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  1. Spectral characterization of porous dielectric subwavelength THz fibers fabricated using a microstructured molding technique.

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    Dupuis, Alexandre; Mazhorova, Anna; Désévédavy, Frédéric; Rozé, Mathieu; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2010-06-21

    We report two novel fabrication techniques, as well as THz spectral transmission and propagation loss measurements of subwavelength plastic wires with highly porous (up to 86%) and non-porous transverse geometries. The two fabrication techniques we describe are based on the microstructured molding approach. In one technique the mold is made completely from silica by stacking and fusing silica capillaries to the bottom of a silica ampoule. The melted material is then poured into the silica mold to cast the microstructured preform. Another approach uses a microstructured mold made of a sacrificial plastic which is co-drawn with a cast preform. Material from the sacrificial mold is then dissolved after fi ber drawing. We also describe a novel THz-TDS setup with an easily adjustable optical path length, designed to perform cutback measurements using THz fibers of up to 50 cm in length. We fi nd that while both porous and non-porous subwavelength fibers of the same outside diameter have low propagation losses (alpha porous fi bers exhibit a much wider spectral transmission window and enable transmission at higher frequencies compared to the non-porous fibers. We then show that the typical bell-shaped transmission spectra of the subwavelengths fibers can be very well explained by the onset of material absorption loss at higher frequencies, due to strong confinement of the modal fields in the material region of the fi ber, as well as strong coupling loss at lower frequencies, due to mismatch between the modal field diameter and the size of the gaussian-like beam of a THz source.

  2. Square dielectric THz waveguides.

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    Aflakian, N; Yang, N; LaFave, T; Henderson, R M; O, K K; MacFarlane, D L

    2016-06-27

    A holey cladding dielectric waveguide with square cross section is designed, simulated, fabricated and characterized. The TOPAS waveguide is designed to be single mode across the broad frequency range of 180 GHz to 360 GHz as shown by finite-difference time domain simulation and to robustly support simultaneous TE and TM mode propagation. The square fiber geometry is realized by pulling through a heat distribution made square by appropriate furnace design. The transmitted mode profile is imaged using a vector network analyzer with a pinhole at the receiver module. Good agreement between the measured mode distribution and the calculated mode distribution is demonstrated. PMID:27410645

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Form birefringence in porous semiconductors and dielectrics: A review

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    Golovan', L. A. Kashkarov, P. K.; Timoshenko, V. Yu.

    2007-07-15

    The phenomenon of optical anisotropy in porous semiconductors and dielectrics (porous silicon, gallium phosphide, and alumina) and photonic crystal structures formed on their basis is reviewed. It is shown that anisotropic nanostructuring of initially isotropic media leads to the occurrence of strong birefringence. Applicability of the effective-medium model to description of the form birefringence in porous semiconductors and dielectrics is discussed.

  6. Tunable THz radiation source from dielectric loaded waveguide excited by nonrelativistic electron bunch trains

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    Li, Weiwei; He, Zhigang; Lu, Yalin; Huang, Ruixuan; Liu, Weihao; Jia, Qika; Wang, Lin

    2016-10-01

    We propose a novel scheme to generate a tunable narrow-band THz radiation. In this scheme, a train of laser pulses with THz repetition rate is used to drive a photocathode direct current (DC) gun, leading to the emission of a train of electron bunches. The electron bunch train is subsequently accelerated by the gun field and applied to selectively excite one of the modes in the dielectric loaded waveguide (DLW) structure, which is located downstream the DC gun. Thanks to the tunability of the repetition rate of laser pulses and the gun voltage, a tunable narrow-band THz radiation source can be obtained. This proposed source has the advantages of compactness, robustness and relatively high power.

  7. 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.

  8. Investigation of optical pump on dielectric tunability in PZT/PT thin film by THz spectroscopy.

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    Ji, Jie; Luo, Chunya; Rao, Yunkun; Ling, Furi; Yao, Jianquan

    2016-07-11

    The dielectric spectra of single-layer PbTiO3 (PT), single-layer PbZrxTi1-xO3 (PZT) and multilayer PZT/PT thin films under an external optical field were investigated at room temperature by time-domain terahertz (THz) spectroscopy. Results showed that the real part of permittivity increased upon application of an external optical field, which could be interpreted as hardening of the soft mode and increasing of the damping coefficient and oscillator strength. Furthermore, the central mode was observed in the three films. Among the dielectric property of the three thin films studied, the tunability of the PZT/PT superlattice was the largest. PMID:27410799

  9. Dielectric properties of KDP filled porous alumina nanocomposite thin films.

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    Boni, O; Berger, S

    2001-12-01

    A new concept of a composite dielectric thin film fabrication is presented. The fabrication process consists of two stages. The first stage is anodizing a thin aluminum film to produce a porous alumina film that contains an array of nanometer sized parallel pores. The second stage is filling the pores with a saturated KDP (KH2PO4) liquid solution due to capillary forces. After drying KDP nanocrystals are formed inside the pores. This process results in a formation of a composite dielectric thin film composed of the alumina pores walls as one dielectric material and the KDP nanocrystals inside the pores as another dielectric material. The dielectric permittivity of this composite film is higher than that of the porous alumina film at all applied frequencies. The dielectric enhancement is more pronounced at low frequencies due to an interface polarization mechanism. This fabrication process enables controlling the size, composition, and microstructure of the composite dielectric film constituents and thus changing its dielectric properties over a wide range of values.

  10. 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.

  11. Sub-THz dielectric resonance in single crystal yttrium iron garnet and magnetic field tuning of the modes

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    Popov, M. A.; Zavislyak, I. V.; Srinivasan, G.

    2011-07-01

    The observation of dielectric resonance over the frequency range 40-110 GHz in single crystal yttrium iron garnet (YIG) and its magnetic field tuning characteristics are reported. The dimensions of YIG are appropriately chosen in order to have the dielectric resonance occur at a much higher frequency than the ferromagnetic resonance and avoid any hybrid spin-electromagnetic modes. The dielectric modes are magnetically tunable by 1 GHz with a magnetic field of ˜1.75 kOe. The tuning range and required bias magnetic fields, however, can be controlled with the sample dimensions (or the demagnetization factor Nzz). Theoretical calculations on magnetic field tuning characteristics for the dielectric modes are in reasonable agreement with the data. The theory also predicts a similar magnetic tuning of the dielectric modes in the sub-THz frequency range as well. The dielectric modes that can be tuned with a magnetic field are of importance for the realization of low-loss tunable devices, including resonators, isolators, and phase shifters operating in the sub-THz region.

  12. Heat Induced Damage Detection by Terahertz (THz) Radiation

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    Rahani, Ehsan Kabiri; Kundu, Tribikram; Wu, Ziran; Xin, Hao

    2011-06-01

    Terahertz (THz) and sub-terahertz imaging and spectroscopy are becoming increasingly popular nondestructive evaluation techniques for damage detection and characterization of materials. THz radiation is being used for inspecting ceramic foam tiles used in TPS (Thermal Protection System), thick polymer composites and polymer tiles that are not good conductors of ultrasonic waves. Capability of THz electromagnetic waves in detecting heat induced damage in porous materials is investigated in this paper. Porous pumice stone blocks are subjected to long time heat exposures to produce heat induced damage in the block. The dielectric properties extracted from THz TDS (Time Domain Spectroscopy) measurements are compared for different levels of heat exposure. Experimental results show noticeable and consistent change in dielectric properties with increasing levels of heat exposure, well before its melting point.

  13. Dielectric breakdown in nano-porous thin films

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    Borja, Juan Pablo

    Unknown to most computer users and mobile device enthusiasts, we have finally entered into a critical age of chip manufacturing. January of 2014 marks the official start of the quest by the semiconductor industry to successfully integrate sub 14nm process technology nodes in accordance to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). The manufacturing of nano-scale features represents a major bottleneck of its own. However, a bigger challenge lies in reliably isolating the massive chip interconnect network. The present work is aimed at generating a theoretical and experimental framework to predict dielectric breakdown for thin films used in computer chip components. Here, a set of experimental techniques are presented to assess and study dielectric failure in novel thin films. A theory of dielectric breakdown in thin nano-porous films is proposed to describe combined intrinsic and metal ion catalyzed failure. This theory draws on experimental evidence as well as fundamental concepts from mass and electronic charge transport. The drift of metal species was found to accelerate intrinsic dielectric failure. The solubility of metals species such as Cu was found to range from 7.0x1025 ions/m3 to 1.86x1026 ions/m3 in 7% porous SiCOH films. The diffusion coefficient for Cu species was found to span from 4.2x10-19 m2/s to 1.86x10-21 m2/s. Ramped voltage stress experiments were used to identify intrinsic failure from metal catalyzed failure. Intrinsic breakdown is defined when time to failure against applied field ramp rate results in ∂(ln(TTF))/∂(ln(R)) ≈ -1. Intrinsic failure was studied using Au. Here, ∂(ln(TTF))/∂(ln(R)) ≈ -0.95, which is an experimental best case scenario for intrinsic failure. Au is commonly reluctant to ionize which means that failure occurs in the absence of ionic species. Metal catalyzed failure was investigated using reactive electrodes such as Cu, and Ag. Here, trends for ∂(ln(TTF))/∂(ln(R)) significantly

  14. Spectral and spatial nondestructive examination of dielectric materials with THz time domain spectroscopy

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    Beckmann, J.; von Chrzanowski, L. S.; Fratzscher, D.; Ewert, U.

    2012-05-01

    A time domain spectrometer T-ray 2000® operating in the range of 0.2-2 THz was used for Time of Flight measurements. A series of ethanol water mixtures from 10% to 90% were produced subsequently filled in polystyrene cells and analyzed in the T-ray 2000 TDS system in the reflection mode. The reflectivity of the material liquid interface is strongly influenced by the ethanol concentration in water. The reciprocal reflection coefficient of the material liquid interface was found to be a useful discriminating feature for further Probably of Detection calculations which can be used for the performance evaluation of potential THz bottle scanners. THz pulse echo (PE) measurements were performed in comparison to the established ultra sound PE technique for flaw detection of plastics. Synthetic aperture reconstructions were applied for simulated data to reconstruct the flaw shape. The results were compared with B-scan images of a high density polyethylene (HDPE) test cylinder. Existing restrictions on the quality of the back projected images and limits of the existing model are discussed in detail.

  15. Experimental Plans to Explore Dielectric Wakefield Acceleration in the THZ Regime

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    Lemery, F.; Mihalcea, D.; Piot, P.; Behrens, C.; Elsen, E.; Flottmann, K.; Gerth, C.; Kube, G.; Schmidt, B.; Osterhoff, J.; Stoltz, P.

    2011-09-07

    Dielectric wakefield accelerators have shown great promise toward high-gradient acceleration. We investigate the performances of a possible experiment under consideration at the FLASH facility in DESY to explore wakefield acceleration with an enhanced transformer ratio. The experiment capitalizes on a unique pulse shaping capability recently demonstrated at this facility. In addition, the facility incorporates a superconducting linear accelerator that could generate bunch trains with closely spaced bunches thereby opening the exploration of potential dynamical effects in dielectric wakefield accelerators.

  16. Directional emission of dielectric disks with a finite scatterer in the THz regime.

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    Preu, S; Schmid, S I; Sedlmeir, F; Evers, J; Schwefel, H G L

    2013-07-15

    In the Terahertz (THz) domain, we investigate both numerically and experimentally the directional emission of whispering gallery mode resonators that are perturbed by a small scatterer in the vicinity of the resonators rim. We determine quality factor degradation, the modal structure and the emission direction for various geometries. We find that scatterers do allow for directional emission without destroying the resonator's quality factor. This finding allows for new geometries and outcoupling scenarios for active whispering gallery mode structures such as quantum cascade lasers and passive resonators such as evanescent sensors. The experimental results agree well with finite difference time domain simulations.

  17. Time-dependent dielectric breakdown measurements of porous organosilicate glass using mercury and solid metal probes

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    Pei, Dongfei; Nichols, Michael T.; Shohet, J. Leon; King, Sean W.; Clarke, James S.; Nishi, Yoshio

    2014-09-01

    Time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) is one of the major concerns for low-k dielectric materials. During plasma processing, low-k dielectrics are subjected to vacuum ultraviolet photon radiation and charged-particle bombardment. To examine the change of TDDB properties, time-to-breakdown measurements are made to porous SiCOH before and after plasma exposure. Significant discrepancies between mercury and solid-metal probes are observed and have been shown to be attributed to mercury diffusion into the dielectric porosities.

  18. Atomic layer deposition HfO2 capping layer effect on porous low dielectric constant materials

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    Cheng, Yi-Lung; Kao, Kai-Chieh; Huang, Chi-Jia; Chen, Giin-Shan; Fang, Jau-Shiung

    2015-11-01

    Low dielectric constant (low-k) materials are used as inter-level insulators between copper (Cu) conductors to improve the characteristics of integrated circuits. This work proposes a new method for improving the characteristics of porous low-k dielectric film by capping it with an HfO2 film by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Experimental results revealed that capping a porous low-k dielectric film with a ∼1.0 nm-thick HfO2 film increases its dielectric constant from 2.56 to 2.65 because the pores in the surface of the film are sealed by Hf precursors. The leakage current density and reliability of the porous low-k dielectrics are greatly improved. The HfO2 capping film also increased resistances against Cu diffusion and damage by oxygen plasma. Therefore, this ALD-deposited HfO2 capping film can be used as a pore-sealing layer and a Cu barrier layer for the porous low-k dielectric film in the future advanced technologies.

  19. Mechanical property changes in porous low-k dielectric thin films during processing

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    Stan, G.; Gates, R. S.; Kavuri, P.; Torres, J.; Michalak, D.; Ege, C.; Bielefeld, J.; King, S. W.

    2014-10-01

    The design of future generations of Cu-low-k dielectric interconnects with reduced electronic crosstalk often requires engineering materials with an optimal trade off between their dielectric constant and elastic modulus. This is because the benefits associated with the reduction of the dielectric constant by increasing the porosity of materials, for example, can adversely affect their mechanical integrity during processing. By using load-dependent contact-resonance atomic force microscopy, the changes in the elastic modulus of low-k dielectric materials due to processing were accurately measured. These changes were linked to alterations sustained by the structure of low-k dielectric films during processing. A two-phase model was used for quantitative assessments of the elastic modulus changes undergone by the organosilicate skeleton of the structure of porous and pore-filled dielectrics.

  20. Mechanical property changes in porous low-k dielectric thin films during processing

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    Stan, G. Gates, R. S.; Kavuri, P.; Torres, J.; Michalak, D.; Ege, C.; Bielefeld, J.; King, S. W.

    2014-10-13

    The design of future generations of Cu-low-k dielectric interconnects with reduced electronic crosstalk often requires engineering materials with an optimal trade off between their dielectric constant and elastic modulus. This is because the benefits associated with the reduction of the dielectric constant by increasing the porosity of materials, for example, can adversely affect their mechanical integrity during processing. By using load-dependent contact-resonance atomic force microscopy, the changes in the elastic modulus of low-k dielectric materials due to processing were accurately measured. These changes were linked to alterations sustained by the structure of low-k dielectric films during processing. A two-phase model was used for quantitative assessments of the elastic modulus changes undergone by the organosilicate skeleton of the structure of porous and pore-filled dielectrics.

  1. Effects of porous carbon additives and induced fluorine on low dielectric constant polyimide synthesized with an e-beam

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    Im, Ji Sun; Bae, Tae-Sung; Lee, Sung Kyu; Lee, Sei-Hyun; Jeong, Euigyung; Kang, Phil Hyun; Lee, Young-Seak

    2010-11-15

    We report the synthesis of a polyimide matrix with a low dielectric constant for application as an intercalation material between metal interconnections in electronic devices. Porous activated carbon was embedded in the polyimide to reduce the dielectric constant, and a thin film of the complex was obtained using the spin-coating and e-beam irradiation methods. The surface of the thin film was modified with fluorine functional groups to impart water resistance and reduce the dielectric constant further. The water resistance was significantly improved by the modification with hydrophobic fluorine groups. The dielectric constant was effectively decreased by porous activated carbon. The fluorine modification also resulted in a low dielectric constant on the polyimide surface by reducing the polar surface free energy. The dielectric constant of polyimide film decreased from 2.98 to 1.9 by effects of porous activated carbon additive and fluorine surface modification.

  2. Time-dependent dielectric breakdown of plasma-exposed porous organosilicate glass

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    Nichols, M. T.; Sinha, H.; Wiltbank, C. A.; Antonelli, G. A.; Nishi, Y.; Shohet, J. L.

    2012-03-01

    Time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) is a major concern for low-k organosilicate dielectrics. To examine the effect of plasma exposure on TDDB degradation, time-to-breakdown measurements were made on porous SiCOH before and after exposure to plasma. A capillary-array window was used to separate charged particle and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photon bombardment. Samples exposed to VUV photons, and a combination of VUV photons and ion bombardment exhibited significant degradation in breakdown time. The samples exposed to VUV photons and ion bombardment showed more degradation in breakdown time in comparison to samples exposed to VUV photons alone.

  3. Study of Cu diffusion in porous dielectrics using secondary-ion-mass spectrometry

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    Rodriguez, Oscar R.; Gill, William N.; Plawsky, Joel L.; Tsui Ting, Y.; Grunow, Stephan

    2005-12-15

    Secondary-ion-mass spectrometry measurements were used to study Cu diffusion in porous silica. The total concentration of Cu{sup +} decreases with increasing porosity of the dielectric. This behavior is the combined result of both the chemistry and the morphology of the dielectric. The injection of Cu is triggered by outgassing of hydroxyl and water-related species from the dielectric; furthermore, the reduced available cross-sectional area of solid for diffusion, due to porosity, leads to reduced diffusion through the porous film. This suggests that surface diffusion does not play an important role in this process. The Cu{sup +} concentration at the Cu/dielectric interface is on the order of 10{sup 23} at./m{sup 3}, but decreases with time and exponentially with porosity, which suggests the occurrence of a chemical reaction at the interface. A model of molecular diffusion and ion drift that considers the porosity of the film is developed and the results are consistent with the experimental data.

  4. THz wave sensing for petroleum industrial applications

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    Al-Douseri, Fatemah M.; Chen, Yunqing; Zhang, X.-C.

    2006-04-01

    We present the results of terahertz (THz) sensing of gasoline products. The frequency-dependent absorption coefficients, refractive indices, and complex dielectric constants of gasoline and xylene isomers were extracted in the spectral range from 0.5 3.0 THz. The THz spectra of gasoline (#87, #89, #93) and related BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene) compounds were studied by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) in the 1.5 20 THz (50 660 cm-1). The xylene isomers, which are used as antiknock agent in gasoline were determined quantitatively in gasoline in the THz range. Our investigations show the potential of THz technology for the petroleum industrial applications.

  5. Study of the dielectric function of aqueous solutions of glucose and albumin by THz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Nazarov, M. M.; Cherkasova, O. P.; Shkurinov, A. P.

    2016-06-01

    We report a study of aqueous solutions of glucose and bovine serum albumin using THz time-domain spectroscopy. To describe the permittivity of the solutions of these substances, we use a simplified model being applicable in the frequency range of 0.05 - 2.7 THz. On the assumption that most of the water molecules become bound at high concentrations of glucose and protein in the solution, the changes in water characteristics are investigated. To improve the reliability of the results, the measurements are performed by two independent methods: the method of attenuated total internal reflection and the transmission method. Combination of the results obtained by these two methods allows expanding the spectral range towards lower frequencies.

  6. Study of the dielectric function of aqueous solutions of glucose and albumin by THz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Nazarov, M. M.; Cherkasova, O. P.; Shkurinov, A. P.

    2016-06-01

    We report a study of aqueous solutions of glucose and bovine serum albumin using THz time-domain spectroscopy. To describe the permittivity of the solutions of these substances, we use a simplified model being applicable in the frequency range of 0.05 – 2.7 THz. On the assumption that most of the water molecules become bound at high concentrations of glucose and protein in the solution, the changes in water characteristics are investigated. To improve the reliability of the results, the measurements are performed by two independent methods: the method of attenuated total internal reflection and the transmission method. Combination of the results obtained by these two methods allows expanding the spectral range towards lower frequencies.

  7. Preparation and structure of porous dielectrics by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Gates, S. M.; Neumayer, D. A.; Sherwood, M. H.; Grill, A.; Wang, X.; Sankarapandian, M.

    2007-05-01

    The preparation of ultralow dielectric constant porous silicon, carbon, oxygen, hydrogen alloy dielectrics, called "pSiCOH," using a production 200mm plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition tool and a thermal treatment is reported here. The effect of deposition temperature on the pSiCOH film is examined using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, dielectric constant (k), and film shrinkage measurements. For all deposition temperatures, carbon in the final porous film is shown to be predominantly Si -CH3 species, and lower k is shown to correlate with increased concentration of Si -CH3. NMR and FTIR spectroscopies clearly detect the loss of a removable, unstable, hydrocarbon (CHx) phase during the thermal treatment. Also detected are increased cross-linking of the Si-O skeleton, and concentration changes for three distinct structures of carbon. In the as deposited films, deposition temperature also affects the hydrocarbon (CHx) content and the presence of C O and C C functional groups.

  8. Investigation of low field dielectric properties of anisotropic porous Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics: Experiment and modeling

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    Olariu, C. S.; Padurariu, L.; Stanculescu, R.; Baldisserri, C.; Galassi, C.; Mitoseriu, L.

    2013-12-01

    Anisotropic porous Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics with various porosity degrees have been studied in order to determine the role of the pore shape and orientation on the low-field dielectric properties. Ceramic samples with formula Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)0.976Nb0.024O3 with different porosity degrees (dense, 10%, 20%, 40% vol.) have been prepared by solid state reaction. Taking into consideration the shape and orientation of the pore inclusions, the dielectric properties of porous ceramics have been described by using adapted mixing rules models. Rigorous bounds, derived on the basis on Variational Principle, were used to frame dielectric properties of porous composites. The finite element method (FEM) was additionally used to simulate the dielectric response of the porous composites under various applied fields. Among the few effective medium approximation models adapted for anisotropic oriented inclusions, the best results were obtained in case of needle-like shape inclusions (which do not correspond to the real shape of microstructure inclusions). The general case of Wiener bounds limited well the dielectric properties of anisotropic porous composites in case of parallel orientation. Among the theoretical approaches, FEM technique allowed to simulate the distribution of potential and electric field inside composites and provided a very good agreement between the computed permittivity values and experimental ones.

  9. Bandgap measurements of low-k porous organosilicate dielectrics using vacuum ultraviolet irradiation

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    Zheng, H.; King, S. W.; Ryan, V.; Nishi, Y.; Shohet, J. L.

    2014-02-01

    Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoemission spectroscopy is used to investigate the effect of VUV radiation on porous organosilicate (SiCOH) dielectrics during plasma processing. By comparing photoemission spectroscopic results before and after VUV exposure, VUV irradiation with photon energies less than 9.0 eV was found to be beneficial in depleting accumulated charge in SiCOH films while VUV photons with higher energies did not have this effect. Moreover, VUV irradiation with 8.9 eV photons depletes the most charge. From this result, it can be concluded that 8.9 eV is the bandgap plus the electron affinity energy of SiCOH dielectrics.

  10. Hydrogen plasma effects on ultralow-k porous SiCOH dielectrics

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    Grill, A.; Sternhagen, V.; Neumayer, D.; Patel, V.

    2005-10-01

    This study investigated the interactions of hydrogen plasmas with ultralow-k porous SiCOH (pSiCOH) films and their dependency on the values of the original dielectric constant, porogen used for the preparation of films, and substrate temperature during the plasma treatment. pSiCOH films of similar dielectric constants have been prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition using an identical SiCOH skeleton precursor, but with two different organic porogens. The films exposed to the hydrogen plasmas have been characterized by optical techniques, shrinkage characterization, and electrical measurements. It was found that the hydrogen plasma modifies the structure of pSiCOH's oxide skeleton and reduces the concentration of the Si-(CH3)1 bonds, resulting in an increase of the dielectric constant. The degree of modification, for films prepared from the same precursors, is larger for films with lower dielectric constants (k) and is affected by the porogen used to prepare films with similar k values.

  11. Water and ion transport in ultra-adsorbing porous magnesium carbonate studied by dielectric spectroscopy

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    Pochard, Isabelle; Frykstrand, Sara; Ahlström, Olle; Forsgren, Johan; Strømme, Maria

    2014-01-01

    Porous materials are used in application areas ranging from drug and vaccine delivery, medical implants, molecular sieves and cosmetics to catalysis and humidity control. In the present work, we employed an alternative approach to gain in-depth understanding about water interaction properties in such materials by the use of dielectric spectroscopy and thereby show that it is possible to obtain information that is not accessible from the more commonly employed water interaction analysis techniques. Specifically, the complex dielectric response of Upsalite, a novel, super-hydroscopic, high-surface area, porous magnesium carbonate material was measured in isothermal frequency scans between 10-3 and 106 Hz at controlled relative humidity (RH). We found the dielectric constant of the dry material to be 1.82. The ratio of bound to free water present in Upsalite after adsorption at room temperature was found to be high irrespective of the surrounding humidity with values ranging from ˜67% to ˜90%. We further found that OH- ions are the charge carriers responsible for the electrode polarization observed in the dielectric response and that the amount of these ions that are free to move in the material corresponds to a concentration of the order of 1-10 μmol l-1 independent of RH. Finally, the OH- diffusion coefficient displayed a drastic decrease with decreasing RH, typical of transport in unsaturated conditions. The presented results provide detailed insight about water interactions in the novel water adsorbing material under study and it is foreseen that the employed analysis methods can be used to evaluate other types of moisture adsorbing materials as well as the movement of functional species in the pores of inorganic drug delivery materials and materials tailored for adsorption of harmful charged species.

  12. Measurements of the thermal, dielectric, piezoelectric, pyroelectric and elastic properties of porous PZT samples

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    Lang, Sidney B.; Ringgaard, Erling

    2012-06-01

    The introduction of porosity into ferroelectric ceramics has been of great interest in recent years. In particular, studies of porous lead-zirconate-titanate ceramic (PZT) have been made. In the research reported, samples of Ferroperm Pz27 with porosities of 20, 25 and 30% were studied. Very complete measurements were made of all of the physical properties relevant for ferroelectric applications including thermal conductivity and diffusivity, heat capacity, dielectric, pyroelectric, piezoelectric and elastic properties. Scanning electron micrographs indicated a change from 3-0 to 3-3 connectivity with increasing porosity. Although most of the physical properties are degraded by the presence of porosity, both piezoelectric and pyroelectric figures-of-merit are improved because of the markedly reduced relative permittivity. Porous ferroelectric ceramics are very promising materials for a number of applications.

  13. Porous polyimide membranes prepared by wet phase inversion for use in low dielectric applications.

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    Kim, Soohyun; Jang, Keon-Soo; Choi, Hee-Dok; Choi, Seung-Hoon; Kwon, Seong-Ji; Kim, Il-Doo; Lim, Jung Ah; Hong, Jae-Min

    2013-01-01

    A wet phase inversion process of polyamic acid (PAA) allowed fabrication of a porous membrane of polyimide (PI) with the combination of a low dielectric constant (1.7) and reasonable mechanical properties (Tensile strain: 8.04%, toughness: 3.4 MJ/m3, tensile stress: 39.17 MPa, and young modulus: 1.13 GPa), with further thermal imidization process of PAA. PAA was simply synthesized from purified pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) and 4,4-oxydianiline (ODA) in two different reaction solvents such as γ-butyrolactone (GBL) and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP), which produce Mw/PDI of 630,000/1.45 and 280,000/2.0, respectively. The porous PAA membrane was fabricated by the wet phase inversion process based on a solvent/non-solvent system via tailored composition between GBL and NMP. The porosity of PI, indicative of a low electric constant, decreased with increasing concentration of GBL, which was caused by sponge-like formation. However, due to interplay between the low electric constant (structural formation) and the mechanical properties, GBL was employed for further exploration, using toluene and acetone vs. DI-water as a coagulation media. Non-solvents influenced determination of the PAA membrane size and porosity. With this approach, insight into the interplay between dielectric properties and mechanical properties will inform a wide range of potential low-k material applications.

  14. Effect of vacuum ultraviolet and ultraviolet Irradiation on capacitance-voltage characteristics of low-k-porous organosilicate dielectrics

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    Sinha, H.; Lauer, J. L.; Nichols, M. T.; Antonelli, G. A.; Nishi, Y.; Shohet, J. L.

    2010-02-01

    High frequency capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements are used to determine the effects of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation on defect states in porous low-k organosilicate (SiCOH) dielectrics. The characteristics show that VUV photons depopulate trapped electrons from defect states within the dielectric creating trapped positive charge. This is evidenced by a negative shift in the flat-band voltage of the C-V characteristic. UV irradiation reverses this effect by repopulating the defect states with electrons photoinjected from the silicon substrate. Thus, UV reduces the number of trapped positive charges in the dielectric and can effectively repair processing-induced damage.

  15. Factors affecting an efficient sealing of porous low-k dielectrics by physical vapor deposition Ta(N) thin films

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    Iacopi, F.; Tokei, Zs.; Le, Q. T.; Shamiryan, D.; Conard, T.; Brijs, B.; Kreissig, U.; Van Hove, M.; Maex, K.

    2002-08-01

    The deposition of homogeneous thin films on porous substrates has been investigated. The thin film deposition of Ta(N) by physical vapor deposition on porous films with different average pore sizes and material compositions has been studied. The continuity of Ta(N) films on top of porous low-k dielectrics is evaluated by means of ellipsometric porosimetry combined with sheet resistance and atomic force microscopy measurements. Interface reactions are analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy profiling. It has been observed that the minimal Ta(N) thickness required to obtain a continuous metal layer on top of the porous film depends, on the one hand, on the porosity and pore size and, on the other hand, on the chemical interaction of the thin film with the porous substrate. The sealing of pores is favored by the presence of carbon in the dielectric matrix. This is explained through a mechanism of local enhancement of the degree of crosslinking in the dielectric matrix, catalyzed by Ta.

  16. Influence of electron-beam and ultraviolet treatments on low-k porous dielectrics

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    Martinez, E.; Rochat, N.; Guedj, C.; Licitra, C.; Imbert, G.; Le Friec, Y.

    2006-12-15

    The down scaling of complementary metal oxide semiconductor transistors requires materials such as porous low-k dielectrics for advanced interconnects to reduce resistance-capacitance delay. After the deposition of the matrix and a sacrificial organic phase (porogen), postcuring treatments may be used to create porosity by evaporation of the porogen. In this paper, Auger electron spectroscopy is performed to simultaneously modify the material (e-beam cure) and measure the corresponding changes in structure and chemical composition. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements in attenuated total reflection mode confirm the Auger results. The porogen removal and matrix cross-linking result in the formation of a Si-O-Si network under e-beam or ultra violet cure. The possible degradation of these materials, even after cure, is mainly due the presence of Si-C bonds.

  17. Optical second-harmonic generation measurements of porous low-k dielectric materials

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    Atkin, Joanna; Shaw, Thomas; Laibowitz, Robert; Heinz, Tony

    2009-03-01

    Low-k dielectric materials based on porous carbon-doped oxides, with relative dielectric constants as low as 2.1, are widely used as thin insulating films in the microelectronics industry. Knowledge of these materials' basic electronic properties, such as energy gaps, barrier heights, and trap states, is essential for modeling their electrical leakage and stability characteristics. We use femtosecond laser pulses to probe the dynamics of charge-carrier transfer processes across Si/LKD interfacial barriers by optical second harmonic generation (SHG). Larger electric fields from multiphoton injection can be developed in Si/LKD systems compared to Si/SiO2, indicating a significantly higher density of traps in the LKD. This is consistent with previously reported measurements of trap density by photoinjection techniques^*. We will also discuss results on the dynamics of discharging and on the dependence of charging phenomena on layer thickness. ^*J. M. Atkin, D. Song, T. M. Shaw, E. Cartier, R. B. Laibowitz, and T. F. Heinz, J. Appl. Phys. 103, 094104 (2008).

  18. Pool boiling of dielectric liquids on porous graphite and extended copper surfaces

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    Parker, Jack L.

    This work investigated pool boiling of the dielectric liquids HFE-7100 and FC-72 on plane copper and porous graphite and on copper surfaces with corner pins. The work investigated the effects of surface orientation and liquid subcooling and, for the copper surfaces with corner pins, the effect of surface roughness. In addition, investigations were made studying the heat transfer by natural convection and nucleate boiling, as well as the effects of liquid subcooling (up to 30 K) and surface inclination (0°--upward facing, to 180°--downward facing) on nucleate boiling heat transfer and Critical Heat Flux (CHF). The results are applicable to direct immersion cooling by nucleate boiling of high power computer chips dissipating 50 - 100 W/cm2 while maintaining the junction temperature for the chips below the recommended values (˜85 °C). Pool boiling experiments are performed with degassed HFE-7100 and FC-72 liquids using uniformly heated 10 x 10 mm porous graphite and copper surfaces with corner pins. The measured footprint temperatures and thermal power removed from the surfaces are used to construct the pool boiling curves and determine the critical heat flux and corresponding surface superheat. Results are compared with those obtained on plane copper of same heated footprint area. The obtained CHF values are also compared with those reported in the open literature for plane, micro-porous, and macro-structured surfaces. Digital photographs and video are obtained to help explain and interpret the results. For the first time, natural convection correlations for dielectric liquids on plane, porous, and copper with corner pins developed. These correlations are important to electronic cooling in the stand-by mode when the heat dissipation by the chips is only a few watts. Results show that the power removed by natural convection from surfaces with corner pins is 67% more than from plane Si and Cu surfaces at the same surface superheat. Using porous graphite and copper

  19. Using modified Kramers-Kronig relations to test transmission spectra of porous media in THz-TDS.

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    Tuononen, H; Gornov, E; Zeitler, J A; Aaltonen, J; Peiponen, K-E

    2010-03-01

    We show that modified Kramers-Kronig relations provide a useful tool to test the validity of the complex refractive index extracted from transmission terahertz spectra of porous matrices containing pharmaceutical materials. The role of scattering of terahertz radiation is qualitatively considered as a reason for the observed discrepancy between experimental data and the values extracted from the inverted complex refractive index. As an example we present an analysis of the terahertz spectra of carbamazepine and lactose alpha-monohydrate.

  20. Porous AlN with a Low Dielectric Constant Synthesized Based on the Physical Vapor Transport Principle

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    Wang, Hua-Jie; Liu, Xue-Chao; Kong, Hai-Kuan; Xin, Jun; Gao, Pan; Shi, Er-Wei

    2016-07-01

    Porous AlN with low dielectric constant has been synthesized by the sacrificial template method based on the physical vapor transport principle. It is quite different from the traditional method that mixes the matrix with a pore-forming agent and utilizes liquid-phase sintering. The method consists of two parts. Firstly, AlN powder is placed in a graphite crucible. C/AlN composite can be formed by mixing decomposed AlN vapor and volatile carbon originated from a crucible at high temperature. Secondly, pores are formed after removing carbon from the C/AlN composite by an annealing process. The structure, morphology, porosity and properties of porous AlN are characterized. It is shown the obtained porous AlN has a thermal conductivity of 37.3 W/(m K) and a reduced dielectric constant of 5.5-6.1 (at 1 MHz). The porosity measured by a mercury porosimeter is 24.09%. It has been experimentally proved that porous AlN with a sufficiently porous structure and properties can be synthesized based on the vapor-phase principle.

  1. 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.

  2. Electro-optical effects in porous PET films filled with liquid crystal: new possibilities for fiber optics and THZ applications.

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    Chopik, A; Pasechnik, S; Semerenko, D; Shmeliova, D; Dubtsov, A; Srivastava, A K; Chigrinov, V

    2014-03-15

    The results of investigation of electro-optical properties of porous polyethylene terephthalate films filled with a nematic liquid crystal (5 CB) are presented. It is established that the optical response of the samples on the applied voltage drastically depends on the frequency range. At low frequencies of applied electrical field (ffc) electric field induces an overall change in the light intensity, which is typical for an electro-optical response of a liquid crystal (LC) layer in a conventional "sandwich"-like cell. The dependences of critical frequency fc, threshold voltages, and characteristic times on a pore diameter d were established. The peculiarities of electro-optical effects can be explained in the framework of the approach which connects the variations of light intensity with the corresponding changes of the effective refractive index n(eff) of a composite LC media. The unusual behavior of the electro-optical response at low frequencies is assigned to the orienting action of the specific shear flow typical for electrokinetic phenomena in polar liquids.

  3. Facile Synthesis of Porous Nickel/Carbon Composite Microspheres with Enhanced Electromagnetic Wave Absorption by Magnetic and Dielectric Losses.

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    Qiu, Song; Lyu, Hailong; Liu, Jiurong; Liu, Yuzhen; Wu, Nannan; Liu, Wei

    2016-08-10

    Porous nickel/carbon (Ni/C) composite microspheres with diameters of ca. 1.2-1.5 μm were fabricated by a solvothermal method combined with carbon reduction. The pore size of the synthesized Ni/C composite microspheres ranged from several nanometers to 50 nm. The porous Ni/C composite microspheres exhibited a saturation magnetization (MS) of 53.5 emu g(-1) and a coercivity (HC) of 51.4 Oe. When tested as an electromagnetic (EM) wave absorption material, the epoxy resin composites containing 60% and 75% porous Ni/C microspheres provided high-performance EM wave absorption at thicknesses of 3.0-11.0 and 1.6-7.0 mm in the corresponding frequency ranges of 2.0-12 and 2.0-18 GHz, respectively. The superior EM wave absorption performances of porous Ni/C composite microspheres were derived from the synergy effects generated by the magnetic loss of nickel, the dielectric loss of carbon, and the porous structure. PMID:27441382

  4. Facile Synthesis of Porous Nickel/Carbon Composite Microspheres with Enhanced Electromagnetic Wave Absorption by Magnetic and Dielectric Losses.

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    Qiu, Song; Lyu, Hailong; Liu, Jiurong; Liu, Yuzhen; Wu, Nannan; Liu, Wei

    2016-08-10

    Porous nickel/carbon (Ni/C) composite microspheres with diameters of ca. 1.2-1.5 μm were fabricated by a solvothermal method combined with carbon reduction. The pore size of the synthesized Ni/C composite microspheres ranged from several nanometers to 50 nm. The porous Ni/C composite microspheres exhibited a saturation magnetization (MS) of 53.5 emu g(-1) and a coercivity (HC) of 51.4 Oe. When tested as an electromagnetic (EM) wave absorption material, the epoxy resin composites containing 60% and 75% porous Ni/C microspheres provided high-performance EM wave absorption at thicknesses of 3.0-11.0 and 1.6-7.0 mm in the corresponding frequency ranges of 2.0-12 and 2.0-18 GHz, respectively. The superior EM wave absorption performances of porous Ni/C composite microspheres were derived from the synergy effects generated by the magnetic loss of nickel, the dielectric loss of carbon, and the porous structure.

  5. Impact of reductive N2/H2 plasma on porous low-dielectric constant SiCOH thin films

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    Cui, Hao; Carter, Richard J.; Moore, Darren L.; Peng, Hua-Gen; Gidley, David W.; Burke, Peter A.

    2005-06-01

    Porous low-dielectric constant (low-κ) SiCOH thin films deposited using a plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition have been comprehensively characterized before and after exposure to a reactive-ion-etch-type plasma of N2 and H2 chemistry. The low-κ film studied in this work is a carbon-doped silicon oxide film with a dielectric constant (κ) of 2.5. Studies show that a top dense layer is formed as a result of significant surface film densification after exposure to N2/H2 plasma while the underlying bulk layer remains largely unchanged. The top dense layer is found to seal the porous bulk SiCOH film. SiCOH films experienced significant thickness reduction, κ increase, and leakage current degradation after plasma exposure, accompanied by density increase, pore collapse, carbon depletion, and moisture content increase in the top dense layer. Both film densification and removal processes during N2/H2 plasma treatment were found to play important roles in the thickness reduction and κ increase of this porous low-κ SiCOH film. A model based upon mutually limiting film densification and removal processes is proposed for the continuous thickness reduction during plasma exposure. A combination of surface film densification, thickness ratio increase of top dense layer to bulk layer, and moisture content increase results in the increase in κ value of this SiCOH film.

  6. Mechanical reliability of porous low-k dielectrics for advanced interconnect: Study of the instability mechanisms in porous low-k dielectrics and their mediation through inert plasma induced re-polymerization of the backbone structure

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    Sa, Yoonki

    Continuous scaling down of critical dimensions in interconnect structures requires the use of ultralow dielectric constant (k) films as interlayer dielectrics to reduce resistance-capacitance delays. Porous carbon-doped silicon oxide (p-SiCOH) dielectrics have been the leading approach to produce these ultralow-k materials. However, embedding of porosity into dielectric layer necessarily decreases the mechanical reliability and increases its susceptibility to adsorption of potentially deleterious chemical species during device fabrication process. Among those, exposure of porous-SiCOH low-k (PLK) dielectrics to oxidizing plasma environment causes the increase in dielectric constant and their vulnerability to mechanical instability of PLKs due to the loss of methyl species and increase in moisture uptake. These changes in PLK properties and physical stability have been persisting challenges for next-generation interconnects because they are the sources of failure in interconnect integration as well as functional and physical failures appearing later in IC device manufacturing. It is therefore essential to study the fundamentals of the interactions on p-SiCOH matrix induced by plasma exposure and find an effective and easy-to-implement way to reverse such changes by repairing damage in PLK structure. From these perspectives, the present dissertation proposes 1) a fundamental understanding of structural transformation occurring during oxidative plasma exposure in PLK matrix structure and 2) its restoration by using silylating treatment, soft x-ray and inert Ar-plasma radiation, respectively. Equally important, 3) as an alternative way of increasing the thermo-mechanical reliability, PLK dielectric film with an intrinsically robust structure by controlling pore morphology is fabricated and investigated. Based on the investigations, stability of PLK films studied by time-dependent ball indentation tester under the elevated temperature, variation in film thickness and

  7. Study of the omnidirectional photonic bandgap for dielectric mirrors based on porous silicon: effect of optical and physical thickness

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    2012-01-01

    We report the theoretical comparison of the omnidirectional photonic bandgap (OPBG) of one-dimensional dielectric photonic structures, using three different refractive index profiles: sinusoidal, Gaussian, and Bragg. For different values of physical thickness (PT) and optical thickness (OT), the tunability of the OPBG of each profile is shown to depend on the maximum/minimum refractive indices. With an increase in the value of the maximum refractive index, the structures with the same PT showed a linear increment of the OPBG, in contrast to the structures with the same OT, showing an optimal combination of refractive indices for each structure to generate the maximum OPBG. An experimental verification was carried out with a multilayered dielectric porous silicon structure for all the three profiles. PMID:22793371

  8. Investigation on thermo-mechanical instability of porous low dielectric constant materials

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    Zin, Emil Hyunbae

    This study investigates the structural stability of porous low dielectric constant materials (PLK) under thermal and mechanical load and the influence of contributing factors including porosity as intrinsic factor and plasma damage and moisture absorption as extrinsic factors on thermo-mechanical instability of PLK in advanced Cu/PLK interconnects. For this purpose, a ball indentation creep test technique was developed to examine the thermal and mechanical instability of PLK at relevant load and temperature conditions in the interconnect structure. Our exploration with the ball indentation creep test found that PLK films plastically deforms with time, indicating that viscoplastic deformation does occur under relevant conditions of PLK processing. On the basis of the results that the increase of the indentation depth with time shows more noticeable difference in PLK films with higher porosity, plasma exposure, and moisture absorption, it is our belief that PLK stability is greatly affected by porosity, plasma damage and moisture. Viscous flow was found to be mechanism for the viscoplastic deformation at the temperature and load of real PLK integration processing. This finding was obtained from the facts that the kinetics of the indentation creep fit very well with the viscous flow model and the extracted stress exponent is close to unity. Based on the results of temperature dependence in all PLK films, the activation energy(~1.5eV) of the viscosity back calculated from the experimental value of the kinetics was found to be much small than that of a pure glass (> 4eV). This suggests that the viscous flow of PLK is controlled by chemical reaction happening in PLK matrix. The FT-IR measurement for the examination of chemical bond reconfiguration shows that the intensity of Si-OH bonds increases with the flow while that of Si-O-Si, -CHX and Si-CH 3 bonds decreases, indicating that chemical reactions are involved in the deformation process. From these findings, it is

  9. Vacuum ultra-violet damage and damage mitigation for plasma processing of highly porous organosilicate glass dielectrics

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    de Marneffe, J.-F.; Zhang, L.; Heyne, M.; Lukaszewicz, M.; Porter, S. B.; Vajda, F.; Rutigliani, V.; el Otell, Z.; Krishtab, M.; Goodyear, A.; Cooke, M.; Verdonck, P.; Baklanov, M. R.

    2015-10-01

    Porous organosilicate glass thin films, with k-value 2.0, were exposed to 147 nm vacuum ultra-violet (VUV) photons emitted in a Xenon capacitive coupled plasma discharge. Strong methyl bond depletion was observed, concomitant with a significant increase of the bulk dielectric constant. This indicates that, besides reactive radical diffusion, photons emitted during plasma processing do impede dielectric properties and therefore need to be tackled appropriately during patterning and integration. The detrimental effect of VUV irradiation can be partly suppressed by stuffing the low-k porous matrix with proper sacrificial polymers showing high VUV absorption together with good thermal and VUV stability. In addition, the choice of an appropriate hard-mask, showing high VUV absorption, can minimize VUV damage. Particular processing conditions allow to minimize the fluence of photons to the substrate and lead to negligible VUV damage. For patterned structures, in order to reduce VUV damage in the bulk and on feature sidewalls, the combination of both pore stuffing/material densification and absorbing hard-mask is recommended, and/or the use of low VUV-emitting plasma discharge.

  10. Vacuum ultra-violet damage and damage mitigation for plasma processing of highly porous organosilicate glass dielectrics

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    Marneffe, J.-F. de Lukaszewicz, M.; Porter, S. B.; Vajda, F.; Rutigliani, V.; Verdonck, P.; Baklanov, M. R.; Zhang, L.; Heyne, M.; El Otell, Z.; Krishtab, M.; Goodyear, A.; Cooke, M.

    2015-10-07

    Porous organosilicate glass thin films, with k-value 2.0, were exposed to 147 nm vacuum ultra-violet (VUV) photons emitted in a Xenon capacitive coupled plasma discharge. Strong methyl bond depletion was observed, concomitant with a significant increase of the bulk dielectric constant. This indicates that, besides reactive radical diffusion, photons emitted during plasma processing do impede dielectric properties and therefore need to be tackled appropriately during patterning and integration. The detrimental effect of VUV irradiation can be partly suppressed by stuffing the low-k porous matrix with proper sacrificial polymers showing high VUV absorption together with good thermal and VUV stability. In addition, the choice of an appropriate hard-mask, showing high VUV absorption, can minimize VUV damage. Particular processing conditions allow to minimize the fluence of photons to the substrate and lead to negligible VUV damage. For patterned structures, in order to reduce VUV damage in the bulk and on feature sidewalls, the combination of both pore stuffing/material densification and absorbing hard-mask is recommended, and/or the use of low VUV-emitting plasma discharge.

  11. Interface engineering for high interfacial strength between SiCOH and porous SiCOH interconnect dielectrics and diffusion caps

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    Grill, A.; Edelstein, D.; Lane, M.; Patel, V.; Gates, S.; Restaino, D.; Molis, S.

    2008-03-01

    The integration of low- and ultralow-k SiCOH dielectrics in the interconnect structures of very large scale integrated chips involves complex stacks with multiple interfaces. Successful fabrication of reliable chips requires strong adhesion between the different layers of the stacks. A critical interface in the dielectric stack is the interface between the SiCNH diffusion cap and the SiCOH inter- and intralevel dielectrics (ILDs). It was observed that, due to the original deposition conditions, the interface layer was weakened both by a low adhesion strength between SiCNH and SiCOH and by the formation of an initial layer of SiCOH with reduced cohesive strength. The manufacturing process has been modified to engineer this interface and obtain interfacial strengths close to the cohesive strengths of the bulk ILDs. This paper discusses the causes for the original low interfacial strength and presents an approach for enhancing it by engineering the interface to the cap for both the dense SiCOH and porous SiCOH ILDs.

  12. Mechanical reliability of porous low-k dielectrics for advanced interconnect: Study of the instability mechanisms in porous low-k dielectrics and their mediation through inert plasma induced re-polymerization of the backbone structure

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    Sa, Yoonki

    Continuous scaling down of critical dimensions in interconnect structures requires the use of ultralow dielectric constant (k) films as interlayer dielectrics to reduce resistance-capacitance delays. Porous carbon-doped silicon oxide (p-SiCOH) dielectrics have been the leading approach to produce these ultralow-k materials. However, embedding of porosity into dielectric layer necessarily decreases the mechanical reliability and increases its susceptibility to adsorption of potentially deleterious chemical species during device fabrication process. Among those, exposure of porous-SiCOH low-k (PLK) dielectrics to oxidizing plasma environment causes the increase in dielectric constant and their vulnerability to mechanical instability of PLKs due to the loss of methyl species and increase in moisture uptake. These changes in PLK properties and physical stability have been persisting challenges for next-generation interconnects because they are the sources of failure in interconnect integration as well as functional and physical failures appearing later in IC device manufacturing. It is therefore essential to study the fundamentals of the interactions on p-SiCOH matrix induced by plasma exposure and find an effective and easy-to-implement way to reverse such changes by repairing damage in PLK structure. From these perspectives, the present dissertation proposes 1) a fundamental understanding of structural transformation occurring during oxidative plasma exposure in PLK matrix structure and 2) its restoration by using silylating treatment, soft x-ray and inert Ar-plasma radiation, respectively. Equally important, 3) as an alternative way of increasing the thermo-mechanical reliability, PLK dielectric film with an intrinsically robust structure by controlling pore morphology is fabricated and investigated. Based on the investigations, stability of PLK films studied by time-dependent ball indentation tester under the elevated temperature, variation in film thickness and

  13. Thin film deposition at atmospheric pressure using dielectric barrier discharges: Advances on three-dimensional porous substrates and functional coatings

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    Fanelli, Fiorenza; Bosso, Piera; Mastrangelo, Anna Maria; Fracassi, Francesco

    2016-07-01

    Surface processing of materials by atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs) has experienced significant growth in recent years. Considerable research efforts have been directed for instance to develop a large variety of processes which exploit different DBD electrode geometries for the direct and remote deposition of thin films from precursors in gas, vapor and aerosol form. This article briefly reviews our recent progress in thin film deposition by DBDs with particular focus on process optimization. The following examples are provided: (i) the plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition of thin films on an open-cell foam accomplished by igniting the DBD throughout the entire three-dimensional (3D) porous structure of the substrate, (ii) the preparation of hybrid organic/inorganic nanocomposite coatings using an aerosol-assisted process, (iii) the DBD jet deposition of coatings containing carboxylic acid groups and the improvement of their chemical and morphological stability upon immersion in water.

  14. Modeling of the dielectric permittivity of porous soil media with water using statistical-physical models

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    Usowicz, Boguslaw; Marczewski, Wojciech; Usowicz, Jerzy B.; Łukowski, Mateusz; Lipiec, Jerzy; Stankiewicz, Krystyna

    2013-04-01

    Radiometric observations with SMOS rely on the Radiation Transfer Equations (RTE) determining the Brightness Temperature (BT) in two linear polarization components (H, V) satisfying Fresnel principle of propagation in horizontally layered target media on the ground. RTE involve variables which bound the equations expressed in Electro-Magnetic (EM) terms of the intensity BT to the physical reality expressed by non-EM variables (Soil Moisture (SM), vegetation indexes, fractional coverage with many different properties, and the boundary conditions like optical thickness, layer definitions, roughness, etc.) bridging the EM domain to other physical aspects by means of the so called tau-omega methods. This method enables joining variety of different valuable models, including specific empirical estimation of physical properties in relation to the volumetric water content. The equations of RTE are in fact expressed by propagation, reflection and losses or attenuation existing on a considered propagation path. The electromagnetic propagation is expressed in the propagation constant. For target media on the ground the dielectric constant is a decisive part for effects of propagation. Therefore, despite of many various physical parameters involved, one must effectively and dominantly rely on the dielectric constant meant as a complex variable. The real part of the dielectric constant represents effect of apparent shortening the propagation path and the refraction, while the imaginary part is responsible for the attenuation or losses. This work engages statistical-physical modeling of soil properties considering the media as a mixture of solid grains, and gas or liquid filling of pores and contact bridges between compounds treated statistically. The method of this modeling provides an opportunity of characterizing the porosity by general statistical means, and is applicable to various physical properties (thermal, electrical conductivity and dielectric properties) which

  15. Peculiarities of the dielectric response of the silver-modified-zeolite porous microstructure

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    Bunyatova, U.; Ozturk Koc, S.; Orbukh, V. I.; Eyvazova, G. M.; Agamaliev, Z. A.; Lebedeva, N. N.; Koçum, İ. C.; Salamov, B. G.; Ozer, M.

