-domain spectroscopy) technology. The refraction indices and the absorption coefficients of these samples are measured in the range from 0.2 to 2.0 THz. The results show that different oils have different refraction indices. For oil samples, refraction indices decrease slowly while their coefficients of absorption increase with the increases of THz frequency. For the animal fat samples, the refraction indices show almost no change while the absorption coefficients increase with the increasing THz frequency. The absorption coefficients increase with the increasing temperature.

  12. Photoconductive ultrafast low gap materials: pulsed THz emitters and detectors

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    Petrov, Branko; Fekecs, Andre; Chicoine, Martin; Schiettekatte, Francois; Ares, Richard; Morris, Denis

    2014-03-01

    Commonly photoconductive (PC) switches used for pulsed THz generation and detection are made on GaAs which works at 800 nm. However, there is a need for PC materials compatible with laser sources emitting at 1550 nm since they are of high interest for fiber-coupled devices to be integrated in THz imaging and spectroscopy systems. We have developed such materials based on low bandgap III-V semiconductors. With our novel approach, based on cold-implantation of heavy ions followed by a rapid thermal annealing (RTA) treatment, it was possible to obtain high resistivity (up to 2500 Ω . cm) and short lifetime (<1ps) materials. THz PC antennas were made on these materials and their characteristics were studied by using a THz time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) setup. The impact of the RTA process and different electrode designs were investigated in order to compare the characteristics of PC antennas in terms of amplitude, bandwidth, and signal to noise ratio. For the emitters, bias-voltage and pump-power dependences are shown. Remarkably high electric field (>50 kV/cm) could be applied for increased emission of pulsed THz radiation due to the high resistivity of our materials. Our THz-TDS setup offers measurement capabilities from 0.1 to 3 THz.

  13. Reflective terahertz (THz) imaging: system calibration using hydration phantoms

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    Bajwa, Neha; Garritano, James; Lee, Yoon Kyung; Tewari, Priyamvada; Sung, Shijun; Maccabi, Ashkan; Nowroozi, Bryan; Babakhanian, Meghedi; Sanghvi, Sajan; Singh, Rahul; Grundfest, Warren; Taylor, Zachary

    2013-02-01

    Terahertz (THz) hydration sensing continues to gain traction in the medical imaging community due to its unparalleled sensitivity to tissue water content. Rapid and accurate detection of fluid shifts following induction of thermal skin burns as well as remote corneal hydration sensing have been previously demonstrated in vivo using reflective, pulsed THz imaging. The hydration contrast sensing capabilities of this technology were recently confirmed in a parallel 7 Tesla Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging study, in which burn areas are associated with increases in local mobile water content. Successful clinical translation of THz sensing, however, still requires quantitative assessments of system performance measurements, specifically hydration concentration sensitivity, with tissue substitutes. This research aims to calibrate the sensitivity of a novel, reflective THz system to tissue water content through the use of hydration phantoms for quantitative comparisons of THz hydration imagery.Gelatin phantoms were identified as an appropriate tissue-mimicking model for reflective THz applications, and gel composition, comprising mixtures of water and protein, was varied between 83% to 95% hydration, a physiologically relevant range. A comparison of four series of gelatin phantom studies demonstrated a positive linear relationship between THz reflectivity and water concentration, with statistically significant hydration sensitivities (p < .01) ranging between 0.0209 - 0.038% (reflectivity: %hydration). The THz-phantom interaction is simulated with a three-layer model using the Transfer Matrix Method with agreement in hydration trends. Having demonstrated the ability to accurately and noninvasively measure water content in tissue equivalent targets with high sensitivity, reflective THz imaging is explored as a potential tool for early detection and intervention of corneal pathologies.

  14. Terahertz refractive anisotropy on femtosecond laser pulse ablated semi-insulating gallium arsenide surface

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    Zhao, Zhenyu; Song, Zhiqiang; Bai, Feng; Shi, Wangzhou; Zhao, Quan-Zhong

    2017-04-01

    We present an artificial variation of THz refractive index ellipse from isotropy to anisotropy at the surface of <100>-oriented semi-insulating gallium arsenide (SI-GaAs) via femtosecond pulse laser ablation. The refractive index ellipse is determined by the frequency and the polarization of incident THz radiation. The THz wave is localized in the gap of columns of micro-ripples when the polarization of THz is parallel to the micro-ripples, while no electric energy localization occurs when the polarization of THz is perpendicular to the micro-ripples. We found that the laser ablation process can induce a periodic distribution of n-type GaAs at the surface of SI-GaAs. These n-type GaAs micro-ripples work as plasmonic resonators, which are proposed to be the origin of the induced refractive index anisotropy.

  15. Direct evidence of Kerr-like nonlinearity by femtosecond Z-scan technique.

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    He, Wei-Qiang; Gu, Chun-Ming; Shen, Wen-Zhong

    2006-06-12

    Kerr-like nonlinearity n(2) (THz) induced via terahertz (THz) radiation and linear electro-optic (EO) effect is investigated in (110), (111) and (100) oriented ZnTe crystals using Z-scan technique with femtosecond laser pulses. We have proposed a model, taking into account the Kerr-like nonlinearity n(2) (THz), to describe well the experimental incident polarization dependence of the nonlinear refractive index n(2). It is found that for a (110) ZnTe crystal the nonlinear refractive index n(2) is dominated by the Kerr-like nonlinearity n(2) (THz), while n(2) in the (111) ZnTe crystal mainly comes from the combined contributions of the Kerr-like nonlinearity n(2) (THz) and conventional Kerr nonlinearity n(2) (Kerr). We also show strong two-photon absorption (TPA) anisotropy and crystal orientation dependence of TPA in ZnTe crystals.

  16. Remote generation of high-energy terahertz pulses from two-color femtosecond laser filamentation in air

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    Wang, T.-J.; Daigle, J.-F.; Yuan, S.; Chin, S. L.; Theberge, F.; Chateauneuf, M.; Dubois, J.; Roy, G.; Zeng, H.

    2011-05-15

    We experimentally investigated the dynamic behavior of remote terahertz (THz) generation from two-color femtosecond laser-induced filamentation in air. A record-high THz pulse energy of 570 nJ at frequency below 5.5 THz was measured by optimizing the pump parameters at a controllable remote distance of 16 m, while super-broadband THz (<300 THz) pulse energy was up to 2.8 {mu}J. A further energy-scaling possibility was proposed. By analyzing simultaneously the fluorescence from both neutral N{sub 2} and N{sub 2}{sup +} in the filament, we found that the enhancement of THz radiation was due principally to guiding of the weak second-harmonic pulse inside the filament of the first strong fundamental pulse.

  17. Experiments and Computational Theory for Electrical Breakdown in Critical Components: THz Imaging of Electronic Plasmas.

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    Zutavern, Fred J.; Hjalmarson, Harold P.; Bigman, Verle Howard; Gallegos, Richard Joseph

    2016-11-01

    This report describes the development of ultra-short pulse laser (USPL) induced terahertz (THz) radiation to image electronic plasmas during electrical breakdown. The technique uses three pulses from two USPLs to (1) trigger the breakdown, (2) create a 2 picosecond (ps, 10 -12 s), THz pulse to illuminate the breakdown, and (3) record the THz image of the breakdown. During this three year internal research program, sub-picosecond jitter timing for the lasers, THz generation, high bandwidth (BW) diagnostics, and THz image acquisition was demonstrated. High intensity THz radiation was optically-induced in a pulse-charged gallium arsenide photoconductive switch. The radiation was collected, transported, concentrated, and co-propagated through an electro-optic crystal with an 800 nm USPL pulse whose polarization was rotated due to the spatially varying electric field of the THz image. The polarization modulated USPL pulse was then passed through a polarizer and the resulting spatially varying intensity was detected in a high resolution digital camera. Single shot images had a signal to noise of %7E3:1. Signal to noise was improved to %7E30:1 with several experimental techniques and by averaging the THz images from %7E4000 laser pulses internally and externally with the camera and the acquisition system (40 pulses per readout). THz shadows of metallic films and objects were also recorded with this system to demonstrate free-carrier absorption of the THz radiation and improve image contrast and resolution. These 2 ps THz pulses were created and resolved with 100 femtosecond (fs, 10 -15 s) long USPL pulses. Thus this technology has the capability to time-resolve extremely fast repetitive or single shot phenomena, such as those that occur during the initiation of electrical breakdown. The goal of imaging electrical breakdown was not reached during this three year project. However, plans to achieve this goal as part of a follow-on project are described in this document

  18. Targeted femtosecond laser driven drug delivery within HIV-1 infected cells: in-vitro studies

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    Maphanga, Charles; Ombinda-Lemboumba, Saturnin; Manoto, Sello; Maaza, Malik; Mthunzi-Kufa, Patience

    2017-02-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) infection still remains one amongst the world's most challenging infections since its discovery. Antiretroviral therapy is the recommended treatment of choice for HIV-1 infection taken by patients orally. The highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) prevents the replication of HIV-1 and further destruction of the immune system, therefore enabling the body to fight opportunistic life-threatening infections, cancers, and also arrest HIV infection from advancing to AIDS. The major challenge with HAART is the inability to reach the viral reservoirs where the HIV-1 remains latent and persistent, leading to inability to fully eradicate the virus. This study is aimed at initially designing and assembling a fully functional optical translocation setup to optically deliver antiretroviral drugs into HIV-1 infected cells in a targeted manner using Gaussian beam mode femtosecond laser pulses in-vitro. The main objective of our study is to define the in-vitro drug photo-translocation parameters to allow future design of an efficient drug delivery device with potential in-vivo drug delivery applications. In our experiments, HEK 293T cells were used to produce HIV-1 enveloped pseudovirus (ZM53) to infect TZM-bl cells which were later treated with laser pulses emitted by a titanium sapphire laser (800 nm, 1KHz, 113 fs, 6.5 μW) to create sub-microscopic pores on the cell membrane enabling influx of extracellular media. Following laser treatment, changes in cellular responses were analysed using cell morphology studies, cytotoxicity, and luciferase assay studies. Controls included laser untreated cells incubated with the drug for 72 hours. The data in this study was statistically analysed using the SigmaPlot software version 13.

  19. Novel ultrasensitive plasmonic detector of terahertz pulses enhanced by femtosecond optical pulses

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    Shur, M.; Rudin, S.; Rupper, G.; Muraviev, A.

    2016-09-01

    Plasmonic Field Effect Transistor detectors (first proposed in 1996) have emerged as superior room temperature terahertz (THz) detectors. Recent theoretical and experimental results showed that such detectors are capable of subpicosecond resolution. Their sensitivity can be greatly enhanced by applying the DC drain-to-source current that increases the responsivity due to the enhanced non-linearity of the device but also adds 1/f noise. We now propose, and demonstrate a dramatic responsivity enhancement of these plasmonic THz pulse detectors by applying a femtosecond optical laser pulse superimposed on the THz pulse. The proposed physical mechanism links the enhanced detection to the superposition of the THz pulse field and the rectified optical field. A femtosecond pulse generates a large concentration of the electron-hole pairs shorting the drain and source contacts and, therefore, determining the moment of time when the THz induced charge starts discharging into the transmission line connecting the FET to an oscilloscope. This allows for scanning the THz pulse with the strongly enhanced sensitivity and/or for scanning the response waveform after the THz pulse is over. The experimental results obtained using AlGaAs/InGaAs deep submicron HEMTs are in good agreement with this mechanism. This new technique could find numerous imaging, sensing, and quality control applications.

  20. High-power femtosecond-terahertz pulse induces a wound response in mouse skin

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    Kim, Kyu-Tae; Park, Jaehun; Jo, Sung Jin; Jung, Seonghoon; Kwon, Oh Sang; Gallerano, Gian Piero; Park, Woong-Yang; Park, Gun-Sik

    2013-08-01

    Terahertz (THz) technology has emerged for biomedical applications such as scanning, molecular spectroscopy, and medical imaging. Although a thorough assessment to predict potential concerns has to precede before practical utilization of THz source, the biological effect of THz radiation is not yet fully understood with scant related investigations. Here, we applied a femtosecond-terahertz (fs-THz) pulse to mouse skin to evaluate non-thermal effects of THz radiation. Analysis of the genome-wide expression profile in fs-THz-irradiated skin indicated that wound responses were predominantly mediated by transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) signaling pathways. We validated NFκB1- and Smad3/4-mediated transcriptional activation in fs-THz-irradiated skin by chromatin immunoprecipitation assay. Repeated fs-THz radiation delayed the closure of mouse skin punch wounds due to up-regulation of TGF-β. These findings suggest that fs-THz radiation initiate a wound-like signal in skin with increased expression of TGF-β and activation of its downstream target genes, which perturbs the wound healing process in vivo.

  1. THz-driven zero-slippage IFEL scheme for phase space manipulation

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    Curry, E.; Fabbri, S.; Musumeci, P.; Gover, A.

    2016-11-01

    We describe an inverse free electron laser (IFEL) interaction driven by a near single-cycle THz pulse that is group velocity-matched to an electron bunch inside a waveguide, allowing for a sustained interaction in a magnetic undulator. We discuss the application of this guided-THz IFEL technique for compression of a relativistic electron bunch and synchronization with the external laser pulse used to generate the THz pulse via optical rectification, as well as a laser-driven THz streaking diagnostic with the potential for femtosecond scale temporal resolution. Initial measurements of the THz waveform via an electro-optic sampling based technique confirm the predicted reduction of the group velocity, using a curved parallel plate waveguide, as a function of the varying aperture size of the guide. We also present the design of a proof-of-principle experiment based on the bunch parameters available at the UCLA PEGASUS laboratory. With a 10 {MV} {{{m}}}-1 THz peak field, our simulation model predicts compression of a 6 {MeV} 100 {fs} electron beam by nearly an order of magnitude and a significant reduction of its initial timing jitter. Work supported by DOE grant DE-SC0009914 and NSF grant PHY-1415583.

  2. THz spectroscopy of the atmosphere

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    Pickett, Herbert M.

    1999-04-01

    THz spectroscopy of the atmosphere has been driven by the need to make remote sensing measurements of OH. While the THz region can be used for sensitive detection on many atmospheric molecules, the THz region is the best region for measuring the diurnal behavior of stratospheric OH by remote sensing.THe IR region near 3 micrometers requires solar illumination. The three techniques for OH emission measurements in the THz region include Fourier Transform interferometry, Fabry-Perot interferometry, and heterodyne radiometry. The first two use cryogenic direct detectors while the last technique uses a local oscillator and a mixer to down convert the THz signal to GHz frequencies. All techniques have been used to measure stratospheric OH from balloon platforms. OH result from the Fabry-Perot based FILOS instrument will be given. Heterodyne measurement of OH at 2.5 THz has been selected to be a component of the microwave limb sounder on the Earth Observing System CHEM-1 polar satellite. The design of this instrument will be described. A balloon-based prototype heterodyne 2.5 THz radiometer had its first flight on 24 May 1998. Results from this flight will be presented.

  3. Industrial applications of THz systems

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    Wietzke, S.; Jansen, C.; Jördens, C.; Krumbholz, N.; Vieweg, N.; Scheller, M.; Shakfa, M. K.; Romeike, D.; Hochrein, T.; Mikulics, M.; Koch, M.

    2009-07-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz TDS) holds high potential as a non-destructive, non-contact testing tool. We have identified a plethora of emerging industrial applications such as quality control of industrial processes and products in the plastics industry. Polymers are transparent to THz waves while additives show a significantly higher permittivity. This dielectric contrast allows for detecting the additive concentration and the degree of dispersion. We present a first inline configuration of a THz TDS spectrometer for monitoring polymeric compounding processes. To evaluate plastic components, non-destructive testing is strongly recommended. For instance, THz imaging is capable of inspecting plastic weld joints or revealing the orientation of fiber reinforcements. Water strongly absorbs THz radiation. However, this sensitivity to water can be employed in order to investigate the moisture absorption in plastics and the water content in plants. Furthermore, applications in food technology are discussed. Moreover, security scanning applications are addressed in terms of identifying liquid explosives. We present the vision and first components of a handheld security scanner. In addition, a new approach for parameter extraction of THz TDS data is presented. All in all, we give an overview how industry can benefit from THz TDS completing the tool box of non-destructive evaluation.

  4. THz Spectroscopy of the Atmosphere

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    Pickett, Herbert M.

    2000-01-01

    THz spectroscopy of the atmosphere has been driven by the need to make remote sensing measurements of OH. While the THz region can be used for sensitive detection on many atmospheric molecules, the THz region is the best region for measuring the diurnal behavior of stratospheric OH by remote sensing. The infrared region near 3 microns suffers from chemiluminescence and from spectral contamination due to water. The ultraviolet region near 300 nm requires solar illumination. The three techniques for OH emission measurements in the THz region include Fourier Transform interferometry, Fabry-Perot interferometry, and heterodyne radiometry. The first two use cryogenic direct detectors while the last technique uses a local oscillator and a mixer to down convert the THz signal to GHz frequencies. All techniques have been used to measure stratospheric OH from balloon platforms. OH results from the Fabry-Perot based FILOS instrument will be given. Heterodyne measurement of OH at 2.5 THz has been selected to be a component of the Microwave Limb Sounder on the Earth Observing System CHEM-1 polar satellite. The design of this instrument will be described. A balloon-based prototype heterodyne 2.5 THz radiometer had its first flight on, 24 May 1998. Results form this flight will be presented.

  5. Femtosecond laser in laser in situ keratomileusis

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    Salomão, Marcella Q.; Wilson, Steven E.

    2014-01-01

    Flap creation is a critical step in laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Efforts to improve the safety and predictability of the lamellar incision have fostered the development of femtosecond lasers. Several advantages of the femtosecond laser over mechanical microkeratomes have been reported in LASIK surgery. In this article, we review common considerations in management and complications of this step in femtosecond laser–LASIK and concentrate primarily on the IntraLase laser because most published studies relate to this instrument. PMID:20494777

  6. A Fully Automated Microfluidic Femtosecond Laser Axotomy Platform for Nerve Regeneration Studies in C. elegans

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    Gokce, Sertan Kutal; Guo, Samuel X.; Ghorashian, Navid; Everett, W. Neil; Jarrell, Travis; Kottek, Aubri; Bovik, Alan C.; Ben-Yakar, Adela

    2014-01-01

    Femtosecond laser nanosurgery has been widely accepted as an axonal injury model, enabling nerve regeneration studies in the small model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans. To overcome the time limitations of manual worm handling techniques, automation and new immobilization technologies must be adopted to improve throughput in these studies. While new microfluidic immobilization techniques have been developed that promise to reduce the time required for axotomies, there is a need for automated procedures to minimize the required amount of human intervention and accelerate the axotomy processes crucial for high-throughput. Here, we report a fully automated microfluidic platform for performing laser axotomies of fluorescently tagged neurons in living Caenorhabditis elegans. The presented automation process reduces the time required to perform axotomies within individual worms to ∼17 s/worm, at least one order of magnitude faster than manual approaches. The full automation is achieved with a unique chip design and an operation sequence that is fully computer controlled and synchronized with efficient and accurate image processing algorithms. The microfluidic device includes a T-shaped architecture and three-dimensional microfluidic interconnects to serially transport, position, and immobilize worms. The image processing algorithms can identify and precisely position axons targeted for ablation. There were no statistically significant differences observed in reconnection probabilities between axotomies carried out with the automated system and those performed manually with anesthetics. The overall success rate of automated axotomies was 67.4±3.2% of the cases (236/350) at an average processing rate of 17.0±2.4 s. This fully automated platform establishes a promising methodology for prospective genome-wide screening of nerve regeneration in C. elegans in a truly high-throughput manner. PMID:25470130

  7. Multifrequency high precise subTHz-THz-IR spectroscopy for exhaled breath research

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    Vaks, Vladimir L.; Domracheva, Elena G.; Pripolzin, Sergey I.; Chernyaeva, Mariya B.

    2016-09-01

    Nowadays the development of analytical spectroscopy with high performance, sensitivity and spectral resolution for exhaled breath research is attended. The method of two-frequency high precise THz spectroscopy and the method of high precise subTHz-THz-IR spectroscopy are presented. Development of a subTHz-THz-IR gas analyzer increases the number of gases that can be identified and the reliability of the detection by confirming the signature in both THz and MIR ranges. The testing measurements have testified this new direction of analytical spectroscopy to open widespread trends of its using for various problems of medicine and biology. First of all, there are laboratory investigations of the processes in exhaled breath and studying of their dynamics. Besides, the methods presented can be applied for detecting intermediate and short time living products of reactions in exhaled breath. The spectrometers have been employed for investigations of acetone, methanol and ethanol in the breath samples of healthy volunteers and diabetes patients. The results have demonstrated an increased concentration of acetone in breath of diabetes patients. The dynamic of changing the acetone concentration before and after taking the medicines is discovered. The potential markers of pre-cancer states and oncological diseases of gastrointestinal tract organs have been detected. The changes in the NO concentration in exhaled breath of cancer patients during radiotherapy as well as increase of the NH3 concentration at gastrointestinal diseases have been revealed. The preliminary investigations of biomarkers in three frequency ranges have demonstrated the advantages of the multifrequency high precise spectroscopy for noninvasive medical diagnostics.

  8. THz-metamaterial absorbers

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    Tuong Pham, Van; Park, J. W.; Vu, Dinh Lam; Zheng, H. Y.; Rhee, J. Y.; Kim, K. W.; Lee, Y. P.

    2013-03-01

    An ultrabroad-band metamaterial absorber was investigated in mid-IR regime based on a similar model in previous work. The high absorption of metamaterial was obtained in a band of 8-11.7 THz with energy loss distributed in SiO2, which is appropriate potentially for solar-cell applications. A perfect absorption peak was provided by using a sandwich structure with periodical anti-dot pattern in the IR region, getting closed to visible-band metamaterials. The dimensional parameters were examined for the corresponding fabrication. Invited talk at the 6th International Workshop on Advanced Materials Science and Nanotechnology, 30 October-2 November, 2012, Ha Long, Vietnam.

  9. Time-Resolved Studies of Molecular Dynamics Using - and Femto-Second Laser Pulses

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    Deliwala, Shrenik Mahendra

    1995-01-01

    This thesis presents the results of two experiments that measure the evolution of laser excited molecules. The experiment performed with 0.1-ps laser pulses elucidates the dynamics of desorption of O_2 and formation of CO_2 on a platinum surface. The experiment performed with nanosecond time resolution reveals the inter- and intra-molecular vibrational dynamics of infrared laser pumped molecules. Desorption of O_2 and formation of CO_2 were induced with subpicosecond laser pulses on a Pt(111) surface dosed with coadsorbed O_2 and CO. Fluence dependent yields obtained over a range of laser wavelengths from 267 to 800 nm, and pulse durations from 80 fs to 3.6 ps are presented. We observe a dependence of the nonlinear desorption yield on wavelength. Two-pulse correlation measurements show two different time-scales relevant to the desorption. The results show that nonthermal electrons play a role in the surface chemistry, and that an equilibrated pre-heating of the surface modes leads to enhanced desorption. In the second set of experiments reported in this thesis, time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy was used to obtain the rovibrational energy distributions in polyatomic molecules following infrared multiphoton excitation. In addition to presenting new results on SF _6, we review previously obtained data on SO_2 and OCS. The data yield new details about infrared multiphoton excitation and intramolecular vibrational energy relaxation. In particular they show the significance of collisions in redistributing vibrational energy following excitation. The results also clearly show stronger inter-mode coupling and higher excitation in systems with increasing numbers of atoms per molecule. In addition, a detailed description is provided of the Ti:Sapphire based ultrashort pulsed amplified laser system. Both, the principles and the design of the laser system are discussed to serve as a manual for the femtosecond laser system constructed for the study of

  10. Photodissociation of thioglycolic acid studied by femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy

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    Attar, Andrew R.; Blumling, Daniel E.; Knappenberger, Kenneth L. Jr.

    2011-01-14

    Steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopies were employed to study the photodissociation of both the neutral (HS-CH{sub 2}-COOH) and doubly deprotonated ({sup -}S-CH{sub 2}-COO{sup -}) forms of thioglycolic acid (TGA), a common surface-passivating ligand used in the aqueous synthesis and organization of semiconducting nanostructures. Room temperature UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy indicated strong absorption by the S{sub 1} and S{sub 2} excited states at 250 nm and 185 nm, respectively. The spectrum also contained a weaker absorption band that extended to approximately 550 nm, which was assigned to the {pi}{sub CO}{sup *}(leftarrow)n{sub O} transition. Femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy was performed on TGA using 400 nm excitation and a white-light continuum probe to provide the temporally and spectrally resolved data. Both forms of TGA underwent a photoinduced dissociation from the excited state to form an {alpha}-thiol-substituted acyl radical ({alpha}-TAR, S-CH{sub 2}-CO). For the acidic form of TGA, radical formation occurred with an apparent time constant of 60 {+-} 5 fs; subsequent unimolecular decay took 400 {+-} 60 fs. Similar kinetics were observed for the deprotonated form of TGA (70 {+-} 10 fs radical formation; 420 {+-} 40 fs decay). The production of the {alpha}-TAR was corroborated by the observation of its characteristic optical absorption. Time-resolved data indicated that the photoinduced dissociation of TGA via cleavage of the C-OH bond occurred rapidly ({<=}100 fs). The prevalence of TGA in aqueous semiconducting nanoparticles makes its absorption in the visible spectral region and subsequent dissociation key to understanding the behavior of nanoscale systems.

  11. Ultrafast Excited-State Dynamics of 6-Azauracil Studied by Femtosecond Transient Absorption Spectroscopy.

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    Hua, XinZhong; Hua, LinQiang; Liu, XiaoJun

    2015-12-31

    The excited-state dynamics of 6-azauracil in different solvents have been studied using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The molecule is populated to the S2 state with a pump pulse at 264 nm. Broad-band white light continuum which covers from 320 to 600 nm is used as the probe. With a global fitting analysis of the measured transient spectra, three decay time constants, i.e., <0.3, 5.2 ± 0.1, and >1000 ps, are directly obtained in the solvent of acetonitrile. These newly observed lifetime constants are important in clarifying its decay dynamics as well as in providing a criterion for the ultrafast dynamics simulations in 6-azauracil using quantum chemical theories. In combination with previous theoretical works, the main decay channel is proposed: the initially populated S2 decays to S1 through internal conversion in <0.3 ps, followed by an intersystem crossing from S1 to T1 in 5.2 ± 0.1 ps. The >1000 ps component is due to the decay of the T1 state. A comparison of the excited-state dynamics in different solvents reveals that the decay from S1 to T1 shows a clear dependence on the polarity of the solvents. With higher polarity, the S1 excited state decays faster. This observation is in line with the prediction by Etinski et al. [ Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2010 , 12 , 15665 - 15671 ], where a blue-shift of the T1 state potential energy surface leading to an increase of the intersystem crossing rate was proposed. With the new information obtained in the present measurement, a clearer picture of the decay dynamics of 6-azauracil on the S2 excited state is provided.

  12. Development of extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray multilayer optics for scientific studies with femtosecond/attosecond sources

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    Aquila, Andrew Lee

    2009-05-21

    The development of multilayer optics for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation has led to advancements in many areas of science and technology, including materials studies, EUV lithography, water window microscopy, plasma imaging, and orbiting solar physics imaging. Recent developments in femtosecond and attosecond EUV pulse generation from sources such as high harmonic generation lasers, combined with the elemental and chemical specificity provided by EUV radiation, are opening new opportunities to study fundamental dynamic processes in materials. Critical to these efforts is the design and fabrication of multilayer optics to transport, focus, shape and image these ultra-fast pulses This thesis describes the design, fabrication, characterization, and application of multilayer optics for EUV femtosecond and attosecond scientific studies. Multilayer mirrors for bandwidth control, pulse shaping and compression, tri-material multilayers, and multilayers for polarization control are described. Characterization of multilayer optics, including measurement of material optical constants, reflectivity of multilayer mirrors, and metrology of reflected phases of the multilayer, which is critical to maintaining pulse size and shape, were performed. Two applications of these multilayer mirrors are detailed in the thesis. In the first application, broad bandwidth multilayers were used to characterize and measure sub-100 attosecond pulses from a high harmonic generation source and was performed in collaboration with the Max-Planck institute for Quantum Optics and Ludwig- Maximilians University in Garching, Germany, with Professors Krausz and Kleineberg. In the second application, multilayer mirrors with polarization control are useful to study femtosecond spin dynamics in an ongoing collaboration with the T-REX group of Professor Parmigiani at Elettra in Trieste, Italy. As new ultrafast x-ray sources become available, for example free electron lasers, the multilayer designs

  13. FLUTE: A versatile linac-based THz source

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    Nasse, M. J.; Schuh, M.; Schwarz, M.; Naknaimueang, S.; Mathis, Y.-L.; Rossmanith, R.; Wesolowski, P.; Huttel, E.; Plech, A.; Schmelling, M.; Mueller, A.-S.

    2013-02-15

    A new compact versatile linear accelerator named FLUTE is currently being designed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. This paper presents the status of this 42 MeV machine. It will be used to generate strong (several 100 MV/m) ultra-short ({approx}1 ps) THz pulses (up to {approx}4-25 THz) for photon science experiments, as well as to conduct a variety of accelerator studies. The latter range from comparing different coherent THz radiation generation schemes to compressing electron bunches and studying the electron beam stability. The bunch charge will cover a wide range ({approx}100 pC-3 nC). Later we plan to also produce ultra-short x-ray pulses from the electron bunches, which, for example, could then be combined for THz pump-x-ray probe experiments.

  14. FLUTE: a versatile linac-based THz source.

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    Nasse, M J; Schuh, M; Naknaimueang, S; Schwarz, M; Plech, A; Mathis, Y-L; Rossmanith, R; Wesolowski, P; Huttel, E; Schmelling, M; Müller, A-S

    2013-02-01

    A new compact versatile linear accelerator named FLUTE is currently being designed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. This paper presents the status of this 42 MeV machine. It will be used to generate strong (several 100 MV/m) ultra-short (~1 ps) THz pulses (up to ~4-25 THz) for photon science experiments, as well as to conduct a variety of accelerator studies. The latter range from comparing different coherent THz radiation generation schemes to compressing electron bunches and studying the electron beam stability. The bunch charge will cover a wide range (~100 pC-3 nC). Later we plan to also produce ultra-short x-ray pulses from the electron bunches, which, for example, could then be combined for THz pump-x-ray probe experiments.

  15. THz-Driven Ultrafast Spin-Lattice Scattering in Amorphous Metallic Ferromagnets

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    Bonetti, S.; Hoffmann, M. C.; Sher, M.-J.; Chen, Z.; Yang, S.-H.; Samant, M. G.; Parkin, S. S. P.; Dürr, H. A.

    2016-08-01

    We use single-cycle THz fields and the femtosecond magneto-optical Kerr effect to, respectively, excite and probe the magnetization dynamics in two thin-film ferromagnets with different lattice structures: crystalline Fe and amorphous CoFeB. We observe Landau-Lifshitz-torque magnetization dynamics of comparable magnitude in both systems, but only the amorphous sample shows ultrafast demagnetization caused by the spin-lattice depolarization of the THz-induced ultrafast spin current. Quantitative modeling shows that such spin-lattice scattering events occur on similar time scales than the conventional spin conserving electronic scattering (˜30 fs ). This is significantly faster than optical laser-induced demagnetization. THz conductivity measurements point towards the influence of lattice disorder in amorphous CoFeB as the driving force for enhanced spin-lattice scattering.

  16. Study on high coupling efficiency Er-doped fiber laser for femtosecond optical frequency comb

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    Pang, Lihui; Liu, Wenjun; Han, Hainian; Wei, Zhiyi

    2016-09-01

    The femtosecond laser is crucial to the operation of the femtosecond optical frequency comb. In this paper, a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser is presented with 91.4 fs pulse width and 100.8 MHz repetition rate, making use of the nonlinear polarized evolution effect. Using a 976 nm pump laser diode, the average output power is 16 mW from the coupler and 27 mW from the polarization beam splitter at the pump power of 700 mW. The proposed fiber laser can offer excellent temporal purity in generated pulses with high power, and provide a robust source for fiber-based frequency combs and supercontinuum generation well suited for industrial applications.

  17. Femtosecond laser materials processing

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    Banks, Paul S.; Stuart, Brent C.; Komashko, Aleksey M.; Feit, Michael D.; Rubenchik, Alexander M.; Perry, Michael D.

    2000-05-01

    The use of femtosecond lasers allows materials processing of practically any material with extremely high precision and minimal collateral damage. Advantages over conventional laser machining (using pulses longer than a few tens of picoseconds) are realized by depositing the laser energy into the electrons of the material on a time scale short compared to the transfer time of this energy to the bulk of the material, resulting in increased ablation efficiency and negligible shock or thermal stress. The improvement in the morphology by using femtosecond pulses rather than nanosecond pulses has been studied in numerous materials from biological materials to dielectrics to metals. During the drilling process, we have observed the onset of small channels which drill faster than the surrounding material.

  18. Femtosecond Laser Materials Processing

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    Banks, P.S.; Stuart, B.C.; Komashko, A.M.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Perry, M.D.

    2000-03-06

    The use of femtosecond lasers allows materials processing of practically any material with extremely high precision and minimal collateral damage. Advantages over conventional laser machining (using pulses longer than a few tens of picoseconds) are realized by depositing the laser energy into the electrons of the material on a time scale short compared to the transfer time of this energy to the bulk of the material, resulting in increased ablation efficiency and negligible shock or thermal stress. The improvement in the morphology by using femtosecond pulses rather than nanosecond pulses has been studied in numerous materials from biologic materials to dielectrics to metals. During the drilling process, we have observed the onset of small channels which drill faster than the surrounding material.

  19. Analysis of cavity and window for THz gyrotron

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    Alaria, Mukesh Kumar; Mukherjee, P.; Rao, R.R.; Sinha, A.K. E-mail: aksinha@ceeri.ernet.in

    2011-07-01

    In this paper study of cavity and window has been carried out using Ansoft HFSS for Terahertz Gyrotron. Eigen mode analysis of the cavity has been carried out at 1 THz. An idea about the operating modes in the cavity of the Gyrotron and obtained the simulated Eigen frequency and field pattern of the modes. The design of window for 1 THz Gyrotron has also been carried out using HFSS. The simulated results have also been compared with ST microwave studio. (author)

  20. A tunable, linac based, intense, broad-band THz source forpump-probe experiments

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    Schmerge, J.; Adolphsen, C.; Corbett, J.; Dolgashev, V.; Durr, H.; Fazio, M.; Fisher, A.; Frisch, J.; Gaffney, K.; Guehr, M.; Hastings, J.; Hettel, B.; Hoffmann, M.; Hogan, M.; Holtkamp, N.; Huang, X.; Huang, Z.; Kirchmann, P.; LaRue, J.; Limborg, C.; Lindenberg, A.; Loos, H.; Maxwell, T.; Nilsson, A.; Raubenheimer, T.; Reis, D.; Ross, M.; Shen, Z. -X.; Stupakov, G.; Tantawi, S.; Tian, K.; Wu, Z.; Xiang, D.; Yakimenko, V.

    2015-02-02

    We propose an intense THz source with tunable frequency and bandwidth that can directly interact with the degrees of freedom that determine the properties of materials and thus provides a new tool for controlling and directing these ultrafast processes as well as aiding synthesis of new materials with new functional properties. This THz source will broadly impact our understanding of dynamical processes in matter at the atomic-scale and in real time. Established optical pumping schemes using femtosecond visible frequency laser pulses for excitation are extended into the THz frequency regime thereby enabling resonant excitation of bonds in correlated solid state materials (phonon pumping), to drive low energy electronic excitations, to trigger surface chemistry reactions, and to all-optically bias a material with ultrashort electric fields or magnetic fields. A linac-based THz source can supply stand-alone experiments with peak intensities two orders of magnitude stronger than existing laser-based sources, but when coupled with atomic-scale sensitive femtosecond x-ray probes it opens a new frontier in ultrafast science with broad applications to correlated materials, interfacial and liquid phase chemistry, and materials in extreme conditions.

  1. Compact High Power THz Source

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    Geoffrey Krafft

    2003-08-01

    In this paper a new type of THz radiation source, based on recirculating an electron beam through a high gradient superconducting radio frequency cavity, and using this beam to drive a standard electromagnetic undulator, is discussed. Because the beam is recirculated, short bunches may be produced that radiate coherently in the undulator, yielding high average THz power for relatively low average beam power. Deceleration from the coherent emission, and the detuning it causes is discussed.

  2. THz-wave parametric sources and imaging applications

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    Kawase, Kodo

    2004-12-01

    We have studied the generation of terahertz (THz) waves by optical parametric processes based on laser light scattering from the polariton mode of nonlinear crystals. Using parametric oscillation of MgO-doped LiNbO3 crystal pumped by a nano-second Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, we have realized a widely tunable coherent THz-wave sources with a simple configuration. We have also developed a novel basic technology for THz imaging, which allows detection and identification of chemicals by introducing the component spatial pattern analysis. The spatial distributions of the chemicals were obtained from terahertz multispectral trasillumination images, using absorption spectra previously measured with a widely tunable THz-wave parametric oscillator. Further we have applied this technique to the detection and identification of illicit drugs concealed in envelopes. The samples we used were methamphetamine and MDMA, two of the most widely consumed illegal drugs in Japan, and aspirin as a reference.

  3. Calculations for Tera-Hertz (THZ) Radiation Sources

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    Hussein, Yasser A.; Spencer, James E.; /SLAC

    2005-06-07

    We explore possibilities for THz sources from 0.3-30 THz. While still inaccessible, this broad gap is even wider for advanced acceleration schemes extending from X or, at most, W band RF at the low end up to CO{sub 2} lasers. While the physical implementations of these two approaches are quite different, both are proving difficult to develop so that lower frequency, superconducting RF is currently preferred. Similarly, the validity of modeling techniques varies greatly over this range of frequencies but generally mandates coupling Maxwell's equations to the appropriate device transport physics for which there are many options. Here we study radiation from undulatory-shaped transmission lines using finite-difference, time-domain (FDTD) simulations. Also, we present Monte-Carlo techniques for pulse generation. Examples of THz sources demonstrating coherence are shown with the goal of optimizing on-chip THz radiators for applications that may lead to accelerators.

  4. Femtosecond laser nanoaxotomy lab-on-a-chip for in vivo nerve regeneration studies

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    Guo, Samuel X.; Bourgeois, Frederic; Chokshi, Trushal; Durr, Nicholas J.; Hilliard, Massimo; Chronis, Nikos; Ben-Yakar, Adela

    2011-01-01

    A thorough understanding of nerve regeneration in Caenorhabditis elegans requires performing femtosecond laser nanoaxotomy while minimally affecting the worm. We present a microfluidic device that fulfills such criteria and can easily be automated to enable high-throughput genetic and pharmacological screenings. Using the ‘nanoaxotomy’ chip, we discovered that axonal regeneration occurs much faster than previously described and surprisingly the distal fragment of the severed axon regrows in the absence of anesthetics. PMID:18408725

  5. Comparison of self-reported quality of vision outcomes after myopic LASIK with two femtosecond lasers: a prospective, eye-to-eye study

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    Sáles, Christopher S; Manche, Edward E

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To compare self-reported quality of vision (QoV) outcomes after myopic LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) with two femtosecond lasers. Design Prospective, randomized, eye-to-eye study. Methods Consecutive myopic patients were treated with wavefront-guided LASIK bilaterally. Eyes were randomized according to ocular dominance. The flap of one eye was made with the IntraLase FS 60 kHz femtosecond laser with a conventional 70° side-cut, and the flap of the fellow eye was made with the IntraLase iFS 150 kHz femtosecond laser with an inverted 130° side-cut. Patients completed the validated, Rasch-tested, linear-scaled 30-item QoV questionnaire preoperatively and at Months 1, 3, 6, and 12. Results The study enrolled 120 fellow eyes in 60 patients. None of the measured QoV parameters exhibited statistically significant differences between the groups preoperatively or at any postoperative time point. Conclusion Creating LASIK flaps with an inverted side-cut using a 150 kHz femtosecond laser and with a conventional 70° side-cut using a 60 kHz femtosecond laser resulted in no significant differences in self-reported QoV assessed by the QoV questionnaire. PMID:27621589

  6. Comparison of self-reported quality of vision outcomes after myopic LASIK with two femtosecond lasers: a prospective, eye-to-eye study.

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    Sáles, Christopher S; Manche, Edward E

    2016-01-01

    To compare self-reported quality of vision (QoV) outcomes after myopic LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) with two femtosecond lasers. Prospective, randomized, eye-to-eye study. Consecutive myopic patients were treated with wavefront-guided LASIK bilaterally. Eyes were randomized according to ocular dominance. The flap of one eye was made with the IntraLase FS 60 kHz femtosecond laser with a conventional 70° side-cut, and the flap of the fellow eye was made with the IntraLase iFS 150 kHz femtosecond laser with an inverted 130° side-cut. Patients completed the validated, Rasch-tested, linear-scaled 30-item QoV questionnaire preoperatively and at Months 1, 3, 6, and 12. The study enrolled 120 fellow eyes in 60 patients. None of the measured QoV parameters exhibited statistically significant differences between the groups preoperatively or at any postoperative time point. Creating LASIK flaps with an inverted side-cut using a 150 kHz femtosecond laser and with a conventional 70° side-cut using a 60 kHz femtosecond laser resulted in no significant differences in self-reported QoV assessed by the QoV questionnaire.

  7. Very high power THz radiation sources

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    Carr, G.L.; Martin, Michael C.; McKinney, Wayne R.; Jordan, K.; Neil, George R.; Williams, G.P.

    2002-10-31

    We report the production of high power (20 watts average, {approx} 1 Megawatt peak) broadband THz light based on coherent emission from relativistic electrons. Such sources are ideal for imaging, for high power damage studies and for studies of non-linear phenomena in this spectral range. We describe the source, presenting theoretical calculations and their experimental verification. For clarity we compare this source to one based on ultrafast laser techniques.

  8. Very High Power THz Radiation Sources

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    G.L. Carr; Michael C. Martin; Wayne R. McKinney; Kevin Jordan; George R. Neil; Gwyn P. Williams

    2002-10-01

    We report the production of high power (20 watts average, {approx}1 Megawatt peak) broadband THz light based on coherent emission from relativistic electrons. Such sources are ideal for imaging, for high power damage studies and for studies of non-linear phenomena in this spectral range. We describe the source, presenting theoretical calculations and their experimental verification. For clarity, we compare this sources with one based on ultrafast laser techniques.

  9. Study on the repetition rate locking system of the femtosecond laser

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    Zhao, Chunbo; Wu, Tengfei; Zhang, Li; Zhu, Zhenyu

    2015-04-01

    The new technique known as "The femtosecond frequency comb technology" has dramatic impact on the diverse fields of precision measurement and nonlinear optical physics. In order to acquire high-precision and high-stability femtosecond comb, it's necessary to stabilize the repetition rate fRep and the offset frequency f0. This article presents the details of stabilizing and controlling the comb parameter fRep and finally phase lock the repetition rate of femtosecond laser to a radio frequency reference, derived from an atomic clock. In practice, the narrower the bandwidth of lock system (close-loop system), the higher stability we can achieve, but it becomes easier to be unlocked for external disturb. We adopt a method in servo unit to avoid this problem in this paper. The control parameters P and I can be adjusted and optimized more flexibly. The lock steps depend on the special servo system make it easier to find the right parameters and the lock becomes more convenient and quickly. With this idea, the locked time of repetition rate can be as long as the mode-locking time of the laser. The stability of laser can be evaluated by allan deviation. In this research, the contrast of stability of fRep between the locked laser and the unlocked is given. The new lock system is proved reasonable.