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this study was to characterize electrical conductivity and dielectrical properties of the silver-exchanged zeolite - natural clinoptilolite from Western part of Turkey and Azerbaijan in the range of frequencies from 200 Hz to 1 MHz and at room temperature. For a better understanding the effect of concentration and content of silver in the nanoporous zeolite volume on the conductivity, a study of the dielectric properties of an un-modified and silver-modified zeolite plates with different amounts of Ag ions and Ag nanoparticles is performed. Un-modified and three different types of the silver ion-exchanged modified clinoptilolite plates were prepared. It was found, that with increasing silver concentration, resistance of zeolite plate monotonically decreases at the same time a capacitance is increases. It is suggested an explanation of the observed frequency dependence of the capacitance and resistance of zeolite plates on the silver concentrations may be explain on the basis of an electrode-dielectric interface gap model. At the same time, the observed phenomenon can be explained by considering the fact that with increasing content of silver the conductivity increases. These results show that Ag nanoparticles play significant role for performance improvement in plasma electronic devices with zeolite cathode.

  16. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens

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    Mendis, Rajind; Nagai, Masaya; Wang, Yiqiu; Karl, Nicholas; Mittleman, Daniel M.

    2016-03-01

    We have designed, fabricated, and experimentally characterized a lens for the THz regime based on artificial dielectrics. These are man-made media that mimic properties of naturally occurring dielectric media, or even manifest properties that cannot generally occur in nature. For example, the well-known dielectric property, the refractive index, which usually has a value greater than unity, can have a value less than unity in an artificial dielectric. For our lens, the artificial-dielectric medium is made up of a parallel stack of 100 μm thick metal plates that form an array of parallel-plate waveguides. The convergent lens has a plano-concave geometry, in contrast to conventional dielectric lenses. Our results demonstrate that this lens is capable of focusing a 2 cm diameter beam to a spot size of 4 mm, at the design frequency of 0.17 THz. The results further demonstrate that the overall power transmission of the lens can be better than certain conventional dielectric lenses commonly used in the THz regime. Intriguingly, we also observe that under certain conditions, the lens boundary demarcated by the discontinuous plate edges actually resembles a smooth continuous surface. These results highlight the importance of this artificial-dielectric technology for the development of future THz-wave devices.

  17. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens.

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    Mendis, Rajind; Nagai, Masaya; Wang, Yiqiu; Karl, Nicholas; Mittleman, Daniel M

    2016-01-01

    We have designed, fabricated, and experimentally characterized a lens for the THz regime based on artificial dielectrics. These are man-made media that mimic properties of naturally occurring dielectric media, or even manifest properties that cannot generally occur in nature. For example, the well-known dielectric property, the refractive index, which usually has a value greater than unity, can have a value less than unity in an artificial dielectric. For our lens, the artificial-dielectric medium is made up of a parallel stack of 100 μm thick metal plates that form an array of parallel-plate waveguides. The convergent lens has a plano-concave geometry, in contrast to conventional dielectric lenses. Our results demonstrate that this lens is capable of focusing a 2 cm diameter beam to a spot size of 4 mm, at the design frequency of 0.17 THz. The results further demonstrate that the overall power transmission of the lens can be better than certain conventional dielectric lenses commonly used in the THz regime. Intriguingly, we also observe that under certain conditions, the lens boundary demarcated by the discontinuous plate edges actually resembles a smooth continuous surface. These results highlight the importance of this artificial-dielectric technology for the development of future THz-wave devices. PMID:26973294

  18. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens.

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    Mendis, Rajind; Nagai, Masaya; Wang, Yiqiu; Karl, Nicholas; Mittleman, Daniel M

    2016-03-14

    We have designed, fabricated, and experimentally characterized a lens for the THz regime based on artificial dielectrics. These are man-made media that mimic properties of naturally occurring dielectric media, or even manifest properties that cannot generally occur in nature. For example, the well-known dielectric property, the refractive index, which usually has a value greater than unity, can have a value less than unity in an artificial dielectric. For our lens, the artificial-dielectric medium is made up of a parallel stack of 100 μm thick metal plates that form an array of parallel-plate waveguides. The convergent lens has a plano-concave geometry, in contrast to conventional dielectric lenses. Our results demonstrate that this lens is capable of focusing a 2 cm diameter beam to a spot size of 4 mm, at the design frequency of 0.17 THz. The results further demonstrate that the overall power transmission of the lens can be better than certain conventional dielectric lenses commonly used in the THz regime. Intriguingly, we also observe that under certain conditions, the lens boundary demarcated by the discontinuous plate edges actually resembles a smooth continuous surface. These results highlight the importance of this artificial-dielectric technology for the development of future THz-wave devices.

  19. Terahertz Artificial Dielectric Lens

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    Mendis, Rajind; Nagai, Masaya; Wang, Yiqiu; Karl, Nicholas; Mittleman, Daniel M.

    2016-01-01

    We have designed, fabricated, and experimentally characterized a lens for the THz regime based on artificial dielectrics. These are man-made media that mimic properties of naturally occurring dielectric media, or even manifest properties that cannot generally occur in nature. For example, the well-known dielectric property, the refractive index, which usually has a value greater than unity, can have a value less than unity in an artificial dielectric. For our lens, the artificial-dielectric medium is made up of a parallel stack of 100 μm thick metal plates that form an array of parallel-plate waveguides. The convergent lens has a plano-concave geometry, in contrast to conventional dielectric lenses. Our results demonstrate that this lens is capable of focusing a 2 cm diameter beam to a spot size of 4 mm, at the design frequency of 0.17 THz. The results further demonstrate that the overall power transmission of the lens can be better than certain conventional dielectric lenses commonly used in the THz regime. Intriguingly, we also observe that under certain conditions, the lens boundary demarcated by the discontinuous plate edges actually resembles a smooth continuous surface. These results highlight the importance of this artificial-dielectric technology for the development of future THz-wave devices. PMID:26973294

  20. CF3Br plasma cryo etching of low-k porous dielectric

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    Clemente, I.; Koehler, N.; Miakonkikh, A.; Zimmermann, S.; Schulz, S. E.; Rudenko, K.

    2016-08-01

    Process of plasma etching of CVD low-k dielectric was studied. We used CF3Br low pressure ICP plasma for etching at cryo temperatures (-20°C — -100°C), pressures (5-20 mTorr) and RF bias with effective DC voltage 80-140 V. Refractive index of film and its thickness were measured by spectral ellipsometry. Ellipsometric porosimetry was employed to compare pore size distribution before and after etching of films. Measurements show increasing of etch rate increase with decreasing sample temperature.

  1. Low-temperature dielectric measurements of confined water in porous granites

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    Gonçalves da Silva, Hugo; Prezas, Pedro; Vinagre, Ana; Graça, Manuel F.; Monteiro, Jorge H.; Tlemçani, Mouhaydine; Moita, Patrícia; Pinho, António; Bezzeghoud, Mourad; Mendiratta, Sushil K.; Rosa, Rui N.

    2014-05-01

    Three different granitic rocks extracted from Évora (in the south of Portugal) where used to perform dielectric measurements in the frequency range from 100 Hz to 1 MHz and temperatures 100 - 350 K. Thin cylindrical samples were prepared and circular electrodes were established using silver conductive paint. A clear anomaly appears, for T ~ 200 - 220 K, in the dielectric measurements of the samples studied. This anomaly occurs in different materials and coincides with a phase transition of supercooled water. Tightly bounded water confined in the pores of the rock do not crystallize at 273 K, but form a metastable liquid down to 200 - 220 K increasing water polarization. Below this temperature water molecules solidify and polarizability decreases. The rock presenting the most sizeable anomaly has a very low specific surface area, ~ 0.09 m2g-1, and connected porosity, ~ 1.10 %. In addition, geochemical analyses reveal almost inexistence of water molecules in its structure confirming the role of confined water in the anomaly. Comparison between saturated, oven dried, and vacuum dried samples is done. Finally, a logarithmic dependency of the critical temperature for the supercooled water phase transition with the measuring frequency is found. The authors acknowledge the support of FCT (Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation) through the project PTDC/GEO-FIQ/4178/2012.

  2. Effects of porosity on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Yang, An-Kun; Wang, Chang-An; Guo, Rui; Huang, Yong

    2011-04-01

    We report porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics fabricated by tert-butyl alcohol-based gel-casting process which show a very high thickness electromechanical coupling coefficient (0.77), high hydrostatic figure of merit (9594×10-15 m2/N), and low acoustic impedance (3.7 Mrayls). We show that the porosity effectively affects the performance of the samples in two ways: (1) a higher porosity simplifies the resonance behavior, leading to more efficient energy transduction; (2) its replacement of active ceramic phase leads to low relative permittivity, high hydrostatic figure of merit, and low acoustic impedance. It was confirmed the properties could be tailored by controlling the porosity.

  3. Mitigation of plasma-induced damage in porous low-k dielectrics by cryogenic precursor condensation

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    Zhang, Liping; de Marneffe, Jean-François; Leroy, Floriane; Lefaucheux, Philippe; Tillocher, Thomas; Dussart, Remi; Maekawa, Kaoru; Yatsuda, Koichi; Dussarrat, Christian; Goodyear, Andy; Cooke, Mike; De Gendt, Stefan; Baklanov, Mikhail R.

    2016-05-01

    The present work describes the plasma etch properties of porous organo-silicate materials at cryogenic temperature. The mechanism of plasma damage is studied by means of in situ ellipsometry and post-etch material evaluation. Using conventional volatile reactants such as SF6, it is found that low plasma damage can be achieved below  ‑120 °C through two main channels: pore sidewall passivation by molecular SF6 and partial condensation of non-volatile etch by-products. The protection can be enhanced by means of gas phase precursors with low saturated vapor pressure. Using C4F8, complete pore filling is achieved at  ‑110 °C and negligible plasma-induced damage is demonstrated on both blanket and patterned low-k films. The characteristics of the precursor condensation process are described and discussed in detail, establishing an optimal process window. It is shown that the condensation temperature can be raised by using precursors with even lower vapor pressure. The reported in situ densification through precursor condensation could enable damage-free plasma processing of mesoporous media.

  4. Improving interpretation of geoelectrical signatures arising from biomineralization process in porous media: Low-frequency dielectric spectroscopy measurements on Desulfovibrio vulgaris cell suspensions

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    Zhang, C.; Prodan, C.; Slater, L. D.; Bot, C.; Ntarlagiannis, D.

    2009-12-01

    Previous geophysical studies have demonstrated the sensitivity of complex conductivity measurements to microbial growth, biofilm formation, and microbial-mineral alternations, indicating that complex conductivity has the potential to serve as non-invasive tool for bioremediation monitoring. However, the inherent dielectric properties of microbes and how they might directly contribute to the geophysical responses observed during microbial-mineral transformations are not well understood. As a first step towards improving the understanding of electrical signals from microbial-mineral transformations in porous media, we studied the low frequency dielectric properties of sulfate-reducing bacteria (Desulfovibrio vulgaris) cell suspensions, a common soil borne microorganism involved in remediation of toxic metals in solution. We utilized a two-electrode dielectric spectroscopy measurement, common in biophysics applications,to acquire high quality dielectric dispersion curves of Desulfovibrio vulgaris cell suspensions over the frequency range 0.1 Hz to 1M Hz. Desulfovibrio vulgaris cell suspensions were placed between two parallel steel electrodes that are enclosed in a cylindrical glass tube, and the complex impedance of sample was measured relative to a known resistor. The measured impedance includes an electrode polarization impedance arising at the interface between electrodes and ionic solutions at low frequencies. This electrode impedance has traditionally precluded the reliable interpretation of two electrode techniques at low frequencies (< 1000 Hz). In order to obtain the true dielectric dispersion curve of sample, we adopt a simple and robust strategy to measure, analyze and remove the polarization impedance. The feasibility of this polarization removal technique was tested on water saturated glass beads. We show that the broadband dielectric response of Desulfovibrio vulgaris can be reliably determined with this approach. The measurements are modeled based on a

  5. In-situ surface and interface study of atomic oxygen modified carbon containing porous low-κ dielectric films for barrier layer applications

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    Bogan, J.; Lundy, R.; P. McCoy, A.; O'Connor, R.; Byrne, C.; Walsh, L.; Casey, P.; Hughes, G.

    2016-09-01

    The surface treatment of ultralow-κ dielectric layers by exposure to atomic oxygen is presented as a potential mechanism to modify the chemical composition of the dielectric surface to facilitate copper diffusion barrier layer formation. High carbon content, low-κ dielectric films of varying porosity were exposed to atomic oxygen treatments at room temperature, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies reveal both the depletion of carbon and the incorporation of oxygen at the surface. Subsequent dynamic water contact angle measurements show that the chemically modified surfaces become more hydrophilic after treatment, suggesting that the substrates have become more "SiO2-like" at the near surface region. This treatment is shown to be thermally stable up to 400 °C. High resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy elemental profiles confirm the localised removal of carbon from the surface region. Manganese (≈1 nm) was subsequently deposited on the modified substrates and thermally annealed to form surface localized MnSiO3 based barrier layers. The energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy elemental maps show that the atomic oxygen treatments facilitate the formation of a continuous manganese silicate barrier within dense low-k films, but significant manganese diffusion is observed in the case of porous substrates, negatively impacting the formation of a discrete barrier layer. Ultimately, the atomic oxygen treatment proves effective in modifying the surface of non-porous dielectrics while continuing to facilitate barrier formation. However, in the case of high porosity films, diffusion of manganese into the bulk film remains a critical issue.

  6. Damage by radicals and photons during plasma cleaning of porous low-k SiOCH. II. Water uptake and change in dielectric constant

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    Shoeb, Juline; Kushner, Mark J.

    2012-07-15

    Porous dielectric materials provide lower capacitances that reduce RC time delays in integrated circuits. Typical low-k materials include porous SiOCH-silicon dioxide with carbon groups, principally CH{sub 3}, lining the pores. With a high porosity, internally connected pores provide pathways for reactive species to enter into the material. Fluorocarbon plasmas are often used to etch SiOCH, a process that leaves a fluorocarbon polymer on the surface that must later be removed. During cleaning using Ar/O{sub 2} or He/H{sub 2} plasmas, reactions of radicals that diffuse into the SiOCH and photons that penetrate into the SiOCH can remove -CH{sub 3} groups. Due to its higher reactivity, cleaning with Ar/O{sub 2} plasmas removes more -CH{sub 3} groups than He/H{sub 2} plasmas, and so produce more free radical sites, such as -SiO{sub 2} Bullet (a -SiO{sub 2}-CH{sub 3} site with the -CH{sub 3} group removed).Upon exposure to humid air, these free radical sites can chemisorb H{sub 2}O to form hydrophilic Si-OH which can further physisorb H{sub 2}O through hydrogen bonding to form Si-OH(H{sub 2}O). With the high dielectric constant of water, even a small percentage of water uptake can significantly increase the effective dielectric constant of SiOCH. In this paper, we report on results from a computational investigation of the cleaning of SiOCH using Ar/O{sub 2} or He/H{sub 2} plasmas and subsequent exposure to humid air. The authors found that plasma cleaning with He/H{sub 2} mixtures produce less demethylation than cleaning with Ar/O{sub 2} plasmas, as so results in less water uptake, and a smaller increase in dielectric constant. The water that produces the increase in dielectric constant is roughly half chemisorbed and half physisorbed, the latter of which can be removed with mild heating. Sealing the pores with NH{sub 3} plasma treatment reduces water uptake and helps prevent the increase in dielectric constant.

  7. Incursion of water and Cu ions into porous low dielectric constant (LKD) thin films and interconnects resulting in damage, time dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) and decreased lifetime and reliability

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    Laibowitz, Robert; Raja, Archana; Shaw, Thomas; Liniger, Eric; Cohen, Stephan; Columbia University Collaboration; IBM Research Division Collaboration

    Porous dielectrics, their interfaces and related processing details provide many opportunities for water and Cu incursion. The Cu typically starts as part of the electrode and needs a liner to keep it away from the dielectric. As scaling continues thinner liners and imperfections in the in the liner layer can expose the CU to the LKD. This will lead to TDDD with greatly reduced lifetimes. Water exposure can come from processing or through defects in the passivation layer. Most studies of these breakdown effects have been accomplished using accelerated DC measurements in which the sample is destroyed. Dielectric relaxation provides a new set of measurements at low fields, low temperatures and reusable samples. In this way we have observed the presence of both physisorbed and chemisorbed water, determined their activation energy of motion and removal of the water by various annealing protocols. Initial measurements of Cu incursion have also been made. Preliminary measurement of samples containing Cu and water and processing damage show reduced reliability. We also have begun studies to determine the minimum liner thickness. .

  8. 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.

  9. Ballistic deflection transistors and their application to THz amplification

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    Margala, M.; Wu, H.; Sobolewski, Roman

    2015-10-01

    We present implementation of recently proposed ballistic deflection transistors (BDTs) as THz amplifiers. BDT is a planar device based on InGaAs/InAlAs/InP heterostructure with quasi-ballistic transport obtained in the two-dimensional electron gas layer that facilitates ultra-short transit time and high performance needed for THz-range circuitry. The BDT performance is optimized through its structural modification and the use of high-k dielectrics. Our time-domain, electrical transient measurements demonstrate sub-THz switching performance of a BDT with a ∼1-μm-wide channel. Independently, circuit simulations using experimental parameters of BDTs with a channel width of 430 nm and with the BDTs themselves connected as a multi-stage travelling-wave amplifier, designed for 6-dB gain, predict a 2.7- THz bandwidth with a gain flatness of ±0.3 dB.

  10. Correlation between stress-induced leakage current and dielectric degradation in ultra-porous SiOCH low-k materials

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    Wu, C. De Wolf, I.; Li, Y.; Leśniewska, A.; Varela Pedreira, O.; Marneffe, J.-F. de; Ciofi, I.; Verdonck, P.; Baklanov, M. R.; Bömmels, J.; Tőkei, Zs.; Croes, K.

    2015-10-28

    Stress-Induced Leakage Current (SILC) behavior during the dielectric degradation of ultra-porous SiOCH low-k materials was investigated. Under high voltage stress, SILC increases to a critical value before final hard breakdown. This SILC increase rate is mainly driven by the injected charges and is negligibly influenced by temperature and voltage. SILC is found to be transient and shows a t{sup −1} relaxation behavior, where t is the storage time at low voltages. This t{sup −1} transient behavior, described by the tunneling front model, is caused by both electron charging of neutral defects in the dielectric close to the cathode interface and discharging of donor defects close to the anode interface. These defects have a uniform density distribution within the probed depth range, which is confirmed by the observed flat band voltage shift results collected during the low voltage storage. By applying an additional discharging step after the low voltage storage, the trap energies and spatial distributions are derived. In a highly degraded low-k dielectric, the majority of defects have a trap depth between 3.4 eV and 3.6 eV and a density level of 1 × 10{sup 18 }eV{sup −1 }cm{sup −3}. The relation between the defect density N and the total amount of the injected charges Q is measured to be sub-linear, N ∼ Q{sup 0.45±0.07}. The physical nature of these stress-induced defects is suggested to be caused by the degradation of the Si-O based skeleton in the low-k dielectric.

  11. Correlation between stress-induced leakage current and dielectric degradation in ultra-porous SiOCH low-k materials

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    Wu, C.; Li, Y.; Leśniewska, A.; Varela Pedreira, O.; de Marneffe, J.-F.; Ciofi, I.; Verdonck, P.; Baklanov, M. R.; Bömmels, J.; De Wolf, I.; Tőkei, Zs.; Croes, K.

    2015-10-01

    Stress-Induced Leakage Current (SILC) behavior during the dielectric degradation of ultra-porous SiOCH low-k materials was investigated. Under high voltage stress, SILC increases to a critical value before final hard breakdown. This SILC increase rate is mainly driven by the injected charges and is negligibly influenced by temperature and voltage. SILC is found to be transient and shows a t-1 relaxation behavior, where t is the storage time at low voltages. This t-1 transient behavior, described by the tunneling front model, is caused by both electron charging of neutral defects in the dielectric close to the cathode interface and discharging of donor defects close to the anode interface. These defects have a uniform density distribution within the probed depth range, which is confirmed by the observed flat band voltage shift results collected during the low voltage storage. By applying an additional discharging step after the low voltage storage, the trap energies and spatial distributions are derived. In a highly degraded low-k dielectric, the majority of defects have a trap depth between 3.4 eV and 3.6 eV and a density level of 1 × 1018 eV-1 cm-3. The relation between the defect density N and the total amount of the injected charges Q is measured to be sub-linear, N ˜ Q0.45±0.07. The physical nature of these stress-induced defects is suggested to be caused by the degradation of the Si-O based skeleton in the low-k dielectric.

  12. Three-dimensional THz lumped-circuit resonators.

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    Todorov, Yanko; Desfond, Pascal; Belacel, Cherif; Becerra, Loïc; Sirtori, Carlo

    2015-06-29

    Our work describes a novel three dimensional meta-material resonator design for optoelectronic applications in the THz spectral range. In our resonant circuits, the capacitors are formed by double-metal regions cladding a dielectric core. Unlike conventional planar metamaterials, the electric field is perpendicular to the surface and totally confined in the dielectric core. Furthermore, the magnetic field, confined in the inductive part, is parallel to the electric field, ruling out coupling through propagation effects. Our geometry thus combines the benefit of double-metal structures that provide parallel plate capacitors, while maintaining the ability of meta-material resonators to adjust independently the capacitive and inductive parts. Furthermore, in our geometry, a constant bias can be applied across the dielectric, making these resonators very suitable for applications such as ultra-low dark current THz quantum detectors and amplifiers based on quantum cascade gain medium.

  13. Microwave and THz sensing using slab-pair-based metamaterials

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    Kenanakis, G.; Shen, Nianhai; Mavidis, Ch.; Katsarakis, N.; Kafesaki, M.; Soukoulis, Costas M.; Economou, E.N.

    2012-10-15

    In this work the sensing capability of an artificial magnetic metamaterial based on pairs of metal slabs is demonstrated, both theoretically and experimentally, in the microwave regime. The demonstration is based on transmission measurements and simulations monitoring the shift of the magnetic resonance frequency as one changes a thin dielectric layer placed between the slabs of the pairs. Strong dependence of the magnetic resonance frequency on both the permittivity and the thickness of the dielectric layer under detection was observed. The sensitivity to the dielectrics′ permittivity (ε) is larger for dielectrics of low ε values, which makes the approach suitable for sensing organic materials also in the THz regime. The capability of our approach for THz sensing is also demonstrated through simulations.

  14. 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.

  15. Low-noise THz MgB2 Josephson mixer

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    Cunnane, Daniel; Kawamura, Jonathan H.; Acharya, Narendra; Wolak, Matthäus A.; Xi, X. X.; Karasik, Boris S.

    2016-09-01

    The potential applications for high frequency operation of the Josephson effect in MgB2 include THz mixers, direct detectors, and digital circuits. Here we report on MgB2 weak links which exhibit the Josephson behavior up to almost 2 THz and using them for low-noise heterodyne detection of THz radiation. The devices are made from epitaxial film grown in the c-axis direction by the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition method. The current in the junctions travels parallel to the surface of the film, thus making possible a large contribution of the quasi-two-dimensional σ-gap in transport across the weak link. These devices are connected to a planar spiral antenna with a dielectric substrate lens to facilitate coupling to free-space radiation for use as a detector. The IcRn product of the junction is 5.25 mV, giving confirmation of a large gap parameter. The sensitivity of the mixer was measured from 0.6 THz to 1.9 THz. At a bath temperature of over 20 K, a mixer noise temperature less than 2000 K (DSB) was measured near 0.6 THz.

  16. A new artificial material approach for flat THz frequency lenses.

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    Savini, Giorgio; Ade, Peter A R; Zhang, Jin

    2012-11-01

    Stacked layers of metal meshes embedded in a dielectric substrate are routinely used for providing spectral selection at THz frequencies. Recent work has shown that particular geometries allow the refractive index to be tuned to produce practical artificial materials. Here we show that by spatially grading in the plane of the mesh we can manufacture a Graded Index (GrIn) thin flat lens optimized for use at THz frequencies. Measurements on a prototype lens show we are able to obtain the parabolic profile of a Woods type lens which is dependent only on the mesh parameters. This technique could realize other exotic optical devices. PMID:23187394

  17. Traceable terahertz power measurement from 1 THz to 5 THz.

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    Steiger, Andreas; Kehrt, Mathias; Monte, Christian; Müller, Ralf

    2013-06-17

    The metrology institute in Germany, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), calibrates the spectral responsivity of THz detectors at 2.52 THz traceable to International System of Units. The Terahertz detector calibration facility is equipped with a standard detector calibrated against a cryogenic radiometer at this frequency. In order to extend this service to a broader spectral range in the THz region a new standard detector was developed. This detector is based on a commercial thermopile detector. Its absorber was modified and characterized by spectroscopic methods with respect to its absorptance and reflectance from 1 THz to 5 THz and at the wavelength of a helium-neon laser in the visible spectral range. This offers the possibility of tracing back the THz power responsivity scale to the more accurate responsivity scale in the visible spectral range and thereby to reduce the uncertainty of detector calibrations in the THz range significantly. PMID:23787634

  18. Generation of THz-radiation in the Cherenkov decelerating structure with planar geometry at frequency ∼ 0.675 THz

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    Ashanin, I. A.; Polozov, S. M.

    2016-07-01

    One of the ways to generate THz-radiation is by the relativistic electron bunches travelling through Cherenkov decelerating dielectric filled capillary channel. Sapphire or other dielectric materials can be used for the internal surface coating of the capillary. Relativistic electron bunches of ∼100 µm in diameter and pulse durations of 1 ps or shorter are capable to produce substantial power of THz-radiation. The aperture of Cherenkov decelerating structure should be comparable with the sub-mm wavelength (0.05-3 mm). Such type of decelerating system allows providing of the wide range of operating parameters at the various geometrical sizes. But it is necessary to consider that such capillaries are difficult in production as there is a requirement to drill a small aperture in a long crystal of high hardness but brittle. In this regard it would be desirable to offer transition option from the axial to the planar geometry. Furthermore the ribbon beam has some advantages as focusing at low energies and possessing smaller expansion in the drift space. The authors present design and results of electrodynamics study of the decelerating planar dielectric filling Cherenkov channel at frequency 0.675 THz in this article. It is also delivered characteristic comparison with axial geometry channel. A horn antenna attached to such channel at 0.675 THz resonant frequency is considered.

  19. 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

  20. THz waveguide adapters for efficient radiation out-coupling from double metal THz QCLs.

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    Castellano, Fabrizio; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H; Davies, A Giles; Beere, Harvey E; Ritchie, David A; Vitiello, Miriam S

    2015-02-23

    We report the development of on-chip optical components designed to improve the out-coupling of double-metal terahertz (THz) frequency quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). A visible reshaping of the optical beam is achieved, independent of the precise waveguide configuration, by direct incorporation of cyclic-olefin copolymer (COC) dielectric optical fibers onto the QCL facet. A major improvement is further achieved by incorporating a micromachined feed-horn waveguide, assembled around the THz QCL and integrated with a slit-coupler. In its first implementation, we obtain a ± 20° beam divergence, offering the potential for high-efficiency radiation coupling from a metal-metal waveguide into optical fibers.

  1. Coherent Cherenkov radiation as an intense THz source

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    Bleko, V.; Karataev, P.; Konkov, A.; Kruchinin, K.; Naumenko, G.; Potylitsyn, A.; Vaughan, T.

    2016-07-01

    Diffraction and Cherenkov radiation of relativistic electrons from a dielectric target has been proposed as mechanism for production of intense terahertz (THz) radiation. The use of an extremely short high-energy electron beam of a 4th generation light source (X-ray free electron laser) appears to be very promising. A moderate power from the electron beam can be extracted and converted into THz radiation with nearly zero absorption losses. The initial experiment on THz observation will be performed at CLARA/VELA FEL test facility in the UK to demonstrate the principle to a wider community and to develop the radiator prototype. In this paper, we present our theoretical predictions (based on the approach of polarization currents), which provides the basis for interpreting the future experimental measurements. We will also present our hardware design and discuss a plan of the future experiment.

  2. Ultrasensitive Speciation Analysis of Mercury in Rice by Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction Using Porous Carbons and Gas Chromatography-Dielectric Barrier Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry.

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    Lin, Yao; Yang, Yuan; Li, Yuxuan; Yang, Lu; Hou, Xiandeng; Feng, Xinbin; Zheng, Chengbin

    2016-03-01

    Rice consumption is a primary pathway for human methylmercury (MeHg) exposure in inland mercury mining areas of Asia. In addition, the use of iodomethane, a common fumigant that significantly accelerates the methylation of mercury in soil under sunlight, could increase the MeHg exposure from rice. Conventional hyphenated techniques used for mercury speciation analysis are usually too costly for most developing countries. Consequently, there is an increased interest in the development of sensitive and inexpensive methods for the speciation of mercury in rice. In this work, gas chromatography (GC) coupled to dielectric barrier discharge optical emission spectrometry (DBD-OES) was developed for the speciation analysis of mercury in rice. Prior to GC-DBD-OES analysis, mercury species were derivatized to their volatile species with NaBPh4 and preconcentrated by headspace solid phase microextraction using porous carbons. Limits of detection of 0.5 μg kg(-1) (0.16 ng), 0.75 μg kg(-1) (0.24 ng), and 1.0 μg kg(-1) (0.34 ng) were obtained for Hg(2+), CH3Hg(+), and CH3CH2Hg(+), respectively, with relative standard deviations (RSDs) better than 5.2% and 6.8% for one fiber or fiber-to-fiber mode, respectively. Recoveries of 90-105% were obtained for the rice samples, demonstrating the applicability of the proposed technique. Owing to the small size, low power, and low gas consumption of DBD-OES as well as efficient extraction of mercury species by porous carbons headspace solid phase micro-extraction, the proposed technique provides several advantages including compactness, cost-effectiveness, and potential to couple with miniature GC to accomplish the field speciation of mercury in rice compared to conventional hyphenated techniques.

  3. Polarization Sensitive THz TDS and Fabrication of Alignment Cells for Solution Phase THz Spectroscopy

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    George, Deepu Koshy

    The overall goal of this thesis is to explore polarization sensitive THz time domain spectroscopy techniques and elucidate the need for aligned sample studies in protein solution. To that end, I have chosen PYP as a model system to show the limitations of traditional, non-aligned sample THz TDS and progressed towards the fabrication of a Dynamical Alignment THz Spectroscopy sample cell for alignment based spectroscopy. Measurements on Photoactive Yellow Proteins address aspects of two previous studies with conflicting results. PYP was chosen as a model system because of its small size and ease of switching between functional states. My measurements in a more controlled environment eliminating the sources of errors and uncertainties in the previous studies have proved that THz dielectric response is invariant between the ground and excited states of PYP which vastly differ in their structure. This `negative' result proves that structural vibrational modes in protein solution are often masked by the background due to relaxational response from solvent and side chains. Low temperature measurements on Cytochrome C and Salmon testes DNA have shown contrast in THz measurements as a result of denaturing. At below freezing temperature the contribution from bulk water is minimized but any water which is unfrozen due to confinement will give rise to the background signal. Even though specific vibrational modes could still not be observed, low temperature measurements provided insights into the nature of interaction between protein surface and water. The section on Polarization Modulation Orientation Terahertz Spectroscopy deviates from the rest of this thesis in the sense that it was a technique developed to study solid state samples like 2DEG in GaAs as well as topological insulators, which give rise to a change in the polarization of the incident THz radiation as it is transmitted through them. Nevertheless this also falls into the general discussion in this thesis in the

  4. 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

  5. Preparation and Characterization of Ultralow-Dielectric-Constant Porous SiCOH Thin Films Using 1,2-Bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane, Triethoxymethylsilane, and a Copolymer Template

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    Fu, Shuang; Qian, Ke-Jia; Ding, Shi-Jin; Zhang, David Wei

    2011-10-01

    Ultralow-dielectric-constant ( k) porous SiCOH films have been prepared using 1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane, triethoxymethylsilane, and a poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer template by means of spin-coating. The resulting films were characterized by cross-section scanning electron microscopy, small-angle x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, nanomechanical testing, and electrical measurements. Thermal treatment at 350°C for 2 h resulted in the formation of ultralow- k films with k of ˜2.0, leakage current density of 3 × 10-8 A/cm2 at 1 MV/cm, reduced modulus ( E r) of ˜4.05 GPa, and hardness ( H) of ˜0.32 GPa. After annealing between 400°C and 500°C for 30 min, the resulting films showed fluctuant k values of 1.85 to 2.22 and leakage current densities of 3.7 × 10-7 A/cm2 to 3 × 10-8 A/cm2 at 0.8 MV/cm, likely due to the change of the film microstructure. Compared with 350°C annealing, higher-temperature annealing can improve the mechanical strength of the ultralow- k film, i.e., E r ≈ 5 GPa and H ≈ 0.56 GPa after 500°C annealing.

  6. In Situ Synthesis of Porous Carbons by Using Room-Temperature, Atmospheric-Pressure Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma as High-Performance Adsorbents for Solid-Phase Microextraction.

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    Lin, Yao; Wu, Li; Xu, Kailai; Tian, Yunfei; Hou, Xiandeng; Zheng, Chengbin

    2015-09-21

    A one-step, template-free method is described to synthesize porous carbons (PCs) in situ on a metal surface by using a room-temperature, atmospheric-pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma. This method not only features high efficiency, environmentally friendliness, and low cost and simple equipment, but also can conveniently realize large-area synthesis of PCs by only changing the design of the DBD reactor. The synthesized PCs have a regulated nestlike morphology, and thus, provide a high specific surface area and high pore volume, which result in excellent adsorption properties. Its applicability was demonstrated by using a PC-coated stainless-steel fiber as a solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber to preconcentrate polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) prior to analysis by gas chromatography with flame ionization detection (GC-FID). The results showed that the fiber exhibited excellent enrichment factors (4.1×10(4) to 3.1×10(5)) toward all tested PAHs. Thus, the PC-based SPME-GC-FID provides low limits of detection (2 to 20 ng L(-1)), good precision (<7.8%), and good recoveries (80-115%) for ultra-sensitive determination of PAHs in real water samples. In addition, the PC-coated fiber could be stable enough for more than 500 replicate extraction cycles. PMID:26267394

  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. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Optically-electrically pumped THz source

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    Haji-Saeed, Bahareh; Khoury, Jed; Buchwald, Walter; Woods, Charles; Wentzell, Sandra; Krejca, Brian; Kierstead, John

    2010-08-01

    In this paper, we propose a design for a widely tunable solid-state optically and electrically pumped THz source based on the Smith-Purcell free-electron laser. Our design consists of a thin dielectric layer sandwiched between an upper corrugated structure and a lower layer of thin metal, semiconductor, or high electron mobility material. The lower layer is for current streaming, which replaces the electron beam in the Smith-Purcell free-electron laser design. The upper layer consists of two micro-gratings for optical pumping, and a nano-grating to couple with electrical pumping in the lower layer. The optically generated surface plasmon waves from the upper layer and the electrically induced surface plasmon waves from the lower layer are then coupled. Emission enhancement occurs when the plasmonic waves in both layers are resonantly coupled.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Surface plasmon-polariton resonance at diffraction of THz radiation on semiconductor gratings

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    Spevak, I. S.; Kuzmenko, A. A.; Tymchenko, M.; Gavrikov, V. K.; Shulga, V. M.; Feng, J.; Sun, H. B.; Kamenev, Yu. E.; Kats, A. V.

    2016-08-01

    Resonance diffraction of THz hidrogen cyanide laser radiation on a semiconductor (InSb) grating is studied both experimentally and theoretically. The specular reflectivity suppression due to the resonance excitation of the THz surface plasmon-polariton is observed on a pure semiconductor grating and on semiconductor gratings covered with a thin dielectric layer. The dielectric coating of the grating results in the resonance shift and widening depending both on the layer thickness and dielectric properties. A simple analytical theory of the resonance diffraction on rather shallow gratings covered with a dielectric layer is presented, and the results are in a good accordance with the experimental data. Analytical expressions for the resonance shift and broadening are essential for the resonance properties understanding and useful for sensing data interpretation of the agents deposited on the grating surface.

  17. THz pump-THz probe study of electrostatically gated graphene

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    Zhang, Jingdi; Liu, Mengkun; Wagner, Martin; Basov, D. N.; Averitt, Richard D.

    2015-03-01

    We investigate ultrafast carrier dynamics in graphene using THz-pump THz-probe spectroscopy. In contrast to recent studies using optical excitation, THz excitation exclusively initiates intra-band transitions, resulting in an increase in the carrier scattering rate. The corresponding transient peak of the transmitted probe signal scales linearly with the E-field of the incident THz pump pulse. Further, the decay time of the excited carriers is independent of the gating voltage. As the Fermi level is tuned toward the charge neutral point (CNP) by varying the electrostatic gate voltage, the induced increase in transmission is strongly suppressed. We believe that the low density of states near the CNP is responsible for this suppression. Work supported by DOE-BES. RDA and JZ also with Boston University. ML also with Stony Brook University.

  18. Uncooled THz/sub-THz Rectifying Detectors: FET vs. SBD

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    Sakhno, M.; Sizov, F.; Golenkov, A.

    2013-12-01

    The parameters (responsivity R and noise equivalent power ( NEP)) of long channel unbiased (zero drain-source bias ( V DS = 0)) silicon field effect transistors (FET) as THz/sub-THz detectors with account of some parasitics were considered. These parameters and their radiation frequency ν dependences are compared with those of contemporary Schottky barrier diode (SBD) THz/sub-THz detectors. To describe and compare the known experimental data for both of detectors similar models, taking into account the parasitics (some FET or SBD resistances and capacities), were used. It is shown that taking into account the parasitics and detector-antenna impedance matching one can describe Si FET detector parameters and estimate the performance limits of such detectors. The R and NEP radiation frequency ν dependences are similar for FET and SBD detectors and are proportional to ν -2 or to ν -4. The model used for SBD detectors describes well the known experimental data for optical NEP opt but for Si FET ones the sufficient scatter in experimental data is observed. The reason of it seems is mainly due to non-optimized technologies for FETs as detectors for THz/sub-THz radiation.

  19. Terahertz dielectric response of photoexcited carriers in Si revealed via single-shot optical-pump and terahertz-probe spectroscopy

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    Minami, Yasuo; Horiuchi, Kohei; Masuda, Kaisei; Takeda, Jun; Katayama, Ikufumi

    2015-10-26

    We have demonstrated accurate observations of terahertz (THz) dielectric response due to photoexcited carriers in a Si plate via single-shot optical-pump and THz-probe spectroscopy. In contrast to conventional THz time-domain spectroscopy, this spectroscopic technique allows single-shot detection of the THz response of materials at a given delay time between the pump and THz pulses, thereby sufficiently extending the time interval between the pump pulses. As a result, we can accurately measure the dielectric properties of materials, while avoiding artifacts in the response caused by the accumulation of long-lived photoexcited carriers. Using our single-shot scheme, the transmittance of a Si plate was measured in the range of 0.5–2.5 THz with different pump fluences. Based on a Drude model analysis, the optically induced complex dielectric constant, plasma frequency, and damping rate in the THz region were quantitatively evaluated.

  20. THz-wave sensing via pump and signal wave detection interacted with evanescent THz waves.

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    Akiba, Takuya; Kaneko, Naoya; Suizu, Koji; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Omatsu, Takashige

    2013-09-15

    We report a novel sensing technique that uses an evanescent terahertz (THz) wave, without detecting the THz wave directly. When a THz wave generated by Cherenkov phase matching via difference frequency generation undergoes total internal reflection, the evanescent THz wave is subject to a phase change and an amplitude decrease. The reflected THz wave, under the influence of the sample, interferes with the propagating THz wave and the changing electric field of the THz wave interacts with the electric field of the pump waves. We demonstrate a sensing technique for detecting changes in the electric field of near-infrared light, transcribed from changes in the electric field of a THz wave.

  1. Single-layer graphene-assembled 3D porous carbon composites with PVA and Fe₃O₄ nano-fillers: an interface-mediated superior dielectric and EMI shielding performance.

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    Rao, B V Bhaskara; Yadav, Prasad; Aepuru, Radhamanohar; Panda, H S; Ogale, Satishchandra; Kale, S N

    2015-07-28

    In this study, a novel composite of Fe3O4 nanofiller-decorated single-layer graphene-assembled porous carbon (SLGAPC) with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) having flexibility and a density of 0.75 g cm(-3) is explored for its dielectric and electromagnetic interference (EMI) response properties. The composite is prepared by the solution casting method and its constituents are optimized as 15 wt% SLGAPC and 20 wt% Fe3O4 through a novel solvent relaxation nuclear magnetic resonance experiment. The PVA-SLGAPC-Fe3O4 composite shows high dielectric permittivity in the range of 1 Hz-10 MHz, enhanced by a factor of 4 as compared to that of the PVA-SLGAPC composite, with a reduced loss by a factor of 2. The temperature dependent dielectric properties reveal the activation energy behaviour with reference to the glass transition temperature (80 °C) of PVA. The dielectric hysteresis with the temperature cycle reveals a remnant polarization. The enhanced dielectric properties are suggested to be the result of improvement in the localized polarization of the integrated interface system (Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) polarization) formed by the uniform adsorption of Fe3O4 on the surface of SLGAPC conjugated with PVA. The EMI shielding property of the composite with a low thickness of 0.3 mm in the X-band (8.2-12.4 GHz) shows a very impressive shielding efficiency of ∼15 dB and a specific shielding effectiveness of 20 dB (g cm(-3))(-1), indicating the promising character of this material for flexible EMI shielding applications. PMID:26105548

  2. Single-layer graphene-assembled 3D porous carbon composites with PVA and Fe₃O₄ nano-fillers: an interface-mediated superior dielectric and EMI shielding performance.

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    Rao, B V Bhaskara; Yadav, Prasad; Aepuru, Radhamanohar; Panda, H S; Ogale, Satishchandra; Kale, S N

    2015-07-28

    In this study, a novel composite of Fe3O4 nanofiller-decorated single-layer graphene-assembled porous carbon (SLGAPC) with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) having flexibility and a density of 0.75 g cm(-3) is explored for its dielectric and electromagnetic interference (EMI) response properties. The composite is prepared by the solution casting method and its constituents are optimized as 15 wt% SLGAPC and 20 wt% Fe3O4 through a novel solvent relaxation nuclear magnetic resonance experiment. The PVA-SLGAPC-Fe3O4 composite shows high dielectric permittivity in the range of 1 Hz-10 MHz, enhanced by a factor of 4 as compared to that of the PVA-SLGAPC composite, with a reduced loss by a factor of 2. The temperature dependent dielectric properties reveal the activation energy behaviour with reference to the glass transition temperature (80 °C) of PVA. The dielectric hysteresis with the temperature cycle reveals a remnant polarization. The enhanced dielectric properties are suggested to be the result of improvement in the localized polarization of the integrated interface system (Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) polarization) formed by the uniform adsorption of Fe3O4 on the surface of SLGAPC conjugated with PVA. The EMI shielding property of the composite with a low thickness of 0.3 mm in the X-band (8.2-12.4 GHz) shows a very impressive shielding efficiency of ∼15 dB and a specific shielding effectiveness of 20 dB (g cm(-3))(-1), indicating the promising character of this material for flexible EMI shielding applications.

  3. Compact electron acceleration and bunch compression in THz waveguides.

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    Wong, Liang Jie; Fallahi, Arya; Kärtner, Franz X

    2013-04-22

    We numerically investigate the acceleration and bunch compression capabilities of 20 mJ, 0.6 THz-centered coherent terahertz pulses in optimized metallic dielectric-loaded cylindrical waveguides. In particular, we theoretically demonstrate the acceleration of 1.6 pC and 16 pC electron bunches from 1 MeV to 10 MeV over an interaction distance of 20mm, the compression of a 1.6 pC 1 MeV bunch from 100 fs to 2 fs (50 times compression) over an interaction distance of about 18mm, and the compression of a 1.6 pC 10 MeV bunch from 100 fs to 1.61 fs (62 times) over an interaction distance of 42 cm. The obtained results show the promise of coherent THz pulses in realizing compact electron acceleration and bunch compression schemes. PMID:23609686

  4. 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.

  5. Electrodynamic model of the field effect transistor application for THz/subTHz radiation detection: Subthreshold and above threshold operation

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    Dobrovolsky, V.

    2014-10-21

    Developed in this work is an electrodynamic model of field effect transistor (FET) application for THz/subTHz radiation detection. It is based on solution of the Maxwell equations in the gate dielectric, expression for current in the channel, which takes into account both the drift and diffusion current components, and the equation of current continuity. For the regimes under and above threshold at the strong inversion the response voltage, responsivity, wave impedance, power of ohmic loss in the gate and channel have been found, and the electrical noise equivalent power (ENEP) has been estimated. The responsivity is orders of magnitude higher and ENEP under threshold is orders of magnitude less than these values above threshold. Under the threshold, the electromagnetic field in the gate oxide is identical to field of the plane waves in free-space. At the same time, for strong inversion the charging of the gate capacitance through the resistance of channel determines the electric field in oxide.

  6. CVD Diamond Dielectric Accelerating Structures

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    Schoessow, P.; Kanareykin, A.; Gat, R.

    2009-01-22

    The electrical and mechanical properties of diamond make it an ideal candidate material for use in dielectric accelerating structures: high RF breakdown field, extremely low dielectric losses and the highest available thermoconductive coefficient. Using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) cylindrical diamond structures have been manufactured with dimensions corresponding to fundamental TM{sub 01} mode frequencies in the GHz to THz range. Surface treatments are being developed to reduce the secondary electron emission (SEE) coefficient below unity to reduce the possibility of multipactor. The diamond CVD cylindrical waveguide technology developed here can be applied to a variety of other high frequency, large-signal applications.

  7. Quantum cascade laser THz metrology

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    De Natale, P.; Consolino, L.; Mazzotti, D.; Campa, A.; Ravaro, M.; Vitiello, M. S.; Bartalini, S.

    2015-01-01

    The realization and control of radiation sources is the key for proper development of THz-based metrology. Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) are crucial, towards this purpose, due to their compactness and flexibility and, even more important, to their narrow quantum-limited linewidth. We recently generated an air-propagating THz comb, referenced to an optical frequency comb by nonlinear optical rectification of a mode-locked femtosecond Ti:Sa laser and used it for phase-locking a 2.5 THz QCL. We have now demonstrated that this source can achieve a record low 10 parts per trillion absolute frequency stability (in tens of seconds), enabling high precision molecular spectroscopy. As a proof-ofprinciple, we measured the frequency of a rotational transition in a gas molecule (methanol) with an unprecedented precision (4 parts in one billion). A simple, though sensitive, direct absorption spectroscopy set-up could be used thanks to the mW-level power available from the QCL. The 10 kHz uncertainty level ranks this technique among the most precise ever developed in the THz range, challenging present theoretical molecular models. Hence, we expect that this new class of THz spectrometers opens new scenarios for metrological-grade molecular physics, including novel THzbased astronomy, high-precision trace-gas sensing, cold molecules physics, also helping to improve present theoretical models.

  8. 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

  9. Silver-Coated Teflon Tubes for Waveguiding at 1-2 THz

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    Navarro-Cía, Miguel; Melzer, Jeffrey E.; Harrington, James A.; Mitrofanov, Oleg

    2015-06-01

    Realization of single-mode low-loss waveguides for 1.0-2.0 THz remains a challenging problem due to large absorption in most dielectrics and ohmic losses in metals. To address this problem, we investigate dielectric-lined hollow metallic waveguides fabricated by coating 1-mm diameter 38-μm-thick polytetrafluoroethylene tubes with silver. These waveguides support a hybrid HE11 mode, which exhibits low attenuation and low dispersion. Quasi-single-mode propagation is achieved in the band of 1.0-1.6 THz, in which the hybrid HE11 mode is supported by the waveguide. In this band, the experimentally measured loss is ~20 dB/m (~0.046 cm-1), whereas the numerically computed loss is ~7 dB/m (~0.016 cm-1). The difference is attributed to additional losses in the dielectric layer, which can be reduced by using alternative polymers.

  10. 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.

  11. Analyzing Morphology and Thermal History of Polybutylene Terephthalate by THz Time-domain Spectroscopy

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    Wietzke, Steffen; Reuter, Marco; Nestle, Nikolaus; Klimov, Evgueni; Zadok, Uri; Fischer, Bernd M.; Koch, Martin

    2011-07-01

    We have measured the frequency-dependent dielectric function of semi-crystalline polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) in the terahertz region between 100 GHz and approximately 2.8 THz. A characteristic band is observed around 2.38 THz. The intensity of this band is a good indicator of the degree of crystallinity of the different samples. A potential assignment of this band is proposed, based on the comparison with spectroscopic data of the structurally very similar polyethylene terephtalate (PET). Furthermore, the frequency-dependent index of refraction of PBT reveals more insight about the morphology and different thermal history of the samples under investigation.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Optically controllable THz chiral metamaterials.

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    Kenanakis, G; Zhao, R; Katsarakis, N; Kafesaki, M; Soukoulis, C M; Economou, E N

    2014-05-19

    Switchable and tunable chiral metamaterial response is numerically demonstrated here in different uniaxial chiral metamaterial structures operating in the THz regime. The structures are based on the bi-layer conductor design and the tunable/switchable response is achieved by replacing parts of the metallic components of the structures by photoconducting Si, which can be transformed from an insulating to an almost conducting state through photoexcitation, achievable under external optical pumping. All the structures proposed and discussed here exhibit frequency regions with giant tunable circular dichroism, as well as regions with giant tunable optical activity, showing unique potential in the achievement of active THz polarization components, like tunable polarizers and polarization filters. PMID:24921336

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Non-invasive Florentine Renaissance Panel Painting Replica Structures Investigation by Using Terahertz Time-Domain Imaging (THz-TDI) Technique

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    Koch Dandolo, Corinna L.; Picollo, Marcello; Cucci, Costanza; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2016-11-01

    The potentials of the Terahertz Time-Domain Imaging (THz-TDI) technique for a non-invasive inspection of panel paintings have been considered in detail. The THz-TD data acquired on a replica of a panel painting made in imitation of Italian Renaissance panel paintings were processed in order to provide insights as to the limits and potentials of the technique in detecting different kinds of underdrawings and paint layers. Constituent layers, construction techniques, and anomalies were identified and localized by interpreting the extracted THz dielectric stratigraphy.

  18. Non-invasive Florentine Renaissance Panel Painting Replica Structures Investigation by Using Terahertz Time-Domain Imaging (THz-TDI) Technique

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    Koch Dandolo, Corinna L.; Picollo, Marcello; Cucci, Costanza; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2016-09-01

    The potentials of the Terahertz Time-Domain Imaging (THz-TDI) technique for a non-invasive inspection of panel paintings have been considered in detail. The THz-TD data acquired on a replica of a panel painting made in imitation of Italian Renaissance panel paintings were processed in order to provide insights as to the limits and potentials of the technique in detecting different kinds of underdrawings and paint layers. Constituent layers, construction techniques, and anomalies were identified and localized by interpreting the extracted THz dielectric stratigraphy.

  19. Efficient power combiner for THz radiation

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

    2016-08-01

    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 TE01 output mode is a reasonable option for THz applications due to the fact that conductive loss decreases for this mode as frequency increases.

  20. Surface roughness limited contrast to clutter ratios THz medical imaging (Conference Presentation)

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    Sung, Shijun; Bajwa, Neha; Goell, Jacob; Taylor, Zachary

    2016-03-01

    The THz electromagnetic properties of rough surface are explored and their effect on the observed contrast in THz images is quantified. Rough surface scatter is a major source of clutter in THz imaging as the rough features of skin and other tissues result in non-trivial reflection signal modulation. Traditional approaches to data collection utilize dielectric windows to flatten surfaces for THz imaging. However, there is substantial interest surrounding window free imaging as contact measurements are not ideal for a range of candidate diseases and injuries. In this work we investigate the variation in reflected signal in the specular direction from rough surfaces targets with known roughness parameters. Signal to clutter ratios are computed and compared with that predicted by Rayleigh Rough surface scattering theory. It is shown that Rayleigh rough surface scattering theory, developed for rough features larger than the interacting wavelength, holds acceptable at THz frequencies with rough features much smaller than the wavelength. Additionally, we present some biological tissue imaging examples to illustrate the impact of rough surface scattering in image quality.