  10. Tunable and reconfigurable THz devices for advanced imaging and adaptive wireless communication

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    Liu, L.; Shams, M. I. B.; Jiang, Z.; Rahman, S.; Hesler, J. L.; Cheng, L.-J.; Fay, P.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we report on two different approaches that have been explored to realize tunable and reconfigurable THz devices for advanced imaging and adaptive wireless communication. The first approach makes use of electronically tunable varactor diodes. Frequency tunable THz antennas based on this approach have been successfully demonstrated for the first time in G-band, enabling the development of spectroscopic THz detectors and focal-plane imaging arrays. The second approach takes advantages of optical THz spatial modulation based on photo-induced free carriers in semiconductors. Using this approach, high-performance tunable THz modulators/attenuators, reconfigurable masks for THz coded aperture imaging, and photo-induced Fresnel-zone-plate antennas for dynamic THz beam steering and forming have been successfully demonstrated. Our recent study also shows that by employing the so-called mesa array technique, sub-wavelength spatial resolution and higher than 100 dB modulation depth can be achieved, making it possible to develop tunable THz devices (e.g., tunable filters) with performance and versatility far beyond those realized by conventional approaches. On the basis of the above investigation, the prospects of high-speed near-field THz imaging, real-time ultra-sensitive heterodyne imaging and prototype adaptive THz wireless communication links will be discussed.

  11. THz time domain sensing and imaging

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    Cheville, R. A.; Reiten, Matthew T.; O'Hara, John; Grischkowsky, Daniel R.

    2004-09-01

    Over the past decade the experimental technique of THz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) has proved to be a versatile method for investigating a wide range of phenomena in the THz or far infrared spectral region from 100 GHz to 5 THz. THz-TDS has wide potential for sensing and imaging. The experimental technique is described along with recent results on THz beam propagation for long base-line THz measurements. THz imaging has been demonstrated using both quasi-optical and synthetic aperture approaches, results are presented including images of scatterers as well as non-destructive evaluation of ceramics. Two potential sensing applications of THz-TDS are discussed, thin film characterization and use of waveguides for sensing.

  12. THz Local Oscillator Sources

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    Mehdi, Imran; Schlecht, Erich; Chattopadhyay, Goutam; Siegel, Peter H.

    Most operational Submillimeter-wave radio telescopes, both space borne and ground based, employ local oscillator sources based on Gunn diodes followed by whisker contacted Schottky multipliers. Enough progress, however, has been made on a number of fronts to conclude that next generation of radio telescopes that become operational in the new Millennium will have a different local oscillator (LO) generation architecture. MMIC power amplifiers with impressive gain in the Ka- to-W band have enabled the use of microwave synthesizers which can then be actively multiplied to provide a frequency agile power source beyond 100 GHz. This medium power millimeter source can then be amplified to enable efficient pumping of follow-on balanced multiplier stages. Input power to the multipliers can be further enhanced by power combining to achieve close to half a Watt at W-band. An 800 GHz three-stage multiplier chain, implemented this way has demonstrated a peak output power of 1 mW. A second advance in LO generation lies in the Schottky diode varactor technology. Planar Schottky diode multipliers have now been demonstrated up to 1500 GHz and it can be assumed that most of the future multiplier chains will be based on these robust devices rather than the whisker contacted diode of the past. The ability to produce planar GaAs diode chips deep into the THz range, with submicron dimensions, has opened up a wide range of circuit design space which can be taken advantage of to improve efficiency, bandwidth, and power handling capability of the multipliers. A third breakthrough has been the demonstration of photonic based LO sources utilizing GaAs photomixers. These sources, though not yet implemented in robust space borne missions, offer a number of advantages over their electronic counterparts, including extremely broad tuning, fiber coupled components, and solid-state implementation. Another development, which holds some promise, is the use of micro-machining technology to implement

  13. Femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy: a new tool for the study of anion dynamics

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    Greenblatt, Benjamin J.

    1999-02-01

    A new experimental technique for the time-resolved study of anion reactions is presented. Using femtosecond laser pulses, which provide extremely fast (~100 fs) time resolution, in conjunction with photoelectron spectroscopy, which reveals differences between anion and neutral potential energy surfaces, a complex anion reaction can be followed from its inception through the formation of asymptotic products. Experimental data can be modeled quantitatively using established theoretical approaches, allowing for the refinement of potential energy surfaces as well as dynamical models. After a brief overview, a detailed account of the construction of the experimental apparatus is presented. Documentation of the data acquisition program is contained in the Appendix. The first experimental demonstration of the technique is then presented for I2- photodissociation, modeled using a simulation program which is also detailed in the Appendix. The investigation of I2- photodissociation in several size-selected I2-(Ar)n (n = 6-20) and I2-(CO2)n (n = 4-16) clusters forms the heart of the dissertation. In a series of chapters, the numerous effects of solvation on this fundamental bond-breaking reaction are explored, the most notable of which is the recombination of I2- on the ground $\\tilde{X}$(2Σu+) state in sufficiently large clusters. Recombination and trapping of I2- on the excited $\\tilde{A}$(2π3/2,g) state is also observed in both types of clusters. The studies have revealed electronic state transitions, the first step in recombination, on a ~500 fs to ~10 ps timescale. Accompanying the changes in electronic state is solvent reorganization, which occurs on a similar timescale. Over longer periods (~1 ps to >200 ps), energy is transferred from vibrationally

  14. Femtosecond laser versus mechanical microkeratome-assisted flap creation for LASIK: a prospective, randomized, paired-eye study

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    Pajic, Bojan; Vastardis, Iraklis; Pajic-Eggspuehler, Brigitte; Gatzioufas, Zisis; Hafezi, Farhad

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To compare a femtosecond laser with a microkeratome for flap creation during laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) in terms of flap thickness predictability and visual outcomes. Patients and methods This was a prospective, randomized, masked, paired-eye study. Forty-four patients (34 females) who received bilateral LASIK were included. Patients were stratified by ocular dominance, and they then underwent randomization of flap creation using the femtosecond laser on one eye and undergoing the microkeratome procedure on the other one. The visual outcome differences between the corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) at baseline and the uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) on the first day postoperatively were set as the efficiency index for both groups. All visual acuity outcome results and the deviation of flap thickness were evaluated. P-values <0.05 were considered statistically significant. Results The index of efficiency regarding the postoperative visual outcomes in the microkeratome group was lower (P<0.0001). This result was correlated with the difference between intended and achieved flap thickness (P=0.038; r=0.28), and a negative relationship in the regression analysis was confirmed (P<0.04; R2=0.1428). The UDVA in the microkeratome group improved significantly by the end of the first month (P<0.0271) in comparison to the baseline CDVA. The deviation between intended and postoperative flap thickness using either optical coherence pachymetry or Heidelberg Retinal Tomography II confocal microscopy was statistically significant (paired t-test; P<0.001) between the groups. The flap thickness deviation in the microkeratome group was higher. In the femtosecond laser group, the efficiency index was stable postoperatively (P=0.64) The UDVA improved significantly by the end of the first postoperative week (P=0.0043) in comparison to the baseline CDVA. Six months after surgery, improvement in the UDVA was significant in both groups (all P<0.001; one way

  15. THz Emission Based On Intersubband Plasmon Resonances

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    Coquelin, M.; Zobl, R.; Strasser, G.; Gornik, E.; Bakshi, P.; Umansky, V.; Heiblum, M.

    2010-01-04

    The radiative decay of collective plasma oscillations as a new mechanism for THz emission is studied. This phenomenon is based on the attractive interaction of two intersubband plasmons. This interaction can be viewed as a collective e-e scattering phenomenon. The emission results fit very well to the results of the current voltage measurements indicating that the conditions for a plasma instability are reached.

  16. Novel materials, fabrication techniques and algorithms for microwave and THz components, systems and applications

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    Liang, Min

    This dissertation presents the investigation of several additive manufactured components in RF and THz frequency, as well as the applications of gradient index lens based direction of arrival (DOA) estimation system and broadband electronically beam scanning system. Also, a polymer matrix composite method to achieve artificially controlled effective dielectric properties for 3D printing material is studied. Moreover, the characterization of carbon based nano-materials at microwave and THz frequency, photoconductive antenna array based Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) near field imaging system, and a compressive sensing based microwave imaging system is discussed in this dissertation. First, the design, fabrication and characterization of several 3D printed components in microwave and THz frequency are presented. These components include 3D printed broadband Luneburg lens, 3D printed patch antenna, 3D printed multilayer microstrip line structure with vertical transition, THz all-dielectric EMXT waveguide to planar microstrip transition structure and 3D printed dielectric reflectarrays. Second, the additive manufactured 3D Luneburg Lens is employed for DOA estimation application. Using the special property of a Luneburg lens that every point on the surface of the Lens is the focal point of a plane wave incident from the opposite side, 36 detectors are mounted around the surface of the lens to estimate the direction of arrival (DOA) of a microwave signal. The direction finding results using a correlation algorithm show that the averaged error is smaller than 1º for all 360 degree incident angles. Third, a novel broadband electronic scanning system based on Luneburg lens phased array structure is reported. The radiation elements of the phased array are mounted around the surface of a Luneburg lens. By controlling the phase and amplitude of only a few adjacent elements, electronic beam scanning with various radiation patterns can be easily achieved

  17. Monolithic THz Frequency Multipliers

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    Erickson, N. R.; Narayanan, G.; Grosslein, R. M.; Martin, S.; Mehdi, I.; Smith, P.; Coulomb, M.; DeMartinez, G.

    2001-01-01

    Frequency multipliers are required as local oscillator sources for frequencies up to 2.7 THz for FIRST and airborne applications. Multipliers at these frequencies have not previously been demonstrated, and the object of this work was to show whether such circuits are really practical. A practical circuit is one which not only performs as well as is required, but also can be replicated in a time that is feasible. As the frequency of circuits is increased, the difficulties in fabrication and assembly increase rapidly. Building all of the circuit on GaAs as a monolithic circuit is highly desirable to minimize the complexity of assembly, but at the highest frequencies, even a complete monolithic circuit is extremely small, and presents serious handling difficulty. This is compounded by the requirement for a very thin substrate. Assembly can become very difficult because of handling problems and critical placement. It is very desirable to make the chip big enough to that it can be seen without magnification, and strong enough that it may be picked up with tweezers. Machined blocks to house the chips present an additional challenge. Blocks with complex features are very expensive, and these also imply very critical assembly of the parts. It would be much better if the features in the block were as simple as possible and non-critical to the function of the chip. In particular, grounding and other electrical interfaces should be done in a manner that is highly reproducible.

  18. Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery versus standard phacoemulsification cataract surgery: Study from the European Registry of Quality Outcomes for Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

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    Manning, Sonia; Barry, Peter; Henry, Ype; Rosen, Paul; Stenevi, Ulf; Young, David; Lundström, Mats

    2016-12-01

    To compare the visual, refractive, and adverse outcomes of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and conventional phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Cataract surgery clinics in 9 European countries and Australia (femtosecond-assisted) and 18 European countries and Australia (conventional). Multicenter case-control study. Eyes having femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery were matched to eyes from the European Registry of Quality Outcomes for Cataract and Refractive Surgery phacoemulsification cataract surgery database for preoperative corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), age, and preoperative risk factors. Intraoperative and postoperative complications, postoperative CDVA, and refractive outcome were compared. The follow-up was 7 to 60 days. The study matched 2814 femtosecond-assisted cases to 4987 conventional phacoemulsification cases. Femtosecond-assisted surgery compared as follows to conventional phacoemulsification: posterior capsule complications, 0.7% versus 0.4%; postoperative logMAR CDVA, 0.05 (6/6(-3)) versus 0.03 (6/6(-2)); worse postoperative CDVA at follow-up (by 5 letters or more), 1.0% versus 0.4%; CDVA 0.3 (6/12) or better, 96.3% versus 97.1%; absolute biometry prediction error, 0.43 diopter (D) versus 0.40 D; within ±0.5 D of target, 72% versus 74.3%; and postoperative complications, 3.4% versus 2.3%. Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery did not yield better visual or refractive outcomes than conventional phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Intraoperative complications were similar and low in both groups. Postoperative complications were lower in conventional phacoemulsification cataract surgery. None of the authors has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. A comparative study of silver nanoparticles synthesized by arc discharge and femtosecond laser ablation in aqueous solution

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    Zhang, Hongqiang; Zou, Guisheng; Liu, Lei; Li, Yong; Tong, Hao; Sun, Zhenguo; Zhou, Y. Norman

    2016-10-01

    Silver nanoparticles have been synthesized by arc discharge and femtosecond laser ablation in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) aqueous solution. Both methods are the simple, cost-effective and environment-friendly way to obtain the purity silver nanoparticles. In this study, the structure, composition, morphology, size and distribution, stability, production rate and sintering properties of silver nanoparticles synthesized by both methods were compared. The spherical or pseudo-spherical silver nanoparticles were synthesized by both methods, and the diameters were below 50 nm. The arc discharge-synthesized particle distribution varied with the breakdown voltage, and laser-synthesized particle size mainly depended on the laser energy. PVP solution could cap and stabilize the silver nanoparticles by Ag-O bond, while arc discharge and laser ablation resulted in some level of PVP degradation during processing. Sliver nanoparticle colloids synthesized by both methods had the high negative values of zeta potential and exhibited the good stability. The maximum production rates of the silver nanoparticles synthesized by arc discharge and femtosecond laser ablation were 6.0 and 3.0 mg/min, respectively. In addition, the sintering properties of silver nanoparticles synthesized by both methods were also discussed.

  20. High birefringence, low loss terahertz photonic crystal fibres with zero dispersion at 0.3 THz

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    Yin, Guo-Bing; Li, Shu-Guang; Wang, Xiao-Yan; Liu, Shuo

    2011-09-01

    A terahertz photonic crystal fibre (THz-PCF) is designed for terahertz wave propagation. The dispersion property and model birefringence are studied by employing the finite element method. The simulation result reveals the changing patten of dispersion parameter versus the geometry. The influence of the large frequency band of terahertz on birefringence is also discussed. The design of low loss, high birefringence THz-PCFs with zero dispersion frequency at 0.3 THz is presented.

  1. Femtosecond Study of Self-Trapped Vibrational Excitons in Crystalline Acetanilide

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    Edler, J.; Hamm, P.; Scott, A. C.

    2002-02-01

    Femtosecond IR spectroscopy of delocalized NH excitations of crystalline acetanilide confirms that self-trapping in hydrogen-bonded peptide units exists and does stabilize the excitation. Two phonons with frequencies of 48 and 76 cm -1 are identified as the major degrees of freedom that mediate self-trapping. After selective excitation of the free exciton, self-trapping occurs within a few 100 fs. Excitation of the self-trapped states disappears from the spectral window of this investigation on a 1 ps time scale, followed by a slow ground state recovery of the hot ground state within 18 ps.

  2. Femtosecond study of self-trapped vibrational excitons in crystalline acetanilide.

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    Edler, J; Hamm, P; Scott, A C

    2002-02-11

    Femtosecond IR spectroscopy of delocalized NH excitations of crystalline acetanilide confirms that self-trapping in hydrogen-bonded peptide units exists and does stabilize the excitation. Two phonons with frequencies of 48 and 76 cm (-1) are identified as the major degrees of freedom that mediate self-trapping. After selective excitation of the free exciton, self-trapping occurs within a few 100 fs. Excitation of the self-trapped states disappears from the spectral window of this investigation on a 1 ps time scale, followed by a slow ground state recovery of the hot ground state within 18 ps.

  3. Coherence and Relaxation in Potassium-Doped Helium Droplets Studied by Femtosecond Pump-Probe Spectroscopy

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    Stienkemeier, F.; Meier, F.; Hägele, A.; Lutz, H. O.; Schreiber, E.; Schulz, C. P.; Hertel, I. V.

    1999-09-01

    Superfluid helium droplets are doped with potassium atoms to form complexes in which the metal atom is weakly bound to the cluster surface. The dynamics of these systems upon electronic excitation of the metal atom is probed by means of femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. Alignment of the excited potassium p orbital parallel to the cluster surface leads to quantum interferences, the decay of which gives information on the ultrafast perturbation of the induced atomic coherence by the superfluid environment; exciting the p state aligned perpendicularly, the strong repulsive interaction with the helium surface comes into play and the response of the helium environment is followed in time.

  4. THz and Ft-Ir Study of 18-O Isotopologues of Sulfur Dioxide: 32S16O18O and 32S18O_2

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    Margulès, L.; Motiyenko, R. A.; Demaison, J.; Perrin, Agnes; Kwabia Tchana, F.; Manceron, Laurent

    2016-06-01

    Sulfur dioxide is a molecule that have a great interest in different domains: for atmospheric and planetology chemistry, it is also ubiquitous and abundant in interstellar medium. If the 16O species were extensively studied, this is not the case of the 18O isotopologues. The aim of this study is first to complete the rotational spectra of the ground state with these new measurements up to 1.5 THz, previous measurements are up to 1050 GHz for the 32S16O18O species, and 145 GHz concerning the 32S18O_2 species. The second part is making a global fit of the rotational and vibrational transitions for the excited vibrational states. For the v_2 band, we will complete the recent I.R. analysis. About the triad (v_1, 2v_2, v_3): 32S18O_2 species was studied, but not the 32S16O18O one. and 145 GHz concerning the 32S18O_2 species. The second part is making a global fit of the rotational and vibrational transitions for the excited vibrational states. For the v_2 band, we will complete the recent I.R. analysis. About the triad (v_1, 2v_2, v_3): 32S18O_2 species was studied, but not the 32S16O18O one. The FT-IR spectra were recorded on the AILES Beamline at Synchrotron SOLEIL using the Synchrotron light source, coupled to the Bruker IFS125HR Fourier transform spectrometer. The THz spectra were obtained from 150 to 1500 GHz using the Lille's solid state spectrometer. The analysis is in progress, the latest results will be presented. Support from the French Laboratoire d'Excellence CaPPA (Chemical and Physical Properties of the Atmosphere) through contract ANR-10-LABX-0005 of the Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir is acknowledged Belov, S. P.; et al., 1998, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 191, 17 Lindermayer, J.; et al., 1985, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 110, 357 Gueye, F.; et al. Mol. Phys. in press Ulenikov, O. N.; et al., 2015, JQSRT 166, 13 Brubach, J.; et al., 2010, AIP Conf. Proc. 1214, 81 Zakharenko, O.; et al., 2015, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 317, 41

  5. Pore-size dependent THz absorption of nano-confined water.

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    Sun, Chi-Kuang; You, Borwen; Huang, Yu-Ru; Liu, Kao-Hsiang; Sato, Shusaku; Irisawa, Akiyoshi; Imamura, Motoki; Mou, Chung-Yuan

    2015-06-15

    We performed a THz absorption spectroscopy study on liquid water confined in mesoporous silica materials, MCM-41-S-18 and MCM-41-S-21, of two different pore sizes at room temperatures. We found that stronger confinement with a smaller pore size causes reduced THz absorption, indicating reduced water mobility due to confinement. Combined with recent theoretical studies showing that the microscopic structure of water inside the nanopores can be separated into a core water region and an interfacial water region, our spectroscopy analysis further reveals a bulk-water-like THz absorption behavior in the core water region and a solid-like THz absorption behavior in the interfacial water region.

  6. THz Dynamic Nuclear Polarization NMR

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    Nanni, Emilio A.; Barnes, Alexander B.; Griffin, Robert G.; Temkin, Richard J.

    2013-01-01

    Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) increases the sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy by using high frequency microwaves to transfer the polarization of the electrons to the nuclear spins. The enhancement in NMR sensitivity can amount to a factor of well above 100, enabling faster data acquisition and greatly improved NMR measurements. With the increasing magnetic fields (up to 23 T) used in NMR research, the required frequency for DNP falls into the THz band (140–600 GHz). Gyrotrons have been developed to meet the demanding specifications for DNP NMR, including power levels of tens of watts; frequency stability of a few megahertz; and power stability of 1% over runs that last for several days to weeks. Continuous gyrotron frequency tuning of over 1 GHz has also been demonstrated. The complete DNP NMR system must include a low loss transmission line; an optimized antenna; and a holder for efficient coupling of the THz radiation to the sample. This paper describes the DNP NMR process and illustrates the THz systems needed for this demanding spectroscopic application. THz DNP NMR is a rapidly developing, exciting area of THz science and technology. PMID:24639915

  7. THz Dynamic Nuclear Polarization NMR.

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    Nanni, Emilio A; Barnes, Alexander B; Griffin, Robert G; Temkin, Richard J

    2011-08-29

    Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) increases the sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy by using high frequency microwaves to transfer the polarization of the electrons to the nuclear spins. The enhancement in NMR sensitivity can amount to a factor of well above 100, enabling faster data acquisition and greatly improved NMR measurements. With the increasing magnetic fields (up to 23 T) used in NMR research, the required frequency for DNP falls into the THz band (140-600 GHz). Gyrotrons have been developed to meet the demanding specifications for DNP NMR, including power levels of tens of watts; frequency stability of a few megahertz; and power stability of 1% over runs that last for several days to weeks. Continuous gyrotron frequency tuning of over 1 GHz has also been demonstrated. The complete DNP NMR system must include a low loss transmission line; an optimized antenna; and a holder for efficient coupling of the THz radiation to the sample. This paper describes the DNP NMR process and illustrates the THz systems needed for this demanding spectroscopic application. THz DNP NMR is a rapidly developing, exciting area of THz science and technology.

  8. Study of Boron and Molybdenum Plasmas on Multipulse Interaction of Femtosecond Radiation with a Target

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    Ganeev, R.A.; Suzuki, M.; Baba, M.; Kuroda, H.

    2005-12-15

    Laser plasmas generated by femtosecond radiation on the surface of boron and molybdenum targets are investigated by the shadowgraph method. The modes of single-pulse and multipulse interaction of laser radiation with a target are compared. The occurrence of plasma bullets is discussed, which were observed on both single-pulse and multipulse interaction with the same area of a target. The wavefront velocities of expanding boron and molybdenum plasmas were measured to be 5 x 10{sup 4} and 6 x 10{sup 3} m s{sup -1}, respectively. The electron density measured by interferometry using a time delay of 800 ps in a boron plasma excited by 795-nm radiation with an intensity of 10{sup 16} W cm{sup -2} amounted to 8 x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}. The correlation between some specific features of the plasma and the generation of the 3/2 harmonic, observed on multipulse interaction of femtosecond radiation with a boron target, is discussed.

  9. Mechanism and experimental study on three-dimensional facula shaping in femtosecond laser micromachining

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    Pan, Xuetao; Tu, Dawei; Cai, Jianwen

    2015-10-01

    Because of the laser beam waist and diffraction effect of the lens, the focal spot light field in femtosecond laser microprocessing has an ellipsoidal spatial distribution. This leads to the gap between two processing layers increasing along the axial direction, and the distribution density of processing points decreasing along the horizontal direction. This directly reduces the resolution of the microprocessing, and badly affects the machining accuracy and surface quality. We established a mathematical model for three-dimensional (3-D) laser beam shaping based on the Fresnel diffraction theory and designed a kind of four-ring complex amplitude transmittance phase plate by using a global optimization algorithm and genetic algorithm to simultaneously realize transverse and axial 3-D shaping. We numerically showed that the transverse and axial gains of the focal facula after 3-D shaping are 0.77 and 0.68, respectively, where the corresponding peak energy ratio is 0.36, the transverse and axial sidelobe energies are 0.28 and 0.62, respectively, and the defocusing amount is -0.08. We also constructed a confocal/two-photon microscope system to experimentally achieve a better shaping effect in the case of femtosecond laser fabrication at a point on the thin film of a photochromic material.

  10. Femtosecond spectral holography

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    Weiner, A.M.; Leaird, D.E.; Reitze, D.H.; Paek, E.G. )

    1992-10-01

    Storage, recall, and processing of shaped femtosecond waveforms are achieved by performing spectral holography within a femtosecond pulse shaping apparatus. Time reversal, as well as correlation and convolution, of femtosecond temporal signals is demonstrated. Applications of this technique to matched filtering, dispersion compensation, encryption and decoding, and femtosecond waveform synthesis are also discussed. The work extends the powerful principles of holographic signal processing, which have been used extensively for pattern recognition and filtering of two-dimensional spatial signals, to the femtosecond time domain. 44 refs.

  11. Femtosecond spectral holography

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    Weiner, Andrew M.; Leaird, Daniel E.; Reitze, David H.; Paek, Eung G.

    1992-10-01

    Storage, recall, and processing of shaped femtosecond waveforms are achieved by performing spectral holography within a femtosecond pulse shaping apparatus. Time reversal, as well as correlation and convolution, of femtosecond temporal signals is demonstrated. Applications of this technique to matched filtering, dispersion compensation, encryption and decoding, and femtosecond waveform synthesis are also discussed. The work extends the powerful principles of holographic signal processing, which have been used extensively for pattern recognition and filtering of two-dimensional spatial signals, to the femtosecond time domain.

  12. Coherent THz Pulses from Linear Accelerators

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    G.L. Carr; H. Loos; J.B. Murphy; T. Shaftan; B. Sheehy; X.-J. Wang; W.R. McKinney; M.C. Martin; G.P. Williams; K. Jordan; G. Neil

    2003-10-01

    Coherent THz pulses are being produced at several facilities using relativistic electrons from linear accelerators. The THz pulses produced at the Brookhaven accelerator have pulse energies exceeding 50 {micro}J and reach a frequency of 2 THz. The high repetition rate of the Jefferson Lab accelerator leads to an average THz power of 20 watts. Possible uses for these high power pulses are discussed.

  13. Parametric study of broadband terahertz radiation generation based on interaction of two-color ultra-short laser pulses

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    Moradi, S.; Ganjovi, A.; Shojaei, F.; Saeed, M.

    2015-04-15

    In this work, using a two-dimensional kinetic model based on particle in cell-Monte Carlo collision simulation method, the influence of different parameters on the broadband intense Terahertz (THz) radiation generation via application of two-color laser fields, i.e., the fundamental and second harmonic modes, is studied. These two modes are focused into the molecular oxygen (O{sub 2}) with uniform density background gaseous media and the plasma channels are created. Thus, a broadband THz pulse that is around the plasma frequency is emitted from the formed plasma channel and co-propagates with the laser pulse. For different laser pulse shapes, the THz electric field and its spectrum are both calculated. The effects of laser pulse and medium parameters, i.e., positive and negative chirp pulse, number of laser cycles in the pulse, laser pulse shape, background gas pressure, and exerted DC electric field on THz spectrum are verified. Application of a negatively chirped femtosecond (40 fs) laser pulse results in four times enhancement of the THz pulse energy (2 times in THz electric field). The emission of THz radiation is mostly observed in the forward direction.

  14. Top-hat shaped corneal trephination for penetrating keratoplasty using the femtosecond laser: a histomorphological study.

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    Kook, Daniel; Derhartunian, Victor; Bug, Reinhold; Kohnen, Thomas

    2009-08-01

    To evaluate a novel technique for penetrating keratoplasty (PK) with the use of a new software algorithm for the femtosecond laser, designed to create penetrating cuts in a top hat configuration. Consecutive histomorphological case series. Twelve eyes of 12 patients underwent penetrating keratoplasty by means of a 60-kHz femtosecond laser (IntraLase, Irvine, California) with a software specifically developed for corneal surgery. Of the 12 patients, the reason for keratoplasty was keratoconus in 4 patients, bullous keratopathy in 6 patients, keratotorus in 1 patient, and status post chemical burn in 1 patient. A new software was used to create penetrating cuts in a top-hat-shaped configuration. In all cases, cutting parameters were identical in all donor and corresponding host corneas: 7.0 mm diameter of the anterior side cut, 8.5-8.7 mm diameter of the posterior side cut, and a depth of 300 microm for the lamellar cut. In all cases, a complete penetrating cut with the laser in the host cornea was not intended intraoperatively. Complete penetration was performed subsequently and manually with a diamond knife because of logistic conditions. Trephined corneoscleral rings and button corneas were analyzed macroscopically and histologically to determine cut quality. All procedures were performed without any complications. With application of appropriate combinations of pulse energy and spacing, trephination took less than 200 seconds. Macroscopic examination and histology of donor and recipient specimens showed a straight, smooth cut with perpendicular edges in all donor buttons. No corneal edema and no visible damage to the keratocyte nuclei were found. At the region of manual dissection, a small stromal tissue-tag was present in parts of the circumference in all donor buttons. No evidence of any cut complication was noted. Top-hat-shaped penetrating keratoplasty using the IntraLase femtosecond laser enables a quick and sufficient trephination of both human donor and

  15. Cooperative enhancement of TPA in cruciform double-chain DSB derivation: a femtosecond transient absorption spectra study

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    He, X.; Wang, Y.; Yang, Z.; Ma, Y.; Yang, Y.

    2010-09-01

    Femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption (TA) spectra study was adopted to study the mechanism of the cooperative enhancement of two-photon absorption (TPA) cross section from the linear structure 1,4-di(4'-N,N-diphenylaminostyryl)benzene (DPA-DSB) to its cruciform double-chain dimer DPA-TSB. The results suggested that a non-emissive intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) state, ICT’, was present upon excitation in the dimer, which was absent in the monomer. The existence of this non-emissive state, indicating the enhancement of the intramolecular charge-transfer of the dimer, should be the reason for the cooperative enhancement of the TPA cross section of the dimer compared to the monomer.

  16. Comparative study of ornamental granite cleaning using femtosecond and nanosecond pulsed lasers

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    Rivas, T.; Lopez, A. J.; Ramil, A.; Pozo, S.; Fiorucci, M. P.; Silanes, M. E. López de; García, A.; Aldana, J. R. Vazquez de; Romero, C.; Moreno, P.

    2013-08-01

    Granite has been widely used as a structural and ornamental element in public works and buildings. In damp climates it is almost permanently humid and its exterior surfaces are consequently biologically colonized and blackened We describe a comparative analysis of the performance of two different laser sources in removing biological crusts from granite surfaces: nanosecond Nd:YVO4 laser (355 nm) and femtosecond Ti:Sapphire laser at its fundamental wavelength (790 nm) and second harmonic (395 nm). The granite surface was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, attenuated total reflection - Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and profilometry, in order to assess the degree of cleaning and to characterize possible morphological and chemical changes caused by the laser sources.

  17. The new design of the THz streak camera at PSI

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    Gorgisyan, I.; Juranic, P. N.; Ischebeck, R.; Stepanov, A.; Schlott, V.; Pradervand, C.; Patthey, L.; Radovic, M.; Abela, R.; Hauri, C. P.; Monoszlai, B.; Ivanov, R.; Peier, P.; Liu, J.; Togashi, T.; Owada, S.; Ogawa, K.; Katayama, T.; Yabashi, M.; Rivkin, L.

    2015-05-01

    SwissFEL is the Free Electron Laser (FEL) facility under construction at the Paul Scherrer institute (PSI), aiming to provide users with X-ray pulses of lengths down to 2 femtoseconds at standard operation. The measurement of the length of the FEL pulses and their arrival time relative to the experimental laser is crucial for the pump-probe experiments carried out in such facilities. This work presents a new device that measures hard X-ray FEL pulses based on the THz streak camera concept. It describes the prototype setup called pulse arrival and length monitor (PALM) developed at PSI and tested in Spring-8 Angstrom Compact Free Electron Laser (SACLA) in Japan. Based on the first results obtained from the measurements, we introduce the new improved design of the second generation PALM setup that is currently under construction and will be used in SwissFEL photon diagnostics.

  18. Femtosecond study of the interplay between excitons, trions, and carriers in (Cd,Mn)Te quantum wells.

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    Płochocka, P; Kossacki, P; Maślana, W; Cibert, J; Tatarenko, S; Radzewicz, C; Gaj, J A

    2004-04-30

    We study the absorption by neutral excitons and positively charged excitons (trions) following a femtosecond, circularly polarized, resonant pump pulse. Three populations are involved: free holes, excitons, and trions, all exhibiting transient spin polarization. In particular, a polarization of the gas of free holes is created by the formation of trions. The evolution of these populations is described, including spin flip and trion formation. We evaluate the contributions of phase space filling and spin-dependent screening. We propose a new explanation of the oscillator strength stealing phenomena observed in doped quantum wells, based on the screening of neutral excitons by charge carriers. We have also found that binding holes into charged excitons excludes them from the interaction with the rest of the system, so that oscillator strength stealing is partially blocked.

  19. Femtosecond time-resolved study of the generation and propagation of phonon polaritons in LiNbO3

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    Planken, P. C. M.; Noordam, L. D.; Kennis, J. T. M.; Lagendijk, A.

    1992-04-01

    Using intense femtosecond pulses, we have generated phonon polaritons in the ferroelectric crystal LiNbO3. Phonon-polariton pulses consisting of ~=8 oscillations of the electric field were generated. They were detected in a time-resolved way by diffraction of a probe pulse from the standing wave formed by these phonon polaritons. We determined their dispersion for frequencies up to 130 cm-1. The pulse width of the phonon polaritons was ~=3 ps. In addition, we have studied their propagation in the crystal, by diffracting a probe pulse from one of the traveling phonon polaritons. We demonstrate that in this case, the diffracted signal is sensitive to the phase of the phonon polariton. Analytical calculations show that this can be explained in terms of the interference between the electric fields of the nondiffracted probe beam and the first-order diffracted probe beam.

  20. Vibrational relaxation of nascent diiodide ions studied by femtosecond transient resonance impulsive stimulated Raman scattering (TRISRS); experiment and simulation

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    Banin, Uri; Kosloff, Ronnie; Ruhman, Sanford

    1994-06-01

    Impulsive stimulated Raman scattering performed with femtosecond pulses on resonance with an electronic transition, comprises an all time domain Raman technique providing vibrational dynamics of the ground state chromophore. We report the application of this technique to record transient Raman responses of nascent diiodide ions, undergoing rapid vibrational relaxation following triiodide photodissociation in ethanol solution. Like other Fourier spectroscopic methods, this spectroscopy maximizes high simultaneous time and frequency resolution, making it well adapted, and in the present study exclusively capable, for recovering vibrational dynamics of highly excited molecular populations in transition. Master equation simulations of vibrational relaxation, coupled to quantum wave-packet representation of the light-matter interactions, are combined to provide a semi-quantitative analysis of the experimental results. Previous assignment of spectral narrowing of the nascent diiodide absorption to vibrational relaxation is bourn out by simulations. Inherent limitations and fortitudes of the TRISRS method are theoretically investigated and discussed.

  1. Femtosecond spectroscopic studies of the lattice relaxation initiated by interacting electron-hole pairs under relaxation in alkali halides

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    Shibata, T.; Iwai, S.; Tokizaki, T.; Tanimura, K.; Nakamura, A.; Itoh, N.

    1994-05-01

    Femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopic studies have been carried out to reveal the relaxation of free electron-hole pairs in KBr. We find that a hole is relaxed to a self-trapped hole with a delay of 10 ps. Two relaxation channels of an electron-hole pair are found: one lasts for 40 ps and leads competitively to a self-trapped exciton (STE) or an F-H pair; the other terminates within 6 ps, bypasses the STE, and leads to an F-H pair. The former channel is ascribed to the interplay between an electron and a self-trapped hole, while the latter demonstrates the dynamic interplay of an electron and a hole during their lattice relaxation.

  2. Nonlinear refractive index of porcine cornea studied by z-scan and self-focusing during femtosecond laser processing.

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    Miclea, M; Skrzypczak, U; Faust, S; Fankhauser, F; Graener, H; Seifert, G

    2010-02-15

    We have investigated the nonlinear refractive index of ex-vivo pig cornea by a combined approach using the standard z-scan technique on extracted corneas or corneal slices, as well as studying the deviations caused by self-focusing during femtosecond laser processing of the pig eyes. The experiments yield consistently an upper limit of 1.2 MW for the critical power of self-focusing in porcine cornea, and a value of 2 x 10(-19) m(2)/W for its nonlinear refractive index. We also demonstrate that due to this nonlinear refraction the cutting depth of typical fs-laser surgery processing in cornea may depend considerably, albeit in a well controllable way, on the laser parameters.

  3. Laser Micromachining of THz Components

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    2000-09-29

    such an instrument [3] for use on the Large Binocular Telescope now being constructed on Mount Graham, Arizona. Before operation the cell is evacuated...micromachined, 2 THz array receiver being developed for SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Far Infrared •: Astronomy [3]. Test feedhorns for the array

  4. High-throughput on-chip in vivo neural regeneration studies using femtosecond laser nano-surgery and microfluidics

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    Rohde, Christopher B.; Zeng, Fei; Gilleland, Cody; Samara, Chrysanthi; Yanik, Mehmet F.

    2009-02-01

    In recent years, the advantages of using small invertebrate animals as model systems for human disease have become increasingly apparent and have resulted in three Nobel Prizes in medicine or chemistry during the last six years for studies conducted on the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). The availability of a wide array of species-specific genetic techniques, along with the transparency of the worm and its ability to grow in minute volumes make C. elegans an extremely powerful model organism. We present a suite of technologies for complex high-throughput whole-animal genetic and drug screens. We demonstrate a high-speed microfluidic sorter that can isolate and immobilize C. elegans in a well-defined geometry, an integrated chip containing individually addressable screening chambers for incubation and exposure of individual animals to biochemical compounds, and a device for delivery of compound libraries in standard multiwell plates to microfluidic devices. The immobilization stability obtained by these devices is comparable to that of chemical anesthesia and the immobilization process does not affect lifespan, progeny production, or other aspects of animal health. The high-stability enables the use of a variety of key optical techniques. We use this to demonstrate femtosecond-laser nanosurgery and three-dimensional multiphoton microscopy. Used alone or in various combinations these devices facilitate a variety of high-throughput assays using whole animals, including mutagenesis and RNAi and drug screens at subcellular resolution, as well as high-throughput high-precision manipulations such as femtosecond-laser nanosurgery for large-scale in vivo neural degeneration and regeneration studies.

  5. A BRIGHT IMPULSIVE SOLAR BURST DETECTED AT 30 THz

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    Kaufmann, P.; Fernandes, L. O. T.; Kudaka, A. S.; De Souza, R. V.; Valio, A.; Raulin, J.-P.; White, S. M.; Freeland, S. L.; Marcon, R.; Aballay, J. L.; Fernandez, G.; Godoy, R.; Marun, A.; Gimenez de Castro, C. G.

    2013-05-10

    Ground- and space-based observations of solar flares from radio wavelengths to gamma-rays have produced considerable insights but raised several unsolved controversies. The last unexplored wavelength frontier for solar flares is in the range of submillimeter and infrared wavelengths. Here we report the detection of an intense impulsive burst at 30 THz using a new imaging system. The 30 THz emission exhibited remarkable time coincidence with peaks observed at microwave, mm/submm, visible, EUV, and hard X-ray wavelengths. The emission location coincides with a very weak white-light feature, and is consistent with heating below the temperature minimum in the atmosphere. However, there are problems in attributing the heating to accelerated electrons. The peak 30 THz flux is several times larger than the usual microwave peak near 9 GHz, attributed to non-thermal electrons in the corona. The 30 THz emission could be consistent with an optically thick spectrum increasing from low to high frequencies. It might be part of the same spectral component found at sub-THz frequencies whose nature remains mysterious. Further observations at these wavelengths will provide a new window for flare studies.

  6. Femtosecond multiphoton ionization of ammonia clusters

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    Wei, S.; Purnell, J.; Buzza, S.A.; Stanley, R.J.; Castleman, A.W. Jr. )

    1992-12-15

    Herein, we report on femtosecond time-resolved experiments in ammonia clusters. The mechanisms of their ionization and the subsequent formation of the protonated ammonia cluster ions are studied using a femtosecond pump-probe technique at 620 nm. It is found that an intermediate corresponding to [ital C][prime] states of the monomer is responsible for the ionization of ammonia clusters. Femtosecond pump--probe studies show that the lifetime of the intermediate to the formation of the protonated cluster ions (NH[sub 3])[sub [ital n

  7. Exploration of the effects of burn parameters on THz wound imaging

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    Bajwa, Neha; Sung, Shijun; Fishbein, Michael; Grundfest, Warren S.; Taylor, Zachary D.

    2015-08-01

    The high contrast resolution afforded by terahertz (1 THz = 1012 Hz) imaging of physiologic tissue continues to drive explorations into the utility of THz technology for burn wound detection. Although we have previously reported the use of a novel, reflective THz imaging technology to sense spatiotemporal differences in reflectivity between partial and full thickness burn wounds, no evidence exists of a one-to-one correlation between structural damage observed in histological assessments of burn severity and THz signal. For example, varying burn induction methods may all result in a common burn wound severity, however, burn features observed in parallel THz imagery may not be identical. Successful clinical translation of THz technology as a comprehensive burn guidance tool, therefore, necessitates an understanding of THz signal and its relation to wound pathophysiology. In this work, longitudinal THz imagery was acquired with a quartz (n = 2.1, 500 μm) window of cutaneous wounds induced with the same brand geometry and contact pressure but varying contact times (5, 7, and 10 seconds) in in vivo, pre-clinical rat models (n=3) over a period of 3 days. Though all burn wounds were evaluated to be deep partial thickness with histology, THz contrasts observed for each burn contact time were intrinsically unique. This is the first preliminary in vivo evidence of a many-to-one relationship between changes in THz contrast and burn severity as ascertained by histology. Future large-scale studies are required to assess whether these observed changes in THz contrast may be interpreted as physiological changes occurring over time, morphometric changes related to anatomical change, or electromagnetic changes between dielectric substrate windows and the underlying tissue.

  8. Material Inspection Using THz and Thermal Wave

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    Zhang, Cunlin; Mu, Kaijun; Li, Yanhong; Zhang, X.-C.

    2007-03-01

    Terahertz (THz) and thermal wave imaging technologies are complementary inspection modalities for use in non-contact and non-destructive evaluation. Both of them are applied in order to evaluate damages on a variety of composite samples. We will also report the test of a large number of insulation foam panels used in NASA's External Fuel Tank through pulse and CW terahertz systems. The study of defects using the two techniques in selected materials, including metal plates, carbon fibers, glass fibers, carbon silicon composites, etc is also shown.

  9. Improvement of passive THz camera images

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    Kowalski, Marcin; Piszczek, Marek; Palka, Norbert; Szustakowski, Mieczyslaw

    2012-10-01

    Terahertz technology is one of emerging technologies that has a potential to change our life. There are a lot of attractive applications in fields like security, astronomy, biology and medicine. Until recent years, terahertz (THz) waves were an undiscovered, or most importantly, an unexploited area of electromagnetic spectrum. The reasons of this fact were difficulties in generation and detection of THz waves. Recent advances in hardware technology have started to open up the field to new applications such as THz imaging. The THz waves can penetrate through various materials. However, automated processing of THz images can be challenging. The THz frequency band is specially suited for clothes penetration because this radiation does not point any harmful ionizing effects thus it is safe for human beings. Strong technology development in this band have sparked with few interesting devices. Even if the development of THz cameras is an emerging topic, commercially available passive cameras still offer images of poor quality mainly because of its low resolution and low detectors sensitivity. Therefore, THz image processing is very challenging and urgent topic. Digital THz image processing is a really promising and cost-effective way for demanding security and defense applications. In the article we demonstrate the results of image quality enhancement and image fusion of images captured by a commercially available passive THz camera by means of various combined methods. Our research is focused on dangerous objects detection - guns, knives and bombs hidden under some popular types of clothing.