  1. Gigavolt-per-Meter Wakefields in Annular Dielectric Structures

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    O'Shea, Brendan Donald

    A wakefield accelerator uses a medium capable of sustaining appropriate electric fields to transfer energy from a drive beam to a witness beam. Examples of such systems include electron beam driven plasma wakefields, laser driven plasma wakefields and electron beam driven dielectric wakefield structures. Dielectrics and plasmas are of particular interest because they are capable of maintaining electric fields on the order of GV/m and in the case of plasmas upwards of TV/m. These systems provide a significant step beyond current radiofrequency accelerating structures capable of peak electric fields on the order of 100 MV/m and average effective electric fields of 20 MV/m. Furthermore, beam driven dielectric structures produce a wakefield which is phase synchronous with the beam, these structures do not suffer from transit time or dephasing effects. In the case of dielectric wakefield accelerators, the structures under study in this publication, the modes generated by the driving beam are in the terahertz (THz) regime. Thus development of dielectric wakefield accelerators is seen as a path to smaller, more compact accelerating systems and as a means to generate THz radiation. Here we demonstrate a beam-driven dielectric wakefield accelerating structure that produces sustained fields of 1.35 GV/m for many hundreds of thousands of drive beam pulses. In addition we show beam-driven dielectric structures have the potential to produce single mode, high spectral purity THZ radiation of unprecedented energy scale.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Curvature Control of Silicon Microlens for THz Dielectric Antenna

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    Lee, Choonsup; Chattopadhyay, Goutam; Cooper, Ken; Mehdi, Imran

    2012-01-01

    We have controlled the curvature of silicon microlens by changing the amount of photoresist in order to microfabricate hemispherical silicon microlens which can improve the directivity and reduce substrate mode losses.

  6. THz pulse shaping and improved optical-to-THz conversion efficiency using a binary phase mask.

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    Ropagnol, Xavier; Morandotti, Roberto; Ozaki, Tsuneyuki; Reid, Matt

    2011-07-15

    We demonstrate improved optical-to-terahertz (THz) conversion efficiency and THz pulse shaping from an interdigitated GaAs large area photoconductive antenna by using a binary phase mask. The binary phase mask results in a time-delayed excitation of the adjacent antennas, which allows subsequent antennas to produce an additive field, thus resulting in a quasi-single-cycle THz pulse. We demonstrate control over the temporal profile of the THz waveform to maximize optical-to-THz conversion efficiency. PMID:21765501

  7. THz detection in graphene nanotransistors

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    Tredicucci, Alessandro; Vitiello, Miriam S.; Polini, Marco; Pellegrini, Vittorio

    2014-03-01

    Nanotransistors offer great prospect for the development of innovative THz detectors based on the non-linearity of transport characteristics. Semiconductor nanowires are appealing for their one-dimensional nature and intrinsically low capacitance of the devices, while graphene, with its record-high room-temperature mobility, has the potential to exploit plasma wave resonances in the transistor channel to achieve high-responsivity and tuneable detection. First graphene detectors have been recently demonstrated in both monolayer and bilayer field effect devices performances already suitable for first imaging application. Here will discuss the physics and technology of these devices, their operation, as well as first examples of imaging applications.

  8. High power THz sources for nonlinear imaging

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    Tekavec, Patrick F.; Kozlov, Vladimir G.

    2014-02-01

    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.

  9. THz Generation and Propagation Using Femtosecond Laser

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    Jeon, Tae-In

    There are several methods to generate and detect THz electromagnetic radiation whose frequency lies between the microwave and infrared regions of the spectrum. For example photoconductive switching, optical rectification, photomixing, Quantum cascade lasers, and free electrons laser are widely used methods to generate THz beam.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Surface sealing using self-assembled monolayers and its effect on metal diffusion in porous low-k dielectrics studied using monoenergetic positron beams

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    Uedono, Akira; Armini, Silvia; Zhang, Yu; Kakizaki, Takeaki; Krause-Rehberg, Reinhard; Anwand, Wolfgang; Wagner, Andreas

    2016-04-01

    Surface sealing effects on the diffusion of metal atoms in porous organosilicate glass (OSG) films were studied by monoenergetic positron beams. For a Cu(5 nm)/MnN(3 nm)/OSG(130 nm) sample fabricated with pore stuffing, C4F8 plasma etch, unstuffing, and a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) sealing process, it was found that pores with cubic pore side lengths of 1.1 and 3.1 nm coexisted in the OSG film. For the sample without the SAM sealing process, metal (Cu and Mn) atoms diffused from the top Cu/MnN layer into the OSG film and were trapped by the pores. As a result, almost all pore interiors were covered with those metals. For the sample damaged by an Ar/C4F8 plasma etch treatment before the SAM sealing process, SAMs diffused into the OSG film, and they were preferentially trapped by larger pores. The cubic pore side length in these pores containing self-assembled molecules was estimated to be 0.7 nm. Through this work, we have demonstrated that monoenergetic positron beams are a powerful tool for characterizing capped porous films and the trapping of atoms and molecules by pores.

  14. Quantum control in silicon using coherent THz pulses

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    Lynch, Stephen A.; Greenland, P. Thornton; van der Meer, Alexander F. G.; Murdin, Benedict N.; Pidgeon, Carl R.; Redlich, Britta; Vinh, Nguyen Q.; Aeppli, Gabriel

    2012-10-01

    It has long been known that shallow donors such as phosphorous and the other group-V elements, have a hydrogen-like optical spectrum. The main difference is that while the spectrum of atomic hydrogen lies in the visible band, the spectrum of shallow donors in silicon is downshifted to the THz frequency band. This is a direct consequence of the reduced Coulomb attraction seen by the loosely bound electron because the core electrons shield the positive donor atom nucleus, and because the electron is now moving in a dielectric material. While spectroscopy has already revealed much about the energy level structure, very little was known about the temporal dynamics of the system until now. We have used THz pulses from the FELIX free electron laser to probe these hydrogen-like levels. By exploiting the well-known pump-probe technique we have measured the characteristic lifetimes of the excited Rydberg states and found them to be of the order 200 ps. Then, by making subtle changes to the geometry of the pump-probe experimental setup we demonstrate the existence of a THz photon echo. The photon echo is a purely quantum phenomenon with no classical analogue, and it allows us to study the quantum state of the donor electron. We then show, using the photon echo, that it is possible to create a coherent superposition of the ground and excited state of the donor. Measuring the photon echo is important because it can also be used to measure a second important characteristic lifetime of the silicon-donor system, the phase decoherence time.

  15. Slot-line end-fire antennas for THz frequencies

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    Ekstroem, H.; Gearhart, S.; Acharya, P. R.; Dave, H.; Rebeiz, G.; Jacobsson, S.; Kollberg, E.; Chin, G.

    1992-01-01

    Tapered slot-line endfire antennas, of BLTSA type, have been fabricated on 1.7 micron thin SiO2/Si3N4 (epsilon (sub r) = 4.5) dielectric membranes. The antenna patterns, in the E-, H-, D- and D-cross planes, were measured at 270, 348, 370, and 802 GHz using bismuth micro bolometer detectors. The antennas have approximately 12 dB directivity, and the -10 dB beam widths are 50 and 55 degrees in the E- and H-planes at 348 GHz, respectively. The measurements at millimeter/submillimeter wavelengths compare well with scale measurements at 45 GHz as well as with theoretical predictions. The overall results are encouraging and show that slot-line antennas can be fabricated for use at THz frequencies. Furthermore, it is shown that the very thin SiO2/Si3N4 membranes are strong enough to be used in practical applications.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Spectral characterization of dielectric materials using terahertz measurement systems

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    Seligman, Jeffrey M.

    The performance of modern high frequency components and electronic systems are often limited by the properties of the materials from which they are made. Over the past decade, there has been an increased emphasis on the development of new, high performance dielectrics for use in high frequency systems. The development of these materials requires novel broadband characterization, instrumentation, and extraction techniques, from which models can be formulated. For this project several types of dielectric sheets were characterized at terahertz (THz) frequencies using quasi-optical (free-space) techniques. These measurement systems included a Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS, scalar), a Time Domain Spectrometer (TDS, vector), a Scalar Network Analyzer (SNA), and a THz Vector Network Analyzer (VNA). Using these instruments the THz spectral characteristics of dielectric samples were obtained. Polarization based anisotropy was observed in many of the materials measured using vector systems. The TDS was the most informative and flexible instrument for dielectric characterization at THz frequencies. To our knowledge, this is the first such comprehensive study to be performed. Anisotropy effects within materials that do not come into play at microwave frequencies (e.g. ~10 GHz) were found, in many cases, to increase measured losses at THz frequencies by up to an order of magnitude. The frequency dependent properties obtained during the course of this study included loss tangent, permittivity (index of refraction), and dielectric constant. The results were largely consistent between all the different systems and correlated closely to manufacturer specifications over a wide frequency range (325 GHz-1.5 THz). Anisotropic behavior was observed for some of the materials. Non-destructive evaluation and testing (NDE/NDT) techniques were used throughout. A precision test fixture was developed to accomplish these measurements. Time delay, insertion loss, and S-parameters were

  19. 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)

  20. 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

  1. Dielectric siphons.

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    Jones, T. B.; Perry, M. P.; Melcher, J. R.

    1971-01-01

    The normally weak polarization force density, exerted on insulating dielectric liquids by a nonuniform electric field, is enhanced if high pressures are used. The nonuniform electric field acts as an elastic ?wall' to contain and guide the dielectric fluid. A general theory for these electrohydrodynamic (EHD) conduits has been developed. An illustrative example of the EHD conduits is the dielectric siphon consisting of two U-shaped electrodes held adjacent to each other by insulating nylon screws.

  2. A tunable universal terahertz filter using artificial dielectrics based on parallel-plate waveguides

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    Mendis, Rajind; Nag, Abhishek; Chen, Frank; Mittleman, Daniel M.

    2010-09-01

    Using parallel-plate waveguides (PPWGs) that mimic artificial dielectrics, we demonstrate a universal filter that provides low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and band-stop (or notch) filtering functionalities in the terahertz (THz) frequency regime. The device essentially consists of two PPWGs in a complementary geometry. The filtering functionality is achieved by positioning an appropriate amplitude mask in the path of the spatially chirped THz beam between the two waveguides. By varying the position of the mask, we experimentally and theoretically demonstrate continuous tunability of the respective 3 dB cutoff frequencies within the frequency range from about 0.3 to 0.7 THz.

  3. Frequency tuning of THz quantum cascade lasers

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    Qian, Xifeng; Danylov, Andriy A.; Light, Alexander R.; Waldman, Jerry; Erickson, Neal

    2015-03-01

    This paper introduces the continuously tunable THz radiation through sideband generation of a free running and solidnitrogen- cooled THz quantum cascade laser. The 2.324 THz QCL operating in a single longitudinal mode (SLM) in continuous-wave (cw) was mixed with a swept synthesized microwave signal by a THz Schottky-diode-balanced mixer. Through sideband generation, two frequency branches were observed at low and high frequency, characterized with a Fourier-transform spectrometer. At low frequency, the sideband generates frequencies from -50 GHz to +50 GHz. At high frequency, it generates sideband frequencies from 70 GHz to 115 GHz. The total +/-100 GHz tuning range can be further expanded with higher frequency millimeter wave amplifier/multiplier source. The sideband generates total 1 μW of output power at both upper and lower frequency with 200 μW of driven power from the THz QCL, showing a power conversion efficiency of 5 × 10-3. The demonstration of this SM, continuously tunable THz source enables its applications where SM, spatially coherent beam is required.

  4. 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.

  5. Preparation and unique dielectric properties of nanoporous materials with well-controlled closed-nanopores.

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    Zhao, Cuijiao; Wei, Xiaonan; Huang, Yawen; Ma, Jiajun; Cao, Ke; Chang, Guanjun; Yang, Junxiao

    2016-07-28

    Although general porous materials have a low dielectric constant, their uncontrollable opened porous structure results in high dielectric loss and poor barrier properties, thus limiting their application as interconnect dielectrics. In this study, polymeric nanoporous materials with well-controlled closed pores were prepared by incorporating polystyrene (PS) hollow nanoparticles into polyethylene (PE/HoPS). SEM images suggested a closed porous structure for PE/HoPS. In order to show the effect of the porous structure on dielectric properties, nanoporous materials with an opened or uncontrollable porous structure were prepared by etching SiO2/PE or PE/PS@SiO2 composites. PE/HoPSs composites showed an apparently lower dielectric constant and loss compared with the opened porous PE, demonstrating the advantages of a closed porous structure upon enhancing low-dielectric performance. The low dielectric performance of the PE/HoPS composites is linked with high water resistance owing to their closed porous characteristics. When incorporating 15.3 wt% HoPS (porosity: ∼6.9%), the dielectric constant reached 2.08. This value is lower than that calculated from the serial model. Our work revealed that the incorporation of HoPS not only reduces the porosity, but also alters the intrinsic properties of PE, as a result, leading to a greatly reduced dielectric constant. PMID:27363945

  6. Preparation and unique dielectric properties of nanoporous materials with well-controlled closed-nanopores.

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    Zhao, Cuijiao; Wei, Xiaonan; Huang, Yawen; Ma, Jiajun; Cao, Ke; Chang, Guanjun; Yang, Junxiao

    2016-07-28

    Although general porous materials have a low dielectric constant, their uncontrollable opened porous structure results in high dielectric loss and poor barrier properties, thus limiting their application as interconnect dielectrics. In this study, polymeric nanoporous materials with well-controlled closed pores were prepared by incorporating polystyrene (PS) hollow nanoparticles into polyethylene (PE/HoPS). SEM images suggested a closed porous structure for PE/HoPS. In order to show the effect of the porous structure on dielectric properties, nanoporous materials with an opened or uncontrollable porous structure were prepared by etching SiO2/PE or PE/PS@SiO2 composites. PE/HoPSs composites showed an apparently lower dielectric constant and loss compared with the opened porous PE, demonstrating the advantages of a closed porous structure upon enhancing low-dielectric performance. The low dielectric performance of the PE/HoPS composites is linked with high water resistance owing to their closed porous characteristics. When incorporating 15.3 wt% HoPS (porosity: ∼6.9%), the dielectric constant reached 2.08. This value is lower than that calculated from the serial model. Our work revealed that the incorporation of HoPS not only reduces the porosity, but also alters the intrinsic properties of PE, as a result, leading to a greatly reduced dielectric constant.

  7. Investigation of MEMS bi-material sensors with metamaterial absorbers for THz imaging

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    Alves, Fabio; Grbovic, Dragoslav; Karunasiri, Gamani

    2014-06-01

    There has been a continued interest in the terahertz (THz) imaging due to penetration and non-ionizing properties. Realtime imaging in this spectral range has been demonstrated using infrared microbolometer technology with external illumination by quantum cascade lasers (QCL). However, to achieve high sensitivity, it is necessary to develop focal plane arrays using enhanced THz-absorbing materials. One attractive option to achieve real time THz imaging is MEMS bi-material sensor with embedded metamaterial absorbers, consisting of a periodic array of metallic squared elements separated from a homogeneous metallic ground plane by a dielectric layer. We have demonstrated that the metamaterial films can be designed using standard MEMS materials such as silicon oxide (SiOx), silicon oxinitrate (SiOxNy) and aluminum (Al), to achieve nearly 100 % resonant absorption matched to the illumination source, while providing structural support, desired thermomechanical properties and access to external optical readout. The metamaterial structure absorbs the incident THz radiation and transfers the heat to bi-material microcantilevers that are connected to the substrate, which acts as a heat sink, via thermal insulating legs. A temperature gradient builds up in the legs, allowing the overall structure to deform proportionally to the absorbed power. The amount of deformation can be probed by measuring the displacement of a laser beam reflected from the sensor's metallic ground plane. Several sensor configurations have been designed, fabricated and characterized to optimize responsivity, speed of operation and minimize structural residual stress. Measured figures of merit indicate that the THz MEMS sensors have a great potential for real-time imaging.

  8. Analysis of band structure, transmission properties, and dispersion behavior of THz wave in one-dimensional parabolic plasma photonic crystal

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    Askari, Nasim; Eslami, Esmaeil; Mirzaie, Reza

    2015-11-15

    The photonic band gap of obliquely incident terahertz electromagnetic waves in a one-dimensional plasma photonic crystal is studied. The periodic structure consists of lossless dielectric and inhomogeneous plasma with a parabolic density profile. The dispersion relation and the THz wave transmittance are analyzed based on the electromagnetic equations and transfer matrix method. The dependence of effective plasma frequency and photonic band gap characteristics on dielectric and plasma thickness, plasma density, and incident angle are discussed in detail. A theoretical calculation for effective plasma frequency is presented and compared with numerical results. Results of these two methods are in good agreement.

  9. Method of casting patterned dielectric structures

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    Poco, John F.; Hrubesh, Lawrence W.

    2001-01-01

    A pattern of dielectric structures are formed directly on a substrate in a single step using sol-gel chemistry and molding procedures. The resulting dielectric structures are useful in vacuum applications for electronic devices. Porous, lightweight structures having a high aspect ratio that are suitable for use as spacers between the faceplate and baseplate of a field emission display can be manufactured using this method.

  10. 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)

  11. 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 %.

  12. 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. PMID:26218887

  13. Different roles of electron beam in two stream instability in an elliptical waveguide for generation and amplification of THz electromagnetic waves

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    Safari, S.; Jazi, B.; Jahanbakht, S.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, two stream instability in a metallic waveguide with elliptical cross-section and with a hollow annular dielectric layer is studied for generation and amplification of THz electromagnetic waves. Dispersion relation of waves and their dependents to geometric dimensions and characteristics of the electron beam are analyzed. In continuation, the diagrams of growth rate for some operating frequencies are presented, so that effective factors on the growth rates, such as geometrical dimensions, dielectric constant of dielectric layer, accelerating voltage, and applied current intensity are analyzed. It is shown that while an electron beam is responsible for instability, another electron beam plays a stabilizing role.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Millimeter wave and terahertz dielectric properties of biological materials

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    Khan, Usman Ansar

    Broadband dielectric properties of materials can be employed to identify, detect, and characterize materials through their unique spectral signatures. In this study, millimeter wave, submillimeter wave, and terahertz dielectric properties of biological substances inclusive of liquids, solids, and powders were obtained using Dispersive Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DFTS). Two broadband polarizing interferometers were constructed to test materials from 60 GHz to 1.2 THz. This is an extremely difficult portion of the frequency spectrum to obtain a material's dielectric properties since neither optical nor microwave-based techniques provide accurate data. The dielectric characteristics of liquids such as cyclohexane, chlorobenzene, benzene, ethanol, methanol, 1,4 dioxane, and 10% formalin were obtained using the liquid interferometer. Subsequently the solid interferometer was utilized to determine the dielectric properties of human breast tissues, which are fixed and preserved in 10% formalin. This joint collaboration with the Tufts New England Medical Center demonstrated a significant difference between the dielectric response of tumorous and non-tumorous breast tissues across the spectrum. Powders such as anthrax, flour, talc, corn starch, dry milk, and baking soda have been involved in a number of security threats and false alarms around the globe in the last decade. To be able to differentiate hoax attacks and serious security threats, the dielectric properties of common household powders were also examined using the solid interferometer to identify the powders' unique resonance peaks. A new sample preparation kit was designed to test the powder specimens. It was anticipated that millimeter wave and terahertz dielectric characterization will enable one to clearly distinguish one powder from the other; however most of the powders had relatively close dielectric responses and only Talc had a resonance signature recorded at 1.135 THz. Furthermore, due to

  17. THz generation from plasmonic nanoparticle arrays.

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    Polyushkin, D K; Hendry, E; Stone, E K; Barnes, W L

    2011-11-01

    We investigate the generation of THz pulses when arrays of silver nanoparticles are irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses, providing the first reproducible experimental evidence in support of recent theoretical predictions of such an effect. We assess our results in the context of a model where photoelectrons are produced by plasmon-mediated multiphoton excitation, and THz radiation is generated via the acceleration of the ejected electrons by ponderomotive forces arising from the inhomogeneous plasmon field. By exploring the dependence of the THz emission on the femtosecond pulse intensity and as a function of metal nanoparticle morphology, and by comparing measurements to numerical modeling, we are able to verify the role of the particle plasmon mode in this process.

  18. Optical characteristic of cotton in the THz frequency region

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    Li, Jianrui; Li, Jiusheng

    2009-11-01

    In this letter, the spectral characteristics of cotton in the range of 0.2 ~ 2.5THz have been measured with THz timedomain spectroscopy. Its absorption and refraction spectra are obtained at room temperature in nitrogen atmosphere. It is found that cotton has the spectral response to THz waves in this frequency region. The results provided in this paper will help us to study the THz application to cotton commercial transaction inspection further.

  19. THz propagation in kagome hollow-core microstructured fibers.

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    Anthony, Jessienta; Leonhardt, Rainer; Leon-Saval, Sergio G; Argyros, Alexander

    2011-09-12

    We demonstrate single mode terahertz (THz) guidance in hollow-core kagome microstructured fibers over a broad frequency bandwidth. The fibers are characterized using a THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) setup, incorporating specially designed THz lenses to achieve good mode overlap with the fundamental mode field distribution. Losses 20 times lower than the losses of the fiber material are observed in the experiments, as well as broad frequency ranges of low dispersion, characteristic of hollow-core fibers.

  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 Low Resolution Spectroscopy for Astronomy

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    Stacey, Gordon J.

    2011-09-01

    The THz spectral regime provides a wide range of spectral lines that are invaluable probes of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies both in the local Universe and at the earliest times. We review the utility of these lines, give examples of the science they deliver, and detail the properties of successful low resolution direct detection spectrometers for work in the THz regime. We finish with a discussion of the exciting new science we expect with the next direct detection generation spectrometers on new facilities such as SOFIA, CCAT, SPICA, and ALMA.

  2. 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.

  3. Complex dielectric properties of anhydrous polycrystalline glucose in the terahertz region

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    Sun, P.; Liu, W.; Zou, Y.; Jia, Qiong Z.; Li, Jia Y.

    2015-03-01

    We utilized terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to investigate the complex dielectric properties of solid polycrystalline material of anhydrous glucose (D-(+)-glucose with purity >99.9%). THz transmission spectra of samples were measured from 0.2 to 2.2 THz. The samples were prepared into tablets with thicknesses of 0.362, 0.447, 0.504, 0.522 and 0.626 mm, respectively. The imaginary part of the complex dielectric function of polycrystalline glucose showed that there were multiple characteristic absorption peaks at 1.232, 1.445, 1.522, 1.608, 1.811 and 1.987 THz, respectively. Moreover, for a given characteristic absorption peak, the real part of the complex dielectric function showed anomalous dispersion within the full width half maximum (FWHM) of the absorption peak. Both finite difference time-domain (FDTD) numerical simulations and experimental results showed that the complex dielectric function of anhydrous polycrystalline glucose fits well with the Lorentz dielectric mode. The plasma oscillation frequency was below the frequency of the light waves suggesting that the light waves passed through the polycrystalline glucose tablets. Calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) showed that the characteristic absorption peaks of polycrystalline glucose originated mainly from collective intermolecular vibrations such as hydrogen bonds and crystal phonon modes. The THz radiation can excite the vibrational or rotational energy levels of the biological macromolecules. This leads to changes in their spatial configuration or interactions. This study showed that THz-TDS has potential applications in biological and pharmaceutical research and food industry.

  4. Electrical stability study of metal/dielectric systems

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    Ou, Ya

    The primary focus of this research work is to study the fundamental electrical properties of the metal/dielectric system subjected to thermal and electrical stresses. Metal ions tend to drift into the dielectric under a sufficiently strong electric field at elevated temperatures. The existence of metal ions can modify the dielectric properties of the surrounding insulator. In this thesis, the metal ion penetration process, including the mechanisms of the generation of metal ions and the kinetics of the diffusion/drift process of ions into the dielectric are presented. A diffusion/drift model has been adopted to provide insight into the movement of metal ions in the dielectric matrix. The effect of trapped metal ions on the electrical properties of the dielectric is also explored. Bias temperature stressing method combined with capacitance-voltage measurement is utilized to study the metal ion penetration process. Metals with higher oxidation tendency drift more readily into porous dielectrics, such as porous methyl silsesquioxane and porous SiCOH. Interfacial oxides, especially sub-oxides are not thermodynamically robust and therefore may break down under electric field and consequently release free metal ions to drift into the underneath dielectric materials. However, the formation of a robust and continuous thin layer of metal oxide such as stoichiometric aluminum oxide at the Al/dense SiO2 interface has shown its ability to dramatically reduce the penetration of metal ions. The effects of trapped metal ions on the electrical property of the dielectric are investigated by using a current-voltage ramping method. High temperature conduction mechanisms of Ta/porous SiCOH/Si structure have been found to transit from the Schottky emission regime to the Poole-Frenkel emission regime as more metal ions drift into the dielectrics. Metal ions in the dielectric act as electron traps that consequently enhance the transport of electrons through the dielectric under external

  5. Non Destructive Thermal Analysis and In Situ Investigation of Creep Mechanism of Graphite and Ceramic Composites using Phase-sensitive THz Imaging & Nonlinear Resonant Ultrasonic Spectroscopy

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    Zhang, XI-Cheng; Hurley, David; Redo-Scanchez, Albert

    2012-11-26

    In this project, we conducted a comprehensive study on nuclear graphite properties with terahertz (THz) imaging. Graphite samples from Idaho National Laboratory were carefully imaged by continuous wave (CW) THz. The CW THz imaging of graphite shows that the samples from different billet with different fabricating conditions have different pore size and structure. Based on this result, we then used a phase sensitive THz system to study the graphite properties. In this exploration, various graphite were studied. By imaging nuclear graphite samples in reflection mode at nine different incident polarization angles using THz time-domain spectroscopy, we find that different domain distributions and levels of porosity will introduce polarization dependence in THz reflectivity. Sample with higher density is less porous and has a smaller average domain distribution. As a consequence, it is less polarization-dependent and the polarization-dependent frequency is higher. The results also show that samples oxidized at higher temperatures tend to be more polarization dependent. The graphite from the external billet is more polarization dependent compared to that from the center billet. In addition, we performed laser-based ultrasonic measurements on these graphite samples. The denser, unoxidized samples allow surface acoustic waves to propagate more rapidly than in the samples that had already undergone oxidation. Therefore, for the oxidized samples, the denser samples show less polarization-dependence, higher polarization-dependent frequency, and allow the surface acoustic waves propagate faster.

  6. Subwavelength silicon through-hole arrays as an all-dielectric broadband terahertz gradient index metamaterial

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    Park, Sang-Gil; Jeong, Ki-Hun; Lee, Kanghee; Han, Daehoon; Ahn, Jaewook

    2014-09-01

    Structuring at subwavelength scales brings out artificial media with anomalous optical features called metamaterials. All-dielectric metamaterials have high potential for practical applications over the whole electromagnetic spectrum owing to low loss and optical isotropy. Here, we report subwavelength silicon through-hole arrays as an all-dielectric gradient index metamaterial with broadband THz operation. The unit cell consists of a single subwavelength through-hole on highly resistive monocrystalline silicon. Depending on the fill-factor and period, the effective index was linearly modulated at 0.3–1.6 THz. The experimental results also demonstrate silicon gradient refractive index (Si-GRIN) lenses with parabolic index profiles through the spatial modification of a single unit cell along the radial direction. Si-GRIN lenses either focus 0.4–1.6 THz beam to the diffraction-limit or serve as a flat and thin solid immersion lens on the backside of THz photoconductive antenna for highly efficient pulse extraction. This all-dielectric gradient index metamaterial opens up opportunities for integrated THz GRIN optics.

  7. THz QCLs for heterodyne receivers and wavelength modulation spectroscopy

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    Lee, Alan W. M.; Kao, Tsung-Yu; Zimmerman, Ian A.; Cole, William T. S.; Thurston, Richard; Saykally, Richard J.; Han, Ningren; Hu, Qing

    2016-05-01

    Milliwatt average power terahertz quantum cascade lasers (THz-QCLs, 2 THz to 5 THz) have been developed for spectroscopy and as local oscillators for heterodyne receivers. Novel DFB THz-QCLs have been fabricated and show single-mode operation. The narrow line widths of <10 MHz and stark shift tuning of of 6 GHz, allows for wavelength modulation spectroscopy of low pressure gasses in the unexplored THz frequency band. The same devices also act as local-oscillators for heterodyne receivers for remote-sensing and astronomy. Lastly we report on improved tunable DFB devices for use in spectroscopy.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Receiving Properties of Thin-Film Slot Antenna Arrays for 28-THz-CO2 Laser Radiation

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    Uchida, Takashi; Abe, Yasuhiko; Hashimoto, Shoji; Yasuoka, Yoshizumi

    The receiving properties of fabricated parasitic slot antenna arrays on ZnS dielectric substrates for 28-THz-CO2 laser radiation were investigated. When the CO2 laser beam was irradiated on the antennas directly (from the air-side), the E-plane antenna patterns of the parasitic slot antenna arrays became increasing sharper as the number of slots in the array increased from 1to 7. On the other hand, the H-plane antenna patterns did not change with the number of slots because the slot antennas were not arrayed in the H-plane. It was found that the antenna theory based on the transmission line model was applicable at 28 THz. When the CO2 laser beam was irradiated through the substrate (from the substrate-side), rippled antenna patterns were observed due to multiple reflection in the substrate because the thickness of the substrate was much longer than the dielectric wavelength of the CO2 laser. It was also found that the antenna receiving properties were affected by the thickness of the substrate. Furthermore, as expected from the theory, the power gain of the 7-parasitic slot antenna array improved by approximately 7 dB compared to that of the single-slot antenna at 28 THz.

  14. MEASUREMENTS OF HIGH-FIELD THZ INDUCED PHOTOCURRENTS IN SEMICONDUCTORS

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    Wiczer, M.; Lindenberg, A.

    2008-01-01

    THz pulses have provided a useful tool for probing the time-resolved dynamics of free carriers in a system. However, the development of methods to produce intense THz radiation has been slow. We have developed a method for producing intense ultra-short THz pulses, which have a full width at half maximum of 300 fs — approximately a half cycle of THz radiation. These intense half cycle pulses (HCPs) allowed us to use THz radiation as a source of excitation. By exposing the semiconductor indium antimonide (InSb) to intense THz HCP radiation, we have observed non-linear optical effects which suggest the generation of new free carriers by below band-gap THz photons. This generation of free carriers appears to be due to an avalanche multiplication process which then induces a current in the time-scale of our THz pulse. This amplifi cation on such a short timescale suggests the possibility of an ultrafast detector of weak above band-gap radiation. We constructed a device which detects these currents by painting an electrode structure on the surface of the semiconductor. The currents induced across the electrodes by this avalanche multiplication process were measured and compared with other measurements of this non-linear optical process. We successfully measured THz induced currents in InSb, suggesting promise towards the development of an ultra-fast detector. Further, we have gained insight into a possible physical explanation of the THz induced free carriers we observe in InSb.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

    2015-05-01

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. THz imaging system with the IJJ emitter

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    Tsujimoto, Manabu; Minami, Hidetoshi; Sawamura, Masashi; Delfanazari, Kaveh; Yamamoto, Takashi; Kashiwagi, Takanari; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2011-03-01

    The intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) emitter consisted of thousands of IJJs uniformly stacked in single crystalline high-Tc superconductor Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O8 + δ (Bi-2212) [L. Ozyuzer et al., Science 318, (2007) 1291.] is expected to be a novel source of the continuous terahertz electromagnetic waves (THz-waves). The maximum emission power of tens of microwatts recently obtained with the mesa structure of IJJs seems to be sufficient to make use of the IJJ emitter for some practical applications such as THz imaging. According to the cavity resonance condition, we can control the radiation frequency by changing the geometrical size of the mesa. In this study, we develop the THz imaging system with IJJ emitter. In the presentation, we will show some transparent images of standard specimens obtained by the raster scanning method. Also, we will mention some problems to be solved for the future applications of the IJJ emitter. CREST-JST, WPI-MANA, Strategic Initiative A (University of Tsukuba).

  1. 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.

  2. Progress towards two-dimensional biomedical imaging with THz spectroscopy

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    Beard, Matthew C.; Turner, Gordon M.; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A.

    2002-11-01

    Terahertz spectroscopy represents a frontier in the field of biomedical imaging. It is possible to image complex objects that are opaque to visible and infrared light. In this paper, we have used THz imaging to reveal the structure inside a sunflower seed. We compare images based on time- and frequency-domain representations of the THz scans, and conclude that for this type of specimen the time-domain THz scans provide more detailed information than their frequency-domain counterparts.

  3. Influence of THz broadband pulse radiation on some biotissues

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    Bespalov, Victor G.; Gorodetsky, Andrei A.; Grachev, Yaroslav V.; Kozlov, Sergei A.; Smolyanskaya, Olga A.

    2010-02-01

    In the present paper research results of broadband THz radiation influence in a range 0.1÷2 THz on some biological tissues are presented. Theoretical modeling of THz radiation propagation through the fat sample is performed. Experimental absorption spectra of samples of vegetable oil, nail tissue, skin tissue and blood are obtained. Spectra of these tissues differ in a range of 0.1 ÷ 2 THz. Also they depend on water content. From these samples vegetable oil has the best transmission.

  4. Influence of THz broadband pulse radiation on some biotissues

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    Bespalov, Victor G.; Gorodetsky, Andrei A.; Grachev, Yaroslav V.; Kozlov, Sergei A.; Smolyanskaya, Olga A.

    2009-10-01

    In the present paper research results of broadband THz radiation influence in a range 0.1÷2 THz on some biological tissues are presented. Theoretical modeling of THz radiation propagation through the fat sample is performed. Experimental absorption spectra of samples of vegetable oil, nail tissue, skin tissue and blood are obtained. Spectra of these tissues differ in a range of 0.1 ÷ 2 THz. Also they depend on water content. From these samples vegetable oil has the best transmission.

  5. 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.

  6. THz antenna-coupled nanoscale electron-phonon bolometers

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    McKenney, Christopher; Cleland, Andrew

    2010-03-01

    We are fabricating nanoscale bolometers for use in THz radiation detection. A sufficiently small volume of normal metal volume is so decoupled from phonons at mK temperatures that thermal time constants can reach milliseconds. We sense the temperature change in the electron gas due to THz radiation absorption using a pair of superconductor-insulator-normal metal (SIN) tunnel junctions, probed using a radiofrequency tank circuit to achieve large measurement bandwidth. THz radiation is coupled to the normal metal with an impedance-matched double slotline antenna; we use a blackbody source to generate photons at ˜ 1 THz. We report our progress on the development of these devices.

  7. Extremely low-loss, dispersion flattened porous-core photonic crystal fiber for terahertz regime

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    Islam, Saiful; Islam, Mohammad Rakibul; Faisal, Mohammad; Arefin, Abu Sayeed Muhammad Shamsul; Rahman, Hasan; Sultana, Jakeya; Rana, Sohel

    2016-07-01

    A porous-core octagonal photonic crystal fiber (PC-OPCF) with ultralow effective material loss (EML), high core power fraction, and ultra flattened dispersion is proposed for terahertz (THz) wave propagation. At an operating frequency of 1 THz and core diameter of 345 μm, simulation results display an extremely low EML of 0.047 cm-1, 49.1% power transmission through core air holes, decreased confinement loss with the increase of frequency, and dispersion variation of 0.15 ps/THz/cm. In addition, the proposed PCF can successfully operate in single-mode condition. All the simulations are performed with finite-element modeling package, COMSOL v4.2. The design can be fabricated using a stacking and drilling method. Thus, the proposed fiber has the potential of being an effective transmission medium of broadband THz waves.

  8. 3D-Printed Broadband Dielectric Tube Terahertz Waveguide with Anti-Reflection Structure

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    Vogt, Dominik Walter; Leonhardt, Rainer

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate broadband, low loss, and close-to-zero dispersion guidance of terahertz (THz) radiation in a dielectric tube with an anti-reflection structure (AR-tube waveguide) in the frequency range from 0.2 to 1.0 THz. The anti-reflection structure (ARS) consists of close-packed cones in a hexagonal lattice arranged on the outer surface of the tube cladding. The feature size of the ARS is in the order of the wavelength between 0.2 and 1.0 THz. The waveguides are fabricated with the versatile and cost efficient 3D-printing method. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) measurements as well as 3D finite-difference time-domain simulations (FDTD) are performed to extensively characterize the AR-tube waveguides. Spectrograms, attenuation spectra, effective phase refractive indices, and the group-velocity dispersion parameters β 2 of the AR-tube waveguides are presented. Both the experimental and numerical results confirm the extended bandwidth and smaller group-velocity dispersion of the AR-tube waveguide compared to a low loss plain dielectric tube THz waveguide. The AR-tube waveguide prototypes show an attenuation spectrum close to the theoretical limit given by the infinite cladding tube waveguide.

  9. 3D-Printed Broadband Dielectric Tube Terahertz Waveguide with Anti-Reflection Structure

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    Vogt, Dominik Walter; Leonhardt, Rainer

    2016-11-01

    We demonstrate broadband, low loss, and close-to-zero dispersion guidance of terahertz (THz) radiation in a dielectric tube with an anti-reflection structure (AR-tube waveguide) in the frequency range from 0.2 to 1.0 THz. The anti-reflection structure (ARS) consists of close-packed cones in a hexagonal lattice arranged on the outer surface of the tube cladding. The feature size of the ARS is in the order of the wavelength between 0.2 and 1.0 THz. The waveguides are fabricated with the versatile and cost efficient 3D-printing method. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) measurements as well as 3D finite-difference time-domain simulations (FDTD) are performed to extensively characterize the AR-tube waveguides. Spectrograms, attenuation spectra, effective phase refractive indices, and the group-velocity dispersion parameters β 2 of the AR-tube waveguides are presented. Both the experimental and numerical results confirm the extended bandwidth and smaller group-velocity dispersion of the AR-tube waveguide compared to a low loss plain dielectric tube THz waveguide. The AR-tube waveguide prototypes show an attenuation spectrum close to the theoretical limit given by the infinite cladding tube waveguide.

  10. THz generation at 1.55 µm excitation: six-fold increase in THz conversion efficiency by separated photoconductive and trapping regions.

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    Dietz, Roman J B; Gerhard, Marina; Stanze, Dennis; Koch, Martin; Sartorius, Bernd; Schell, Martin

    2011-12-19

    We present first results on photoconductive THz emitters for 1.55µm excitation. The emitters are based on MBE grown In0.53Ga0.47As/In0.52Al0.48As multilayer heterostructures (MLHS) with high carrier mobility. The high mobility is achieved by spatial separation of photoconductive and trapping regions. Photoconductive antennas made of these MLHS are evaluated as THz emitters in a THz time domain spectrometer (THz TDS). The high carrier mobility and effective absorption significantly increases the optical-to-THz conversion efficiency with THz bandwidth in excess of 3 THz. PMID:22274179

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Single-mode porous fiber for low-loss polarization maintaining terahertz transmission

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    Rana, Sohel; Saiful Islam, Md.; Faisal, Mohammad; Roy, Krishna Chandra; Islam, Raonaqul; Kaijage, Shubi F.

    2016-07-01

    We report on a polymer-based porous-core photonic crystal fiber for simultaneous high-birefringent and low-loss propagation of narrowband terahertz (THz) electromagnetic waves. The high birefringence is induced by using rotated elliptical air holes inside the porous-core. The fiber is numerically analyzed with an efficient finite-element method. The simulation results exhibit an extremely high birefringence of ˜0.042 and a very low effective material loss of ˜0.07 cm-1 at an operating frequency of 1 THz. Moreover, we have found an optimal rotation angle (θ)=n30 deg (n is an odd integer). Other modal features of the fiber, such as confinement loss, power fraction, effective area, bending loss, and dispersion, also have been analyzed. We anticipate that the proposed fiber would be suitable in polarization maintaining THz wave guidance applications.

  14. 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.

  15. Measurements of High-Field THz Induced Photocurrents in Semiconductors

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    Wiczer, Michael; /Illinois U., Urbana

    2007-11-07

    THz pulses have provided a useful tool for probing, with time resolution, the free carriers in a system. The development of methods to produce intense THz radiation has been slow since spectroscopists and condensed matter physicists first began probing materials with THz pulses. We have developed a method for producing intense ultra-short THz pulses, which have full width half maximum of 300 fs - approximately a half cycle of THz radiation. These intense half cycle pulses (HCPs) allow us to use THz radiation not only as a probe of the free carriers in a system but also as a source of excitation to alter a system in some way. In particular, HPCs perturb free carriers considerably in short time scales but show minimal effect to individual free carriers over long time. By exposing the semiconductor indium antimonide (InSb) to our intense THz HCP radiation, we have observed non-linear optical effects which suggest the generation of new free carriers by below band-gap THz photons. This generation of free carriers appears to be caused by an avalanche multiplication process, which should amplify the number of free carriers already in the system and then induce a current in the timescale of our THz pulse. This amplification on such a short timescale suggests the possibility of an ultra-fast detector of weak above band-gap radiation. We constructed a device which detects these currents by painting an electrode structure on the surface of the semiconductor. The currents induced across the electrodes by this avalanche multiplication process were measured and compared with other measurements of this non-linear optical process. We successfully measured THz induced currents in InSb, which indicate promise towards the development of an ultra-fast detector, and we gain insight into a possible physical explanation of the THz induced free carriers we observe in InSb.

  16. Method for producing high dielectric strength microvalves

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    Kirby, Brian J.; Reichmuth, David S.; Shepodd, Timothy J.

    2006-04-04

    A microvalve having a cast-in-place and lithographically shaped mobile, polymer monolith for fluid flow control in microfluidic devices and method of manufacture. The microvalve contains a porous fluorinated polymer monolithic element whose pores are filled with an electrically insulating, high dielectric strength fluid, typically a perfluorinated liquid. This combination provides a microvalve that combines high dielectric strength with extremely low electrical conductivity. These microvalves have been shown to have resistivities of at least 100 G.OMEGA. and are compatible with solvents such as water at a pH between 2.7 and 9.0, 1-1 propanol, acetonitrile, and acetone.

  17. Efficient localization of terahertz waves within a gradient dielectric-filled metallic grating

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    Zhao, Wenyu; Ju, Dongquan; Jiang, Yongyuan

    2014-12-01

    We proposed a gradient dielectric-filled metallic grating to spatially localize wide-band terahertz waves at different locations for different frequencies. The dispersion relations for terahertz waves propagating along gratings with different filling-depths were developed under the first-order approximation based on the spoof surface plasmon theory. The structure can localize terahertz waves at the frequency regime from 0.7 to 1.3 THz, as the filling-depth H gradually increases from 0 to 50 µm. By filling with active media such as nematic liquid crystals, the trapping location can be effectively tuned, providing potential to realize controllable and compact integrated THz devices.

  18. Silicon Micromachined Microlens Array for THz Antennas

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    Lee, Choonsup; Chattopadhyay, Goutam; Mehdi, IImran; Gill, John J.; Jung-Kubiak, Cecile D.; Llombart, Nuria

    2013-01-01

    5 5 silicon microlens array was developed using a silicon micromachining technique for a silicon-based THz antenna array. The feature of the silicon micromachining technique enables one to microfabricate an unlimited number of microlens arrays at one time with good uniformity on a silicon wafer. This technique will resolve one of the key issues in building a THz camera, which is to integrate antennas in a detector array. The conventional approach of building single-pixel receivers and stacking them to form a multi-pixel receiver is not suited at THz because a single-pixel receiver already has difficulty fitting into mass, volume, and power budgets, especially in space applications. In this proposed technique, one has controllability on both diameter and curvature of a silicon microlens. First of all, the diameter of microlens depends on how thick photoresist one could coat and pattern. So far, the diameter of a 6- mm photoresist microlens with 400 m in height has been successfully microfabricated. Based on current researchers experiences, a diameter larger than 1-cm photoresist microlens array would be feasible. In order to control the curvature of the microlens, the following process variables could be used: 1. Amount of photoresist: It determines the curvature of the photoresist microlens. Since the photoresist lens is transferred onto the silicon substrate, it will directly control the curvature of the silicon microlens. 2. Etching selectivity between photoresist and silicon: The photoresist microlens is formed by thermal reflow. In order to transfer the exact photoresist curvature onto silicon, there needs to be etching selectivity of 1:1 between silicon and photoresist. However, by varying the etching selectivity, one could control the curvature of the silicon microlens. The figure shows the microfabricated silicon microlens 5 x5 array. The diameter of the microlens located in the center is about 2.5 mm. The measured 3-D profile of the microlens surface has a

  19. 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.

  20. Simulation, fabrication and characterization of THz metamaterial absorbers.

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    Grant, James P; McCrindle, Iain J H; Cumming, David R S

    2012-12-27

    Metamaterials (MM), artificial materials engineered to have properties that may not be found in nature, have been widely explored since the first theoretical(1) and experimental demonstration(2) of their unique properties. MMs can provide a highly controllable electromagnetic response, and to date have been demonstrated in every technologically relevant spectral range including the optical(3), near IR(4), mid IR(5) , THz(6) , mm-wave(7) , microwave(8) and radio(9) bands. Applications include perfect lenses(10), sensors(11), telecommunications(12), invisibility cloaks(13) and filters(14,15). We have recently developed single band(16), dual band(17) and broadband(18) THz metamaterial absorber devices capable of greater than 80% absorption at the resonance peak. The concept of a MM absorber is especially important at THz frequencies where it is difficult to find strong frequency selective THz absorbers(19). In our MM absorber the THz radiation is absorbed in a thickness of ~ λ/20, overcoming the thickness limitation of traditional quarter wavelength absorbers. MM absorbers naturally lend themselves to THz detection applications, such as thermal sensors, and if integrated with suitable THz sources (e.g. QCLs), could lead to compact, highly sensitive, low cost, real time THz imaging systems.

  1. THz devices based on 2D electron systems

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    Xing, Huili Grace; Yan, Rusen; Song, Bo; Encomendero, Jimy; Jena, Debdeep

    2015-05-01

    In two-dimensional electron systems with mobility on the order of 1,000 - 10,000 cm2/Vs, the electron scattering time is about 1 ps. For the THz window of 0.3 - 3 THz, the THz photon energy is in the neighborhood of 1 meV, substantially smaller than the optical phonon energy of solids where these 2D electron systems resides. These properties make the 2D electron systems interesting as a platform to realize THz devices. In this paper, I will review 3 approaches investigated in the past few years in my group toward THz devices. The first approach is the conventional high electron mobility transistor based on GaN toward THz amplifiers. The second approach is to employ the tunable intraband absorption in 2D electron systems to realize THz modulators, where I will use graphene as a model material system. The third approach is to exploit plasma wave in these 2D electron systems that can be coupled with a negative differential conductance element for THz amplifiers/sources/detectors.

  2. Investigation of bovine serum albumin glycation by THz spectroscopy

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    Cherkasova, Olga P.; Nazarov, Maxim M.; Shkurinov, Alexander P.

    2016-04-01

    Protein glycation is accelerated under hyperglycemic conditions resulting to loss in the structure and biological functions of proteins. The transmission THz spectroscopy has been used for measuring of bovine serum albumin glycation dynamics. It was found that amplitude of albumin THz absorption depends on type of sugars and incubation time.

  3. Simulation, Fabrication and Characterization of THz Metamaterial Absorbers

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    Grant, James P.; McCrindle, Iain J.H.; Cumming, David R.S.

    2012-01-01

    Metamaterials (MM), artificial materials engineered to have properties that may not be found in nature, have been widely explored since the first theoretical1 and experimental demonstration2 of their unique properties. MMs can provide a highly controllable electromagnetic response, and to date have been demonstrated in every technologically relevant spectral range including the optical3, near IR4, mid IR5 , THz6 , mm-wave7 , microwave8 and radio9 bands. Applications include perfect lenses10, sensors11, telecommunications12, invisibility cloaks13 and filters14,15. We have recently developed single band16, dual band17 and broadband18 THz metamaterial absorber devices capable of greater than 80% absorption at the resonance peak. The concept of a MM absorber is especially important at THz frequencies where it is difficult to find strong frequency selective THz absorbers19. In our MM absorber the THz radiation is absorbed in a thickness of ~ λ/20, overcoming the thickness limitation of traditional quarter wavelength absorbers. MM absorbers naturally lend themselves to THz detection applications, such as thermal sensors, and if integrated with suitable THz sources (e.g. QCLs), could lead to compact, highly sensitive, low cost, real time THz imaging systems. PMID:23299442

  4. Simulation, fabrication and characterization of THz metamaterial absorbers.

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    Grant, James P; McCrindle, Iain J H; Cumming, David R S

    2012-01-01

    Metamaterials (MM), artificial materials engineered to have properties that may not be found in nature, have been widely explored since the first theoretical(1) and experimental demonstration(2) of their unique properties. MMs can provide a highly controllable electromagnetic response, and to date have been demonstrated in every technologically relevant spectral range including the optical(3), near IR(4), mid IR(5) , THz(6) , mm-wave(7) , microwave(8) and radio(9) bands. Applications include perfect lenses(10), sensors(11), telecommunications(12), invisibility cloaks(13) and filters(14,15). We have recently developed single band(16), dual band(17) and broadband(18) THz metamaterial absorber devices capable of greater than 80% absorption at the resonance peak. The concept of a MM absorber is especially important at THz frequencies where it is difficult to find strong frequency selective THz absorbers(19). In our MM absorber the THz radiation is absorbed in a thickness of ~ λ/20, overcoming the thickness limitation of traditional quarter wavelength absorbers. MM absorbers naturally lend themselves to THz detection applications, such as thermal sensors, and if integrated with suitable THz sources (e.g. QCLs), could lead to compact, highly sensitive, low cost, real time THz imaging systems. PMID:23299442

  5. Towards THz medical imaging; reflective imaging of animal tissues.

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    Singh, Rahul S; Taylor, Zachary D; Culjat, Martin O; Grundfest, Warren S; Brown, Elliott R

    2008-01-01

    A reflective THz imaging system has been developed, and features a photoconductive switch and zero-bias Schottky diode detector. The system was used to image deli meats and can distinguish between muscle and adipose tissue based on water content. This capability is a step towards the development of THz medical imaging systems.

  6. THz Absorption Spectra of Fe Water Complexes Interacting with O3 Calculated by Density Functional Theory

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    Huang, L.; Lambrakos, S. G.; Shabaev, A.; Massa, L.; Yapijakis, C.

    2013-05-01

    The need for better monitoring of water quality and levels of water contamination implies a need for determining the dielectric response properties of water contaminants with respect to electromagnetic wave excitation. In addition to monitoring contaminants, there is an associated need for monitoring chemical processes that are for deactivation or assistance in the removal of water contaminants. Iron and manganese are two naturally occurring water contaminants, where iron is in general at much higher concentrations. Correspondingly, a process that is highly effective for assisting filtration of water contaminants, including iron and manganese, is the addition in solution of Ozone, i.e., the preozonation process. The present study uses density functional theory (DFT) for the calculation of ground-state resonance structure associated with Fe water complexes interacting with Ozone in solution. The calculations presented are for excitation by electromagnetic waves at frequencies within the THz range. Dielectric response functions can provide for different types of analyses concerning water contaminants. In particular, dielectric response functions can provide quantitative initial estimates of spectral response features for subsequent adjustment with respect to additional information such as laboratory measurements and other types of theory-based calculations. In addition, with respect to qualitative analysis, DFT-calculated absorption spectra provide for molecular level interpretation of response structure. The DFT software GAUSSIAN was used for the calculations of ground-state resonance structure presented in this article.

  7. THz transmission through cross metallic fractal slits by FDTD simulation

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    Wang, Xiaoyan; Liu, Liming; Zhao, Guozhong; Zhang, Cunlin

    2011-08-01

    The transmission spectra of sub-wavelength cross metallic fractal slits in terahertz (THz) frequency region are presented by means of finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD) simulation. The transmission spectra with multiple pass bands and stop bands are observed. To understand the physical mechanism of the enhanced transmissions, we simulated the electric field distribution of THz radiation within the metallic slits at the resonance frequencies by the electromagnetic design software named CONCERTO. Further analysis reveals that the two transmission peaks in the low frequency is the local resonance of electric field of the two cross slit, respectively. The third transmission peak is the co-effect of the two level cross slits. Our simulation is helpful for the understanding of THz wave propagation and THz transmission through the cross metallic fractal structures. It is also useful for the development of THz photonic devices.

  8. THz transceiver characterization : LDRD project 139363 final report.

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    Nordquist, Christopher Daniel; Wanke, Michael Clement; Cich, Michael Joseph; Reno, John Louis; Fuller, Charles T.; Wendt, Joel Robert; Lee, Mark; Grine, Albert D.

    2009-09-01

    LDRD Project 139363 supported experiments to quantify the performance characteristics of monolithically integrated Schottky diode + quantum cascade laser (QCL) heterodyne mixers at terahertz (THz) frequencies. These integrated mixers are the first all-semiconductor THz devices to successfully incorporate a rectifying diode directly into the optical waveguide of a QCL, obviating the conventional optical coupling between a THz local oscillator and rectifier in a heterodyne mixer system. This integrated mixer was shown to function as a true heterodyne receiver of an externally received THz signal, a breakthrough which may lead to more widespread acceptance of this new THz technology paradigm. In addition, questions about QCL mode shifting in response to temperature, bias, and external feedback, and to what extent internal frequency locking can improve stability have been answered under this project.