  10. Femtosecond study on the isomerization dynamics of NK88. I. Ground-state dynamics after photoexcitation

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    Nuernberger, Patrick; Vogt, Gerhard; Gerber, Gustav; Improta, Roberto; Santoro, Fabrizio

    2006-07-01

    Recently, optimal control of a photoisomerization reaction in the liquid phase was demonstrated for the first time on the system 3,3'-diethyl-2,2'-thiacyanine (NK88). Additionally, the class of cyanines to which the molecule NK88 belongs draws a lot of attention in different recent theoretical publications. Therefore, a better understanding of the molecular dynamics of this molecular system is of special interest. Experiments using the femtosecond pump-supercontinuum probe technique with an excitation wavelength of 400nm and a spectral range from 370to620nm for the probe beam have been performed. In order to analyze the dynamics properly the time window has been chosen to comprise the characteristic times of the contributing processes, additionally we have employed two solvents, methanol and ethylene glycol, and have conducted anisotropy measurements. The spectroscopic data have been assigned to different molecular states with the help of density functional theory and second-order Möller-Plesset perturbation theory calculations. The analysis of the data has revealed in the most likely model that three different isomers exist with different lifetimes. On the basis of experimental and theoretical data, a conclusive scheme of the isomerization reaction is presented.

  11. Toward Femtosecond Time-Resolved Studies of Solvent-Solute Energy Transfer in Doped Helium Nanodroplets

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    Bacellar, C.; Ziemkiewicz, M. P.; Leone, S. R.; Neumark, D. M.; Gessner, O.

    2015-05-01

    Superfluid helium nanodroplets provide a unique cryogenic matrix for high resolution spectroscopy and ultracold chemistry applications. With increasing photon energy and, in particular, in the increasingly important Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) regime, the droplets become optically dense and, therefore, participate in the EUV-induced dynamics. Energy- and charge-transfer mechanisms between the host droplets and dopant atoms, however, are poorly understood. Static energy domain measurements of helium droplets doped with noble gas atoms (Xe, Kr) indicate that Penning ionization due to energy transfer from the excited droplet to dopant atoms may be a significant relaxation channel. We have set up a femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging experiment to probe these dynamics directly in the time-domain. Droplets containing 104 to 106 helium atoms and a small percentage (<10-4) of dopant atoms (Xe, Kr, Ne) are excited to the 1s2p Rydberg band by 21.6 eV photons produced by high harmonic generation (HHG). Transiently populated states are probed by 1.6 eV photons, generating time-dependent photoelectron kinetic energy distributions, which are monitored by velocity map imaging (VMI). The results will provide new information about the dynamic timescales and the different relaxation channels, giving access to a more complete physical picture of solvent-solute interactions in the superfluid environment. Prospects and challenges of the novel experiment as well as preliminary experimental results will be discussed.

  12. Photoisomerization dynamics of azobenzene in solution with S1 excitation: a femtosecond fluorescence anisotropy study.

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    Chang, Chih-Wei; Lu, Ying-Chih; Wang, Tsai-Te; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang

    2004-08-18

    Measurements of anisotropy of femtosecond fluorescence after direct excitation of the S1(n,pi*) state of azobenzene in hexane and ethylene glycol solutions have been carried out to address the controversy about inversion and rotation in the mechanism of photoisomerization. The observed anisotropies in hexane decay to a nonzero asymptotic level with a relaxation period the same as that for slow decay of the corresponding biexponential transient; this effect is attributed to involvement of the out-of-plane CNNC-torsional motion on approach to a twisted conical intersection along the "rotation channel" that depolarizes the original in-plane transition moment. In contrast, when the rotational channel becomes substantially hindered in ethylene glycol, the anisotropies show no discernible decay feature, but the corresponding transients show prominent decays attributed to involvement of in-plane symmetric motions; the latter approach a planar-sloped conical intersection along a "concerted inversion channel" for efficient internal conversion through vibronic coupling. The proposed mechanism is consistent with theoretical calculations and rationalizes both results on quantum yields and ultrafast observations.

  13. Electronic dynamics in helium nanodroplets studied via femtosecond XUV pump / UV probe photoelectron imaging

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    Ziemkiewicz, Michael; Bacellar, Camila; Leone, Stephen; Neumark, Daniel; Gessner, Oliver

    2014-05-01

    Superfluid helium nanodroplets consisting of ~ 2 × 106 atoms are examined using femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging. The droplets are excited by a 23.6(2) eV extreme ultraviolet (XUV) pulse in resonance with an electronically excited band associated largely with the 1s3p Rydberg level of free He atoms. Relaxation dynamics are monitored by ionizing transient states with a 3.2 eV probe pulse and measuring the time-dependent photoelectron kinetic energy distributions using velocity map imaging (VMI). A broad, intense signal associated with the initially excited 1s3p band (Ekin ~ 2.5 eV) appears within the experimental time resolution and decays within 190(70) fs. Concomitantly, a second photoelectron feature with kinetic energies ranging from 0 to 0.5 eV appears on a time scale of ~ 200 fs. The new feature is identified as originating from the 1s2p droplet Rydberg band, indicating the direct observation of a previously suggested interband relaxation within the droplet. This feature also decays within ~ 200 fs, likely due to intraband relaxation within the 1s2p/1s2s manifold to states which are too deeply bound to be ionized by the 3.2 eV probe pulse.

  14. Thermal lensing effect of CS2 studied with femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Li, Yi-Ci; Kuo, Yu-Ting; Huang, Po-Yuan; Yang, Sidney S; Lee, Cheng-I; Wei, Tai-Huei

    2015-10-14

    By chopping 820 nm 18 femtosecond (fs)-laser pulses, continuously generated by a self-mode locked Ti:Al2O3 laser at 82 MHz, into trains with both train-width and train-to-train separation considerably longer than the thermal diffusivity time constant τth of CS2, we conducted Z-scan measurements on it at various times relative to the leading pulse of each train (T's). As a result, we observed negative nonlinear refraction strengthening with T within τth and gradually stabilizing with T exceeding τth. We quantitatively explain the experimental results in terms of the thermal lensing effect. In particular, we attribute the heat generation to non-radiative relaxation of libration excited by individual 18 fs-pulses via stimulated Raman scattering. In contrast to the commonly held view of multi-photon excitation, we propose and verify a new heat-generating mechanism for the thermal lensing effect in CS2.

  15. Femtosecond dynamics of the 2-methylallyl radical: A computational and experimental study

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    Röder, Anja; Issler, Kevin; Poisson, Lionel; Humeniuk, Alexander; Wohlgemuth, Matthias; Comte, Michel; Lepetit, Fabien; Fischer, Ingo; Mitric, Roland; Petersen, Jens

    2017-07-01

    We investigate the photodynamics of the 2-methylallyl radical by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging. The experiments are accompanied by field-induced surface hopping dynamics calculations and the simulation of time-resolved photoelectron intensities and anisotropies, giving insight into the photochemistry and nonradiative relaxation of the radical. 2-methylallyl is excited at 236 nm, 238 nm, and 240.6 nm into a 3p Rydberg state, and the subsequent dynamics is probed by multiphoton ionization using photons of 800 nm. The photoelectron image exhibits a prominent band with considerable anisotropy, which is compatible with the result of theory. The simulations show that the initially excited 3p state is rapidly depopulated to a 3s Rydberg state, from which photoelectrons of high anisotropy are produced. The 3s state then decays within several 100 fs to the D1 (nπ ) state, followed by the deactivation of the D1 to the electronic ground state on the ps time scale.

  16. Femtosecond X-ray absorption study of electron localization in photoexcited anatase TiO2

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    Santomauro, F. G.; Lübcke, A.; Rittmann, J.; Baldini, E.; Ferrer, A.; Silatani, M.; Zimmermann, P.; Grübel, S.; Johnson, J. A.; Mariager, S. O.; Beaud, P.; Grolimund, D.; Borca, C.; Ingold, G.; Johnson, S.L.; Chergui, M.

    2015-01-01

    Transition metal oxides are among the most promising solar materials, whose properties rely on the generation, transport and trapping of charge carriers (electrons and holes). Identifying the latter’s dynamics at room temperature requires tools that combine elemental and structural sensitivity, with the atomic scale resolution of time (femtoseconds, fs). Here, we use fs Ti K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) upon 3.49 eV (355 nm) excitation of aqueous colloidal anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles to probe the trapping dynamics of photogenerated electrons. We find that their localization at Titanium atoms occurs in <300 fs, forming Ti3+ centres, in or near the unit cell where the electron is created. We conclude that electron localization is due to its trapping at pentacoordinated sites, mostly present in the surface shell region. The present demonstration of fs hard X-ray absorption capabilities opens the way to a detailed description of the charge carrier dynamics in transition metal oxides. PMID:26437873

  17. Theoretical studies on the femtosecond real-time measurement of ultrafast electronic decay in polyatomic molecules

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    Stock, G.; Schneider, R.; Domcke, W.

    1989-06-01

    We present a computer simulation of the real-time detection of ultrafast electronic decay dynamics in polyatomic molecules with femtosecond laser pulses. The intramolecular non-Born-Oppenheimer quantum dynamics is treated numerically exactly for a two-state three-mode vibronic coupling model representing the conically intersecting S1 and S2 excited states of pyrazine. The pump-probe signal is evaluated in lowest order perturbation theory with respect to the radiation-matter interaction by numerical integration over the pump and probe pulses. We discuss in some detail the dependence of the pump-probe signal on the properties of the laser pulses (frequencies and pulse durations). The calculations predict a dramatic (˜12 000 cm-1) and ultrafast (˜20 fs) red shift of the stimulated-emission signal as well as distinctive quantum beats in the pump-probe signal as a function of the delay time. Both effects are very pronounced and should therefore be relatively easily detectable experimentally. They are expected to be generic features of ultrafast internal-conversion processes in polyatomic molecules.

  18. Femtosecond pump probe studies of chlorine dioxide photochemistry in water and acetonitrile

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    Philpott, Matthew J.; Hayes, Sophia C.; Reid, Philip J.

    1998-09-01

    The reaction dynamics of chlorine dioxide (OClO) dissolved in water and acetonitrile are investigated using femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. The change in optical density following photoexcitation of OClO at 400 nm is monitored at 12 wavelengths ranging from 267 to 900 nm. The dynamics observed at 267 and 400 nm demonstrate that the geminate recombination quantum yield of the primary ClO and O photofragments to reform ground-state OClO is reduced by a factor of six in acetonitrile relative to water. Calculations are presented that model the contribution of vibrationally excited OClO formed by geminate recombination to the pump-probe dynamics. Comparison of the experimental and computational results demonstrates that a portion of the dynamics can be attributed to vibrationally excited OClO. However, the optical-density changes observed between 700 and 900 nm are similar in magnitude for both solvents, suggesting that another species not produced by geminate recombination is responsible for these dynamics. The appearance and relaxation kinetics in acetonitrile are significantly slower than in water demonstrating the solvent dependence of photoproduct formation and ground-state vibrational relaxation. Reasons for this dependence including Coulombic solvent-solute interactions and intermolecular hydrogen bonding are discussed.

  19. Femtosecond melting and ablation of semiconductors studied with time of flight mass spectroscopy

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    Cavalleri, Andrea; Sokolowski-Tinten, Klaus; Bialkowski, Joerg; Schreiner, Michaela; von der Linde, Dietrich

    1999-03-01

    Using time-of-flight mass spectroscopy, we have investigated melting and ablation of gallium arsenide and silicon irradiated by femtosecond pulses. Below the ablation threshold the maximum surface temperature is obtained from the collisionless time-of-flight distributions of evaporated or sublimated particles. At the melting threshold, we estimate a temperature for the silicon surface which is approximately 500 K higher than the equilibrium melting temperature. In the fluence regime where melting is known to be a nonthermal process, we measure maximum surface temperatures in excess of 2500 K for both silicon and gallium arsenide, indicating rapid thermalization after nonthermal melting. At the ablation threshold, we estimated for both materials surface temperatures between 3000 and 4000 K. We observed a clear threshold-like effect in the number of detected particles, indicating the occurrence of a bulk effect. The flow parameters above the ablation threshold are discussed and compared to the different models of collisional expansion. For Fabl2Fabl, we find evidence that expansion takes place at temperatures that are higher than the critical temperature. Plasma formation appears only at fluences above 1 J/cm2 (F>5Fabl).

  20. Femtosecond laser corneal refractive surgery

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    Kurtz, Ron M.; Spooner, Greg J. R.; Sletten, Karin R.; Yen, Kimberly G.; Sayegh, Samir I.; Loesel, Frieder H.; Horvath, Christopher; Liu, HsiaoHua; Elner, Victor; Cabrera, Delia; Muenier, Marie-Helene; Sacks, Zachary S.; Juhasz, Tibor

    1999-06-01

    We evaluated the efficacy, safety, and stability of femtosecond laser intrastromal refractive procedures in ex vivo and in vivo models. When compared with longer pulsewidth nanosecond or picosecond laser pulses, femtosecond laser-tissue interactions are characterized by significantly smaller and more deterministic photodisruptive energy thresholds, as well as reduced shock waves and smaller cavitation bubbles. We utilized a highly reliable, all-solid-state femtosecond laser system for all studies to demonstrate clinical practicality. Contiguous tissue effects were achieved by scanning a 5 μm focused laser spot below the corneal surface at pulse energies of approximately 2 - 4 microjoules. A variety of scanning patterns was used to perform three prototype procedures in animal eyes; corneal flap cutting, keratomileusis, and intrastromal vision correction. Superior dissection and surface quality results were obtained for lamellar procedures (corneal flap cutting and keratomileusis). Preliminary in vivo evaluation of intrastromal vision correction in a rabbit model revealed consistent and stable pachymetry changes, without significant inflammation or loss of corneal transparency. We conclude that femtosecond laser technology may be able to perform a variety of corneal refractive procedures with high precision, offering advantages over current mechanical and laser devices and techniques.

  1. High-power femtosecond Raman frequency shifter.

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    Vicario, Carlo; Shalaby, Mostafa; Konyashchenko, Aleksandr; Losev, Leonid; Hauri, Christoph P

    2016-10-15

    We report on the generation of broadband, high-energy femtosecond pulses centered at 1.28 μm by stimulated Raman scattering in a pressurized hydrogen cell. Stimulated Raman scattering is performed by two chirped and delayed pulses originating from a multi-mJ Ti:sapphire amplifier. The Stokes pulse carries record-high energy of 4.4 mJ and is recompressed down to 66 fs by a reflective grating pair. We characterized the short-wavelength mid-infrared source in view of energy stability, beam profile, and conversion efficiency at repetition rates of 100 and 10 Hz. The demonstrated high-energy frequency shifter will benefit intense THz sources based on highly nonlinear organic crystals.

  2. Photo-generated THz antennas

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    Georgiou, G.; Tyagi, H. K.; Mulder, P.; Bauhuis, G. J.; Schermer, J. J.; Rivas, J. Gómez

    2014-01-01

    Electromagnetic resonances in conducting structures give rise to the enhancement of local fields and extinction efficiencies. Conducting structures are conventionally fabricated with a fixed geometry that determines their resonant response. Here, we challenge this conventional approach by demonstrating the photo-generation of THz linear antennas on a flat semiconductor layer by the structured optical illumination through a spatial light modulator. Free charge carriers are photo-excited only on selected areas, which enables the realization of different conducting antennas on the same sample by simply changing the illumination pattern, thus without the need of physically structuring the sample. These results open a wide range of possibilities for the all-optical spatial control of resonances on surfaces and the concomitant control of THz extinction and local fields. PMID:24394920

  3. Controlling of strong tunable THz emission with optimal incommensurate multi-color laser field

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    Zhang, Lei; Wang, Guo-Li; Zhao, Song-Feng; Zhou, Xiao-Xin

    2017-02-01

    Based on the photocurrent model, we study terahertz (THz) emission from argon plasmas induced by incommensurate-frequency two- and three-color laser fields. In order to enhance the THz radiation at an arbitrary frequency efficiently, a genetic algorithm is applied to search for the optimum laser parameters. For the longer two-color field, our optimizations show that the THz tunability is mainly determined by two laser frequencies, which approximately meets the law Ω = 2ω1-ω2. However, for the shorter laser pulse, the tunability of the THz wave with lower frequency also depends on the relative phase. To control the tunable THz emission, we systematically investigated how to generate the stronger THz wave with the shorter spectrum width using the optimal synthesized waveform. We found that the THz intensity can be enhanced by about an order with three-color field compared with the two-color cases. We also show that the tunable single ultrashort THz pulses can be obtained by using an optimized 50-fs two-color pulse.

  4. THz Imaging of Skin Burn: Seeing the Unseen—An Overview

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    Dutta, Moumita; Bhalla, Amar S.; Guo, Ruyan

    2016-01-01

    Significance: This review article puts together all the studies performed so far in realizing terahertz (THz) spectra as a probing mechanism for burn evaluation, summarizing their experimental conditions, observations, outcomes, merits, and demerits, along with a comparative discussion of other currently used technologies to present the state of art in a condensed manner. The key features of this noncontact investigation technique like its precise burn depth analysis and the approaches it follows to convert the probed data into a quantitative measure have also been discussed in this article. Recent Advances: The current research developments in THz regime observed in device design technologies (like THz time domain spectrometer, quantum cascade THz lasers, THz single-photon detectors, etc.) and in understanding its unique properties (like nonionizing nature, penetrability through dry dielectrics, etc.) have motivated the research world to realize THz window as a potential candidate for burn detection. Critical Issues: Application of appropriate medical measure for burn injury is primarily subjective to proper estimation of burn depth. Tool modality distinguishing between partial and full-thickness burn contributing toward correct medical care is indeed awaited. Future Directions: The overview of THz imaging as a burn assessment tool as provided in this article will certainly help in further nurturing of this emerging diagnostic technique particularly in improving its detection and accompanied image processing methods so that the minute nuances captured by the THz beam can be correlated with the physiological–anatomical changes in skin structures, caused by burn, for better sensitivity, resolution, and quantitative analysis. PMID:27602253

  5. Commercial perspective in THz spectroscopy, sensing and imaging (Conference Presentation)

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    Bouyé, Clémentine; Taoudi, Sarah; Cochard, Jacques; d'Humières, Benoît

    2017-02-01

    For their ability to be transmitted by materials opaque in the visible and IR ranges (clothes, plastic, …), for being non-ionizing, for providing sub-mm resolution imaging, for the specific signatures of numerous materials, Terahertz waves - ranging from 200 GHz to 10 THz - have been raising the interest of industrials for about fifteen years. This study focuses on the penetration of THz technologies into the industrial applications driving the THz market growth at short and long term: Non Destructive testing (NDT), Defense and Security, Biomedical. For 15 years, Terahertz technologies have been continuously tested on a wide variety of applications. Thanks to these ongoing feasibility studies, manufacturers and end-users gained a deeper knowledge about the abilities and the limitations of the different Terahertz systems (Time-Domain spectroscopy, Frequency-Domain spectroscopy, Time-Domain reflectometry, etc). The demand from end-users is more qualified and is segmented as follows: 1. Detection of objects and defects on large areas 2. Thickness measurement on large areas 3. Chemical and Structural characterization of small objects and defects on small areas (2D) or volumes (3D) Each of these 3 functions leads to a specific family of THz systems with distinct requirements in terms of performance and cost: 1. Detection: cheap and compact imaging systems. 2. Thickness measurement: cost-effective and high speed systems. 3. Characterization: high resolution, high reliability and real-time sensing systems. This article will present the existing and incoming THz systems and components addressing each function. Terahertz technologies are currently finding their place on the market, outside research and scientific applications. The objective of this article is to identify the industrial applications where THz techniques will be adopted and to provide market growth perspectives.

  6. A compact THz imaging system

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    Sešek, Aleksander; Å vigelj, Andrej; Trontelj, Janez

    2015-03-01

    The objective of this paper is the development of a compact low cost imaging THz system, usable for observation of the objects near to the system and also for stand-off detection. The performance of the system remains at the high standard of more expensive and bulkiest system on the market. It is easy to operate as it is not dependent on any fine mechanical adjustments. As it is compact and it consumes low power, also a portable system was developed for stand-off detection of concealed objects under textile or inside packages. These requirements rule out all optical systems like Time Domain Spectroscopy systems which need fine optical component positioning and requires a large amount of time to perform a scan and the image capture pixel-by-pixel. They are also almost not suitable for stand-off detection due to low output power. In the paper the antenna - bolometer sensor microstructure is presented and the THz system described. Analysis and design guidelines for the bolometer itself are discussed. The measurement results for both near and stand-off THz imaging are also presented.

  7. Subwavelength InSb-based Slot wavguides for THz transport: concept and practical implementations

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    Ma, Youqiao; Zhou, Jun; Pištora, Jaromír; Eldlio, Mohamed; Nguyen-Huu, Nghia; Maeda, Hiroshi; Wu, Qiang; Cada, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Seeking better surface plasmon polariton (SPP) waveguides is of critical importance to construct the frequency-agile terahertz (THz) front-end circuits. We propose and investigate here a new class of semiconductor-based slot plasmonic waveguides for subwavelength THz transport. Optimizations of the key geometrical parameters demonstrate its better guiding properties for simultaneous realization of long propagation lengths (up to several millimeters) and ultra-tight mode confinement (~λ2/530) in the THz spectral range. The feasibility of the waveguide for compact THz components is also studied to lay the foundations for its practical implementations. Importantly, the waveguide is compatible with the current complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication technique. We believe the proposed waveguide configuration could offer a potential for developing a CMOS plasmonic platform and can be designed into various components for future integrated THz circuits (ITCs). PMID:27924939

  8. Subwavelength InSb-based Slot wavguides for THz transport: concept and practical implementations

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    Ma, Youqiao; Zhou, Jun; Pištora, Jaromír; Eldlio, Mohamed; Nguyen-Huu, Nghia; Maeda, Hiroshi; Wu, Qiang; Cada, Michael

    2016-12-01

    Seeking better surface plasmon polariton (SPP) waveguides is of critical importance to construct the frequency-agile terahertz (THz) front-end circuits. We propose and investigate here a new class of semiconductor-based slot plasmonic waveguides for subwavelength THz transport. Optimizations of the key geometrical parameters demonstrate its better guiding properties for simultaneous realization of long propagation lengths (up to several millimeters) and ultra-tight mode confinement (~λ2/530) in the THz spectral range. The feasibility of the waveguide for compact THz components is also studied to lay the foundations for its practical implementations. Importantly, the waveguide is compatible with the current complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication technique. We believe the proposed waveguide configuration could offer a potential for developing a CMOS plasmonic platform and can be designed into various components for future integrated THz circuits (ITCs).

  9. THz Acoustic Spectroscopy by using Double Quantum Wells and Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy

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    Wei, Fan Jun; Yeh, Yu-Hsiang; Sheu, Jinn-Kong; Lin, Kung-Hsuan

    2016-06-01

    GaN is a pivotal material for acoustic transducers and acoustic spectroscopy in the THz regime, but its THz phonon properties have not been experimentally and comprehensively studied. In this report, we demonstrate how to use double quantum wells as a THz acoustic transducer for measuring generated acoustic phonons and deriving a broadband acoustic spectrum with continuous frequencies. We experimentally investigated the sub-THz frequency dependence of acoustic attenuation (i.e., phonon mean-free paths) in GaN, in addition to its physical origins such as anharmonic scattering, defect scattering, and boundary scattering. A new upper limit of attenuation caused by anharmonic scattering, which is lower than previously reported values, was obtained. Our results should be noteworthy for THz acoustic spectroscopy and for gaining a fundamental understanding of heat conduction.

  10. THz Acoustic Spectroscopy by using Double Quantum Wells and Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy

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    Wei, Fan Jun; Yeh, Yu-Hsiang; Sheu, Jinn-Kong; Lin, Kung-Hsuan

    2016-01-01

    GaN is a pivotal material for acoustic transducers and acoustic spectroscopy in the THz regime, but its THz phonon properties have not been experimentally and comprehensively studied. In this report, we demonstrate how to use double quantum wells as a THz acoustic transducer for measuring generated acoustic phonons and deriving a broadband acoustic spectrum with continuous frequencies. We experimentally investigated the sub-THz frequency dependence of acoustic attenuation (i.e., phonon mean-free paths) in GaN, in addition to its physical origins such as anharmonic scattering, defect scattering, and boundary scattering. A new upper limit of attenuation caused by anharmonic scattering, which is lower than previously reported values, was obtained. Our results should be noteworthy for THz acoustic spectroscopy and for gaining a fundamental understanding of heat conduction. PMID:27346494

  11. Study of deposition parameters for the fabrication of ZnO thin films using femtosecond laser

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    Hashmi, Jaweria Zartaj; Siraj, Khurram; Latif, Anwar; Murray, Mathew; Jose, Gin

    2016-08-01

    Femtosecond (fs) pulsed laser deposition (fs-PLD) of ZnO thin film on borosilicate glass substrates is reported in this work. The effect of important fs-PLD parameters such as target-substrate distance, laser pulse energy and substrate temperature on structure, morphology, optical transparency and luminescence of as-deposited films is discussed. XRD analysis reveals that all the films grown using the laser energy range 120-230 μJ are polycrystalline when they are deposited at room temperature in a ~10-5 Torr vacuum. Introducing 0.7 mTorr oxygen pressure, the films show preferred c-axis growth and transform into a single-crystal-like film when the substrate temperature is increased to 100 °C. The scanning electron micrographs show the presence of small nano-size grains at 25 °C, which grow in size to the regular hexagonal shape particles at 100 °C. Optical transmission of the ZnO film is found to increase with an increase in crystal quality. Maximum transmittance of 95 % in the wavelength range 400-1400 nm is achieved for films deposited at 100 °C employing a laser pulse energy of 180 μJ. The luminescence spectra show a strong UV emission band peaked at 377 nm close to the ZnO band gap. The shallow donor defects increase at higher pulse energies and higher substrate temperatures, which give rise to violet-blue luminescence. The results indicate that nano-crystalline ZnO thin films with high crystalline quality and optical transparency can be fabricated by using pulses from fs lasers.

  12. Fabrication of High-effective Silicon Diffractive Optics for the Terahertz Range by Femtosecond Laser Ablation

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    Pavelyev, V. S.; Komlenok, M. S.; Volodkin, B. O.; Knyazev, B. A.; Kononenko, T. V.; Konov, V. I.; Soifer, V. A.; Choporova, Yu. Yu.

    Comparison of the two laser sources (UV nanosecond and IR femtosecond) used for the formation of micro-relief at the silicon surface showed the advantage of the second one. A four-level silicon diffractive THz Fresnel lens has been fabricated by laser ablation at high repetition rate (f = 200 kHz) of femtosecond Yb:YAG laser. Features of the lens were investigated in the beam of the Novosibirsk free electron laser at the wavelength of 141 μm. Detailed results of investigation of fabricated lens micro-relief are presented. The measured diffractive efficiency of the lens is in good agreement with the theoretical prediction.

  13. Fabrication of THz Sensor with Metamaterial Absorber

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    Gonzalez, Hugo; Alves, Fabio; Karunasiri, Gamani

    The terahertz (THz) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (0.1-10 THz) has not been fully utilized due to the lack of sensitive detectors. Real-time imaging in this spectral range has been demonstrated using uncooled infrared microbolometer cameras and external illumination provided by quantum cascade laser (QCL) based THz sources. However, the microbolometer pixels in the cameras have not been optimized to achieve high sensitivity in THz frequencies. Recently, we have developed a highly sensitive micromechanical THz sensor employing bi-material effect with an integrated metamaterial absorber tuned to the THz frequency of interest. The use of bi-material structures causes deflection on the sensor to as the absorbed THz radiation increases its temperature, which can be monitored optically by reflecting a light beam. This approach eliminates the integration of readout electronics needed in microbolometers. The absorption of THz by metamaterial can be tailored by controlling geometrical parameters. The sensors can be fabricated using conventional microelectronic materials and incorporated into pixels to form focal plane arrays (FPAs). In this presentation, characterization and readout of a THz sensor with integrated metamaterial structure will be described. Supported by DoD.

  14. High-power Broadband Organic THz Generator

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    Jeong, Jae-Hyeok; Kang, Bong-Joo; Kim, Ji-Soo; Jazbinsek, Mojca; Lee, Seung-Heon; Lee, Seung-Chul; Baek, In-Hyung; Yun, Hoseop; Kim, Jongtaek; Lee, Yoon Sup; Lee, Jae-Hyeok; Kim, Jae-Ho; Rotermund, Fabian; Kwon, O-Pil

    2013-01-01

    The high-power broadband terahertz (THz) generator is an essential tool for a wide range of THz applications. Here, we present a novel highly efficient electro-optic quinolinium single crystal for THz wave generation. For obtaining intense and broadband THz waves by optical-to-THz frequency conversion, a quinolinium crystal was developed to fulfill all the requirements, which are in general extremely difficult to maintain simultaneously in a single medium, such as a large macroscopic electro-optic response and excellent crystal characteristics including a large crystal size with desired facets, good environmental stability, high optical quality, wide transparency range, and controllable crystal thickness. Compared to the benchmark inorganic and organic crystals, the new quinolinium crystal possesses excellent crystal properties and THz generation characteristics with broader THz spectral coverage and higher THz conversion efficiency at the technologically important pump wavelength of 800 nm. Therefore, the quinolinium crystal offers great potential for efficient and gap-free broadband THz wave generation. PMID:24220234

  15. Interferometric background reduction for femtosecond stimulated Raman scattering loss spectroscopy.

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    Dobner, Sven; Cleff, Carsten; Fallnich, Carsten; Groß, Petra

    2012-11-07

    We present a purely optical method for background suppression in nonlinear spectroscopy based on linear interferometry. Employing an unbalanced Sagnac interferometer, an unprecedented background reduction of 17  dB over a broad bandwidth of 60  THz (2000  cm(-1)) is achieved and its application to femtosecond stimulated Raman scattering loss spectroscopy is demonstrated. Apart from raising the signal-to-background ratio in the measurement of the Raman intensity spectrum, this interferometric method grants access to the spectral phase of the resonant χ(3) contribution. The spectral phase becomes apparent as a dispersive lineshape and is reproduced numerically with a simple oscillator model.

  16. Femtosecond pulse propagation in nitrogen: Numerical study of (3+1)-dimensional extended nonlinear Schroedinger equation with shock-term correction

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    Ando, Taro; Fujimoto, Masatoshi

    2005-08-01

    We develop an accurate and efficient method for calculating evolution due to the extended nonlinear Schroedinger equation, which describes the propagation behavior of a femtosecond light pulse in a nonlinear medium. Applying Suzuki's exponential operator expansion to the evolution operator based on the finite-differential formulation, we realize the accurate and fast calculation that can be performed without large-scale computing systems even for (3+1)-dimensional problems. To study the correspondence between experiments and calculations, we calculate the propagation behavior of a femtosecond light pulse that is weakly focused in nitrogen gas of various pressures and compare the calculation results to the experimental ones. The calculation results reproduce the relative behavior of the spatial light pattern observed during the propagation. Additionally, the multiple-cone formation and interaction between two collimated pulses in nitrogen gas are also demonstrated as applications of the developed method.

  17. Femtosecond laser induced structural dynamics and melting of Cu (111) single crystal. An ultrafast time-resolved x-ray diffraction study

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    Li, Runze; Ashour, Omar A.; Chen, Jie; Elsayed-Ali, H. E.; Rentzepis, Peter M.

    2017-02-01

    Femtosecond, 8.04 keV x-ray pulses are used to probe the lattice dynamics of a 150 nm Cu (111) single crystal on a mica substrate irradiated with 400 nm, 100 fs laser pulses. For pump fluences below the damage and melting thresholds, we observed lattice contraction due to the formation of a blast force and coherent acoustic phonons with a period of ˜69 ps. At larger pump fluence, solid to liquid phase transition, annealing, and recrystallization were measured in real time by monitoring the intensity evolution of the probing fs x-ray rocking curves, which agreed well with theoretical simulation results. The experimental data suggest that the melting process is a purely thermal phase transition. This study provides, in real time, an ultrafast time-resolved detailed description of the significant processes that occur as a result of the interaction of a femtosecond light-pulse with the Cu (111) crystal surface.

  18. Study of nonlinear optical absorption properties of V2O5 nanoparticles in the femtosecond excitation regime

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    Molli, Muralikrishna; Bhat Kademane, Abhijit; Pradhan, Prabin; Sai Muthukumar, V.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we report for the first time, the nonlinear optical absorption properties of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) nanoparticles in the femtosecond excitation regime. V2O5 nanoparticles were synthesized through solution combustion technique. The as-synthesized samples were further characterized using XRD, FESEM, EDAX, TEM and UV-visible spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction results revealed the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles. Electron microscopy studies showed the size of the nanoparticles to be ~200 nm. Open-aperture z-scan technique was employed to study the nonlinear optical absorption behavior of the synthesized samples using a 100-fs laser pulses at 800 nm from a regeneratively amplified Ti: sapphire laser. The mechanism of nonlinear absorption was found to be a three-photon absorption process which was explained using the density of states of V2O5 obtained using density functional theory. These nanoparticles exhibit strong intensity-dependent nonlinear optical absorption and hence could be considered for optical-power-limiting applications.

  19. Measurement of middle and upper atmospheric horizontal winds with a submillimeter/THz limb sounder: results from JEM/SMILES and simulation study for SMILES-2

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    Baron, Philippe; Manago, Naohiro; Ozeki, Hiroyuki; Yoshihisa, Irimajiri; Donal, Murtagh; Yoshinori, Uzawa; Satoshi, Ochiai; Masato, Shiotani; Makoto, Suzuki

    2016-04-01

    In a near future, ESA will launch the Atmospheric Dynamics Mission (ADM) equipped with a lidar for measuring tropospheric and lower stratospheric winds. NASA will continue a long-term series of upper atmospheric wind measurements (altitudes >80 km) with the new Michelson Interferometer for Global High-resolution Thermospheric Imaging (MIGHTI) on the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite. No mission is planned to observe winds in the middle atmosphere (30-80 km), though they are recognized as essential parameters for understanding atmospheric dynamics and the vertical coupling between atmospheric regions. They are also promising data for improving long-term weather forecast and climate modelling. It has been demonstrated with the Superconducting Submillimeter Wave Limb Emission Sounder (SMILES, Oct 2009 - Apr 2010) that a 4-K cooled microwave radiometer can provide data to fill the altitude gap in the wind measurements. Its possible successor named SMILES-2, is being designed in Japan for the study of the middle and upper atmospheric chemistry and dynamics (O3, H2O, T, atomic O, OH, HO2, ClO, BrO, ...). If realized, the instrument will measure sub-millimeter and THz molecular spectral lines (616-150 μm) with high sensitivity and frequency resolution. The SMILES-2 characteristics are very well suited for horizontal wind observations between 20 km to more than 160 km. The best performances are found between 35-90 km where the retrieval precision is better than 3 m/s for a vertical resolution of 2-3 km [1]. In this presentation, we summarize the results obtained from SMILES and assess the measurement performances of SMILES-2 to measure horizontal winds. [1] P. Baron, N. Manago, H. Ozeki, Y. Irimajiri, D. Murtagh, Y. Uzawa, S. Ochiai, M. Shiotani, M. Suzuki: "Measurement of stratospheric and mesospheric winds with a SubMillimeter wave limb sounder: Results from JEM/SMILES and simulation study for SMILES-2"; Proc. of SPIE Remote sensing, 96390N-96390N-20

  20. 2D THz-THz-Raman Photon-Echo Spectroscopy of Molecular Vibrations in Liquid Bromoform.

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    Finneran, Ian A; Welsch, Ralph; Allodi, Marco A; Miller, Thomas F; Blake, Geoffrey A

    2017-09-13

    Fundamental properties of molecular liquids are governed by long-range interactions that most prominently manifest at terahertz (THz) frequencies. Here we report the detection of nonlinear THz photon-echo (rephasing) signals in liquid bromoform using THz-THz-Raman spectroscopy. Together, the many observed signatures span frequencies from 0.5 to 8.5 THz and result from couplings between thermally populated ladders of vibrational states. The strongest peaks in the spectrum are found to be multiquantum dipole and 1-quantum polarizability transitions and may arise from nonlinearities in the intramolecular dipole moment surface driven by intermolecular interactions.

  1. On the accretion process in a high-mass star forming region. A multitransitional THz Herschel-HIFI study of ammonia toward G34.26+0.15

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    Hajigholi, M.; Persson, C. M.; Wirström, E. S.; Black, J. H.; Bergman, P.; Olofsson, A. O. H.; Olberg, M.; Wyrowski, F.; Coutens, A.; Hjalmarson, Å.; Menten, K. M.

    2016-01-01

    Aims: Our aim is to explore the gas dynamics and the accretion process in the early phase of high-mass star formation. Methods: The inward motion of molecular gas in the massive star forming region G34.26+0.15 is investigated by using high-resolution profiles of seven transitions of ammonia at THz frequencies observed with Herschel-HIFI. The shapes and intensities of these lines are interpreted in terms of radiative transfer models of a spherical, collapsing molecular envelope. An accelerated Lambda Iteration (ALI) method is used to compute the models. Results: The seven ammonia lines show mixed absorption and emission with inverse P-Cygni-type profiles that suggest infall onto the central source. A trend toward absorption at increasingly higher velocities for higher excitation transitions is clearly seen in the line profiles. The J = 3 ← 2 lines show only very weak emission, so these absorption profiles can be used directly to analyze the inward motion of the gas. This is the first time a multitransitional study of spectrally resolved rotational ammonia lines has been used for this purpose. Broad emission is, in addition, mixed with the absorption in the 10-00 ortho-NH3 line, possibly tracing a molecular outflow from the star forming region. The best-fitting ALI model reproduces the continuum fluxes and line profiles, but slightly underpredicts the emission and absorption depth in the ground-state ortho line 10-00. An ammonia abundance on the order of 10-9 relative to H2 is needed to fit the profiles. The derived ortho-to-para ratio is approximately 0.5 throughout the infalling cloud core similar to recent findings for translucent clouds in sight lines toward W31C and W49N. We find evidence of two gas components moving inwards toward the central region with constant velocities: 2.7 and 5.3 km s-1, relative to the source systemic velocity. Attempts to model the inward motion with a single gas cloud in free-fall collapse did not succeed. Herschel is an ESA space

  2. Micromachined TWTs for THz Radiation Sources

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    Booske, John H.; vanderWeide, Daniel W.; Kory, Carol L.; Limbach, S.; Downey, Alan (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    provide superior high frequency wall conductivity as a result of superior surface smoothness compared with conventional mechanical or electric discharge machining approaches. Micro-VED technologies are already being applied to the development of millimeter-wave klystrons at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and submillimeter-wave klystrons at the University of Leeds. We are investigating the use of micro-machining technologies to develop THz regime TWTs, with emphasis on folded-waveguide TWTs. The folded-waveguide TWT (FW-TWT) has several features that make it attractive for THz-regime micro-VED applications. It is a relatively simple circuit to design and fabricate, it is amenable to precision pattern replication by micro-machining, and it is has been demonstrated capable of forward-wave amplification with appreciable bandwidth. We are conducting experimental and computational studies of micro-VED FW-TWTs to examine their feasibility for applications at frequencies from 200 - 1000 GHz.

  3. Dynamics of spallation during femtosecond laser ablation studied by time-resolved reflectivity with double pump pulses

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    Kumada, Takayuki Otobe, Tomohito; Nishikino, Masaharu; Hasegawa, Noboru; Hayashi, Terutake

    2016-01-04

    The dynamics of photomechanical spallation during femtosecond laser ablation of fused silica was studied by time-resolved reflectivity with double pump pulses. Oscillation of reflectivity was caused by interference between the probe pulses reflected at the sample surface and the spallation layer, and was enhanced when the surface was irradiated with the second pump pulse within a time interval, Δτ, of several picoseconds after the first pump pulse. However, as Δτ was increased, the oscillation amplitude decreased with an exponential decay time of 10 ps. The oscillation disappeared when Δτ exceeded 20 ps. This result suggests that the formation time of the spallation layer is approximately 10 ps. A second pump pulse with Δτ shorter than 10 ps excites the bulk sample. The spallation layer that is photo-excited by the first and second pump pulses is separated afterward. In contrast, a pulse with Δτ longer than the formation time excites and breaks up the spallation layer that has already been separated from the bulk. The formation time of the spallation layer, as determined in this experiment, is attributed to the characteristic time of the mechanical equilibration corresponding to the thickness divided by the sound velocity of the photo-excited layer.

  4. Dissociation of H2+ in intense femtosecond laser fields studied by coincidence three-dimensional momentum imaging

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    Wang, P. Q.; Sayler, A. M.; Carnes, K. D.; Xia, J. F.; Smith, M. A.; Esry, B. D.; Ben-Itzhak, I.

    2006-10-01

    The dissociation of H2+ in an intense laser field has been experimentally studied using femtosecond laser pulses at 790nm in the intensity range of 1013-1015W/cm2 . Kinematically complete measurements of both the ionic H+ and neutral H fragments dissociated from a vibrationally excited H2+ beam have been achieved by a coincidence three-dimensional momentum imaging system. Angular-resolved kinetic energy release spectra for a series of different intensity ranges have been obtained using the intensity-difference spectrum method, thus disentangling the problem caused by the intensity volume effect. Our results indicate that the dissociation dynamics are drastically different for “long” (135fs) and “short” (45fs) laser pulses at similar high laser intensities. Specifically, bond softening is found to be the main feature in long pulses, while above threshold dissociation is dominant in short pulses whose durations are comparable with the vibrational period of the molecule. Bond softening in short pulses appears at low kinetic energy release with a narrow angular distribution. The experimental results are well interpreted by solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation in the Born-Oppenheimer representation without nuclear rotation.

  5. Study of nonlinear optical absorption properties of Sb2Se3 nanoparticles in the nanosecond and femtosecond excitation regime

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    Molli, Muralikrishna; Pradhan, Prabin; Dutta, Devarun; Jayaraman, Aditya; Bhat Kademane, Abhijit; Muthukumar, V. Sai; Kamisetti, Venkataramaniah; Philip, Reji

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we report for the first time, the nonlinear optical absorption properties of antimony selenide (Sb2Se3) nanoparticles synthesized through solvothermal route. X-ray diffraction results revealed the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles. Electron microscopy studies revealed that the nanoparticles are in the range of 10-40 nm. Elemental analysis was performed using EDAX. The nanosecond optical limiting effect was characterized by using fluence-dependent transmittance measurements with 15-ns laser pulses at 532 and 1064 nm excitation wavelengths. Mechanistically, effective two-photon (2PA) absorption and nonlinear scattering processes were the dominant nonlinear processes at both the wavelengths. At 800 nm excitation in the femtosecond regime (100 fs), the nonlinear optical absorption was found to be a three-photon (3PA) process. Both 2PA and 3PA processes were explained using the band structure and density of states of Sb2Se3 obtained using density functional theory. These nanoparticles exhibit strong intensity-dependent nonlinear optical absorption and hence could be considered to have optical power-limiting applications in the visible range.

  6. Field emission study from an array of hierarchical micro protrusions on stainless steel surface generated by femtosecond pulsed laser irradiation

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    Singh, A. K.; Suryawanshi, Sachin R.; More, M. A.; Basu, S.; Sinha, Sucharita

    2017-02-01

    This paper reports our results on femtosecond (fs) pulsed laser induced surface micro/nano structuring of stainless steel 304 (SS 304) samples and their characterization in terms of surface morphology, formed material phases on laser irradiation and field emission studies. Our investigations reveal that nearly uniform and dense array of hierarchical micro-protrusions (density: ∼5.6 × 105 protrusions/cm2) is formed upon laser treatment. Typical tip diameters of the generated protrusions are in the range of 2-5 μm and these protrusions are covered with submicron sized features. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) analysis of the laser irradiated sample surface has shown formation mainly of iron oxides and cementite (Fe3C) phases in the treated region. These laser micro-structured samples have shown good field emission properties such as low turn on field (∼4.1 V/μm), high macroscopic field enhancement factor (1830) and stable field emission current under ultra high vacuum conditions.

  7. THz imaging of histo-pathological samples

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    Knobloch, Pascal; Schmalstieg, K.; Koch, Martin; Rehberg, E.; Vauti, F.; Donhuijsen, K.

    2001-10-01

    We investigate the potential of THz imaging for the examination of histo-pathological samples. Data obtained on a pig larynx and on a human liver containing cancerous tissue are presented. Different types of tissue are clearly resolved due to their distinct spectral absorption characteristics or due to a density dependent THz transmission.

  8. Tactical systems applications for THz devices

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    McGee, R.A.

    1994-12-31

    Currently several weapons systems use millimeter wave, infrared or both for sensing. THz technology is spectrally located so as to be able to exploit the best features of MMW and infrared technology. The items for discussion are Army needs that could be addressed by THz technology. The emphasis is on active and passive sensing parameters for ``Smart`` munitions and combat vehicles.

  9. High power THz sources for nonlinear imaging

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    Tekavec, Patrick F.; Kozlov, Vladimir G.

    2014-02-18

    Many biological and chemical compounds have unique absorption features in the THz (0.1 - 10 THz) region, making the use of THz waves attractive for imaging in defense, security, biomedical imaging, and monitoring of industrial processes. Unlike optical radiation, THz frequencies can pass through many substances such as paper, clothing, ceramic, etc. with little attenuation. The use of currently available THz systems is limited by lack of highpower, sources as well as sensitive detectors and detector arrays operating at room temperature. Here we present a novel, high power THz source based on intracavity downconverison of optical pulses. The source delivers 6 ps pulses at 1.5 THz, with an average power of >300 μW and peak powers >450 mW. We propose an imaging method based on frequency upconverison that is ideally suited to use the narrow bandwidth and high peak powers produced by the source. By upconverting the THz image to the infrared, commercially available detectors can be used for real time imaging.

  10. Terahertz emission from InSb illuminated by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Arlauskas, A.; Subačius, L.; Krotkus, A.; Malevich, V. L.

    2017-02-01

    Athough terahertz (THz) radiation from semiconductor surfaces illuminated by femtosecond laser pulses was observed a long time ago, the mechanisms responsible for this radiation still remains questionable, especially in narrow band gap semiconductors. Four different crystallographic orientation {(1 0 0), (1 1 0), (1 1 1) and (1 1 2)} InSb samples were analyzed in this investigation. THz amplitude dependences on the excitation wavelength and azimuthal angle are presented in this paper. We have shown that the second order nonlinear effect—optical rectification—is responsible for THz radiation in InSb. The microscopic origin of this effect is related to the orientation of electrons momenta by the optical radiation and anisotropy of the conduction band at high energies. Monte Carlo simulations have shown that electric field screening by intrinsic carriers diminishes the contribution of the third order nonlinear effect in this material.

  11. Femtosecond-laser-driven wire-guided helical undulator for intense terahertz radiation

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    Tian, Ye; Liu, Jiansheng; Bai, Yafeng; Zhou, Shiyi; Sun, Haiyi; Liu, Weiwei; Zhao, Jiayu; Li, Ruxin; Xu, Zhizhan

    2017-02-01

    The capability of synchrotron radiation to produce ultrabright emission has attracted considerable interest over the last half a century. To date, magnetic undulators with a period of several centimetres are commonly used for wiggling relativistic electrons in a modulated field. Here, we propose a novel compact undulator with a period down to the submillimetre level based on a spontaneous electric field that is driven by a femtosecond laser. Both the guided energetic electrons and the gyrotron-like undulator are spontaneously produced by irradiating a thin metallic wire with an intense laser pulse. An intense radial electric field instantaneously created on the wire can guide the electrons' helical motion along the wire and induce periodic THz emission. We have demonstrated that this scheme can produce intense THz sources with a conversion efficiency of 1% that are frequency-tunable by adjusting the diameter of the wire. Amplified emission of THz radiation by more than tenfold has been observed.

  12. Laser Micromachining Fabrication of THz Components

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    DrouetdAubigny, C.; Walker, C.; Jones, B.; Groppi, C.; Papapolymerou, J.; Tavenier, C.

    2001-01-01

    Laser micromachining techniques can be used to fabricate high-quality waveguide structures and quasi-optical components to micrometer accuracies. Successful GHz designs can be directly scaled to THz frequencies. We expect this promising technology to allow the construction of the first fully integrated THz heterodyne imaging arrays. At the University of Arizona, construction of the first laser micromachining system designed for THz waveguide components fabrication has been completed. Once tested and characterized our system will be used to construct prototype THz lx4 focal plane mixer arrays, magic tees, AR coated silicon lenses, local oscillator source phase gratings, filters and more. Our system can micro-machine structures down to a few microns accuracy and up to 6 inches across in a short time. This paper discusses the design and performance of our micromachining system, and illustrates the type, range and performance of components this exciting new technology will make accessible to the THz community.

  13. Majolica imaging with THz waves: preliminary results

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    Catapano, Ilaria; Affinito, Antonio; Guerriero, Luigi; Bisceglia, Bruno; Soldovieri, Francesco

    2016-05-01

    Recent advancements performed in the development of stable and flexible devices working at TeraHertz (THz) frequencies have opened the way at considering this technology as a very interesting noninvasive diagnostic tool in cultural heritage. In this frame, the paper aims at assessing the ability of THz imaging to gather information about preservation state and constructive modalities of majolica artworks. In particular, THz surveys have been carried out on two majolica tiles dated back to the nineteenth century and realized as building cladding at Naples (Italy). The analysis has been performed by means of the Zomega fiber-coupled THz time-domain system. This analysis corroborates the ability of THz to reconstruct irregularities of majolica tile topography, to characterize pigment and glaze losses, and to detect and localize glaze and pigment layer as well as the glaze-clay body interface.

  14. THz optical design considerations and optimization for medical imaging applications

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    Sung, Shijun; Garritano, James; Bajwa, Neha; Nowroozi, Bryan; Llombart, Nuria; Grundfest, Warren; Taylor, Zachary D.

    2014-09-01

    THz imaging system design will play an important role making possible imaging of targets with arbitrary properties and geometries. This study discusses design consideration and imaging performance optimization techniques in THz quasioptical imaging system optics. Analysis of field and polarization distortion by off-axis parabolic (OAP) mirrors in THz imaging optics shows how distortions are carried in a series of mirrors while guiding the THz beam. While distortions of the beam profile by individual mirrors are not significant, these effects are compounded by a series of mirrors in antisymmetric orientation. It is shown that symmetric orientation of the OAP mirror effectively cancels this distortion to recover the original beam profile. Additionally, symmetric orientation can correct for some geometrical off-focusing due to misalignment. We also demonstrate an alternative method to test for overall system optics alignment by investigating the imaging performance of the tilted target plane. Asymmetric signal profile as a function of the target plane's tilt angle indicates when one or more imaging components are misaligned, giving a preferred tilt direction. Such analysis can offer additional insight into often elusive source device misalignment at an integrated system. Imaging plane tilting characteristics are representative of a 3-D modulation transfer function of the imaging system. A symmetric tilted plane is preferred to optimize imaging performance.

  15. High-resolution waveguide THz spectroscopy of biological molecules.

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    Laman, N; Harsha, S Sree; Grischkowsky, D; Melinger, Joseph S

    2008-02-01

    Low-frequency vibrational modes of biological molecules consist of intramolecular modes, which are dependent on the molecule as a whole, as well as intermolecular modes, which arise from hydrogen-bonding interactions and van der Waals forces. Vibrational modes thus contain important information about conformation dynamics of biological molecules, and can also be used for identification purposes. However, conventional Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) often result in broad, overlapping features that are difficult to distinguish. The technique of waveguide THz-TDS has been recently developed, resulting in sharper features. For this technique, an ordered polycrystalline film of the molecule is formed on a metal sample plate. This plate is incorporated into a metal parallel-plate waveguide and probed via waveguide THz-TDS. The planar order of the film reduces the inhomogeneous broadening, and cooling of the samples to 77K reduces the homogenous broadening. This combination results in the line-narrowing of THz vibrational modes, in some cases to an unprecedented degree. Here, this technique has been demonstrated with seven small biological molecules, thymine, deoxycytidine, adenosine, D-glucose, tryptophan, glycine, and L-alanine. The successful demonstration of this technique shows the possibilities and promise for future studies of internal vibrational modes of large biological molecules.

  16. Investigations on time stability of passive THz imaging

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    Kowalski, Marcin; Palka, Norbert; Zyczkowski, Marek; Szustakowski, Mieczyslaw

    2014-10-01

    Terahertz radiation is within the frequency range from 100 GHz to 10THz. This radiation has specific characteristics in terms of imaging. The radiation is harmless to the human body because the energy transferred by electromagnetic waves in this range of frequencies are very small thus there is no ionization of matter. The development of imaging devices and exploration of new spectral bands is a chance to introduce new equipment for assuring public safety. It has been proved that objects hidden under clothing can be detected and visualized using terahertz (THz) cameras. However, passive THz cameras still offer too low image resolution for objects recognition. In order to determine the properties of terahertz imaging for detection of hidden objects several aspects need to be considered. Taking into account the fact that the image captured by the terahertz camera reflects the spatial distribution of the relative temperature of the observed objects, the effect of the measurement time on the imaging capabilities should be examined. A very important aspect is the influence of the type (material composition) of coating material, as well as the type of an object hidden under clothing (size and material). The purpose of the studies is to investigate the time stability of passive THz imaging on 250 GHz for detection of concealed objects. In the article, we present the measurement setup, the measurement methodology as well as the initial results of measurements with various types of clothing and test objects.

  17. Conceiving THz endometrial ablation: feasibility, requirements and technical challenges.

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    Neelakanta, Perambur S; Sharma, Bharti

    2013-07-01

    Shallow-ablation of endometrial lining using microwaves has been traditionally indicated as a minimally invasive treatment option for dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB). Known as microwave endometrial ablation (MEA), relevant procedure is used as an alternative to hysterectomy considering its safety, simplicity and effectiveness. In lieu of the prevailing MEA techniques, it is attempted in this study to foresee the possibility of conceiving an alternative and a newer option on endometrial ablation using mm-wave/THz frequencies. Commensurate with this motivated impetus, objectively considered are merits and design issues of using electromagnetic (EM) spectrum of mm-wave/THz region toward optimal conversion of EM energy into a thermal ablative source so that, the basal layer of endometrium can be effectively destroyed in surgical contexts as necessary. Hence, the feasibility of designing appropriate TEA applicators for controlled and safe procedures so as to ablate just the unwanted tissues within a localized zone of energy field is addressed. Lastly, a quantitative analysis on the interaction of THz EM-energy versus the lossy dielectric characteristics of endometrial medium is indicated to model the underlying (THz-energy)-to-(thermal energy) transduction. Relevant prospects of conceiving TEA and the associated pros and cons are identified specific to the prospects of feasibility, requirement considerations and technical challenges.

  18. Coherent femtosecond low-energy single-electron pulses for time-resolved diffraction and imaging: A numerical study

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    Paarmann, A.; Mueller, M.; Ernstorfer, R.; Gulde, M.; Schaefer, S.; Schweda, S.; Maiti, M.; Ropers, C.; Xu, C.; Hohage, T.; Schenk, F.

    2012-12-01

    We numerically investigate the properties of coherent femtosecond single electron wave packets photoemitted from nanotips in view of their application in ultrafast electron diffraction and non-destructive imaging with low-energy electrons. For two different geometries, we analyze the temporal and spatial broadening during propagation from the needle emitter to an anode, identifying the experimental parameters and challenges for realizing femtosecond time resolution. The simple tip-anode geometry is most versatile and allows for electron pulses of several ten of femtosecond duration using a very compact experimental design, however, providing very limited control over the electron beam collimation. A more sophisticated geometry comprising a suppressor-extractor electrostatic unit and a lens, similar to typical field emission electron microscope optics, is also investigated, allowing full control over the beam parameters. Using such a design, we find {approx}230 fs pulses feasible in a focused electron beam. The main limitation to achieve sub-hundred femtosecond time resolution is the typical size of such a device, and we suggest the implementation of more compact electron optics for optimal performance.

  19. Intense picosecond THz pulses alter gene expression in human skin tissue in vivo

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    Titova, Lyubov V.; Ayesheshim, Ayesheshim K.; Golubov, Andrey; Rodriguez-Juarez, Rocio; Kovalchuk, Anna; Hegmann, Frank A.; Kovalchuk, Olga

    2013-02-01

    Pulsed terahertz (THz) imaging has been suggested as a novel high resolution, noninvasive medical diagnostic tool. However, little is known about the influence of pulsed THz radiation on human tissue, i.e., its genotoxicity and effects on cell activity and cell integrity. We have carried out a comprehensive investigation of the biological effects of THz radiation on human skin tissue using a high power THz pulse source and an in vivo full-thickness human skin tissue model. We have observed that exposure to intense THz pulses causes DNA damage and changes in the global gene expression profile in the exposed skin tissue. Several of the affected genes are known to play major roles in human cancer. While the changes in the expression levels of some of them suggest possible oncogenic effects of pulsed THz radiation, changes in the expression of the other cancer-related genes might have a protective influence. This study may serve as a roadmap for future investigations aimed at elucidating the exact roles that all the affected genes play in skin carcinogenesis and in response to pulsed THz radiation.

  20. Non-monotonic dynamics of water in its binary mixture with 1,2-dimethoxy ethane: A combined THz spectroscopic and MD simulation study

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    Das Mahanta, Debasish; Patra, Animesh; Samanta, Nirnay; Luong, Trung Quan; Mukherjee, Biswaroop; Mitra, Rajib Kumar

    2016-10-01

    A combined experimental (mid- and far-infrared FTIR spectroscopy and THz time domain spectroscopy (TTDS) (0.3-1.6 THz)) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation technique are used to understand the evolution of the structure and dynamics of water in its binary mixture with 1,2-dimethoxy ethane (DME) over the entire concentration range. The cooperative hydrogen bond dynamics of water obtained from Debye relaxation of TTDS data reveals a non-monotonous behaviour in which the collective dynamics is much faster in the low Xw region (where Xw is the mole fraction of water in the mixture), whereas in Xw ˜ 0.8 region, the dynamics gets slower than that of pure water. The concentration dependence of the reorientation times of water, calculated from the MD simulations, also captures this non-monotonous character. The MD simulation trajectories reveal presence of large amplitude angular jumps, which dominate the orientational relaxation. We rationalize the non-monotonous, concentration dependent orientational dynamics by identifying two different physical mechanisms which operate at high and low water concentration regimes.

  1. Solvent effects on the excited-state processes of protochlorophyllide: a femtosecond time-resolved absorption study.

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    Dietzek, B; Kiefer, W; Hermann, G; Popp, J; Schmitt, M

    2006-03-09

    The excited-state dynamics of protochlorophyllide a, a porphyrin-like compound and, as substrate of the NADPH/protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase, a precursor of chlorophyll biosynthesis, is studied by femtosecond absorption spectroscopy in a variety of solvents, which were chosen to mimic different environmental conditions in the oxidoreductase complex. In the polar solvents methanol and acetonitrile, the excited-state dynamics differs significantly from that in the nonpolar solvent cyclohexane. In methanol and acetonitrile, the relaxation dynamics is multiexponential with three distinguishable time scales of 4.0-4.5 ps for vibrational relaxation and vibrational energy redistribution of the initially excited S1 state, 22-27 ps for the formation of an intermediate state, most likely with a charge transfer character, and 200 ps for the decay of this intermediate state back to the ground state. In the nonpolar solvent cyclohexane, only the 4.5 ps relaxational process can be observed, whereas the intermediate intramolecular charge transfer state is not populated any longer. In addition to polarity, solvent viscosity also affects the excited-state processes. Upon increasing the viscosity by adding up to 60% glycerol to a methanolic solution, a deceleration of the 4 and 22 ps decay rates from the values in pure methanol is found. Apparently not only vibrational cooling of the S1 excited state is slowed in the more viscous surrounding, but the formation rate of the intramolecular charge transfer state is also reduced, suggesting that nuclear motions along a reaction coordinate are involved in the charge transfer. The results of the present study further specify the model of the excited-state dynamics in protochlorophyllide a as recently suggested (Chem. Phys. Lett. 2004, 397, 110).

  2. Direct Observation of Charge-Transfer-to-Solvent Reactions: Femtosecond Studies of the Photoexcited Alkali Metal Anion Sodide (Na-)

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    Schwartz, Benjamin

    2000-03-01

    Charge-transfer-to-solvent (CTTS) transitions have been the subject of a great deal of interest recently because they represent the simplest possible charge transfer reaction: the CTTS electron transfer from an atomic ion to a cavity in the surrounding solvent involves only electronic degrees of freedom. Most of the work in this area, both experimental and theoretical, has focused on aqueous halides. Experimentally, however, halides are a poor choice for studying the CTTS phenomenon because the relevant spectroscopic transitions are deep in the UV and because the charge transfer dynamics can be monitored only indirectly through the appearance of the solvated electron. In this talk, we show that these difficulties can be overcome by taking advantage of the CTTS transitions in solutions of alkali metal anions, in particular, the near-IR CTTS band of sodide (Na ) in tetrahydrofuran (THF). Using femtosecond pump-probe techniques, we have been able to spectroscopically separate and identify transient absorption contributions not only from the solvated electron, but also from the bleaching dynamics of the Na ground state and from the absorption of the neutral sodium atom. Perhaps most importantly, we also have been able to directly observe the decay of the Na * excited CTTS state, providing the first direct measure of the electron transfer rate for any CTTS system. Taken together, the data at a variety of pump and probe wavelengths provide a direct test for several kinetic models of the CTTS process. The model which best fits the data assumes a delayed ejection of the electron from the CTTS excited state in 700 fs. Once ejected, a fraction of the electrons recombine with the neutral sodium parent atom on a 1.3 ps time scale. The fraction of electrons that recombine depends sensitively on the choice of excitation wavelength, suggesting multiple pathways for charge transfer. All the results are compared to previous studies of both CTTS dynamics and alkali metal solutions

  3. Fellow Eye Comparison of Nerve Fiber Regeneration After SMILE and Femtosecond Laser-assisted LASIK: A Confocal Microscopy Study.

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    Agca, Alper; Cankaya, Kadir I; Yilmaz, Ihsan; Yildirim, Yusuf; Yasa, Dilek; Olcucu, Onur; Demircan, Ali; Demirok, Ahmet; Yilmaz, Omer F

    2015-09-01

    To compare postoperative corneal nerve fiber regeneration after small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) and femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK (FS-LASIK). The medical records of patients who underwent SMILE were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with SMILE in one eye (the SMILE group) and FS-LASIK in the fellow eye (the FS-LASIK group) and who had undergone a confocal microscopy study were retrospectively identified. Subbasal nerve fiber density was measured and compared between the groups preoperatively and at 1 week and 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. Thirty eyes of 15 patients were included in the study. Preoperative characteristics of the eyes were similar between the groups. However, there was a statistically significant difference in subbasal nerve fiber density between the groups at 1 month (SMILE group: 1,505 ± 627 µm/mm(2) [range: 625 to 2,540 µm/mm(2)], FS-LASIK group: 1,107 ± 509 µm/mm(2) [range: 595 to 2,313 µm/mm(2)], P = .003) and 3 months (SMILE group: 1,534 ± 503 µm/mm(2) [range: 650 to 2,255 µm/mm(2)], FS-LASIK group: 1,194 ± 485 µm/mm(2) [range: 530 to 1,695 µm/mm(2)], P = .004) postoperatively. No statistically significant difference was detected at 1 week and 6 months postoperatively. Eyes treated with SMILE have a higher density of subbasal nerve fibers than eyes treated with FS-LASIK in the early postoperative period (1 week to 3 months) but the two procedures are equivalent by 6 months postoperatively. Copyright 2015, SLACK Incorporated.

  4. High power and spectral purity continuous-wave photonic THz source tunable from 1 to 4.5 THz for nonlinear molecular spectroscopy

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    Kiessling, J.; Breunig, I.; Schunemann, P. G.; Buse, K.; Vodopyanov, K. L.

    2013-10-01

    We report a diffraction-limited photonic terahertz (THz) source with linewidth <10 MHz that can be used for nonlinear THz studies in the continuous wave (CW) regime with uninterrupted tunability in a broad range of THz frequencies. THz output is produced in orientation-patterned (OP) gallium arsenide (GaAs) via intracavity frequency mixing between the two closely spaced resonating signal and idler waves of an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) operating near λ = 2 μm. The doubly resonant type II OPO is based on a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) pumped by a single-frequency Yb:YAG disc laser at 1030 nm. We take advantage of the enhancement of both optical fields inside a high-finesse OPO cavity: with 10 W of 1030 nm pump, 100 W of intracavity power near 2 μm was attained with GaAs inside cavity. This allows dramatic improvement in terms of generated THz power, as compared to the state-of-the art CW methods. We achieved >25 μW of single-frequency tunable CW THz output power scalable to >1 mW with proper choice of pump laser wavelength.

  5. Cataract surgery with femtosecond lasers.

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    Alió, Jorge L

    2011-07-01

    Cataract surgery with femtosecond lasers is approaching its practical application in ophthalmology. These lasers, working in the near infrared wavelength (1030 nm) can penetrate the transparent and even opaque tissues of the anterior segment of the eye, with limitations related to vessels and mineral opacities. Femtosecond lasers, guided by image systems can precisely outline the anatomy of the anterior segment of the eye, acting in a very precise way, performing corneal incisions, capsulorhexis, softening and breaking of the nucleus, which are essential steps in cataract surgery. In this article we summarize the four technologies available and approaching commercial application in the coming future. The main differences between the systems are based on the diagnostic imaging techniques, which might either be based on optical coherence tomography or the Scheimpflug principles. One model (the Technolas Femtec 520 F custom lens, 20/10 Perfect Vision), offers the possibility of combined use in corneal and intraocular surgery. While clinical studies are being performed with all of them, and most probably becoming available on the market during 2011 and 2012, the main problem of this emerging technology is its practical application as the increase in costs will affect their availability in the market of cataract surgery. Research is needed to confirm the practicality and the advantages of femtosecond laser cataract surgery over conventional surgery. Meanwhile, a new path for the future of cataract surgery is opening.

  6. Design study for a hard X-ray source with a femto-second length by using Compton scattering at the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory

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    Kim, Eun-San; Kim, KyungRyul

    2016-02-01

    X-ray generation based on laser-electron Compton scattering is a method to generate a compact high-flux X-ray source. At the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory's (PAL's) fs-THz facility, 3-THz radiation has been achieved using an electron beam of 150 fs rms. To further enhance the radiation bandwidth, we present design results on X-ray generation by using Compton scattering at the facility. We show the design performance for the Compton source by using a 75-MeV electron linac with a 800-nm laser system. The Compton scattering X-ray source will be a compact facility that produces 3.1 × 107 photons in a single shot and a maximum photon energy of 130 keV. In this paper, we show the system layout and the design parameters that offers an ultra-short, high-flux hard X-ray source. We present the simulation studies to optimize the parameters of the electron beam and the X-ray pulse that was given by code CAIN.

  7. The Thz Spectrum of Glycolaldehyde

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    Goubet, Manuel; Huet, Therese R.; Haykal, Imane; Margules, Laurent; Pirali, Olivier; Roy, Pascale

    2011-06-01

    The vibration-rotation spectrum of the ν_1-0, ν_2-0 and ν_3-0 bands of glycolaldehyde was recorded up to 12 THz, using the far-infrared beamline AILES at the synchrotron SOLEIL and a Fourier transform spectrometer coupled to a multipass cell. More than eight thousands lines were assigned, revealing the rotation structure up to J=80, K_a=38 for the ground state. The THz data were fitted simultaneously with pure rotational transitions of better accuracy observed in the microwave (1), in the millimeter-wave (2) and in the sub-millimeter-wave (3) range. In addition new data were recorded at Lille in the 150-300 GHz and 750-950 GHz range. The THz lines and the microwave - (sub)-millimeterwave lines are reproduced with a standard deviation of 2 10-4 Cm-1 and 40 KHz, respectively. Glycolaldehyde has been identified toward the galactic center (4). The vibrational state partition function can be re-evaluated according to the bands origins associated with ν_1, ν_2, and ν_3, which are observed experimentally for the first time. This work is supported by the Programme National de Physico-Chimie du Milieu Interstellaire (PCMI-CNRS) and by the contract ANR-08-BLAN-0054. 1. M. Rey, J.-R. Aviles-Moreno and T. R. Huet, Chem. Phys. Lett. 430(2006) 121 ; K.-M. Marstokk and H. Mollendal, J. Mol. Struct. 5 (1970) 205. 2. R. A. H. Butler, F. C. De Lucia, D. T. Petkie, H. Mollendal, A. Horn, and E. Herbst, ApJS 134 (2001) 319. ; S. L. Widicus-Weaver, R. A. H. Butler, B. J. Drouin, D. T. Petkie, K. A. Dyl, F. C. De Lucia, and G. A. Blake, ApJ 158(2005)188. 3. P. B. Carroll, B. J. Drouin, and S. L. Widicus-Weaver, ApJ 723 (2010) 845. 4. J. M. Hollis, S. N. Vogel, L. E. Snyder, P. R. Jewell, and F. J. Lovas, ApJ 554 (2001) L81. ; M.T. Beltran, C. Codella, S. Viti, R. Niri, R. Cesaroni, ApJ 690 (2009) L93.

  8. Image reconstruction method for non-synchronous THz signals

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    Oda, Naoki; Okubo, Syuichi; Sudou, Takayuki; Isoyama, Goro; Kato, Ryukou; Irizawa, Akinori; Kawase, Keigo

    2014-05-01

    Image reconstruction method for non-synchronous THz signals was developed for a combination of THz Free Electron Laser (THz-FEL) developed by Osaka University with THz imager. The method employs a slight time-difference between repetition period of THz macro-pulse from THz-FEL and a plurality of frames for THz imager, so that image can be reconstructed out of a predetermined number of time-sequential frames. This method was applied to THz-FEL and other pulsed THz source, and found very effective. Thermal time constants of pixels in 320x240 microbolometer array were also evaluated with this method, using quantum cascade laser as a THz source.

  9. THz spectroscopy of D2H+

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    Yu, S.; Pearson, J. C.; Amano, T.; Matsushima, F.

    2017-01-01

    We extended the measurements of the rotational transitions of D2H+ up to 3 THz by using the JPL frequency multiplier chains and a TuFIR system at Toyama. D2H+ was generated in an extended negative glow discharge cell cooled to liquid nitrogen temperature. We observed five new THz lines. All the available rotational transition frequencies together with the combination differences derived from the three fundamental bands were subject to least square analysis to determine the molecular constants. New THz measurements are definitely useful for better characterization of spectroscopic properties. The improved molecular constants provide better predictions of other unobserved rotational transitions.

  10. DNA detection by THz pumping

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    Chernev, A. L.; Bagraev, N. T.; Klyachkin, L. E.; Emelyanov, A. K.; Dubina, M. V.

    2015-07-15

    DNA semiconductor detection and sequencing is considered to be the most promising approach for future discoveries in genome and proteome research which is dramatically dependent on the challenges faced by semiconductor nanotechnologies. DNA pH-sensing with ion-sensitive field effect transistor (ISFET) is well-known to be a successfully applied electronic platform for genetic research. However this method lacks fundamentally in chemical specificity. Here we develop the first ever silicon nanosandwich pump device, which provides both the excitation of DNA fragments’ self-resonant modes and the feedback for current-voltage measurements at room temperature. This device allows direct detection of singlestranded label-free oligonucleotides by measuring their THz frequency response in aqueous solution. These results provide a new insight into the nanobioelectronics for the future real-time technologies of direct gene observations.

  11. Comparative study of stromal bed of LASIK flaps created with femtosecond lasers (IntraLase FS150, WaveLight FS200) and mechanical microkeratome.

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    Kymionis, George D; Kontadakis, Georgios A; Naoumidi, Irini; Kankariya, Vardhaman P; Panagopoulou, Sophia; Manousaki, Alexandra; Grentzelos, Michael A; Pallikaris, Ioannis G

    2014-01-01

    To compare stromal bed smoothness in LASIK flaps created with two different femtosecond lasers (IntraLase FS150 and WaveLight FS200) and a mechanical microkeratome (MMK) (Carriazo-Pendular microkeratome). Sixty freshly enucleated porcine eyes were used for the study. Twenty flaps were created and constitute each of the following three groups: IntraLase FS150 (IFS group), WaveLight FS200 (WFS group) and MMK (MMK group). In each of the three groups, 10 flaps were created with intended thickness of 110 μm and another 10 flaps with 130 μm. Images were assessed with light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Qualitative surface roughness grading of the images was performed by five masked observers and statistical comparisons of scores were made between groups. The results of qualitative surface roughness grading demonstrated that there was no significant difference between the two femtosecond (FS) lasers when comparing the subgroups with the same flap thickness (p>0.05 in both comparisons, Mann-Whitney U test). In addition, there was no statistically significant difference (p>0.05) in each flap maker group between different thickness subgroups. However, the scores of the FS laser subgroups were significantly better than the scores of the MMK subgroups with corresponding flap thicknesses (p<0.05, Mann-Whitney U test). Our study demonstrates that the IntraLase FS150 and the WaveLight FS200 had a similar performance and provided flaps with smooth surfaces. In comparison to the MMK, the studied femtosecond laser systems had a superior performance in terms of smoothness.

  12. Femtosecond laser combined with non-chopping rotation phacoemulsification technique for soft-nucleus cataract surgery: a prospective study.

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    Chen, Hui; Lin, Haotian; Chen, Wan; Zhang, Bo; Xiang, Wu; Li, Jing; Chen, Weirong; Liu, Yizhi

    2016-01-05

    Soft-lens cataract surgeries are becoming increasingly common for cataract surgeons and chopping the soft nucleus using conventional techniques is problematic. We introduced a femtosecond laser combined with a non-chopping rotation phacoemulsification technique for soft-nucleus cataract surgery and evaluated the safety and efficacy of using this technique. Sixty-six patients with soft-nucleus cataracts ranging from grade 1~3 were divided into 3 groups based on nuclear staging. Those groups were further divided into three subgroups: femtosecond laser pretreatment combined with a non-chopping rotation phacoemulsification technique (subgroup 1), conventional manual cataract surgery with a non-chopping rotation technique (subgroup 2) and conventional manual cataract surgery with a quick-chop technique (subgroup 3).Patients were followed up at 1, 7, and 30 days after surgery. There was an 84.6% and a 63.34% reduction in ultrasound time and cumulative dissipated energy, respectively, between the subgroup 1 and the subgroup 3; and this was associated with a 36.1% and 29.7% reduction in endothelial cell loss and aqueous flare. There were no adverse events at the follow-up times. With its reduced ultrasound energy, endothelial cell loss and aqueous flare, the femtosecond laser pretreatment combined with a non-chopping rotation technique was more efficient than conventional manual cataract surgery for soft-nucleus cataracts.

  13. Femtosecond laser combined with non-chopping rotation phacoemulsification technique for soft-nucleus cataract surgery: a prospective study

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    Chen, Hui; Lin, Haotian; Chen, Wan; Zhang, Bo; Xiang, Wu; Li, Jing; Chen, Weirong; Liu, Yizhi

    2016-01-01

    Soft-lens cataract surgeries are becoming increasingly common for cataract surgeons and chopping the soft nucleus using conventional techniques is problematic. We introduced a femtosecond laser combined with a non-chopping rotation phacoemulsification technique for soft-nucleus cataract surgery and evaluated the safety and efficacy of using this technique. Sixty-six patients with soft-nucleus cataracts ranging from grade 1~3 were divided into 3 groups based on nuclear staging. Those groups were further divided into three subgroups: femtosecond laser pretreatment combined with a non-chopping rotation phacoemulsification technique (subgroup 1), conventional manual cataract surgery with a non-chopping rotation technique (subgroup 2) and conventional manual cataract surgery with a quick-chop technique (subgroup 3).Patients were followed up at 1, 7, and 30 days after surgery. There was an 84.6% and a 63.34% reduction in ultrasound time and cumulative dissipated energy, respectively, between the subgroup 1 and the subgroup 3; and this was associated with a 36.1% and 29.7% reduction in endothelial cell loss and aqueous flare. There were no adverse events at the follow-up times. With its reduced ultrasound energy, endothelial cell loss and aqueous flare, the femtosecond laser pretreatment combined with a non-chopping rotation technique was more efficient than conventional manual cataract surgery for soft-nucleus cataracts. PMID:26728573

  14. The excitation intensity dependence of singlet fission dynamics of a rubrene microcrystal studied by femtosecond transient microspectroscopy.

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    Ishibashi, Y; Inoue, Y; Asahi, T

    2016-10-05

    We have investigated the excitation intensity dependence of the singlet fission in a crystalline rubrene by means of femtosecond transient absorption microspectroscopy. When a rubrene microcrystal was excited to higher energy levels than that of the lowest singlet excited (S1) state with a 397 nm femtosecond laser pulse, a triplet excited state was formed through two pathways of the singlet fission, i.e. the direct fission from higher vibrational levels of the S1 state with a time constant of 2.2 ps and the thermally activated fission from the S1 state in a few tens of ps. The time constant of the thermally activated fission changed from 35 to 17 ps for increasing of the laser fluence from 0.65 to 18 mJ cm(-2) per pulse, although that of the direct fission was constant with the excitation laser intensity. On the other hand, the yield of the triplet formation was independent of the intensity. We also examined the temperature dependence of the singlet fission and demonstrated the activation energy of the thermally activated fission to be 0.21 eV. Based on the experimental results, we considered the excitation intensity dependence of the singlet fission of the rubrene crystal in terms of the effect of transient local heating on a ps time scale after femtosecond laser excitation owing to the nonradiative vibrational relaxation from the higher vibrational level to the lower one in the S1 state.

  15. New THz opportunities based on graphene

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    Hartnagel, Hans

    2015-04-24

    Graphene is a new material of a single or multiple layer carbon structure with impressive properties. A brief introduction is initially presented. Graphene does not have a bandwidth and is a semimetal with charge carriers of zero mass. A bandgap can be formed by confining the graphene width in nanoribbon or nanoconstricition structures. For example, the induced bandgap by a 20 nm wide nanoribbon is about 50 meV. The charge carrier mass then increases, but is still very small. This material can especially be employed for various Terahertz applications. Here several examples are to be described, namely a) a THz transistor, b) the opportunities of ballistic electron resonances for THz signal generation, c) the simultaneous optical transmission and electrical conduction up to THz frequencies and d) Cascaded THz emitters. The optical advantages of multilayer graphene can be compared to ITO (Indium Tin Oxide)

  16. THz Cherenkov radiation of Josephson vortex

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    Malishevskii, A. S.; Silin, V. P.; Uryupin, S. A.; Uspenskii, S. G.

    2008-01-01

    It is shown that Josephson vortices travelling in sandwich embedded in dielectric media radiate electromagnetic waves with THz frequencies. This phenomenon is caused by the Cherenkov effect and takes place if vortex velocity exceeds the speed of light in dielectric.

  17. THz Medical Imaging: in vivo Hydration Sensing

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    Taylor, Zachary D.; Singh, Rahul S.; Bennett, David B.; Tewari, Priyamvada; Kealey, Colin P.; Bajwa, Neha; Culjat, Martin O.; Stojadinovic, Alexander; Lee, Hua; Hubschman, Jean-Pierre; Brown, Elliott R.; Grundfest, Warren S.

    2015-01-01

    The application of THz to medical imaging is experiencing a surge in both interest and federal funding. A brief overview of the field is provided along with promising and emerging applications and ongoing research. THz imaging phenomenology is discussed and tradeoffs are identified. A THz medical imaging system, operating at ~525 GHz center frequency with ~125 GHz of response normalized bandwidth is introduced and details regarding principles of operation are provided. Two promising medical applications of THz imaging are presented: skin burns and cornea. For burns, images of second degree, partial thickness burns were obtained in rat models in vivo over an 8 hour period. These images clearly show the formation and progression of edema in and around the burn wound area. For cornea, experimental data measuring the hydration of ex vivo porcine cornea under drying is presented demonstrating utility in ophthalmologic applications. PMID:26085958

  18. Spontaneous Energy Concentration in Energetic Molecules, Interfaces and Composites: Response to Ultrasound and THz Radiation

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    2015-12-21

    Technical Report 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) -1 Mar 2011 to 30 Sept 2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Spontaneous energy concentration in energetic...SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT The effects of weak energies , THz and ultrasound, on energetic materials, was studied experimentally using laser...vibrational spectroscopies and time-resolved thermal imaging microscopy. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Ultrasound, THz radiation, energetic materials, hot spots, energy

  19. The THz fingerprint spectra of the active ingredients of a TCM medicine: Herba Ephedrae

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    Ma, Shihua; Liu, Guifeng; Zhang, Peng; Song, Xiyu; Ji, Te; Wang, Wenfeng

    2008-12-01

    In this paper, THz-TDS has been used to measure the spectral properties of two active ingredients of Herba Ephedrae: ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which exist in hydrochloride salts. The THz spectra of the sole-ingredient, twoingredient and three-ingredient compounds are studied. We obtained the finger-print spectra of the net active ingredients of the medicine, and also measured the mixtures of by two or three active ingredients at the different ratios. At the same time, theoretical analysis and quantitative analysis is applied to foretell the different THz spectra, identify the ingredients and infer the contents of principal components in samples. The THz spectroscopy is a potential and promising technique in evaluating and inspecting the quality of the drugs in the TCM field.

  20. First in vivo animal studies on intraocular nanosurgery and multiphoton tomography with low-energy 80-MHz near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses

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    Konig, Karsten; Wang, Bagui; Krauss, Oliver; Riemann, Iris; Schubert, Harald; Kirste, Sigrun; Fischer, Peter

    2004-07-01

    We report on a method for refractive laser surgery based on low-energy femtosecond laser pulses provided by ultracompact turn-key non-amplified laser systems. An additional excimer laser is not required for ablation of the stroma. The novel method has the potential to be used for (i) optical flap creation as well as stroma ablation and (ii) for non-invasive flap-free intrastromal ablation. In addition, 3D multiphoton imaging of the cornea can be performed. In particular, we used sub-nanojoule near infrared 80 MHz femtosecond laser pulses for multiphoton imaging of corneal structures with ultrahigh resolution (< 1μm) as well as for highly precise intraocular refractive surgery. Imaging based on two-photon excited cellular autofluorescence and SHG formation in collagen structures was performed at GW/cm2 intensities, whereas destructive optical breakdown for nanoprocessing occurred at TW/cm2 light intensities. These high intensities were realized with sub-nJ pulses within a subfemtoliter intrastromal volume by diffraction-limited focussing with high NA objectives and beam scanning 50 to 140 μm below the epithelial surface. Multiphoton tomography of the cornea was used to determine the target of interest and to visualize intraocular post-laser effects. Histological examination with light- and electron microscopes of laser-exposed porcine and rabbit eyes reveal a minimum intratissue cut size below 1 μm without destructive effects to surrounding collagen structures. LASIK flaps and intracorneal cavities could be realized with high precision using 200 fs, 80 MHz, sub-nanojoule pulses at 800 nm. First studies on 80 MHz femtosecond laser surgery on living rabbits have been performed.

  1. Micromachining using femtosecond lasers

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    Toenshoff, Hans K.; Ostendorf, Andreas; Nolte, Stefan; Korte, Frank; Bauer, Thorsten

    2000-11-01

    Femtosecond laser systems have been proved to be effective tools for high precision micro-machining. Almost all solid materials can be processed with high precision. The dependence on material properties like thermal conductivity, transparency, heat- or shock sensitivity is strongly reduced and no significant influence on the remaining bulk material is observed after ablation using femtosecond laser pulses. In contrast to conventional laser processing, where the achievable precision is reduced due to a formed liquid phase causing burr formation, the achievable precision using femtosecond pulses is only limited by the diffraction of the used optics. Potential applications of this technique, aincluding the structuring of biodegradable polymers for cardiovascular implants, so-called stents, as well as high precision machining of transparent materials are presented.

  2. THz absorption signature detection of genetic material of E. coli and B. subtilis

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    Bykhovski, Alexei; Li, Xiaowei; Globus, Tatiana; Khromova, Tatyana; Gelmont, Boris; Woolard, Dwight; Samuels, Alan C.; Jensen, James O.

    2005-11-01

    The development of efficient biological agent detection techniques requires in-depth understanding of THz absorption spectral features of different cell components. Chromosomal DNA, RNAs, proteins, bacterial cell wall, proteinaceous coat might be essential for bacterial cells and spores THz signature. As a first step, the DNA's contribution into entire cell THz spectra was analyzed. The experimental study of cells and DNAs of E. coli and cells/spores and DNA of Bacillus subtilis was conducted. Samples were prepared in the form of water solutions (suspension) with the concentrations in the range 0.01-1 mg/ml. The measurable difference in the THz transmission spectra of E. coli and Bacillus subtilis DNAs was observed. The correlation between chromosomal DNA signature and a corresponding entire spore/cell signature was observed. This correlation was especially pronounced for spores of Bacillus subtilis and their DNA. These experimental results justify our approach to develop a model for THz signatures of biological simulants and agents. In parallel with the experimental study, for the first time, the computer modeling and simulation of chromosome DNAs of E. coli and Bacillus subtilis was performed and their THz signatures were calculated. The DNA structures were optimized using the Amber software package. Also, we developed the initial model of the DNA fragment poly(dAT)-poly(dTA) solvated in water to be used in the simulations of genetic material (DNA and RNA) of spores and cells. Molecular dynamical simulations were conducted using explicit solvent (3-point TIP3P water) and implicit solvent (generalized Born) models. The calculated THz signatures of E. coli and Bacillus subtilis DNAs and poly(dAT)-poly(dTA) reproduce many features of our measured spectra. The results of this study demonstrate that THz Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy is a promising tool in generating spectral data for complex biological objects such as bacterial cells and spores.