  9. The mechanism of the dielectric relaxation in water.

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    Popov, Ivan; Ishai, Paul Ben; Khamzin, Airat; Feldman, Yuri

    2016-05-18

    Although relating to the same system, the interpretations of the water spectra from Raman and Dielectric spectroscopy present independent pictures of the nature of water. We show that in the overlap region of the two methods it is possible to combine these views into a coherent concept of what drives the dynamic features of water. In this work, we develop the idea that the dielectric relaxation in water is driven by the migration of defects through the H-bond network, leading to a Debye-like peak in the lower frequencies. The deviation from the Debye law in the higher sub-THz frequencies is traced to a global fluctuation of the same H-bond network, clearly evident in the Raman Spectra. By incorporating these two views, a mathematical formalism is presented that can aptly explicate the dielectric spectra of liquid water. PMID:27148837

  10. Study of supported phospholipid bilayers by THz-TDS

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    Ionescu, Alina; Mernea, Maria; Vasile, Ionut; Brandus, Catalina Alice; Barbinta-Patrascu, Marcela Elisabeta; Tugulea, Laura; Mihailescu, Dan; Dascalu, Traian

    2012-10-01

    Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is a new technique in studying the conformational state of molecules. Cell membranes are important structures in the interaction with extra cellular entities. Their principal building blocks are lipids, amphiphilic molecules that spontaneously self-assemble when in contact with water. In this work we report the use of THz-TDS in transmission mode to examine the behavior of supported phospholipid bilayers (SPBs) within the frequency range of 0.2 THz to 3 THz. SPBs were obtained by vesicle adsorption method involving the spread of a suspension (50-100 μl) of small unilamellar vesicles (SUVs) or multilamellar vesicles (MLVs) dissolved in PBS (phosphate buffer solution) on a support of silicon wafers. Both SUVs and MLVs were obtained from dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and lecithin by using the thin-film hydration method. Broadband THz pulses are generated and detected using photoconductive antennas optically excited by a femtosecond laser pulse emitted from a self-mode locked fiber laser at a wavelength of 780 nm with a pulse widths of 150 fs. THz-TDS was proven to be a useful method in studying SPBs and their hydration states. The absorption coefficient and refractive index of the samples were calculated from THz measurements data. The THz absorption spectra for different lipids in SPBs indicate specific absorption frequency lines. A difference in the magnitude of the refractive index was also observed due to the different structure of supported lipid bilayers. The THz spectrum of DPPC was obtained by using theoretical simulations and then the experimental and theoretical THz spectra were compared.

  11. THz Hot-Electron Photon Counter

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    Karasik, Boris S.; Sergeev, Andrei V.

    2004-01-01

    We present a concept for the hot-electron transition-edge sensor capable of counting THz photons. The main need for such a sensor is a spectroscopy on future space telescopes where a background limited NEP approx. 10(exp -20) W/H(exp 1/2) is expected at around 1 THz. Under these conditions, the rate of photon arrival is very low and any currently imaginable detector with sufficient sensitivity will operate in the photon counting mode. The Hot-Electron Photon Counter based on a submicron-size Ti bridge has a very low heat capacity which provides a high enough energy resolution (approx.140 GHz) at 0.3 K. With the sensor time constant of a few microseconds, the dynamic range would be approx. 30 dB. The sensor couples to radiation via a planar antenna and is read by a SQUID amplifier or by a 1-bit RSFQ ADC. A compact array of the antenna-coupled counters can be fabricated on a silicon wafer without membranes.

  12. Accelerator Sources for THz science: A Review

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    Neil, George R.

    2013-07-10

    Free Electron Lasers have been around since 1977 providing not only a test bed for the physics of FELs and electron/photon interactions but as a workhorse of scientific research. More than 30 FELs are presently operating around the world spanning a wavelength range from the millimeter region to the hard x-ray using direct current and rf linear accelerators or storage rings as electron sources. The characteristics that have driven the development of these sources are the desire for high peak and average power, high micropulse energies, wavelength tunability, timing flexibility, and wavelengths that are unavailable from more conventional laser sources. Operation of FELs in the far infrared to terahertz regime poses special challenges which have been and are being addressed at a number of facilities around the world. This paper will review a number of former and existing FELs operating in this regime and discuss future efforts. Broadband collective radiation from relativistic electrons also plays a significant role in the production of FIR/THz radiation and several groups are taking advantage of this source for users. Applications for use of the radiation have evolved from simple imaging to complex pump probe tests of insulator/metal transitions and energy flow in organic molecules. We will discuss the technologies for generating the IR/FIR/THz radiation and cover some of the unique applications of such sources.

  13. Planar THz electromagnetic graphene pass-band filter with low polarization and angle of incidence dependencies.

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    Dmitriev, Victor; Monte do Nascimento, Clerisson

    2015-02-20

    We propose and analyze a graphene electromagnetic filter for the terahertz (THz) region. The filter represents a planar square array of graphene elements. A unit cell of the array is formed by two coaxial graphene rings placed on the opposite sides of a thin dielectric substrate. The two electromagnetically coupled rings resonate with dipole plasmonic modes. The rings have slightly different dimensions and consequently different yet close individual resonant frequencies. At a frequency lying between these two resonances, the currents in the two interacting rings have opposite directions. This leads to a suppression of the reflected from the array waves and consequently to a high transmission through the array. For the chemical potential of the graphene μc=0.6 eV, the calculated quality factor of this resonant mode is Q=5 at the frequency f=0.8  THz. At this frequency, the reflection coefficient of the array equals -36 dB and the transmission peak which is defined by the graphene losses is -1.8 dB. We show that the frequency position of the transmission peak can be varied in a wide range by the graphene chemical potential. PMID:25968220

  14. Elliptical metallic hollow fiber inner-coated with non-uniform dielectric layer.

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    Tang, Xiaoli; Yu, Zhuzheng; Tu, Xuecou; Chen, Jian; Argyros, Alexander; Kuhlmey, Boris T; Shi, Yiwei

    2015-08-24

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of an elliptical hollow fiber inner coated with a silver layer and a dielectric layer for polarization maintaining and low loss transmission of terahertz (THz) radiation. The primary purpose of adding the dielectric layer is to prevent the silver layer from oxidation. The thickness of the dielectric layer is non-uniform owing to the surface tension of the coating, which was initially applied as a liquid. Transmission loss and polarization maintenance are experimentally characterized. Effects of the dielectric layer on transmission properties are analyzed by comparing the fiber to Ag-only fiber. Results show that a dielectric layer with thickness less than λ/10 can effectively decreases the power distributed on the metal surface and thus can practically reduce loss resulting from roughness of the silver layer. Bending effects on transmission loss and polarization maintenance are also investigated.

  15. Omnidirectional band gaps in quasiperiodic photonic crystals in the THz region

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    Araújo, C. A. A.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Mauriz, P. W.; Albuquerque, E. L.

    2012-11-01

    In this work we calculate the emittance spectra of the electromagnetic radiation normally and obliquely incident (s- and p-polarized modes) on a one-dimensional multilayer quasiperiodic photonic structure made up by layered system of positive (SiO2) and negative (LiTaO3) refractive index materials organized in a quasiperiodic (Fibonacci-like) fashion. We model the negative refractive index material by an effective medium, whose electric permittivity ɛ(ω) is characterized by a phonon-polariton frequency dependent dielectric function, while for the magnetic permeability μ(ω) we have a Drude-like frequency-dependent function. The emittance spectra are determined by means of a well known theoretical model based on Kirchoff's second law, together with a transfer matrix formalism. Our results shows that the omnidirectional band gaps appear in the THz regime, in well defined frequency intervals independently of the electromagnetic radiation's polarized modes.

  16. Dielectric metasurfaces

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    Valentine, Jason

    While plasmonics metasurfaces have seen much development over the past several years, they still face throughput limitations due to ohmic losses. On the other hand, dielectric resonators and associated metasurfaces can eliminate the issue of ohmic loss while still providing the freedom to engineer the optical properties of the composite. In this talk, I will present our recent efforts to harness this freedom using metasurfaces formed from silicon and fabricated using CMOS-compatible techniques. Operating in the telecommunications band, I will discuss how we have used this platform to realize a number of novel functionalities including wavefront control, near-perfect reflection, and high quality factor resonances. In many cases the optical performance of these silicon-based metasurfaces can surpass their plasmonic counterparts. Furthermore, for some cases the surfaces are more amenable to large-area fabrication techniques.

  17. Complex extraordinary dielectric function of Mg-doped lithium niobate crystals at terahertz frequencies

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    Kuznetsov, K. A.; Kitaeva, G. Kh.; Kovalev, S. P.; Germansky, S. A.; Buryakov, A. M.; Tuchak, A. N.; Penin, A. N.

    2016-08-01

    We study the dispersion of the extraordinary dielectric function real and imaginary parts in the wide terahertz-frequency range of the lowest polariton branch for bulk LiNbO3 and Mg:LiNbO3 crystals. At frequencies 0.1-2.5 THz, both dispersion parts are measured by means of standard time-domain terahertz spectroscopy, and at higher frequencies up to 5.5 THz, the dielectric function real part is determined using a common scheme of spontaneous parametric down-conversion under near-forward Raman scattering by phonon polaritons. A special approach is applied for measuring of the dielectric function imaginary part at frequencies 1-3 THz, based on the analysis of visibility of three-wave second-order interference under spontaneous parametric down-conversion. The generalized approximate expressions are obtained for complex dielectric function dispersion within the lower polariton branches of LiNbO3 and Mg:LiNbO3. It is shown that the well-known decrease in terahertz-wave absorption of lithium niobate crystals under Mg-doping is caused by changes in the defect structure and reduction of coupling of the terahertz-frequency polaritons with Debye relaxational mode.

  18. Terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) of hydrated biomolecular polymers and monomers

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    Glancy, Paul Michael

    Terahertz Time Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) was utilized to obtain the complex dielectric spectra of hydrated biomolecules, betwixt the frequency range of 50 GHz to 2 THz. Two biological systems are observed; nucleic acid and carbohydrates. Monomers and polymers will be of interest for both. Utilizing both the Debye relaxation model and the suspension model, we observed both the mobility of biomolecules in solution as well as the influence they have on their surrounding water. Nucleotides and glucose (monomers) were found to have a small part in the overall dynamics of the polymers. Hydrated nucleotides were shown to form transition materials. The pyrimidine nucleotides act much like an ion where they break up the original structure of water and set up a less complicated structure (smaller main relaxation times than water) than water. Purine nucleotides act more like a hydrogen bond building material they set up a more complex hydrogen bond network (larger main relaxation times than water) than water. These nucleotides were shown to have an influence in water out to four water layers. The concentration studies that were preformed on native DNA, shows that concentration in the hydrated state is an important factor in the dielectric response. In addition, it was found that impurities in our samples did not play an important role in the dielectric response of our DNA solutions. Native DNA was shown to have a reach of six hydration layers. The influence temperature has on DNA solutions was observed, temperature has a large influence on hydrated DNA. It was found that hydrated DNA is more susceptible to change in temperature then that of bulk water. The main relaxation time increases at a much larger proportion to that of water. Using two synthetic DNA molecules with the same structure but different compositions and two carbohydrates with different structures but the same composition we found that the structure of a biopolymer is the most domination factor, rather than

  19. High-birefringence, low-loss porous fiber for single-mode terahertz-wave guidance.

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    Chen, Na-na; Liang, Jian; Ren, Li-yong

    2013-07-20

    A new kind of polymer porous fiber with elliptical air-holes is designed for obtaining high birefringence in the terahertz (THz) frequency range in this paper. Using the finite element method, the properties of this kind of fiber are simulated in detail including the single-mode propagation condition, the birefringence, and the loss. Theoretical results indicate that the single-mode THz wave in the frequency range from 0.73 to 1.22 THz can be guided in the fiber; the birefringence can be enhanced by rotating the major axis of the elliptical air-hole and there exists an optimal rotating angle at 30°. At this optimal angle a birefringence as high as 0.0445 can be obtained in a wide frequency range. Low-loss THz guidance can be achieved owing to the effective reduction of the material absorption in such a porous fiber. This research is useful for polarization-maintaining THz-wave guidance. PMID:23872779

  20. 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.

  1. Two dimensional spectroscopy of Liquids in THz-domain: THz analogue of 2D Raman spectroscopy

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    Okumura, K.; Tanimura, Y.

    1998-03-01

    After the initial proposal(Y. Tanimura and S. Mukamel, J. Chem. Phys. 99, 9496 (1993)), the two dimensional Raman spectroscopy in the liquid phase has been received a considerable attention. Both experimental and theoretical activity of this field has been quite high. Since we have two controllable delay times, we can obtain more information than the lower-order experiments such as OKE. The new information includes that on heterogeneous distribution in liquids. Recently, it is found that the coupling between the modes in liquids can be investigated by the technique, both experimentally and theoretically(A. Tokmakoff, M.J. Lang, D.S. Larsen, G.R. Fleming, V. Chernyak, and S. Mukamel, Phys. Rev. Lett. (in press))^,(K. Okumura and Y. Tanimura, Chem. Phys. Lett. 278, 175 (1997)) In this talk, we will emphasize that we can perform the THz analogue of the 2D Raman spectroscopy if the THz short-pulse laser becomes available, which may not be in the far future. Theoretically, we can formulate this novel THz spectroscopy on the same footing as the 2D Raman spectroscopy. We will clarify new aspects of this technique comparing with the 2D Raman spectroscopy--- the reason it worth trying the tough experiment. See

  2. [What's new in biomedical applications for Terahertz (THz) technology].

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    Dabouis, Vincent; Chancerelle, Yves; Crouzier, David; Debouzy, Jean-Claude

    2009-01-01

    Terahertz technologies have recently been applied to develop high resolution imaging. Since practical portable systems can be designed, the possibilty has emerged to easily screen for biohazards and concealed objects, a procedure which usually requires remote analysis. Applications of THz are also envisaged in the medical field, because this technology offers a degree of accuracy never reached before in molecule analysis. Skin abnormalities and dental health care are two promising targets of THz applications. Nevertheless, potential hazards and health effects of THz exposure should be monitored carefully, particularly since some data suggest induction of genomic instability. PMID:19765389

  3. THz ATR Spectroscopy for Inline Monitoring of Highly Absorbing Liquids

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    Soltani, Amin; Busch, Stefan F.; Plew, Patrick; Balzer, Jan C.; Koch, Martin

    2016-10-01

    We present a THz attenuated total reflection (ATR) setup which allows for inline measurements of highly absorbing liquids. As a proof of principle, we investigate a mixture of water and ground calcium carbonate (GCC) from 5 to 40 wt%. Inline measurements prove that our THz ATR setup allows for the distinction of various concentrations. As an example, we show inline THz ATR measurements for 30 to 40 wt% for GCC watery solution, as this concentration range is of technical relevance. We obtain a sensitivity better than 2 wt%.

  4. Surface Plasmon Thz Resonators for Security Applications

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    Gopalsami, N.; Chien, H.-T.; Elmer, T.; Bakhtiari, S.; Raptis, A. C.

    2009-03-01

    This paper investigates the use of surface plasmonic effect in slit resonators for sensing and imaging in the terahertz regime. The transmittance of electromagnetic (EM) waves through a narrow aperture becomes negligible when the aperture size becomes much smaller than the wavelength. However, with the resonant excitation of charge density waves in the metal/air interface, called the surface plasmons, an extraordinary transmittance has been observed through such apertures. Using slit resonators of 50 to 100 μm width, we have demonstrated enhanced transmission of THz radiation through the slits. The ability to concentrate the EM radiation through a sub-wavelength aperture bodes well for detection of chemical or biological materials with high sensitivity or for super-resolution imaging of materials for NDE. We present results of using a slit resonator for chemical detection and for super-resolution imaging of materials for NDE.

  5. One THz. Beamed Energy - Mission Capabilities

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    Johansen, Donald G.

    2005-04-01

    Gyrotrons now used for nuclear fusion experiments are a possibile source for beamed energy electro-thermal propulsion. Water vapor absorption is likely to bar 1 THz. transmission through the atmosphere. A space-based source in low equatorial orbit offers beamed energy velocity increments for upper stage orbit insertion. Transfer orbits to geosynchronous and lunar destinations and escape velocities to Mars and Venus are considered. Rapid acceleration (1 g) at high specific impulse implies very high source power and mass. Altitudes for BEP source satellites are in 600 to 800 kilometer range, set by atmospheric drag and avoidance of van Allen belt. Earth oblateness plus lunar and solar tidal forces are important factors governing source orbit selection and maintenance.

  6. Coupleurs fibres - metasurfaces aux frequences THz

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    Girard, Martin

    Metamaterials are a class of arficial materials where the electromagnetic properties can be tailored during the design process. Currently demonstrated properties are varied, ranging from frequency filters to enhancement of quentum effects such as photon spin Hall effect. While these materials are mastered from a theoretical point of view, their fabrication is much more complicated. It is generally accepted that metamaterial elements must be under the effective medium limit (Lambda < lambda/10). Moreover, assembly of a 3D periodical system becomes much more complicated for small elements. For this reason, metamaterials are usually printed in 2D, on a surface, which are called metasurfaces. Generally, these are produced for the THz frequencies (˜ 1012 Hz) or lower to have a large wavelength and thus easy fabrication. Working at THz frequencies also carries additional problems. Absorption in traditional optical mediums is typically large (for exemple, BK7 glass has losses of 20 dB / cm) and powers supplied by THz sources are generally weak ( 100 muW for a THz-TDS standard source). Metasurfaces can thus play an important role by replacing traditional mediums. Moreover, we can use the resonant properties of metamaterials to produce sensors and other devices. Currently, the metasurfaces are used in conjuction with a free-space beam instead of a typical waveguide, which may be problematic when implementing devices. A simple solution to this problem is to use the metamaterial as a standard coupler by placing a waveguide above the metasurface. As stated before, we generally consider metasurfaces as effective mediums, where the permittivity is insensitive to the angle of the incident beam. However, a large amount of publications on this subject shows that this is not respected. This can have a huge impact on properties of a coupler based on such a material. First, modelisation is not a simple 2D mode calculation with a simple expression for permittivity. Second, contra

  7. Development of SIS Mixers for 1 THz

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    Zmuidzinas, J.; Kooi, J.; Chattopadhyay, G.; Bumble, B.; LeDuc, H. G.; Stern, J. A.

    1998-01-01

    SIS heterodyne mixer technology based on niobium tunnel junctions has now been pushed to frequencies over 1 THz, clearly demonstrating that the SIS junctions are capable of mixing at frequencies up to twice the energy gap frequency (4 Delta/h). However, the performance degrades rapidly above the gap frequency of niobium (2 Delta/h approx. 700 GHz) due to substantial ohmic losses in the on-chip tuning circuit. To solve this problem, the tuning circuit should be fabricated using a superconducting film with a larger energy gap, such as NbN; unfortunately, NbN films often have a substantial excess surface resistance in the submillimeter band. In contrast, the SIS mixer measurements we present in this paper indicate that the losses for NbTiN thin films can be quite low.

  8. Room temperature strong light-matter coupling in 3D THz meta-atoms (Conference Presentation)

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    Paulillo, Bruno; Manceau, Jean-Michel; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund; Colombelli, Raffaele

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate strong light-matter coupling at room temperature in the terahertz (THz) spectral region using 3D meta-atoms with extremely sub-wavelength volumes. Using an air-bridge fabrication scheme, we have implemented sub-wavelength 3D THz micro-resonators that rely on suspended loop antennas connected to semiconductor-filled patch cavities. We have experimentally shown that they possess the functionalities of lumped LC resonators: their frequency response can be adjusted by independently tuning the inductance associated the antenna element or the capacitance provided by the metal-semiconductor-metal cavity. Moreover, the radiation coupling and efficiency can be engineered acting on the design of the loop antenna, similarly to conventional RF antennas. Here we take advantage of this rich playground in the context of cavity electrodynamics/intersubband polaritonics. In the strong light-matter coupling regime, a cavity and a two-level system exchange energy coherently at a characteristic rate called the vacuum Rabi frequency ΩR which is dominant with respect to all other loss mechanisms involved. The signature, in the frequency domain, is the appearance of a splitting between the bare cavity and material system resonances: the new states are called upper and a lower polariton branches. So far, most experimental demonstrations of strong light-matter interaction between an intersubband transition and a deeply sub-wavelength mode in the THz or mid-infrared ranges rely on wavelength-scale or larger resonators such as photonic crystals, diffractive gratings, dielectric micro-cavities or patch cavities. Lately, planar metamaterials have been used to enhance the light-matter interaction and strongly reduce the interaction volume by engineering the electric and magnetic resonances of the individual subwavelength constituents. In this contribution we provide evidence of strong coupling between a THz intersubband transition and an extremely sub-wavelength mode (≈λ/10

  9. 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.

  10. Comparison of Thermal Detector Arrays for Off-Axis THz Holography and Real-Time THz Imaging.

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    Hack, Erwin; Valzania, Lorenzo; Gäumann, Gregory; Shalaby, Mostafa; Hauri, Christoph P; Zolliker, Peter

    2016-01-01

    In terahertz (THz) materials science, imaging by scanning prevails when low power THz sources are used. However, the application of array detectors operating with high power THz sources is increasingly reported. We compare the imaging properties of four different array detectors that are able to record THz radiation directly. Two micro-bolometer arrays are designed for infrared imaging in the 8-14 μm wavelength range, but are based on different absorber materials (i) vanadium oxide; (ii) amorphous silicon; (iii) a micro-bolometer array optimized for recording THz radiation based on silicon nitride; and (iv) a pyroelectric array detector for THz beam profile measurements. THz wavelengths of 96.5 μm, 118.8 μm, and 393.6 μm from a powerful far infrared laser were used to assess the technical performance in terms of signal to noise ratio, detector response and detectivity. The usefulness of the detectors for beam profiling and digital holography is assessed. Finally, the potential and limitation for real-time digital holography are discussed. PMID:26861341

  11. Comparison of Thermal Detector Arrays for Off-Axis THz Holography and Real-Time THz Imaging.

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    Hack, Erwin; Valzania, Lorenzo; Gäumann, Gregory; Shalaby, Mostafa; Hauri, Christoph P; Zolliker, Peter

    2016-02-06

    In terahertz (THz) materials science, imaging by scanning prevails when low power THz sources are used. However, the application of array detectors operating with high power THz sources is increasingly reported. We compare the imaging properties of four different array detectors that are able to record THz radiation directly. Two micro-bolometer arrays are designed for infrared imaging in the 8-14 μm wavelength range, but are based on different absorber materials (i) vanadium oxide; (ii) amorphous silicon; (iii) a micro-bolometer array optimized for recording THz radiation based on silicon nitride; and (iv) a pyroelectric array detector for THz beam profile measurements. THz wavelengths of 96.5 μm, 118.8 μm, and 393.6 μm from a powerful far infrared laser were used to assess the technical performance in terms of signal to noise ratio, detector response and detectivity. The usefulness of the detectors for beam profiling and digital holography is assessed. Finally, the potential and limitation for real-time digital holography are discussed.

  12. Comparison of Thermal Detector Arrays for Off-Axis THz Holography and Real-Time THz Imaging

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    Hack, Erwin; Valzania, Lorenzo; Gäumann, Gregory; Shalaby, Mostafa; Hauri, Christoph P.; Zolliker, Peter

    2016-01-01

    In terahertz (THz) materials science, imaging by scanning prevails when low power THz sources are used. However, the application of array detectors operating with high power THz sources is increasingly reported. We compare the imaging properties of four different array detectors that are able to record THz radiation directly. Two micro-bolometer arrays are designed for infrared imaging in the 8–14 μm wavelength range, but are based on different absorber materials (i) vanadium oxide; (ii) amorphous silicon; (iii) a micro-bolometer array optimized for recording THz radiation based on silicon nitride; and (iv) a pyroelectric array detector for THz beam profile measurements. THz wavelengths of 96.5 μm, 118.8 μm, and 393.6 μm from a powerful far infrared laser were used to assess the technical performance in terms of signal to noise ratio, detector response and detectivity. The usefulness of the detectors for beam profiling and digital holography is assessed. Finally, the potential and limitation for real-time digital holography are discussed. PMID:26861341

  13. Controlling the transverse localization of THz waves in an InSb based disordered waveguide array using temperature.

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    Ardakani, Abbas Ghasempour

    2013-06-20

    We propose that the transverse localization in a semiconductor-based disordered waveguide array can be made controllable in the terahertz (THz) regime by changing the ambient temperature. The standard scalar Helmholtz equation is used to describe THz wave propagation through the waveguide array. It is assumed that the waveguides are fabricated from the indium-antimonide (InSb) semiconductor, while the spacing between them is a dielectric. Disorder is introduced in the system by the random refractive index of the spacing medium. Our results demonstrate that the transverse width of the output intensity increases when increasing the temperature. This effect is attributed to the temperature-dependent electric permittivity of the used semiconductor. Then, the waveguides are composed of a dielectric and the spacing between them is filled with the InSb semiconductor. For this case, to introduce disorder, we assumed that the refractive indices of the waveguides are randomized. It is found that the output intensity becomes more localized with increasing temperature. However, further increasing the temperature leads to the delocalization of output intensity. The effect of spacing between adjacent waveguides on the threshold degree of disorder has also been investigated. PMID:23842164

  14. Controlling the transverse localization of THz waves in an InSb based disordered waveguide array using temperature.

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    Ardakani, Abbas Ghasempour

    2013-06-20

    We propose that the transverse localization in a semiconductor-based disordered waveguide array can be made controllable in the terahertz (THz) regime by changing the ambient temperature. The standard scalar Helmholtz equation is used to describe THz wave propagation through the waveguide array. It is assumed that the waveguides are fabricated from the indium-antimonide (InSb) semiconductor, while the spacing between them is a dielectric. Disorder is introduced in the system by the random refractive index of the spacing medium. Our results demonstrate that the transverse width of the output intensity increases when increasing the temperature. This effect is attributed to the temperature-dependent electric permittivity of the used semiconductor. Then, the waveguides are composed of a dielectric and the spacing between them is filled with the InSb semiconductor. For this case, to introduce disorder, we assumed that the refractive indices of the waveguides are randomized. It is found that the output intensity becomes more localized with increasing temperature. However, further increasing the temperature leads to the delocalization of output intensity. The effect of spacing between adjacent waveguides on the threshold degree of disorder has also been investigated.

  15. 2D THz and GHz signature for identification of explosive on reflected THz signal

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Varentsova, Svetlana A.; Chen, Jian

    2010-11-01

    The method of THz spectrum dynamics analysis (SDA - Spectral dynamics analysis - method) is applied for the detection and identification of substances by using the signal reflected from sample. It allows to obtain the spectrogram - composite Fourier spectrum dynamics - of the signal and to analyze the dynamics of many spectral lines simultaneously, even if the measurements are made on short time interval (less than 50 ps). The efficiency of the SDA method used for longer time intervals (more than 100 ps) is discussed also. The Fourier-Gabor sliding window method is used for obtaining the spectrogram. We consider the examples of finding the pure RDX and harmless materials (L-Tartaric Acid, Sucrose, PTFE) or their mixture in pellets by using a THz pulse reflected from them. A THz pulse with a few cycles falls on the sample and reflects from it. The receiver makes the discrete measurements of electric field strength of signal reflected from the sample. To restore the signal to the required accuracy the SVD - Single Value Decomposition - technique is used. Our investigations show that the spectrograms and dynamics of several spectral lines of the THz pulse reflected differ from the corresponding spectrograms and dynamics of spectral lines for the reference pulse under certain conditions and hence it is possible to detect the presence of the material in the sample of interest. The comparison of the Fourier spectrum of the substance with the corresponding spectrum calculated on the base of using an autocorrelation function for obtaining the spectrum shows that the AC-spectrum gives us essential less information about substance. From our consideration follows that in some cases the analysis of reflected signal on the short time interval (less than 50 ps) is insufficient for the reliable identification. It is necessary to analyze the response on the long time interval (about 300 - 400 ps). The analysis of spectrogram and spectral lines dynamics on the long time intervals

  16. Dielectric Metamaterials with Toroidal Dipolar Response

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    Basharin, Alexey A.; Kafesaki, Maria; Economou, Eleftherios N.; Soukoulis, Costas M.; Fedotov, Vassili A.; Savinov, Vassili; Zheludev, Nikolay I.

    2015-01-01

    Toroidal multipoles are the terms missing in the standard multipole expansion; they are usually overlooked due to their relatively weak coupling to the electromagnetic fields. Here, we propose and theoretically study all-dielectric metamaterials of a special class that represent a simple electromagnetic system supporting toroidal dipolar excitations in the THz part of the spectrum. We show that resonant transmission and reflection of such metamaterials is dominated by toroidal dipole scattering, the neglect of which would result in a misunderstanding interpretation of the metamaterials' macroscopic response. Because of the unique field configuration of the toroidal mode, the proposed metamaterials could serve as a platform for sensing or enhancement of light absorption and optical nonlinearities.

  17. High precision spectroscopy and imaging in THz frequency range

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    Vaks, Vladimir L.

    2014-03-01

    Application of microwave methods for development of the THz frequency range has resulted in elaboration of high precision THz spectrometers based on nonstationary effects. The spectrometers characteristics (spectral resolution and sensitivity) meet the requirements for high precision analysis. The gas analyzers, based on the high precision spectrometers, have been successfully applied for analytical investigations of gas impurities in high pure substances. These investigations can be carried out both in absorption cell and in reactor. The devices can be used for ecological monitoring, detecting the components of chemical weapons and explosive in the atmosphere. The great field of THz investigations is the medicine application. Using the THz spectrometers developed one can detect markers for some diseases in exhaled air.

  18. Multiple THz pulse generation with variable energy ratio and delay

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    Ungureanu, R. G.; Grigore, O. V.; Dinca, M. P.; Cojocaru, G. V.; Ursescu, D.; Dascalu, T.

    2015-04-01

    Two methods for multiple high energetic THz pulse generation by two-color filamentation in air with controllable energy ratio and delay ranging from one to hundreds of ps were investigated. In the first method the laser pulse is split into two inside the optical stretcher of a CPA laser system, the resulting consecutive filaments occur in the same region and allows the study of the influence of the first plasma filament on the THz emission of the delayed filament. Based on a polarization sensitive thin film beam splitter placed in front of a 45° mirror, the second method produces multiple parallel consecutive filaments. Above a certain total pump level the THz energy delivered by multiple pulses exceeds the value given by a single filament for the same pump energy, thereby overcoming the THz emission saturation of the single filament.

  19. 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. PMID:23464187

  20. 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.

  1. THz time-domain spectroscopy imaging for mail inspection

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    Zhang, Liquan; Wang, Zhongdong; Ma, Yanmei; Hao, Erjuan

    2011-08-01

    Acquiring messages from the mail but not destroying the envelope is a big challenge in the war of intelligence. If one can read the message of the mail when the envelope is closed, he will benefit from the message asymmetry and be on a good wicket in the competition. In this paper, we presented a transmitted imaging system using THz time-domain spectroscopy technology. We applied the system to image the mail inside an envelope by step-scanning imaging technology. The experimental results show that the THz spectroscopy can image the mail in an envelope. The words in the paper can be identified easily from the background. We also present the THz image of a metal blade in the envelope, in which we can see the metal blade clearly. The results show that it is feasible of THz Time-Domain Spectroscopy Imaging for mail inspection applications.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The Jefferson Lab High Power THz User Facility

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    John Klopf; Amelia Greer; Joseph Gubeli; George Neil; Michelle D. Shinn; Timothy Siggins; David W. Waldman; Gwyn Williams; Alan Todd; Vincent Christina; Oleg Chubar

    2007-04-27

    We describe here, a high power (100 Watt average, 10 MW peak) broadband THz facility based on emission from sub-picosecond bunches of relativistic electrons and the beam transport system that delivers this beam in to a user laboratory.

  6. SUB-THz RADIATION MECHANISMS IN SOLAR FLARES

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    Fleishman, Gregory D.; Kontar, Eduard P.

    2010-02-01

    Observations in the sub-THz range of large solar flares have revealed a mysterious spectral component increasing with frequency and hence distinct from the microwave component commonly accepted to be produced by gyrosynchrotron (GS) emission from accelerated electrons. Evidently, having a distinct sub-THz component requires either a distinct emission mechanism (compared to the GS one), or different properties of electrons and location, or both. We find, however, that the list of possible emission mechanisms is incomplete. This Letter proposes a more complete list of emission mechanisms, capable of producing a sub-THz component, both well known and new in this context, and calculates a representative set of their spectra produced by (1) free-free emission, (2) GS emission, (3) synchrotron emission from relativistic positrons/electrons, (4) diffusive radiation, and (5) Cherenkov emission. We discuss the possible role of the mechanisms in forming the sub-THz emission and emphasize their diagnostics potential for flares.

  7. An analysis of THz-TDS signals using geometric algebra

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    Xie, Weixin; Li, Jing; Pei, Jihong

    2008-12-01

    THz-TDS signals can be represented as vectors in a high dimensional vector space, which are hyper-complex numbers in geometric algebra (GA). Using the language of GA, the properties of these vectors are theoretically analyzed and demonstrate the projective character of THz-TDS signals. The tangential distance of vectors is used to measure the difference of the corresponding THz-TDS signals. A novel imensionality reduction method via the projective split is presented, by which vectors of THz-TDS signals can be linear mapped from a high dimensional space into a lower dimensional space. The projective split is recursively employed and linear maps the vector space of high dimension into a sequence of sub-spaces step by step. Experiments demonstrate the feasibility and accuracy of our method.

  8. Electrically driven nanopillars for THz quantum cascade lasers.

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    Amanti, M I; Bismuto, A; Beck, M; Isa, L; Kumar, K; Reimhult, E; Faist, J

    2013-05-01

    In this work we present a rapid and parallel process for the fabrication of large scale arrays of electrically driven nanopillars for THz quantum cascade active media. We demonstrate electrical injection of pillars of 200 nm diameter and 2 µm height, over a surface of 1 mm(2). THz electroluminescence from the nanopillars is reported. This result is a promising step toward the realization of zero-dimensional structure for terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

  9. A Study of Tunable Metamaterial Devices for the THz Region

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    Chikhi, N.; Di Gennaro, E.; Esposito, E.; Andreone, A.

    In order to cope with the "THz Gap", metamaterial based devices operating at about 1 THz have been designed to have a tunable response. We studied the electromagnetic behaviour of periodic structures consisting of different "unit cells" based on the concept of Split Ring Resonator (SRR). The devices response in the required frequency region is simulated using a commercial electromagnetic code. Different modulation mechanisms have been investigated, including the use of liquid crystals, MEMS, semiconducting substrates.

  10. 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)

  11. Computational Investigations of THz Transmittance in the Atmosphere

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    Yang, Xingyu; Calhoun, Casey; Calhoun, Ronald

    2016-06-01

    With the recent scientific advancements in Terahertz (THz) wave propagation and reception technology, there has been significant development in new possibilities for using THz waves - offering new possibilities in THz detection and ranging. A first foundational step toward this goal is to better understand THz transmittance in the turbulent atmosphere. In this project, a frequency modulation pattern of THz waves was created by utilizing a system of shifting frequency based on temperature, air humidity, and distance of transmission. The total path loss of the wave in air, based on the wave spread and molecular absorption, was then modeled using radiative transfer theory, onto a set of JavaHAWK filtered-HITRAN data representative of an air sample. This data was used to generate a path loss matrix, which was then used to optimize frequency of transmission for the specific conditions. The concept to be evaluated is whether adaptive frequency modulated THz might usefully decrease transmission losses by adjusting to atmospheric conditions (such as local variations in temperature and humidity).

  12. The physical theory and propagation model of THz atmospheric propagation

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    Wang, R.; Yao, J. Q.; Xu, D. G.; Wang, J. L.; Wang, P.

    2011-02-01

    Terahertz (THz) radiation is extensively applied in diverse fields, such as space communication, Earth environment observation, atmosphere science, remote sensing and so on. And the research on propagation features of THz wave in the atmosphere becomes more and more important. This paper firstly illuminates the advantages and outlook of THz in space technology. Then it introduces the theoretical framework of THz atmospheric propagation, including some fundamental physical concepts and processes. The attenuation effect (especially the absorption of water vapor), the scattering of aerosol particles and the effect of turbulent flow mainly influence THz atmosphere propagation. Fundamental physical laws are illuminated as well, such as Lamber-beer law, Mie scattering theory and radiative transfer equation. The last part comprises the demonstration and comparison of THz atmosphere propagation models like Moliere(V5), SARTre and AMATERASU. The essential problems are the deep analysis of physical mechanism of this process, the construction of atmospheric propagation model and databases of every kind of material in the atmosphere, and the standardization of measurement procedures.

  13. CW THz scanning transmission imaging for concealed object detection

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    Li, Qi; Yao, Rui; Yin, Qiguo; Ding, Shenghui; Wang, Qi

    2009-07-01

    In the paper, the two-dimensional THz imaging methods are described. The SIFIR-50 FPL Far-Infrared Laser is used as the THz source. The output frequency is 2.5THz in the experiment, because the THz laser operates steadily at this frequency. The P4-42 detector works at room temperature and offers relatively high sensitivity. The software of THz imaging system is self-designed, and it plays a crucial role in this imaging system because it controls nearly all the operations of this system, including the two-dimensional scanning, image data collection, image data storage, image display and image processing. Utilizing this setup, THz transmission images of concealed objects are obtained. In the experiment, a bottle cap and a plastic board covered by reflective materials are chosen as the imaging objects; paper and Teflon are placed before the object to test the transmission imaging effect. The experimental results show that this imaging system can generate clear images.

  14. Chiral THz metamaterial with tunable optical activity

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    Zhou, Jiangfeng; Taylor, Antoinette; O' Hara, John; Chowdhury, Roy; Zhao, Rongkuo; Soukoullis, Costas M

    2010-01-01

    Optical activity in chiral metamaterials is demonstrated in simulation and shows actively tunable giant polarization rotation at THz frequencies. Electric current distributions show that pure chirality is achieved by our bi-Iayer chiral metamaterial design. The chirality can be optically controlled by illumination with near-infrared light. Optical activity, occurring in chiral materials such as DNA, sugar and many other bio-molecules, is a phenomenon of great importance to many areas of science including molecular biology, analytical chemistry, optoelectronics and display applications. This phenomenon is well understood at an effective medium level as a magnetic/electric moment excited by the electric/magnetic field of the incident electromagnetic (EM) wave. Usually, natural chiral materials exhibit very weak optical activity e.g. a gyrotropic quartz crystal. The optical activity of chiral metamaterials, however, can be five orders of magnitude stronger. Chiral metamaterials are made of sub-wavelength resonators lacking symmetry planes. The asymmetry allows magnetic moments to be excited by the electric field of the incident EM wave and vice versa. Recently, chiral metamaterials have been demonstrated and lead to prospects in giant optical activity, circular dichroism, negative refraction and reversing the Casmir force. These fascinating optical properties require strong chirality, which may be designed through the microscopic structure of chiral metamaterials. However, these metamaterials have a fixed response function, defined by the geometric structuring, which limits their ability to manipulate EM waves. Active metamaterials realize dynamic control of response functions and have produced many influential applications such as ultra-fast switching devices, frequency and phase modulation and memory devices. Introducing active designs to chiral metamaterials will give additional freedom in controlling the optical activity, and therefore enable dynamic manipulation

  15. Analysis of impact factors of output characteristics for optically pumped THz lasers

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    Huang, Renshuai; Meng, Qinglong; Guo, Xiaoyang; Zhang, Bin

    2016-08-01

    Optically pumped terahertz (THz) lasers as a reliable THz radiation sources have been widely used in THz application area. Considering the Doppler-broadened effects and the two-photon light shift effects, the physical model for the THz output power and the THz output frequency drift of optically pumped THz lasers has been established based on the rate equations. The main factors affecting THz laser output have been analyzed quantitatively. The results indicate that the THz output power increases with the increasing of the pump power, while decreases with the increasing of the pump frequency offset from the operating gas absorption centre. The THz output frequency drift is mainly caused by two-photon light shift when the pump offset is small, whereas Doppler-broadened becomes main factor if the pump frequency offset is relatively larger. Furthermore, the THz output frequency drift increases in proportion to the pump power. The stability of the THz output frequency can be enhanced and the THz output power can be improved by choosing pressure in the cavity reasonably, and the optimal working gas pressure range is 15-20 Pa. Stabilizing the pump laser frequency in the range of gas absorption centre, choosing reasonable working gas pressure in the THz cavity and the pump power can efficiently improve the performance of the THz laser output.

  16. PECVD of low-dielectric constant films for ULSI

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    Shimogaki, Yukihiro

    1998-10-01

    We studied the reduction mechanism of the dielectric constant of F-doped silicon oxide films prepared by PECVD from SiH_4/N_2O/CF4 mixture. From the estimation of the dielectric constant at various frequencies, ranging from 1MHz to 100THz, using CV measurement, Kramers-Kronig relation and the square of the refractive index, we suggest that the dielectric constant due to ionic and electronic polarization is not the dominant factor in decreasing the dielectric constant. It is important to remove -OH in films to obtain very low dielectric constant F-doped silicon oxide films, because Si-OH is the main factor of the orientational polarization in silicon oxide films made by PECVD. To investigate the reaction mechanism which controls the film structure, we changed the residence time of gas in chamber by varying the flow rate. When the residence time in chamber decreases, the film deposition rate increases. We tried to explain flow rate dependency of the deposition rate using a simple CSTR (continuous stirred tank reactor) model. It can be concluded that there are two paths to deposit the films. One route is a deposition by the precursors with poor step coverage profile, and the other route is deposition through intermediates formed by gas phase reactions that contribute to have better step coverage. The overall gas phase reaction rate constant was estimated from these kinetic studies. Same approach was also carried out on the PECVD of C:F film deposition.

  17. 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

  18. Dielectric and terahertz spectroscopy of polarizable and nonpolarizable water models: a comparative study.

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    Sega, M; Schröder, C

    2015-03-01

    Using extensive classical molecular dynamics simulations, we compute the dielectric and far-infrared spectra of nine popular water models, including polarizable and nonpolarizable ones. We analyze the dielectric spectra using a two-relaxation model that allows one to extract the characteristic time of both the main dielectric relaxation and the fast relaxation. The use of a Cole-Cole functional form permits also quantitative assessment of the absence of deviations from the Debye form of the main dielectric peak. In the THz region of the spectrum, we compute the infrared absorbance caused by molecular libration, which appears to be qualitatively different for three main groups of molecular models. The complexity of the librational band is further investigated by decomposing the spectrum into the contributions of water fractions with a different number of hydrogen-bonded neighbors.

  19. Intrinsic dielectric properties of magnetodielectric La2CoMnO6

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    Silva, R. X.; Moreira, R. L.; Almeida, R. M.; Paniago, R.; Paschoal, C. W. A.

    2015-06-01

    Manganite with a double perovskite structure is an attractive material because of its interesting magnetoelectric and dielectric responses. In particular, colossal dielectric constant (CDC) behavior has been observed in La2CoMnO6 (LCMO) at radio frequencies and at room temperature. In this paper, we used infrared-reflectivity spectroscopy to study a LCMO ceramic obtained through a modified Pechini's method to determine the phonon contribution to the intrinsic dielectric response of the system and to investigate the CDC origin. The analysis of the main polar modes and of the obtained phonon parameters indicate that the CDC effect of LCMO is of pure extrinsic origin. In addition, we estimated the dielectric constant and the quality factor of the material in the microwave region to be ɛ's ˜ 16 and Qu × f ˜ 124 THz, which verifies that LCMO is appropriate for application in microwave devices and circuitry.

  20. Grating THz laser with optical pumping

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    Khoury, Jed; Haji-saeed, Bahareh; Woods, Charles; Kierstead, John

    2010-04-01

    In this paper, we present a design for a widely tunable solid-state optically and electrically pumped THz laser based on the Smith-Purcell free-electron laser. In the free-electron laser, an energetic electron beam pumps a metallic grating to generate surface plasmons. Our solid-state optically pumped design consists of a thin layer of dielectic, such as SiNx, sandwiched between a corrugated structure and a thin metal or semiconductor layer. The lower layer is for current streaming, and replaces the electron beam in the original design. The upper layer consists of one micro-grating for coupling the electromagnetic field in, another for coupling out, and a nano-grating for coupling with the current in the lower layer for electromagnetic field generation. The surface plasmon waves generated from the upper layer by an external electromagnetic field, and the lower layer by the applied current, are coupled. Emission enhancement occurs when the plasmonic waves in both layers are resonantly coupled.

  1. Towards large area THz electromagnetic metamaterials

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    Moser, H. O.; Bahou, M.; Chen, A.; Heussler, S. P.; Jian, L. K.; Kalaiselvi, S. M. P.; Liu, G.; Maniam, S. M.; bin Mahmood, Shahrain; Gu, P. D.; Wen, L.; Kong, J. A.; Chen, H. S.; Cheng, X. X.; Wu, B. I.; Casse, B. D. F.; Rockstuhl, C.; Lederer, F.

    2008-08-01

    Up to date, electromagnetic metamaterials (EM3) have been mostly fabricated by primary pattern generation via electron beam or laser writer. Such an approach is time-consuming and may have limitations of the area filled with structures. Especially, electron beam written structures are typically confined to areas of a few 100×100 μm2. However, for meaningful technological applications, larger quantities of good quality materials are needed. Lithography, in particular X-ray deep lithography, is well suited to accomplish this task. Singapore Synchrotron Light Source (SSLS) has been applying its LIGA process that includes primary pattern generation via electron beam or laser writer, X-ray deep lithography and electroplating to the micro/nano-manufacturing of high-aspect ratio structures to produce a variety of EM3 structures. Starting with Pendry's split ring resonators, we have pursued structure designs suitable for planar lithography since 2002 covering a range of resonance frequencies from 1 to 216 THz. More recently, string-like structures have also been included. Latest progress made in the manufacturing and characterization of quasi 3D metamaterials having either split ring or string structures over areas of about ~1 cm2 extension will be described.

  2. THz Spectroscopy and Spectroscopic Database for Astrophysics

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    Pearson, John C.; Drouin, Brian J.

    2006-01-01

    Molecule specific astronomical observations rely on precisely determined laboratory molecular data for interpretation. The Herschel Heterodyne Instrument for Far Infrared, a suite of SOFIA instruments, and ALMA are each well placed to expose the limitations of available molecular physics data and spectral line catalogs. Herschel and SOFIA will observe in high spectral resolution over the entire far infrared range. Accurate data to previously unimagined frequencies including infrared ro-vibrational and ro-torsional bands will be required for interpretation of the observations. Planned ALMA observations with a very small beam will reveal weaker emission features requiring accurate knowledge of higher quantum numbers and additional vibrational states. Historically, laboratory spectroscopy has been at the front of submillimeter technology development, but now astronomical receivers have an enormous capability advantage. Additionally, rotational spectroscopy is a relatively mature field attracting little interest from students and funding agencies. Molecular database maintenance is tedious and difficult to justify as research. This severely limits funding opportunities even though data bases require the same level of expertise as research. We report the application of some relatively new receiver technology into a simple solid state THz spectrometer that has the performance required to collect the laboratory data required by astronomical observations. Further detail on the lack of preparation for upcoming missions by the JPL spectral line catalog is given.

  3. THz Spectroscopy and Spectroscopic Database for Astrophysics

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    Pearson, John C.; Drouin, Brian J.

    2006-01-01

    Molecule specific astronomical observations rely on precisely determined laboratory molecular data for interpretation. The Herschel Heterodyne Instrument for Far Infrared, a suite of SOFIA instruments, and ALMA are each well placed to expose the limitations of available molecular physics data and spectral line catalogs. Herschel and SOFIA will observe in high spectral resolution over the entire far infrared range. Accurate data to previously unimagined frequencies including infrared ro-vibrational and ro-torsional bands will be required for interpretation of the observations. Planned ALMA observations with a very small beam will reveal weaker emission features requiring accurate knowledge of higher quantum numbers and additional vibrational states. Historically, laboratory spectroscopy has been at the front of submillimeter technology development, but now astronomical receivers have an enormous capability advantage. Additionally, rotational spectroscopy is a relatively mature field attracting little interest from students and funding agencies. Molecular data base maintenance is tedious and difficult to justify as research. This severely limits funding opportunities even though data bases require the same level of expertise as research. We report the application of some relatively new receiver technology into a simple solid state THz spectrometer that has the performance required to collect the laboratory data required by astronomical observations. Further detail on the lack of preparation for upcoming missions by the JPL spectral line catalog is given.

  4. 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.

  5. Single-walled carbon nanotubes as base material for THz photoconductive switching: a theoretical study from input power to output THz emission.

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    Heshmat, Barmak; Pahlevaninezhad, Hamid; Beard, Matthew Craig; Papadopoulos, Chris; Darcie, Thomas Edward

    2011-08-01

    This paper studies the relation between photoexcitation of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) based device, and its THz output power in the context of THz photoconductive (PC) switching and THz photomixing. A detailed approach of calculating output THz power for such a device describes the effect of each parameter on the performance of the THz PC switch and highlights the design dependent achievable limits. A numerical assessment, with typical values for each parameter, shows that-subject to thermal stability of the device-SWNT based PC switch can improve the output power by almost two orders of magnitudes compared to conventional materials such as LT-GaAs.

  6. Strong terahertz absorption in all-dielectric Huygens’ metasurfaces

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    Cole, Michael A.; Powell, David A.; Shadrivov, Ilya V.

    2016-10-01

    We propose an all dielectric metamaterial that acts as a perfect terahertz absorber without a ground plane. The unit cell consists of a dielectric cylinder embedded in a low index material. In order to achieve near-perfect terahertz absorption (99.5%) we employ impedance matching of the electric and magnetic resonances within the cylinders of the Huygens’ metasurface. The impedance matching is controlled by changing the aspect ratio between the height and diameter of the cylinder. We show that the absorption resonance can be tuned to particular frequencies from 0.3 to 1.9 THz via changing the geometry of the structure while keeping a nearly constant aspect ratio of the cylinders.

  7. Variably porous structures

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    Braun, Paul V.; Yu, Xindi

    2011-01-18

    A method of making a monolithic porous structure, comprises electrodepositing a material on a template; removing the template from the material to form a monolithic porous structure comprising the material; and electropolishing the monolithic porous structure.

  8. Measuring THz QCL feedback using an integrated monolithic transceiver.

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    Wanke, Michael Clement

    2010-08-01

    THz quantum cascade lasers are of interest for use as solid-state local-oscillators in THz heterodyne receiver systems, especially for frequencies exceeding 2 THz and for use with non-cryogenic mixers which require mW power levels. Among other criteria, to be a good local oscillator, the laser must have a narrow linewidth and excellent frequency stability. Recent phase locking measurements of THz QCLs to high harmonics of microwave frequency reference sources as high as 2.7 THz demonstrate that the linewidth and frequency stability of QCLs can be more than adequate. Most reported THz receivers employing QCLs have used discrete source and detector components coupled via mechanically aligned free-space quasioptics. Unfortunately, retroreflections of the laser off of the detecting element can lead to deleterious feedback effects. Using a monolithically integrated transceiver with a Schottky diode monolithically integrated into a THz QCL, we have begun to explore the sensitivity of the laser performance to feedback due to retroreflections of the THz laser radiation. The transceiver allows us to monitor the beat frequency between internal Fabry-Perot modes of the QCL or between a QCL mode and external radiation incident on the transceiver. When some of the power from a free running Fabry-Perot type QCL is retroreflected with quasi-static optics we observe frequency pulling, mode splitting and chaos. Given the lack of calibrated frequency sources with sufficient stability and power to phase lock a QCL above a couple THz, attempts have been made to lock the absolute laser frequency by locking the beat frequency of a multimoded laser. We have phase locked the beat frequency between Fabry-Perot modes to an {approx}13 GHz microwave reference source with a linewidth less than 1 Hz, but did not see any improvment in stability of the absolute frequency of the laser. In this case, when some laser power is retroreflected back into the laser, the absolute frequency can be pulled

  9. THz near-field imaging of biological tissues employing synchrotronradiation

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    Schade, Ulrich; Holldack, Karsten; Martin, Michael C.; Fried,Daniel

    2004-12-23

    Terahertz scanning near-field infrared microscopy (SNIM) below 1 THz is demonstrated. The near-field technique benefits from the broadband and highly brilliant coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) from an electron storage ring and from a detection method based on locking onto the intrinsic time structure of the synchrotron radiation. The scanning microscope utilizes conical wave guides as near-field probes with apertures smaller than the wavelength. Different cone approaches have been investigated to obtain maximum transmittance. Together with a Martin-Puplett spectrometer the set-up enables spectroscopic mapping of the transmittance of samples well below the diffraction limit. Spatial resolution down to about lambda/40 at 2 wavenumbers (0.06 THz) is derived from the transmittance spectra of the near-field probes. The potential of the technique is exemplified by imaging biological samples. Strongly absorbing living leaves have been imaged in transmittance with a spatial resolution of 130 mu-m at about 12 wave numbers (0.36 THz). The THz near-field images reveal distinct structural differences of leaves from different plants investigated. The technique presented also allows spectral imaging of bulky organic tissues. Human teeth samples of various thicknesses have been imaged between 2 and 20 wavenumbers (between 0.06and 0.6 THz). Regions of enamel and dentin within tooth samples are spatially and spectrally resolved, and buried caries lesions are imaged through both the outer enamel and into the underlying dentin.