  3. Thin layered drawing media probed by THz time-domain spectroscopy.

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    Tasseva, J; Taschin, A; Bartolini, P; Striova, J; Fontana, R; Torre, R

    2016-12-19

    Dry and wet drawing materials were investigated by THz time-domain spectroscopy in transmission mode. Carbon-based and iron-gall inks have been studied, some prepared following ancient recipes and others using current synthetic materials; a commercial ink was studied as well. We measured the THz signals on the thin films of liquid inks deposited on polyethylene pellicles, comparing the results with the thick pellets of dried inks blended with polyethylene powder. This study required the implementation of an accurate experimental method and data analysis procedure able to provide a reliable extraction of the material transmission parameters from a structured sample composed of thin layers, down to a thickness of a few tens of micrometers. THz measurements on thin ink layers enabled the determination of both the absorption and the refractive index in an absolute scale in the 0.1-3 THz range, as well as the layer thickness. THz spectroscopic features of a paper sheet dyed by using one of the iron-gall inks were also investigated. Our results showed that THz time-domain spectroscopy enables the discrimination of various inks on different supports, including the application on paper, together with the proper determination of the absorption coefficients and indices of refraction.

  4. Improvised design of THz spectrophotometer using LT-GaAs photoconductive antennas, pyroelectric detector and band-pass filters

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    Mottamchetty, V.; Chaudhary, A. K.

    2016-01-01

    We report the improvised design of LT-GaAs photoconductive antenna and pyroelectric detector-based terahertz (THz) spectrophotometer by introducing band-pass filters. The spectrophotometer provides direct optical/absorption information of materials in THz domain without using any signal processing devices (such as lock-in amplifier) and delay arrangement, etc., which are required in conventional THz spectrometer. Moreover, obtained absorption results from spectrometer are less affected by laser fluctuations and inherent noises of the detector. The laser pulses of duration 15 fs at 80 MHz repetition rate are utilized in this spectrometer to generate THz radiation with good conversion efficiency ( η) of the order 3 × 10-3. In addition, emphasis is also given to understand the effect of single- and two-photon absorption on generated THz power with respect to incident laser power density. Absorption properties of packing materials such as paper, Teflon, transparency and rubber (eraser) sheets are investigated in terms of their attenuation coefficients and absorbance at 0.5 and 1.5 THz region in our newly designed THz spectrophotometer. Our study demonstrates the significant information about their attenuation coefficients lying between 300 and 5000 dB/m. The attenuation in THz power has been measured as a function of the paper thickness (0.3-1.5 mm). The obtained results show the exponential growth in absorption with respect to paper thickness.

  5. Femtosecond optical pulse amplification

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    Knox, Wayne H.

    1988-02-01

    A number of techniques have been developed for amplification of optical pulses of approximately 100-fs duration. These amplifiers span a wide range of operating parameters from kilowatt to gigawatt peak powers and from 10 Hz to megahertz repetition rates. Amplification of femtosecond pulses has also been demonstrated at several wavelengths including visible, near-infrared, and ultraviolet regions. Several problems arise when amplifying short optical pulses to very high intensities. The problems are discussed and the state of the art of femtosecond optical pulse amplification is reviewed.

  6. Ultrafast electronic dynamics in polyatomic molecules studied using femtosecond vacuum ultraviolet and x-ray pulses

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    Suzuki, Toshinori

    2014-06-01

    Time-resolved velocity map photoelectron imaging is performed using sub-20 fs deep ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet pulses to study electronic dynamics of isolated polyatomic molecules. The non-adiabatic dynamics of pyrazine, furan and carbon disulfide (CS2) are described as examples. Also described is sub-picosecond time-resolved x-ray direct absorption spectroscopy using a hard x-ray free electron laser (SACLA) and a synchronous near ultraviolet laser to study ultrafast electronic dynamics in solutions.

  7. Feasibility study for a recirculating linac-based facility for femtosecond dynamics

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    Corlett, J.N.; Barry, W.; Barletta, W.A.; Byrd, J.M.; DeSantis, S.; Doolittle, L.; Fawley, W.; Green, M.A.; Hartman, N.; Heimann, P.; Kairan, D.; Kujawski, E.; Li, D.; Lidia, S.; Luft, P.; McClure, R.; Parmigiani, F.; Petroff, Y.; Pirkl, W.; Placidi, M.; Reavill, D.; Reichel, I.; Rimmer, R.A.; Ratti, A.; Robinson, K.E.; Sannibale, F.; Schoenlein, R.; Staples, J.; Tanabe, J.; Truchlikova, D.; Wan, W.; Wang, S.; Wells, R.; Wolski, A.; Zholents, A.

    2002-12-21

    LBNL is pursuing design studies and the scientific program for a facility dedicated to the production of x-ray pulses with ultra-short time duration, for application in dynamical studies of processes in physics, biology, and chemistry. The proposed x-ray facility has the short x-ray pulse length ({approx}60 fs FWHM) necessary to study very fast dynamics, high flux (up to approximately 10E11 photons/sec/0.1 percentBW) to study weakly scattering systems, and tuneability over 1-12 keV photon energy. The hard x-ray photon production section of the machine accommodates seven 2-m long undulators. Design studies for longer wavelength sources, using high-gain harmonic generation, are in progress. The x-ray pulse repetition rate of 10 kHz is matched to studies of dynamical processes (initiated by ultra-short laser pulses) that typically have a long recovery time or are not generally cyclic or reversible and need time to allow relaxation, replacement, or flow of the sample. The technique for producing ultra-short x-ray pulses uses relatively long electron bunches to minimize high-peak-current collective effects, and the ultimate x-ray duration is achieved by a combination of bunch manipulation and optical compression. Synchronization of x-ray pulses to sample excitation signals is expected to be of order 50 - 100 fs. Techniques for making use of the recirculating geometry to provide beam-based signals from early passes through the machine are being studied.

  8. The design of circuit for THz time domain spectroscopy system based on asynchronous optical sampling

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    Wang, Ruike; Zhang, Mile; Li, Yihan; He, Jingsuo; Zhang, Cunlin; Cui, Hailin

    2016-11-01

    Terahertz time domain spectroscopy system (THz-TDS) is the most commonly means of measuring terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The time delay between the pump and probe laser is an important technology to realize THz time domain spectrum measurement. The translation platform with two mirrors and the mechanical structure is the popular means to adjust the optical path difference between the pump and probe laser to get the time delay of femtosecond pulse. Because of the limit of the mechanical structure and the phase-locked amplifier, this technique can't scan spectrum fast. In order to obtain high quality signal, a long time will be taken to scan spectrum. So a more rapid and convenient time delay technology is required to Instead of the machine translation platform and accomplish the Rapid spectral measurement. Asynchronous optical sampling technique is a way to get the time delay by producing a very small frequency difference between the repetition frequency of two femtosecond lasers. The scanner time will be reduced, because of there is no waste of time, due to mechanical inertia, not only by using the asynchronous optical sampling method to replace the mechanical structure without the influence of vibration. It will greatly increase the degree of integration by using the fiber femtosecond laser and highly integrated circuit to realize optical asynchronous sampling. To solve the problem above, a terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system based on asynchronous sampling is designed in this thesis. The system is based of two femtosecond laser whose repetition frequency is 100MHz.In order to realize asynchronous sampling, the control circuit of the two lasers is the most important. This thesis focuses on the researching, designing and experiment of this circuit. Firstly, the circuit is designed overall. Then the selection of the key device and the designing of the circuit principle is done by myself. Secondly, the test of the circuit to phase locked the master and

  9. Comparative study of energy of particles ejected from coulomb explosion of rare gas and metallic clusters irradiated by intense femtosecond laser field

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    Boucerredj, N.; Beggas, K.

    2016-10-01

    We present our study of high intensity femtosecond laser field interaction with large cluster of Kr and Na (contained 2.103 to 2.107 atoms). When laser intensity is above a critical value, it blows off all of electrons from the cluster and forms a non neutral ion cloud. The irradiation of these clusters by the intense laser field leads to highly excitation energy which can be the source of energetic electrons, electronic emission, highly charge, energetic ions and fragmentation process. During the Coulomb explosion of the resulting highly ionized, high temperature nanoplasma, ions acquire again their energy. It is shown that ultra fast ions are produced. The goal of our study is to investigate in detail a comparative study of the expansion and explosion then the ion energy of metallic and rare gas clusters irradiated by an intense femtosecond laser field. We have found that ions have a kinetic energy up to 105 eV and the Coulomb pressure is little than the hydrodynamic pressure. The Coulomb explosion of a cluster may provide a new high energy ion source.

  10. Highly nonlinear organic crystal OHQ-T for efficient ultra-broadband terahertz wave generation beyond 10 THz.

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    Kang, Bong Joo; Baek, In Hyung; Lee, Seung-Heon; Kim, Won Tae; Lee, Seung-Jun; Jeong, Young Uk; Kwon, O-Pil; Rotermund, Fabian

    2016-05-16

    We report on efficient generation of ultra-broadband terahertz (THz) waves via optical rectification in a novel nonlinear organic crystal with acentric core structure, i.e. 2-(4-hydroxystyryl)-1-methylquinolinium 4-methylbenzenesulfonate (OHQ-T), which possesses an ideal molecular structure leading to a maximized nonlinear optical response for near-infrared-pumped THz wave generation. By systematic studies on wavelength-dependent phase-matching conditions in OHQ-T crystals of different thicknesses we are able to generate coherent THz waves with a high peak-to-peak electric field amplitude of up to 650 kV/cm and an upper cut-off frequency beyond 10 THz. High optical-to-THz conversion efficiency of 0.31% is achieved by efficient index matching with a selective pumping at 1300 nm.

  11. THz generation from optical rectification tilted-pulse-front pumping scheme with laser pulse focused to a line

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    Du, Hai-Wei; Hoshina, Hiromichi; Otani, Chiko

    2015-10-01

    In this study, we investigate THz pulses generated from optical rectification with tilted-pulse-front pumping scheme in which the laser beam is focused to a line in a stoichiometric lithium niobate (sLN) crystal. A cylindrical lens and a common lens are used to focus the pump laser beam to a line. The power law of THz pulse generation and the redshift induced from the sLN crystal are measured. The spectral shapes of the laser pulse are changed by inserting a filter into the pump laser beam, causing the THz radiation to change. The filter is a metal wire with 2 mm diameter. Experimental results show that this method can change the generated THz time waveforms but not their spectra. Such method offers a simple means to change and manipulate THz field generated from optical rectification with tiled-pulse-front pumping scheme.

  12. Symmetry Breaking in Platinum Acetylide Chromophores Studied by Femtosecond Two-Photon Absorption Spectroscopy

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    2014-02-01

    hand, studies per- formed in conjugated dendrimers have pointed out the impor- tance of conformational changes that may strongly influence the 2PA...Absorption in Dendrimers . J. Phys. Chem. B 2003, 107, 7540−7543. (37) Leng, W.; Bazan, G. C.; Kelley, A. M. Solvent Effects on Resonance Raman and Hyper

  13. Construction of a femtosecond laser microsurgery system

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    Steinmeyer, Joseph D; Gilleland, Cody L; Pardo-Martin, Carlos; Angel, Matthew; Rohde, Christopher B; Scott, Mark A; Yanik, Mehmet Fatih

    2014-01-01

    Femtosecond laser microsurgery is a powerful method for studying cellular function, neural circuits, neuronal injury and neuronal regeneration because of its capability to selectively ablate sub-micron targets in vitro and in vivo with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. Here, we present a step-by-step protocol for constructing a femtosecond laser microsurgery setup for use with a widely available compound fluorescence microscope. The protocol begins with the assembly and alignment of beam-conditioning optics at the output of a femtosecond laser. Then a dichroic mount is assembled and installed to direct the laser beam into the objective lens of a standard inverted microscope. Finally, the laser is focused on the image plane of the microscope to allow simultaneous surgery and fluorescence imaging. We illustrate the use of this setup by presenting axotomy in Caenorhabditis elegans as an example. This protocol can be completed in 2 d. PMID:20203659

  14. Synthesis of Optical Frequencies and Ultrastable Femtosecond Pulse Trains from an Optical Reference Oscillator

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    Bartels, A.; Ramond, T. M.; Diddams, S. A.; Hollberg, L.

    Recently, atomic clocks based on optical frequency standards have been demonstrated [1,2]. A key element in these clocks is a femtosecond laser that downconverts the petahertz oscillation rate into countable ticks at 1 GHz. When compared to current microwave standards, these new optical clocks are expected to yield an improvement in stability and accuracy by roughly a factor of 1000. Furthermore, it is possible that the lowest noise microwave sources will soon be based on atomically-stabilized optical oscillators that have their frequency converted to the microwave domain via a femtosecond laser. Here, we present tests of the ability of femtosecond lasers to transfer stability from an optical oscillator to their repetition rates as well as to the associated broadband frequency comb. In a first experiment, we phase-lock two lasers to a stabilized laser diode and find that the relative timing jitter in their pulse trains can be on the order of 1 femtosecond in a 100 kHz bandwidth. It is important to distinguish this technique from previous work where a femtosecond laser has been stabilized to a microwave standard [3,4] or another femtosecond laser [5]. Furthermore, we extract highly stable microwave signals with a fractional frequency instability of 2×10-14 in 1 s by photodetection of the laser pulse trains. In a second experiment, we similarly phase-lock the femtosecond laser to an optical oscillator with linewidth less than 1 Hz [6]. The precision with which we can make the femtosecond frequency comb track this reference oscillator is then tested by a heterodyne measurement between a second stable optical oscillator and a mode of the frequency comb that is displaced 76 THz from the 1 Hz-wide reference. From this heterodyne signal we place an upper limit of 150 Hz on the linewidth of the elements of the frequency comb, limited by the noise in the measurement itself.

  15. Photoinduced Reconfiguration Cycle in a Molecular Adsorbate Layer Studied by Femtosecond Inner-Shell Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Dachraoui, H.; Michelswirth, M.; Bartz, P.; Pfeiffer, W.; Heinzmann, U.; Siffalovic, P.; Schaefer, C.; Schnatwinkel, B.; Mattay, J.; Drescher, M.

    2011-03-11

    A time-resolved study of core-level chemical shifts in a monolayer of aromatic molecules reveals complex photoinduced reaction dynamics. The combination of electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis and ultrashort pulse excitation in the extreme ultraviolet allows performing time-correlated 4d-core-level spectroscopy of iodine atoms that probe the local chemical environment in the adsorbate molecule. The selectivity of the method unveils metastable molecular configurations that appear about 50 ps after the excitation and are efficiently quenched back to the ground state.

  16. Femtosecond Heterodyne Transient Grating Spectroscopic Studies of Intramolecular Charge Transfer Character of Peridinin and Peridinin Analogs

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    Bishop, Michael; Khosravi, Soroush; Obaid, Razib; Whitelock, Hope; Carroll, Ann Marie; Lafountain, Amy; Frank, Harry; Beck, Warren; Gibson, George; Berrah, Nora

    2016-05-01

    The peridinin chlorophyll-a protein is a light harvesting complex found in several species of dinoflagellates. Peridinin absorbs strongly in the mid-visible spectral region and, despite the lack of a strong permanent dipole moment in its lowest energy excited state, is able to transfer excitation energy quickly and efficiently to chlorophyll-a. It is believed that the high efficiency arises from the development of intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) character upon photoexcitation. Recently, heterodyne transient grating spectroscopy has been used to study the ultrafast (<50 fs) dynamics of β carotene and peridinin. The studies show evidence for a structurally displaced intermediate in both cases and strong ICT character in the case of peridinin, but up to now the work has not provided appropriate control experiments. The present experiments examine peridinin and two peridinin analogs, S1-peridinin and S2-peridinin. S1-peridinin is reported to have greatly diminished ICT character, and S2-peridinin is reported to have little-or-no ICT character. Heterodyne transient grating data will be presented and provide a more unambiguous characterization spectral and kinetic properties associated with the peridinin ICT state. Funded by the DoE-BES, Grant No. DE-SC0012376.

  17. A study of single-beam femtosecond MCARS in trace material detection

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    Roberson, Stephen D.; Bowman, Sherrie S.; Pellegrino, Paul M.

    2015-05-01

    There is a need for rapid and accurate detection and identification of complex aerosol particles in a number of fields for countless applications. Full identification of these particles has been hampered by the inability to use an information-rich spectroscopic method such as Raman scattering in a flowing aerosol environment due to the time needed to generate a Raman spectrum. Multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (MCARS) has been shown to generate a complete Raman spectrum from the material of interest using a single ultrabroadband pulse to coherently drive multiple molecular vibrations simultaneously. When used in conjunction with a narrow probe pulse, a complete Raman spectrum is created that can be detected in milliseconds. We will report on the MCARS spectra obtained from materials of interest at a distance of 1 m from the sample location. A limit of detection study of the MCARS spectrum of various materials of interest will be also reported in with the nonresonant background both present and removed. Additionally, a limit of detection study as a function of the number of pulses used to comprise the CARS spectrum of the materials of interest will be presented.

  18. Femtosecond time resolved infrared studies of Si-H bond activation

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    Yang, H.; Kotz, K.T.; Asplund, M.; Bromberg, S.E. |

    1997-12-31

    We report the first time-resolved IR studies of the silane Si-H bond activation mechansim on time-scales from sub-picosecond to nanosecond. It has been accepted that the primary photochemical process following UV irradiation of {eta}{sup 5}-CpMn(CO){sub 3} [A] in room temperature solution is the loss of a CO ligand. By monitoring the time evolution of the CO stretching frequencies, we have observed three distinct pathways for the formation of the activated hydridosilyl complex {eta}{sup 5}-CpMn(CO){sub 2}(H)(SiEt{sub 3}) [B]: (1) direct formation after CO dissociation; (2) formation through an intermediate [C] whose lifetime is about 90 ps; and (3) formation through another intermediate [D] which can be assigned as a solvated dicarbonyl species that eventually rearranges to form B on a time-scale of > 1 ns. Considering possible chemical processes, we have tentatively assigned C as a ring-slipped {eta}{sup 3} species which changes its hapticity from {eta}{sup 3} to {eta}{sup 5} in {approximately}90 ps. Detailed structures of the intermediates are being studied using ab initio electronic structure calculations. Experiments that extend beyond 1 ns and those on Si-H bond activation by other metal complexes such as {eta}{sup 5}-CpRe (CO){sub 3} are underway.

  19. Femtosecond laser ablation of CuxZr1-x bulk metallic glasses: A molecular dynamics study

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    Marinier, Sébastien; Lewis, Laurent J.

    2015-11-01

    Molecular-dynamics simulations combined with a two-temperature model are used to study laser ablation in CuxZr1-x (x =0.33 ,0.50 ,0.67 ) metallic glasses as well as crystalline CuZr2 in the C11b (MoSi2) structure. Ablation thresholds are found to be 430 ±10 ,450 ±10 ,510 ±10 , and 470 ±10 J/m 2 for a-Cu2Zr , a-CuZr, a-CuZr2, and c-CuZr2, respectively. The larger threshold in amorphous CuZr2 results from a weaker electron-phonon coupling and thus longer electron-ion equilibration time. We observe that the velocity of the pressure waves in the amorphous samples is not affected by the fluence, in contrast to the crystal; this is due to differences in the behavior of the shear modulus with increasing pressure. The heat-affected zone in the different systems is characterized in terms of the melting depth as well as inelastic deformations. The melting depth is found to be smaller in the crystal than in the amorphous targets because of its higher melting temperature. The inelastic deformations are investigated in terms of the von Mises shear strain invariant ηMises; the homogeneous nucleation of shear transformation zones is observed in the glass as reported in previous theoretical and experimental studies. The coalescence of the shear transformation zones is also found at higher fluence.

  20. Characterization of a THz CW spectrometer pumped at 1550 nm

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    Yeo, Woon-Gi; Nahar, Niru K.

    2015-07-01

    We present an evaluation of a cost-effective THz CW spectrometer pumped at 1550 nm wavelengths with a fixed delay line. To study the spectral competence of the spectrometer, transmission data is obtained for various organic and inorganic samples. Spectral comparisons of the samples are presented by using THz time domain spectroscopy and vector network analyzer (VNA). Despite the capability of highly resolved transmission spectroscopy, our current system reveals the uncertainty in interferometric output data for phase analysis. Here, we identify the effect of fringing space of raw output data toward frequency resolution, phase analysis, and data acquisition time. We also propose the proper delay line setup for phase analysis for this type of spectrometers.

  1. Theoretical study of pre-formed hole geometries on femtosecond pulse energy distribution in laser drilling.

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    Jiao, L S; Ng, E Y K; Zheng, H Y; Zhang, Y L

    2015-02-23

    Maxwell's wave equation was solved for fs laser drilling of silicon. The pre-formed hole wall's influence on the propagation behavior of subsequent laser pulses was investigated. The laser intensity at hole bottom shows distinct profile as compared with that at hole entrance. The multi-peaks and ring structure of the laser intensity were found at hole bottom. The position of maximum laser intensity (MLI) in relation to the wall taper angle was studied. It was found that the position of the MLI point would be closer to the hole entrance with increasing taper angle. This observation provides valuable information in predicting the position of plasma plume which is a key factor influencing laser drilling process. The elliptical entrance hole shape and zonal structure at the hole bottom reported in the literatures have been reasonably explained using the laser intensity distribution obtained in the present model.

  2. Femtosecond UV studies of the electronic relaxation processes in Cytochrome c.

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    Bräm, Olivier; Consani, Cristina; Cannizzo, Andrea; Chergui, Majed

    2011-11-24

    We report on an experimental study with UV and visible ultrafast time-gated emission and transient absorption of the early photodynamics of horse heart Cytochrome c in both ferric and ferrous redox states. A clear separation in time and energy of tryptophan and haem emission is observed. Excitation of the haem via resonant energy transfer from the tryptophan residue is observed in the subsequent haem electronic relaxation. Different Trp-haem energy transfer time constants of the ferrous and ferric forms are obtained. An almost instantaneous relaxation to the lowest singlet excited state (corresponding to the so-called Q band) characterizes the earliest electronic dynamics of the haem, independent of excitation energy, while dark intermediate states govern the ground-state recovery. The information gathered in these two experiments and in the literature allows us to propose a simple scheme for the electronic relaxation leading to ligand dissociation. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  3. Study of intense femtosecond laser propagation into a dense Ar gas and cluster jet

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    Caillaud, T.; Blasco, F.; Bonte, C.; Dorchies, F.; Mora, P.

    2006-03-15

    The propagation of an intense (up to 10{sup 17} W/cm{sup 2}) and short laser pulse (down to 40 fs) is studied through a well characterized high density Ar cluster jet obtained at the output of a supersonic nozzle. The x-ray emission from the irradiated clusters is measured as a function of the focusing depth inside the jet, with a spatial resolution of the emitting plasma. A strong refraction of the laser pulse is observed, limiting the interaction at the entrance of the jet and decreasing the effective laser intensity on clusters. Calculations indicate that it is due to the ionization of the residual gaseous phase present in the cluster jet. As the focal volume is modified, this effect should be considered for any quantitative analysis of the laser-cluster interaction.

  4. Sapphire decelerating capillary channel integrated with antenna at frequency 0.675 THz

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    Ashanin, I. A.; Polozov, S. M.

    2016-07-01

    In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in THz-radiation for application in medicine (THz tomographs), in pharmaceutics (composition analysis for medicines), in introscopy of large-scale objects (ships, trains, containers) and others. THz-radiation can be generated by relativistic electron bunches passing through the Cherenkov decelerating capillary channel (circular waveguide with dielectric filling) with horn extraction. Relativistic electron beams having ∼100 µm in diameter and pulse durations of 1 ps or less (as in photoinjectors) are capable of producing substantial power of THz-radiation. High-peak power coherent Cherenkov radiation can be produced by a properly modulated high-brightness electron beam or by a single, high-density bunch having sub-wavelength dimension. The aperture of a Cherenkov decelerating structure should be comparable with the mm or sub-mm wavelength (0.1-3 mm). Different dielectric materials for the internal surface coating of the capillary channel of mm-sub-mm cross-section can be used. As is known, a frequency of 0.675 THz corresponds to the atmospheric window with high transparency. This report presents the results of electrodynamics study of the metallized sapphire decelerating Cherenkov capillary. A horn antenna attached to the metallized sapphire capillary channel at the 0.675 THz resonant frequency will be considered.

  5. Optical properties of a quantum well driven by a THz electric field

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    Maslov, Alexey V.

    2001-07-01

    A systematic study of linear optical properties of a quantum well driven by a periodic electric field with period in the THz frequency range is performed. The THz field is oriented in the growth direction of the quantum well. We present a general approach to characterize the optical properties of a modulated medium and discuss the use of short optical pulses (shorter than the modulation period) to obtain the optical properties in the frequency domain. Mixing of the quantum well subbands (both in the conduction and valence band) for strong THz fields is treated in terms of the states dressed by the THz field. Relations between the dressed states and the optical properties of the quantum well are given. In particular, our approach allowed us to find simple relations for the efficiency of the energy conversion of the incident light into the sidebands and generalize the rate of the exciton radiative decay for the case of THz-dressed exciton. We also predict the effect of mutual transparency of several coherent laser beams which are resonant with different Fourier components of the dressed exciton state. Finally, results of realistic calculations of the absorption spectra of THz-field driven quantum wells using multisubband semiconductor Bloch equations in the linear regime are presented.

  6. Biological effects of in vitro THz radiation exposure in human foetal fibroblasts.

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    De Amicis, Andrea; Sanctis, Stefania De; Cristofaro, Sara Di; Franchini, Valeria; Lista, Florigio; Regalbuto, Elisa; Giovenale, Emilio; Gallerano, Gian Piero; Nenzi, Paolo; Bei, Roberto; Fantini, Massimo; Benvenuto, Monica; Masuelli, Laura; Coluzzi, Elisa; Cicia, Cristina; Sgura, Antonella

    2015-11-01

    In recent years, terahertz (THz) radiation has been widely used in a variety of applications: medical, security, telecommunications and military areas. However, few data are available on the biological effects of this type of electromagnetic radiation and the reported results, using different genetic or cellular assays, are quite discordant. This multidisciplinary study focuses on potential genotoxic and cytotoxic effects, evaluated by several end-points, associated with THz radiation. For this purpose, in vitro exposure of human foetal fibroblasts to low frequency THz radiation (0.1-0.15THz) was performed using a Compact Free Electron Laser. We did not observe an induction of DNA damage evaluated by Comet assay, phosphorylation of H2AX histone or telomere length modulation. In addiction, no induction of apoptosis or changes in pro-survival signalling proteins were detected. Moreover, our results indicated an increase in the total number of micronuclei and centromere positive micronuclei induction evaluated by CREST analysis, indicating that THz radiation could induce aneugenic rather than clastogenic effects, probably leading to chromosome loss. Furthermore, an increase of actin polymerization observed by ultrastructural analysis after THz irradiation, supports the hypothesis that an abnormal assembly of spindle proteins could lead to the observed chromosomal malsegregation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. The New 30 THz Solar Telescope in São Paulo, Brazil

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    Kudaka, A. S.; Cassiano, M. M.; Marcon, R.; Cabezas, D. P.; Fernandes, L. O. T.; Hidalgo Ramirez, R. F.; Kaufmann, P.; de Souza, R. V.

    2015-08-01

    It has been found that solar bursts exhibit one unexpected spectral component with fluxes increasing with frequency in the sub-THz range, which is distinct from the well-known microwave emission that peaks at a few to some tens of GHz. This component has been found to extend into the THz range of frequencies by recent 30 THz solar flare observations of impulsive bursts with flux intensities considerably higher than fluxes at sub-THz and microwaves frequencies. High-cadence solar observations at 30 THz (continuum) are therefore an important tool for the study of active regions and flaring events. We report the recent installation of a new 30 THz solar telescope in São Paulo, located at the top of one of the University's buildings. The instrument uses a Hale-type coelostat with two 20 cm diameter flat mirrors sending light to a 15 cm mirror Newtonian telescope. Radiation is directed to a microbolometer array camera that is kept at room temperature. Observations are usually obtained with 5 frames s^{-1} cadence. One 60 mm refractor has been added to observe H\\upalpha images simultaneously. We describe our new telescopes and the new observatory examples of the first results obtained.

  8. Comparison of the THz absorption feature in lactose to related saccharides

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    Bjarnason, Jon E.; Brown, Elliott R.; Korter, Timothy M.

    2007-04-01

    Solid-state organic compounds such as α-lactose-monohydrate and biotin have been shown to have narrow and intense THz absorption features at room temperature. Interest in lineshapes in the THz region is justified not only for practical reasons, since they are of crucial importance to spectroscopy-based identification of materials, but also because of the information the line-widths contain about the solid-state physics of the materials. The line-width of THz absorption features (generally from lattice vibrations) in solids is excepted to be inversely proportional to the scattering time of optical phonons. The line-width of absorption features might thus have implications on the solid-state physics of the material, in particular, the interaction of phonons and the phonon density of states. We use a continuous wave THz photomixing system to obtain a high resolution spectrum of α-lactose-mohohydrate and analyze two of its lowest-frequency absorption lines. For comparison we measure the transmission spectra of 5 chemically related saccharides: melecitose, trehalose, maltose, cellobiose, and raffinose. Since α-lactose-monohydrate has a stronger and narrower absorption feature than any of its related saccharides, this comparison study is an important step in understanding the mechanism of THz radiation absorption by organic solids and what line-widths to expect in THz spectroscopy.

  9. Studies of inactivation of encephalomyocarditis virus, M13 bacteriophage, and Salmonella typhimurium by using a visible femtosecond laser: insight into the possible inactivation mechanisms

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    Tsen, Kong T.; Tsen, Shaw-Wei D.; Fu, Qiang; Lindsay, Stuart M.; Li, Zhe; Cope, Stephanie; Vaiana, Sara; Kiang, Juliann G.

    2011-07-01

    We report experimental results on the inactivation of encephalomyocarditis virus, M13 bacteriophage, and Salmonella typhimurium by a visible femtosecond laser. Our results suggest that inactivation of virus and bacterium by a visible femtosecond laser involves completely different mechanisms. Inactivation of viruses by a visible femtosecond laser involves the breaking of hydrogen/hydrophobic bonds or the separation of the weak protein links in the protein shell of a viral particle. In contrast, inactivation of bacteria is related to the damage of their DNAs due to irradiation of a visible femtosecond laser. Possible mechanisms for the inactivation of viruses and bacteria are discussed.

  10. Laser-Induced Damage with Femtosecond Pulses

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    Kafka, Kyle R. P.

    The strong electric fields of focused femtosecond laser pulses lead to non-equilibrium dynamics in materials, which, beyond a threshold intensity, causes laser-induced damage (LID). Such a strongly non-linear and non-perturbative process renders important LID observables like fluence and intensity thresholds and damage morphology (crater) extremely difficult to predict quantitatively. However, femtosecond LID carries a high degree of precision, which has been exploited in various micro/nano-machining and surface engineering applications, such as human eye surgery and super-hydrophobic surfaces. This dissertation presents an array of experimental studies which have measured the damage behavior of various materials under femtosecond irradiation. Precision experiments were performed to produce extreme spatio-temporal confinement of the femtosecond laser-solid damage interaction on monocrystalline Cu, which made possible the first successful direct-benchmarking of LID simulation with realistic damage craters. A technique was developed to produce laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) in a single pulse (typically a multi-pulse phenomenon), and was used to perform a pump-probe study which revealed asynchronous LIPSS formation on copper. Combined with 1-D calculations, this new experimental result suggests more drastic electron heating than expected. Few-cycle pulses were used to study the LID performance and morphology of commercial ultra-broadband optics, which had not been systematically studied before. With extensive surface analysis, various morphologies were observed, including LIPSS, swelling (blisters), simple craters, and even ring-shaped structures, which varied depending on the coating design, number of pulses, and air/vacuum test environment. Mechanisms leading to these morphologies are discussed, many of which are ultrafast in nature. The applied damage behavior of multi-layer dielectric mirrors was measured and compared between long pulse (150 ps

  11. Ultrafast Molecular Photodissociation Dynamics Studied by Femtosecond Photoelectron-Photoion Coincidence Spectroscopy

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    Thaler, Bernhard; Heim, Pascal; Ernst, Wolfgang E.; Koch, Markus

    2017-06-01

    To completely characterize photodissociation mechanisms with time-resolved spectroscopy, it is essential to obtain unequivocal experimental information about the fragmentation dynamics induced by the laser pulse. We apply time-resolved photoelectron-photoion coincidence (PEPICO) detection in combination with different excitation schemes to obtain a mechanistic picture of the fragmentation process. For gas phase acetone molecules excited to high lying Rydberg states we are able to disentangle different ionization channels and investigate the fragmentation behavior of each channel separately. In particular, the high differentiability of PEPICO allows to distinguish channels where fragmentation proceeds after ionization from channels with fragmentation in the neutral. We show that excited Rydberg state population undergoes internal conversion due to coupling to valence states, which takes place within (150 ± 30) fs. The corresponding non-adiabatic, ultrafast relaxation dynamics to lower lying states causes conversion of electronic to vibrational energy and is found to play a crucial role in the fragmentation process (see figure 1). By studying the influence of photon energy, pulse duration, chirp and intensity of the laser pulses, we are able to determine the energy-threshold that is required for fragmentation, as well as corresponding fragmentation ratios. Surprisingly, for excitation with pulses possessing a strong negative chirp we observe significantly reduced fragmentation, indicating different internal conversion pathways and the associated intramolecular vibrational redistribution.

  12. Studies in Above- and Below-Threshold Harmonics in Argon with an Infrared Femtosecond Laser

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    Chew, Andrew; Yin, Yanchun; Li, Jie; Ren, Xiaoming; Cunningham, Eric; Wu, Yi; Chang, Zenghu

    2016-05-01

    We investigate and compare the above- and below-threshold harmonics in Argon gas using our recently-developed 1 kHz, two-cycle (11.4 fs), 3mJ, and carrier-envelope-phase(CEP)-stable laser at 1.6 μm. Such ultraviolet pulses can serve as pump or probe for studying dynamics in atoms and molecules. Unlike high harmonics with photon energy well above the ionization potential, the mechanism for generating harmonics near the ionization threshold is still under intense investigation. Previous work by Chini et al. on below-threshold harmonics was done using a 0.8 μm few-cycle Ti:Sapphire spectrally-broadened source with energy up to 300 μJ. It has been predicted by theory that free-free transitions dominate the below threshold harmonic generation as the laser wavelength increase from near infrared to mid-infrared. We are therefore interested in investigating how using a longer wavelength laser might lead to changes to the behavior of below-threshold harmonics when we vary various parameters. We report the π-periodity CEP dependence and ellipticity dependence of the above- and below-threshold harmonics. This material was based on work supported by National Science Foundation (1068604), Army Research Office (W911NF-14-1-0383), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (FA9550-15-1-0037) and the DARPA PULSE program by a Grant from AMRDEC (W31P4Q1310017).

  13. Study of waveguide directly writing in LiNbO3 crystal by high-repetition-rate femtosecond laser

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    Wu, Chuan; Jie, Feng; Yang, Yongjia; Mao, Jiangui; Luo, Anlin; Zhou, Zigang

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the buried waveguides directly writing in LiNbO3 crystal by a tightly focused femtosecond laser with repetition rate 75MHz, and the femtosecond laser was focused by the microscope objective of which NA is 0.65. Fabricating nine carved paths in LiNbO3 crystal by moving three-dimensional electric translation stage at different speeds varying from 2mm/s to 10mm/s, controlled by a computer. Analyzing the structure of the end face of the directly writing region by laser Raman, which shows the large-scale defects are generated in the center of the etching region, densification induced by the thermal effect of high repetition rate femtosecond laser interaction of LiNbO3 were generated below and down of the center of the etching region. Using a He-Ne laser focused by a microscope objective with NA 0.65 coupling to the end face of the prefabricated nine carved paths, which shows two waveguides are generated in the top and below of the inscribing region. Testing the insert loses of these waveguides with an optical power meter, the result shows that the insert loses of the waveguides fabricated at speed of 8 10mm/s is low to 3dB·cm-1, and the insert loses was low to 1.5 dB·cm-1 when the scanning speed is 9mm/s, moreover, the insert loses of the below region was low to the top region.

  14. Charge separation and energy transfer in the photosystem II core complex studied by femtosecond midinfrared spectroscopy.

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    Pawlowicz, N P; Groot, M-L; van Stokkum, I H M; Breton, J; van Grondelle, R

    2007-10-15

    The core of photosystem II (PSII) of green plants contains the reaction center (RC) proteins D1D2-cytb559 and two core antennas CP43 and CP47. We have used time-resolved visible pump/midinfrared probe spectroscopy in the region between 1600 and 1800 cm(-1) to study the energy transfer and charge separation events within PSII cores. The absorption difference spectra in the region of the keto and ester chlorophyll modes show spectral evolution with time constants of 3 ps, 27 ps, 200 ps, and 2 ns. Comparison of infrared (IR) difference spectra obtained for the isolated antennas CP43 and CP47 and the D1D2-RC with those measured for the PSII core allowed us to identify the features specific for each of the PSII core components. From the presence of the CP43 and CP47 specific features in the spectra up to time delays of 20-30 ps, we conclude that the main part of the energy transfer from the antennas to the RC occurs on this timescale. Direct excitation of the pigments in the RC evolution associated difference spectra to radical pair formation of PD1+PheoD1- on the same timescale as multi-excitation annihilation and excited state equilibration within the antennas CP43 and CP47, which occur within approximately 1-3 ps. The formation of the earlier radical pair ChlD1+PheoD1-, as identified in isolated D1D2 complexes with time-resolved mid-IR spectroscopy is not observed in the current data, probably because of its relatively low concentration. Relaxation of the state PD1+PheoD1-, caused by a drop in free energy, occurs in 200 ps in closed cores. We conclude that the kinetic model proposed earlier for the energy and electron transfer dynamics within the D1D2-RC, plus two slowly energy-transferring antennas C43 and CP47 explain the complex excited state and charge separation dynamics in the PSII core very well. We further show that the time-resolved IR-difference spectrum of PD1+PheoD1- as observed in PSII cores is virtually identical to that observed in the isolated D1D2-RC

  15. Spin-photo-currents generated by femtosecond laser pulses in a ferrimagnetic GdFeCo/Pt bilayer

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    Huisman, T. J.; Ciccarelli, C.; Tsukamoto, A.; Mikhaylovskiy, R. V.; Rasing, Th.; Kimel, A. V.

    2017-02-01

    Using THz emission spectroscopy, we detect spin-photo-currents from a ferrimagnetic amorphous alloy GdFeCo to an adjacent Pt capping layer. The currents are generated upon excitation of a GdFeCo/Pt heterostructure with femtosecond laser pulses. It is found that the polarization of the spin-polarized current is determined by magnetic sublattice sensitivity rather than the total magnetization, allowing for spin-polarized current generation when the net magnetization is zero.

  16. The Study of Femtosecond Laser Irradiation on GaAs Solar Cells With TiO2/SiO2 Anti-Reflection Films

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    Hua, Yinqun; Shi, Zhiguo; Wu, Wenhui; Chen, Ruifang; Rong, Zhen; Ye, Yunxia; Liu, Haixia

    Femtosecond laser ablation on GaAs solar cells for space power has been investigated. In particular, we studied the effects of laser energy and laser number on the ablation of solar cells. Furthermore, the morphologies and microstructure of ablation were characterized by the non-contact optical profilometer and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The photovoltaic properties were tested by the volt ampere characteristic test system. The abaltion threshold of the TiO2/SiO2 anti-reflection film of GaAs solar cells was obtained from the linear fit of the dependence of the square diameter of the ablated area with the natural logarithm of the femtosecond laser pulse energy, the resulting threshold of the laser fluence is about 0.31J/cm2, and the corresponding energy is 5.4uJ. The ablation depth showed nonlinear dependence of energy. With the fixed energy 6uJ and the increasing laser number, the damage degree increases obviously. Furthermore, the electric properties also suffer a certain degradation. Among all the evaluated electric properties, the photoelectric conversion efficiency (η) degraded remarkably.

  17. Combined use of a femtosecond laser and a microkeratome in obtaining thin grafts for Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty: an eye bank study.

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    Murta, Joaquim N; Rosa, Andreia M; Quadrado, Maria Joao C; Russo, Ana D; Brito, Sergio S; Silva, Maria Fátima L

    2013-01-01

    To evaluate the use of a femtosecond laser combined with a microkeratome in the preparation of posterior corneal disks for Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK). This experimental study involved ultrathin DSAEK tissue preparation of 22 donor corneas unsuitable for transplantation. The first cut was performed with an Intralase® FS60 laser and the second cut with a Moria CBm 300-µm microkeratome. The thickness of the first cut was modified for each cornea to obtain a final graft thickness of less than 110 µm. Precut and postcut central pachymetry were performed with an ultrasonic pachymeter. Central endothelial cell density (ECD) was calculated before and 24 hours after tissue preparation. Final graft thickness was 105.0 ± 26.1 (SD) µm (range 65-117). The mean microkeratome head cut thickness was 324.5 ± 10.9 µm (range 310-345). Precut and postcut ECDs averaged 2250 ± 222 and 2093 ± 286 cells/mm2, respectively, representing 6.9% of cell loss. No corneas were perforated. Femtosecond FS60 lasers and Moria CBm 300-µm microkeratomes can be used sequentially to prepare consistently thin DSAEK grafts with no irregular cuts or cornea perforations.

  18. Signaling-State Formation Mechanism of a BLUF Protein PapB from the Purple Bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris Studied by Femtosecond Time-Resolved Absorption Spectroscopy.

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    Fujisawa, Tomotsumi; Takeuchi, Satoshi; Masuda, Shinji; Tahara, Tahei

    2014-12-26

    We studied the signaling-state formation of a BLUF (blue light using FAD) protein, PapB, from the purple bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris, using femtosecond time-resolved absorption spectroscopy. Upon photoexcitation of the dark state, FADH(•) (neutral flavin semiquinone FADH radical) was observed as the intermediate before the formation of the signaling state. The kinetic analysis based on singular value decomposition showed that FADH(•) mediates the signaling-state formation, showing that PapB is the second example of FADH(•)-mediated formation of the signaling state after Slr1694 (M. Gauden et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2006, 103, 10895-10900). The mechanism of the signaling-state formation is discussed on the basis of the comparison between femtosecond time-resolved absorption spectra of the dark state and those obtained by exciting the signaling state. FADH(•) was observed also with excitation of the signaling state, and surprisingly, the kinetics of FADH(•) was indistinguishable from the case of exciting the dark state. This result suggests that the hydrogen bond environment in the signaling state is realized before the formation of FADH(•) in the photocycle of PapB.

  19. Direct and indirect methods for studying the energetics and dynamics of the Auger Doppler effect in femtosecond ultra-fast dissociation

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    Björneholm, O.

    2001-09-01

    Molecules may fragment within a few femtoseconds after core-excitation, a phenomenon known as ultra-fast dissociation. With the aim of providing an understanding of the fundamental phenomenology of the Auger Doppler effect, two methods are presented to study the energetics and dynamics, i.e., the kinetic energy release and the fragment velocities in such processes. The first, direct, method is based on the shifts in kinetic energy of the Auger electrons due to the velocity acquired by the fragment in the ultra-fast dissociation process, i.e., the Auger Doppler effect. The second, indirect, method is based on total-energy arguments in a Born-Haber cycle for excitation, dissociation, and ionization. A combination of the two methods is shown to be able to reproduce experimental spectra well. Based on this, predictions are made for other, yet unstudied, molecular systems. It is also shown that the Auger Doppler effect is not static, but will exhibit dynamic photon energy dependence. The complete energetics of the three-body dissociation of a molecule into an electron, an ion, and a neutral fragment on a time-scale of a few femtoseconds can thus be accounted for.

  20. Spatiotemporal stability of a femtosecond hard-x-ray undulator source studied by control of coherent optical phonons.

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    Beaud, P; Johnson, S L; Streun, A; Abela, R; Abramsohn, D; Grolimund, D; Krasniqi, F; Schmidt, T; Schlott, V; Ingold, G

    2007-10-26

    We report on the temporal and spatial stability of the first tunable femtosecond undulator hard-x-ray source for ultrafast diffraction and absorption experiments. The 2.5-1 Angstrom output radiation is driven by an initial 50 fs laser pulse employing the laser-electron slicing technique. By using x-ray diffraction to probe laser-induced coherent optical phonons in bulk bismuth, we estimate an x-ray pulse duration of 140+/-30 fs FWHM with timing drifts below 30 fs rms measured over 5 days. Optical control of coherent lattice motion is demonstrated.

  1. A femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopic study on the oxazine ring opening dynamics of structurally-modified indolobenzoxazines

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    Redeckas, Kipras; Toliautas, Stepas; Steponavičiūtė, Rasa; Šačkus, Algirdas; Sulskus, Juozas; Vengris, Mikas

    2016-06-01

    Steady-state and time-resolved femtosecond stimulated Raman scattering spectroscopic methods were applied to elucidate the photodynamics and the oxazine ring opening contingency in phenyl-substituted indolobenzoxazine systems. Using wavelength- and pulse duration-tunable multi-pulse techniques, we have measured the (static) stimulated Raman spectra of the chemically ring-opened indolobenzoxazines, and the (dynamic) femto-to-nanosecond time- and wavenumber-resolved spectra of their photo-generated species. The two experimental realizations show a notable vibronic disparity, thereby indicating the structural difference between the chemically bond-cleaved and the UV excitation produced species.

  2. PiC code KARAT simulations of Coherent THz Smith-Purcell Radiation from diffraction gratings of various profiles

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    Artyomov, K. P.; Ryzhov, V. V.; Potylitsyn, A. P.; Sukhikh, L. G.

    2017-05-01

    Generation of coherent THz Smith-Purcell radiation by single electron bunch or multi-bunched electron beam was simulated for lamellar, sinusoidal and echelette gratings. The dependences of the CSPR intensity of the corrugation gratings depth were investigated. The angular and spectral characteristics of the CSPR for different profiles of diffraction gratings were obtained. It is shown that in the case of femtosecond multi-bunched electron beam with 10 MeV energy sinusoidal grating with period 292 μm and groove depth 60 μm has the uniform angular distribution with high radiation intensity.

  3. Comparison of objects detection capabilities in LWIR and THz ranges

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    Kowalski, Marcin; Kastek, Mariusz; Szustakowski, Mieczyslaw

    2015-10-01

    Multispectral systems for detection of concealed dangerous objects are becoming more popular because of their higher effectiveness compared to mono-spectral systems. So far, the problem of detecting objects hidden under clothing was considered only in the case of airports but it is becoming more important for public places like metro stations, and government buildings. Exploration of new spectral bands as well as development of technology result in introduction of new solutions - both mono and multispectral. It has been proved that objects hidden under clothing can be detected and visualized using terahertz (THz) cameras. However, passive THz cameras still offer too low image resolution for objects recognition. Limited range is another issue of passive imagers. On the other hand new infrared cameras offer sufficient parameters to detect objects covered with fabrics in some conditions, as well as high image quality and big pixel resolutions. The purpose of the studies is to investigate and compare the possibilities of using passive cameras operating in long wavelength infrared (LWIR) and THz spectral ranges for detection of concealed objects. For the purpose of investigations, commercial imagers operating in 6.5-11.7 μm and 250GHz (1.25mm) were used. In the article, we present the measurement setup and the results of measurements in various operating conditions. Theoretical studies of both spectral bands focused on detection of objects with passive imagers are also presented.

  4. THz Time-Domain Spectroscopy of Complex Interstellar Ice Analogs

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    Ioppolo, Sergio; McGuire, Brett A.; Allodi, Marco A.; de Vries, Xander; Finneran, Ian; Carroll, Brandon; Blake, Geoffrey

    2014-06-01

    It is generally accepted that complex organic molecules (COMs) form on the icy surface of interstellar grains. Our ability to identify interstellar complex species in the ices is affected by the limited number of laboratory analogs that can be compared to the huge amount of observational data currently coming from international astronomical facilities, such as the Herschel Space Observatory, SOFIA, and ALMA. We have recently constructed a new THz time-domain spectroscopy system to investigate the spectra of interstellar ice analogs in a range that fully covers the spectral bandwidth of the aforementioned facilities (0.3 - 7.5 THz). The system is coupled to a FT-IR spectrometer to monitor the ices in the mid-IR (4000 - 500 cm-1). This talk focuses on the laboratory investigation of the composition and structure of the bulk phases of interstellar ice analogs (i.e., H2O, CO2, CO, CH3OH, NH3, and CH4) compared to more complex molecules (e.g., HCOOH, CH3COOH, CH3CHO, (CH3)2CO, HCOOCH3, and HCOOC2H5). The ultimate goal of this research project is to provide the scientific community with an extensive THz ice database, which will allow quantitative studies of the ISM, and potentially guide future astronomical observations of species in the solid phase.

  5. Low-Noise Thz Niobium SIS Mixers

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    Bin, Mei

    1997-09-01

    This thesis describes the development of low-noise heterodyne receivers at THz frequencies for submillimeter astronomy using Nb-based superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) tunneling junctions. The mixers utilize a quasi-optical configuration which consists of a planar twin-slot antenna and antisymmetrically-fed two-junctions on an antireflection-coated silicon hyperhemispherical lens. On-chip integrated tuning circuits, in the form of microstrip lines, are used to obtain maximum coupling efficiency in the designed frequency band. To reduce the rf losses in the integrated tuning circuits above the superconducting Nb gap frequency (~700 GHz), normal-metal Al is used to replace Nb as the tuning circuits. To account the rf losses in the microstrip lines, we calculated the surface impedance of the Al films using the nonlocal anomalous skin effect for finite thickness films. Nb films were calculated using the Mattis-Bardeen theory in the extreme anomalous limit. Our calculations show that the losses of the Al and Nb microstrip lines are about equal at 830 GHz. For Al-wiring and Nb-wiring mixers both optimized at 1050 GHz, the RF coupling efficiency of Al-wiring mixer is higher than that of Nb-wiring one by almost 50%. We have designed both Nb-wiring and Al-wiring mixers below and above the gap frequency. A Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) has been constructed especially for the study of the frequency response of SIS receivers. This FTS features large aperture size (10 inch) and high frequency resolution (114 MHz). The FTS spectra, obtained using the SIS receivers as direct detectors on the FTS, agree quite well with our theoretical simulations. We have also, for the first time, measured the FTS heterodyne response of an SIS mixer at sufficiently high resolution to resolve the LO and the sidebands. Heterodyne measurements of our SIS receivers with Nb-wiring or Al-wiring have yielded results which are among the best reported to date for broadband heterodyne

  6. Thz Spectroscopy of D_2H^+

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    Yu, Shanshan; Pearson, John; Amano, Takayoshi

    2015-06-01

    Pure rotational transitions of D_2H^+ observed by high-resolution spectroscopy have been limited so far to the J = 110-101 transition at 691.7 GHz, J=220-211 at 1.370 THz, and J=111-000 at 1.477 THz. As this ion is a light asymmetric-top molecule, spectroscopic characterization and prediction of other rotational transition frequencies are not straightforward. In this presentation, we extended the measurements up to 2 THz by using the JPL frequency multiplier chains, and observed three new THz lines and re-measured the three known transitions. D_2H^+ was generated in an extended negative glow discharge cell cooled to liquid nitrogen temperature. Six rotational transition frequencies together with the combination differences derived from three fundamental bands were subject to least square analysis to determine the molecular constants. New THz measurements are definitely useful for better characterization of spectroscopic properties. The improved molecular constants provide better predictions of other unobserved rotational transitions. T. Hirao and T. Amano, Ap. J.,597, L85 (2003) K. M. Evenson et al cited by O. L. Polyansky and A. R. W. McKellar, J. Chem. Phys., 92, 4039 (1990) O. Asvany et al, Phys. Rev. Lett., 100, 233004 (2008)

  7. Novel detectors for traceable THz power measurements

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    Müller, Ralf; Bohmeyer, Werner; Kehrt, Mathias; Lange, Karsten; Monte, Christian; Steiger, Andreas

    2014-08-01

    Several novel types of detectors for the measurement of electromagnetic radiation in the THz spectral range are described. Firstly, detectors based on pyroelectric foil coated with different absorbers have been developed focusing on the following features: high accuracy due to well-characterized absorption, high sensitivity, large area absorbers and frequency and polarization independence. A three-dimensional design with five absorptions gave an overall absorption of more than 98 %. Secondly, detectors based on pyroelectric foils with thin metal layers were realized. An absorption of 50 % can be obtained if the thickness of the layers is carefully adjusted. According to electromagnetic theory this degree of absorption is independent of the polarization and frequency of the radiation in a wide range from at least 20 GHz to 5 THz. The third type of detector is based on a new type of volume absorber with a polished front surface and a gold-coated back side. It is the absorber of choice of the standard power detector for disseminating the spectral power responsivity scale. This standard detector allows the application of a physical model to calculate its spectral responsivity in the range from 1 THz to 5 THz if the detector has been calibrated at one single frequency. Finally, a THz detector calibration facility was set up and is now in operation at PTB to calibrate detectors from customers with an uncertainty as low as 1.7 %.

  8. Nanochemical effects in femtosecond laser ablation of metals

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    Vorobyev, A. Y.; Guo, Chunlei

    2013-02-18

    We study chemical energy released from the oxidation of aluminum in multipulse femtosecond laser ablation in air and oxygen. Our study shows that the released chemical energy amounts to about 13% of the incident laser energy, and about 50% of the ablated material is oxidized. The ablated material mass per laser pulse is measured to be on the nanogram scale. Our study indicates that femtosecond laser ablation is capable of inducing nanochemical reactions since the femtosecond laser pulse can controllably produce nanoparticles, clusters, and atoms from a solid target.

  9. Femtosecond fluorescence depolarization study of photosynthetic antenna proteins: observation of ultrafast energy transfer in trimeric C-phycocyanin and allophycocyanin

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    Xie, Sunney; Du, Mei; Mets, Laurens; Fleming, Graham R.

    1992-04-01

    C-phycocyanin (CPC) and Allophycocyanin (APC) are pigment-protein complexes isolated from antenna systems in cyanobacteria. The crystal structure of CPC has recently been solved and APC has a similar structure. CPC and APC have a trimeric structure, monomeric subunits are composed of an (alpha) and (beta) polypeptide chain, each has a tetrapyrrole chromophore chemically bound to position 84. In CPC and APC trimers, the (alpha) 84 and (beta) 84 chromophores in adjacent monomers are in close proximity, forming relatively strong coupled pairs. Calculation of pairwise energy transfer rates using Foerster theory has suggested an extremely fast transfer (> 1 ps-1) between the (alpha) 84 and (beta) 84 pair in CPC. A femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion apparatus was constructed which achieves subhundred femtosecond time resolution. This allows experimental observation of the fast energy transfer process between the (alpha) 84 and (beta) 84 pair in both CPC and APC. There was also a wavelength dependence of the fluorescence depolarization kinetics which is inconsistent with Foerster inductive resonance energy transfer theory.

  10. The relaxation dynamics of the excited electronic states of retinal in bacteriorhodopsin by two-pump-probe femtosecond studies

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    Logunov, S. L.; Volkov, V. V.; Braun, M.; El-Sayed, M. A.

    2001-01-01

    We present the results of two-pump and probe femtosecond experiments designed to follow the relaxation dynamics of the lowest excited state (S1) populated by different modes. In the first mode, a direct (S0 → S1) radiative excitation of the ground state is used. In the second mode, an indirect excitation is used where the S1 state is populated by the use of two femtosecond laser pulses with different colors and delay times between them. The first pulse excites the S0 → S1 transition whereas the second pulse excites the S1 → Sn transition. The nonradiative relaxation from the Sn state populates the lowest excited state. Our results suggest that the S1 state relaxes faster when populated nonradiatively from the Sn state than when pumped directly by the S0 → S1 excitation. Additionally, the Sn → S1 nonradiative relaxation time is found to change by varying the delay time between the two pump pulses. The observed dependence of the lowest excited state population as well as its dependence on the delay between the two pump pulses are found to fit a kinetic model in which the Sn state populates a different surface (called S′1) than the one being directly excited (S1). The possible involvement of the Ag type states, the J intermediate, and the conical intersection leading to the S0 or to the isomerization product (K intermediate) are discussed in the framework of the proposed model. PMID:11447258

  11. Tunable Room Temperature THz Sources Based on Nonlinear Mixing in a Hybrid Optical and THz Micro-Ring Resonator

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    Sinha, Raju; Karabiyik, Mustafa; Al-Amin, Chowdhury; Vabbina, Phani K.; Güney, Durdu Ö.; Pala, Nezih

    2015-01-01

    We propose and systematically investigate a novel tunable, compact room temperature terahertz (THz) source based on difference frequency generation in a hybrid optical and THz micro-ring resonator. We describe detailed design steps of the source capable of generating THz wave in 0.5–10 THz with a tunability resolution of 0.05 THz by using high second order optical susceptibility (χ(2)) in crystals and polymers. In order to enhance THz generation compared to bulk nonlinear material, we employ a nonlinear optical micro-ring resonator with high-Q resonant modes for infrared input waves. Another ring oscillator with the same outer radius underneath the nonlinear ring with an insulation of SiO2 layer supports the generated THz with resonant modes and out-couples them into a THz waveguide. The phase matching condition is satisfied by engineering both the optical and THz resonators with appropriate effective indices. We analytically estimate THz output power of the device by using practical values of susceptibility in available crystals and polymers. The proposed source can enable tunable, compact THz emitters, on-chip integrated spectrometers, inspire a broader use of THz sources and motivate many important potential THz applications in different fields. PMID:25800287

  12. Tunable Room Temperature THz Sources Based on Nonlinear Mixing in a Hybrid Optical and THz Micro-Ring Resonator

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    Sinha, Raju; Karabiyik, Mustafa; Al-Amin, Chowdhury; Vabbina, Phani K.; Güney, Durdu Ö.; Pala, Nezih

    2015-03-01

    We propose and systematically investigate a novel tunable, compact room temperature terahertz (THz) source based on difference frequency generation in a hybrid optical and THz micro-ring resonator. We describe detailed design steps of the source capable of generating THz wave in 0.5-10 THz with a tunability resolution of 0.05 THz by using high second order optical susceptibility (χ(2)) in crystals and polymers. In order to enhance THz generation compared to bulk nonlinear material, we employ a nonlinear optical micro-ring resonator with high-Q resonant modes for infrared input waves. Another ring oscillator with the same outer radius underneath the nonlinear ring with an insulation of SiO2 layer supports the generated THz with resonant modes and out-couples them into a THz waveguide. The phase matching condition is satisfied by engineering both the optical and THz resonators with appropriate effective indices. We analytically estimate THz output power of the device by using practical values of susceptibility in available crystals and polymers. The proposed source can enable tunable, compact THz emitters, on-chip integrated spectrometers, inspire a broader use of THz sources and motivate many important potential THz applications in different fields.

  13. RT-CW: widely tunable semiconductor THz QCL sources

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    Razeghi, M.; Lu, Q. Y.

    2016-09-01

    Distinctive position of Terahertz (THz) frequencies (ν 0.3 -10 THz) in the electromagnetic spectrum with their lower quantum energy compared to IR and higher frequency compared to microwave range allows for many potential applications unique to them. Especially in the security side of the THz sensing applications, the distinct absorption spectra of explosives and related compounds in the range of 0.1-5 THz makes THz technology a competitive technique for detecting hidden explosives. A compact, high power, room temperature continuous wave terahertz source emitting in a wide frequency range will greatly boost the THz applications for the diagnosis and detection of explosives. Here we present a new strong-coupled strain-balanced quantum cascade laser design for efficient THz generation based intracavity DFG. Room temperature continuous wave operation with electrical frequency tuning range of 2.06-4.35 THz is demonstrated.

  14. Subpicosecond energy transfer from a highly intense THz pulse to water: A computational study based on the TIP4P/2005 rigid-water-molecule model.

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    Mishra, Pankaj Kr; Vendrell, Oriol; Santra, Robin

    2016-03-01

    The dynamics of ultrafast energy transfer to water clusters and to bulk water by a highly intense, subcycle THz pulse of duration ≈150 fs is investigated in the context of force-field molecular dynamics simulations. We focus our attention on the mechanisms by which rotational and translational degrees of freedom of the water monomers gain energy from these subcycle pulses with an electric field amplitude of up to about 0.6 V/Å. It has been recently shown that pulses with these characteristics can be generated in the laboratory [C. Vicario, B. Monoszlai, and C. P. Hauri, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 213901 (2014)]. Through their permanent dipole moment, water molecules are acted upon by the electric field and forced off their preferred hydrogen-bond network conformation. This immediately sets them in motion with respect to one another as energy quickly transfers to their relative center of mass displacements. We find that, in the bulk, the operation of these mechanisms is strongly dependent on the initial temperature and density of the system. In low density systems, the equilibration between rotational and translational modes is slow due to the lack of collisions between monomers. As the initial density of the system approaches 1 g/cm(3), equilibration between rotational and translational modes after the pulse becomes more efficient. In turn, low temperatures hinder the direct energy transfer from the pulse to rotational motion owing to the resulting stiffness of the hydrogen bond network. For small clusters of just a few water molecules we find that fragmentation due to the interaction with the pulse is faster than equilibration between rotations and translations, meaning that the latter remain colder than the former after the pulse. In contrast, clusters with more than a few tens of water molecules already display energy gain dynamics similar to water in condensed phases owing to inertial confinement of the internal water molecules by the outer shells. In these cases

  15. THz and mid-IR spectroscopy of interstellar ice analogs: methyl and carboxylic acid groups.

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    Ioppolo, S; McGuire, B A; Allodi, M A; Blake, G A

    2014-01-01

    A fundamental problem in astrochemistry concerns the synthesis and survival of complex organic molecules (COMs) throughout the process of star and planet formation. While it is generally accepted that most complex molecules and prebiotic species form in the solid phase on icy grain particles, a complete understanding of the formation pathways is still largely lacking. To take full advantage of the enormous number of available THz observations (e.g., Herschel Space Observatory, SOFIA, and ALMA), laboratory analogs must be studied systematically. Here, we present the THz (0.3-7.5 THz; 10-250 cm(-1)) and mid-IR (400-4000 cm(-1)) spectra of astrophysically-relevant species that share the same functional groups, including formic acid (HCOOH) and acetic acid (CH3COOH), and acetaldehyde (CH3CHO) and acetone ((CH3)2CO), compared to more abundant interstellar molecules such as water (H2O), methanol (CH3OH), and carbon monoxide (CO). A suite of pure and mixed binary ices are discussed. The effects on the spectra due to the composition and the structure of the ice at different temperatures are shown. Our results demonstrate that THz spectra are sensitive to reversible and irreversible transformations within the ice caused by thermal processing, suggesting that THz spectra can be used to study the composition, structure, and thermal history of interstellar ices. Moreover, the THz spectrum of an individual species depends on the functional group(s) within that molecule. Thus, future THz studies of different functional groups will help in characterizing the chemistry and physics of the interstellar medium (ISM).

  16. A THz Tomography System for Arbitrarily Shaped Samples

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    Stübling, E.; Bauckhage, Y.; Jelli, E.; Fischer, B.; Globisch, B.; Schell, M.; Heinrich, A.; Balzer, J. C.; Koch, M.

    2017-06-01

    We combine a THz time-domain spectroscopy system with a robotic arm. With this scheme, the THz emitter and receiver can be positioned perpendicular and at defined distance to the sample surface. Our system allows the acquisition of reflection THz tomographic images of samples with an arbitrarily shaped surface.

  17. A THz Tomography System for Arbitrarily Shaped Samples

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    Stübling, E.; Bauckhage, Y.; Jelli, E.; Fischer, B.; Globisch, B.; Schell, M.; Heinrich, A.; Balzer, J. C.; Koch, M.

    2017-10-01

    We combine a THz time-domain spectroscopy system with a robotic arm. With this scheme, the THz emitter and receiver can be positioned perpendicular and at defined distance to the sample surface. Our system allows the acquisition of reflection THz tomographic images of samples with an arbitrarily shaped surface.

  18. Plasma shock waves excited by THz radiation

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    Rudin, S.; Rupper, G.; Shur, M.

    2016-10-01

    The shock plasma waves in Si MOS, InGaAs and GaN HEMTs are launched at a relatively small THz power that is nearly independent of the THz input frequency for short channel (22 nm) devices and increases with frequency for longer (100 nm to 1 mm devices). Increasing the gate-to-channel separation leads to a gradual transition of the nonlinear waves from the shock waves to solitons. The mathematics of this transition is described by the Korteweg-de Vries equation that has the single propagating soliton solution.

  19. Detectivity enhancement in THz electrooptical sampling

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    Ahmed, Saima; Savolainen, Janne; Hamm, Peter

    2014-01-15

    We demonstrate and discuss a simple scheme that significantly enhances the detectivity of THz electro-optical sampling by introducing a sequence of Brewster windows that increases the ellipticity of the probe beam. By varying the window material or the number of Brewster windows, the enhancement factor can be adjusted; we demonstrate an enhancement factor of ≈20 with four ZnSe Brewster windows. The scheme is particularly useful when very small THz fields are to be measured in connection with low-repetition rate amplified Ti:S laser systems.

  20. Development of a THz spectroscopic imaging system.

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    Usami, M; Iwamoto, T; Fukasawa, R; Tani, M; Watanabe, M; Sakai, K

    2002-11-07

    We have developed a real-time THz imaging system based on the two-dimensional (2D) electro-optic (EO) sampling technique. Employing the 2D EO-sampling technique, we can obtain THz images using a CCD camera at a video rate of up to 30 frames per second. A spatial resolution of 1.4 mm was achieved. This resolution was reasonably close to the theoretical limit determined by diffraction. We observed not only static objects but also moving ones. To acquire spectroscopic information, time-domain images were collected. By processing these images on a computer, we can obtain spectroscopic images. Spectroscopy for silicon wafers was demonstrated.

  1. The Kassel Laboratory Astrophysics Thz Spectrometrs

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    Chantzos, Johanna; Herberth, Doris; Kutzer, Pia; Muster, Christoph; Fuchs, Guido W.; Giesen, Thomas

    2016-06-01

    We present a brief overview of the recently established laboratory astrophysics group in Kassel/Germany with a focus on our THz technology. After an outline of our laboratory equipment and recent projects the talk will focus on our new fast spectral scan technique for molecular jet experiments. Here, a new test setup for broadband fast sweep spectrometry in the MW to submm wavelength region has been realized and can be applied to identify transient molecules in a supersonic jet. An arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) is used to generate chirped pulses with a linear frequency sweep in the MHz regime. Pulse durations are of a few microseconds. These pulses are up-converted in frequency, e.g. into the 50 GHz microwave frequency range utilizing a synthesizer, or using a synthesizer plus standard amplifier multiplier chain (AMC) to reach the 100-300 GHz region. As test, NH_3 has been measured between 18-26 GHz in a supersonic jet of 500 μ s duration. Acetonitrile (CH_3CN) was tested in the (90-110) GHz range. The spectrometer is capable of providing fast, broadband and low-noise measurements. Experiments with non-stabel molecular production conditions can greatly benefit from these advantages. The setup enables the study of Van-der-Waals-clusters, as well as carbon chain molecules and small metal-containing refractory molecules when combined with appropriate molecule sources.

  2. Pico-femtosecond image-tube photography in quantum electronics

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    Schelev, M Ya

    2001-06-30

    The possibility of experimental achievement of the time resolution of image-converter tubes (ICTs) corresponding to the theoretical limit of 10 fs is considered as applied to quantum electronics problems. A new generation of ICTs with a temporal resolution of 200 - 500 fs has been developed for recording femtosecond laser radiation. The entirely new devices based on time-analysing ICTs such as femtosecond photoelectronic diffractometers, have been created for studying the dynamics of phase transitions in substances using diffrac-tion of electrons with energies ranging from 20 to 40 keV. (femtosecond technologies)

  3. Femtosecond laser materials processing

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    Stuart, B. C., LLNL

    1998-06-02

    Femtosecond lasers enable materials processing of most any material with extremely high precision and negligible shock or thermal loading to the surrounding area Applications ranging from drilling teeth to cutting explosives to making high-aspect ratio cuts in metals with no heat-affected zone are made possible by this technology For material removal at reasonable rates, we developed a fully computer-controlled 15-Watt average power, 100-fs laser machining system.

  4. Femtosecond laser materials processing

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    Stuart, B

    1998-08-05

    Femtosecond lasers enable materials processing of most any material with extremely high precision and negligible shock or thermal loading to the surrounding area. Applications ranging from drilling teeth to cutting explosives to precision cuts in composites are possible by using this technology. For material removal at reasonable rates, we have developed a fully computer-controlled 15-Watt average power, 100-fs laser machining system.

  5. Terahertz generation and detection using femtosecond mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser

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    Kong, Moon Sik; Kim, Ji Su; Han, Sang-Pil; Kim, Namje; Moon, Ki Won; Park, Kyung Hyun; Jeon, Min Yong

    2016-02-01

    We successfully demonstrate a THz generation using an ytterbium (Yb)-doped mode-locked femtosecond fiber laser and a home-made low-temperature grown (LTG) InGaAs Photoconductive antenna (PCA) module for THz Time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) systems. The Yb-doped fiber ring laser consists of a pump laser diode (PLD), a wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) coupler, a single-mode fiber (SMF), a 25 cm-long highly Yb-doped fiber, two collimators, two quarter wave plates (QWPs), a half-wave plate (HWP), a 10 nm broadband band pass filter, an isolator, and a polarizing beam splitter (PBS). In order to achieve the passively mode-locked optical short pulse, the nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) effect is used. The achieved center wavelength and the 3 dB bandwidth of the modelocked fiber laser are 1.03 μm and ~ 15.6 nm, respectively. It has 175 fs duration after pulse compression with 66.2 MHz repetition rate. The average output power of mode-locked laser has more than 275 mW. The LTG-InGaAs PCA modules are used as the emitter and receiver in order to achieve the THz radiation. The PCA modules comprise a hyper-hemispherical Si lens and a log-spiral antenna-integrated LTG-InGaAs PCA chip electronically contacted on a printed circuit board (PCB). An excitation optical average pumping and probing power were ~ 6.3 mW and 5 mW, respectively. The free-space distance between the emitter and the receiver in the THz-TDS system was 70 mm. The spectrum of the THz radiation is achieved higher than 1.5 THz.

  6. Wavelength dependent photoelectron circular dichroism of limonene studied by femtosecond multiphoton laser ionization and electron-ion coincidence imaging

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    Rafiee Fanood, Mohammad M.; Janssen, Maurice H. M.; Powis, Ivan

    2016-09-01

    Enantiomers of the monoterpene limonene have been investigated by (2 + 1) resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization and photoelectron circular dichroism employing tuneable, circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses. Electron imaging detection provides 3D momentum measurement while electron-ion coincidence detection can be used to mass-tag individual electrons. Additional filtering, by accepting only parent ion tagged electrons, can be then used to provide discrimination against higher energy dissociative ionization mechanisms where more than three photons are absorbed to better delineate the two photon resonant, one photon ionization pathway. The promotion of different vibrational levels and, tentatively, different electronic ion core configurations in the intermediate Rydberg states can be achieved with different laser excitation wavelengths (420 nm, 412 nm, and 392 nm), in turn producing different state distributions in the resulting cations. Strong chiral asymmetries in the lab frame photoelectron angular distributions are quantified, and a comparison made with a single photon (synchrotron radiation) measurement at an equivalent photon energy.

  7. A femtosecond visible/visible and visible/mid-infrared transient absorption study of the light harvesting complex II.

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    Stahl, Andreas D; Di Donato, Mariangela; van Stokkum, Ivo; van Grondelle, Rienk; Groot, Marie Louise

    2009-12-16

    Light harvesting complex II (LHCII) is the most abundant protein in the thylakoid membrane of higher plants and green algae. LHCII acts to collect solar radiation, transferring this energy mainly toward photosystem II, with a smaller amount going to photosystem I; it is then converted into a chemical, storable form. We performed time-resolved femtosecond visible pump/mid-infrared probe and visible pump/visible probe absorption difference spectroscopy on purified LHCII to gain insight into the energy transfer in this complex occurring in the femto-picosecond time regime. We find that information derived from mid-infrared spectra, together with structural and modeling information, provides a unique visualization of the flow of energy via the bottleneck pigment chlorophyll a604.

  8. Femtosecond Optical Tweezers

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    Peng, Jiahui; Wang, Lei; Sokolov, Alexei

    2004-10-01

    Optical tweezers has drawn much attention of people since recent years, which shows great advantages on biological applications due to quite straightforward ideas and simple configurations. Optical tweezers rely upon the extremely high gradient in the electric field produced near the beam waist of a tightly focused laser beam, which creates a force sufficient to trap micron-sized dielectric particles in three dimensions.(J.E. Molloy and M.J. Padgett, Light, Action: Optical Tweezers, Contemporary P)hysics, 43 241 (2002). We applied a femtosecond laser on optical tweezers as light source and got successfully ``optical trapping'' and ``optical tweezers.'' Further, due to the characters of short pulse width and extremely high intensity of laser, femtosecond optical tweezers may direct us to new optics field. Under such strong intensity many non-linear optical phenomena could be observable, such like optical Kerr effect, stimulated Raman effect and so on. Our work will shows that it may be applied into the recently proposed FAST CAR (Femtosecond Adaptive Spectroscopic Techniques for Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy) by M. Scully et. al.(M. O. Scully, G. W. Kattawar, R. P. Lucht, T. Opatrny, H. Pilloff, A. Rebane, A. V. Sokolov, and M. S. Zubairy, ``FAST CARS: Engineering a Laser Spectroscopic Technique for Rapid Identification of Bacterial Spores,'' Proceedings of NASE (2002).)

  9. Measurement of submilliwatt, picosecond terahertz emission from a femtosecond-laser-pumped solid-state dc to ac radiation converter based on a ZnSe crystal

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    Yugami, Noboru; Ohata, Nobuo; Yaegashi, Kenta; Kawanago, Hiroshi

    2006-11-15

    We measured the terahertz pulse emission from a femtosecond-laser-pumped solid-state dc to ac radiation converter using a 150 fs Ti:sapphire laser pulse for dense plasma diagnostics. The laser-produced ionization front was directly modulated from a periodic electrostatic field to pulsed emission. The central frequency of the emission was measured to be 0.13 THz having a bandwidth of 0.1 THz and a peak power of 0.2 mW. This emission source is suitable for use in various novel diagnostic techniques, such as dense plasma diagnostics.

  10. Existence of a new emitting singlet state of proflavine: femtosecond dynamics of the excited state processes and quantum chemical studies in different solvents.

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    Kumar, Karuppannan Senthil; Selvaraju, Chellappan; Malar, Ezekiel Joy Padma; Natarajan, Paramasivam

    2012-01-12

    Proflavine (3,6-diaminoacridine) shows fluorescence emission with lifetime, 4.6 ± 0.2 ns, in all the solvents irrespective of the solvent polarity. To understand this unusual photophysical property, investigations were carried out using steady state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy in the pico- and femtosecond time domain. Molecular geometries in the ground and low-lying excited states of proflavine were examined by complete structural optimization using ab initio quantum chemical computations at HF/6-311++G** and CIS/6-311++G** levels. Time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations were performed to study the excitation energies in the low-lying excited states. The steady state absorption and emission spectral details of proflavine are found to be influenced by solvents. The femtosecond fluorescence decay of the proflavine in all the solvents follows triexponential function with two ultrafast decay components (τ(1) and τ(2)) in addition to the nanosecond component. The ultrafast decay component, τ(1), is attributed to the solvation dynamics of the particular solvent used. The second ultrafast decay component, τ(2), is found to vary from 50 to 215 ps depending upon the solvent. The amplitudes of the ultrafast decay components vary with the wavelength and show time dependent spectral shift in the emission maximum. The observation is interpreted that the time dependent spectral shift is not only due to solvation dynamics but also due to the existence of more than one emitting state of proflavine in the solvent used. Time resolved area normalized emission spectral (TRANES) analysis shows an isoemissive point, indicating the presence of two emitting states in homogeneous solution. Detailed femtosecond fluorescence decay analysis allows us to isolate the two independent emitting components of the close lying singlet states. The CIS and TDDFT calculations also support the existence of the close lying emitting states. The near constant

  11. Collective modes in quasi-one-dimensional charge-density wave systems probed by femtosecond time-resolved optical studies

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    Schaefer, H.; Kabanov, V. V.; Demsar, J.

    2014-01-01

    The interplay between the electronic and structural subsystems has strong implications on the character of collective excitations in cooperative systems. Their detailed understanding can provide important information on the coupling mechanisms and coupling strengths in such systems. With the recent developments in femtosecond time-resolved optical probes, numerous advantages with respect to conventional time-integrated probes have been put forward. Owing to their high dynamic range, high-frequency resolution, fast data acquisition, and an inherent access to phases of coherent excitations, they provide direct access to the interplay between various degrees of freedom. In this paper, we present a detailed analysis of time-resolved optical data on blue bronzes (K0.3MoO3 and Rb0.3MoO3), prototype quasi-one-dimensional charge-density wave (CDW) systems. Numerous coherent (Raman active) modes appear upon the phase transition into the CDW state. We analyze the temperature dependence of mode frequencies, their damping times, as well as their oscillator strengths and phases using the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau model. We demonstrate that these low-temperature modes are a result of linear coupling between the Fermi surface nesting driven modulation of the conduction electron density and the normal-state phonons at the CDW wave vector, and determine their coupling strengths. Moreover, we are able to identify the nature of excitation of these coupled modes, as well as the nature of the probing mechanisms in this type of experiments. We demonstrate that in incommensurate CDW systems, femtosecond optical excitation initially suppresses the electronic density modulation, while the reflectivity changes at frequencies far above the CDW induced gap in the single-particle excitation spectrum are governed by the modulation of interband transitions caused by lattice motion. This approach can be readily extended to more complex systems with spatially modulated ground states.

  12. Application of femtosecond lasers for subcellular nanosurgery

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    Maxwell, Iva

    This dissertation offers a study of femtosecond laser disruption in single cells. Cells and tissues do not ordinarily absorb light in the near-IR wavelength range of femtosecond lasers. However, the peak intensity of a femtosecond laser pulse is very high and material disruption is possible through nonlinear absorption and plasma generation. Because the pulse duration is very short, it is possible to reach the intensity of optical breakdown at only nanojoules of energy per pulse. The low energy deposition and the high spatial localization of the nonlinear absorption, make femtosecond laser pulses an ideal tool for minimally disruptive subcellular nanosurgery. We show definitively that there can be bulk ablation within a single cell by studying the disrupted region under a transmission electron microscope. The width of the ablated area can be as small as 250 nm in diameter at energies near the ablation threshold. We also studied the effect of the laser repetition rate on the subcellular disruption threshold. We compared the pulse energies for kHz and MHz pulse trains, and found that in the MHz regime heat accumulation in the focal volume needs to be accounted for. For this repetition rate the minimum pulse energy necessary for disruption depends on the laser irradiation time. We used femtosecond laser nanosurgery to probe tension in actin stress fibers in living endothelial cells. By severing an individual stress fiber and visualizing its retraction, we showed that actin carries prestress in adherent, non-contractile cells. By plating the cells on softer, more compliant substrates, we measured the deflection of the substrate and extrapolated the force contribution of a stress filament on total amount of force exerted by the cell.

  13. Measuring the Frequency of Light with Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Udem, Thomas

    2001-04-01

    We have shown that the modes of a femtosecond mode-locked laser are distributed uniformly in frequency space and can be used like a ruler to measure large optical frequency differences. To measure absolute optical frequencies we created a frequency comb that contained a full optical octave to measure the gap that is spanned by this octave. Unlike the complex harmonic frequency chains used in the past this new approach uses only one laser sources and is nevertheless capable of measuring almost any optical frequency with the same set up. We applied the new technique to determine the absolute frequencies of the cesium D1, of several components in Iodine around 563 THz, a sharp "clock" transition in a single trapped Indium ion and the hydrogen 1S-2S transition. We also tested its performance by comparing two similar set-ups.

  14. Subpicosecond energy transfer from a highly intense THz pulse to water: A computational study based on the TIP4P/2005 rigid-water-molecule model

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    Mishra, Pankaj Kr.; Vendrell, Oriol; Santra, Robin

    2016-03-01

    The dynamics of ultrafast energy transfer to water clusters and to bulk water by a highly intense, subcycle THz pulse of duration ≈150 fs is investigated in the context of force-field molecular dynamics simulations. We focus our attention on the mechanisms by which rotational and translational degrees of freedom of the water monomers gain energy from these subcycle pulses with an electric field amplitude of up to about 0.6 V/Å. It has been recently shown that pulses with these characteristics can be generated in the laboratory [C. Vicario, B. Monoszlai, and C. P. Hauri, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 213901 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.213901]. Through their permanent dipole moment, water molecules are acted upon by the electric field and forced off their preferred hydrogen-bond network conformation. This immediately sets them in motion with respect to one another as energy quickly transfers to their relative center of mass displacements. We find that, in the bulk, the operation of these mechanisms is strongly dependent on the initial temperature and density of the system. In low density systems, the equilibration between rotational and translational modes is slow due to the lack of collisions between monomers. As the initial density of the system approaches 1 g/cm3 , equilibration between rotational and translational modes after the pulse becomes more efficient. In turn, low temperatures hinder the direct energy transfer from the pulse to rotational motion owing to the resulting stiffness of the hydrogen bond network. For small clusters of just a few water molecules we find that fragmentation due to the interaction with the pulse is faster than equilibration between rotations and translations, meaning that the latter remain colder than the former after the pulse. In contrast, clusters with more than a few tens of water molecules already display energy gain dynamics similar to water in condensed phases owing to inertial confinement of the internal water molecules by

  15. Optical phase locking of two infrared continuous wave lasers separated by 100  THz.

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    Chiodo, N; Du-Burck, F; Hrabina, J; Lours, M; Chea, E; Acef, O

    2014-05-15

    We report on phase locking of two continuous wave IR laser sources separated by 100 THz emitting around 1029 and 1544 nm, respectively. Our approach uses three independent harmonic generation processes of the IR laser frequencies in periodically poled MgO:LiNbO3 crystals to generate second and third harmonics of those two IR sources. The beat note between the two independent green radiations generated around 515 nm is used to phase lock one IR laser to the other, with tunable radio frequency offset. In this way, the whole setup operates as a mini-frequency comb emitting four intense optical radiations (1544, 1029, 772, and 515 nm), with output powers at least three orders of magnitude higher than the available power from each mode emitted by femtosecond lasers.

  16. Coaxial waveguide mode reconstruction and analysis with THz digital holography.

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    Wang, Xinke; Xiong, Wei; Sun, Wenfeng; Zhang, Yan

    2012-03-26

    Terahertz (THz) digital holography is employed to investigate the properties of waveguides. By using a THz digital holographic imaging system, the propagation modes of a metallic coaxial waveguide are measured and the mode patterns are restored with the inverse Fresnel diffraction algorithm. The experimental results show that the THz propagation mode inside the waveguide is a combination of four modes TE₁₁, TE₁₂, TM₁₁, and TM₁₂, which are in good agreement with the simulation results. In this work, THz digital holography presents its strong potential as a platform for waveguide mode charactering. The experimental findings provide a valuable reference for the design of THz waveguides.

  17. Photonic-integrated circuit for continuous-wave THz generation.

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    Theurer, Michael; Göbel, Thorsten; Stanze, Dennis; Troppenz, Ute; Soares, Francisco; Grote, Norbert; Schell, Martin

    2013-10-01

    We demonstrate a photonic-integrated circuit for continuous-wave (cw) terahertz (THz) generation. By comprising two lasers and an optical phase modulator on a single chip, the full control of the THz signal is enabled via a unique bidirectional operation technique. Integrated heaters allow for continuous tuning of the THz frequency over 570 GHz. Applied to a coherent cw THz photomixing system operated at 1.5 μm optical wavelength, we reach a signal-to-noise ratio of 44 dB at 1.25 THz, which is identical to the performance of a standard system based on discrete components.

  18. Research on THz stepped-frequency ISAR imaging

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    Liang, Meiyan; Zhang, Zhiheng; Zhang, Cunlin

    2016-11-01

    High resolution THz inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging for the aircraft is simulated using 0.22THz stepped-frequency (SF) radar system which is designed in the paper. Based on the small rotate angle and the far field approximation, the Range-Doppler algorithm is proposed to reconstruct THz ISAR image of the aircraft. The simulation results indicate that THz stepped-frequency radar can achieve high resolution ISAR images of the aircraft, the resolution of the ISAR images can reach centimeter-scale, which laid a theoretical foundation for radar imaging in THz band.

  19. Higher Order Aberrations after Femtosecond LASIK Flap Creation

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    2016-03-03

    such as corneal refractive surgery . While studies have previously compared HOA in microkeratome vs. femtosecond corneal flap creation, no studies... surgery . Higher order aberrations · after LASIK with femtosecond flap creation Jason Croskrey, Matthew Caldwell. J . Richard Townley, Douglas Apsey...and post- surgery between iFS and Z04 eyes, (P>0.05) No statistical difference in the change in spherical equivalent pre and post- surgery between

  20. THz local oscillator sources: performance and capabilities

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    Mehdi, I.; Chattopadhyah, G.; Schlecht, E.; Siegel, P.

    2002-01-01

    Frequency multiplier circuits based on planar GaAs Schottky diodes have made significant advances in the last decade. Useful power in the >1 THz range has now been demonstrated from a complete solid-state chain. This paper will review some of the technology responsible for this achievement along with presenting a brief look at future challenges.

  1. Ultra-broadband THz time-domain spectroscopy of common polymers using THz air photonics.

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    D'Angelo, Francesco; Mics, Zoltán; Bonn, Mischa; Turchinovich, Dmitry

    2014-05-19

    Terahertz-range dielectric properties of the common polymers low-density polyethylene (LDPE), cyclic olefin/ethylene copolymer (TOPAS®), polyamide-6 (PA6), and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or Teflon®) are characterized in the ultra-broadband frequency window 2-15 THz, using a THz time-domain spectrometer employing air-photonics for the generation and detection of single-cycle sub-50 fs THz transients. The time domain measurements provide direct access to both the absorption and refractive index spectra. The polymers LDPE and TOPAS® demonstrate negligible absorption and spectrally-flat refractive index across the entire spectroscopy window, revealing the high potential of these polymers for applications in THz photonics such as ultra-broadband polymer-based dielectric mirrors, waveguides, and fibers. Resonant high-frequency polar vibrational modes are observed and assigned in polymers PA6 and PTFE, and their dielectric functions in the complete frequency window 2-15 THz are theoretically reproduced. Our results demonstrate the potential of ultra-broadband air-photonics-based THz time domain spectroscopy as a valuable analytic tool for materials science.