  10. THz Pump and X-Ray Probe Development at LCLS

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    Fisher, Alan S; Durr, Hermann; Lindenberg, Aaron; Stanford U., Materials Sci.Dept.; Reis, David; Frisch, Josef; Loos, Henrik; Petree, Mark; Daranciang, Dan; Fuchs, Matthias; Ghimire, Shambhu; Goodfellow, John; /Stanford U., Materials Sci. Dept.

    2011-11-08

    We report on measurements of broadband, intense, coherent transition radiation at terahertz frequencies, generated as the highly compressed electron bunches in Linear Coherent Light Source (LCLS) pass through a thin metal foil. The foil is inserted at 45{sup o} to the electron beam, 31 m downstream of the undulator. The THz emission passes downward through a diamond window to an optical table below the beamline. A fully compressed 350-pC bunch produces up to 0.5 mJ in a nearly half-cycle pulse of 50 fs FWHM with a spectrum peaking at 10 THz. We estimate a peak field at the focus of over 2.5 GV/m. A 20-fs Ti:sapphire laser oscillator has recently been installed for electro-optic measurements. We are developing plans to add an x-ray probe to this THz pump, by diffracting FEL x rays onto the table with a thin silicon crystal. The x rays would arrive with an adjustable time delay after the THz. This will provide a rapid start to user studies of materials excited by intense single-cycle pulses and will serve as a step toward a THz transport line for LCLS-II.

  11. Organic-inorganic composites for THz device fabrication

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    Cai, B.; Ye, T. M.; Bo, G.; Wang, X. C.; Li, Y. Z.; Zhu, Y. M.; Sugihara, O.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, several organic-inorganic composites were prepared for Terahertz (THz) devices fabrication. First, a two-layer structure was designed for femtosecond (fs) laser/THz radiation separation. The top layer was made by sintered 20-40 nm hollow quartz particles which can diffuse the incident fs laser thus decrease the power intensity. The bottom layer comprised of silicon 100 nm particles and cycle-olefine polymer (COP), by which the fs laser light can be greatly scattered and absorbed but THz radiation can propagate insusceptibly. With this two-layer structure a high efficient fs-laser/THz filter was fabricated successfully. Second, titania-polymer composites with a very high refractiveindex tunability and high transparency in the THz region were prepared. By controlling the blending ratio of the titania particle, a broad refractive-index tuning range from 1.5 to 3.1 was realized. Then, the composites were used to fabricate antireflective (AR) layers on a high-resistivity silicon (HR-Si) substrate. By utilizing the thermoplasticity of the titania- polymer composite, a graded-index structure was fabricated via a hot-embossing method. Because of the good refractive-index matching between the composite and the HR-Si substrate, a broadband AR layer was fabricated.

  12. First tests of THz transmission through a Diamond Anvil Cell

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    John Klopf

    2011-01-24

    The THz source generated by the accelerator driver for the Jefferson Lab Free Electron Laser is unique in the world in its ability to deliver a high average power beam of ultrashort (<500 fs FWHM) broadband THz pulses. The spectrum of this source presents an ideal probe for many low energy phenomena, and the time structure enables measurement of dynamic processes with sub-ps resolution. An outline of the range of potential applications for this THz source as a probe of sub-ps dynamics in materials under extreme conditions will be presented. To demonstrate the capabilities of this source for just such experiments, the first set of tests to characterize the transmission of the THz beam through a diamond anvil cell (DAC) have been performed. These preliminary results will be presented along with a description of the optical design used to deliver the THz beam into and out of the DAC. The current design will be compared with other possible techniques and the plans for the next set of measurements will also be given.

  13. 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.

  14. New nanoporous low dielectric constant material for TFT passivation

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    Lin, Song-Shiang; Lee, Rong-Jer

    2002-09-01

    Nano-porous containing photo-sensitive materials can be used in TFT-LCD color filter. It is a critical material in color filter on array(COA) manufacturing. Nano-porous material has high light transmittance, high resolution. Band low dielectric constant which can increase the aperture ratio of TFT-LCD display panel. Advantages of low exposure dose, high sensitivity and high resolution can be provided by applying cationic photo acid generator (PAG) in photo sensitive materials. In this paper, chain breakages were produced by photo chemical reaction between the tert-butyl side chain containing polymer and PAG. The butene produced from chain breakages of methacrylate polymer will become nano-porous which is critical to low dielectric constant in materials. The Montomorillonite(MMT) was use as nano-reactor. PAG were inserted between MMT layers though intercalating reaction. The d-spacing was thus increased. By measuring the changes in d-spacing with X-ray, the intercalating reaction between PAG & MMT was shown. The reaction mechanism of nano-porous formation in photo sensitive materials after UV exposure were studied with EPR. Furthermore, MTEM has been used to observe the amount of nano-porous and the hole size in order to study the interrelation among nano-porous.

  15. Dielectric behaviors of typical benzene monosubstitutes, bromobenzene and benzonitrile.

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    Shikata, Toshiyuki; Sugimoto, Natsuki; Sakai, Yuji; Watanabe, Junji

    2012-10-18

    The dielectric behaviors of typical benzene monosubstitutes, bromobenzene (Br-Bz) and benzonitrile (NC-Bz), were investigated up to 3 THz in the pure liquid state over a temperature range from 10 to 60 °C to understand differences in molecular motions of these simple, planar molecules bearing rather different electric dipole moments: 1.72 and 4.48 D for Br-Bz and NC-Bz in gaseous state, respectively. Temperature dependence of spin-lattice relaxation time (T(1)) for (13)C NMR and viscosities for these liquids were also determined to obtain information for molecular motions. Moreover, depolarized Rayleigh scattering (DRS) experiments were carried out for both liquids at 20 °C to determine frequency dependencies of optical susceptibilities up to 8 THz directly relating to rotational motions of their molecular planes. Most Br-Bz molecules rotate freely over a temperature range examined, showing a Kirkwood correlation factor close to g(K) ∼ 1.0 at dielectric Debye-type relaxation times (ca. 18 ps at 20 °C) essentially identical to microscopic (dielectric) relaxation times evaluated from T(1)(13)C NMR data. A small amount of Br-Bz molecules forms dimeric intermolecular associations in an antiparallel configuration of dipole moments. On the other hand, NC-Bz molecules form stable dimers in the antiparallel dipole configuration at a population much higher than that of Br-Bz because of a markedly greater dipole moment than that of Br-Bz. A major dielectric relaxation mechanism for NC-Bz found at ca. 70 ps at 20 °C results from the dissociation process of dimers with a lifetime longer than a rotational relaxation time, observable as a minor dielectric relaxation mechanism at ca. 12 ps at 20 °C, of individual monomeric NC-Bz molecules without the formation of dimers. The formation of stable dimers in an antiparallel configuration is responsible for the observed small g(K) values, ca. 0.5, and disagreement between major (or minor) dielectric relaxation times and

  16. Structure and performance of dielectric films based on self-assembled nanocrystals with a high dielectric constant

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    Huang, LM; Liu, SY; Van Tassell, BJ; Liu, XH; Byro, A; Zhang, HN; Leland, ES; Akins, DL; Steingart, DA; Li, J; O'Brien, S

    2013-09-24

    Self-assembled films built from nanoparticles with a high dielectric constant are attractive as a foundation for new dielectric media with increased efficiency and range of operation, due to the ability to exploit nanofabrication techniques and emergent electrical properties originating from the nanoscale. However, because the building block is a discrete one-dimensional unit, it becomes a challenge to capture potential enhancements in dielectric performance in two or three dimensions, frequently due to surface effects or the presence of discontinuities. This is a recurring theme in nanoparticle film technology when applied to the realm of thin film semiconductor and device electronics. We present the use of chemically synthesized. (Ba; Sr)TiO3 nanocrystals, and a novel deposition-polymerization technique, as a means to fabricate the dielectric layer. The effective dielectric constant of the film is tunable according to nanoparticle size, and effective film dielectric constants of up to 34 are enabled. Wide area and multilayer dielectrics of up to 8 cm(2) and 190 nF are reported, for which the building block is an 8 nm nanocrystal. We describe models for assessing dielectric performance, and distinct methods for improving the dielectric constant of a nanocrystal thin film. The approach relies on evaporatively driven assembly of perovskite nanocrystals with uniform size distributions in a tunable 7-30 nm size range, coupled with the use of low molecular weight monomer/polymer precursor chemistry that can infiltrate the porous nanocrystal thin film network post assembly. The intercrystal void space (low k dielectric volume fraction) is minimized, while simultaneously promoting intercrystal connectivity and maximizing volume fraction of the high k dielectric component. Furfuryl alcohol, which has good affinity to the surface of. (Ba; Sr ) TiO3 nanocrystals and miscibility with a range of solvents, is demonstrated

  17. Measurement of mixtures of melamine using THz ray

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    Cui, Ye; Mu, Kaijun; Wang, Xinke; Zhang, Yan; Zhang, Cunlin

    2009-07-01

    The terahertz spectra of pure melamine and two kinds of its mixtures that mix with polyethylene and milk powder were measured using the terahertz time-domain-spectroscopy (THz-TDS). It was found that there are two absorption peaks at 1.99THz and 2.29THz in all three spectra. The absorption coefficient of the mixture varies with the proportion of melamine in the mixture. Increasing the percentage of melamine in the mixture, the absorption peaks in spectrum get more obvious and sharper. According to the Lambert-Beer law, the absorption coefficient and the proportion of the melamine should followed linear relationship. The experimental data accord to this theory well. Using density functional theory, the vibration of melamine crystal was calculated, which accords to experimental data well. This work provides a method of detecting melamine in milk powders. It is expected that the terahertz spectroscopy technology can be used in food safety and other applications.

  18. Optimization of THz Radiation Generation from a Laser Wakefield Accelerator

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    Plateau, G. R.; Matlis, N. H.; Toth, C.; Geddes, C. G. R.; Schroeder, C. B.; Tilborg, J. van; Albert, O.; Esarey, E.; Leemans, W. P.

    2009-01-22

    Ultrashort terahertz pulses with energies in the {mu}J range can be generated with laser wakefield accelerators (LWFA), which are novel, compact accelerators that produce ultrashort electron bunches with energies up to 1 GeV and energy spreads of a few-percent. Laser pulses interacting with a plasma create accelerated electrons which upon exiting the plasma emit terahertz pulses via transition radiation. Because these electron bunches are ultrashort (<50 fs), they can radiate coherently (coherent transition radiation--CTR) in a wide bandwidth ({approx}1-10 THz) yielding high intensity terahertz pulses. In addition to providing a non-invasive bunch-length diagnostic and thus feedback for the LWFA, these high peak power THz pulses are suitable for high field (MV/cm) pump-probe experiments. Here we present energy-based measurements using a Golay cell and an electro-optic technique which were used to characterize these THz pulses.

  19. Method for the production of wideband THz radiation

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    Krafft, Geoffrey A.

    2008-01-01

    A method for the production of extremely wide bandwidth THz radiation comprising: delivering an electron beam from a source to an undulator that does not deflect the angle or transversely move the electron beam; and optimizing the undulator to yield peak emission in the middle of the THz band (1 THz). These objectives are accomplished by magnetically bending the orbit of the incoming electron beam in the undulator according to the function x(z)=x.sub.o exp(-z.sup.2/2.sigma..sup.2) and controlling the transverse magnetic field to be B(z)=B.sub.0(1-z.sup.2/.sigma..sup.2)exp(-z.sup.2/2.sigma..sup.2).

  20. THz-wave parametric source and its imaging applications

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    Kawase, Kodo

    2004-08-01

    Widely tunable coherent terahertz (THz) wave generation has been demonstrated based on the parametric oscillation using MgO doped LiNbO3 crystal pumped by a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. This method exhibits multiple advantages like wide tunability, coherency and compactness of its system. We have developed a novel basic technology for terahertz (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 transillumination 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.

  1. Filling the THz Gap - High Power Sources and Applications

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    Gwyn Williams

    2006-02-01

    Electromagnetic waves centered at a frequency of 1 THz lie between photonics on the one hand and electronics on the other, and are very hard to generate and detect. However, since the THz part of the spectrum is energetically equivalent to many important physical, chemical and biological processes including superconducting gaps and protein dynamical processes, it is of great interest to facilitate experimental research in this region. This has stimulated major steps in the past decade for filling this gap in the usable spectrum. In this review paper we describe the evolution of a new generation of sources that boost the average power available in the THz region by more than a million-fold, making this region routinely accessible for the first time. This is achieved using two enhancement factors, namely relativistic electrons and super-radiance. We will also point to the scientific potential for discovery that is now enabled in this region.

  2. Radiative Characteristics of On-Chip Terahertz (THz) Structures

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

    2005-06-07

    Previously, we explored possibilities for producing narrow-band THz radiation using either free or bound electrons (solid state) in micro-undulatory configurations [1] because integrated circuit technology appeared well matched to this region extending from about 300 GHz to 30 THz. This range [2]-[3] has largely been neglected until recently because it runs from the limit of WR-3 waveguide around 300 GHz up to CO{sub 2} lasers where the laser regime becomes dominant. There are mainly two approaches for generating THz radiation, i.e. through free or bound electron (BE) implementations. In this paper, emphasis is on producing this radiation using bound electrons via IC technology but in close analogy to free electron lasers (FELs) that are comparatively immense, expensive, need high power and have low efficiencies [4].

  3. Active tunable plasmonically induced polarization conversion in the THz regime

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    Ling, Furi; Yao, Gang; Yao, Jianquan

    2016-10-01

    A plasmon-induced polarization conversion (PIPC) structure based on periodically patterned graphene was demonstrated in the THz regime. By varying the Fermi level of two connected T-shape graphene strips through the electrostatic gating, the peak frequency and the group index in the transparency window can be tuned, which is good agreement with the coupled Lorentz oscillator model. Due to interference between two polarization selective graphene plasmonic resonances coexisting in the planar metamaterial, polarization conversion can be achieved. The linearly polarized THz wave can be converted to elliptically and right circularly polarized THz wave through varying the relaxation time of electrons in graphene. This novel chip-scale active terahertz device promises essential application opportunities in terahertz sensing and terahertz communications.

  4. Active tunable plasmonically induced polarization conversion in the THz regime

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    Ling, Furi; Yao, Gang; Yao, Jianquan

    2016-01-01

    A plasmon-induced polarization conversion (PIPC) structure based on periodically patterned graphene was demonstrated in the THz regime. By varying the Fermi level of two connected T-shape graphene strips through the electrostatic gating, the peak frequency and the group index in the transparency window can be tuned, which is good agreement with the coupled Lorentz oscillator model. Due to interference between two polarization selective graphene plasmonic resonances coexisting in the planar metamaterial, polarization conversion can be achieved. The linearly polarized THz wave can be converted to elliptically and right circularly polarized THz wave through varying the relaxation time of electrons in graphene. This novel chip-scale active terahertz device promises essential application opportunities in terahertz sensing and terahertz communications. PMID:27734912

  5. Self-organization approach for THz polaritonic metamaterials

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    Reyes-Coronado, A.; Acosta, M.F.; Merino, R.I.; Orera,, V.M.; Kenanakis, G.; Katsarakis, n.; Kafesaki, M.; Mavidis, Ch.; Garcia de Abajo, J.; Economou, E.N.; Soukoulis, Costas M.

    2012-06-15

    In this paper we discuss the fabrication and the electromagnetic (EM) characterization of anisotropic eutectic metamaterials, consisting of cylindrical polaritonic LiF rods embedded in either KCl or NaCl polaritonic host. The fabrication was performed using the eutectics directional solidification self-organization approach. For the EM characterization the specular reflectance at far infrared, between 3 THz and 11 THz, was measured and also calculated by numerically solving Maxwell equations, obtaining good agreement between experimental and calculated spectra. Applying an effective medium approach to describe the response of our samples, we predicted a range of frequencies in which most of our systems behave as homogeneous anisotropic media with a hyperbolic dispersion relation, opening thus possibilities for using them in negative refractive index and imaging applications at THz range.

  6. Detection of explosives using THz time domain spectroscopy

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    Châteauneuf, Marc; Dubois, Jacques; Allard, Jean-François; Houde, Daniel; Morris, Denis

    2007-06-01

    Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are a major threat to Canadian and allies troups involved in peacekeeping and minor conflict operations and despite their relative low technology they represent a major challenge in terms of detection and countermeasures. In order to provide tools to detect these threats, Defence Research & Development Canada - Valcartier initiated a research project to the feasibility of using terahertz (THz) radiations to detect and identify the presence of commonly used explosives and concealed weapons in a standoff method. This paper presents the initial results of the first year of the project and the future directions. A compact THz time domain spectroscopy was developed to build a THz signature table of commonly used explosives.

  7. 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.

  8. Independent component analysis applications on THz sensing and imaging

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    Balci, Soner; Maleski, Alexander; Nascimento, Matheus Mello; Philip, Elizabath; Kim, Ju-Hyung; Kung, Patrick; Kim, Seongsin M.

    2016-05-01

    We report Independent Component Analysis (ICA) technique applied to THz spectroscopy and imaging to achieve a blind source separation. A reference water vapor absorption spectrum was extracted via ICA, then ICA was utilized on a THz spectroscopic image in order to clean the absorption of water molecules from each pixel. For this purpose, silica gel was chosen as the material of interest for its strong water absorption. The resulting image clearly showed that ICA effectively removed the water content in the detected signal allowing us to image the silica gel beads distinctively even though it was totally embedded in water before ICA was applied.

  9. Towards large scale HTS Josephson detector arrays for THz imaging

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    Du, J.; Hellicar, A. D.; Leslie, K. E.; Nikolic, N.; Hanham, S. M.; Macfarlane, J. C.; Foley, C. P.

    2013-11-01

    We present the design and implementation of a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) Josephson junction detector array for terahertz (THz) imaging. The array device is made of ten YBa2Cu3Ox-7 (YBCO) step-edge junctions coupled to gold thin-film ring-slot antennas on a MgO substrate. The design and characterization of the detector array in response to a 0.6 THz signal are presented. The development of multi-channel biasing and read-out electronics and the system integration with a commercial cryocooler are also described.

  10. Resonant metamaterial detectors based on THz quantum-cascade structures

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    Benz, A.; Krall, M.; Schwarz, S.; Dietze, D.; Detz, H.; Andrews, A. M.; Schrenk, W.; Strasser, G.; Unterrainer, K.

    2014-03-01

    We present the design, fabrication and characterisation of an intersubband detector employing a resonant metamaterial coupling structure. The semiconductor heterostructure relies on a conventional THz quantum-cascade laser design and is operated at zero bias for the detector operation. The same active region can be used to generate or detect light depending on the bias conditions and the vertical confinement. The metamaterial is processed directly into the top metal contact and is used to couple normal incidence radiation resonantly to the intersubband transitions. The device is capable of detecting light below and above the reststrahlenband of gallium-arsenide corresponding to the mid-infrared and THz spectral region.

  11. Component pattern analysis of chemicals using multispectral THz imaging system

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    Kawase, Kodo; Ogawa, Yuichi; Watanabe, Yuki

    2004-04-01

    We have developed a novel basic technology for terahertz (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 transillumination 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.

  12. Optical and THz reflectance investigations of organic solar cells

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    Sporea, Dan; Mihai, Laura; Sporea, Adelina; Galagan, Yulia

    2016-04-01

    Two Organic Photovoltaic devices having a photoactive layer containing Poly[N-9'-heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5- (4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM, 99%), and the layer sequences - glass/ITO/ZnO/PAL/PEDOT:PSS/Ag/encapsulation were non-destructively investigated by diffuse optical spectral reflectance, THz spectroscopy and THz imaging. The proposed methods proved to be powerful tools to support quality assurance in organic solar cells development, facilitating both the localization of manufacturing defects and the device degradation, as they are combined with "classical" evaluation means.

  13. Tunable graphene antennas for selective enhancement of THz-emission.

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    Filter, R; Farhat, M; Steglich, M; Alaee, R; Rockstuhl, C; Lederer, F

    2013-02-11

    In this paper, we will introduce THz graphene antennas that strongly enhance the emission rate of quantum systems at specific frequencies. The tunability of these antennas can be used to selectively enhance individual spectral features. We will show as an example that any weak transition in the spectrum of coronene can become the dominant contribution. This selective and tunable enhancement establishes a new class of graphene-based THz devices, which will find applications in sensors, novel light sources, spectroscopy, and quantum communication devices.

  14. Resonant metamaterial detectors based on THz quantum-cascade structures

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    Benz, A.; Krall, M.; Schwarz, S.; Dietze, D.; Detz, H.; Andrews, A. M.; Schrenk, W.; Strasser, G.; Unterrainer, K.

    2014-01-01

    We present the design, fabrication and characterisation of an intersubband detector employing a resonant metamaterial coupling structure. The semiconductor heterostructure relies on a conventional THz quantum-cascade laser design and is operated at zero bias for the detector operation. The same active region can be used to generate or detect light depending on the bias conditions and the vertical confinement. The metamaterial is processed directly into the top metal contact and is used to couple normal incidence radiation resonantly to the intersubband transitions. The device is capable of detecting light below and above the reststrahlenband of gallium-arsenide corresponding to the mid-infrared and THz spectral region. PMID:24608677

  15. Functional multi-band THz meta-foils

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    Wu, Jianfeng; Moser, Herbert O.; Xu, Su; Jian, Linke; Banas, Agnieszka; Banas, Krzysztof; Chen, Hongsheng; Bettiol, Andrew A.; Breese, Mark B. H.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present the first experimental demonstration of double- and triple-band negative refraction index meta-foils in the terahertz (THz) region. Multi-band meta-foils constructed by multi-cell S-string resonators in a single structure exhibit simultaneously negative permittivity and negative permeability responses at multiple frequencies. The phenomena are confirmed by numerical simulations and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements. The flexible, freestanding multi-band meta-foils provide a promising candidate for the development of multi-frequency THz materials and devices. PMID:24346309

  16. Two dimensional crystal tunneling devices for THz operation

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    Kong, B. D.; Zeng, C.; Gaskill, D. K.; Wang, K. L.; Kim, K. W.

    2012-12-01

    Two dimensional crystal heterostructures are shown to possess a unique opportunity for nonlinear THz devices. In contrast to the oxide tunneling barrier, the uniformity of layered crystal insulators provides an ideal condition for tunneling barriers in the atomic scale. Numerical calculations based on a first-principles method clearly indicate the feasibility of diode operation with barriers as thin as two monolayers when placed between graphene-metal asymmetric electrodes. Further analysis predicts cut-off frequencies over 10 THz while maintaining strong nonlinearity for zero-bias rectification. Application to hot electron transistors is also examined, illustrating potentially superior performance in the frequency range inaccessible thus far.

  17. Tunable graphene antennas for selective enhancement of THz-emission.

    PubMed

    Filter, R; Farhat, M; Steglich, M; Alaee, R; Rockstuhl, C; Lederer, F

    2013-02-11

    In this paper, we will introduce THz graphene antennas that strongly enhance the emission rate of quantum systems at specific frequencies. The tunability of these antennas can be used to selectively enhance individual spectral features. We will show as an example that any weak transition in the spectrum of coronene can become the dominant contribution. This selective and tunable enhancement establishes a new class of graphene-based THz devices, which will find applications in sensors, novel light sources, spectroscopy, and quantum communication devices. PMID:23481830

  18. Novel Materials with Effective Super Dielectric Constants for Energy Storage

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    Cortes, Francisco Javier Quintero; Phillips, Jonathan

    2015-05-01

    To test a theory of the recently discovered phenomenon of super dielectric behavior at very low frequency, the dielectric constants of several `pastes', composed of porous alumina powders filled to the point of incipient wetness with water containing dissolved sodium chloride, were measured. The effective dielectric low frequency constants of some of the pastes were greater than 1010, dramatically higher than that of any material ever reported. Moreover, the total energy density reported for one capacitor generated with NaCl-based super dielectric material is marginally higher than found in any prior report. These results are consistent with this recently postulated model of low frequency super dielectric behavior in porous, non-conductive materials saturated with ion-containing liquids: upon the application of an electric field, ions dissolved in the saturating liquid contained in the pores will travel to the ends of pore-filling liquid droplets creating giant dipoles. The fields of these giant dipoles oppose the applied field, reducing the net field created per unit of charge on the capacitor plates, effectively increasing charge/voltage ratio, hence capacitance. This is simply a version of the theory of `polarizable media' found in most classic texts on electromagnetism. Other observations reported here include (1) the impact of ion concentration on dielectric values, (2) a maximum voltage similar to that associated with the electrical breakdown of water, (3) the loss of capacitance upon drying, (4) the recovery of capacitance upon the addition of water to a dry super dielectric material, and (5) the linear relationship between capacitance and inverse thickness. All observations are consistent with the earlier proposed model of the super dielectric phenomenon. An extrapolation of results suggests this technology can lead to energy density greater than the best lithium-ion battery.

  19. Measuring the dielectric properties of soil-organic mixtures using coaxial impedance dielectric reflectometry

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    Francisca, Franco M.; Montoro, Marcos A.

    2012-05-01

    Contamination of soils with non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) is frequently produced by accidental spills and storage tanks or pipes leakage. The main goals dealing with soil and groundwater contamination include determining the extension of the affected zone, monitoring the contaminant plume and quantifying the pollution degree. The objective of this work is to evaluate the potential of dielectric permittivity measurements to detect the presence of NAPLs in sands. Tested samples were fine, medium, coarse and silty sand with different volumetric contents of water and paraffin oil. The dielectric permittivity was measured by means of a Coaxial Impedance Dielectric Reflectometry method in specimens with either known fluid content or at different stages during immiscible displacement tests. A simplified method was developed to quantify the amount of oil from dielectric permittivity measurements and effective mixture media models. Obtained results showed that groundwater contamination with NAPL and the monitoring of immiscible fluid displacement in saturated porous media can be clearly identified from dielectric measurements. Finally, very accurate results can be obtained when computing the contamination degree with the proposed method in comparison with the real volumetric content of NAPL (r2 > 90%).

  20. Terahertz-to-infrared emission through laser excitation of surface plasmons in metal films with porous nanostructures.

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    Zhang, Liangliang; Zhao, Ji; Wu, Tong; Zhang, Cunlin; Zhang, X-C

    2015-06-29

    We report on the investigation of terahertz-to-infrared (THz-to-IR) thermal emission that relies on the excitation of surface plasmons in metal films deposited on a substrate with randomly ordered nanoscale pore arrays. The THz-to-IR radiation was observed both in the direction of laser beam propagation and the reverse direction. The intensity ratio between backward and forward radiation is exponentially dependent on the nominal thickness of the porous metal films. The findings are discussed in view of the proposed generation mechanism based on propagating surface plasmon polaritons on both air/metal and metal/substrate interfaces.

  1. Terahertz-to-infrared emission through laser excitation of surface plasmons in metal films with porous nanostructures.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Liangliang; Zhao, Ji; Wu, Tong; Zhang, Cunlin; Zhang, X-C

    2015-06-29

    We report on the investigation of terahertz-to-infrared (THz-to-IR) thermal emission that relies on the excitation of surface plasmons in metal films deposited on a substrate with randomly ordered nanoscale pore arrays. The THz-to-IR radiation was observed both in the direction of laser beam propagation and the reverse direction. The intensity ratio between backward and forward radiation is exponentially dependent on the nominal thickness of the porous metal films. The findings are discussed in view of the proposed generation mechanism based on propagating surface plasmon polaritons on both air/metal and metal/substrate interfaces. PMID:26191727

  2. Resonant dielectric metamaterials

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    Loui, Hung; Carroll, James; Clem, Paul G; Sinclair, Michael B

    2014-12-02

    A resonant dielectric metamaterial comprises a first and a second set of dielectric scattering particles (e.g., spheres) having different permittivities arranged in a cubic array. The array can be an ordered or randomized array of particles. The resonant dielectric metamaterials are low-loss 3D isotropic materials with negative permittivity and permeability. Such isotropic double negative materials offer polarization and direction independent electromagnetic wave propagation.

  3. Thin InSb layers with metallic gratings: a novel platform for spectrally-selective THz plasmonic sensing.

    PubMed

    Lin, Shuai; Bhattarai, Khagendra; Zhou, Jiangfeng; Talbayev, Diyar

    2016-08-22

    We present a computational study of terahertz optical properties of a grating-coupled plasmonic structure based on micrometer-thin InSb layers. We find two strong absorption resonances that we interpret as standing surface plasmon modes and investigate their dispersion relations, dependence on InSb thickness, and the spatial distribution of the electric field. The observed surface plasmon modes are well described by a simple theory of the air/InSb/air tri-layer. The plasmonic response of the grating/InSb structure is highly sensitive to the dielectric environment and the presence of an analyte (e.g., lactose) at the InSb interface, which is promising for terahertz plasmonic sensor applications. We determine the sensor sensitivity to be 7200 nm per refractive index unit (or 0.06 THz per refractive index unit). The lower surface plasmon mode also exhibits a splitting when tuned in resonance with the vibrational mode of lactose at 1.37 THz. We propose that such interaction between surface plasmon and vibrational modes can be used as the basis for a new sensing modality that allows the detection of terahertz vibrational fingerprints of an analyte.

  4. Thin InSb layers with metallic gratings: a novel platform for spectrally-selective THz plasmonic sensing

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    Lin, Shuai; Bhattarai, Khagendra; Zhou, Jiangfeng; Talbayev, Diyar

    2016-08-01

    We present a computational study of terahertz optical properties of a grating-coupled plasmonic structure based on micrometer-thin InSb layers. We find two strong absorption resonances that we interpret as standing surface plasmon modes and investigate their dispersion relations, dependence on InSb thickness, and the spatial distribution of the electric field. The observed surface plasmon modes are well described by a simple theory of the air/InSb/air trilayer. The plasmonic response of the grating/InSb structure is highly sensitive to the dielectric environment and the presence of an analyte (e.g., lactose) at the InSb interface, which is promising for terahertz plasmonic sensor applications. We determine the sensor sensitivity to be 7200 nm per refractive index unit (or 0.06 THz per refractive index unit). The lower surface plasmon mode also exhibits a splitting when tuned in resonance with the vibrational mode of lactose at 1.37 THz. We propose that such interaction between surface plasmon and vibrational modes can be used as the basis for a new sensing modality that allows the detection of terahertz vibrational fingerprints of an analyte.

  5. Thin InSb layers with metallic gratings: a novel platform for spectrally-selective THz plasmonic sensing.

    PubMed

    Lin, Shuai; Bhattarai, Khagendra; Zhou, Jiangfeng; Talbayev, Diyar

    2016-08-22

    We present a computational study of terahertz optical properties of a grating-coupled plasmonic structure based on micrometer-thin InSb layers. We find two strong absorption resonances that we interpret as standing surface plasmon modes and investigate their dispersion relations, dependence on InSb thickness, and the spatial distribution of the electric field. The observed surface plasmon modes are well described by a simple theory of the air/InSb/air tri-layer. The plasmonic response of the grating/InSb structure is highly sensitive to the dielectric environment and the presence of an analyte (e.g., lactose) at the InSb interface, which is promising for terahertz plasmonic sensor applications. We determine the sensor sensitivity to be 7200 nm per refractive index unit (or 0.06 THz per refractive index unit). The lower surface plasmon mode also exhibits a splitting when tuned in resonance with the vibrational mode of lactose at 1.37 THz. We propose that such interaction between surface plasmon and vibrational modes can be used as the basis for a new sensing modality that allows the detection of terahertz vibrational fingerprints of an analyte. PMID:27557222

  6. THz generation via optical rectification from multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Talbayev, Diyar; Taylor, Antoinette J

    2008-01-01

    We detected broadband coherent terahertz (THz) emission from multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} after illuminating a high-quality bulk single ferroelectric domain crystal with a {approx}100 fs optical pulse. The dependence of the emitted THz waveform on the energy and polarization of the optical pulse is consistent with the optical rectification mechanism of THz emission. The THz emission provides a sensitive probe of the electric polarization state of BiFeO{sub 3}, enabling applications in ferroelectric memories and ferroelectric domain imaging. We also report room-temperature THz optical constants of BiFeO{sub 3}.

  7. 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.

  8. THz investigations of graphene-complex-oxide heterostructures

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    Jnawali, Giriraj; Chen, Lu; Irvin, Patrick; Levy, Jeremy; Ryu, Sangwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Ghahari, Fereshte; Ravichandran, Jayakanth; Kim, Philip

    2014-03-01

    The unique and multifaceted properties of graphene have fascinated scientists and engineers for a decade now. A new frontier in research concerns properties of graphene in the THz-IR region, where the collective excitation of graphene 2D electron gas (2DEG) into plasmonic waves has proven the salient feature.[2] Complex oxide heterostructures (e.g., LaAlO3/SrTiO3, LAO/STO) also support a 2DEG with high carrier densities and expected plasmonic behavior. A unique feature of the LAO/STO system is the ability to control the electron density with nanoscale precision.[3] In addition, a method for sourcing and detecting broadband THz emission from LAO/STO nanojunctions has been recently demonstrated.[4] Here we describe initial efforts to investigate the THz properties of graphene-complex oxide (GCO) heterostructures. We envision that the proposed graphene plasmonic devices in the GCO will help to lay the foundation for a host of powerful THz-IR technologies for signal processing, imaging, spectroscopy and chemical sensing. We gratefully acknowledge support for this work from ONR (N00014-13-1-0806) and AFOSR (FA9550-12-1-0268).

  9. High-Resolution Waveguide THz Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules☆

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

    2008-01-01

    Abstract 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. PMID:17933879

  10. Broadband THz Spectroscopy of 2D Nanoscale Materials

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    Chen, Lu; Tripathi, Shivendra; Huang, Mengchen; Hsu, Jen-Feng; D'Urso, Brian; Lee, Hyungwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Irvin, Patrick; Levy, Jeremy

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) have attracted intense research interest in the past decade. Their unique electronic and optical properties offer the promise of novel optoelectronic applications in the terahertz regime. Recently, generation and detection of broadband terahertz (10 THz bandwidth) emission from 10-nm-scale LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanostructures created by conductive atomic force microscope (c-AFM) lithography has been demonstrated . This unprecedented control of THz emission at 10 nm length scales creates a pathway toward hybrid THz functionality in 2D-material/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures. Here we report initial efforts in THz spectroscopy of 2D nanoscale materials with resolution comparable to the dimensions of the nanowire (10 nm). Systems under investigation include graphene, single-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), and tungsten diselenide (WSe2) nanoflakes. 1. Y. Ma, et al., Nano Lett. 13, 2884 (2013). We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the following agencies and grants: AFOSR (FA9550-12-1-0268 (JL, PRI), FA9550-12-1-0342 (CBE)), ONR (N00014-13-1-0806 (JL, CBE), N00014-15-1-2847 (JL)), NSF DMR-1124131 (JL, CBE) and DMR-1234096 (CBE).

  11. Simulation of FEL pulse length calculation with THz streaking method.

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    Gorgisyan, I; Ischebeck, R; Prat, E; Reiche, S; Rivkin, L; Juranić, P

    2016-05-01

    Having accurate and comprehensive photon diagnostics for the X-ray pulses delivered by free-electron laser (FEL) facilities is of utmost importance. Along with various parameters of the photon beam (such as photon energy, beam intensity, etc.), the pulse length measurements are particularly useful both for the machine operators to measure the beam parameters and monitor the stability of the machine performance, and for the users carrying out pump-probe experiments at such facilities to better understand their measurement results. One of the most promising pulse length measurement techniques used for photon diagnostics is the THz streak camera which is capable of simultaneously measuring the lengths of the photon pulses and their arrival times with respect to the pump laser. This work presents simulations of a THz streak camera performance. The simulation procedure utilizes FEL pulses with two different photon energies in hard and soft X-ray regions, respectively. It recreates the energy spectra of the photoelectrons produced by the photon pulses and streaks them by a single-cycle THz pulse. Following the pulse-retrieval procedure of the THz streak camera, the lengths were calculated from the streaked spectra. To validate the pulse length calculation procedure, the precision and the accuracy of the method were estimated for streaking configuration corresponding to previously performed experiments. The obtained results show that for the discussed setup the method is capable of measuring FEL pulses with about a femtosecond accuracy and precision. PMID:27140142

  12. 1 THz Micromachined Waveguide Band-Pass Filter

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    Liu, Shuang; Hu, Jiang; Zhang, Yong; Zheng, Zhongwan; Liu, Yupeng; Xu, Ruimin; Xue, Quan

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents a waveguide band-pass filter operating at the 0.75 ˜ 1.1 THz frequency band. The metal conductivity, the surface impedance, and the skin depth are investigated in the terahertz (THz) frequency band for more accurate designs, especially at the 1 THz and higher frequencies. Because the influence of the fabrication tolerance on the component performance cannot be negligible while the frequency increases, it is a necessary to adopt the simple structure with less resonant cavities for obtaining the given performance. Therefore, the filter in this paper is designed based on the TE301/TE102 dual-mode rectangular waveguide resonant cavities, which has fewer cavities and better rejection of the stop-band. The proposed filter is fabricated using the deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) micromachining technique. Measured results are in good agreement with simulations, which verifies the accuracy of the analysis above, and the design process is valuable to realize high-performance passive components while the frequency is up to 1 THz or higher frequencies.

  13. THz photometers for solar flare observations from space

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    Kaufmann, Pierre; Marcon, Rogério; Abrantes, André; Bortolucci, Emilio C.; T. Fernandes, Luis Olavo; Kropotov, Grigory I.; Kudaka, Amauri S.; Machado, Nelson; Marun, Adolfo; Nikolaev, Valery; Silva, Alexandre; da Silva, Claudemir S.; Timofeevsky, Alexander

    2014-11-01

    The search for the still unrevealed spectral shape of the mysterious THz solar flare emissions is one of the current most challenging research issues. The concept, fabrication and performance of a double THz photometer system, named SOLAR-T, is presented. Its innovative optical setup allows observations of the full solar disk and the detection of small burst transients at the same time. The detecting system was constructed to observe solar flare THz emissions on board of stratospheric balloons. The system has been integrated to data acquisition and telemetry modules for this application. SOLAR-T uses two Golay cell detectors preceded by low-pass filters made of rough surface primary mirrors and membranes, 3 and 7 THz band-pass filters, and choppers. Its photometers can detect small solar bursts (tens of solar flux units) with sub second time resolution. Tests have been conducted to confirm the entire system performance, on ambient and low pressure and temperature conditions. An artificial Sun setup was developed to simulate performance on actual observations. The experiment is planned to be on board of two long-duration stratospheric balloon flights over Antarctica and Russia in 2014-2016.

  14. 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.

  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. Quasioptical devices based on extraordinary transmission at THz

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    Beruete, Miguel

    2016-04-01

    In this work I will present our latest advances in components developed from extraordinary transmission concepts operating at terahertz (THz) frequencies. First, a structure exhibiting two different extraordinary transmission resonances depending on the polarization of the incident wave will be shown. The peaks of transmission appear at approximately 2 and 2.5 THz for vertical and horizontal polarization, respectively, with a transmittance above 60% in both cases. Later on, a meandering line structure able to tune the extraordinary transmission resonance will be discussed. The operation frequency in this case is between 9 and 17 THz. A self-complementary polarizer will be then presented, with a high polarization purity. The fundamentals of this device based on the Babinet's principle will be discussed in depth. Finally, all these structures will be combined together to produce a dual-band Quarter Wave Plate able to convert a linear polarization at the input in a circular polarization at the output at two different bands, 1 and 2.2. THz. Some final words regarding the potential of extraordinary transmission for sensing applications will close the contribution.

  17. Femtosecond THz Studies of Intra-Excitonic Transitions

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    Huber, Rupert; Schmid, Ben A.; Kaindl, Robert A.; Chemla, Daniel S.

    2007-10-02

    Few-cycle THz pulses are employed to resonantly access the internal fine structure of photogenerated excitons in semiconductors, on the femtosecond time scale. This technique allows us to gain novel insight into many-body effects of excitons and reveal key quantum optical processes. We discuss experiments that monitor the density-dependent re?normalization of the binding energy of a high-density exciton gas in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells close to the Mott transition. In a dilute ensemble of 3p excitons in Cu2O, stimulated THz emission from internal transitions to the energetically lower 2s state is observed at a photon energy of 6.6 meV, with a cross section of 10-14 cm2. Simultaneous interband excitation of both exciton levels drives quantum beats, which cause efficient THz emission at the difference frequency. By extending this principle to various other exciton resonances, we develop a novel way of mapping the fine structure by two-dimensional THz emission spectroscopy.

  18. Simulation of FEL pulse length calculation with THz streaking method

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    Gorgisyan, I.; Ischebeck, R.; Prat, E.; Reiche, S.; Rivkin, L.; Juranić, P.

    2016-01-01

    Having accurate and comprehensive photon diagnostics for the X-ray pulses delivered by free-electron laser (FEL) facilities is of utmost importance. Along with various parameters of the photon beam (such as photon energy, beam intensity, etc.), the pulse length measurements are particularly useful both for the machine operators to measure the beam parameters and monitor the stability of the machine performance, and for the users carrying out pump–probe experiments at such facilities to better understand their measurement results. One of the most promising pulse length measurement techniques used for photon diagnostics is the THz streak camera which is capable of simultaneously measuring the lengths of the photon pulses and their arrival times with respect to the pump laser. This work presents simulations of a THz streak camera performance. The simulation procedure utilizes FEL pulses with two different photon energies in hard and soft X-ray regions, respectively. It recreates the energy spectra of the photoelectrons produced by the photon pulses and streaks them by a single-cycle THz pulse. Following the pulse-retrieval procedure of the THz streak camera, the lengths were calculated from the streaked spectra. To validate the pulse length calculation procedure, the precision and the accuracy of the method were estimated for streaking configuration corresponding to previously performed experiments. The obtained results show that for the discussed setup the method is capable of measuring FEL pulses with about a femtosecond accuracy and precision. PMID:27140142

  19. Design of terahertz metal-dielectric-metal waveguide with microfluidic sensing stub

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    Li, Xiangjun; Song, Jian; Zhang, John X. J.

    2016-02-01

    We design a terahertz (THz) metal-dielectric-metal (MDM) waveguide sensor with embedded microfluidic channel suitable for sensing the refractive index variations in liquid. The transmission properties are described using transmission line model (TLM) and numerically simulated using finite-difference time domain (FDTD) method. The sensing characteristics of the structure are systematically analyzed through the examination of the transmission spectrum. The results reveal a series of pronounced resonance peaks in the transmission spectrum, which has linear relationship with the refractive index variation of the material under investigation. For detecting the presence of various cancer cells flowing through the microfluidic channel, we designed and optimized the structural parameters of the THz-MDM sensor and achieved a theoretical value of the refractive index detection sensitivity as high as 0.457 THz/RIU for a 20 μm × 24 μmcross-section channel. This work shows great promise toward realizing a compact THz refractive index sensor with high sensitivity for identifying the signatures of biological samples in liquid.

  20. Performances of THz cameras with enhanced sensitivity in sub-terahertz region

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    Oda, Naoki; Ishi, Tsutomu; Kurashina, Seiji; Sudou, Takayuki; Morimoto, Takao; Miyoshi, Masaru; Doi, Kohei; Goto, Hideki; Sasaki, Tokuhito; Isoyama, Goro; Kato, Ryukou; Irizawa, Akinori; Kawase, Keigo

    2015-05-01

    Uncooled microbolometer-type 640x480 and 320x240 Terahertz (THz) focal plane arrays (FPAs) with enhanced sensitivity in sub-THz region are developed, and incorporated into 640x480 and 320x240 cameras, respectively. The pixel in the THz-FPA has such a structure that an area sensitive to electromagnetic wave is suspended above read-out integrated circuit (ROIC). A thin metallic layer is formed on the top of the sensitive area, while a thick metallic layer is formed on the surface of ROIC. The structure composed of the thin metallic layer and the thick metallic layer behaves as an optical cavity. The THz-FPAs reported in this paper have a modified pixel structure which has several times longer optical-cavity length than NEC's previous pixel does, by forming a thick SiN layer on the ROIC. The extended optical-cavity structure is favorable for detecting electromagnetic wave with lower frequency. Consequently, the Minimum Detectable Power per pixel (MDP) is improved ten times in sub-THz region, especially 0.5-0.6 THz. This paper presents spectral frequency dependences of MDP values for THz-FPA with the modified pixel structure and THz-FPA with the previous pixel structure, using THz free electron laser (FEL) developed by Osaka University. The modification of pixel structure extends high sensitivity region to lower frequency region, such as sub-THz region, and the wider spectral coverage of THz camera surely expands its applicability

  1. Proposal for a broadband THz refractive-index sensor based on quantum-cascade laser arrays.

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    Zhao, Le; Khanal, Sudeep; Wu, Chongzhao; Kumar, Sushil

    2015-02-23

    Many molecules have strong and characteristic rotational and vibrational transitions at terahertz (THz) frequencies, which makes this frequency range unique for applications in spectroscopic sensing of chemical and biological species. Here, we propose a broadband THz sensor based on arrays of single-mode QCLs, which could be utilized for sensing of the refractive-index of solids or liquids in reflection geometry. The proposed scheme does not require expensive THz detectors and consists of no movable parts. A recently developed antenna-feedback geometry is utilized to enhance optical coupling between two single-mode QCLs, which facilitates optical downconversion of the THz frequency signal to microwave regime. Arrays of THz QCLs emitting at discrete frequencies could be utilized to provide more than 2 THz of spectral coverage to realize a broadband, low-cost, and portable THz sensor.

  2. Applications of terahertz (THz) technology to medical imaging

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    Arnone, Donald D.; Ciesla, Craig M.; Corchia, Alessandra; Egusa, S.; Pepper, Michael; Chamberlain, J. Martyn; Bezant, C.; Linfield, Edmund H.; Clothier, R.; Khammo, N.

    1999-09-01

    An imaging system has been developed based on pulses of Terahertz (THz) radiation generated and detected using all- optical effects accessed by irradiating semiconductors with ultrafast pulses of visible laser light. This technique, commonly referred to as T-Ray Imaging or THz Pulse Imaging (TPI), holds enormous promise for certain aspects of medical imaging. We have conducted an initial survey of possible medical applications of TPI and demonstrated that TPI images show good contrast between different animal tissue types. Moreover, the diagnostic power of TPI has been elicidated by the spectra available at each pixel in the image, which are markedly different for the different tissue types. This suggests that the spectral information inherent in TPI might be used to identify the type of soft and hard tissue at each pixel in an image and provide other diagnostic information not afforded by conventional imagin techniques. Preliminary TPI studies of pork skin show that 3D tomographic imaging of the skin surface and thickness is possible, and data from experiments on models of the human dermis are presented which demonstrate that different constituents of skin have different refractive indices. Lastly, we present the first THz image of human tissue, namely an extracted tooth. The time of flight of THz pulses through the tooth allows the thickness of the enamel to be determined, and is used to create an image showing the enamel and dentine regions. Absorption of THz pulses in the tooth allows the pulp cavity region to be identified. Initial evidence strongly suggests that TPI my be used to provide valuable diagnostic information pertaining to the enamel, dentine, and the pump cavity.

  3. Dielectric properties of aerogels

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    Hrubesh, L.W.; Keene, L.E.; Latorre, V.R. )

    1993-07-01

    We have measured the real (dielectric constant) and imaginary (loss factor) components of the complex relative permittivity at 298 [degree]K using microwave frequencies (2, 10, and 18--40 GHz), for bulk SiO[sub 2]-aerogels and for two types of organic aerogels, resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) and melamine-formaldehyde (MF). Measured dielectric constants are found to vary linearly between values of 1.0 and 2.0 for aerogel densities from 10 to 500 kg/m[sup 3]. For the same range of densities, the measured loss tangents vary linearly between values of 2[times]10[sup [minus]4] and 7[times]10[sup [minus]2]. The observed linearity of the dielectric properties with density in aerogels at microwave frequencies shows that their dielectric behavior is more gas-like than solid-like. The dielectric properties of aerogels are shown to be significantly affected by the adsorbed water internal to the bulk material. For example, water accounts for 7% of the dielectric constant and 70% of the loss at microwave frequencies for silica aerogels. Because of their very high porosity, even with the water content, the aerogels are among the few materials exhibiting such low dielectric properties. Our measurements show that aerogels with greater than 99% porosity have dielectric constants less than 1.03; these are the lowest values ever reported for a bulk solid material.

  4. Dielectric relaxation in weakly ergodic dilute dipole systems.

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    Lerner, Shimon E; Mierzwa, Michal; Paluch, Marian; Feldman, Yuri; Ishai, Paul Ben

    2013-05-28

    We introduce a method for calculating dipole correlations in systems containing hopping processes exhibiting weak ergodicity breaking. Modeled after the original Kirkwood-Fröhlich theory, the new method provides a bridge extending Fröhlich's insights from the realm of rigid dipoles into weakly non-ergodic fluctuating virtual dipolar entities. Relevant for the investigation of any system containing transport processes, it provides a testable parameter derived primarily from the static dielectric parameters. Three examples of systems including porous silicon, porous glass, and ferroelectric crystals are brought to demonstrate the model's versatility, including direct confirmation of Fröhlich's original idea.

  5. THz-wave generation via stimulated polariton scattering in KTiOAsO4 crystal.

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    Wang, Weitao; Cong, Zhenhua; Liu, Zhaojun; Zhang, Xingyu; Qin, Zengguang; Tang, Guanqi; Li, Ning; Zhang, Yuangeng; Lu, Qingming

    2014-07-14

    A terahertz parametric oscillator based on KTiOAsO(4) crystal is demonstrated for the first time. With the near-forward scattering configuration X(ZZ)X + Δφ, the polarizations of the pump, the Stokes and the generated THz waves are parallel to the z-axis of the crystal KTA. When the incident angle θext of the pump wave is changed from 1.875° to 6.500°, the THz wave is intermittently tuned from 3.59 to 3.96 THz, from 4.21 to 4.50 THz, from 4.90 to 5.16 THz, from 5.62 to 5.66 THz and from 5.92 to 6.43 THz. The obtained maximum THz wave energy is 627 nJ at 4.30 THz with a pump energy of 100 mJ. It is believed that the terahertz wave generation is caused by the stimulated scattering of the polaritons associated with the most intensive transverse A(1) mode of 233.8 cm(-1). Four much weaker transverse A(1) modes of 132.9 cm(-1), 156.3 cm(-1),175.1 cm(-1), and 188.4 cm(-1) cause four frequency gaps, from 3.97 THz to 4.20 THz, from 4.51 to 4.89 THz, from 5.17 to 5.61 THz and from 5.67 to 5.91 THz, respectively.

  6. Tunable terahertz multichannel filter based on one-dimensional superconductor-dielectric photonic crystals

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    Liu, Yang; Yi, Lin

    2014-12-14

    By means of the transfer matrix method, the transmission properties of one-dimensional photonic crystals (PCs) consisting of superconductor and dielectric have been systematically investigated within the terahertz frequency range (0.1–10 THz). It is shown that comb-like resonant peaks in transmission band can be formed without adding any defect layer in superconductor-dielectric PCs, which means that such a one-dimensional periodic structure can serve as a tunable terahertz multichannel filter by using the PCs passband. Furthermore, the influences coming from the period of the structure, the thickness of the components, the permittivity of the dielectric layers, temperature, and the normal conducting electrons on the filtering properties are also numerically investigated.

  7. Characterization of Dielectric Responses of Human Cancer Cells in the Terahertz Region

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    Shiraga, Keiichiro; Ogawa, Yuichi; Suzuki, Tetsuhito; Kondo, Naoshi; Irisawa, Akiyoshi; Imamura, Motoki

    2014-05-01

    Terahertz time-domain attenuated total reflection spectroscopy, in combination with a two-interface model, is used to determine the complex dielectric constants of cultured human cancer cells (DLD-1, HEK293 and HeLa). Picosecond and sub-picosecond water dynamics are dominant in the measured complex dielectric constants of these cells. We demonstrate that dielectric responses below 1.0 THz best characterize the particular water dynamics of cancer cells when compared with extracellular water. Debye-Lorentz fitting revealed that this is due to a significantly attenuated slow relaxation mode and enhanced fast relaxation mode of the water in these cancer cells. These findings could lead to a new procedure to digitally evaluate cellular activities or functions, in terms of intracellular water dynamics, and remove the veil from the mysterious intracellular milieu.

  8. [Reseach on THz Time Domain Spectrum of Photo-Induced Insulator-Metal Phase Transition of VO₂ Films].

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    Wang, Chang-lei; Wu, Shuai; Li, Yan-feng; Liu, Bo-wen; Hu, Ming-lie; Chai, Lu; Xing, Qi-rong; Wang, Qing-yue

    2015-11-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO₂) film will be phase-transitioned from insulator into metal, accompanied with dramatic change on conductivity, which is named as photo-induced insulator-metal phase transition. Such phase transition of VO₂ film has important application potentials in modulators or other functional devices for terahertz waves. In this paper, the transmission spectrum variations before and after the photo-induced insulator-metal phase transition of vanadium dioxide film are investigated, and the phase transition properties in terahertz(THz) region are analyzed. In the experiment, the phase transition of the VO₂ film was induced by a continuous wave (CW) laser source and a femtosecond (fs) laser source, respectively. Obvious changes on the THz waveforms were observed for the both mentioned means of excitation, and the amplitude attenuation, as well as the signal distortion, was intensified with the increase of the impinging optical power. The fast Fourier transform (FFT) spectra of the transmitted THz time-domain signals were analyzed and it was found that the amplitude of the transmitted spectrum decreased synchronously with the increase of the optical power, accompanied with deformation of the spectrum line shape at the same time. The reason was that the macroscopic dielectric properties of the VO₂ film approached gradually to that of a metal as laser power was increased. A parameter, transmission modulation function, was defined in the paper as the amplitude difference between the transmission spectra of the VO₂ film before and after the laser excitation, to describe the dispersivity of the photo-induced phase transition more clearly. From the curve of the transmission modulation function, strong frequency-dependent properties at THz frequencies were found to vary regularly with the incident light power. After furthermore comparison, it was found that, though the insulator-metal phase transition could be trigged by both CW laser source and fs laser

  9. Structural characterization of porous low-k thin films prepared by different techniques using x-ray porosimetry

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    Lee, Hae-Jeong; Soles, Christopher L.; Liu, Da-Wei; Bauer, Barry J.; Lin, Eric K.; Wu, Wen-li; Grill, Alfred

    2004-03-01

    Three different types of porous low-k dielectric films, with similar dielectric constants, are characterized using x-ray porosimetry (XRP). XRP is used to extract critical structural information, such as the average density, wall density, porosity, and pore size distribution. The materials include a plasma-enhanced-chemical-vapor-deposited carbon-doped oxide film composed of Si, C, O, and H (SiCOH) and two spin cast silsesquioxane type films—methylsilsesquioxane with a polymeric porogen (porous MSQ) and hydrogensilsesquioxane with a high boiling point solvent (porous HSQ). The porous SiCOH film displays the smallest pore sizes, while porous HSQ film has both the highest density wall material and porosity. The porous MSQ film exhibits a broad range of pores with the largest average pore size. We demonstrate that the average pore size obtained by the well-established method of neutron scattering and x-ray reflectivity is in good agreement with the XRP results.

  10. Potential applications of the dielectric wakefield accelerators in the SINBAD facility at DESY

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    Nie, Y. C.; Assmann, R.; Dorda, U.; Marchetti, B.; Weikum, M.; Zhu, J.; Hüning, M.

    2016-09-01

    Short, high-brightness relativistic electron bunches can drive ultra-high wakefields in the dielectric wakefield accelerators (DWFAs). This effect can be used to generate high power THz coherent Cherenkov radiation, accelerate a witness bunch with gradient two or three orders of magnitude larger than that in the conventional RF linear accelerators, introduce energy modulation within the driving bunch itself, etc. The paper studies potential applications of the DWFAs in the SINBAD facility at DESY. The simulations show that the ultra-short relativistic bunches from the SINBAD injector ARES can excite accelerating wakefields with peak amplitudes as high as GV/m at THz frequencies in proper DWFA structures. In addition, it illustrates that the DWFA structure can serve as a dechirper to compensate the correlated energy spread of the bunches accelerated by the laser plasma wakefield accelerator.

  11. Ultrabroadband dielectric spectroscopy and phonons in (Pb1-x/2Lax)(Zr0.9Ti0.1)O3

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    Buixaderas, E.; Bovtun, V.; Veljko, S.; Savinov, M.; Kužel, P.; Gregora, I.; Kamba, S.; Reaney, I.

    2010-11-01

    The dielectric behavior of (Pb1-x/2Lax)(Zr0.9Ti0.1)O3 PLZT 100x/90/10 (0≤100x≤1) was studied in the frequency range 102-1014 Hz using dielectric, time-domain terahertz (THz), far-infrared, and Raman spectroscopy in the temperature interval 10-900 K. PZT 90/10 and PLZT 2/90/10 undergo two phase transitions, from a cubic paraelectric to a rhombohedral untilted ferroelectric (FE) phase and on further cooling to a tilted FE phase. PLZT 4/90/10 and PLZT 10/90/10 are incommensurately modulated and composed of an intergrowth of polar and antipolar cation displacements. These samples consequently demonstrate a FE soft mode which exhibits minimal frequency several tens of degrees above the nominal antiferroelectric phase transition temperature. The dielectric response of PLZT 100x/90/10 is mainly governed by a gigahertz relaxation and a soft phonon component in the THz range. As in other PbO-based perovskites, the soft mode is split into a higher-frequency component (ω ˜80 cm-1) and a highly damped THz component (ω ˜30 cm-1), with larger dielectric strength already in the paraelectric phase.

  12. Determination of death thresholds and identification of terahertz (THz)-specific gene expression signatures

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    Wilmink, Gerald J.; Ibey, Bennett L.; Roth, Caleb L.; Vincelette, Rebecca L.; Rivest, Benjamin D.; Horn, Christopher B.; Bernhard, Joshua; Roberson, Dawnlee; Roach, William P.

    2010-02-01

    In recent years, numerous security, military, and medical applications have been developed which use Terahertz (THz) radiation. These developments have heightened concerns in regards to the potential health risks that are associated with this type of radiation. To determine the cellular and molecular effects caused by THz radiation, we exposed several human cell lines to high-power THz radiation, and then we determined death thresholds and gene expression profiles. Necrotic and apoptotic death thresholds were determined for Jurkat cells using an optically-pumped molecular gas THz source (υ = 2.52 THz, H = 227 mW/cm2), MTT viability assays, and flow cytometric techniques. In addition, we used confocal microscopic techniques to demarcate lethal spatial regions in a monolayer of dermal fibroblasts exposed to THz radiation. Then, to determine if cells exhibit a THz-specific gene expression signature, we exposed dermal fibroblasts to THz radiation and analyzed their transcriptional response using microarray gene chips. We found that 60% of the Jurkat cells survived the 30-minute THz exposure, whereas only 20% survived the 40-minute exposure. The flow data confirmed these results and provided evidence that THz-induced cell death was mediated using both nectrotic and apoptotic processes. The preliminary microscopy studies provided convincing evidence warranting future efforts using these techniques. Lastly, we found that dermal fibroblasts up-regulated several genes when exposed to THz radiation. Overall, these results provide evidence for the cellular and molecular effects associated with THz radiation, and we speculate that the identified up-regulated genes may serve as excellent candidate biomarkers for THz exposures.

  13. Silica aerogel: An intrinsically low dielectric constant material

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    Hrubesh, L.W.

    1995-04-01

    Silica aerogels are highly porous solids having unique morphologies in wavelength of visible which both the pores and particles have sizes less than the wavelength of visible light. This fine nanostructure modifies the normal transport mechanisms within aerogels and endows them with a variety of exceptional physical properties. For example, aerogels have the lowest measured thermal conductivity and dielectric constant for any solid material. The intrinsically low dielectric properties of silica aerogels are the direct result of the extremely high achievable porosities, which are controllable over a range from 75% to more than 99.8 %, and which result in measured dielectric constants from 2.0 to less than 1.01. This paper discusses the synthesis of silica aerogels, processing them as thin films, and characterizing their dielectric properties. Existing data and other physical characteristics of bulk aerogels (e.g., thermal stablity, thermal expansion, moisture adsorption, modulus, dielectric strength, etc.), which are useful for evaluating them as potential dielectrics for microelectronics, are also given.

  14. Hydration dependence of conformational dielectric relaxation of lysozyme.

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    Knab, Joseph; Chen, Jing-Yin; Markelz, Andrea

    2006-04-01

    Dielectric response of hen egg white lysozyme is measured in the far infrared (5-65 cm-1, 0.15-1.95 THz, 0.6-8.1 meV) as a function of hydration. The frequency range is associated with collective vibrational modes of protein tertiary structure. The observed frequency dependence of the absorbance is broad and glass-like. For the entire frequency range, there is a slight increase in both the absorbance and index of refraction with increasing hydration for <0.27 h (mass of H2O per unit mass protein). At 0.27 h, the absorbance and index begin to increase more rapidly. This transition corresponds to the point where the first hydration shell is filled. The abrupt increase in dielectric response cannot be fully accounted for by the additional contribution to the dielectric response due to bulk water, suggesting that the protein has not yet achieved its fully hydrated state. The broad, glass-like response suggests that at low hydrations, the low frequency conformational hen egg white lysozyme dynamics can be described by a dielectric relaxation model where the protein relaxes to different local minima in the conformational energy landscape. However, the low frequency complex permittivity does not allow for a pure relaxational mechanism. The data can best be modeled with a single low frequency resonance (nu approximately 120 GHz=4 cm-1) and a single Debye relaxation process (tau approximately .03-.04 ps). Terahertz dielectric response is currently being considered as a possible biosensing technique and the results demonstrate the required hydration control necessary for reliable biosensor applications.

  15. System simulation of a 0.2THz imaging radar

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    Zhu, Li; Deng, Chao; Zhang, Cun-lin; Zhao, Yue-jin

    2009-07-01

    Unlike traditional THz imaging system, we first report a design of 0.2THz stepped frequency radar system, and prove its feasibility by simulation. The stepped frequency radar working from 200GHz to 210GHz can provide centimeter accuracy. To demonstrate the feasibility of our design, we simulate our system by using Advanced Design System (ADS) and Simulink in Matlab. The transmitter line is simulated in ADS, while system-level simulation is carried out in Matlab. The simulation of transmitter is implemented by using parameters from actual products, which can ensure the reality of simulation. In this paper, we will present the methods and results of our simulation. From the results, we can conclude that our design is feasible.

  16. THz holography in reflection using a high resolution microbolometer array.

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    Zolliker, Peter; Hack, Erwin

    2015-05-01

    We demonstrate a digital holographic setup for Terahertz imaging of surfaces in reflection. The set-up is based on a high-power continuous wave (CW) THz laser and a high-resolution (640 × 480 pixel) bolometer detector array. Wave propagation to non-parallel planes is used to reconstruct the object surface that is rotated relative to the detector plane. In addition we implement synthetic aperture methods for resolution enhancement and compare Fourier transform phase retrieval to phase stepping methods. A lateral resolution of 200 μm and a relative phase sensitivity of about 0.4 rad corresponding to a depth resolution of 6 μm are estimated from reconstructed images of two specially prepared test targets, respectively. We highlight the use of digital THz holography for surface profilometry as well as its potential for video-rate imaging.

  17. THz imaging of majolica tiles and biological attached marble fragments

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    Catapano, Ilaria; Soldovieri, Francesco

    2016-04-01

    Devices exploiting waves in the frequency range from 0.1 THz to 10 THz (corresponding to a free-space wavelength ranging from 30 μm to 3 mm) deserve attention as diagnostic technologies for cultural heritage. THz waves are, indeed, non-ionizing radiations capable of penetrating into non-metallic materials, which are opaque to both visible and infrared waves, without implying long term risks to the molecular stability of the exposed objects and humans. Moreover, THz surveys involve low poewr probing waves, are performed without contact with the object and, thanks to the recent developments, which have allowed the commercialization of compact, flexible and portable systems, maybe performed in loco (i.e. in the place where the artworks are usually located). On the other hand, THz devices can be considered as the youngest among the sensing and imaging electromagnetic techniques and their actual potentialities in terms of characterization of artworks is an ongoing research activity. As a contribution within this context, we have performed time of flight THz imaging [1,2] on ceramic and marble objects. In particular, we surveyed majolica tiles produced by Neapolitan ceramists in the 18th and 19th centuries with the aim to gather information on their structure, constructive technique and conservation state. Moreover, we investigated a Marmo di Candoglia fragment in order to characterize the biological attach affecting it. All the surveys were carried out by using the Fiber-Coupled Terahertz Time Domain System (FICO) developed by Z-Omega and available at the Institute of Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA). This system is equipped with fiber optic coupled transmitting and receiving probes and with an automatic positioning system enabling to scan a 150 mm x 150 mm area under a reflection measurement configuration. Based on the obtained results we can state that the use of THz waves allows: - the reconstruction of the object topography; - the geometrical

  18. Strong near field enhancement in THz nano-antenna arrays.

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    Feuillet-Palma, Cheryl; Todorov, Yanko; Vasanelli, Angela; Sirtori, Carlo

    2013-01-01

    A key issue in modern photonics is the ability to concentrate light into very small volumes, thus enhancing its interaction with quantum objects of sizes much smaller than the wavelength. In the microwave domain, for many years this task has been successfully performed by antennas, built from metals that can be considered almost perfect at these frequencies. Antenna-like concepts have been recently extended into the THz and up to the visible, however metal losses increase and limit their performances. In this work we experimentally study the light coupling properties of dense arrays of subwavelength THz antenna microcavities. We demonstrate that the combination of array layout with subwavelength electromagnetic confinement allows for 10(4)-fold enhancement of the electromagnetic energy density inside the cavities, despite the low quality factor of a single element. This effect is quantitatively described by an analytical model that can be applied for the optimization of any nanoantenna array. PMID:23449101

  19. Cast dielectric composite linear accelerator

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    Sanders, David M.; Sampayan, Stephen; Slenes, Kirk; Stoller, H. M.

    2009-11-10

    A linear accelerator having cast dielectric composite layers integrally formed with conductor electrodes in a solventless fabrication process, with the cast dielectric composite preferably having a nanoparticle filler in an organic polymer such as a thermosetting resin. By incorporating this cast dielectric composite the dielectric constant of critical insulating layers of the transmission lines of the accelerator are increased while simultaneously maintaining high dielectric strengths for the accelerator.

  20. Multilayer Dielectric Transmissive Optical Phase Modulator

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    Keys, Andrew Scott; Fork, Richard Lynn

    2004-01-01

    A multilayer dielectric device has been fabricated as a prototype of a low-loss, low-distortion, transmissive optical phase modulator that would provide as much as a full cycle of phase change for all frequency components of a transmitted optical pulse over a frequency band as wide as 6.3 THz. Arrays of devices like this one could be an alternative to the arrays of mechanically actuated phase-control optics (adaptive optics) that have heretofore been used to correct for wave-front distortions in highly precise optical systems. Potential applications for these high-speed wave-front-control arrays of devices include agile beam steering, optical communications, optical metrology, optical tracking and targeting, directional optical ranging, and interferometric astronomy. The device concept is based on the same principle as that of band-pass interference filters made of multiple dielectric layers with fractional-wavelength thicknesses, except that here there is an additional focus on obtaining the desired spectral phase profile in addition to the device s spectral transmission profile. The device includes a GaAs substrate, on which there is deposited a stack of GaAs layers alternating with AlAs layers, amounting to a total of 91 layers. The design thicknesses of the layers range from 10 nm to greater than 1 micrometer. The number of layers and the thickness of each layer were chosen in a computational optimization process in which the wavelength dependences of the indices of refraction of GaAs and AlAs were taken into account as the design was iterated to maximize the transmission and minimize the group-velocity dispersion for a wavelength band wide enough to include all significant spectral components of the pulsed optical signal to be phase modulated.

  1. Emerging electronic devices for THz sensing and imaging

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    Fay, P.; Xie, Y.; Zhao, Y.; Jiang, Z.; Rahman, S.; Xing, H.; Sensale-Rodriguez, B.; Liu, L.

    2014-09-01

    Continuing advances in scaling of conventional semiconductor devices are enabling mainstream electronics to operate in the millimeter-wave through THz regime. At the same time, however, novel devices and device concepts are also emerging to address the key challenges for systems in this frequency range, and may offer performance and functional advantages for future systems. In addition to new devices, advances in integration technology and novel system concepts also promise to provide substantial system-level performance and functionality enhancements. Several emerging devices and device concepts, as well as circuit-level concepts to take advantage of them, are discussed. Based on unconventional semiconductor device structures and operational principles, these devices offer the potential for significantly improved system sensitivity and frequency coverage. When combined in arrays, features such as polarimetric detection and frequency tunability for imaging can be achieved. As examples of emerging devices for millimeter-wave through THz sensing and imaging, heterostructure backward diodes in the InAs/AlSb/GaSb material system and GaN-based plasma-wave high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) will be discussed. Based on interband tunneling, heterostructure backward diodes offer significantly increased sensitivity and extremely low noise for direct detection applications, and have been demonstrated with cutoff frequencies exceeding 8 THz. The plasma-wave HEMT is an emerging device concept that, by leveraging plasma-wave resonances in the two-dimensional electron gas within the channel of the HEMT, offers the prospect for both tunable narrowband detection as well as low-noise amplification at frequencies well into the THz. These emerging devices are both amenable to direct integration within compact planar radiating structures such as annular slot antennas for realization of polarimetric detection and frequency tuning for spectroscopy and imaging.

  2. Broadband Sources in the 1-3 THz Range

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    Mehdi, Imran; Ward, John; Maestrini, Alain; Chattopadhyay, Goutam; Schlecht, Erich; Thomas, Bertrand; Lin, Robert; Lee, Choonsup; Gill, John

    2009-01-01

    Broadband electronically tunable sources in the terahertz range are a critical technology for enabling space-borne as well as ground-based applications. By power-combining MMIC amplifier and frequency tripler chips, we have recently demonstrated >1 mW of output power at 900 GHz. This source provides a stepping stone to enable sources in the 2-3 THz range than can sufficiently pump multi-pixel imaging arrays.

  3. Correlated Particle Motion and THz Spectral Response of Supercritical Water

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    Śmiechowski, Maciej; Schran, Christoph; Forbert, Harald; Marx, Dominik

    2016-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of supercritical water reveal distinctly different distance-dependent modulations of dipolar response and correlations in particle motion compared to ambient conditions. The strongly perturbed H-bond network of water at supercritical conditions allows for considerable translational and rotational freedom of individual molecules. These changes give rise to substantially different infrared spectra and vibrational density of states at THz frequencies for densities above and below the Widom line that separates percolating liquidlike and clustered gaslike supercritical water.

  4. Alternate film dielectric materials

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    Foster, J.C. . Neutron Devices Dept.); Harris, J.O.; Martinez, J.I. )

    1990-01-01

    This paper presents data on polymeric dielectric films evaluated to support the design of high-energy-density capacitors. Evaluated materials include polycarbonate (two sources), polyphenylene sulfide, polyvinylidene fluoride, polyethermide (three sources), polyimide (four sources), polyethersulfone, and polyetherether ketone. A polyester was evaluated as the control material since many of our prior designs utilized this dielectric. The film evaluations were based on dielectric constant and dissipation factor variation as a function of temperature from {minus}55{degree}C to 300{degree}C, as well as dielectric breakdown strength. Additionally, film/foil capacitors in a dry, wrap-and-fill configuration were fabricated and tested to determine insulation resistance, breakdown voltage, and radiation hardness. Results will be presented for all the evaluations based on the several criteria. 7 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  5. Frequency-agile THz-wave generation and detection system using nonlinear frequency conversion at room temperature.

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    Guo, Ruixiang; Ikar'i, Tomofumi; Zhang, Jun; Minamide, Hiroaki; Ito, Hiromasa

    2010-08-01

    A surface-emitting THz parametric oscillator is set up to generate a narrow-linewidth, nanosecond pulsed THz-wave radiation. The THz-wave radiation is coherently detected using the frequency up-conversion in MgO: LiNbO(3) crystal. Fast frequency tuning and automatic achromatic THz-wave detection are achieved through a special optical design, including a variable-angle mirror and 1:1 telescope devices in the pump and THz-wave beams. We demonstrate a frequency-agile THz-wave parametric generation and THz-wave coherent detection system. This system can be used as a frequency-domain THz-wave spectrometer operated at room-temperature, and there are a high possible to develop into a real-time two-dimensional THz spectral imaging system.

  6. Dielectric cavity relativistic magnetron

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    Hashemi, S. M. A.

    2010-02-01

    An alteration in the structure of the A6 relativistic magnetron is proposed, which introduces an extra degree of freedom to its design and enhances many of its quality factors. This modification involves the partial filling of the cavities of the device with a low-loss dielectric material. The operation of a dielectric-filled A6 is simulated; the results indicate single-mode operation at the desired π mode and a substantially cleaner rf spectrum.

  7. Classification and identification of amino acids based on THz spectroscopy

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    Huang, Ping J.; Ma, Ye H.; Li, Xian; Hou, Di B.; Cai, Jin H.; Zhang, Guang X.

    2015-11-01

    Amino acids are important nutrient substances for life, and many of them have several isomerides, while only L-type amino acids can be absorbed by body as nutrients. So it is certain worth to accurately classify and identify amino acids. In this paper, terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) was used to detect isomers of various amino acids to obtain their absorption spectra, and their spectral characteristics were analyzed and compared. Results show that not all isomerides of amino acids have unique spectral characteristics, causing the difficulty of classification and identification. To solve this problem, partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA), firstly, was performed on extracting principal component of THz spectroscopy and classifying amino acids. Moreover, variable selection (VS) was employed to optimize spectral interval of feature extraction to improve analysis effect. As a result, the optimal classification model was determined and most samples can be accurately classified. Secondly, for each class of amino acids, PLS-DA combined with VS was also applied to identify isomerides. This work provides a suggestion for material classification and identification with THz spectroscopy.

  8. Systems Analysis for Thermal Infrared ` THz Torch' Applications

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    Hu, Fangjing; Sun, Jingye; Brindley, Helen E.; Liang, Xiaoxin; Lucyszyn, Stepan

    2015-05-01

    The ` THz Torch' concept was recently introduced by the authors for providing secure wireless communications over short distances within the thermal infrared (10-100 THz). Unlike conventional systems, thermal infrared can exploit front-end thermodynamics with engineered blackbody radiation. For the first time, a detailed power link budget analysis is given for this new form of wireless link. The mathematical modeling of a short end-to-end link is provided, which integrates thermodynamics into conventional signal and noise power analysis. As expected from the Friis formula for noise, it is found that the noise contribution from the pyroelectric detector dominates intrinsic noise. From output signal and noise voltage measurements, experimental values for signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) are obtained and compared with calculated predictions. As with conventional communications systems, it is shown for the first time that the measured SNR and measured bit error rate found with this thermodynamics-based system resembles classical empirical models. Our system analysis can serve as an invaluable tool for the development of thermal infrared systems, accurately characterizing each individual channel and, thus, enables the performance of multi-channel ` THz Torch' systems to be optimized.

  9. Mechanical detection of electron spin resonance beyond 1 THz

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    Takahashi, Hideyuki; Ohmichi, Eiji; Ohta, Hitoshi

    2015-11-02

    We report the cantilever detection of electron spin resonance (ESR) in the terahertz (THz) region. This technique mechanically detects ESR as a change in magnetic torque that acts on the cantilever. The ESR absorption of a tiny single crystal of Co Tutton salt, Co(NH{sub 4}){sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}⋅6H{sub 2}O, was observed in frequencies of up to 1.1 THz using a backward travelling wave oscillator as a THz-wave source. This is the highest frequency of mechanical detection of ESR till date. The spectral resolution was evaluated with the ratio of the peak separation to the sum of the half-width at half maximum of two absorption peaks. The highest resolution value of 8.59 ± 0.53 was achieved at 685 GHz, while 2.47 ± 0.01 at 80 GHz. This technique will not only broaden the scope of ESR spectroscopy application but also lead to high-spectral-resolution ESR imaging.

  10. THz-micro-spectroscopy with backward-wave oscillators

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    Gompf, Bruno; Gerull, Michael; Müller, Tobias; Dressel, Martin

    2006-09-01

    We have developed a micro-spectrometer operating in the THz-range between 30 GHz and 1.4 THz, where we use backward-wave oscillators as continuous-wave sources, which supply highly monochromatic (Δ ν / ν ≈ 10 -6) and coherent radiation with an output power of up to 300 mW. The microscopic unit consists of an aberration-free hyperbolic lens, a hemispherical solid immersion lens and a small pinhole. The hyperbolic lens gives a diffraction limited spot, the solid immersion lens (SIL) reduces this spot by an additional factor of n, where n is the refractive index of the lens material, and the small pinhole in close contact to the sample defines the resolution. In contrast to the visible, where the highest refractive indices are around 2, in the THz-range exist materials with very high n. In our setup, we use a silicon SIL with n = 3.5 which improves the resolution by this factor without a significant reduction in intensity compared to the far-field. The instrument allows imaging and spectroscopy of biological samples with high spatial and spectroscopic resolution.

  11. Fano resonance engineering in mirror-symmetry-broken THz metamaterials

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    Li, Xuefeng; Bian, Xinya; Milne, William I.; Chu, Daping

    2016-04-01

    We introduce a comprehensive approach to the design of mirror-symmetry-broken terahertz (THz) metamaterials and present both the simulation and experimental results which show the desired asymmetric Fano resonances and electromagnetically induced transparency-like windows. With a full-wave simulation, we find these asymmetry-induced resonance modes possess extremely high quality factors and they broaden with an increase in the structure asymmetry. This phenomenon arises from the destructive interference of a super-radiative bright mode and a sub-radiative dark mode which cannot be excited directly. Surface current and electric field distributions are analyzed to explain the emergence of these Fano resonances. An intuitive mechanical coupled oscillator model is derived to explain the unique line-shape of such Fano resonances. Moreover, large resonant frequency tuning (50 GHz) of Fano resonance has been demonstrated by temperature-induced phase change in liquid crystals. We believe that the Fano resonance in THz metamaterials may serve as a strong building block for passive or active THz elements with potential applications for future detection and sensing systems and devices.

  12. 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.

  13. Progress Towards Chirped-Pulse Fourier Transform Thz Spectroscopy

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    Douglass, Kevin O.; Plusquellic, David F.; Gerecht, Eyal

    2010-06-01

    New opportunities are provided by the development of higher power THz frequency multiplier sources, the development of a broadband Chirped-Pulse FTMW spectroscopy technique at microwave and mm Wave frequencies, and recently demonstrated heterodyne hot electron bolometer detection technology in the THz frequency region with near quantum noise-limited performance and high spectral resolution. Combining these three technologies and extending the chirped-pulse technique to 0.85 THz enables a host of new applications. NIST is currently pursing applications as a point sensor for greenhouse gases, volatile organic compounds, and potentially human breath. The generation and detection of phase stable chirped pulses at 850 GHz will be demonstrated. A description of the experimental setup and preliminary data will be presented for nitrous oxide. G.G. Brown, B.C. Dian, K.O. Douglass, S.M. Geyer, S. Shipman and B.H. Pate, Rev.Sci.Instrum. 79 (2008) 053103. E. Gerecht, D. Gu, L. You, K.S. Yngvesson, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MICROWAVE THEORY AND TECHNIQUES. 56, (2008) 1083.

  14. The evaluation of THz-VIS fused images

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    Kowalski, Marcin; Palka, Norbert; Szustakowski, Mieczyslaw

    2013-10-01

    A growing interest in terahertz technology finds support in a large number of applications. One of the most interesting applications of terahertz waves is imaging. The terahertz range of electromagnetic radiation has large potential in the field of hidden objects detection because it is not harmful to humans [1, 2]. However, the main difficulty in the THz imaging systems is low image quality due to low sensitivity and a small number of pixels in detecting modules of cameras Considering the fact that even THz images with low pixel resolution still provide valuable information, it is justified to combine them with the high-resolution images from a visible camera. Image fusion can be used in a wide range of security applications for example detection and identification of hidden objects. Our goal is to build a system harmless to humans for screening and detection of hidden objects using a THz camera. A very important aspect of applying various processing techniques to images is proper assessment of image quality. We propose a combination of two image quality assessment methods (IQA) as a methodology of assessing quality of the fused images and a method to compare image fusion algorithms.

  15. All-dielectric periodic terajet waveguide using an array of coupled cuboids

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    Minin, I. V. Minin, O. V.; Pacheco-Peña, V. Beruete, M.

    2015-06-22

    In this paper, the recently proposed technique to produce photonic jets (terajets at terahertz (THz) frequencies) using 3D dielectric cuboids is applied in the design of a mesoscale cuboid-chain waveguide. The chains are basically designed with several dielectric cubes with side λ{sub 0} placed periodically along the axial z-axis and separated by an air-gap. Based on this, a systematic study of the focusing properties and wave guiding of this chain is performed when the air-gap between the dielectric cubes is changed from 0.25λ{sub 0} to 3λ{sub 0} with the best performance achieved at 2.5λ{sub 0}. An analysis when losses are included in the cubes is also done, demonstrating a robust performance. Finally, the wave guiding is experimentally demonstrated at sub-THz frequencies with a good agreement with numerical results. The simulation results of focusing and transport properties are carried out using Finite Integration Technique. The results here presented may be scaled to any frequency ranges such as millimeter, sub-millimeter, and optical frequencies.

  16. Dielectric spectroscopy in agrophysics

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    Skierucha, W.; Wilczek, A.; Szypłowska, A.

    2012-04-01

    The paper presents scientific foundation and some examples of agrophysical applications of dielectric spectroscopy techniques. The aim of agrophysics is to apply physical methods and techniques for studies of materials and processes which occur in agriculture. Dielectric spectroscopy, which describes the dielectric properties of a sample as a function of frequency, may be successfully used for examinations of properties of various materials. Possible test materials may include agrophysical objects such as soil, fruit, vegetables, intermediate and final products of the food industry, grain, oils, etc. Dielectric spectroscopy techniques enable non-destructive and non-invasive measurements of the agricultural materials, therefore providing tools for rapid evaluation of their water content and quality. There is a limited number of research in the field of dielectric spectroscopy of agricultural objects, which is caused by the relatively high cost of the respective measurement equipment. With the fast development of modern technology, especially in high frequency applications, dielectric spectroscopy has great potential of expansion in agrophysics, both in cognitive and utilitarian aspects.

  17. Aperture excited dielectric antennas

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    Crosswell, W. F.; Chatterjee, J. S.; Mason, V. B.; Tai, C. T.

    1974-01-01

    The results of a comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of the effect of placing dielectric objects over the aperture of waveguide antennas are presented. Experimental measurements of the radiation patterns, gain, impedance, near-field amplitude, and pattern and impedance coupling between pairs of antennas are given for various Plexiglas shapes, including the sphere and the cube, excited by rectangular, circular, and square waveguide feed apertures. The waveguide excitation of a dielectric sphere is modeled using the Huygens' source, and expressions for the resulting electric fields, directivity, and efficiency are derived. Calculations using this model show good overall agreement with experimental patterns and directivity measurements. The waveguide under an infinite dielectric slab is used as an impedance model. Calculations using this model agree qualitatively with the measured impedance data. It is concluded that dielectric loaded antennas such as the waveguide excited sphere, cube, or sphere-cylinder can produce directivities in excess of that obtained by a uniformly illuminated aperture of the same cross section, particularly for dielectric objects with dimensions of 2 wavelengths or less. It is also shown that for certain configurations coupling between two antennas of this type is less than that for the same antennas without dielectric loading.

  18. Porous Shape Memory Polymers

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    Hearon, Keith; Singhal, Pooja; Horn, John; Small, Ward; Olsovsky, Cory; Maitland, Kristen C.; Wilson, Thomas S.; Maitland, Duncan J.

    2013-01-01

    Porous shape memory polymers (SMPs) include foams, scaffolds, meshes, and other polymeric substrates that possess porous three-dimensional macrostructures. Porous SMPs exhibit active structural and volumetric transformations and have driven investigations in fields ranging from biomedical engineering to aerospace engineering to the clothing industry. The present review article examines recent developments in porous SMPs, with focus given to structural and chemical classification, methods of characterization, and applications. We conclude that the current body of literature presents porous SMPs as highly interesting smart materials with potential for industrial use. PMID:23646038

  19. Tailored Porous Materials

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    BARTON,THOMAS J.; BULL,LUCY M.; KLEMPERER,WALTER G.; LOY,DOUGLAS A.; MCENANEY,BRIAN; MISONO,MAKOTO; MONSON,PETER A.; PEZ,GUIDO; SCHERER,GEORGE W.; VARTULI,JAMES C.; YAGHI,OMAR M.

    1999-11-09

    Tailoring of porous materials involves not only chemical synthetic techniques for tailoring microscopic properties such as pore size, pore shape, pore connectivity, and pore surface reactivity, but also materials processing techniques for tailoring the meso- and the macroscopic properties of bulk materials in the form of fibers, thin films and monoliths. These issues are addressed in the context of five specific classes of porous materials: oxide molecular sieves, porous coordination solids, porous carbons, sol-gel derived oxides, and porous heteropolyanion salts. Reviews of these specific areas are preceded by a presentation of background material and review of current theoretical approaches to adsorption phenomena. A concluding section outlines current research needs and opportunities.

  20. DOE-NSF-NIH Workshop on Opportunities in THz Science, February 12-14, 2004

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    Sherwin, M.A.; Bucksbaum, P.H.; Schmuttenmaer, C. A.; Allen, J.; Biedron, S.; Carr, L.; Chamberlain, M.; Crowe, T.; DeLucia, F.; Hu, Q.; Jones, B.; Noordham, B.; Norris, T.; Orenstein, J.; Unterrainer, K.; Van der Meer, L.; Wilke, I.; Williams, G.; Zhang, X.-C.; Cheville, A.; Markelz, A.; Parks, B.; Plancken, P.; Shan, J.; Austin, B.; Basov, D.; Citrin, D.; Grundfest, W.; Heinz, T.; Kono, J.; Mittleman, D.; Siegel, P.; Taylor, T.; Jones, B.; Markelz, A.; Martin, M.; Nelson, K.; Smith, T.; Williams, G.; Allen, M.; Averitt, R.; Brunel, L.; Heilweil, T.; Heyman, J.; Jepsen, P.; Kaind, R.; Leemans, W.; Mihaly, L.; Rangan, C.; Tom, H.; Wallace, V.; Zimdars, D.

    2004-02-14

    This is the report of the Workshop on Opportunities in THz Science, held on February 12-14, 2004 in Arlington, VA. This workshop brought together researchers who use or produce THz radiation for physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, and materials science to discuss new research opportunities and common resource needs. The charge from the sponsors of the workshop was to focus on basic science questions within these disciplines that have and can be answered using THz radiation.

  1. Characterization of dielectric properties of nanocellulose from wood and algae for electrical insulator applications.

    PubMed

    Le Bras, David; Strømme, Maria; Mihranyan, Albert

    2015-05-01

    Cellulose is one of the oldest electrically insulating materials used in oil-filled high-power transformers and cables. However, reports on the dielectric properties of nanocellulose for electrical insulator applications are scarce. The aim of this study was to characterize the dielectric properties of two nanocellulose types from wood, viz., nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC), and algae, viz., Cladophora cellulose, for electrical insulator applications. The cellulose materials were characterized with X-ray diffraction, nitrogen gas and moisture sorption isotherms, helium pycnometry, mechanical testing, and dielectric spectroscopy at various relative humidities. The algae nanocellulose sample was more crystalline and had a lower moisture sorption capacity at low and moderate relative humidities, compared to NFC. On the other hand, it was much more porous, which resulted in lower strength and higher dielectric loss than for NFC. It is concluded that the solid-state properties of nanocellulose may have a substantial impact on the dielectric properties of electrical insulator applications.

  2. Development of high power THz-TDS system based on S-band compact electron linac

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    Kuroda, R.; Sei, N.; Oka, T.; Yasumoto, M.; Toyokawa, H.; Ogawa, H.; Koike, M.; Yamada, K.; Sakai, F.

    2008-10-01

    The high power terahertz (THz)-time domain spectroscopy (TDS) system has been designed based on S-band compact electron linac at Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). The THz pulse is expected to have the peak power of about 25 kW with frequency range 0.1-2 THz using the 40 MeV electron beam which has about 1 nC bunch charge with 300 fs bunch length (rms). The aptitude discussion of the EO sampling method with ZnTe crystal was accomplished to apply to our THz-TDS system. The preliminary experiment of the absorption measurements of P-PPV on the Si wafer has been successfully demonstrated using the 0.1 THz coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) pulse and W-band rf detector. It is confirmed that the intense of the THz pulse is enough to perform the THz-TDS analysis of the sample on the Si wafer. In near future, the investigation of the un-researched materials will be started in the frequency range 0.1-2 THz with our high power THz-TDS system.

  3. Enhanced tunable narrow-band THz emission from laser-modulated electron beams

    SciTech Connect

    Xiang, D.; Stupakov, G.; /SLAC

    2009-06-19

    We propose and analyze a scheme to generate enhanced narrow-band terahertz (THz) radiation through down-conversion of the frequency of optical lasers using laser-modulated electron beams. In the scheme the electron beam is first energy modulated by two lasers with wave numbers k{sub 1} and k2, respectively. After passing through a dispersion section, the energy modulation is converted to density modulation. Due to the nonlinear conversion process, the beam will have density modulation at wave number k = nk{sub 1} + mk{sub 2}, where n and m are positive or negative integers. By properly choosing the parameters for the lasers and dispersion section, one can generate density modulation at THz frequency in the beam using optical lasers. This density-modulated beam can be used to generate powerful narrow-band THz radiation. Since the THz radiation is in tight synchronization with the lasers, it should provide a high temporal resolution for the optical-pump THz-probe experiments. The central frequency of the THz radiation can be easily tuned by varying the wavelength of the two lasers and the energy chirp of the electron beam. The proposed scheme is in principle able to generate intense narrow-band THz radiation covering the whole THz range and offers a promising way towards the tunable intense narrow-band THz sources.

  4. Molecular and structural preservation of dehydrated bio-tissue for THz spectroscopy

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    Png, Gretel M.; Choi, Jin Wook; Guest, Ian; Ng, Brian W.-H.; Mickan, Samuel P.; Abbott, Derek; Zhang, Xi-Cheng

    2007-12-01

    Terahertz transmission through freshly excised biological tissue is limited by the tissue's high water content. Tissue fixation methods that remove water, such as fixation in Formalin, destroy the structural information of proteins hence are not suitable for THz applications. Dehydration is one possible method for revealing the tissue's underlying molecular structure and components. In this study, we measured the THz responses over time of dehydrating fresh, necrotic and lyophilized rat tissue. Our results show that as expected, THz absorption increases dramatically with drying and tissue freshness can be maintained through lyophilization. Dehydrated biological tissue with retained molecular structure can be useful for future laser-based THz wave molecular analysis.

  5. Recent progress and future prospects of THz quantum-cascade lasers

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    Hirayama, H.; Terashima, W.; Lin, Tsung-Tse; Sasaki, Miho

    2015-03-01

    Terahertz quantum cascade laser (THz-QCL) is expected as a compact terahertz laser light source which realizes high output power, quite narrow emission linewidth, and cw operation. We are studying on THz-QCLs using GaAs/AlGaAs and GaN/AlGaN semiconductor superlattices. We demonstrated 1.9-3.8 THz GaAs/AlGaAs QCLs with double metal waveguide (DMW) structures. We developed a low-frequency high-temperature operation QCL (T<160K for 1.9 THz- QCL) by introducing indirect injection scheme design (4-level design) into GaAs/AlGaAs THz-QCLs. Nitride semiconductor is a material having potentials for realizing wide frequency range of QCL, i.e., 3~20 THz and 1~8 μm, including an unexplored terahertz frequency range from 5 to 12 THz, as well as realizing room temperature operation of THz-QCL. The merit of using an AlGaN-based semiconductor is that it has much higher longitudinal optical phonon energies (ELO> 90meV) than those of conventional semiconductors (~ 36 meV). We fabricated high-quality AlGaN/GaN QC stacking layers by introducing a novel growth technique in molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). We fabricated a GaN/AlGaN QCLs with "pure three-level" design and obtained the first lasing action of nitride-based QCL from 5.4-7 THz.

  6. Tunable, Room Temperature CMOS-Compatible THz Emitters Based on Nonlinear Mixing in Microdisk Resonators

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    Sinha, Raju; Karabiyik, Mustafa; Ahmadivand, Arash; Al-Amin, Chowdhury; Vabbina, Phani Kiran; Shur, Michael; Pala, Nezih

    2016-03-01

    We propose and investigate in detail a novel tunable, compact, room temperature terahertz (THz) emitter using individual microdisk resonators for both optical and THz waves with the capability of radiating THz field in 0.5-10 THz range with tuning frequency resolution of 0.05 THz. Enhanced THz generation is achieved by employing a nonlinear optical disk resonator with a high value of second-order nonlinearity ( χ (2)) in order to facilitate the difference-frequency generation (DFG) via nonlinear mixing with the choice of two appropriate input infrared optical waves. Efficient coupling of infrared waves from bus to the nonlinear disk is ensured by satisfying critical coupling condition. Phase matching condition for efficient DFG process is also met by employing modal phase matching technique. Our simulations show that THz output power can be reached up to milliwatt (mW) level with high optical to THz conversion efficiency. The proposed source is Silicon on Insulator (SoI) technology compatible enabling the monolithic integration with Si complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) electronics including plasmonic THz detectors.

  7. Experimental 0.22 THz Stepped Frequency Radar System for ISAR Imaging

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    Liang, Mei Yan; Zhang, Cun Lin; Zhao, Ran; Zhao, Yue Jin

    2014-09-01

    High resolution inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging is demonstrated by using a 0.22 THz stepped-frequency (SF) imaging radar system. The synthesis bandwidth of the terahertz (THz) SF radar is 12 GHz, which are beneficial for high resolution imaging. The resolution of ISAR image can reach centimeter-scale with the use of Range-Doppler algorithm (RDA). Results indicate that high resolution ISAR imaging is realized by using 0.22THz SF radar coupled with turntable scanning, which can provide foundations for further research on high-resolution radar image in the THz band.

  8. Initial results of a real-time, quad-frequency, polarization-sensitive THz line camera

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    Roedig, Christoph A.; Burdette, Don J.; Law, Jeremy J.; Trichopoulos, Georgios C.; Sertel, Kubilay; Mosbacker, Howard L.

    2014-05-01

    We have developed a cost-effective, quad-frequency band THz imager for real-time THz imaging applications operating at 220GHz, 320GHz, 420GHz, and 520GHz frequency bands. The new sensor is based on antimonide-based heterostructure backward diodes impedance matched and monolithically integrated with high-gain, narrowband planar antennas. The antennas are dual-linearly polarized to allow direct measurement of beam polarization. This paper details the fabricated THz detector array and the high-speed, low-noise readout electronic chain. Experimental results on the performance of the readout chain and simulations of the expected THz detector performance are presented.

  9. Application of a wide-band compact FEL on THz imaging

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    Jeong, Young Uk; Kazakevitch, Grigori M.; Cha, Hyuk Jin; Park, Seong Hee; Lee, Byung Cheol

    2005-05-01

    We have developed a laboratory-scale users facility with a compact terahertz (THz) free-electron laser (FEL). The FEL operates in the wavelength range of 100-1200 μm, which corresponds to 0.3-3 THz. THz radiation from the FEL shows well-collimated Gaussian spatial distribution and narrow spectral width of Δ λ/λ˜0.003, which is Fourier transform limited by the estimated pulse duration of 20 ps. The THz FEL beam shows good performance in pulse-energy stability, polarization, spectrum and spatial distribution. The main application of the FEL is in THz imaging for bio-medical researches. We are developing THz imaging techniques by two-dimensional (2D) scanning, single pulse capturing with the electro-optic method, and 3D holography. We could get the 2D imaging of various materials with the THz FEL beam. High power, coherent, and pulsed feature of the FEL radiation is expected to show much better performance in advanced THz imaging of 3D tomography. In this paper, we will show and discuss the main results of THz imaging with the different methods by using the KAERI compact FEL.

  10. Plasmas, Dielectrics and the Ultrafast: First Science and Operational Experience at FACET

    SciTech Connect

    Clarke, C.I.; Adli, E.; Corde, S.; Decker, F.J.; England, R.J.; Erickson, R.; Fisher, A.; Gessner, S.; Hast, C.; Hogan, M.J.; Li, S.Z.; Lipkowitz, N.; Litos, M.; Nosochkov, Y.; Seeman, J.; Sheppard, J.C.; Tudosa, I.; White, G.; Wienands, U.; Woodley, M.; Wu, Z.; /SLAC /UCLA

    2012-09-14

    FACET (Facility for Advanced Accelerator and Experimental Tests) is an accelerator R&D test facility that has been recently constructed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The facility provides 20 GeV, 3 nC electron beams, short (20 {micro}m) bunches and small (20 {micro}m wide) spot sizes, producing uniquely high power beams. FACET supports studies from many fields but in particular those of Plasma Wakefield Acceleration and Dielectric Wakefield Acceleration. FACET is also a source of THz radiation for material studies. We present the FACET design, initial operating experience and first science from the facility.

  11. New opportunities for quality enhancing of images captured by passive THz camera

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Trofimov, Vladislav V.

    2014-10-01

    As it is well-known, the passive THz camera allows seeing concealed object without contact with a person and this camera is non-dangerous for a person. Obviously, efficiency of using the passive THz camera depends on its temperature resolution. This characteristic specifies possibilities of the detection for concealed object: minimal size of the object; maximal distance of the detection; image quality. Computer processing of the THz image may lead to many times improving of the image quality without any additional engineering efforts. Therefore, developing of modern computer code for its application to THz images is urgent problem. Using appropriate new methods one may expect such temperature resolution which will allow to see banknote in pocket of a person without any real contact. Modern algorithms for computer processing of THz images allow also to see object inside the human body using a temperature trace on the human skin. This circumstance enhances essentially opportunity of passive THz camera applications for counterterrorism problems. We demonstrate opportunities, achieved at present time, for the detection both of concealed objects and of clothes components due to using of computer processing of images captured by passive THz cameras, manufactured by various companies. Another important result discussed in the paper consists in observation of both THz radiation emitted by incandescent lamp and image reflected from ceramic floorplate. We consider images produced by THz passive cameras manufactured by Microsemi Corp., and ThruVision Corp., and Capital Normal University (Beijing, China). All algorithms for computer processing of the THz images under consideration in this paper were developed by Russian part of author list. Keywords: THz wave, passive imaging camera, computer processing, security screening, concealed and forbidden objects, reflected image, hand seeing, banknote seeing, ceramic floorplate, incandescent lamp.

  12. Superdirective dielectric nanoantennas

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    Krasnok, Alexander E.; Simovski, Constantin R.; Belov, Pavel A.; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2014-06-01

    We introduce the novel concept of superdirective nanoantennas based on the excitation of higher-order magnetic multipole moments in subwavelength dielectric nanoparticles. Our superdirective nanoantenna is a small Si nanosphere containing a notch, and is excited by a dipole located within the notch. In addition to extraordinary directivity, this nanoantenna demonstrates efficient radiation steering at the nanoscale, resulting from the subwavelength sensitivity of the beam radiation direction to variation of the source position inside the notch. We compare our dielectric nanoantenna with a plasmonic nanoantenna of similar geometry, and reveal that the nanoantenna's high directivity in the regime of transmission is not associated with strong localization of near fields in the regime of reception. Likewise, the absence of hot spots inside the nanoantenna leads to low dissipation in the radiation regime, so that our dielectric nanoantenna has significantly smaller losses and high radiation efficiency of up to 70%.

  13. Dielectric assist accelerating structure

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    Satoh, D.; Yoshida, M.; Hayashizaki, N.

    2016-01-01

    A higher-order TM02 n mode accelerating structure is proposed based on a novel concept of dielectric loaded rf cavities. This accelerating structure consists of ultralow-loss dielectric cylinders and disks with irises which are periodically arranged in a metallic enclosure. Unlike conventional dielectric loaded accelerating structures, most of the rf power is stored in the vacuum space near the beam axis, leading to a significant reduction of the wall loss, much lower than that of conventional normal-conducting linac structures. This allows us to realize an extremely high quality factor and a very high shunt impedance at room temperature. A simulation of a 5 cell prototype design with an existing alumina ceramic indicates an unloaded quality factor of the accelerating mode over 120 000 and a shunt impedance exceeding 650 M Ω /m at room temperature.

  14. PREFACE: Dielectrics 2013

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    Hadjiloucas, Sillas; Blackburn, John

    2013-11-01

    This volume records the 42nd Dielectrics Group Proceedings of the Dielectrics Conference that took place at the University of Reading UK from 10-12 April 2013. The meeting is part of the biennial Dielectrics series of the Dielectrics Group, and formerly Dielectrics Society, and is organised by the Institute of Physics. The conference proceedings showcase some of the diversity and activity of the Dielectrics community worldwide, and bring together contributions from academics and industrial researchers with a diverse background and experiences from the Physics, Chemistry and Engineering communities. It is interesting to note some continuing themes such as Insulation/HV Materials, Dielectric Spectroscopy, Dielectric Measurement Techniques and Ferroelectric materials have a growing importance across a range of technologically important areas from the Energy sector to Materials research, Semiconductor and Electronics industries, and Metrology. We would like to thank all of our colleagues and friends in the Dielectrics community who have supported this event by contributing manuscripts and participating in the event. The conference has provided excellent networking opportunities for all delegates. Our thanks go also to our theme chairs: Dr Stephen Dodd (University of Leicester) on Insulation/HV Materials, Professor Darryl Almond (University of Bath) on Dielectric Spectroscopy, Dr John Blackburn (NPL) on Dielectric Measurement Techniques and Professor Anthony R West (University of Sheffield) on Ferroelectric Materials. We would also like to thank the other members of the Technical Programme Committee for their support, and refereeing the submitted manuscripts. Our community would also like to wish a full recovery to our plenary speaker Prof John Fothergill (City University London) who was unexpectedly unable to give his talk as well as thank Professor Alun Vaughan for stepping in and giving an excellent plenary lecture in his place at such very short notice. We are also

  15. Plasma damage effects on low-k porous organosilicate glass

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    Ren, H.; Antonelli, G. A.; Nishi, Y.; Shohet, J. L.

    2010-11-01

    Damage induced in low-k porous organosilicate glass (SiCOH) dielectric films by exposure to an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma was investigated. The effects of charged-particle bombardment and vacuum ultraviolet radiation were separated. Flux measurements showed that the ECR plasma has a greater photon flux in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) range than in the UV range. Damage was measured by examining the surface potential and capacitance-voltage characteristics after exposure. It was found that during argon ECR plasma processing, 75% of the charge accumulation comes from ions at the surface, while 25% of the charge accumulation occurs from charge trapped within the bulk of the dielectric film. The charge accumulation can be modified by changing the bias voltage of the wafer chuck. UV exposure was shown to repair both sources of damage. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy results showed no significant change except for Si-(CH3)x bonds. It was found that both charged-particle bombardment and radiation from the ECR plasma damage these bonds. Ellipsometric measurements showed that both the dielectric thickness and the dielectric constant changed during plasma exposure. In addition, both plasma-induced swelling and UV-exposure shrinking effects were observed. The plasma-induced swelling occurs at the surface of the dielectric without changing the porosity of the dielectric, while UV-induced shrinking changes the porosity significantly.

  16. Plasma damage effects on low-k porous organosilicate glass

    SciTech Connect

    Ren, H.; Shohet, J. L.; Antonelli, G. A.; Nishi, Y.

    2010-11-15

    Damage induced in low-k porous organosilicate glass (SiCOH) dielectric films by exposure to an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma was investigated. The effects of charged-particle bombardment and vacuum ultraviolet radiation were separated. Flux measurements showed that the ECR plasma has a greater photon flux in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) range than in the UV range. Damage was measured by examining the surface potential and capacitance-voltage characteristics after exposure. It was found that during argon ECR plasma processing, 75% of the charge accumulation comes from ions at the surface, while 25% of the charge accumulation occurs from charge trapped within the bulk of the dielectric film. The charge accumulation can be modified by changing the bias voltage of the wafer chuck. UV exposure was shown to repair both sources of damage. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy results showed no significant change except for Si-(CH{sub 3}){sub x} bonds. It was found that both charged-particle bombardment and radiation from the ECR plasma damage these bonds. Ellipsometric measurements showed that both the dielectric thickness and the dielectric constant changed during plasma exposure. In addition, both plasma-induced swelling and UV-exposure shrinking effects were observed. The plasma-induced swelling occurs at the surface of the dielectric without changing the porosity of the dielectric, while UV-induced shrinking changes the porosity significantly.

  17. Dielectric Monitoring of Curing Composites

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    Goldberg, Benjamin E.; Semmel, Marie L.

    1987-01-01

    Report describes preliminary attempts at dielectric monitoring of curing of graphite/epoxy and carbon/phenolic composites. Objective is to develop dielectric monitoring for optimizing curing process and reduce incidence of failures of produced composite structures.

  18. Influence of porosity on electrical properties of low-k dielectrics irradiated with vacuum-ultraviolet radiation

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    Choudhury, F. A.; Nguyen, H. M.; Baklanov, M. R.; de Marneffe, J. F.; Li, W.; Pei, D.; Benjamin, D. I.; Zheng, H.; King, S. W.; Lin, Y.-H.; Fung, H.-S.; Chen, C.-C.; Nishi, Y.; Shohet, J. L.