  2. THz cavities and injectors for compact electron acceleration using laser-driven THz sources

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    Fakhari, Moein; Fallahi, Arya; Kärtner, Franz X.

    2017-04-01

    We present a design methodology for developing ultrasmall electron injectors and accelerators based on cascaded cavities excited by short multicycle THz pulses obtained from laser-driven THz generation schemes. Based on the developed concept for optimal coupling of the THz pulse, a THz electron injector and two accelerating stages are designed. The designed electron gun consists of a four cell cavity operating at 300 GHz and a door-knob waveguide to coaxial coupler. Moreover, special designs are proposed to mitigate the problem of thermal heat flow and induced mechanical stress to achieve a stable device. We demonstrated a gun based on cascaded cavities that is powered by only 1.1 mJ of THz energy in 300 cycles to accelerate electron bunches up to 250 keV. An additional two linac sections can be added with five and four cell cavities both operating at 300 GHz boosting the bunch energy up to 1.2 MeV using a 4-mJ THz pulse.

  3. Perspective: Watching low-frequency vibrations of water in biomolecular recognition by THz spectroscopy.

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    Xu, Yao; Havenith, Martina

    2015-11-07

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy has turned out to be a powerful tool which is able to shed new light on the role of water in biomolecular processes. The low frequency spectrum of the solvated biomolecule in combination with MD simulations provides deep insights into the collective hydrogen bond dynamics on the sub-ps time scale. The absorption spectrum between 1 THz and 10 THz of solvated biomolecules is sensitive to changes in the fast fluctuations of the water network. Systematic studies on mutants of antifreeze proteins indicate a direct correlation between biological activity and a retardation of the (sub)-ps hydration dynamics at the protein binding site, i.e., a "hydration funnel." Kinetic THz absorption studies probe the temporal changes of THz absorption during a biological process, and give access to the kinetics of the coupled protein-hydration dynamics. When combined with simulations, the observed results can be explained in terms of a two-tier model involving a local binding and a long range influence on the hydration bond dynamics of the water around the binding site that highlights the significance of the changes in the hydration dynamics at recognition site for biomolecular recognition. Water is shown to assist molecular recognition processes.

  4. Monitoring of tryptophan as a biomarker for cancerous cells in Terahertz (THz) sensing

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    Altan, Hakan; Simsek Ozek, Nihal; Gok, Seher; Ozyurt, Ipek; Severcan, Feride

    2016-03-01

    Tryptophan is an extremely important amino acid for a variety of biological functions in living organisms. Changes in the concentration of this amino acid can point to identification of cancerous tissues or even confirm symptoms of depression in patients. Therefore it is extremely important to identify and quantify tryptophan concentrations in human blood as well as in in-vivo diagnostic studies. Here a reflection based terahertz pulsed spectroscopy system was used to study the interaction of THz pulses with cancerous cells to gauge the possibility of using L-tryptophan as a biomarker for THz sensing of diseases. Initial measurements were performed on human colon adenocarcinoma cells and human breast cancer cells cultivated on glass slides. The glass slides utilized in the growth process limited the measurements not only to reflection based geometries but also limited the analysis of the samples in the frequency domain due to the highly absorbing nature of glass in the THz region. The useful bandwidth was limited to frequencies below 0.6THz which prohibited us from investigating the effects of L-tryptophan in these samples. Even with the limited frequency range the measurements show that there are slight differences in the transmission of the THz pulse through different samples.

  5. Perspective: Watching low-frequency vibrations of water in biomolecular recognition by THz spectroscopy

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    Xu, Yao; Havenith, Martina

    2015-11-01

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy has turned out to be a powerful tool which is able to shed new light on the role of water in biomolecular processes. The low frequency spectrum of the solvated biomolecule in combination with MD simulations provides deep insights into the collective hydrogen bond dynamics on the sub-ps time scale. The absorption spectrum between 1 THz and 10 THz of solvated biomolecules is sensitive to changes in the fast fluctuations of the water network. Systematic studies on mutants of antifreeze proteins indicate a direct correlation between biological activity and a retardation of the (sub)-ps hydration dynamics at the protein binding site, i.e., a "hydration funnel." Kinetic THz absorption studies probe the temporal changes of THz absorption during a biological process, and give access to the kinetics of the coupled protein-hydration dynamics. When combined with simulations, the observed results can be explained in terms of a two-tier model involving a local binding and a long range influence on the hydration bond dynamics of the water around the binding site that highlights the significance of the changes in the hydration dynamics at recognition site for biomolecular recognition. Water is shown to assist molecular recognition processes.

  6. FEMTOSECOND TECHNOLOGIES: Pico-femtosecond image-tube photography in quantum electronics

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    Schelev, M. Ya

    2001-06-01

    The possibility of experimental achievement of the time resolution of image-converter tubes (ICTs) corresponding to the theoretical limit of 10 fs is considered as applied to quantum electronics problems. A new generation of ICTs with a temporal resolution of 200 — 500 fs has been developed for recording femtosecond laser radiation. The entirely new devices based on time-analysing ICTs such as femtosecond photoelectronic diffractometers, have been created for studying the dynamics of phase transitions in substances using diffrac-tion of electrons with energies ranging from 20 to 40 keV.

  7. Nanotechnology-supported THz medical imaging.

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    Stylianou, Andreas; Talias, Michael A

    2013-01-01

    Over the last few decades, the achievements and progress in the field of medical imaging have dramatically enhanced the early detection and treatment of many pathological conditions. The development of new imaging modalities, especially non-ionising ones, which will improve prognosis, is of crucial importance. A number of novel imaging modalities have been developed but they are still in the initial stages of development and serious drawbacks obstruct them from offering their benefits to the medical field. In the 21 (st) century, it is believed that nanotechnology will highly influence our everyday life and dramatically change the world of medicine, including medical imaging. Here we discuss how nanotechnology, which is still in its infancy, can improve Terahertz (THz) imaging, an emerging imaging modality, and how it may find its way into real clinical applications. THz imaging is characterised by the use of non-ionising radiation and although it has the potential to be used in many biomedical fields, it remains in the field of basic research. An extensive review of the recent available literature shows how the current state of this emerging imaging modality can be transformed by nanotechnology. Innovative scientific concepts that use nanotechnology-based techniques to overcome some of the limitations of the use of THz imaging are discussed. We review a number of drawbacks, such as a low contrast mechanism, poor source performance and bulky THz systems, which characterise present THz medical imaging and suggest how they can be overcome through nanotechnology. Better resolution and higher detection sensitivity can also be achieved using nanotechnology techniques.

  8. Nanotechnology-supported THz medical imaging

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    Stylianou, Andreas; Talias, Michael A

    2013-01-01

    Over the last few decades, the achievements and progress in the field of medical imaging have dramatically enhanced the early detection and treatment of many pathological conditions. The development of new imaging modalities, especially non-ionising ones, which will improve prognosis, is of crucial importance. A number of novel imaging modalities have been developed but they are still in the initial stages of development and serious drawbacks obstruct them from offering their benefits to the medical field. In the 21 st century, it is believed that nanotechnology will highly influence our everyday life and dramatically change the world of medicine, including medical imaging. Here we discuss how nanotechnology, which is still in its infancy, can improve Terahertz (THz) imaging, an emerging imaging modality, and how it may find its way into real clinical applications. THz imaging is characterised by the use of non-ionising radiation and although it has the potential to be used in many biomedical fields, it remains in the field of basic research. An extensive review of the recent available literature shows how the current state of this emerging imaging modality can be transformed by nanotechnology. Innovative scientific concepts that use nanotechnology-based techniques to overcome some of the limitations of the use of THz imaging are discussed. We review a number of drawbacks, such as a low contrast mechanism, poor source performance and bulky THz systems, which characterise present THz medical imaging and suggest how they can be overcome through nanotechnology. Better resolution and higher detection sensitivity can also be achieved using nanotechnology techniques. PMID:24555052

  9. Tunable THz Generation by the Interaction of a Super-luminous Laser Pulse with Biased Semiconductor Plasma

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    Papadopoulos, K.; Zigler, A.

    2006-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) radiation is electromagnetic radiation in the range between several hundred and a few thousand GHz. It covers the gap between fast-wave electronics (millimeter waves) and optics (infrared). This spectral region offers enormous potential for detection of explosives and chemical/biological agents, non-destructive testing of non-metallic structural materials and coatings of aircraft structures, medical imaging, bio-sensing of DNA stretching modes and high-altitude secure communications. The development of these applications has been hindered by the lack of powerful, tunable THz sources with controlled waveform. The need for such sources is accentuated by the strong, but selective absorption of THz radiation during transmission through air with high vapor content. The majority of the current experimental work relies on time-domain spectroscopy using fast electrically biased photoconductive sources in conjunction with femto-second mode-locked Ti:Sapphire lasers. These sources known as Large Aperture Photoconductive Antennas (LAPA) have very limited tunability, relatively low upper bound of power and no bandwidth control. The paper presents a novel source of THz radiation known as Miniature Photoconductive Capacitor Array (MPCA). Experiments demonstrated tunability between .1 - 2 THz, control of the relative bandwidth Δf/f between .5-.01, and controlled pulse length and pulse waveform (temporal shape, chirp, pulse-to-pulse modulation etc.). Direct scaling from the current device indicates efficiency in excess of 30% at 1 THz with 1/f2 scaling at higher frequencies, peak power of 100 kW and average power between .1-1 W. The physics underlying the MPCA is the interaction of a super-luminous ionization front generated by the oblique incidence of a Ti:Sapphire laser pulse on a semiconductor crystal (ZnSe) biased with an alternating electrostatic field, similar to that of a frozen wave generator. It is shown theoretically and experimentally that the

  10. Intersubband Rabi oscillations in asymmetric nanoheterostructures: implications for a tunable continuous-wave source of a far-infrared and THz radiation.

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    Kukushkin, V A

    2012-06-01

    A tunable continuous-wave source of a far-infrared and THz radiation based on a semiconductor nanoheterostructure with asymmetric quantum wells is suggested. It utilizes Rabi oscillations at a transition between quantum well subbands excited by external femtosecond pulses of a mid-infrared electromagnetic field. Due to quantum well broken inversion symmetry the subbands possess different average dipole moments, which enables the creation of polarization at the Rabi frequency as the subband populations change. It is shown that if this polarization is excited so that it is periodic in space, then, though being pulsed, it can produce continuous-wave output radiation. Changing the polarization space period and the time intervals between the exciting pulses, one can tune the frequency of this radiation throughout the far-infrared and THz range. In the present work a concrete multiple quantum well heterostructure design and a scheme of its space-periodic polarization are suggested. It is shown that for existing sources of mid-infrared femtosecond pulses the proposed scheme can provide a continuous-wave output power of order the power of far-infrared and THz quantum cascade lasers. Being added to the possibility of its output frequency tuning, this can make the suggested device attractive for fundamental research and various applications.

  11. Femtosecond response time measurements of a Cs2Te photocathode

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    Aryshev, A.; Shevelev, M.; Honda, Y.; Terunuma, N.; Urakawa, J.

    2017-07-01

    Success in design and construction of a compact, high-brightness accelerator system is strongly related to the production of ultra-short electron beams. Recently, the approach to generate short electron bunches or pre-bunched beams in RF guns directly illuminating a high quantum efficiency semiconductor photocathode with femtosecond laser pulses has become attractive. The measurements of the photocathode response time in this case are essential. With an approach of the interferometer-type pulse splitter deep integration into a commercial Ti:Sa laser system used for RF guns, it has become possible to generate pre-bunched electron beams and obtain continuously variable electron bunch separation. In combination with a well-known zero-phasing technique, it allows us to estimate the response time of the most commonly used Cs2Te photocathode. It was demonstrated that the peak-to-peak rms time response of Cs2Te is of the order of 370 fs, and thereby, it is possible to generate and control a THz sequence of relativistic electron bunches by a conventional S-band RF gun. This result can also be applied for investigation of other cathode materials and electron beam temporal shaping and further opens a possibility to construct wide-range tunable, table-top THz free electron laser.

  12. Advances in biomedical imaging using THz technology with applications to burn-wound assessment

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    Tewari, Priyamvada; Kealey, Colin; Sung, Jun; Maccabi, Ashkan; Bajwa, Neha; Singh, Rahul; Culjat, Martin; Stojadinovic, Alexander; Grundfest, Warren; Taylor, Zachary D.

    2012-02-01

    Terahertz (THz) hydration sensing and image has been a topic of increased interest recently due largely to improvements in source and detector technology and the identification of applications where current hydration sensing techniques are insufficient. THz medical imaging is an expanding field of research and tissue hydration plays a key role in the contrast observed in THz tissue reflectance and absorbance maps. This paper outlines the most recent results in burn and corneal imaging where hydration maps were used to assess tissue status. A 3 day study was carried out in rat models where a THz imaging system was used to assess the severity and extent of burn throughout the first day of injury and at the 24, 48, and 72 hour time points. Marked difference in tissue reflectance were observed between the partial and full thickness burns and image features were identified that may be used as diagnostic markers for burn severity. Companion histological analysis performed on tissue excised on Day 3 confirms hypothesized burn severity. The results of these preliminary animal trials suggest that THz imaging may be useful in burn wound assessment where current clinical modalities have resolution and/or sensitivity insufficient for accurate diagnostics.

  13. THz limb sounder (TLS) for lower thermospheric wind, oxygen density, and temperature

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    Wu, Dong L.; Yee, Jeng-Hwa; Schlecht, Erich; Mehdi, Imran; Siles, Jose; Drouin, Brian J.

    2016-07-01

    Neutral winds are one of the most critical measurements in the lower thermosphere and E region ionosphere (LTEI) for understanding complex electrodynamic processes and ion-neutral interactions. We are developing a high-sensitivity, low-power, noncryogenic 2.06 THz Schottky receiver to measure wind profiles at 100-140 km. The new technique, THz limb sounder (TLS), aims to measure LTEI winds by resolving the wind-induced Doppler shift of 2.06 THz atomic oxygen (OI) emissions. As a transition between fine structure levels in the ground electronic state, the OI emission is in local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) at altitudes up to 350 km. This LTE property, together with day-and-night capability and small line-of-sight gradient, makes the OI limb sounding a very attractive technique for neutral wind observations. In addition to the wind measurement, TLS can also retrieve [OI] density and neutral temperature in the LTEI region. TLS leverages rapid advances in THz receiver technologies including subharmonically pumped (SHP) mixers and Schottky-diode-based power multipliers. Current SHP Schottky receivers have produced good sensitivity for THz frequencies at ambient environment temperatures (120-150 K), which are achievable through passively cooling in spaceflight. As an emerging technique, TLS can fill the critical data gaps in the LTEI neutral wind observations to enable detailed studies on the coupling and dynamo processes between charged and neutral molecules.

  14. Diagnostic technique of pine wood nematode disease based on THz spectrum

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    Liu, Yunfei; Tan, Jiajin; Jiang, Liang; Shi, Shengcai; Jin, Biaobing; Ma, Jinlong

    2008-12-01

    Pine wood nematode disease, namely pine wilt disease, is caused by the invasion of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Bx) into pines. Once susceptible pines are infected by the nematode, the disease develops rapidly, the infected pines cease to exude oleoresin and die quickly. Hence it is called pine cancer. Given the fact that there are still no good methods in diagnosing the disease, here we propose to study the spectroscopic characteristics of pine wood nematode and diseased pine wood in the THz regime in order to look for a rapid spectroscopic discrimination method for the disease. Firstly, we measure the transmittances of a Bx sample, a B. mucronatus (Bm) sample, a healthy Pinus massoniana wood sample and a diseased P. massoniana wood sample by a superconducting heterodyne mixer at 500 GHz. And their characteristics are compared. Secondly, we measure the transmission characteristics of a Bx sample and a Bm sample by terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). The measured time domain spectrums and corresponding frequency domain spectrums are compared to distinguish them from their absorption characteristics. Thirdly, we measure the transmission characteristics of a healthy P. massoniana wood sample and a diseased P. massoniana wood sample by THz TDS and compare their difference in THz absorption spectrum and diffraction dispersive spectrum to confirm the effect of Bx on P. massoniana by the absorption coefficient and refractive index. Some discussions are given for future development of the diagnostic technique of pine wood nematode disease based on THz spectrum.

  15. THz Limb Sounder (TLS) for Lower Thermospheric Wind, Oxygen Density, and Temperature

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    Wu, Dong L.; Yee, Jeng-Hwa; Schlecht, Erich; Mehdi, Imran; Siles, Jose; Drouin, Brian J.

    2016-01-01

    Neutral winds are one of the most critical measurements in the lower thermosphere and E region ionosphere (LTEI) for understanding complex electrodynamic processes and ion-neutral interactions. We are developing a high-sensitivity, low-power, noncryogenic 2.06 THz Schottky receiver to measure wind profiles at 100-140 km. The new technique, THz limb sounder (TLS), aims to measure LTEI winds by resolving the wind-induced Doppler shift of 2.06 THz atomic oxygen (OI) emissions. As a transition between fine structure levels in the ground electronic state, the OI emission is in local thermodynamic equilibrium(LTE) at altitudes up to 350km. This LTE property, together with day-and-night capability and small line-of-sight gradient, makes the OI limb sounding a very attractive technique for neutral wind observations. In addition to the wind measurement, TLS can also retrieve [OI] density and neutral temperature in the LTEI region. TLS leverages rapid advances in THz receiver technologies including subharmonically pumped (SHP)mixers and Schottky-diode-based power multipliers. Current SHP Schottky receivers have produced good sensitivity for THz frequencies at ambient environment temperatures (120-150 K), which are achievable through passively cooling in spaceflight. As an emerging technique, TLS can fill the critical data gaps in the LTEI neutral wind observations to enable detailed studies on the coupling and dynamo processes between charged and neutral molecules.

  16. High-power tunable laser driven THz generation in corrugated plasma waveguides

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    Miao, Chenlong; Palastro, John P.; Antonsen, Thomas M.

    2017-04-01

    The excitation of Terahertz (THz) radiation by the interaction of an ultrashort laser pulse with the modes of a miniature corrugated plasma waveguide is considered. The axially corrugated waveguide supports the electromagnetic modes with appropriate polarization and subluminal phase velocities that can be phase matched to the ponderomotive potential associated with the laser pulse, making significant THz generation possible. This process is studied via full format Particle-in-Cell simulations that, for the first time, model the nonlinear dynamics of the plasma and the self-consistent evolution of the laser pulse in the case where the laser pulse energy is entirely depleted. It is found that the generated THz is characterized by lateral emission from the channel, with a spectrum that may be narrow or broad depending on the laser intensity. A range of realistic laser pulse and plasma parameters is considered with the goal of maximizing the conversion efficiency of optical energy to THz radiation. As an example, a fixed drive pulse (0.55 J) with a spot size of 15 μm and a duration of 15 fs produces a THz radiation of 37.8 mJ of in a 1.5 cm corrugated plasma waveguide with an on axis average density of 1.4 × 1018 cm-3.

  17. THz Limb Sounder (TLS) for Lower Thermospheric Wind, Oxygen Density, and Temperature

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    Wu, Dong L.; Yee, Jeng-Hwa; Schlecht, Erich; Mehdi, Imran; Siles, Jose; Drouin, Brian J.

    2016-01-01

    Neutral winds are one of the most critical measurements in the lower thermosphere and E region ionosphere (LTEI) for understanding complex electrodynamic processes and ion-neutral interactions. We are developing a high-sensitivity, low-power, noncryogenic 2.06 THz Schottky receiver to measure wind profiles at 100-140 km. The new technique, THz limb sounder (TLS), aims to measure LTEI winds by resolving the wind-induced Doppler shift of 2.06 THz atomic oxygen (OI) emissions. As a transition between fine structure levels in the ground electronic state, the OI emission is in local thermodynamic equilibrium(LTE) at altitudes up to 350km. This LTE property, together with day-and-night capability and small line-of-sight gradient, makes the OI limb sounding a very attractive technique for neutral wind observations. In addition to the wind measurement, TLS can also retrieve [OI] density and neutral temperature in the LTEI region. TLS leverages rapid advances in THz receiver technologies including subharmonically pumped (SHP)mixers and Schottky-diode-based power multipliers. Current SHP Schottky receivers have produced good sensitivity for THz frequencies at ambient environment temperatures (120-150 K), which are achievable through passively cooling in spaceflight. As an emerging technique, TLS can fill the critical data gaps in the LTEI neutral wind observations to enable detailed studies on the coupling and dynamo processes between charged and neutral molecules.

  18. High-energy Coherent THz radiation From Laser Wakefield Accelerated Ultrashort Electron Bunches

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    van Tilborg, J.; Geddes, C. G. R.; Toth, C.; Esarey, E. H.; Schroeder, C. B.; Leemans, W. P.

    2003-10-01

    We report on the observation of coherent THz radiation from femtosecond laser-accelerated electron bunches [1]. These multi-nC bunches, concentrated in a length of a few plasma periods (several tens of microns) will experience a strongly reduced space charge force due to shielding by the background ions. The radiation, scaling quadratically with bunch charge, is a combination of diffraction and transition radiation by the electrons passing the plasma-vacuum boundary. If both a large collection angle as well as a large transverse plasma size are realized, theory predicts energies on the other of 0.1 mJ per THz pulse for current electron beam properties. A first improvement of the collection angle has increased the detected energy from 5 nJ to 80 nJ. Recent results on the characterization of this source (such as the spectrum) will be discussed and electron beam properties at the boundary will be addressed. (This work is performed under DOE-contract DE-AC-03-76SF0098) [1] W. P. Leemans et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., in press (2003)

  19. Modeling of THz Lasers Based on Intersubband Transitions in Semiconductor Quantum Wells

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    Liu, Ansheng; Woo, Alex C. (Technical Monitor)

    1999-01-01

    In semiconductor quantum well structures, the intersubband energy separation can be adjusted to the terahertz (THz) frequency range by changing the well width and material combinations. The electronic and optical properties of these nanostructures can also be controlled by an applied dc electric field. These unique features lead to a large frequency tunability of the quantum well devices. In the on-going project of modeling of the THz lasers, we investigate the possibility of using optical pumping to generate THz radiation based on intersubband transitions in semiconductor quantum wells. We choose the optical pumping because in the electric current injection it is difficult to realize population inversion in the THz frequency range due to the small intersubband separation (4-40 meV). We considered both small conduction band offset (GaAs/AlGaAs) and large band offset (InGaAs/AlAsSb) quantum well structures. For GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells, mid-infrared C02 lasers are used as pumping sources. For InGaAs/AlAsSb quantum wells, the resonant intersubband transitions can be excited by the near-infrared diode lasers. For three- and four-subband quantum wells, we solve the pumpfield-induced nonequilibrium distribution function for each subband of the quantum well system from a set of rate equations that include both intrasubband and intersubband relaxation processes. Taking into account the coherent interactions between pump and THz (signal) waves, we calculate the optical gain for the THz field. The gain arising from population inversion and stimulated Raman processes is calculated in a unified manner. A graph shows the calculated THz gain spectra for three-subband GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells. We see that the coherent pump and signal wave interactions contribute significantly to the gain. The pump intensity dependence of the THz gain is also studied. The calculated results are shown. Because of the optical Stark effect and pump-induced population redistribution, the maximum

  20. [Determination of Carbaryl in Rice by Using FT Far-IR and THz-TDS Techniques].

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    Sun, Tong; Zhang, Zhuo-yong; Xiang, Yu-hong; Zhu, Ruo-hua

    2016-02-01

    Determination of carbaryl in rice by using Fourier transform far-infrared (FT- Far-IR) and terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) combined with chemometrics was studied and the spectral characteristics of carbaryl in terahertz region was investigated. Samples were prepared by mixing carbaryl at different amounts with rice powder, and then a 13 mm diameter, and about 1 mm thick pellet with polyethylene (PE) as matrix was compressed under the pressure of 5-7 tons. Terahertz time domain spectra of the pellets were measured at 0.5~1.5 THz, and the absorption spectra at 1.6. 3 THz were acquired with Fourier transform far-IR spectroscopy. The method of sample preparation is so simple that it does not need separation and enrichment. The absorption peaks in the frequency range of 1.8-6.3 THz have been found at 3.2 and 5.2 THz by Far-IR. There are several weak absorption peaks in the range of 0.5-1.5 THz by THz-TDS. These two kinds of characteristic absorption spectra were randomly divided into calibration set and prediction set by leave-N-out cross-validation, respectively. Finally, the partial least squares regression (PLSR) method was used to establish two quantitative analysis models. The root mean square error (RMSECV), the root mean square errors of prediction (RMSEP) and the correlation coefficient of the prediction are used as a basis for the model of performance evaluation. For the R,, a higher value is better; for the RMSEC and RMSEP, lower is better. The obtained results demonstrated that the predictive accuracy of. the two models with PLSR method were satisfactory. For the FT-Far-IR model, the correlation between actual and predicted values of prediction samples (Rv) was 0.99. The root mean square error of prediction set (RMSEP) was 0.008 6, and for calibration set (RMSECV) was 0.007 7. For the THz-TDS model, R. was 0. 98, RMSEP was 0.004 4, and RMSECV was 0.002 5. Results proved that the technology of FT-Far-IR and THz- TDS can be a feasible tool for

  1. First international comparison of femtosecond laser combs at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures.

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    Ma, Long-Sheng; Robertsson, Lennart; Picard, Susanne; Zucco, Massimo; Bi, Zhiyi; Wu, Shenghai; Windeler, Robert S

    2004-03-15

    The first international comparison of femtosecond laser combs has been carried out at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM). Three comb systems were involved: BIPM-C1 and BIPM-C2 from the BIPM and ECNU-C1 from the East China Normal University (ECNU). The agreement among the three combs was found to be on the subhertz level in the vicinity of 563 THz. A frequency difference measurement scheme was demonstrated that is suitable for general comb comparisons.

  2. Evaluation of SiO2@CoFe2O4 nano-hollow spheres through THz pulses

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    Rakshit, Rupali; Pal, Monalisa; Serita, Kazunori; Chaudhuri, Arka; Tonouchi, Masayoshi; Mandal, Kalyan

    2016-05-01

    We have synthesized cobalt ferrite (CFO) nanoparticles (NPs) of diameter 100 nm and nano-hollow spheres (NHSs) of diameter 100, 160, 250, and 350 nm by a facile one step template free solvothermal technique and carried out SiO2 coating on their surface following Stöber method. The phase and morphology of the nanostructures were confirmed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope. The magnetic measurements were carried out by vibrating sample magnetometer in order to study the influence of SiO2 coating on the magnetic properties of bare CFO nanostructures. Furthermore, we have applied THz time domain spectroscopy to investigate the THz absorption property of these nanostructures in the frequency range 1.0-2.5 THz. Detailed morphology and size dependent THz absorption study unfolds that the absorption property of these nanostructures sensitively carries the unique signature of its dielectric property.

  3. THz time-domain spectroscopy of mixed CO2-CH3OH interstellar ice analogs.

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    McGuire, Brett A; Ioppolo, Sergio; Allodi, Marco A; Blake, Geoffrey A

    2016-07-27

    The icy mantles of interstellar dust grains are the birthplaces of the primordial prebiotic molecular inventory that may eventually seed nascent solar systems and the planets and planetesimals that form therein. Here, we present a study of two of the most abundant species in these ices after water: carbon dioxide (CO2) and methanol (CH3OH), using TeraHertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy and mid-infrared spectroscopy. We study pure and mixed-ices of these species, and demonstrate the power of the THz region of the spectrum to elucidate the long-range structure (i.e. crystalline versus amorphous) of the ice, the degree of segregation of these species within the ice, and the thermal history of the species within the ice. Finally, we comment on the utility of the THz transitions arising from these ices for use in astronomical observations of interstellar ices.

  4. THz Pulse Duration Influence on High Energy Level Excitation Due to Cascade Mechanism

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Zagursky, Dmitry Yu.; Zakharova, Irina G.

    2017-04-01

    We study influence of an incident broadband THz pulse duration on the spectral features of a signal transmitted through/reflected from a substance covered by a disordered structure by means of computer simulation. It is well-known that under real conditions, the results of a standard THz TDS undergo various factors. For example, a substance under investigation can be put into a bulk medium with ordinary properties. This often results in the distortion of the reflected/transmitted pulse spectra and hence, one may reveal additional absorption frequencies which can be thought as belonging to a dangerous substance. An issue from this situation may be a substance emission spectrum using. As we showed the emission frequencies appear due to the cascade mechanism of higher energy level excitation. In this paper we study the incident THz pulse duration influence on the emission frequencies manifestation.

  5. Femtosecond Nonlinear Optical Studies of Radiationless Decay in Carotenoids and in the Peridinin-Chlorophyll a Protein

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    Ghosh, Soumen; Bishop, Michael; Mueller, Jenny Jo; Shepherd, Nolan; Beck, Warren; Frank, Harry

    2014-03-01

    Femtosecond transient-grating spectroscopy with optical heterodyne detection was employed to observe the time evolution of the absorption and dispersion components of the third-order nonlinear optical signal following resonant excitation of the S2 (1Bu+)states of βcarotene in benzonitrile and peridinin in methanol. The absorption and dispersion components exhibit distinct time profiles owing to the population of dark intermediate states. An initial intermediate is populated on an ultrashort (<30 fs) time scale in both carotenoids owing to the onset of torsional distortions on the S2-state potential surface. The time-resolved transient-grating spectra obtained for peridinin in the peridinin-chlorophyll a protein from Amphidinium carterae indicate that the intermediate is formed even more rapidly than in solution. This finding suggests that the twisted conformation of the peridinin chromophore is controlled in the binding site so as to optimize energy transfer to chlorophyll a by enhancing the formation of an intramolecular charge-transfer character. Supported by the Department of Energy, BES Photosynthetic Systems Program, under Award Number DE-SC0010847.

  6. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy study of the early events of norfloxacin in aqueous solutions with varying pH values.

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    Su, Tao; Li, Ming-De; Ma, Jiani; Wong, Naikei; Phillips, David Lee

    2014-11-26

    The photophysics and photochemistry of norfloxacin (NF) have been investigated in aqueous solutions of different pH using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (fs-TA). Resonance Raman spectroscopic experiments on NF have also been conducted in aqueous solutions of different pH to characterize the vibrational and structural information on the initial forms of NF. The experimental results in combination with density functional theory calculations of the key intermediates help us to elucidate the early events for NF after photoexcitation in aqueous solutions with varying pH values. The fs-TA results indicate that NF mainly underwent photophysical processes on the early delay time scale (before 3 ns), and no photochemical reactions occurred on this time scale. Specifically, after the irradiation of NF, the molecule reaches a higher excited singlet Sn and then decays to the lowest-lying excited singlet state S1 followed by intersystem crossing to transform into the lowest-lying triplet state T1 with a high efficiency, with an exception that there is a lower efficiency observed in basic aqueous solution due to the generation of an intramolecular electron transfer as an additional pathway to waste energy.

  7. Molecular structure, spectroscopic (FT-IR, FT Raman, UV, NMR and THz) investigation and hyperpolarizability studies of 3-(2-Chloro-6-fluorophenyl)-1-(2-thienyl) prop-2-en-1-one

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    Kumar, Rajesh; Kumar, Amit; Deval, Vipin; Gupta, Archana; Tandon, Poonam; Patil, P. S.; Deshmukh, Prathmesh; Chaturvedi, Deepika; Watve, J. G.

    2017-02-01

    In the present work, a combined experimental and theoretical study on ground state molecular structure, spectroscopic and nonlinear optical properties of the chalcone derivative 3-(2-Chloro-6-fluorophenyl)-1-(2-thienyl) prop-2-en-1-one (2C6F2SC) is reported. Initial geometry generated from single crystal X-ray diffraction parameters was minimized at DFT level employing B3LYP/6-311++G (d,p) without any constraint to the potential energy surface. The molecule has been characterized using various experimental techniques FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV-Vis, 1H NMR, TD-THz and the spectroscopic data have been analyzed theoretically by Density Functional Theory (DFT) method. Harmonic vibrational frequencies were calculated theoretically using the optimized ground state geometry and the spectra were interpreted by means of potential energy distribution. Time Dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT) has been used to calculate energies, absorption wavelengths, oscillator strengths of electronic singlet-singlet transitions. The calculated energy and oscillator strength complement with the experimental findings. The HOMO-LUMO energy gap explains the charge interaction taking place within the molecule. Good correlations between the experimental 1H NMR chemical shifts and calculated GIAO shielding tensors were found. Stability of the molecule, hyperconjugative interactions and charge delocalization has been analyzed by natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis. The first order hyperpolarizability (β) of this molecular system and related properties (μ, <α> and Δα) have been calculated using the finite-field approach.

  8. Extremely sub-wavelength THz metal-dielectric wire microcavities.

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    Feuillet-Palma, Cheryl; Todorov, Yanko; Steed, Robert; Vasanelli, Angela; Biasiol, Giorgio; Sorba, Lucia; Sirtori, Carlo

    2012-12-17

    We demonstrate minimal volume wire THz metal-dielectric micro-cavities, in which all but one dimension have been reduced to highly sub-wavelength values. The smallest cavity features an effective volume of 0.4 µm(3), which is ~5.10(-7) times the volume defined by the resonant vacuum wavelength (λ = 94 µm) to the cube. When combined with a doped multi-quantum well structure, such micro-cavities enter the ultra-strong light matter coupling regime, even if the total number of electrons participating to the coupling is only in the order of 10(4), thus much less than in previous studies.

  9. Millimeter-wave/THz FMCW radar techniques for sensing applications

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    Mirando, D. Amal; Higgins, Michael D.; Wang, Fenggui; Petkie, Douglas T.

    2016-10-01

    Millimeter-wave and terahertz continuous-wave radar systems have been used to measure physiological signatures for biometric applications and for a variety of non-destructive evaluation applications, such as the detection of defects in materials. Sensing strategies for the simplest homodyne systems, such as a Michelson Interferometer, can be enhanced by using Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) techniques. This allows multiple objects or surfaces to be range resolved while monitoring the phase of the signal in a particular range bin. We will discuss the latest developments in several studies aimed at demonstrating how FMCW techniques can enhance mmW/THz sensing applications.

  10. Generation of Femtosecond Electron Pulses

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    Jinamoon, V.; Kusoljariyakul, K.; Rimjaem, S.; Saisut, J.; Thongbai, C.; Vilaithong, T.; Rhodes, M.W.; Wichaisirimongkol, P.; Chumphongphan, S.; Wiedemann, H.; /SLAC, SSRL

    2005-05-09

    At the Fast Neutron Research Facility (FNRF), Chiang Mai University (Thailand), the SURIYA project has been established aiming to produce femtosecond electron pulses utilizing a combination of an S-band thermionic rf gun and a magnetic bunch compressor ({alpha}-magnet). A specially designed rf-gun has been constructed to obtain optimum beam characteristics for the best bunch compression. Simulation results show that bunch lengths as short as about 50 fs rms can be expected at the experimental station. The electron bunch lengths will be determined using autocorrelation of coherent transition radiation (TR) through a Michelson interferometer. The paper discusses beam dynamics studies, design, fabrication and cold tests of the rf-gun as well as presents the project current status and forth-coming experiments.

  11. Design and research for biosensing THz microfluidic chips

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    Fan, Ning; Su, Bo; Zhang, Cong; Zhang, Cunlin

    2016-11-01

    Many Biomolecules vibration frequencies are in terahertz (0.1THz-10THz) frequency range, so terahertz (THz) technology is an essential tool for detecting biological molecules. However, due to terahertz strongly absorbed by water, it is difficult to detect these molecules for biological and chemical liquid samples. Therefore, we present a novel detection method by combining terahertz technology with microfluidic technology. The strong absorption of water is effectively overcome by controlling the length that terahertz passes through liquid samples. What's more, a higher signal to noise ratio is obtained through using less samples. In this paper, we designed a THz microfluidic chip that is easy to be fabricated by using the materials of Zeonor and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Using terahertz time-domainspectroscopy (THz-TDS) system, we find that the chip has a high transmittance above 80% in the range from 0.2 THz to 2.6 THz. Then the THz spectra of deionized water and different kinds of solutions with different concentrations in the microfluidic chip were measured, respectively. In our research, it is found that different kinds of solutions have different transmission coefficients for THz. In addition, the THz transmission and absorption spectrum changes with the concentration of the same kind of solution.

  12. Intense Plasma Waveguide Terahertz Sources for High-Field THz Probe Science with Ultrafast Lasers for Solid State Physics

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    2016-08-25

    AFRL-AFOSR-UK-TR-2016-0029 Intense Plasma-Waveguide Terahertz Sources for High - Field THz probe science with ultrafast lasers for Solid State Physics...SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14.  ABSTRACT Project finished successfully 15.  SUBJECT TERMS High - Field THz probe, INTENSE PLASMA-WAVEGUIDE TERAHERTZ SOURCES, Solid State...an existing high energy laser system, has been applied to the study of intense terahertz radiation generated in gaseous plasmas in purpose

  13. Use of THz Reflectometry for Roughness Estimations of Archeological Metal Surfaces

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    Cacciari, Ilaria; Siano, Salvatore

    2017-04-01

    In this work, using a time domain spectrometer, we have investigated the reflection of terahertz (THz) pulses from surfaces that exhibit a variable degree of roughness. The study was mainly aimed at assessing the influence of the surface texture on the amplitude and the shape of the pulses reflected by stratified materials and at exploring the potential of this technique for achieving quantitative information on the roughness of the material interfaces hit by the THz beam. The behavior of the reflected THz pulses was investigated by considering angular measurements on a set of suitable mock-ups. Measurements were carried out on an authentic archeological Roman coin that exhibited different corrosion situations. An electromagnetic model was used for estimating the roughness of outer and inner surfaces. The comparison of the results with those provided by other techniques made it possible to parameterize the surface texture such as the traditional contact micro-profilometry and the more recently used 3D digital microscopy.

  14. Dual-Polarization, Sideband-Separating, Balanced Receiver for 1.5 THz

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    Chattopadhyay, Goutman; Ward, John; Manohara, Harish; Siegel, Peter

    2009-01-01

    A proposed heterodyne receiver would be capable of detecting electromagnetic radiation in both of two orthogonal linear polarizations, separating sidebands, and providing balanced outputs in a frequency band centered at 1.5 THz with a fractional bandwidth greater than 40 percent. Dual polarization, sideband-separating, and balanced-output receivers are well-known and have been used extensively at frequencies up to about 100 GHz; and there was an earlier proposal for such a receiver for frequencies up to 900 GHz. However, the present proposal represents the first realistic design concept for such a receiver capable of operating above 1 THz. The proposed receiver is intended to be a prototype of mass-producible receiver units, operating at frequencies up to 6 THz, that would be incorporated into highly sensitive heterodyne array instruments to be used in astronomical spectroscopic and imaging studies.

  15. Use of THz Reflectometry for Roughness Estimations of Archeological Metal Surfaces

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    Cacciari, Ilaria; Siano, Salvatore

    2017-01-01

    In this work, using a time domain spectrometer, we have investigated the reflection of terahertz (THz) pulses from surfaces that exhibit a variable degree of roughness. The study was mainly aimed at assessing the influence of the surface texture on the amplitude and the shape of the pulses reflected by stratified materials and at exploring the potential of this technique for achieving quantitative information on the roughness of the material interfaces hit by the THz beam. The behavior of the reflected THz pulses was investigated by considering angular measurements on a set of suitable mock-ups. Measurements were carried out on an authentic archeological Roman coin that exhibited different corrosion situations. An electromagnetic model was used for estimating the roughness of outer and inner surfaces. The comparison of the results with those provided by other techniques made it possible to parameterize the surface texture such as the traditional contact micro-profilometry and the more recently used 3D digital microscopy.

  16. THz-waves channeling in a monolithic saddle-coil for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization enhanced NMR.

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    Macor, A; de Rijk, E; Annino, G; Alberti, S; Ansermet, J-Ph

    2011-10-01

    A saddle coil manufactured by electric discharge machining (EDM) from a solid piece of copper has recently been realized at EPFL for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization enhanced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance experiments (DNP-NMR) at 9.4 T. The corresponding electromagnetic behavior of radio-frequency (400 MHz) and THz (263 GHz) waves were studied by numerical simulation in various measurement configurations. Moreover, we present an experimental method by which the results of the THz-wave numerical modeling are validated. On the basis of the good agreement between numerical and experimental results, we conducted by numerical simulation a systematic analysis on the influence of the coil geometry and of the sample properties on the THz-wave field, which is crucial in view of the optimization of DNP-NMR in solids. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. THz-waves channeling in a monolithic saddle-coil for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization enhanced NMR

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    Macor, A.; de Rijk, E.; Annino, G.; Alberti, S.; Ansermet, J.-Ph.

    2011-10-01

    A saddle coil manufactured by electric discharge machining (EDM) from a solid piece of copper has recently been realized at EPFL for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization enhanced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance experiments (DNP-NMR) at 9.4 T. The corresponding electromagnetic behavior of radio-frequency (400 MHz) and THz (263 GHz) waves were studied by numerical simulation in various measurement configurations. Moreover, we present an experimental method by which the results of the THz-wave numerical modeling are validated. On the basis of the good agreement between numerical and experimental results, we conducted by numerical simulation a systematic analysis on the influence of the coil geometry and of the sample properties on the THz-wave field, which is crucial in view of the optimization of DNP-NMR in solids.

  18. Optical and THz investigations of mid-IR materials exposed to alpha particle irradiation

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    Sporea, Dan; Mihai, Laura; Sporea, Adelina; Vâţã, Ion

    2017-01-01

    The paper is the first comprehensive study on alpha particle irradiation effects on four mid-IR materials: CaF2, BaF2, Al2O3 (sapphire) and ZnSe. The measurements of the optical spectral transmittance, spectral diffuse reflectance, radioluminescent emission, terahertz (THz) spectral response, transmittance, absorbance, refractive index, real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant and THz imaging are used as complementary investigations to evaluate these effects. The simulations were run to estimate: (i) the penetration depth, (ii) the scattering of alpha particle beam, (iii) the amount of material affected by this interaction, and (iv) the number of vacancies produced by the radiation exposure for each type of material. The simulation results are compared to the off-line measurement outcomes. The delay and spectral composition change of the reflected THz signal highlight the modification induced in the tested materials by the irradiation process.

  19. Optical and THz investigations of mid-IR materials exposed to alpha particle irradiation.

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    Sporea, Dan; Mihai, Laura; Sporea, Adelina; Vâţã, Ion

    2017-01-09

    The paper is the first comprehensive study on alpha particle irradiation effects on four mid-IR materials: CaF2, BaF2, Al2O3 (sapphire) and ZnSe. The measurements of the optical spectral transmittance, spectral diffuse reflectance, radioluminescent emission, terahertz (THz) spectral response, transmittance, absorbance, refractive index, real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant and THz imaging are used as complementary investigations to evaluate these effects. The simulations were run to estimate: (i) the penetration depth, (ii) the scattering of alpha particle beam, (iii) the amount of material affected by this interaction, and (iv) the number of vacancies produced by the radiation exposure for each type of material. The simulation results are compared to the off-line measurement outcomes. The delay and spectral composition change of the reflected THz signal highlight the modification induced in the tested materials by the irradiation process.