    2016-09-01

    During plasma processing, low-k dielectrics are exposed to high levels of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation emitted from the plasma. The porous structure of these materials makes them more sensitive to modification because of their low density and consequently deep penetration of active species into the film. Here, we investigate the changes to electrical properties of porous low-k dielectrics as a function of porosity after VUV irradiation. Organosilicate low-k films of porosities between 30% and 50% were exposed to synchrotron VUV radiation at 8 eV with a fluence of approximately 5 × 1014 photons/cm2. Capacitance-voltage measurements showed an increase in the dielectric constant along with a flat-band voltage shift. FTIR results show methyl depletion as well as water uptake after VUV treatment. These show that deterioration of the electrical properties after VUV exposure and the degree of damage are found to be higher for the more porous films.

  19. 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)

  20. Thermally switchable dielectrics

    DOEpatents

    Dirk, Shawn M.; Johnson, Ross S.

    2013-04-30

    Precursor polymers to conjugated polymers, such as poly(phenylene vinylene), poly(poly(thiophene vinylene), poly(aniline vinylene), and poly(pyrrole vinylene), can be used as thermally switchable capacitor dielectrics that fail at a specific temperature due to the non-conjugated precursor polymer irreversibly switching from an insulator to the conjugated polymer, which serves as a bleed resistor. The precursor polymer is a good dielectric until it reaches a specific temperature determined by the stability of the leaving groups. Conjugation of the polymer backbone at high temperature effectively disables the capacitor, providing a `built-in` safety mechanism for electronic devices.

  1. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

    DOEpatents

    Perry, Michael D.; Britten, Jerald A.; Nguyen, Hoang T.; Boyd, Robert; Shore, Bruce W.

    1999-01-01

    The design and fabrication of dielectric grating structures with high diffraction efficiency used in reflection or transmission is described. By forming a multilayer structure of alternating index dielectric materials and placing a grating structure on top of the multilayer, a diffraction grating of adjustable efficiency, and variable optical bandwidth can be obtained. Diffraction efficiency into the first order in reflection varying between 1 and 98 percent has been achieved by controlling the design of the multilayer and the depth, shape, and material comprising the grooves of the grating structure. Methods for fabricating these gratings without the use of ion etching techniques are described.

  2. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

    DOEpatents

    Perry, M.D.; Britten, J.A.; Nguyen, H.T.; Boyd, R.; Shore, B.W.

    1999-05-25

    The design and fabrication of dielectric grating structures with high diffraction efficiency used in reflection or transmission is described. By forming a multilayer structure of alternating index dielectric materials and placing a grating structure on top of the multilayer, a diffraction grating of adjustable efficiency, and variable optical bandwidth can be obtained. Diffraction efficiency into the first order in reflection varying between 1 and 98 percent has been achieved by controlling the design of the multilayer and the depth, shape, and material comprising the grooves of the grating structure. Methods for fabricating these gratings without the use of ion etching techniques are described. 7 figs.

  3. Theoretical Backgrounds of Nonlinear THz Spectroscopy of Semiconductor Superlattices

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    Shorokhov, Alexey V.; Alekseev, Kirill N.

    2010-12-01

    We consider terahertz absorption and gain in a single miniband of semiconductor superlattice subject to a bichromatic electric field in the most general case of commensurate frequencies of the probe and pump fields. Using an exact solution of Boltzmann transport equation, we show that in the small-signal limit the formulas for absorption always contain two distinct terms related to the parametric and incoherent interactions of miniband electrons with the alternating pump field. It provides a theoretical background for a control of THz gain without switching to the negative differential conductivity state. For pedagogical reasons we present derivations of formulas in detail.

  4. Real-time nondestructive imaging with THz waves

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    Zhang, LiangLiang; Karpowicz, Nick; Zhang, CunLin; Zhao, YueJin; Zhang, XiCheng

    2008-03-01

    We present a real-time imaging measurement in the terahertz (THz) frequency region. The dynamic subtraction technique is used to reduce long-term optical background drift. The reflective images of two targets, a Nikon camera's lens cap and a plastic toy gun, are obtained. For the lens cap, the image data were processed to be false-color images. For the toy gun, we show that even under an optically opaque canvas bag, a clear terahertz image is obtained. It is shown that terahertz real-time imaging can be used to nondestructively detect concealed objects.

  5. Detection of covered materials in the TDS-THz setup

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    Palka, Norbert

    2013-05-01

    We report on a new method for extracting the characteristic features of covered materials, including Hexogen, in the range 0.5-1.8 THz. This time domain spectroscopy-based technique takes into account only part of the signal reflected from a covered sample, and analyzes it by Fourier transform. The obtained power spectrum has distinctive peaks that correspond to peaks measured in the transmission configuration and can be applied for further identification. We showed results obtained for the samples of hexogen, lactose, and tartaric acid covered with commonly used packaging materials such as plastic, foil, paper and cotton.

  6. Axion-like particle searches with sub-THz photons

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    Capparelli, L. M.; Cavoto, G.; Ferretti, J.; Giazotto, F.; Polosa, A. D.; Spagnolo, P.

    2016-06-01

    We propose a variation, based on very low energy and extremely intense photon sources, on the well established technique of Light-Shining-through-Wall (LSW) experiments for axion-like particle searches. With radiation sources at 30 GHz, we compute that present laboratory exclusion limits on axion-like particles might be improved by at least four orders of magnitude, for masses ma ≲ 0.01 meV. This could motivate research and development programs on dedicated single-photon sub-THz detectors.

  7. Low Noise 1.2 THz SIS Receiver

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    Karpov, A.; Miller, D.; Rice, F.; Zmuidzinas, J.; Stern, J. A.; Bumble, B.; LeDuc, H. G.

    2001-01-01

    We present the development of a low noise superconductor insulator superconductor (SIS) mixer for the 1.1 - 1.25 THz heterodyne receiver of FIRST space radiotelescope. The quasi-optical SIS mixer has two NbTiN/AlN/Nb junctions with critical current density 30 kA/sq cm. The individual junction area is close to 0.65 square micrometers. The SIS junctions are coupled to the optical input beam through a planar double slot antenna and a Si hyperhemispherical lens. The minimum DSB receiver noise temperature is 650 K, about 12 hv/k.

  8. Electron beam induced THz emissions from nanotube array

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    Kumar, Ashok; Kumar, Pawan

    2016-10-01

    A new scheme of terahertz radiation generation by passing an ultrashort electron bunch over a planar array of nanotube/nanorod across their lengths is proposed and analyzed. The beam pulse exerts a repulsive impulse on the free electron cylinder of each nanorod and displaces them with respect to ion cylinder. After the passage of the pulse, the electron cylinders oscillate at their natural frequency ω p / √{ 2 } (where ω p is the plasma frequency of electrons in each carbon nanotube) acting as phased array dipole antennae, emitting THz radiation.

  9. THz metamaterials made of phonon-polariton materials

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    Kafesaki, M.; Basharin, A. A.; Economou, E. N.; Soukoulis, C. M.

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate numerically various phenomena and possibilities that can be realized in THz metamaterials made of phonon-polariton materials. Such phenomena include hyperbolic dispersion relation, subwavelength imaging using backward propagation and backward radiation, total transmission and subwavelength guiding exploiting Mie-resonant scattering in permittivity near zero host, and toroidal dipolar response. The systems that we use to demonstrate most of these phenomena are two-dimensional periodic systems of μm-scale rods in a host, where both rods and host are made of polaritonic alkali-halide materials.

  10. Corneal tissue water content mapping with THz imaging: preliminary clinical results (Conference Presentation)

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    Sung, Shijun; Bajwa, Neha; Deng, Sophie X.; Taylor, Zachary; Grundfest, Warren

    2016-03-01

    Well-regulated corneal water content is critical for ocular health and function and can be adversely affected by a number of diseases and injuries. Current clinical practice limits detection of unhealthy corneal water content levels to central corneal thickness measurements performed by ultrasound or optical coherence tomography. Trends revealing increasing or decreasing corneal thickness are fair indicators of corneal water content by individual measurements are highly inaccurate due to the poorly understood relationship between corneal thickness and natural physiologic variation. Recently the utility of THz imaging to accuarately measure corneal water content has been explored on with rabbit models. Preliminary experiments revealed that contact with dielectric windows confounded imaging data and made it nearly impossible to deconvolve thickness variations due to contact from thickness variations due to water content variation. A follow up study with a new optical design allowed the acquisition of rabbit data and the results suggest that the observed, time varying contrast was due entirely to the water dynamics of the cornea. This paper presents the first ever in vivo images of human cornea. Five volunteers with healthy cornea were recruited and their eyes were imaged three times over the course of a few minutes with our novel imaging system. Noticeable changes in corneal reflectivity were observed and attributed to the drying of the tear film. The results suggest that clinically compatible, non-contact corneal imaging is feasible and indicate that signal acquired from non-contact imaging of the cornea is a complicated coupling of stromal water content and tear film.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Possible way for increasing the quality of imaging from THz passive device

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Trofimov, Vladislav V.; Deng, Chao; Zhao, Yuan-meng; Zhang, Cun-lin; Zhang, Xin

    2011-11-01

    Using the passive THz imaging system developed by the CNU-THz laboratory, we capture the passive THz image of human body with forbidden objects hidden under opaque clothes. We demonstrate the possibility of significant improving the quality of the image. Our approach bases on the application of spatial filters, developed by us for computer treatment of passive THz imaging. The THz imaging system is constructed with accordance to well known passive THz imaging principles and to the THz quasi-optical theory. It contains a scanning mechanism, which has a detector approximately with 1200μm central wavelength, a data acquisition card and a microcomputer. To get a clear imaging of object we apply a sequence of the spatial filters to the image and spectral transforms of the image. The treatment of imaging from the passive THz device is made by computer code. The performance time of treatment of the image, containing about 5000 pixels, is less than 0.1 second. To illustrate the efficiency of developed approach we detect the liquid explosive, knife, pistol and metal plate hidden under opaque clothes. The results obtained demonstrate the high efficiency of our approach for the detection and recognition of the hidden objects and are very promising for the real security application.

  14. Superradiant THz undulator radiation source based on a superconducting photo-injector

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    Wen, Xiaodong; Huang, Senlin; Lin, Lin; Wang, Fang; Zhu, Feng; Feng, Liwen; Yang, Limin; Wang, Zhiwen; Fan, Peiliang; Hao, Jiankui; Quan, Shengwen; Liu, Kexin; Chen, Jia-er

    2016-06-01

    Superconducting radio frequency accelerators are used to produce terahertz (THz) radiation pulses with a high repetition rate. In this study, a compact high repetition rate THz radiation source has been developed based on a DC-SRF photo-injector through velocity bunching at Peking University. This compact THz source can theoretically generate approximately 1 W of superradiant THz radiation, with a repetition rate of 16.25 MHz and a frequency that can be tuned from 0.24 THz to 0.42 THz by varying the electron beam energy from 2.4 MeV to 3.1 MeV. Simulation results indicate that the asymmetrical longitudinal distribution of electrons in each bunch caused by velocity bunching increases the THz power by about 2 orders at wavelength within 400-700 μm. Experimental measurements are consistent with the calculation results when propagation loss is considered. This paper presents the system description, simulation, and experiments of the high repetition rate THz source.

  15. State-of-the-art exposure chamber for highly controlled and reproducible THz biological effects studies

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    Cerna, Cesario Z.; Elam, David P.; Echchgadda, Ibtissam; Sloan, Mark A.; Wilmink, Gerald J.

    2014-03-01

    Terahertz (THz) imaging and sensing technologies are increasingly being used at international airports for security screening purposes and at major medical centers for cancer and burn diagnosis. The emergence of new THz applications has directly resulted in an increased interest regarding the biological effects associated with this frequency range. Knowledge of THz biological effects is also desired for the safe use of THz systems, identification of health hazards, and development of empirically-based safety standards. In this study, we developed a state-of-the-art exposure chamber that allowed for highly controlled and reproducible studies of THz biological effects. This innovative system incorporated an industry grade cell incubator system that permitted a highly controlled exposure environment, where temperatures could be maintained at 37 °C +/- 0.1 °C, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels at 5% +/- 0.1%, and relative humidity (RH) levels at 95% +/- 1%. To maximize the THz power transmitted to the cell culture region inside the humid incubator, a secondary custom micro-chamber was fabricated and incorporated into the system. This micro-chamber shields the THz beam from the incubator environment and could be nitrogen-purged to eliminate water absorption effects. Additionally, a microscope that allowed for real-time visualization of the live cells before, during, and after THz exposure was integrated into the exposure system.

  16. Dielectric spectroscopy of monatomic alcohols

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    Baida, A. A.; Rudakov, A. V.; Agaev, S. G.

    2013-04-01

    The frequency dependences of permittivity ɛ( f) and dielectric loss tanδ( f) of monatomic alcohols are measured in range of frequencies f from 0.025 to 1000 kHz. Dielectric relaxation is observed in the investigated frequency range. Empirical correlation equations describing the relationships between the dielectric characteristics and physicochemical properties of monatomic alcohols are obtained.

  17. Amplified detection of protease activity using porous silicon nanostructures

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    Orosco, Manuel

    This dissertation will focus on harnessing the optical properties of porous silicon to sense protease activity. Electrochemical etching of polished silicon wafers produces porous silicon with unique optical properties such as Fabry-Perot fringes or a dielectric mirror reflecting specific wavelengths. Porous silicon optical transducers are coupled to a biochemical reaction (protease activity) and optically measured in a label-free manner. The first chapter is an introductory chapter discussing the current methods of detecting protease activity. Also discussed is the use of porous silicon for label-free sensing. The second chapter discusses the use of thin protein layers that are spin coated on the surface of a porous silicon film and excluded from the porous matrix based on size. When active proteases are introduced to the protein layer, small peptide fragments are generated, causing a change in refractive index from low to high. This can be used as a tool to monitor protease activity and amplify the signal to the naked eye. To extend on the second chapter, a double layered porous silicon film with the first layer have large pores and the second layer etched below having small pores was used for sensing protease activity. Proteases are adsorbed into the first layer and introduction of whole protein substrate produces small peptide fragments that can enter the second layer (changing the effective optical thickness). The fourth chapter describes a method of using luminescent transducers coupled to protein films. An "on-off" sensor using protein coated luminescent porous silicon was used to detect a decrease in the intensity of luminescence due to degradation of the protein film. An "off-on" sensor involved a fluorescent dye housed in the porous film and capped with a protein coating. The release of the dye is caused by the action of a protease causing an increase in fluorescent intensity from the dye.

  18. 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.

  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. 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].

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Molds for cable dielectrics

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    Roose, L.D.

    1996-12-10

    Molds for use in making end moldings for high-voltage cables are described wherein the dielectric insulator of a cable is heated and molded to conform to a desired shape. As a consequence, high quality substantially bubble-free cable connectors suitable for mating to premanufactured fittings are made. 5 figs.

  5. Molds for cable dielectrics

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    Roose, Lars D.

    1996-01-01

    Molds for use in making end moldings for high-voltage cables are described wherein the dielectric insulator of a cable is heated and molded to conform to a desired shape. As a consequence, high quality substantially bubble-free cable connectors suitable for mating to premanufactured fittings are made.

  6. Interfaces: nanometric dielectrics

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    Lewis, T. J.

    2005-01-01

    The incorporation of nanometric size particles in a matrix to form dielectric composites shows promise of materials (nanodielectrics) with new and improved properties. It is argued that the properties of the interfaces between the particles and the matrix, which will themselves be of nanometric dimensions, will have an increasingly dominant role in determining dielectric performance as the particle size decreases. The forces that determine the electrical and dielectric properties of interfaces are considered, with emphasis on the way in which they might influence composite behaviour. A number of examples are given in which interfaces at the nanometric level exercise both passive and active control over dielectric, optical and conductive properties. Electromechanical properties are also considered, and it is shown that interfaces have important electrostrictive and piezoelectric characteristics. It is demonstrated that the process of poling, namely subjecting macroscopic composite materials to electrical stress and raised temperatures to create piezoelectric materials, can be explained in terms of optimizing the collective response of the nanometric interfaces involved. If the electrical and electromechanical features are coupled to the long-established electrochemical properties, interfaces represent highly versatile active elements with considerable potential in nanotechnology.

  7. Dielectric elastomer memory

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    O'Brien, Benjamin M.; McKay, Thomas G.; Xie, Sheng Q.; Calius, Emilio P.; Anderson, Iain A.

    2011-04-01

    Life shows us that the distribution of intelligence throughout flexible muscular networks is a highly successful solution to a wide range of challenges, for example: human hearts, octopi, or even starfish. Recreating this success in engineered systems requires soft actuator technologies with embedded sensing and intelligence. Dielectric Elastomer Actuator(s) (DEA) are promising due to their large stresses and strains, as well as quiet flexible multimodal operation. Recently dielectric elastomer devices were presented with built in sensor, driver, and logic capability enabled by a new concept called the Dielectric Elastomer Switch(es) (DES). DES use electrode piezoresistivity to control the charge on DEA and enable the distribution of intelligence throughout a DEA device. In this paper we advance the capabilities of DES further to form volatile memory elements. A set reset flip-flop with inverted reset line was developed based on DES and DEA. With a 3200V supply the flip-flop behaved appropriately and demonstrated the creation of dielectric elastomer memory capable of changing state in response to 1 second long set and reset pulses. This memory opens up applications such as oscillator, de-bounce, timing, and sequential logic circuits; all of which could be distributed throughout biomimetic actuator arrays. Future work will include miniaturisation to improve response speed, implementation into more complex circuits, and investigation of longer lasting and more sensitive switching materials.

  8. A novel, all-dielectric, microwave plasma generator towards development of plasma metamaterials

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    Cohick, Zane; Luo, Wei; Perini, Steven; Baker, Amanda; Wolfe, Douglas; Lanagan, Michael

    2016-11-01

    A proof of concept for a microwave microplasma generator that consists of a halved dielectric resonator is presented. The generator functions via leaking electric fields of the resonant modes — TE01δ and HEM12δ modes are explored. Computational results illustrate the electric fields, whereas the stability of resonance and coupling are studied experimentally. Finally, a working device is presented. This generator promises potentially wireless and low-loss operation. This device may find relevance in plasma metamaterials; each resonator may generate the plasma structures necessary to manipulate electromagnetic radiation. In particular, the all-dielectric nature of the generator will allow low-loss interaction with high-frequency (GHz–THz) waves.

  9. Generation and Detection of THz Radiation Using Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Irie, Akinobu; Oikawa, Dai; Oya, Gin-ichiro

    We present the generation and detection of terahertz radiation using intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) in Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy single crystals. This approach allows us to detect THz radiation from large stacks consisting of a few hundred intrinsic Josephson junctions. The lateral dimensions of the fabricated IJJ oscillator mesa range from 290×50 to 290×90 μm2 and the number of IJJs which constitute the mesas is between 100 and 450, while the small mesa with the lateral dimensions of 5 × 5 μm2 is used as the high sensitive THz detector. The largest emission is always observed when the oscillator is biased at the negative resistance region of the current-voltage characteristics. We find that the emission frequency cor-responds to the second harmonics of the in-phase cavity resonance mode. This is consistent with the emission condition of the case of thick IJJ stacks reported previously.

  10. Thermally triggered phononic gaps in liquids at THz scale

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    Bolmatov, Dima; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Zav’Yalov, Dmitry; Stoupin, Stanislav; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Cai, Yong Q.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper 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.

  11. Advanced nanoelectronic architectures for THz-based biological agent detection

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    Woolard, Dwight L.; Jensen, James O.

    2009-02-01

    The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) and the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) jointly lead and support novel research programs that are advancing the state-of-the-art in nanoelectronic engineering in application areas that have relevance to national defense and security. One fundamental research area that is presently being emphasized by ARO and ECBC is the exploratory investigation of new bio-molecular architectural concepts that can be used to achieve rapid, reagent-less detection and discrimination of biological warfare (BW) agents, through the control of multi-photon and multi-wavelength processes at the nanoscale. This paper will overview an ARO/ECBC led multidisciplinary research program presently under the support of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) that seeks to develop new devices and nanoelectronic architectures that are effective for extracting THz signatures from target bio-molecules. Here, emphasis will be placed on the new nanosensor concepts and THz/Optical measurement methodologies for spectral-based sequencing/identification of genetic molecules.

  12. MEMS cantilever sensor for THz photoacoustic chemical sensing and pectroscopy

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    Glauvitz, Nathan E.

    Sensitive Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) cantilever designs were modeled, fabricated, and tested to measure the photoacoustic (PA) response of gasses to terahertz (THz) radiation. Surface and bulk micromachining technologies were employed to create the extremely sensitive devices that could detect very small changes in pressure. Fabricated devices were then tested in a custom made THz PA vacuum test chamber where the cantilever deflections caused by the photoacoustic effect were measured with a laser interferometer and iris beam clipped methods. The sensitive cantilever designs achieved a normalized noise equivalent absorption coefficient of 2.83x10-10 cm-1 W Hz-½ using a 25 microW radiation source power and a 1 s sampling time. Traditional gas phase molecular spectroscopy absorption cells are large and bulky. The outcome of this research resulted was a photoacoustic detection method that was virtually independent of the absorption path-length, which allowed the chamber dimensions to be greatly reduced, leading to the possibility of a compact, portable chemical detection and spectroscopy system

  13. Nanoklystron: A Monolithic Tube Approach to THz Power Generation

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    Siegel, Peter H.; Fung, Andy; Manohara, Harish; Xu, Jimmy; Chang, Baohe

    2001-01-01

    The authors propose a new approach to THz power generation: the nanoklystron. Utilizing silicon micromachining techniques, the design and fabrication concept of a monolithic THz vacuum-tube reflex-klystron source is described. The nanoklystron employs a separately fabricated cathode structure composed of densely packed carbon nanotube field emitters and an add-in repeller. The nanotube cathode is expected to increase the current density, extend the cathode life and decrease the required oscillation voltage to values below 100 V. The excitation cavity is based on ridged-waveguide and differs from the conventional cylindrical re-entrant structures found in lower frequency klystrons. A quasi-static field analysis of the cavity and output coupling structure show excellent control of the quality factor and desired field distribution. Output power is expected to occur through an iris coupled matched rectangular waveguide and integrated pyramidal feed horn. The entire circuit is designed so as to be formed monolithically from two thermocompression bonded silicon wafers processed using deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) techniques. To expedite prototyping, a 600 GHz mechanically machined structure has been designed and is in fabrication. A complete numeric analysis of the nanoklystron circuit, including the electron beam dynamics has just gotten underway. Separate evaluation of the nanotube cathodes is also ongoing. The authors will describe the progress to date as well as plans for the immediate implementation and testing of nanoklystron prototypes at 640 and 1250 GHz.

  14. THz Microscopy of Anisotropy and Correlated Motions in Protein Crystals

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    Niessen, Katherine; Acbas, Gheorghe; Snell, Edward; Markelz, Andrea

    2013-03-01

    We introduce a new technique, Crystal Anisotropy Terahertz Microscopy (CATM) which can directly measure correlated intra-molecular protein vibrations. The terahertz (THz) frequency range (5-100 cm-1) corresponds to global correlated protein motions, proposed to be essential to protein function [1, 2]. CATM accesses these motions by removal of the relaxational background of the solvent and residue side chain librational motions. We demonstrate narrowband features in the anisotropic absorbance for hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) single crystals as well as HEWL with triacetylglucosamine (HEWL-3NAG) inhibitor single crystals. The most prominent features for the HEWL crystals appear at 45 cm-1, 69 cm-1, and 78 cm-1 and the strength of the absorption varies with crystal orientation relative to the THz polarization. Calculations show similar anisotropic features, suggesting specific correlated mode identification is possible. 1. Hammes-Schiffer, S. and S.J. Benkovic, Relating Protein Motion to Catalysis. Annu. Rev. Biochem., 2006. 75: p. 519-41. 2. Henzler-Wildman, K.A., et al., Intrinsic motions along an enzymatic reaction trajectory. Nature, 2007. 450(7171): p. 838-U13. This work supported by NSF MRI2 grant DBI295998.

  15. Substance identification based on transmission THz spectra using library search

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    Platte, Frank; Heise, H. Michael

    2014-09-01

    Over recent years terahertz spectroscopy has become a new tool for the characterization of solid materials, in particular for investigating polymorphism and crystallinity in pharmaceutics. Search strategies have been tested for THz spectra of various organic compounds with their spectra taken from the Riken database (http://www.riken.jp), using the GRAMS spectroscopy software. A subset of the entire database was used, which had been processed by removal of atmospheric water vapour lines and smoothing applied based on Savitzky-Golay convolution or time domain filtering. The spectral range available for all library substances was restricted to an interval from 0.9 to 4.5 THz (30-150 cm-1). The number of vibrational bands within this spectral range is much reduced compared with mid-infrared or Raman spectra. The appropriateness of spectral pre-treatment is demonstrated with regard to reliability and robustness of the search methods. In particular, time-domain filters for smoothing and pre-treatment by the removal of water lines and etalon effects have been successfully tested in combination with least squares and correlation methods. With these insights, applications for substance identification, especially for the pharmaceutical industry, may be enlarged.

  16. Identification of THz absorption spectra of chemicals using neural networks

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    Shen, Jingling; Jia, Yan; Liang, Meiyan; Chen, Sijia

    2007-09-01

    Absorption spectra in the range from 0.2 to 2.6 THz of chemicals such as illicit drugs and antibiotics obtaining from Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy technique were identified successfully by artificial neural networks. Back Propagation (BP) and Self-Organizing Feature Map (SOM) were investigated to do the identification or classification, respectively. Three-layer BP neural networks were employed to identify absorption spectra of nine illicit drugs and six antibiotics. The spectra of the chemicals were used to train a BP neural network and then the absorption spectra measured in different times were identified by the trained BP neural network. The average identification rate of 76% was achieved. SOM neural networks, another important neural network which sorts input vectors by their similarity, was used to sort 60 absorption spectra from 6 illicit drugs. The whole network was trained by setting a 20×20 and a 16×16 grid, and both of them had given satisfied clustering results. These results indicate that it is feasible to apply BP and SOM neural networks model in the field of THz spectra identification.

  17. Passive THz Imaging with Superconducting NbN microbolometer Arrays

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    Helistö, Panu

    2007-03-01

    Passive THz imaging applications indoors require temperature difference resolution well below 1 K and integration times down to 0.1 ms. Recently we have shown that such resolution, approaching the photon noise limit, can be achieved using an antenna-coupled superconducting microwire bolometer with about 10 K transition temperature. The bolometer signal is read out with a low-noise room-temperature amplifier, thus eliminating the need for SQUID amplifiers. The readout method utilizes electro-thermal feedback at the I-V curve minimum of a voltage-biased bolometer. At this working point, the very high power gain of the bolometer makes noise matching of the readout to the detector straightforward. The readout amplifier can be used with transition bolometers and calorimeters operating even at mK temperatures. We are presently developing a video-rate THz imager for concealed weapon detection, utilizing conical scanning and a 128-pixel NbN bolometer array, cooled down to 4 K with a pulse-tube cryocooler. We will characterize the bolometer arrays and the readout electrically and compare the results with the theory. We will also present the design of the system and results of preliminary imaging experiments. The work is done in collaboration between VTT, Millilab and NIST.

  18. Thermally triggered phononic gaps in liquids at THz scale

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    Bolmatov, Dima; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Zav’yalov, Dmitry; Stoupin, Stanislav; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Cai, Yong Q.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper 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. PMID:26763899

  19. The Spectrum of Methyl Formate in the Thz Region

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    Tudorie, M.; Huet, T. R.; Margules, L.; Goubet, M.; Pirali, O.; Roy, P.; Ilyushin, V. V.; Kleiner, I.

    2009-06-01

    The THz spectrum of methyl formate-HCOOCH_3 is currently investigated. At first a multi-pass cell having an optical path of 150 m coupled to an internal source of the Fourier Transform spectrometer of the AILES beamline, synchrotron SOLEIL (France), was used to obtain the methyl formate THz spectrum. Preliminary assignments of the pure rotation spectrum up to 80 cm^{-1}, and of the very weak torsion band v_t = 1-0 around 130 cm^{-1} are carried out. The assignments are based on the rotation-torsion energy levels calculated using the RAM approach. The particular interest in Δ v_t = 1 torsion-rotation band lies in the direct experimental determination of the barrier height V_3, which up to now was determined from pure rotational transitions only, and consequently in the contribution to the improvement of the global study of the rotational levels in the lowest torsional states of methyl formate. Secondly further measurements using the synchrotron radiation are planned. The latest results will be presented. [2] Ilyushin, Kryvda, Alekseev, J. Mol. Spectrosc. (2009), doi: 10.1016/j.jms.2009.01.016

  20. A repetitive 0.14 THz relativistic surface wave oscillator

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    Wang Guangqiang; Tong Changjiang; Li Xiaoze; Wang Xuefeng; Li Shuang; Lu Xicheng; Wang Jianguo

    2013-04-15

    Preliminary experimental results of a repetitive 0.14 THz overmoded relativistic surface wave oscillator (RSWO) are presented in this paper. The repetitive RSWO is developed by using a rectangularly corrugated slow-wave structure with overmoded ratio of 3 and a foilless diode emitting annular electron beam with thickness of 0.5 mm. The high quality electron beams at the repetition rate of 10 are obtained over a wide range of diode voltage (180 kV < U < 240 kV) and current (700 A < I < 1.2 kA). The generation experiments of RSWO are conducted at an axial pulsed magnetic field whose maximum strength and duration can reach about 2.7 T and 1 s, respectively. The experimental results show that the RSWO successfully produces reasonable uniform terahertz pulses at repetition rate of 10, and the pulse duration, frequency, and power of a single pulse are about 1.5 ns, 0.154 THz, and 2.6 MW, respectively, whereas the dominated radiation mode of the RSWO is TM{sub 02}.

  1. 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 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

  2. Thermally triggered phononic gaps in liquids at THz scale.

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    Bolmatov, Dima; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Zav'yalov, Dmitry; Stoupin, Stanislav; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Cai, Yong Q

    2016-01-01

    In this paper 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. PMID:26763899

  3. Defect-induced bandgap narrowing in low-k dielectrics

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    Guo, X.; Zheng, H.; King, S. W.; Afanas'ev, V. V.; Baklanov, M. R.; de Marneffe, J.-F.; Nishi, Y.; Shohet, J. L.

    2015-08-01

    In this work, core-level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was utilized to determine the surface bandgap for various porous and non-porous low-k a-SiCOH dielectrics before and after ion sputtering. By examining the onset of inelastic energy loss in O 1s core-level spectra, the gap narrowing was universally found in Ar+ ion sputtered low-k dielectrics. The reduction of the bandgap ranges from 1.3 to 2.2 eV depending on the film composition. We show that the bandgap narrowing in these low-k dielectrics is caused by development of the valence-band tail as evidenced by the presence of additional electronic states above the valence-band maximum. Electron-spin-resonance measurements were made on a-SiCOH films to gain atomic insight into the nature of the sputtering-induced defects and reveal formation of carbon-related defects as the most probable origin of the gap states.

  4. Defect-induced bandgap narrowing in low-k dielectrics

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    Guo, X.; Zheng, H.; Shohet, J. L.; King, S. W.; Afanas'ev, V. V.; Baklanov, M. R.; Marneffe, J.-F. de; Nishi, Y.

    2015-08-24

    In this work, core-level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was utilized to determine the surface bandgap for various porous and non-porous low-k a-SiCOH dielectrics before and after ion sputtering. By examining the onset of inelastic energy loss in O 1s core-level spectra, the gap narrowing was universally found in Ar{sup +} ion sputtered low-k dielectrics. The reduction of the bandgap ranges from 1.3 to 2.2 eV depending on the film composition. We show that the bandgap narrowing in these low-k dielectrics is caused by development of the valence-band tail as evidenced by the presence of additional electronic states above the valence-band maximum. Electron-spin-resonance measurements were made on a-SiCOH films to gain atomic insight into the nature of the sputtering-induced defects and reveal formation of carbon-related defects as the most probable origin of the gap states.

  5. Ventilation of porous media

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    Neeper, D.A.

    1994-02-22

    Methods are presented for distributing gases throughout the interstices of porous materials and removing volatile substances from the interstices of porous materials. Continuous oscillation of pressures and flows results in increased penetration of the interstices by flowing gases and increased transport of gaseous components out of the interstices. The invention is particularly useful in soil vapor extraction. 10 figures.

  6. Ventilation of porous media

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    Neeper, Donald A.

    1994-01-01

    Methods for distributing gases throughout the interstices of porous materials and removing volatile substances from the interstices of porous materials. Continuous oscillation of pressures and flows results in increased penetration of the interstices by flowing gases and increased transport of gaseous components out of the interstices. The invention is particularly useful in soil vapor extraction.

  7. Method for preparing dielectric composite materials

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    Lauf, Robert J.; Anderson, Kimberly K.; Montgomery, Frederick C.; Collins, Jack L.; Felten, John J.

    2004-11-23

    The invention allows the fabrication of small, dense beads of dielectric materials with selected compositions, which are incorporated into a polymeric matrix for use in capacitors, filters, and the like. A porous, generally spherical bead of hydrous metal oxide containing titanium or zirconium is made by a sol-gel process to form a substantially rigid bead having a generally fine crystallite size and correspondingly finely distributed internal porosity. The resulting gel bead may be washed and hydrothermally reacted with a soluble alkaline earth salt (typically Ba or Sr) at elevated temperature and pressure to convert the bead into a mixed hydrous titanium- or zirconium-alkaline earth oxide while retaining the generally spherical shape. Alternatively, the gel bead may be made by coprecipitation. This mixed oxide bead is then washed, dried and calcined to produce the desired (BaTiO.sub.3, PbTiO.sub.3, SrZrO.sub.3) structure. The sintered beads are incorporated into a selected polymer matrix. The resulting dielectric composite material may be electrically "poled" if desired.

  8. Dielectric composite materials and method for preparing

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    Lauf, Robert J.; Anderson, Kimberly K.; Montgomery, Frederick C.; Collins, Jack L.; Felten, John J.

    2003-07-29

    The invention allows the fabrication of small, dense beads of dielectric materials with selected compositions, which are incorporated into a polymeric matrix for use in capacitors, filters, and the like. A porous, generally spherical bead of hydrous metal oxide containing titanium or zirconium is made by a sol-gel process to form a substantially rigid bead having a generally fine crystallite size and correspondingly finely distributed internal porosity. The resulting gel bead may be washed and hydrothermally reacted with a soluble alkaline earth salt (typically Ba or Sr) at elevated temperature and pressure to convert the bead into a mixed hydrous titanium- or zirconium-alkaline earth oxide while retaining the generally spherical shape. Alternatively, the gel bead may be made by coprecipitation. This mixed oxide bead is then washed, dried and calcined to produce the desired (BaTiO.sub.3, PbTiO.sub.3, SrZrO.sub.3) structure. The sintered beads are incorporated into a selected polymer matrix. The resulting dielectric composite material may be electrically "poled" if desired.

  9. Dielectric Relaxation of Water in Complex Systems

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    Feldman, Yuri; Puzenko, Alexander A.; Ishai, Paul Ben; Levy, Evgenya

    Whenever water interacts with another dipolar or charged entity, a broadening of the dielectric relaxation peak occurs. This broadening can often be described by the phenomenological Cole-Cole (CC) spectral function. A new approach (Puzenko AA, Ben Ishai P, and Feldman Y, Phys Rev Lett 105:037601, 2010) based on the fractal nature of the time set of the interaction of the relaxing water dipoles with its encompassing matrix has been recently presented showing a fundamental connection between the relaxation time, τ, the broadening parameter, α, and the Kirkwood-Fröhlich correlation function B. Parameters B, τ and α where chosen as the coordinates of a new 3D space. The evolution of the relaxation process due to the variation of external macroscopic parameters (temperature, pressure etc.) represents the trajectory in 3D space. This trajectory demonstrates the connection between the kinetic and structural properties of the water in complex system. It is also shown how the model describes the state of water in two porous silica glasses and in two different types of aqueous solutions: ionic, and non-ionic. The complex dielectric spectra of a series of solutions of sodium chloride and potassium chloride in water have been measured and have been carefully analyzed along with previously measured spectra for aqueous solutions of D-glucose and D-fructose.

  10. Porous photonic crystal external cavity laser biosensor

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    Huang, Qinglan; Peh, Jessie; Hergenrother, Paul J.; Cunningham, Brian T.

    2016-08-01

    We report the design, fabrication, and testing of a photonic crystal (PC) biosensor structure that incorporates a porous high refractive index TiO2 dielectric film that enables immobilization of capture proteins within an enhanced surface-area volume that spatially overlaps with the regions of resonant electromagnetic fields where biomolecular binding can produce the greatest shifts in photonic crystal resonant wavelength. Despite the nanoscale porosity of the sensor structure, the PC slab exhibits narrowband and high efficiency resonant reflection, enabling the structure to serve as a wavelength-tunable element of an external cavity laser. In the context of sensing small molecule interactions with much larger immobilized proteins, we demonstrate that the porous structure provides 3.7× larger biosensor signals than an equivalent nonporous structure, while the external cavity laser (ECL) detection method provides capability for sensing picometer-scale shifts in the PC resonant wavelength caused by small molecule binding. The porous ECL achieves a record high figure of merit for label-free optical biosensors.

  11. Porous silicon gettering

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    Tsuo, Y.S.; Menna, P.; Al-Jassim, M.

    1995-08-01

    We have studied a novel extrinsic gettering method that utilizes the very large surface areas, produced by porous silicon etch on both front and back surfaces of the silicon wafer, as gettering sites. In this method, a simple and low-cost chemical etching is used to generate the porous silicon layers. Then, a high-flux solar furnace (HFSF) is used to provide high-temperature annealing and the required injection of silicon interstitials. The gettering sites, along with the gettered impurities, can be easily removed at the end the process. The porous silicon removal process consists of oxidizing the porous silicon near the end the gettering process followed by sample immersion in HF acid. Each porous silicon gettering process removes up to about 10 {mu}m of wafer thickness. This gettering process can be repeated so that the desired purity level is obtained.

  12. Plasmon-phonon coupling in charged n-type CdSe quantum dots: A THz time-domain spectroscopic study.

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    Mandal, Pankaj K; Chikan, Viktor

    2007-08-01

    This work aims to experimentally determine the polarizability of confined electron in CdSe quantum dots (QD). The dielectric response of uncharged and charged CdSe quantum dots (3.2 and 6.3 nm) has been measured using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in the frequency range of 2.0-7.0 THz. A strong coupling between the surface plasmon and surface phonons appears upon charging the QDs. The absolute polarizability of an electron in 3.2 and 6.3 nm charged QDs are experimentally determined to be 0.5 +/- 0.1 x 10(3) A3 and 14.6 +/- 0.3 x 10(3) A3, respectively, and the values agree reasonably well with theory and the previous experiment. The observed plasmon-phonon coupling is expected to play an important role in electron relaxation in absence of a hole in CdSe QDs.

  13. Investigation of fingerprints for small polar molecules by using a tunable monochromatic THz source

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    Sun, Hongqian

    Over the past 20 years, considerable efforts have been dedicated to the generation and the application of electromagnetic waves in the Terahertz (THz) regime. Among all of the proposed applications, the THz spectroscopy is probably the most mature and promising one. According to the previous reports, the THz spectroscopy has been extensively applied into many analysis fields, including the investigation of vibrational modes for the crystalline solids, the characterization of electron transport in the condense matters and the identification of explosive materials at a standoff distance. More interestingly, since most gas phase chemicals exhibit unique transition peaks in the THz spectra, one could in principle achieve highly accurate molecular fingerprinting and chemical sensing as well. However, all of the practical THz spectroscopy applications were still greatly hampered by the lack of suitable sources and detectors. In this thesis, a unique approach to measure the THz spectrum is developed based on a novel tunable narrowband source. Unlike the previous THz systems, high power THz pulses were generated by the difference frequency generation processes between two collinearly propagated near infrared laser beams. To tune the output THz signal frequency, one can simply adjust one of the incident beam frequencies. Therefore, based on a convenient wavelength tuning scheme, the transmission spectra can be measured for a series of polar gases with either similar or distinct molecular structures. According to the measured spectra, it is found that the obtained transition frequencies, absorption intensities and molecular constants are all in good agreement with the theoretical results tabulated in the molecular spectroscopic databases, such as the HITRAN database. By further analyzing the transition frequencies, it is also discovered that one can confidently identify each polar molecule and differentiate between various isotopic variants based on their characteristic

  14. Antenna with Dielectric Having Geometric Patterns

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    Dudley, Kenneth L. (Inventor); Elliott, Holly A. (Inventor); Cravey, Robin L. (Inventor); Connell, John W. (Inventor); Ghose, Sayata (Inventor); Watson, Kent A. (Inventor); Smith, Jr., Joseph G. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    An antenna includes a ground plane, a dielectric disposed on the ground plane, and an electrically-conductive radiator disposed on the dielectric. The dielectric includes at least one layer of a first dielectric material and a second dielectric material that collectively define a dielectric geometric pattern, which may comprise a fractal geometry. The radiator defines a radiator geometric pattern, and the dielectric geometric pattern is geometrically identical, or substantially geometrically identical, to the radiator geometric pattern.

  15. Frequency Upshift and Radiation of the THz Electromagnetic Wave via an Ultrashort-Laser-Produced Ionization Front

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    Higashiguchi, Takeshi; Hasegawa, Hideyuki; Nishimai, Hirofumi; Yugami, Noboru; Muggli, Patric

    2009-01-22

    We report the generation of radiation in the terahertz (THz) spectral region from an electrostatic field converted by a laser-produced relativistic ionization front. The THz radiation is generated through spatiotemporal change in electron density induced by a relativistic ionization front propagating in a ZnSe crystal enclosed in a capacitor array. The measured central radiation frequency is 1.2 THz with a bandwidth of 0.7 THz (FWHM), which is attributed to production of an electron density of the order of 10{sup 15} cm{sup -3}. The amplitude of the linearly polarized THz radiation increased linearly with the voltage applied to the capacitors.

  16. Metamaterial-based gradient index lens with strong focusing in the THz frequency range.

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    Neu, J; Krolla, B; Paul, O; Reinhard, B; Beigang, R; Rahm, M

    2010-12-20

    The development of innovative terahertz (THz) imaging systems has recently moved in the focus of scientific efforts due to the ability to screen substances through textiles or plastics. The invention of THz imaging systems with high spatial resolution is of increasing interest for applications in the realms of quality control, spectroscopy in dusty environment and security inspections. To realize compact THz imaging systems with high spatial resolution it is necessary to develop lenses of minimized thickness that still allow one to focus THz radiation to small spot diameters with low optical aberrations. In addition, it would be desirable if the lenses offered adaptive control of their optical properties to optimize the performance of the imaging systems in the context of different applications. Here we present the design, fabrication and the measurement of the optical properties of spectrally broadband metamaterial-based gradient index (GRIN) lenses that allow one to focus THz radiation to a spot diameter of approximately one wavelength. Due to the subwavelength thickness and the high focusing strength the presented GRIN lenses are an important step towards compact THz imaging systems with high spatial resolution. Furthermore, the results open the path to a new class of adaptive THz optics by extension of the concept to tunable metamaterials. PMID:21197049

  17. Ultrafast spin switching in a canted antiferromagnetic YFeO3 driven by pulsed THz radiations

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    Kim, Taeheon; Hamh, Sun Young; Han, Jeong Woo; Kang, Chul; Kee, Chul-Sik; Jung, Seonghoon; Park, Jaehun; Tokunaga, Yusuke; Tokura, Yoshinori; Lee, Jong Seok

    2015-03-01

    We investigate a detailed process of the precessional motion of the magnetic moment in the canted antiferromagnetic YFeO3 which is excited by a linearly polarized terahertz (THz) pulse at room temperature. By tuning the spectral component of the input THz pulse around the quasi-ferromagnetic mode located near 0.3 THz, we have experimentally clarified the resonance effect in the THz control of the spin state. We could confirm this result also from the simulation based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation with two sub-lattice model for the canted antiferromagnet. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the spin state can be switched all-optically on a picosecond time-scale using THz pulses of square and oscillating shapes. Whereas the oscillating THz pulse with a spectral component resonant with the magnetic excitations is necessary for an efficient magnetization switching, we check the possibility of a further reduction of the necessary THz field strength by examining influences of variations in the anisotropy energy and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction upon the switching behaviors.

  18. Video rate imaging of narrow band THz radiation based on frequency upconversion

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    Tekavec, Patrick F.; Kozlov, Vladimir G.; Mcnee, Ian; Spektor, Igor E.; Lebedev, Sergey P.

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate video rate THz imaging by detecting a frequency upconverted signal with a CMOS camera. A fiber laser pumped, double resonant optical parametric oscillator generates THz pulses via difference frequency generation in a quasi-phasematched gallium arsenide (QPM-GaAs) crystal located inside the OPO cavity. The output produced THz pulses centered at 1.5 THz, with an average power up to 1 mW, a linewidth of <100 GHz, and peak power of >2 W. By mixing the THz pulses with a portion of the fiber laser pump (1064 nm) in a second QPM-GaAs crystal, distinct sidebands are observed at 1058 nm and 1070 nm, corresponding to sum and difference frequency generation of the pump pule with the THz pulse. By using a polarizer and long pass filter, the strong pump light can be removed, leaving a nearly background free signal at 1070 nm. For imaging, a Fourier imaging geometry is used, with the object illuminated by the THz beam located one focal length from the GaAs crystal. The spatial Fourier transform is upconverted with a large diameter pump beam, after which a second lens inverse transforms the upconverted spatial components, and the image is detected with a CMOS camera. We have obtained video rate images with spatial resolution of 1mm and field of view ca. 20 mm in diameter without any post processing of the data.

  19. Single-shot time-resolved THz spectroscopy using non-collinear electro-optic imaging

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    Wang, Zhenyou; Su, Fuhai; Hegmann, Frank A.

    2010-03-01

    We demonstrate a technique for rapid substance identification via single-shot, coherent THz imaging using non-collinear electro-optic sampling. A THz probe pulse generated in ZnTe is transmitted through the sample then focused on a (110) ZnTe detection crystal. An 800nm, 100fs optical pulse employed as a sampling beam passes through the ZnTe detection crystal at an angle of 7^o relative to the THz beam.footnotetextT. Yasuda et al., Opt. Commun. 267, 128 (2006) The THz field induced birefringence is resolved as a variation of the intensity of the sampling pulse transmitted through a crossed polarizer. The modified sampling beam spot is imaged using a CCD camera. Because of the non-collinear geometry, the spatial overlap between the THz field and the optical pulse depends on the temporal position within the THz waveform. Consequently, we obtain high-resolution 2D images of the THz waveform without scanning the relative path length. The resolution of the absorption spectra extracted from wet paper and lactose using the single-shot imaging approach is comparable to the resolution obtained through conventional scanning lock-in measurements. Possible applications for substance detection are discussed.

  20. Broadband Terahertz Computed Tomography Using a 5k-pixel Real-time THz Camera

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    Trichopoulos, Georgios C.; Sertel, Kubilay

    2015-07-01

    We present a novel THz computed tomography system that enables fast 3-dimensional imaging and spectroscopy in the 0.6-1.2 THz band. The system is based on a new real-time broadband THz camera that enables rapid acquisition of multiple cross-sectional images required in computed tomography. Tomographic reconstruction is achieved using digital images from the densely-packed large-format (80×64) focal plane array sensor located behind a hyper-hemispherical silicon lens. Each pixel of the sensor array consists of an 85 μm × 92 μm lithographically fabricated wideband dual-slot antenna, monolithically integrated with an ultra-fast diode tuned to operate in the 0.6-1.2 THz regime. Concurrently, optimum impedance matching was implemented for maximum pixel sensitivity, enabling 5 frames-per-second image acquisition speed. As such, the THz computed tomography system generates diffraction-limited resolution cross-section images as well as the three-dimensional models of various opaque and partially transparent objects. As an example, an over-the-counter vitamin supplement pill is imaged and its material composition is reconstructed. The new THz camera enables, for the first time, a practical application of THz computed tomography for non-destructive evaluation and biomedical imaging.

  1. 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.

  2. Dielectric and conductivity measurements as proxy method to monitor contamination in sandstone.

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    Saltas, V; Vallianatos, F; Soupios, P; Makris, J P; Triantis, D

    2007-04-01

    The present work investigates whether dielectric spectroscopy can be used to detect contamination, which may leach in a natural porous material, due to the spreading of contaminants. For this purpose, dielectric and conductivity measurements, in the frequency range from 10 mHz to 1 MHz, were carried out in sandstone samples, partially filled or saturated with solutions of leachates, at different concentrations. The experimental results suggest the dominant role of free water to the measured electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity in contaminated samples with high water content. On the other hand, various relaxation mechanisms were observed in dried samples at different leachate concentrations. Experimental data were fitted using the Havriliak-Negami dielectric relaxation function, superimposed with a conductivity term. The determined parameters of the fitting function may serve to distinguish between different amounts of leachate in sandstone samples.

  3. Temperature switchable polymer dielectrics.

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    Johnson, Ross Stefan

    2010-08-01

    Materials with switchable states are desirable in many areas of science and technology. The ability to thermally transform a dielectric material to a conductive state should allow for the creation of electronics with built-in safety features. Specifically, the non-desirable build-up and discharge of electricity in the event of a fire or over-heating would be averted by utilizing thermo-switchable dielectrics in the capacitors of electrical devices (preventing the capacitors from charging at elevated temperatures). We have designed a series of polymers that effectively switch from a non-conductive to a conductive state. The thermal transition is governed by the stability of the leaving group after it leaves as a free entity. Here, we present the synthesis and characterization of a series of precursor polymers that eliminate to form poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV's).

  4. Temperature switchable polymer dielectrics.

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    Kholwadwala, Fenil Manish; Johnson, Ross Stefan; Dirk, Shawn M.

    2010-06-01

    Materials with switchable states are desirable in many areas of science and technology. The ability to thermally transform a dielectric material to a conductive state should allow for the creation of electronics with built-in safety features. Specifically, the non-desirable build-up and discharge of electricity in the event of a fire or over-heating would be averted by utilizing thermo-switchable dielectrics in the capacitors of electrical devices (preventing the capacitors from charging at elevated temperatures). We have designed a series of polymers that effectively switch from a non-conductive to a conductive state. The thermal transition is governed by the stability of the leaving group after it leaves as a free entity. Here, we present the synthesis and characterization of a series of precursor polymers that eliminate to form poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV's).

  5. Multi-frequency THz Heterodyne Spectroscopy using Electro-Optic Sampling

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    Jones, David

    2010-03-01

    Multi-frequency heterodyne spectroscopy, developed by two groups (Schiller as well as van der Weide, Keilmann and co-workers) uses one optical femtosecond frequency comb (FFC) to probe a sample. A second FFC with a slightly detuned spacing is used as a multi frequency local oscillator to uniquely map the broadband optical spectroscopic information to the RF domain where it can be easily analyzed. Researchers at NIST (Coddington et al) have realized the full potential of this technique by tightly locking the detuned combs together using optical locking techniques. It is of considerable interest to extend such capabilities to access the so-called molecular vibrational ``fingerprint'' range of approximately 10 to 100 THz (300 to 3000 cm-1). A transfer of the direct heterodyne detection approach used in the optical regime down to this frequency range is fraught with difficulties including significantly lower power of the probe THz frequency comb. In addition, a low noise detector with a relatively fast RF response (>100 MHz at a minimum) is required. An alternative, indirect detection technique for detecting THz signals is electro-optic sampling (EOS). It has employed for time domain THz spectroscopic applications for a number of years with a demonstrated spectral detection ranging from 0.5 THz range to over 100 THz. Through careful analysis of the EOS we show how electro-optic sampling of THz frequency comb by a detuned optical FFC followed by direct optical detection of the optical sampling beam enables conversion of the THz spectroscopic data directly to the RF domain. In particular, we show there is a one-to-one correspondence between a detected RF heterodyne beat and THz comb element. Numerical simulations predict excellent signal to noise ratio of the RF beats (20 dB) with modest acquisition times (10 μs). We will also summarize our progress toward experimental realization of such a system.

  6. New way for both quality enhancement of THz images and detection of concealed objects

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Trofimov, Vladislav V.

    2015-08-01

    As it is well-known, the passive THz camera allows seeing concealed object without contact with a person and this camera is non-dangerous for a person. Obviously, efficiency of using the passive THz camera depends on its temperature resolution. This characteristic specifies possibilities of the detection for concealed object: minimal size of the object; maximal distance of the detection; image quality. Computer processing of the THz image may lead to many times improving of the image quality without any additional engineering efforts. Therefore, developing of modern novel computer code for its application to THz images is urgent problem. Using appropriate new methods one may expect such temperature resolution which will allow to see banknote in pocket of a person without any real contact. Modern algorithms for computer processing of THz images allow also to see object inside the human body using a temperature trace on the human skin. This circumstance enhances essentially opportunity of passive THz camera applications for counterterrorism problems. We developed new real-time algorithm, based on the correlation function, for the detection of cancelled objects by using computer processing of the passive THz images without their viewing. This algorithm allows us to make a conclusion about presence of forbidden objects on the human body. To see this object with high quality we propose one more algorithm which allows to increase the image quality. Current approach for computer processing of the THz images differs from approaches developed by us early. We apply new algorithms with success to the images captured by passive THz camera TS4 manufactured by ThruVision Inc. The distance between the camera and person is changed from 4 to 10 metres.

  7. Solar Observations at THz Frequencies on Board of a Trans-Antartic Stratospheric Balloon Flight

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    Kaufmann, Pierre; Abrantes, André; Bortolucci, Emilio; Caspi, Amir; Fernandes, Luis Olavo T.; Kropotov, Grigory; Kudaka, Amauri; Laurent, Glenn Thomas; Machado, Nelson; Marcon, Rogério; Marun, Adolfo; Nicolaev, Valery; Hidalgo Ramirez, Ray Fernando; Raulin, Jean-Pierre; Saint-Hilaire, Pascal; Shih, Albert; Silva, Claudemir; Timofeevsky, Alexander

    2016-05-01

    Sub-THz and 30 THz solar burst observations revealed a new spectral component, with fluxes increasing towards THz frequencies, simultaneously with the well known component peaking at microwaves, bringing challenging constraints for interpretation. The THz flare spectra can be completed with measurements made from space. A new system of two photometers was built to observe the Sun at 3 and 7 THz named SOLAR-T. An innovative optical setup allows observations of the full solar disk and detect small burst with sub-second time resolution. The photometers use two Golay cell detectors at the foci of 7.6 cm Cassegrain telescopes. The incoming radiation undergoes low-pass filters made of rough surface primary mirrors and membranes, 3 and 7 THz band-pass filters, and choppers. The system has been integrated to redundant data acquisition system and Iridium short-burst data services telemetry for monitoring during the flight. SOLAR-T has been flown coupled to U.C. Berkeley solar hard X-ray and gamma-ray imaging spectro-polarimeter GRIPS experiment launched on a NASA CSBF stratospheric balloon from U.S. McMurdo base on January 19, 2016, on a trans-Antarctic flight. The mission ended on January 30. The SOLAR-T on-board computers were recovered from the payload that landed in the Argentina Mountain Range, nearly 2100 km from McMurdo. The SOLAR-T performance was successfully attained, with full space qualification instrumentation. Preliminary results provide the solar disk THz brightness temperatures and indicate a 7 THz burst enhancement time coincident to a sub-THz burst observed by SST during the 28 January GOES C9.6 class soft X-ray burst, the largest occurred during the flight.

  8. Property modifications of nanoporous pSiCOH dielectrics to enhance resistance to plasma-induced damage

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    Ryan, E. Todd; Gates, Stephen M.; Grill, Alfred; Molis, Steven; Flaitz, Philip; Arnold, John; Sankarapandian, Muthumanickam; Cohen, Stephan A.; Ostrovski, Yuri; Dimitrakopoulos, Christos

    2008-11-01

    The resistance to plasma-induced damage of various nanoporous, ultra low-κ porous SiCOH films used as interconnect dielectric materials in integrated circuits was studied. These films are susceptible to damage by plasma processes used during nanofabrication. The dielectric constants and chemical compositions of four dielectric films were correlated with measured amounts of plasma damage. Films deposited with higher carbon content in the form of Si-CH3 and Si(CH3)2 bonding exhibited less plasma damage than similar films with lower carbon content.

  9. All-dielectric metamaterials.

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    Jahani, Saman; Jacob, Zubin

    2016-01-01

    The ideal material for nanophotonic applications will have a large refractive index at optical frequencies, respond to both the electric and magnetic fields of light, support large optical chirality and anisotropy, confine and guide light at the nanoscale, and be able to modify the phase and amplitude of incoming radiation in a fraction of a wavelength. Artificial electromagnetic media, or metamaterials, based on metallic or polar dielectric nanostructures can provide many of these properties by coupling light to free electrons (plasmons) or phonons (phonon polaritons), respectively, but at the inevitable cost of significant energy dissipation and reduced device efficiency. Recently, however, there has been a shift in the approach to nanophotonics. Low-loss electromagnetic responses covering all four quadrants of possible permittivities and permeabilities have been achieved using completely transparent and high-refractive-index dielectric building blocks. Moreover, an emerging class of all-dielectric metamaterials consisting of anisotropic crystals has been shown to support large refractive index contrast between orthogonal polarizations of light. These advances have revived the exciting prospect of integrating exotic electromagnetic effects in practical photonic devices, to achieve, for example, ultrathin and efficient optical elements, and realize the long-standing goal of subdiffraction confinement and guiding of light without metals. In this Review, we present a broad outline of the whole range of electromagnetic effects observed using all-dielectric metamaterials: high-refractive-index nanoresonators, metasurfaces, zero-index metamaterials and anisotropic metamaterials. Finally, we discuss current challenges and future goals for the field at the intersection with quantum, thermal and silicon photonics, as well as biomimetic metasurfaces.

  10. All-dielectric metamaterials

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    Jahani, Saman; Jacob, Zubin

    2016-01-01

    The ideal material for nanophotonic applications will have a large refractive index at optical frequencies, respond to both the electric and magnetic fields of light, support large optical chirality and anisotropy, confine and guide light at the nanoscale, and be able to modify the phase and amplitude of incoming radiation in a fraction of a wavelength. Artificial electromagnetic media, or metamaterials, based on metallic or polar dielectric nanostructures can provide many of these properties by coupling light to free electrons (plasmons) or phonons (phonon polaritons), respectively, but at the inevitable cost of significant energy dissipation and reduced device efficiency. Recently, however, there has been a shift in the approach to nanophotonics. Low-loss electromagnetic responses covering all four quadrants of possible permittivities and permeabilities have been achieved using completely transparent and high-refractive-index dielectric building blocks. Moreover, an emerging class of all-dielectric metamaterials consisting of anisotropic crystals has been shown to support large refractive index contrast between orthogonal polarizations of light. These advances have revived the exciting prospect of integrating exotic electromagnetic effects in practical photonic devices, to achieve, for example, ultrathin and efficient optical elements, and realize the long-standing goal of subdiffraction confinement and guiding of light without metals. In this Review, we present a broad outline of the whole range of electromagnetic effects observed using all-dielectric metamaterials: high-refractive-index nanoresonators, metasurfaces, zero-index metamaterials and anisotropic metamaterials. Finally, we discuss current challenges and future goals for the field at the intersection with quantum, thermal and silicon photonics, as well as biomimetic metasurfaces.

  11. All-dielectric metamaterials.

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    Jahani, Saman; Jacob, Zubin

    2016-01-01

    The ideal material for nanophotonic applications will have a large refractive index at optical frequencies, respond to both the electric and magnetic fields of light, support large optical chirality and anisotropy, confine and guide light at the nanoscale, and be able to modify the phase and amplitude of incoming radiation in a fraction of a wavelength. Artificial electromagnetic media, or metamaterials, based on metallic or polar dielectric nanostructures can provide many of these properties by coupling light to free electrons (plasmons) or phonons (phonon polaritons), respectively, but at the inevitable cost of significant energy dissipation and reduced device efficiency. Recently, however, there has been a shift in the approach to nanophotonics. Low-loss electromagnetic responses covering all four quadrants of possible permittivities and permeabilities have been achieved using completely transparent and high-refractive-index dielectric building blocks. Moreover, an emerging class of all-dielectric metamaterials consisting of anisotropic crystals has been shown to support large refractive index contrast between orthogonal polarizations of light. These advances have revived the exciting prospect of integrating exotic electromagnetic effects in practical photonic devices, to achieve, for example, ultrathin and efficient optical elements, and realize the long-standing goal of subdiffraction confinement and guiding of light without metals. In this Review, we present a broad outline of the whole range of electromagnetic effects observed using all-dielectric metamaterials: high-refractive-index nanoresonators, metasurfaces, zero-index metamaterials and anisotropic metamaterials. Finally, we discuss current challenges and future goals for the field at the intersection with quantum, thermal and silicon photonics, as well as biomimetic metasurfaces. PMID:26740041

  12. Low-k Dielectrics

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    Hayashi, Yoshihiro

    As CMOS transistors were scaled, interconnects to link them are also shrunk to reduce the line pitches [1-10]. As shown in Fig. 22.1, the interconnect pitches have been shrunk from 180 nm, 140 nm, and 100 nm for 65 [4], 45 [32], and 32 nm nodes [10] LSIs, respectively. To eliminate the interconnect parasitic capacitance, low-k dielectric films which have lower permittivity than the conventional silica (SiO2) dielectrics have been introduced. Figure 22.2 shows the technology trend of the k-value and the deposition process, in which the low-k films are deposited by spin-on-dielectric (SOD) method or plasma-enhanced CVD. In the case of SOD, precursor solution is poured on a rotated wafer, and the precursor film is heated to vaporize the solvent followed by reaction and densification to make a low-k film. In the case of PECVD [36, 42], on the other hand, precursor solution is vaporized with inert carrier gas such as He, and the precursor gas is introduced into PECVD chamber with RF power. The vaporized precursor gas is exited from plasma, depositing a low-k film on a wafer heated in high vacuum. The SOD method is advantageous to decrease the k-value, while PECVD method is superior in the adhesion strength due to the possibility of in-suite plasma surface treatment in vacuum just before the low-k deposition.

  13. Preparation of asymmetric porous materials

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    Coker, Eric N.

    2012-08-07

    A method for preparing an asymmetric porous material by depositing a porous material film on a flexible substrate, and applying an anisotropic stress to the porous media on the flexible substrate, where the anisotropic stress results from a stress such as an applied mechanical force, a thermal gradient, and an applied voltage, to form an asymmetric porous material.

  14. Fabricating porous silicon carbide

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    Shor, Joseph S. (Inventor); Kurtz, Anthony D. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    The formation of porous SiC occurs under electrochemical anodization. A sample of SiC is contacted electrically with nickel and placed into an electrochemical cell which cell includes a counter electrode and a reference electrode. The sample is encapsulated so that only a bare semiconductor surface is exposed. The electrochemical cell is filled with an HF electrolyte which dissolves the SiC electrochemically. A potential is applied to the semiconductor and UV light illuminates the surface of the semiconductor. By controlling the light intensity, the potential and the doping level, a porous layer is formed in the semiconductor and thus one produces porous SiC.

  15. External electric field control of THz pulse generation in ambient air.

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    Sun, Wen-Feng; Zhou, Yun-Song; Wang, Xin-Ke; Zhang, Yan

    2008-10-13

    A theoretical model has been proposed to describe the dependence of the THz wave generated in a laser-induced air plasma on the external electric field. Using this model we predict the following, (i) previously observed results show that the THz pulse enhances linearly with the increase of the external field; (ii) the THz pulse varies as a cosine function with the angle between the direction of the external electric field and the polarization of the incident exciting beam; (iii) and the amplitude is proportional to the square of the intensity of the incident pulse in a low energy region. These predictions are validated by our experiment.

  16. Optical-to-THz radiation conversion on a semi-metal surface

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    Mironov, V. A.; Oladyshkin, I. V.; Fadeev, D. A.

    2016-08-01

    We consider the possibility of generation of broadband terahertz (THz) radiation upon reflection of a p-polarised femtosecond laser pulse from the surface of a semi-metal. The hydrodynamic model of an instantaneous quadratic response of metals is generalised, and analytical results and numerical simulation data are presented. It is shown that transition from highly conductive metals to semi-metals is accompanied by a significant increase in the efficiency of the THz signal generation due to the reduction of the effective charge carrier mass and attenuation of the shielding of optical and THz fields.

  17. Steerable THz pulses from thin emitters via optical pulse-front tilt.

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    Smith, B C; Whitaker, J F; Rand, S C

    2016-09-01

    A new method of steering THz pulses radiated from a thin emitter excited by tilted optical pulse-fronts has been developed theoretically and validated in a proof-of-concept experiment. This steering technique is potentially efficient and rapid, and it should benefit from a THz-pulse energy that can scale with optical-beam size and magnitude. Conversely, the method employed for measuring the steered THz pulses is also capable of characterizing the pulse-front tilt of an optical beam. PMID:27607678

  18. Coherent THz wave combiner composed of arrayed uni-traveling carrier photodiodes and planar lightwave circuit

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    Sakuma, K.; Haruki, J.; Sakano, G.; Kato, K.; Hisatake, S.; Nagatsuma, T.

    2016-02-01

    For high-power THz wave generation by photomixing of two lightwaves, we proposed the synchronous power combiner which consists of eight-arrayed photomixers/antennas and the THz phase control system. We experimentally confirmed the effectiveness of the power combination by synchronizing the phases of the THz wave by the mechanical optical delay lines and also demonstrated the same functionality at the lightwave-circuit-based optical phase control system. We found that the directional gain is increasing with increasing the number of photomixers from two to three and it reached up to 4.5 dB.

  19. Fra Angelico's painting technique revealed by terahertz time-domain imaging (THz-TDI)

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    Koch Dandolo, Corinna Ludovica; Picollo, Marcello; Cucci, Costanza; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2016-10-01

    We have investigated with terahertz time-domain imaging (THz-TDI) the well-known Lamentation over the dead Christ panel painting (San Marco Museum, Florence) painted by Fra Giovanni Angelico within 1436 and 1441. The investigation provided a better understanding of the construction and gilding technique used by the eminent artist, as well as the plastering technique used during the nineteenth-century restoration intervention. The evidence obtained from THz-TDI scans was correlated with the available documentation on the preservation history of the art piece. Erosion and damages documented for the wooden support, especially in the lower margin, found confirmation in the THz-TD images.

  20. On the Influence of Delay Line Uncertainty in THz Time-Domain Spectroscopy

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    Jahn, D.; Lippert, S.; Bisi, M.; Oberto, L.; Balzer, J. C.; Koch, M.

    2016-06-01

    Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz TDS) is a well-known tool for material analysis in the terahertz frequency band. One crucial system component in every time-domain spectrometer is the delay line which is necessary to accomplish the sampling of the electric field over time. Despite the fact that most of the uncertainty sources in TDS have been discussed, the delay line uncertainty has not been considered in detail. We model the impact of delay line uncertainty on the acquired THz TDS data. Interferometric measurements of the delay line precision and THz time-domain data are used to validate the theoretical model.

  1. Tunable narrowband THz pulse generation in scalable large area photoconductive antennas.

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    Krause, Johannes; Wagner, Martin; Winnerl, Stephan; Helm, Manfred; Stehr, Dominik

    2011-09-26

    The generation and characterization of narrowband THz pulses by means of chirped pulse difference frequency generation in Auston-switch type photoconductive antennas is reported. Using optical pulses with energies in the range from 1 nJ to 1 µJ, we generate THz pulses with up to 50 pJ in energy and electric field strengths on the order of 1 kV/cm. Two emitter concepts are investigated and circumvention of the fast saturation for small area excitation by scaling of the THz emitter is demonstrated. PMID:21996852

  2. Investigation of non-equilibrium electron-hole plasma in nanowires by THz spectroscopy

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    Cirlin, G. E.; Buyskih, A. C.; Bouravlev, A. D.; Samsonenko, Yu. B.; Kaliteevski, M. A.; Gallant, A. J.; Zeze, D.

    2016-05-01

    Efficient emission of THz radiation by AlGaAs nanowires via excitation of photocurrent by femtosecond optical pulses in nanowires was observed. Dynamics of photoinduced charge carrier was studied via influence of electron-hole plasma on THz radiation by optical pump THz probe method. It was found that characteristic time of screening of contact field is about 15 ps. Recombination of non-equilibrium occurs in two stages: fast recombination of free electron and holes (with relaxation time about 700 ps), and slow recombination (with relaxation time about 15 ns), which involves a capture of electrons and holes on the defects of crystalline structure of nanowires.

  3. Tunable Dielectric Properties of Ferrite-Dielectric Based Metamaterial

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    Bi, K.; Huang, K.; Zeng, L. Y.; Zhou, M. H.; Wang, Q. M.; Wang, Y. G.; Lei, M.

    2015-01-01

    A ferrite-dielectric metamaterial composed of dielectric and ferrite cuboids has been investigated by experiments and simulations. By interacting with the electromagnetic wave, the Mie resonance can take place in the dielectric cuboids and the ferromagnetic precession will appear in the ferrite cuboids. The magnetic field distributions show the electric Mie resonance of the dielectric cuboids can be influenced by the ferromagnetic precession of ferrite cuboids when a certain magnetic field is applied. The effective permittivity of the metamaterial can be tuned by modifying the applied magnetic field. A good agreement between experimental and simulated results is demonstrated, which confirms that these metamaterials can be used for tunable microwave devices. PMID:25993433

  4. New silicone dielectric elastomers with a high dielectric constant

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    Zhang, Zhen; Liu, Liwu; Fan, Jiumin; Yu, Kai; Liu, Yanju; Shi, Liang; Leng, Jinsong

    2008-03-01

    Dielectric elastomers (Des) are a type of EAPs with unique electrical properties and mechanical properties: high actuation strains and stresses, fast response times, high efficiency, stability, reliability and durability. The excellent figures of merit possessed by dielectric elastomers make them the most performing materials which can be applied in many domains: biomimetics, aerospace, mechanics, medicals, etc. In this paper, we present a kind of electroactive polymer composites based on silicone Dielectric elastomers with a high dielectric constant. Novel high DEs could be realized by means of a composite approach. By filling an ordinary elastomer (e.g. silicone) with a component of functional ceramic filler having a greater dielectric permittivity, it is possible to obtain a resulting composite showing the fruitful combination of the matrix's advantageous elasticity and the filler's high permittivity. Here we add the ferroelectric relaxor ceramics (mainly BaTiO3) which has high dielectric constant (>3000) to the conventional silicone Dielectric elastomers, to get the dielectric elastomer which can exhibit high elastic energy densities induced by an electric field of about 15 MV/m. Tests of the physical and chemical properties of the dielectric elastomers are conducted, which verify our supposes and offer the experimental data supporting further researches.

  5. Mode analysis and design of 0.3-THz Clinotron

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    Li, Shuang; Wang, Jian-Guo; Wang, Guang-Qiang; Zeng, Peng; Wang, Dong-Yang

    2016-10-01

    To develop a high-power continuous-wave terahertz source, a Clinotron operating at 0.3 THz is investigated. Based on the analyses of field distribution and coupling impedance, the dispersion characteristic of a rectangular resonator is preliminarily studied. The effective way to select fundamental mode to interact with the electron beam is especially studied. Finally, the structure is optimized by particle-in-cell simulation, and the problems of manufacture tolerance, current density threshold, and heat dissipation during Clinotron’s operation are also discussed. The optimum device can work with a good performance under the conditions of 8 kV and 60 mA. With the generation of signal frequency at 315.89 GHz and output power at 12 W on average, this device shows great prospects in the application of terahertz waves. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61231003).

  6. Dyakonov-like surface waves in the THz regime

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    Ardakani, Abbas Ghasempour; Naserpour, Mahin; Zapata-Rodríguez, Carlos J.

    2016-07-01

    Here we examine Dyakonov-like surface waves (DSWs) in the THz regime traveling along the plane interface between a non-conducting isotropic medium and a low-loss graphene-based uniaxial metamaterial with the optic axis (OA) oriented along with the interface. New insights concerning the propagation characteristics of DSWs are given by analyzing the dispersion relation in such configuration, that is evaluated using the effective medium theory. The range of angles with respect to the OA which is determined for the in-plane wave vector can be conveniently tuned with extremely flexibility in opposition with DSWs excited in natural anisotropic media. The properties discussed here are of relevance in applications reaching ultra-compact electromagnetic waveguides and bio- and chemo-sensing.

  7. A THz heterodyne instrument for biomedical imaging applications

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    Siegel, Peter H.

    2004-01-01

    An ultra-wide-dynamic-range heterodyne imaging system operating at 2.5 THz is described. The instrument employs room temperature Schottky barrier diode mixers and far infrared gas laser sources developed for NASA space applications. A dynamic range of over 100dB at fixed intermediate frequencies has been realized. Amplitude/phase tracking circuitry results in stability of 0.02 dB and +-2 degrees of phase. The system is being employed to characterize biological (human and animal derived tissues) and a variety of materials of interest to NASA. This talk will describe the instrument and some of the early imaging experiments on everything from mouse tail to aerogel.

  8. THz impulse radar for biomedical sensing: nonlinear system behavior

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    Brown, E. R.; Sung, Shijun; Grundfest, W. S.; Taylor, Z. D.

    2014-03-01

    The THz impulse radar is an "RF-inspired" sensor system that has performed remarkably well since its initial development nearly six years ago. It was developed for ex vivo skin-burn imaging, and has since shown great promise in the sensitive detection of hydration levels in soft tissues of several types, such as in vivo corneal and burn samples. An intriguing aspect of the impulse radar is its hybrid architecture which combines the high-peak-power of photoconductive switches with the high-responsivity and -bandwidth (RF and video) of Schottky-diode rectifiers. The result is a very sensitive sensor system in which the post-detection signal-to-noise ratio depends super-linearly on average signal power up to a point where the diode is "turned on" in the forward direction, and then behaves quasi-linearly beyond that point. This paper reports the first nonlinear systems analysis done on the impulse radar using MATLAB.

  9. Modulating sub-THz radiation with current in superconducting metamaterial.

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    Savinov, V; Fedotov, V A; Anlage, S M; de Groot, P A J; Zheludev, N I

    2012-12-14

    We show that subterahertz transmission of the superconducting metamaterial, an interlinked two-dimensional network of subwavelength resonators connected by a continuous superconducting wire loop, can be dynamically modulated by passing electrical current through it. We have identified the main mechanisms of modulation that correspond to the suppression of the superconductivity in the network by magnetic field and heat dissipation. Using the metamaterial fabricated from thin niobium film, we were able to demonstrate a transmission modulation depth of up to 45% and a bandwidth of at least 100 kHz. The demonstrated approach may be implemented with other superconducting materials at frequencies below the superconducting gap in the THz and subterahertz bands. PMID:23368321

  10. The role of THz and submillimeter wave technology in DHS

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    Coty, Thomas; Fuller-Tedeschi, Anna

    2011-06-01

    THz and submillimeter wave technology is of great interest to DHS S&T due to the non-ionizing and clothing penetrating properties of the spectral region. Imaging in the region allows for standoff imaging of concealed threats such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) at operationally relevant distances. DHS S&T is investing in this area with the development of components such as detectors and sources for active imaging as well as full sensor systems in the future. The fundamental characterization of the region is also being explored with DHS funding by imaging well-characterized rough surface scattering targets. Analysis of these images will yield data to be used in evaluating assumptions currently made in current performance models. This along with the relevant field applications will be addressed.

  11. THz radiation properties of silver V-cone antenna arrays

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    Qian, Jun; Huang, Mengya; Hu, Mingzhe

    2012-12-01

    In the present article, silver cone antenna and its arrays are designed according to the requirement of wide bandwidth terahertz irradiation property. Coordinate transformation method is employed to analyze the solution process of the integrate equation of the irradiated electromagnetic field. And CST microwave studio software is employed to simulate the terahertz irradiation properties of Ag cone antenna arrays. Theoretical analysis and simulation results both manifest that the single Ag cone antenna with micrometer scale size can irradiate a wide bandwidth THz wave with the gain of 22.7dBi, while its corresponding antenna arrays with proper configuration can further improve the radiation pattern and enhance the gain to 42.5dBi. The theoretical analysis and CST simulation results will be useful for the guidance of experimental investigation of terahertz irradiation sources.

  12. Space-Charge Modulation in Vacuum Microdiodes at THz Frequencies

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    Pedersen, Andreas; Manolescu, Andrei; Valfells, Agust

    2010-04-30

    We investigate the dynamics of a space-charge limited, photoinjected, electron beam in a microscopic vacuum diode. Because of the small nature of the system it is possible to conduct high-resolution simulations where the number of simulated particles is equal to the number of electrons within the system. In a series of simulations of molecular dynamics type, where electrons are treated as point charges, we address and analyze space-charge effects in a micrometer-scale vacuum diode. We have been able to reproduce breakup of a single pulse injected with a current density beyond the Child-Langmuir limit, and we find that continuous injection of current into the diode gap results in a well-defined train of electron bunches corresponding to THz frequency. A simple analytical explanation of this behavior is given.

  13. Robust identification of concealed dangerous substances using THz imaging spectroscopy

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    Nystad, Helle E.; Haakestad, Magnus W.; van Rheenen, Arthur D.

    2015-05-01

    False alarm rates must be kept sufficiently low if a method to detect and identify objects or substances is to be implemented in real life applications. This is also true when trying to detect and identify dangerous substances such as explosives and drugs that are concealed in packaging materials. THz technology may be suited to detect these substances, especially when imaging and spectroscopy are combined. To achieve reasonable throughput, the detection and identification process must be automated and this implies reliance on algorithms to perform this task, rather than human beings. The identification part of the algorithm must compare spectral features of the unknown substance with those in a library of features and determining the distance, in some sense, between these features. If the distance is less than some defined threshold a match is declared. In this paper we consider two types of spectral characteristic that are derived from measured time-domain signals measured in the THz regime: the absorbance and its derivative. Also, we consider two schemes to measure the distance between the unknown and library characteristics: Spectral Angle Mapping (SAM) and Principal Component Analysis (PCA). Finally, the effect of windowing of the measured time-domain signal on the performance of the algorithms is studied, by varying the Blackman-Harris (B-H) window width. Algorithm performance is quantified by studying the receiver-operating characteristics (ROC). For the data considered in this study we conclude that the best performance is obtained when the derivative of the absorbance is used in combination with a narrow B-H window and SAM. SAM is a more straight-forward method and requires no large training data sets and tweaking.

  14. Determination of stereoisomer in sugars by THz-TDS

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    Yamauchi, S.; Imai, Y.; Yokota, H.; Tonouchi, M.

    2011-08-01

    Transmission-type terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) using dipole-antennas on LT-GaAs layers as THzemitter and detector with fs-fiber laser as the excitation light source was applied to determine the stereoisomer of sugars in carefully controlled environment with low humidity below 5% at 20°C. Commercially available α-D-lactose including about 4% anomer and β-D-lactose including below 30% anomer were used as stereoisomer samples. The absorption spectra of compounds by the α-D- and β-D-lactose powders with various ratios were successively deconvoluted to four spectra by Lorentzian and dependent on the composition ratio. Integrated absorptions due to α-D-lactose and β-D-lactose determined the decreasing rate (rα) and the increasing rate (rβ) for the composition ratio of the β-D-lactose powder, because the intensities were linearly dependent on the composition ratio. The net-composition ratio of α-lactose and β-lactose in the compounds was precisely evaluated by the ratio of the integrated intensities and the value of rβ / rα, for example, the anomer-contents in commercially available α-D-lactose and β-D-lactose powders were disclosed as 3.9% and 29.1%, respectively. The demonstrated results indicate that THz-TDS is so useful not only for precise qualitativeanalysis but also for precise quantitative-analysis of stereoisomer in sugars with partially different molecular structure such as lactose.

  15. Continuous Monitoring of Photolysis Products by Thz Spectroscopy

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    Omar, Abdelaziz; Cuisset, Arnaud; Mouret, Gaël; Hindle, Francis; Eliet, Sophie; Bocquet, Robin

    2015-06-01

    We demonstrate the potential of THz spectroscopy to monitor the real time evolution of the gas phase concentration of photolysis products and determine the kinetic reaction rate constant. In the primary work, we have chosen to examine the photolysis of formaldehyde (H_2CO). Exposure of H_2CO to a UVB light (250 to 360 nm) in a single pass of 135 cm length cell leads to decomposition via two mechanisms: the radical channel with production of HCO and the molecular channel with production of CO. A commercial THz source (frequency multiplication chain) operating in the range 600-900 GHz was used to detect and quantify the various chemical species as a function of time. Monitoring the concentrations of CO and H_2CO via rotational transitions, allowed the kinetic rate of H_2CO consummation to be obtained, and an estimation of the rate constants for both the molecular and radical photolysis mechanisms. We have modified our experimental setup to increase the sensitivity of the spectrometer and changed sample preparation protocol specifically to quantify the HCO concentration. Acetaldehyde was used as the precursor for photolysis by UVC resulting in the decompositon mechanism can be described by: CH_3CHO+hν→ CH_3 + HCO → CH_4 + CO Frequency modulation of the source and Zeeman modulation is used to achieve the high sensitivity required. Particular attention has been paid to the mercury photosensitization effect that allowed us to increase the HCO production enabling quantification of the monitored radical. We quantify the HCO radical and start a spectroscopic study of the line positions. H. M. Pickett and T. L. Boyd, Chem. Phys. Lett, Vol 58, 446-449, (1978) S. Eliet, A. Cuisset, M Guinet, F. Hindle, G. Mouret, R. Bocquet, and J. Demaison, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, Vol 279, 12-15 (2012). G. Mouret, M. Guinet, A. Cuisset, L. Croizé, S. Eliet, R. Bocquet and F. Hindle, Sensors Journal. IEEE, Vol 13, 133 - 138, (2013)

  16. Subterahertz dielectric relaxation in lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Wang, D.; Bokov, A. A.; Ye, Z.-G.; Hlinka, J.; Bellaiche, L.

    2016-01-01

    Relaxors are complex materials with unusual properties that have been puzzling the scientific community since their discovery. The main characteristic of relaxors, that is, their dielectric relaxation, remains unclear and is still under debate. The difficulty to conduct measurements at frequencies ranging from ≃1 GHz to ≃1 THz and the challenge of developing models to capture their complex dynamical responses are among the reasons for such a situation. Here, we report first-principles-based molecular dynamic simulations of lead-free Ba(Zr0.5Ti0.5)O3, which allows us to obtain its subterahertz dynamics. This approach reproduces the striking characteristics of relaxors including the dielectric relaxation, the constant-loss behaviour, the diffuse maximum in the temperature dependence of susceptibility, the substantial widening of dielectric spectrum on cooling and the resulting Vogel–Fulcher law. The simulations further relate such features to the decomposed dielectric responses, each associated with its own polarization mechanism, therefore, enhancing the current understanding of relaxor behaviour. PMID:27040174

  17. Subterahertz dielectric relaxation in lead-free Ba(Zr,Ti)O3 relaxor ferroelectrics

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    Wang, D.; Bokov, A. A.; Ye, Z.-G.; Hlinka, J.; Bellaiche, L.

    2016-04-01

    Relaxors are complex materials with unusual properties that have been puzzling the scientific community since their discovery. The main characteristic of relaxors, that is, their dielectric relaxation, remains unclear and is still under debate. The difficulty to conduct measurements at frequencies ranging from ~=1 GHz to ~=1 THz and the challenge of developing models to capture their complex dynamical responses are among the reasons for such a situation. Here, we report first-principles-based molecular dynamic simulations of lead-free Ba(Zr0.5Ti0.5)O3, which allows us to obtain its subterahertz dynamics. This approach reproduces the striking characteristics of relaxors including the dielectric relaxation, the constant-loss behaviour, the diffuse maximum in the temperature dependence of susceptibility, the substantial widening of dielectric spectrum on cooling and the resulting Vogel-Fulcher law. The simulations further relate such features to the decomposed dielectric responses, each associated with its own polarization mechanism, therefore, enhancing the current understanding of relaxor behaviour.

  18. Metrology development and mechanical reinforcement for novel low-k dielectrics

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    Yang, Dan

    Considerable attention has been focused on exploring novel low dielectric constant (k) materials to replace the traditional interconnect dielectric material, silicon dioxide, in order to reduce capacitive signal delay from the back end of line (BEOL) and power consumption. Among all ultra low-k (ULK) materials, SiCOH is the most popular and mature material for integration. It has been generally agreed that incorporating porosity is necessary to decrease the dielectric constant below 2.5 for future technology nodes. However, while incorporation of carbon and porosity benefit dielectric properties, the mechanical properties degrade simultaneously. Therefore, material composition, matrix structure and porosity must be carefully controlled to optimize dielectric properties without sacrificing mechanical robustness. As porous low-k dielectric thin films begin to be investigated, new challenges are posed on metrologies. When mechanical properties are evaluated using nanoindentation, the 'substrate effect', which evolves from the contribution of elastic strain of substrate, causes an overestimation of film intrinsic mechanical properties. The use of cube corner tip instead of Berkovich tip is proposed to minimize the substrate effect. The experimental results show that the use of cube corner tip enhances the critical depth from below 10% of the film thickness to 40%. The characterization of porosity of porous low-k dielectric films is a challenge posed on metrologies due to the limited sampling volume. The application of three non-destructive porosimetry techniques, Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS), Ellipsometric Porosimetry (EP) and X-ray Reflectivity (XRR) to characterize xviii porous low-k thin films are examined. The advantages and limitations of each technique, especially the sensitivity to pore interconnectivity, are discussed. The optimization of SiCOH low-k dielectrics are conducted from two aspects; optimization of deposition conditions and

  19. Nonthermal combined ultraviolet and vacuum-ultraviolet curing process for organosilicate dielectrics

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    Zheng, H.; Guo, X.; Pei, D.; Li, W.; Blatz, J.; Hsu, K.; Benjamin, D.; Lin, Y.-H.; Fung, H.-S.; Chen, C.-C.; Nishi, Y.; Shohet, J. L.

    2016-06-01

    Porous SiCOH films are of great interest in semiconductor fabrication due to their low-dielectric constant properties. Post-deposition treatments using ultraviolet (UV) light on organosilicate thin films are required to decompose labile pore generators (porogens) and to ensure optimum network formation to improve the electrical and mechanical properties of low-k dielectrics. The goal of this work is to choose the best vacuum-ultraviolet photon energy in conjunction with vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photons without the need for heating the dielectric to identify those wavelengths that will have the most beneficial effect on improving the dielectric properties and minimizing damage. VUV irradiation between 8.3 and 8.9 eV was found to increase the hardness and elastic modulus of low-k dielectrics at room temperature. Combined with UV exposures of 6.2 eV, it was found that this "UV/VUV curing" process is improved compared with current UV curing. We show that UV/VUV curing can overcome drawbacks of UV curing and improve the properties of dielectrics more efficiently without the need for high-temperature heating of the dielectric.

  20. Metal filled porous carbon

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    Gross, Adam F.; Vajo, John J.; Cumberland, Robert W.; Liu, Ping; Salguero, Tina T.

    2011-03-22

    A porous carbon scaffold with a surface and pores, the porous carbon scaffold containing a primary metal and a secondary metal, where the primary metal is a metal that does not wet the surface of the pores of the carbon scaffold but wets the surface of the secondary metal, and the secondary metal is interspersed between the surface of the pores of the carbon scaffold and the primary metal.

  1. Kinetic inductance driven nanoscale 2D and 3D THz transmission lines

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    Mousavi, S. Hossein; Williamson, Ian A. D.; Wang, Zheng

    2016-05-01

    We examine the unusual dispersion and attenuation of transverse electromagnetic waves in the few-THz regime on nanoscale graphene and copper transmission lines. Conventionally, such propagation has been considered to be highly dispersive, due to the RC time constant-driven voltage diffusion below 1 THz and plasmonic effects at higher optical frequencies. Our numerical modeling across the microwave, THz, and optical frequency ranges reveals that the conductor kinetic inductance creates an ultra-broadband linear-dispersion and constant-attenuation region in the THz regime. This so-called LC region is an ideal characteristic that is known to be absent in macro-scale transmission lines. The kinetic-LC frequency range is dictated by the structural dimensionality and the free-carrier scattering rate of the conductor material. Moreover, up to 40x wavelength reduction is observed in graphene transmission lines.

  2. Kinetic inductance driven nanoscale 2D and 3D THz transmission lines

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    Mousavi, S. Hossein; Williamson, Ian A. D.; Wang, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    We examine the unusual dispersion and attenuation of transverse electromagnetic waves in the few-THz regime on nanoscale graphene and copper transmission lines. Conventionally, such propagation has been considered to be highly dispersive, due to the RC time constant-driven voltage diffusion below 1 THz and plasmonic effects at higher optical frequencies. Our numerical modeling across the microwave, THz, and optical frequency ranges reveals that the conductor kinetic inductance creates an ultra-broadband linear-dispersion and constant-attenuation region in the THz regime. This so-called LC region is an ideal characteristic that is known to be absent in macro-scale transmission lines. The kinetic-LC frequency range is dictated by the structural dimensionality and the free-carrier scattering rate of the conductor material. Moreover, up to 40x wavelength reduction is observed in graphene transmission lines. PMID:27137628

  3. Video rate imaging at 1.5 THz via frequency upconversion to the near-IR

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    Tekavec, Patrick F.; Kozlov, Vladimir G.; McNee, Ian; Lee, Yun-Shik; Vodopyanov, Konstantin

    2015-05-01

    We demonstrate video rate THz imaging in both reflection and transmission by frequency upconverting the THz image to the near-IR. In reflection, the ability to resolve images generated at different depths is shown. By mixing the THz pulses with a portion of the fiber laser pump (1064 nm) in a quasi-phase matched gallium arsenide crystal, distinct sidebands are observed at 1058 nm and 1070 nm, corresponding to sum and difference frequency generation of the pump pulse with the THz pulse. By using a polarizer and long pass filter, the strong pump light can be removed, leaving a nearly background free signal at 1070 nm. We have obtained video rate images with spatial resolution of 1mm and field of view ca. 20 mm in diameter without any post processing of the data.

  4. Quantitative measurement of a three-component mixture based on THz spectra

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    Li, Zhi; Zhang, Zhaohui; Zhao, Xiaoyan; Su, Haixia; Yan, Fang; Dunn, Katherine; Johnston, Michael B.

    2011-11-01

    Quantitative measurement based on THz absorption spectrum is of great importance in THz applications. Several researchers have worked on it and gained some achievements, but most of them explored pure component or no more than 2-component s samples. In this paper, a mixture sample consisting of Glutamine, Histidine and Threonine is investigated in the frequency range from 0.3 to 2.6 THz. The quantitative measurement principle is the Lambert-Beer's Law which have been accepted in infrared and visible spectra. Our experiments show the validation of the law in THz region. A Least-Mean-Square algorithm is adopted and measurement errors of Glutamine, Histidine and Threonine are 17.60%, 4.44% and 2.59%.

  5. Quantitative measurement of a three-component mixture based on THz spectra

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    Li, Zhi; Zhang, Zhaohui; Zhao, Xiaoyan; Su, Haixia; Yan, Fang; Dunn, Katherine; Johnston, Michael B.

    2012-03-01

    Quantitative measurement based on THz absorption spectrum is of great importance in THz applications. Several researchers have worked on it and gained some achievements, but most of them explored pure component or no more than 2-component s samples. In this paper, a mixture sample consisting of Glutamine, Histidine and Threonine is investigated in the frequency range from 0.3 to 2.6 THz. The quantitative measurement principle is the Lambert-Beer's Law which have been accepted in infrared and visible spectra. Our experiments show the validation of the law in THz region. A Least-Mean-Square algorithm is adopted and measurement errors of Glutamine, Histidine and Threonine are 17.60%, 4.44% and 2.59%.

  6. Experimental and computational investigations of the THz spectra of dipeptide nanotubes

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    Siegrist, K. M.; Pfefferkorn, C.; Schwarzkopf, A.; Podobedov, V. B.; Plusquellic, D. F.

    2008-02-01

    Continuous wave THz spectroscopy has been used to obtain spectra for four isostructural dipeptide nanotubes at 4.2K from 2 cm -1 to 100 cm -1 (0.05 to 3 THz). Line-narrowing of spectral features by a factor of 2 to 4 is observed for the crystalline dipeptide films investigated by absorption spectroscopy using a plane parallel waveguide, compared to spectra from pressed disks of polyethylene-diluted samples. The x-ray determined crystal structures of these peptides formed the basis for a parallel computational investigation. Spectral predictions from the ab initio level computational package DMOL 3 and the empirical force field model CHARMM22 are compared to the experimentally obtained THz absorption spectra. The THz waveguide spectroscopy technique can provide information on the orientation-dependent dipole coupling of the vibrational modes, which can aid in validating computational models.

  7. Kinetic inductance driven nanoscale 2D and 3D THz transmission lines.

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    Mousavi, S Hossein; Williamson, Ian A D; Wang, Zheng

    2016-05-03

    We examine the unusual dispersion and attenuation of transverse electromagnetic waves in the few-THz regime on nanoscale graphene and copper transmission lines. Conventionally, such propagation has been considered to be highly dispersive, due to the RC time constant-driven voltage diffusion below 1 THz and plasmonic effects at higher optical frequencies. Our numerical modeling across the microwave, THz, and optical frequency ranges reveals that the conductor kinetic inductance creates an ultra-broadband linear-dispersion and constant-attenuation region in the THz regime. This so-called LC region is an ideal characteristic that is known to be absent in macro-scale transmission lines. The kinetic-LC frequency range is dictated by the structural dimensionality and the free-carrier scattering rate of the conductor material. Moreover, up to 40x wavelength reduction is observed in graphene transmission lines.

  8. Kinetic inductance driven nanoscale 2D and 3D THz transmission lines.

    PubMed

    Mousavi, S Hossein; Williamson, Ian A D; Wang, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    We examine the unusual dispersion and attenuation of transverse electromagnetic waves in the few-THz regime on nanoscale graphene and copper transmission lines. Conventionally, such propagation has been considered to be highly dispersive, due to the RC time constant-driven voltage diffusion below 1 THz and plasmonic effects at higher optical frequencies. Our numerical modeling across the microwave, THz, and optical frequency ranges reveals that the conductor kinetic inductance creates an ultra-broadband linear-dispersion and constant-attenuation region in the THz regime. This so-called LC region is an ideal characteristic that is known to be absent in macro-scale transmission lines. The kinetic-LC frequency range is dictated by the structural dimensionality and the free-carrier scattering rate of the conductor material. Moreover, up to 40x wavelength reduction is observed in graphene transmission lines. PMID:27137628

  9. The non-linear response of a superconductor to a few-cycle THz pulse

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    Carr, G. L.; Xi, Xiaoxiang

    2015-03-01

    We present a time-domain analysis of the response of a BCS superconductor (in the low temperature limit) to a few cycle THz pulse whose spectral content may span the absorption threshold for pair breaking. The analysis is based on the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) approach, in combination with a model susceptibility for a superconductor that includes an explicit dependence on the energy gap. The FDTD approach allows us to calculate the THz induced current density, from which we determine the modified energy gap at each instant of time during the THz wave's passage. The resulting non-linear susceptibility causes up-conversion of the incident THz wave into odd harmonics. The model results are compared with experiment for thin NbN films in both linear and non-linear regimes. Research supported by the U.S. Dep't of Energy under Contract DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  10. Comparison of gate driven and source driven FET structures as THz detectors

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    Ali, Muhammad; Perenzoni, Matteo

    2014-05-01

    A 600 GHz Field Effect Transistor (FET) is implemented in 0.18 um CMOS technology as a THz detector for imaging applications. A total of 4 FET test structures were fabricated and measured for comparison purposes. Each structure is accompanied by an on-chip bow-tie antenna that directly feeds the detector with THz signal. The detectors are characterized by a THz source and a lock-in amplifier at a sensitivity of 100uV. Measurement results indicate the potential of using both these FET configurations as THz detectors in imaging applications. A normalized frequency sweep analysis shows the broadband nature of Source Driven (SD) FET over the Gate Driven (GD) counterpart. However, the GD structures are more responsive than SD structures. The measurement results also indicate that FET structures with smaller widths show higher voltage response than those with smaller widths for a given channel length.

  11. Silicon carbide--a high-transparency nonlinear material for THz applications.

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    Naftaly, M; Molloy, J F; Magnusson, B; Andreev, Y M; Lanskii, G V

    2016-02-01

    Optical properties of 4H-SiC were measured using time-domain and Fourier transform spectroscopy in the range of 0.1-20 THz. A high-transparency region was found between <0.1-10 THz. Based on the obtained data and published results, the refractive indices for o-wave and e-wave were approximated in the form of Sellmeier equations for the entire transparency range. Phase matched frequency conversion was found to be possible at wavelengths from the visible through the mid-IR and further into the far-IR (THz) region beyond 17 μm. Extremely low absorption coefficient, high damage threshold, and the possibility of phase matching make this material highly suited for high power THz optics and generation. PMID:26906831

  12. 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.

  13. Multispectral THz-VIS passive imaging system for hidden threats visualization

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    Kowalski, Marcin; Palka, Norbert; Szustakowski, Mieczyslaw

    2013-10-01

    Terahertz imaging, is the latest entry into the crowded field of imaging technologies. Many applications are emerging for the relatively new technology. THz radiation penetrates deep into nonpolar and nonmetallic materials such as paper, plastic, clothes, wood, and ceramics that are usually opaque at optical wavelengths. The T-rays have large potential in the field of hidden objects detection because it is not harmful to humans. The main difficulty in the THz imaging systems is low image quality thus it is justified to combine THz images with the high-resolution images from a visible camera. An imaging system is usually composed of various subsystems. Many of the imaging systems use imaging devices working in various spectral ranges. Our goal is to build a system harmless to humans for screening and detection of hidden objects using a THz and VIS cameras.

  14. Ground-state features in the THz spectra of molecular clusters of β-HMX.

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    Huang, Lulu; Shabaev, Andrew; Lambrakos, Samuel G; Massa, Lou

    2012-10-01

    We present calculations of absorption spectra arising from molecular vibrations at THz frequencies for molecular clusters of the explosive HMX using density functional theory (DFT). The features of these spectra can be shown to follow from the coupling of vibrational modes. In particular, the coupling among ground-state vibrational modes provides a reasonable molecular-level interpretation of spectral features associated with the vibrational modes of molecular clusters. THz excitation from the ground state is associated with frequencies that characteristically perturb molecular electronic states, in contrast to frequencies, which are usually substantially above the mid-infrared (mid-IR) range, that can induce appreciable electronic-state transition. Owing to this characteristic of THz excitation, one is able to make a direct association between local oscillations about ground-state minima of molecules, either isolated or comprising a cluster, and THz absorption spectra. The DFT software program GAUSSIAN was used for the calculations of the absorption spectra presented here.

  15. a Thz Photomixing Synthesizer Based on a Fiber Frequency Comb for High Resolution Rotational Spectroscopy

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    Hindle, Francis; Mouret, Gael; Cuisset, Arnaud; Yang, Chun; Eliet, Sophie; Bocquet, Robin

    2010-06-01

    To date the principal application for photomixing sources has been for high resolution spectroscopy of gases due to the large tuning range and spectral purity. New Developments of the Opto-Electronic THz Spectrometer have been performed in order to obtain a powerful tool for High-Resolution Spectroscopy. The combination of two extended cavity laser diodes and fast charge carrier lifetime semiconductor materials has allowed a continuous-wave THz spectrometer to be constructed based on optical heterodyning. Unlike many THz sources, this instrument gives access to all frequencies in the range 0.3 to 3.5 THz with a resolution of 1 MHz. The main spectroscopic applications of this spectrometer were dedicated to line profile analysis of rotational transitions referenced in the spectroscopic databases. One limitation of the THz spectrometer was accuracy with which the generated frequency is known. Recently, this obstacle has been circled with the construction of a photomixing spectrometer where the two pump lasers are phase locked to two modes of a repetition rate stabilized frequency doubled fiber laser frequency comb. In order to achieve a tuning range in excess to 100 MHz a third cw laser was required in the new configuration of the THz spectrometer. To assess the performances of this instrument, the frequencies of the pure rotational transitions of OCS molecules have been measured between 0,8 to 1,2 THz. A rms inferior to 100 kHz, deduced from the frequencies measured, demonstrates that the THz photomixing synthesizer is now able to be competitive with microwave and submillimeter techniques. S. Matton, F. Rohart, R. Bocquet, D. Bigourd, A. Cuisset, F. Hindle, G. Mouret, J. Mol. Spectrosc., 2006, 239: 182. C. Yang, J. Buldyreva, I. E. Gordon, F. Rohart, A. Cuisset, G. Mouret, R. Bocquet, F. Hindle, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 2008, 109: 2857. G. Mouret, F. Hindle, A. Cuisset, C. Yang, R. Bocquet, M. Lours, D. Rovera, Opt. Express, 2009, 17: 22031.

  16. IR/THz Double Resonance Spectroscopy Approach for Remote Chemical Detection at Atmospheric Pressure

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    Tanner, Elizabeth A.; Phillips, Dane J.; De Lucia, Frank C.; Everitt, Henry O.

    2013-06-01

    A remote sensing methodology based on infrared/terahertz (IR/THz) double resonance (DR) spectroscopy is shown to overcome limitations traditionally associated with either IR or THz spectroscopic approaches for detecting trace gases in an atmosphere. The applicability of IR/THz DR spectroscopy is explored by estimating the IR and THz power requirements for detecting a 100 part-per-million-meter cloud of methyl fluoride, methyl chloride, or methyl bromide at ranges up to 1km in three atmospheric windows below 0.3 THz. These prototypical molecules are used to ascertain the dependence of the DR signal-to-noise ratio on IR and THz beam power. A line-tunable CO_2 laser with 100 ps pulse duration generates a DR signature in four rotational transitions on a time scale commensurate with collisional relaxations caused by atmospheric N_2 and O_2. A continuous wave THz beam is frequency tuned to probe one of these rotational transitions so that laser-induced absorption variations in the analyte cloud are detected as temporal power fluctuations synchronized with the laser pulses. A combination of molecule-specific physics and scenario-dependent atmospheric conditions are used to predict the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for detecting an analyte as a function of cloud column density. A methodology is presented by which the optimal IR/THz pump/probe frequencies are identified. These estimates show the potential for low concentration chemical detection in a challenging atmospheric scenario with currently available or near term hardware components.

  17. Characteristics and development of the coherent synchrotron radiation sources for THz spectroscopy

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    Barros, J.; Evain, C.; Roussel, E.; Manceron, L.; Brubach, J.-B.; Tordeux, M.-A.; Couprie, M.-E.; Bielawski, S.; Szwaj, C.; Labat, M.; Roy, P.

    2015-09-01

    We report on the characteristics of coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) as a source for spectroscopy. The optimization of the source and the resulting figures of merits in terms of flux, signal to noise, spatial distribution and spectral and temporal distribution are presented together with a spectroscopic application. The emission of THz during the slicing operation is also described. The conclusion opens up perspectives made possible by the availability of this intense and stable THz source.

  18. High effective THz-TDS method for the detection and identification of substances in real conditions

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Varentsova, Svetlana A.; Tikhomirov, Vasiliy V.; Trofimov, Vladislav V.

    2016-05-01

    Low efficiency of the standard THz-TDS method for the detection and identification of substances is demonstrated. For this purpose, we use a few examples. In the first example, we model the noisy THz signals transmitted through the amphetamine-type stimulant in real conditions. Namely, with a temperature 18° C, the relative humidity of about 50 % and the distance between the parabolic mirror and the object about of 3.5 meters. We show that the standard THz-TDS method reveals the spectral features of many neutral substances and explosives in the noisy THz signals from the illicit stimulant MA, at the same time this method is not able to detect the presence of this stimulant in the noisy signals. The second example is the detection and identification of plastids with inhomogeneous surface in reflection mode. We show that inhomogeneous surface distorts spectral characteristics of the reflected THz signal main pulse, which cannot be used for the detection and identification of the plastids by means of the THz TDS method. In the last example we show that even under laboratory conditions (at short distance from the receiver), THz TDS detects in the semiconductors the absorption frequencies, which belong to both hazardous and neutral substances. To overcome this disadvantage, we propose to use the time-dependent spectrum of the THz pulse, transmitted through or reflected from a substance. For quality assessment of the presence of the standard substance absorption frequency in the signal under analysis, we use time-dependent integral correlation criteria. The influence of aperture placed in front of the sample on spectral properties of silicon wafers with different resistivity is demonstrated as well.

  19. IR and THz Beamlines at the Metrology Light Source of the PTB

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    Müller, Ralph; Hoehl, Arne; Klein, Roman; Serdyukov, Anton; Ulm, Gerhard; Feikes, Jörg; von Hartrott, Michael; Schade, Ulrich; Wüstefeld, Godehard

    2010-02-01

    The low-energy electron storage ring Metrology Light Source (MLS), a dedicated synchrotron radiation source, is in user operation since April 2008. As a special option it provides coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) in the THz range when it is operated in a low-α mode with short electron bunches. At the MLS three beamlines dedicated to the use of IR and THz radiation were designed, built and commissioned.

  20. 20 THz broadband generation using semi-insulating GaAs interdigitated photoconductive antennas.

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    Hale, P J; Madeo, J; Chin, C; Dhillon, S S; Mangeney, J; Tignon, J; Dani, K M

    2014-10-20

    We demonstrate broadband (20 THz), high electric field, terahertz generation using large area interdigitated antennas fabricated on semi-insulating GaAs. The bandwidth is characterized as a function of incident pulse duration (15-35 fs) and pump energy (2-30 nJ). Broadband spectroscopy of PTFE is shown. Numerical Drude-Lorentz simulations of the generated THz pulses are performed as a function of the excitation pulse duration, showing good agreement with the experimental data. PMID:25401668