  20. Optical and THz investigations of mid-IR materials exposed to alpha particle irradiation

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    Sporea, Dan; Mihai, Laura; Sporea, Adelina; Vâţã, Ion

    2017-01-01

    The paper is the first comprehensive study on alpha particle irradiation effects on four mid-IR materials: CaF2, BaF2, Al2O3 (sapphire) and ZnSe. The measurements of the optical spectral transmittance, spectral diffuse reflectance, radioluminescent emission, terahertz (THz) spectral response, transmittance, absorbance, refractive index, real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant and THz imaging are used as complementary investigations to evaluate these effects. The simulations were run to estimate: (i) the penetration depth, (ii) the scattering of alpha particle beam, (iii) the amount of material affected by this interaction, and (iv) the number of vacancies produced by the radiation exposure for each type of material. The simulation results are compared to the off-line measurement outcomes. The delay and spectral composition change of the reflected THz signal highlight the modification induced in the tested materials by the irradiation process. PMID:28067289

  1. Asymmetric devices based on carbon nanotubes as detectors of sub-THz radiation

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    Gayduchenko, I. A.; Fedorov, G. E.; Stepanova, T. S.; Titova, N.; Voronov, B. M.; But, D.; Coquillat, D.; Diakonova, N.; Knap, W.; Goltsman, G. N.

    2016-08-01

    Demand for efficient terahertz (THz) radiation detectors resulted in intensive study of the asymmetric carbon nanostructures as a possible solution for that problem. In this work, we systematically investigate the response of asymmetric carbon nanodevices to sub-terahertz radiation using different sensing elements: from dense carbon nanotube (CNT) network to individual CNT. We conclude that the detectors based on individual CNTs both semiconducting and quasi-metallic demonstrate much stronger response in sub-THz region than detectors based on disordered CNT networks at room temperature. We also demonstrate the possibility of using asymmetric detectors based on CNT for imaging in the THz range at room temperature. Further optimization of the device configuration may result in appearance of novel terahertz radiation detectors.

  2. Thz Spectroscopy of 12CH^+, 13CH^+, and 12CD^+

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    Yu, Shanshan; Drouin, Brian; Pearson, John; Amano, Takayoshi

    2015-06-01

    In 1937, Dunham detected a couple of unidentified lines in near-UV, and later Douglas and Herzberg identified them based on their laboratory observations to be low-J electronic transitions of CH^+. The electronic spectra, in particular the A^1Π-X^1σ^+ band, have been investigated extensively. On the other hand, the pure rotational transitions have not been studied so extensively. Only the lowest rotational transition, J=1-0, was observed in the laboratory for the normal species, 13CH^+, and CD^+. Based on the laboratory frequency, CH^+ was detected in star forming regions with the Hershel space observatory. Cernicharo et al identified pure rotational transitions from J=2-1 to J=6-5 in the far-infrared region in the ISO spectrum of the planetary nebula NGC 7027. The ISO spectra, however, were of low-resolution, so high-resolution spectroscopic observation is highly desirable. In this presentation, we have extended the measurements to higher-J lines up to 2 THz. For production of CH^+, an extended negative glow discharge in a gas mixture of CH_4 (˜ 0.5 mTorr) diluted in He (˜ 60 mTorr) was used. The optimum discharge current was about 15 mA and the axial magnetic filed to 160 Gauss was applied up. The discharge cell was cooled down to liquid nitrogen temperature. Several frequency multiplier chains, developed at JPL and purchased from Virginia Diodes, were used as THz radiation sources. New THz measurements are not only useful for providing better characterization of spectroscopic properties but also will serve as starting point for astronomical observations. T. Dunham, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac., 49,~26 (1937) A. E. Douglas and G. Herzberg, Ap. J. 94,~381 (1941) T. Amano, Ap.J.Lett., 716, L1 (2010) T. Amano, J. Chem. Phys., 133, 244305 (2010) J. Cernicharo et al., Ap. J. Lett., 483, L65 (1997)

  3. Femtosecond laser additive manufacturing of YSZ

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    Liu, Jian; Bai, Shuang

    2017-04-01

    Laser additive manufacturing (LAM) of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) is investigated using femtosecond (fs) fiber lasers. Various processing conditions are studied, which leads to desired characteristics in terms of morphology, porosity, hardness, microstructural and mechanical properties of the processed components. High-density (>99%) YSZ part with refined grain and increased hardness was obtained. Microstructure features of fabricated specimens were studied with SEM, EDX, the measured micro hardness is achieved as high as 18.84 GPa.

  4. Invited Article: Single-shot THz detection techniques optimized for multidimensional THz spectroscopy

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    Teo, Stephanie M.; Ofori-Okai, Benjamin K.; Werley, Christopher A.; Nelson, Keith A.

    2015-05-15

    Multidimensional spectroscopy at visible and infrared frequencies has opened a window into the transfer of energy and quantum coherences at ultrafast time scales. For these measurements to be performed in a manageable amount of time, one spectral axis is typically recorded in a single laser shot. An analogous rapid-scanning capability for THz measurements will unlock the multidimensional toolkit in this frequency range. Here, we first review the merits of existing single-shot THz schemes and discuss their potential in multidimensional THz spectroscopy. We then introduce improved experimental designs and noise suppression techniques for the two most promising methods: frequency-to-time encoding with linear spectral interferometry and angle-to-time encoding with dual echelons. Both methods, each using electro-optic detection in the linear regime, were able to reproduce the THz temporal waveform acquired with a traditional scanning delay line. Although spectral interferometry had mediocre performance in terms of signal-to-noise, the dual echelon method was easily implemented and achieved the same level of signal-to-noise as the scanning delay line in only 4.5% of the laser pulses otherwise required (or 22 times faster). This reduction in acquisition time will compress day-long scans to hours and hence provides a practical technique for multidimensional THz measurements.

  5. Photonic generation for multichannel THz wireless communication.

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    Shams, Haymen; Fice, Martyn J; Balakier, Katarzyna; Renaud, Cyril C; van Dijk, Frédéric; Seeds, Alwyn J

    2014-09-22

    We experimentally demonstrate photonic generation of a multichannel THz wireless signal at carrier frequency 200 GHz, with data rate up to 75 Gbps in QPSK modulation format, using an optical heterodyne technique and digital coherent detection. BER measurements were carried out for three subcarriers each modulated with 5 Gbaud QPSK or for two subcarriers modulated with 10 Gbaud QPSK, giving a total speed of 30 Gbps or 40 Gbps, respectively. The system evaluation was also performed with three subcarriers modulated with 12.5 Gbaud QPSK (75 Gbps total) without and with 40 km fibre transmission. The proposed system enhances the capacity of high-speed THz wireless transmission by using spectrally efficient modulated subcarriers spaced at the baud rate. This approach increases the overall transmission capacity and reduces the bandwidth requirement for electronic devices.

  6. Electromagnetic THz Radiation Modeling by DPSM

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    Rahani, Ehsan Kabiri; Kundu, Tribikram

    2012-03-01

    THz or T-ray imaging and spectroscopy are becoming increasingly popular nondestructive evaluation techniques for damage detection and characterization of materials. In order to understand the interaction between the T-ray electromagnetic waves and dielectric media a reliable model of electromagnetic wave propagation through dielectric materials must be developed. A recently developed semi-analytical method called the distributed point source method (DPSM) is extended to model electromagnetic wave propagation in THz range. Since T-ray signals generated by emitters or sources are close to Gaussian beams, the DPSM modeling is carried out for Gaussian beams generated by finite sized emitters. The DPSM generated results are compared with the analytical and experimental results. T-ray propagation in layered structures in absence of any anomaly and the interaction between the Gaussian beam and the spherical scatterer are also investigated.

  7. Femtosecond Nonlinear Optical Studies of Radiationless Decay in Carotenoids and in the Peridinin-Chlorophyll a Protein

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    Roscioli, Jerome D.; Ghosh, Soumen; Bishop, Michael M.; Beck, Warren F.; Frank, Harry A.

    2014-06-01

    Femtosecond transient-grating spectroscopy with optical heterodyne detection was employed to observe separately the time evolution of the absorption and dispersion components of the third-order nonlinear optical signal following resonant excitation of the S_2 (^1B_u^+) states of β-carotene in benzonitrile and peridinin in methanol using 40-fs pulses centered at 520 nm. The absorption and dispersion components exhibit distinctively different time profiles owing to the population of intermediate states. An initial intermediate state is populated on an ultrashort (<30 fs) time scale in both carotenoids. Owing to the fast red-shifting of the stimulated emission part of the S_2-state transient grating signal, we suggest that the intermediate state arises from vibrational displacements on the S_2-state potential surface that eventually yield twisted or bent conformations. Motions of the molecule of this type in the S_2-state would contribute to a mixing of the diabatic S_2 and S_1 electronic states and would promote the formation of intramolecular charge-transfer character. Both of these effects would enhance the efficiency of energy transfer from the S_1 state to the (B)Chl Q_y state in photosynthetic light-harvesting proteins. The time-resolved transient-grating spectra obtained for peridinin in the peridinin-chlorophyll a protein from Amphidinium carterae suggest a more rapid formation of the intermediate than for peridinin in methanol. This finding suggests that the conformation of the peridinin chromophore is controlled in the binding site to optimize the formation of the twisted intermediate upon excitation of the S_2 state. (Supported by grant DE-SC0010847 from the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Photosynthetic Systems program.)

  8. Carbon Nanotube Quantum Dots as THz Detectors

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    2012-12-14

    devices that are viable for wafer -scale production. We recently started testing fabrication processes using epitaxial graphene on SiC in collaboration... laser sources at four different Fig. 4 Top: Drain current versus the gate voltage for different THz field intensities. Bottom: Temperature dependence...research. The first was the small coupling between the quantum dot and the powerful (10 mW) laser source. The second was the difficulty to reproduce the

  9. Spatio-spectral characteristics of ultra-broadband THz emission from two-colour photoexcited gas plasmas and their impact for nonlinear spectroscopy

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    Blank, V.; Thomson, M. D.; Roskos, H. G.

    2013-07-01

    We present a characterization of the combined spatial and spectral properties of the terahertz (THz) and mid-infrared emission from gas plasmas generated and driven by two-colour femtosecond optical pulses. For its use in nonlinear spectroscopy, the impact of the relatively complex spatial profile for both broadband (∼ 10 THz) and ultra-broadband (> 100 THz) emission needs to be considered, in particular for experiments based on z-scan techniques. Here we apply spatially resolved measurements based on both field autocorrelation and sum-frequency (up-conversion) detection. Based on these results, we present simulations of the ultra-broadband profile during its passage through a focal region. In addition to the inherent features of the emission profile due to the generation mechanism in the plasma filament, we also analyse the role of the semconductor (silicon) wafer typically placed after the plasma to discard the optical pump beams, whose photoexcitation also can play a role in the resultant THz profile.

  10. Influence of Reflections on Frequency Tunability and Mode Competition in the Second-Harmonic THz Gyrotron

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    Khutoryan, Eduard M.; Idehara, Toshitaka; Melnikova, Maria M.; Ryskin, Nikita M.; Dumbrajs, Olgierd

    2017-07-01

    Effect of delayed reflection on operation of a second-harmonic terahertz (THz)-band gyrotron is studied. Theoretical analyses, numerical calculations, and experimental observations for the 0.394-THz Fukui University (FU) and continuous wave (CW) IIB gyrotron are presented. The reflections decrease starting current and expand frequency tunability range owing to excitation of high-order axial modes. They also increase frequency stability, i.e., reduce frequency change due to variation of the magnetic field. In addition, the reflections strongly affect mode competition causing suppress of the second-harmonic mode by the fundamental one and vice versa or, in the case of cooperative mode interaction, mutual power increase.

  11. Influence of Reflections on Frequency Tunability and Mode Competition in the Second-Harmonic THz Gyrotron

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    Khutoryan, Eduard M.; Idehara, Toshitaka; Melnikova, Maria M.; Ryskin, Nikita M.; Dumbrajs, Olgierd

    2017-03-01

    Effect of delayed reflection on operation of a second-harmonic terahertz (THz)-band gyrotron is studied. Theoretical analyses, numerical calculations, and experimental observations for the 0.394-THz Fukui University (FU) and continuous wave (CW) IIB gyrotron are presented. The reflections decrease starting current and expand frequency tunability range owing to excitation of high-order axial modes. They also increase frequency stability, i.e., reduce frequency change due to variation of the magnetic field. In addition, the reflections strongly affect mode competition causing suppress of the second-harmonic mode by the fundamental one and vice versa or, in the case of cooperative mode interaction, mutual power increase.

  12. The source of THz radiation based on dielectric waveguide excited by sequence of electron bunches

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    Altmark, A. M.; Kanareykin, A. D.

    2016-07-01

    We present a new method for excitation of THz Cherenkov radiation in a dielectric waveguide by relativistic electron bunches. A sequence of bunches generates monochromatic radiation. The frequency of radiation is defined by the distance between the bunches. The studies were carried by using the newly updated BBU-3000 code which permits taking into account a number of additional options: an external quadrupole focusing system, group velocity of the wakefield, and the dielectric material loss factor. In this paper, we present our algorithm for optimizing the number and sequential positions of bunches for generation of narrow band high power THz radiation.

  13. THz Pyro-Optical Detector Based on LiNbO₃ Whispering Gallery Mode Microdisc Resonator.

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    Cosci, Alessandro; Cerminara, Matteo; Conti, Gualtiero Nunzi; Soria, Silvia; Righini, Giancarlo C; Pelli, Stefano

    2017-01-28

    This study analyzes the capabilities of a LiNbO₃ whispering gallery mode microdisc resonator as a potential bolometer detector in the THz range. The resonator is theoretically characterized in the stationary regime by its thermo-optic and thermal coefficients. Considering a Q-factor of 10⁷, a minimum detectable power of 20 μW was evaluated, three orders of magnitude above its noise equivalent power. This value opens up the feasibility of exploiting LiNbO₃ disc resonators as sensitive room-temperature detectors in the THz range.

  14. Perspective sub-THz powerful microwave generator "nanovircator" for T-rays biomedical diagnostics

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    Frolov, Nikita S.; Kurkin, Semen A.; Khramova, Marina V.; Badarin, Artem A.; Koronovskii, Alexey A.; Pavlov, Alexey N.; Hramov, Alexander E.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper we suggest the new approach of powerful sub-THz signal generation based on intense electron beams containing oscillating virtual cathode. Suggested compact microwave source complies with a number of biomedical applications such as imaging, preventive healthcare, etc. In this work we discuss the results of numerical simulation and optimization of the novel device called "nanovircator" that have been carried out. The results of the numerical study show the possibility of "nanovircator" operation at 0.1-0.4 THz frequency range.

  15. Porcine cadaver iris model for iris heating during corneal surgery with a femtosecond laser

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    Sun, Hui; Fan, Zhongwei; Wang, Jiang; Yan, Ying; Juhasz, Tibor; Kurtz, Ron

    2015-03-01

    Multiple femtosecond lasers have now been cleared for use for ophthalmic surgery, including for creation of corneal flaps in LASIK surgery. Preliminary study indicated that during typical surgical use, laser energy may pass beyond the cornea with potential effects on the iris. As a model for laser exposure of the iris during femtosecond corneal surgery, we simulated the temperature rise in porcine cadaver iris during direct illumination by the femtosecond laser. Additionally, ex-vivo iris heating due to femtosecond laser irradiation was measured with an infrared thermal camera (Fluke corp. Everett, WA) as a validation of the simulation.

  16. THz polarization difference imaging of aqueous targets

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    Sung, Shijun; Bajwa, Neha; Ramirez, Lucia; Grundfest, Warren; Taylor, Zachary

    2015-08-01

    This paper describes the basic design, implementation, and testing of a polarization difference imaging system for use on aqueous targets. The ultimate performance limitation of THz imaging in many active areas of research is clutter from surface geometry. While the signal to nose ratio (SNR) of standard THz imaging systems is quite large, the signal to clutter ratio (SCR) often faced in an imaging application is orders of magnitude lower and, in many cases, lower than the contrast to noise (CNR) resulting in imagery where the contrast mechanism of interest does not significantly contribute to the overall observed contrast. To overcome these limitations we develop a system that uses a circularly polarized source and linearly polarized detectors to acquire images of transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) reflectivities of the target over the same field of view. Geletin based tissue mimicking phantoms are fabricated with spatially varying water content and modified with a range of surface topologies and surface roughness. TE and TM images are combined to yield self-calibrated clutter-suppressed images. The resulting image indicates that the imaging field clutter affected both polarization channels nearly equally allowing the system to resolve differences in phantom water content. This design is a step toward windowless THz imaging capability critical for clinical translation where patient imaging is dominated by clutter.

  17. Magnetic-field tunable THz detectors based on GaAs/AlGaAs and CdTe/CdMgTe quantum wells

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    Łusakowski, J.; Białek, M.; Grigelionis, I.; Adamus, Z.; Wróbel, J.; Umansky, V.; Karczewski, G.; Wojtowicz, T.; Grynberg, M.

    2014-09-01

    Magnetic-field tunable semiconductor detectors are used in THz spectroscopy due to their sensitivity and possibility to respond to photons in a broad frequency range. We compare THz detectors processed on high electron mobility GaAs/GaAlAs and CdTe/CdMgTe quantum wells. Transmission, photocurrent and photovoltage measurements were carried out as a function of the magnetic field at a constant energy of incident THz photons from a THz laser. The samples investigated were grid-gated and grid-free. The spectra show features resulting from excitation of the cyclotron resonance and magnetoplasmons. Theoretical models allow to analyze quantitatively the frequency of observed excitations and determine plasmon dispersion relations. This study allows to point at advantages and disadvantages of THz cyclotron-resonance and plasmonic detectors fabricated on GaAs- and CdTe-based quantum wells as well as to compare these two types of devices.

  18. Strong coupling of THz surface plasmon polaritons to complementary metasurfaces (Conference Presentation)

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    Keller, Janine; Paravicini Bagliani, Gian Lorenzo; Haase, Johannes; Maissen, Curdin; Scalari, Giacomo; Faist, Jérôme

    2017-02-01

    We study the transmission of complementary THz split ring resonator (cSRR) arrays with THz time domain spectroscopy. Utilizing complementary THz metasurfaces and, varying the inter meta-atom separation, a regime of resonant coupling to surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) is entered. The effective medium condition valid for the direct metasurface is not applicable anymore in the complementary case because of the high THz dielectric constant of gold. We observe a normalized strong coupling of 3.5% to the lattice SPP mode when tuned into resonance with the LC-mode of the cSRR at a frequency of 1.07 THz. The lattice constant is varied from 40 um to 160 um. Finite element simulations with CST MWS show the characteristic field distribution of the two modes and the intermixing of the LC-mode with the SPP-mode very clearly. Analytical modeling with a simple two oscillator model well describes the coupling. An effective relative permittivity of 11.6 for the coupled system was extracted. For broader linewidths, an apparent modulation of the effective Quality-factor can be observed which is of crucial importance for designing metasurfaces for applications. Measurements of the broader lambda/2 mode in orthogonal excitation direction reveal instead a Fano-like interaction. Rectangular array configuration reveal the excitation direction of the SPP modes being along the polarization of the exciting THz pulse. We demonstrate that the understanding of the SPP modes is fundamental for research and applications in which the metasurface has to be designed for special needs.

  19. Experimental (X-ray, (13)C CP/MAS NMR, IR, RS, INS, THz) and Solid-State DFT Study on (1:1) Co-Crystal of Bromanilic Acid and 2,6-Dimethylpyrazine.

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    Łuczyńska, Katarzyna; Drużbicki, Kacper; Lyczko, Krzysztof; Dobrowolski, Jan Cz

    2015-06-04

    A combined structural, vibrational spectroscopy, and solid-state DFT study of the hydrogen-bonded complex of bromanilic acid with 2,6-dimethylpyrazine is reported. The crystallographic structure was determined by means of low-temperature single-crystal X-ray diffraction, which reveals the molecular units in their native protonation states, forming one-dimensional infinite nets of moderate-strength O···H-N hydrogen bonds. The nature of the crystallographic forces, stabilizing the studied structure, has been drawn by employing the noncovalent interactions analysis. It was found that, in addition to the hydrogen bonding, the intermolecular forces are dominated by stacking interactions and C-H···O contacts. The thermal and calorimetric analysis was employed to probe stability of the crystal phase. The structural analysis was further supported by a computationally assisted (13)C CP/MAS NMR study, providing a complete assignment of the recorded resonances. The vibrational dynamics was explored by combining the optical (IR, Raman, TDs-THz) and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectroscopy techniques with the state-of-the-art solid-state density functional theory (DFT) computations. Despite the quasi-harmonic approximation assumed throughout the study, an excellent agreement between the theoretical and experimental data was achieved over the entire spectral range, allowing for a deep and possibly thorough understanding of the vibrational characteristics of the system. Particularly, the significant influence of the long-range dipole coupling on the IR spectrum has been revealed. On the basis of a wealth of information gathered, the recent implementation of a dispersion-corrected linear-response scheme has been extensively examined.

  20. Active THz inspection of water content in plants

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    Etayo, D.; Iriarte, J. C.; Palacios, I.; Teniente, J.; Ederra, I.; Gonzalo, R.

    2010-04-01

    The THz range offers the possibility of measuring water content. This can be useful in wine industry to control plants water levels and also to decrease irrigation costs. This paper presents a THz imaging system used to characterise water content in leaves using frequency and time domain methods from 0.14 to 0.22 THz. Our results show the possibility of getting useful information out of the preformed measurements.

  1. Optical properties of human nails in THz frequency range

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    Guseva, Victoria A.; Gusev, Sviatoslav I.; Demchenko, Petr S.; Sedykh, Egor A.; Khodzitsky, Mikhail K.

    2017-03-01

    This work is devoted to investigation of optical properties (dispersion of refractive index, permittivity and absorption coefficient) of human nails in THz frequency range. These data were obtained by THz time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) technique in transmission mode. These results may be used to develop non-invasive technique of human pathologies control using nail as reference sample in reflection mode of THz TDS.

  2. Time domain measurement of the THz refractivity of water vapor.

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    Yang, Yihong; Mandehgar, Mahboubeh; Grischkowsky, D

    2012-11-19

    We report the measurement of the essentially frequency independent refractivity of water vapor from 0.1 to 1 THz, independent of the simultaneous strong THz pulse broadening and absorption. The humidity dependent transit time of THz pulses through a 170 m long round trip path was measured to a precision of 0.1 ps, using a mode-locked laser as an optical clock.

  3. Effect of intense THz pulses on expression of genes associated with skin cancer and inflammatory skin conditions

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    Titova, Lyubov V.; Ayesheshim, Ayesheshim K.; Purschke, David; Golubov, Andrey; Rodriguez-Juarez, Rocio; Woycicki, Rafal; Hegmann, Frank A.; Kovalchuk, Olga

    2014-03-01

    The growing experimental evidence suggests that broadband, picosecond-duration THz pulses may influence biological systems and functions. While the mechanisms by which THz pulse-induced biological effects are not yet known, experiments using in vitro cell cultures, tissue models, as well as recent in vivo studies have demonstrated that THz pulses can elicit cellular and molecular changes in exposed cells and tissues in the absence of thermal effects. Recently, we demonstrated that intense, picosecond THz pulses induce phosphorylation of H2AX, indicative of DNA damage, and at the same time activate DNA damage response in human skin tissues. We also find that intense THz pulses have a profound impact on global gene expression in human skin. Many of the affected genes have important functions in epidermal differentiation and have been implicated in skin cancer and inflammatory skin conditions. The observed THzinduced changes in expression of these genes are in many cases opposite to disease-related changes, suggesting possible therapeutic applications of intense THz pulses.

  4. THz quantum cascade lasers for standoff molecule detection.

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    Chow, Weng Wah; Wanke, Michael Clement; Lerttamrab, Maytee; Waldmueller, Ines

    2007-10-01

    Remote optical detection of molecules, agents, and energetic materials has many applications to national security interests. Currently there is significant interest in determining under what circumstances THz frequency coverage will aid in a complete sensing package. Sources of coherent THz frequency (i.e. 0.1 to 10 THz) electromagnetic radiation with requisite power levels, frequency agility, compactness and reliability represent the single greatest obstacle in establishing a THz technology base, but recent advances in semiconductor-based quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) offer huge improvements towards the ultimate THz source goals. This project advanced the development of narrow-linewidth THz quantum cascade lasers. We developed theoretical tools to guide the improvement of standard THz quantum cascade lasers, the investigation of nonlinear optics employing infrared QCLs, and the exploration of quantum coherence to improve QCL performance. The latter was aimed especially towards achieving high temperature operation. In addition we developed a computer algorithm capable of shifting the frequencies of an existing THz QCL to a different frequency and invented a new type of laser that may enable room temperature THz generation in a electrically driven solid-state source.

  5. Terahetz spectroscopy of molten sulfur using a tunable THz source

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    Mross, M.; Lowell, T.; Guertin, C.; O'Donnell, A.; Vezzoli, G. C.

    2006-10-01

    We have studied the liquid-liquid allotropic transitions in molten sulfur using terahertz (THz) spectroscopy. Liquid sulfur is selected as an initial choice of materials because its structure and properties are well established from previous in-situ studies by one of the current investigators (and by other researchers) using a variety of physical and chemical methodologies. It is known that sulfur melts to an equilibrium mixture of octameric (S 8) rings and short chains, with a small concentration of hexameric rings (S 6). As temperature is increased, thermal energy initiates ring scission and the resulting diradically-terminated short chains undergo covalent bonding to induce polymerization at 159-166°C. Further increase in temperature causes an increase in chain length and an increase in chain species concentration until a temperature of 188°C is reached at which the long chains (~10 6 atoms in length) undergo chain scission, and although the chains start to break up, the polymer concentration of the mixed phases still increases. We have experimentally mapped THz absorption, transmission, and reflection/scattering effects with these known transitions in liquid sulfur, as a function of temperature and wavelength.

  6. Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Dietze, Daniel R; Mathies, Richard A

    2016-05-04

    Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) is an ultrafast nonlinear optical technique that provides vibrational structural information with high temporal (sub-50 fs) precision and high spectral (10 cm(-1) ) resolution. Since the first full demonstration of its capabilities ≈15 years ago, FSRS has evolved into a mature technique, giving deep insights into chemical and biochemical reaction dynamics that would be inaccessible with any other technique. It is now being routinely applied to virtually all possible photochemical reactions and systems spanning from single molecules in solution to thin films, bulk crystals and macromolecular proteins. This review starts with an historic overview and discusses the theoretical and experimental concepts behind this technology. Emphasis is put on the current state-of-the-art experimental realization and several variations of FSRS that have been developed. The unique capabilities of FSRS are illustrated through a comprehensive presentation of experiments to date followed by prospects.

  7. Hot-Electron Gallium Nitride Two Dimensional Electron Gas Nano-bolometers For Advanced THz Spectroscopy

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    Ramaswamy, Rahul

    Two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in semiconductor heterostructures was identified as a promising medium for hot-electron bolometers (HEB) in the early 90s. Up until now all research based on 2DEG HEBs is done using high mobility AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures. These systems have demonstrated very good performance, but only in the sub terahertz (THz) range. However, above ˜0.5 THz the performance of AlGaAs/GaAs detectors drastically deteriorates. It is currently understood, that detectors fabricated from standard AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures do not allow for reasonable coupling to THz radiation while maintaining high conversion efficiency. In this work we have developed 2DEG HEBs based on disordered Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductor, that operate at frequencies beyond 1THz at room temperature. We observe strong free carrier absorption at THz frequencies in our disordered 2DEG film due to Drude absorption. We show the design and fabrication procedures of novel micro-bolometers having ultra-low heat capacities. In this work the mechanism of 2DEG response to THz radiation is clearly identified as bolometric effect through our direct detection measurements. With optimal doping and detector geometry, impedances of 10--100 O have been achieved, which allow integration of these devices with standard THz antennas. We also demonstrate performance of the antennas used in this work in effectively coupling THz radiation to the micro-bolometers through polarization dependence and far field measurements. Finally heterodyne mixing due to hot electrons in the 2DEG micro-bolometer has been performed at sub terahertz frequencies and a mixing bandwidth greater than 3GHz has been achieved. This indicates that the characteristic cooling time in our detectors is fast, less than 50ps. Due to the ultra-low heat capacity; these detectors can be used in a heterodyne system with a quantum cascade laser (QCL) as a local oscillator (LO) which typically provides output powers in the micro

  8. Use of near infrared femtosecond lasers as sub-micron radiation microbeam for cell DNA damage and repair studies.

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    Botchway, S W; Reynolds, P; Parker, A W; O'Neill, P

    2010-01-01

    Laser induced radiation microbeam technology for radiobiology research is undergoing rapid growth because of the increased availability and ease of use of femtosecond laser sources. The main processes involved are multiphoton absorption and/or plasma formation. The high peak powers these lasers generate make them ideal tools for depositing sub-micrometer size radiant energy within a region of a living cell nucleus to activate ionising and/or photochemically driven processes. The technique allows questions relating to the effects of low doses of radiation, the propagation and treatment of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) damage and repair in individual live cells as well as non-targeted cell to cell effects to be addressed. This mini-review focuses on the use of near infrared (NIR) ca. 800nm radiation to induce damage that is radically different from the early and subsequent ultraviolet microbeam techniques. Ultrafast pulsed NIR instrumentation has many benefits including the ability to eliminate issues of unspecific UV absorption by the many materials prevalent within cells. The multiphoton interaction volume also permits energy deposition beyond the diffraction limit. Work has established that the fundamental process of the damage induced by the ultrashort laser pulses is different to those induced from continuous wave light sources. Pioneering work has demonstrated that NIR laser microbeam radiation can mimic ionising radiation via multiphoton absorption within the 3D femtolitre volume of the highly focused Gaussian beam. This light-matter interaction phenomenon provides a novel optical microbeam probe for mimicking both complex ionising and UV radiation-type cell damage including double strand breaks (DSBs) and base damage. A further advantage of the pulsed laser technique is that it provides further scope for time-resolved experiments. Recently the NIR laser microbeam technique has been used to investigate the recruitment of repair proteins to the sub

  9. High-precision x-ray FEL pulse arrival time measurements at SACLA by a THz streak camera with Xe clusters.

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    Juranić, P N; Stepanov, A; Ischebeck, R; Schlott, V; Pradervand, C; Patthey, L; Radović, M; Gorgisyan, I; Rivkin, L; Hauri, C P; Monoszlai, B; Ivanov, R; Peier, P; Liu, J; Togashi, T; Owada, S; Ogawa, K; Katayama, T; Yabashi, M; Abela, R

    2014-12-01

    The accurate measurement of the arrival time of a hard X-ray free electron laser (FEL) pulse with respect to a laser is of utmost importance for pump-probe experiments proposed or carried out at FEL facilities around the world. This manuscript presents the latest device to meet this challenge, a THz streak camera using Xe gas clusters, capable of pulse arrival time measurements with an estimated accuracy of several femtoseconds. An experiment performed at SACLA demonstrates the performance of the device at photon energies between 5 and 10 keV with variable photon beam parameters.

  10. Study on the effect of ambient gas on nanostructure formation on metal surfaces during femtosecond laser ablation for fabrication of low-reflective surfaces

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    Smausz, Tomi; Csizmadia, Tamás; Tápai, Csaba; Kopniczky, Judit; Oszkó, Albert; Ehrhardt, Martin; Lorenz, Pierre; Zimmer, Klaus; Prager, Andrea; Hopp, Béla

    2016-12-01

    Nanostructure formation on bulk metals (silver, gold, copper and titanium) by femtosecond Ti-sapphire laser irradiation (775 nm, 150 fs) is studied aiming the production of low-reflectivity surfaces and the better understanding of the development process. The experiments were performed in nitrogen, air, oxygen and helium environments at atmospheric pressure. The samples were irradiated with fluences in the 0.1-2 J/cm2 range and an average pulse number of 100 falling over a given area. The reflectivity of the treated surfaces was determined by a microspectrometer in the 450-800 nm range and their morphology was studied by scanning electron microscopy. The gas ambience influenced the results via two effects: formation processes and the chemically-induced modifications of the nanostructures. In case of He the nanoparticle aggregates-otherwise generally present-are predominantly missing, which leads to a lower darkening efficiency. The presence of oxygen enhances the darkening effect for copper mostly at lower fluences, while causes a slow increase in reflectivity in the case of titanium (in case of pure oxygen) in the high fluence range. The surface morphology in case of nitrogen and air were quite similar probably due to their close molecular mass values.

  11. Femtosecond Kerr index of cyclic olefin co/polymers for THz nonlinear optics

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    Noskovicova, E.; Lorenc, D.; Slusna, L.; Velic, D.

    2016-10-01

    The second-order nonlinear refractive index n2 (Kerr index) of cyclic olefin copolymer (TOPAS) and cyclic olefin polymers (ZEONEX, ZEONOR) was determined at the wavelength of 800 nm within this work. Bulk samples of ZEONEX, ZEONOR and TOPAS were measured using the single-beam Z-scan technique and the values of their nonlinear refractive index were determined to be approximately 2 × 10-20 m2W-1 for all cases. The obtained values of n2 play a vital role for ultrafast pulse evolution and corresponding phenomena such as nonlinear spectral transformation.

  12. Theory of THz harmonic generation in semiconductor superlattices (Conference Presentation)

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    Pereira, Mauro F.; Winge, David O.; Wacker, Andreas

    2016-10-01

    Superlattices are artificial structures with a wide range of applications and open possibilities for controlling and study transport and optical [M.F. Pereira Jr., Phys. Rev. B 52, (1995)] properties of semiconductors. In this work, we start from the full Nonequilibrium Greens Functions approach [A. Wacker et a, IEEE Journal of Sel. Top. in Quantum Electron.,19 1200611, (2013),T. Schmielau and M.F. Pereira, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95 231111, (2009)] to obtain Voltage-Current curves and compare them with experiments. By adjusting the numerical solutions of the corresponding Dyson equations to a simple model, analytical solutions are given for the nonlinear response of a biased superlattice under sub-THz radiation. The frequency multiplication process leading to multiple harmonicgeneration is described. This hybrid approach leads to predictive simulations and may have important application for a new generation of devices where the superlattices are used as both sources and detectors and may be particular useful for high resolution transient spectroscopy [A.A. Yablokov et at, IEEE Transactions on THz Science and Technology 5, 845 (2015)].

  13. Nonlinear THz response of metallic armchair graphene nanoribbon superlattices

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    Wang, Yichao; Andersen, David R.

    2016-11-01

    We study the third order THz nonlinear response of metallic armchair graphene nanoribbon superlattices in the presence of an elliptically-polarized excitation field using the time dependent perturbation theory. For a one-dimensional Kronig-Penney potential of infinite length, the nonlinear response can be described perturbatively by a low energy \\mathbf{k}\\centerdot \\mathbf{p} N-photon coupling model. Remarkably, as shown by Burset et al the energy dispersion of the metallic band in the direction parallel to the superlattice wavevector is independent of the applied superlattice potential while the energy dispersion in the direction perpendicular to the superlattice wavevector depends strongly on the superlattice parameters. As a result, we predict novel behavior for the nonlinear response of single layer metallic acGNR superlattices to an applied elliptically-polarized electric field. Our work shows that the superlattice potential, periodicity, Fermi level, excitation field polarization state, and temperature all play a significant role in the resulting THz nonlinear conductances.

  14. Thermally triggered phononic gaps in liquids at THz scale

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    Bolmatov, Dima; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Zavyalov, Dmitry; Stoupin, Stanislav; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Cai, Yong Q.

    2016-01-14

    In this study we present inelastic X-ray scattering experiments in a diamond anvil cell and molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the behavior of phononic excitations in liquid Ar. The spectra calculated using molecular dynamics were found to be in a good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, we observe that, upon temperature increases, a low-frequency transverse phononic gap emerges while high-frequency propagating modes become evanescent at the THz scale. The effect of strong localization of a longitudinal phononic mode in the supercritical phase is observed for the first time. The evidence for the high-frequency transverse phononic gap due to the transition from an oscillatory to a ballistic dynamic regimes of motion is presented and supported by molecular dynamics simulations. This transition takes place across the Frenkel line thermodynamic limit which demarcates compressed liquid and non-compressed fluid domains on the phase diagram and is supported by calculations within the Green-Kubo phenomenological formalism. These results are crucial to advance the development of novel terahertz thermal devices, phononic lenses, mirrors, and other THz metamaterials.

  15. Thermally triggered phononic gaps in liquids at THz scale

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    Bolmatov, Dima; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Zavyalov, Dmitry; ...

    2016-01-14

    In this study we present inelastic X-ray scattering experiments in a diamond anvil cell and molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the behavior of phononic excitations in liquid Ar. The spectra calculated using molecular dynamics were found to be in a good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, we observe that, upon temperature increases, a low-frequency transverse phononic gap emerges while high-frequency propagating modes become evanescent at the THz scale. The effect of strong localization of a longitudinal phononic mode in the supercritical phase is observed for the first time. The evidence for the high-frequency transverse phononic gap due to themore » transition from an oscillatory to a ballistic dynamic regimes of motion is presented and supported by molecular dynamics simulations. This transition takes place across the Frenkel line thermodynamic limit which demarcates compressed liquid and non-compressed fluid domains on the phase diagram and is supported by calculations within the Green-Kubo phenomenological formalism. These results are crucial to advance the development of novel terahertz thermal devices, phononic lenses, mirrors, and other THz metamaterials.« less

  16. Femtosecond laser-assisted inverted mushroom keratoplasty.

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    Cheng, Yanny Y Y; Tahzib, Nayyirih G; van Rij, Gabriel; van Cleynenbreugel, Hugo; Pels, Elisabeth; Hendrikse, Fred; Nuijts, Rudy

    2008-07-01

    To evaluate best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), refractive outcome, corneal topography, optical coherence tomography, and endothelial cell density 12 months after femtosecond laser-assisted inverted mushroom keratoplasty. We performed a prospective study of a surgical case series of 5 patients undergoing femtosecond laser-assisted inverted mushroom keratoplasty for pseudophakic bullous keratopathy or pre-Descemet X-linked ichthyosis. The femtosecond laser was used to create a top-hat configuration in the donor cornea and recipient cornea. Laser parameters were as follows: energy, 4.0 (anterior inner vertical side cut and horizontal lamellar cut) and 7.0 microJ (posterior outer vertical side cut); spiral pattern with a firing rate of 15 kHz. The size of the anterior inner diameter was 7.4 mm in the donor cornea and 7.0 mm in the recipient cornea. The posterior outer diameter was 9.0 mm in all eyes. At 6 and 12 months after surgery, all corneal grafts were clear and showed an excellent adaptation of the lamellar donor and recipient wound surfaces. At 12 months postoperatively, BCVA averaged 20/32 (range, 20/60-20/20), refractive cylinder averaged -3.20 +/- 2.0 D, topographical cylinder averaged 3.26 +/- 2.1 D, and the mean endothelial cell density was 1793 +/- 491 cells/mm2 (range, 954-2237 cells/mm2). The mean central corneal thickness and thickness of the posterior shelf was 517 +/- 3 and 175 +/- 8 microm, respectively. The femtosecond laser-assisted inverted mushroom keratoplasty shows good promise in surgical treatment of corneal diseases. The multiplanar fit between the donor and recipient cornea allows early suture removal and visual rehabilitation.

  17. Frequency-domain spectroscopy using high-power tunable THz-wave sources: towards THz sensing and detector sensitivity calibration

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    Takida, Yuma; Minamide, Hiroaki

    2017-05-01

    The development of reliable, high-power, frequency-tunable terahertz (THz)-wave sources is crucial for a wide variety of applications, such as spectroscopy, imaging, and sensing. In order to generate frequency-tunable THz waves at room temperature, one of the most promising methods is a wavelength conversion in nonlinear optical crystals. Here, we present our recent results on high-power, widely-tunable, frequency-agile THz-wave sources based on nonlinear parametric processes in MgO:LiNbO3 crystals. By changing the noncollinear phase-matching condition in MgO:LiNbO3, the tunability of sub-nanosecond-pumped injection-seeded THz-wave parametric generators (is-TPGs) covers the 3.65-octave frequency range from 0.37 THz up to 4.65 THz. The monochromatic THz-wave output from is-TPGs is greater than 10 kW peak power with the linewidth of approximately 3 GHz and the stability of 1%. These is-TPG systems are reliable and promising high-power tunable THz-wave sources for frequency-domain spectroscopic measurements towards THz sensing and detector sensitivity calibration.

  18. Coherent detection of THz waves based on THz-induced time-resolved luminescence quenching in bulk gallium arsenide.

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    Chu, Zheng; Liu, Jinsong; Wang, Kejia

    2012-05-01

    A kind of photoluminescence quenching, in which the time-resolved photoluminescence is modulated by a THz pulse, has been theoretically investigated by performing the ensemble Monte Carlo method in bulk gallium arsenide (GaAs) at room temperature. The quenching ratio could reach up to 50% under a strong THz field (100  kV/cm). The range in which luminescence quenching is linearly proportional to the THz field could be over 60  kV/cm. On the basis of these results, a principle for THz modulation and coherent detection is proposed.

  19. Technology trend in real-time, uncooled image sensors for sub-THz and THz wave detection

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    Oda, Naoki

    2016-05-01

    The author summarizes development of uncooled microbolometer terahertz (THz) focal plane arrays (FPAs) and real-time cameras for sub-THz and THz wave detection. The array formats are 320x240 and 640x480, and the cameras have several functions, such as lock-in imaging, external-trigger imaging, image processing (pixel binning and frame integration), beam profiling and so on. The FPAs themselves are sensitive to sub-THz, THz and infrared radiations. Active imaging systems based on the imagers are described. One of them is a real-time transmission-type THz microscope which contains a THz camera and a quantum cascade laser (QCL). The other one is an active sub-THz imaging system, where a transmission imaging mode and a reflection imaging mode can be switched with one-touch operation. Strong THz emitters, such as far-infrared gas lasers and QCLs, are strongly coherent and often produce interference fringes in an image. A method of reducing the interference fringes (beam homogenizing) is described. Microbolometer FPAs developed by other groups, antenna-coupled CMOS FPA, array detectors based on GaAs high-mobility heterostructure and so on are also summarized, which operate in real-time and at room temperature. A fair method of evaluating performance of detectors with different sizes and at different wavelengths is explained and the performances of the detectors are compared.

  20. Corneal trephination with the femtosecond laser.

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    Meltendorf, Christian; Schroeter, Jan; Bug, Reinhold; Kohnen, Thomas; Deller, Thomas

    2006-10-01

    To evaluate the feasibility and cut quality of corneal trephination in human donor corneal tissue with the femtosecond laser. Twelve human corneoscleral discs were inserted in an artificial anterior chamber. After corneal thickness measurement and tonometry, the cornea was mounted on a femtosecond laser (FEMTEC; 20/10 Perfect Vision, Heidelberg, Germany) through a contact lens (patient interface). Trephination was performed with diameters of 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, and 8.5 mm in 3 corneas each. The corneal button was removed from the corneoscleral disc in 2 of the 3 corneas in each case. The cut was not manipulated in the remaining corneas to enable histologic detection of possible tissue bridges. The cut edges were macroscopically and light-microscopically examined for quality. Corneal buttons and corneoscleral discs could be separated by blunt dissection in all cases. Tissue bridges were more common in thicker edematous corneas than in thinner ones. Both the macro- and microscopic examination disclosed smooth rectilinear cut margins with a perpendicular cut edge. This feasibility study shows that the femtosecond laser enables sufficient trephination of human donor corneas.